Mo Salah Emerges BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

first_imgEgypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row.The 26-year-old beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the prize.The Premier League’s player of the year scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season. It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah.As well as inspiring his club to the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year’s World Cup, having netted both goals in the match which took his country to the tournament for the first time since 1990.“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added. “The game against Roma at Anfield [Champions League semi-final first leg] was unbelievable. I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”Salah said his aim for 2019 is “to win something with the club so everyone is excited”.“I try to push myself every day to help the team win something,” he added.The BBC received more than 650,000 votes this year – a record for the award.Salah becomes the first player since Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha to win in consecutive years.The former Chelsea player signed for the Reds from Roma in the summer of 2017. He scored 15 goals and made 11 others for the Italian side in 2016-17 as they finished second in Serie A, their best league placing for seven years.In a phenomenal start to his Liverpool career, Salah scored 19 goals in his first 24 appearances. He went on to beat the previous record of 31 goals in a 38-game Premier League season shared by Luis Suarez for the Reds in 2013-14, Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United in 2007-08 and Alan Shearer for Newcastle in 1995-96.Mohamed Barakat (2005) and Mohamed Aboutrika (2008) are the other Egyptians to have won the award.(BBC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s basketball lands promising recruit

first_imgThe Trojans added to their list of recruits for next season after three-star power forward Nick Rakocevic committed to USC on Monday, marking the Trojans’ fourth freshman recruit to sign a letter of intent.The news follows the transfers of forwards junior Darion Clark, sophomore Malik Martin redshirt junior Katin Reinhardt. Junior guard Julian Jacobs is also reportedly entering the NBA draft.Rakocevic, a 6-foot-10 forward from St. Joseph High School, received offers from multiple top-25 teams and has a composite three-star rating from ESPN, Scout and Rivals to go along with First Team All-State honors and a Division 3A Illinois State Championship in 2016.At just 210 pounds, Rakocevic’s frame is undersized in comparison with other top forwards in the nation. Luckily though, his Tim Duncan-esque play in the paint makes him a scoring presence in and outside of the paint.Prior to signing with the Trojans, Rakocevic received 16 offers from many top schools, including the NCAA Tournament runner-up North Carolina Tar Heels.“Honestly, [USC] was just the best situation for me,” Rakocevic said to Scout.com. “I think that the people there and the coaching staff really love me, and I really love them. When I was on the official visit, I knew it was the place for me.”In terms of Rakocevic’s potential playing time in 2017, he is on board with a backseat, complementary role as head coach Andy Enfield described to him during his visit last Thursday.“His plan is to develop me my freshman year,” Rakocevic said. “It’s going to be a lot in the developmental process, but I’m going to be playing. My sophomore year, I’m going to be one of the guys to step up and be one of their main big guys … I’m just excited.”On the roster the Trojans will have three core forwards in rising senior Nikola Jovanovic, and rising sophomores Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu who will share time with Rakocevic and fellow freshman recruit Harrison Henderson.Rakocevic should earn some playing time considering that the departed Martin, Clark and Strahinja Gavrilovic’s combined 13.7 minutes per game earned in 2016 will be distributed among him and Harrison.Forwards Boatwright and Metu came in and succeeded as freshmen last season, and Enfield will look to groom Henderson and Rakocevic the same way to be the prominent interior players that Boatwright and Metu were in USC’s 2016 campaign.Rakocevic is unique in his supreme length that allowed him to dominate the glass in high school and play much like Metu above the rim.Also, Rakocevic is slightly taller than Henderson and will most likely be utilized in bigger packages along with Jovanovic to pick up rebounds and prevent any further scoring. Rakocevic and Jovanovic have similar games on offense and could potentially be a pain to defend.With an underrated shooting and defensive capabilities, Rakocevic is an intriguing prospect with a virtually unlimited potential if he can increase his size and strength. The summer and fall camps will prove if he is up for the challenge of big freshman minutes.last_img read more

NFL free agency news: Dolphins sign Allen Hurns to 1-year deal

first_imgAllen Hurns wasn’t without a team for very long.Just a few days after being released by the Cowboys, the 27-year-old agreed to a one-year deal with the Dolphins early Friday, the team announced. Hurns’ new deal reportedly is worth up to $3 million.  Hurns told NFL Media he has “no limitations” as he’s coming off a gruesome leg injury suffered in the Cowboys’ 24-22 win over the Seahawks in the wild-card round of last season’s playoffs. Cardinals’ Kyler Murray starts training camp as ‘the future of the franchise,’ coach Kliff Kingsbury says Hurns, who played high school and college football in Miami, had 20 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns last season for Dallas — easily the least productive season of his career. He went undrafted in 2014 before catching on with the Jaguars, where he spent four seasons and caught 21 touchdowns.Now back in the state of Florida, Hurns joins a team in full rebuild mode and will compete for targets with Albert Wilson, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. “If he’s not ready to compete for a position, this isn’t the place for him. Allen understands that,” Flores said. “There’s no solidified or locked in spots here. You’ve got to earn them.” We have signed WR Allen Hurns and activated safety T.J. McDonald off the physically unable to perform list.Full Release: https://t.co/1SkByr55bm— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 26, 2019″The decision was to bring in competition, bring in what we feel like is a good player, someone who embodies a lot of the characteristics we are [talking] about,” Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said of Hurns on Thursday. “He’s tough, he’s competitive, he’s been reliable over the course of the career.”Dallas hoped to keep Hurns at a smaller price tag than what he was due in the final season of the two-year, $12 million deal he signed with the team last offseason. However, Hurns wanted to see what he could get on the open market. Related News Saints offered to make Michael Thomas highest-paid receiver in NFL, report says Ezekiel Elliott contract: Cowboys star seeking record deal, report sayslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED BY MAC CUMHAILLS IN ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO

