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Unknown Nigerian declares for Republic of Ireland

first_imgRelatedPosts Celtic appoint Gavin Strachan coach Ireland appoints new manager My stand on rift between Jagaban and Esabod, by Iba Gani Adams Nigerian youngster, Chiedozie Ogbene, has opted to represent Republic of Ireland national team as FAI have begun paperwork on the eligibility process for the player.The Nigeria-born 23-year-old moved to Cork aged seven with his family in 2005. He played with Cork City’s senior side for two years, featuring in the Rebel Army’s FAI Cup triumph in 2016, before switching to Limerick.After moving to England, he played with Brentford and Exeter before settling with Rotherham last year.He impressed throughout the truncated League One season, helping the Millers achieve promotion to the Championship.Pacy winger Ogbene finished the season with 29 appearances and one goal for the side.He drew praise throughout the season for his showings, including a goal and two assists in Rotherham’s 3-0 win over Bristol Rovers. The news comes as Stephen Kenny prepares for his first game in charge of the Boys in Green.Ireland face Bulgaria and Finland in September in the UEFA Nations League, before the crucial Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia in October.Tags: Chiedozie OgbeneFAIRepublic of Irelandlast_img read more

Murtagh waits on Falmouth decision

first_img Press Association The filly was last of four behind Elusive Kate in the one-mile Group One last summer when trained by William Muir, and could be given another crack by her new handler. She has already repaid her connections’ faith in two starts this year, winning the Group Three Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh on her reappearance and finishing a good third behind Integral in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. “She’s doing well and we’ve left her in the Falmouth. We’ll have a look at the race and make a decision early next week,” said County Kildare-based Murtagh. “She’s in good form and ran well at Ascot.” Just nine fillies remain in the mix for the race, but all of them look to be out of the top drawer, and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Integral is one of them. The possibles include multiple Group One winner Sky Lantern, who is expected to strip much fitter than on her reappearance in the Duke Of Cambridge. Clive Brittain’s Rizeena bounced right back to her best in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot and could now tackle her elders. The Charlie Hills-trained duo of Just The Judge and Kiyoshi, last year’s Fillies’ Mile winner Certify, Aidan O’Brien’s Peace Burg and Mark Johnston’s Ascot winner Muteela could all also run. center_img Johnny Murtagh will decide early next week whether to allow Purr Along to take on some top-class fillies in the Qipco Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket next Friday.last_img read more

Duke’s Zion Williamson, for now, is the one and only candidate for player of the year

first_imgOr you can just see for yourself.“The thing about that kid is that he doesn’t want all of that attention,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “and he handles it so well.”He’ll need to get used to it. He’s going to have a busy weekend at the Final Four, either playing with the Blue Devils or attending award ceremonies. There seems little doubt which is preferable: After all, they can FedEx him all the trophies. What’s important is there was more than one guy mentioned. So it was stretching the truth.MORE: Quit the comparisons: Zion is one of a kindSeveral major national POY awards are available for the season’s best in college basketball. There’s no single award, no Heisman Trophy, that stands alone. There are at least five that are widely recognized: the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Naismith Award, the Wooden Award, the Associated Press Player of the Year and the Sporting News Player of the Year.And Duke’s Zion Williamson will take home every one of them. He’s going to win every state, take the popular vote and take the electoral college too.If you weren’t convinced of this after Saturday, you’re trying way too hard not to be convinced. Williamson put on a show against St. John’s that would have made Lady Gaga envious for its astonishing levels of outrageousness and virtuosity. For the most part, it was nothing we haven’t seen before — but that’s rather the point. Williamson keeps doing these things, over and over, stacking points and rebounds and blocks and steals and highlights that grab you by the throat and don’t let go.Against St. John’s: 29 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 13-of-17 shooting.“I think he’s had that impact on every team, quite frankly,” St. John’s coach Chris Mullin told reporters following the game. “He’s shooting 73 percent in the ACC, so he’s going a good job against everybody.”SCONZO: Chris Clemons forging unforgettable legacy at CampbellSince the start of the new year, Williamson has not once scored fewer than 22 points in any game he completed (Williamson fell short when he scored just 11 in a half against Florida State before leaving with a minor eye injury). In that same period, again in games he completed, he hasn’t converted fewer than 62.5 percent of his field goal attempts. He missed gathering seven rebounds only once, and that includes his one-half appearance against the Seminoles, when he got eight.There was foul trouble in the December game against Texas Tech in Madison Square Garden, so he contributed only 17 points and 13 rebounds. He made only four shots in the win over Auburn back in Maui, so his numbers lagged at 13 points and 9 rebounds. Duke won both of those games. He has played 21 games as a collegian, and those were his only real duds.And were they really duds? Honestly, no one has come close yet to shutting him down.Seriously, now. The SN college players of the year this decade have been, in order: Evan Turner, Jimmer Fredette, Anthony Davis, Victor Oladipo, Doug McDermott, Frank Kaminsky, Buddy Hield, Frank Mason and Jalen Brunson. We are proud of all these choices, and they were wonderful college players. But none arrived at this point of the season consistently demonstrating the same degree of excellence at both ends of the floor that Williamson does each time out.We are talking about a 6-8, 285-pound forward who plays above the rim, whose strength and dynamism leaves opposing coaches wondering what tactics might slow him. Opposing players often decide the safest maneuver is to get out of the way. Even with a team that ranks worse than 300th in 3-point offense, the Blue Devils have the No. 4 offense. Zion is not the only reason for that, but he is the biggest reason.“I said coming in probably one of the best things about him is his attitude and his personality. He’s got a great joy for the game and passion for the game,” Mullin said. “I think it rubs off on his teammates. He’s very unselfish. If he doesn’t like his shot, he shares with his teammates. Those things get overlooked. Obviously, his physicality, his athleticism is unmatched.“A lot of these kids, when they’re critiqued and they’re rated, sometimes by the time they get here they’re worn out. He seems to have been able to maintain that smile and that passion. I think that’s contagious to their team. It’s good to see.”MORE: SN’s 2018-19 midseason All-AmericansFirst-team All-American is an underrated honor. To be one of the five best players in any season, out of roughly 4,500 in Division I, puts a player into an absurdly elite club both currently and historically. Imagine being able to boast having something in common with Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson.And the competition for those positions might be the best in a generation: Carsen Edwards of Purdue, Rui Hachimura of Gonzaga, Ethan Happ of Wisconsin, Markus Howard of Marquette, Dedric Lawson of Kansas, Ja Morant of Murray State, Grant Williams of Tennessee, Cassius Winston of Michigan State and Williamson’s Duke teammate, RJ Barrett. Are all magnificent candidates for a list that only can contain five names.Well, four plus Zion.Their performances over the next six weeks will determine which of them can survive the cut from nine to four. But the only way any of them is entering the conversation for player of the year is if Williamson somehow plays himself out of it.If you want to use analytics, statistician Ken Pomeroy at KenPom.com puts Williamson in a category almost of his own, with only Happ in the same zip code in his player of the year rankings. Williamson’s offensive rating of 132.2 is more than five points better than any player has recorded over the past 15 years — and nearly eight points better than second-best this season.You could stick with the basics: 22.3 points per game, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2.1 steals and a .687 field goal percentage. Sometime during the course of watching all or part of a dozen different college basketball games on Saturday afternoon, I noticed on one of these telecasts a graphic listing the young men considered to be candidates for national player of the year.It’s not important who was on the list, and you probably can guess most of the names.last_img read more