first_imgGaeil Fhánada GAA NotesLotto ResultsNo jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were 11, 12, 13, 14, 19. Bonus 06. €100 winner Peggy McAteer, Kerrykeel €50 Aoife Shiels, Ballylar. Next week’s jackpot €3,100. Gaeil Fhánada new Club Draw €13,000 in Prizes.Details and tickets available from any committee member or on our Facebook page. Draw to start in August. Come along and support your club while being in with the chance of winning some nice prizes.Senior Reserve League Division 2 Round 13 ResultsGaeil Fhánada (1-13) v (1-11) Sean Mac Cumhaill Referee: George MontgomoryOisin Blaney, Michael Heraghty, Ken Dempsey, Shaun Coyle, Conor McGonigle, Paul Dougie Coyle 0:01, Aidan Heraghty, Eamonn Sweeney0:01, Colm McGonigle 1:00, Jerry Friel 0:01, Brendan Friel, Shaun McElwaine, Niall Carr 0:03, Shaun McGovern 0:06, Paul Friel, Gary McGonigle, Declan Coyle, Ciaran Coyle, Charlie Crerand, Kevin Loughery, Stephen McGonigle, Kevin McGonigle, Conor McConigley. Best for Reserves were Conor McGonigle, Shaun McGovern, Niall Carr, Shaun McElwaine.Senior League Division 2 Round 13 ResultsReferee: Michael MulhernGaeil Fhánada took on Sean MacCumhaill’s in sunny Portsalon on Sunday the 6th of July at 3pm. Fanad started the first half playing with a slight breeze and begun well with 3 great scores from play from Michael Sweeney Seamie Coshia and Marty McAteer within 6 mins. MacCumhaill’s then got their opening score after 10 minutes, with the teams exchanging points all from frees over the next 10 minutes to leave the score at 5 pts to 3 pts in Fanad’s favour after 20 mins. From there it was all Fanad for the final 10 minutes of the half, with Seami Nanny Friel, Michael Sweeney, Mark Sparkey Friel and Frank Sweeney kicking some great points to leave the half time score at 9 pts to 3 pts in the Gaels favour. After the break the second half began as the first ended with Fanad playing some good attractive football with scores at the end of most moves. Johnny Nanny Friel and Kevin Bear McElwaine got a point each with a MacCumhaill’s point in between. The first goal of the game came shortly after this when the MacCumhaill’s goalkepper and defender made a mistake with a short kick out which Seamie Nani pounced on, beat his defender and laid it across to Seamie Coshia to fist to the net nicely. To this point Fanad had played some great football and looked comfortable and led 1-11 to 4 pts with 20 mins left. But Fanad then stepped of the gas and MacCumhaill’s came strongly back into the game. MacCumhaill’s kicked 1-9 of the next 1-11 over the next 15 mins with Michael Sweeney’s long range effort and Marty McAteer’s neat finish being Fanad’s only scores in this period, Fanad also lost Seami Nanny to a black card in this period which was a big blow to the team in blue and white. This left the scores level at 1-13 a piece with 5 minutes to go. Ryan McGonigle put Fanad back in the lead but again MacCumhaill’s pulled it level with a great score from there full forward from near the sideline. Fanad again went up the field and took the lead once again through a fine finish by Oisin Shiels following a lovely passing move to put Fanad a point up. But there was a sting in the tail for Fanad in injury time with a long ball into the Fanad 21 metre line falling nicely for the MacCumhaill’s wing forward who was bursting forward and he finished well to the net. This left the score at 2-14 to 1-15, and although Fanad created one last chance of a goal, which the returning Davit Walsh and Michael Sweeney, were unlucky not to finish to the net, it wasn’t enough, and MacCumhaill’s held on for a 2 point win.Gaeil Fhánada: Mark McConigley, Cathal Martin, Fergal Friel, Frank Sweeney 0:01, Ronan McAteer, Patrick McConigley, Ryan McGonigle 0:01, Kevin McGonigle 0:01, Michael Sweeney 0:03, Jimmy Coyle, Seami Nanny Friel 0:02, Marty McAteer 0:03, Johnny Nanny Friel 0:01, Seimi Coshia Friel 1:01, Mark Friel (C) 0:01, Shaun McGovern, Jerry Friel, Oisin Shiels 0:01 for Seami Nanny (Black Card), Davitt Walsh for Jimmy Coyle, Paul Dougie Coyle, Oisin Blaney, Shaun Coyle.U6, U8, U10 TrainingThere will be NO TRAINING for the above teams for the next three weeks. Training will recommence on Fri 26th July at 6pm in Portsalon. U10 Blitz ReportWell done to the eighteen boys who attended the Blitz in Downings. The U9 and U10 teams played against Downings, St. Eunans and Glenswilly in some very sporting games which were very well refereed by the hosting club. Thanks to all in Downings for a very enjoyable blitz and thanks to all the parents/guardians who took players over, great to see so many players there during the busy summer holidays! The next U10 blitz details are being finalised and Martin will be in touch by text with details.U8 BlitzThere will be an U8 blitz in Downings on Wednesday 16th. All players are to be on the pitch for 6.30 sharp. Martin will in contact with further details via text.U6s v GlenswillyThe U6’s will have a game against Glenswilly in the next few weeks. Martin will be in contact with info shortly. As always, if any further information on any of the above is required, contact Martin on 0873816105GAA CÚL CAMPDon’t forget to book your place in time with Fiona or online. Remember one of our County Players will be in attendance for Gaeil Fhánada’s Cúl Camp.DONEGAL ALL COUNTY QUIZTo be held in Fanad Lodge on Friday 18th July 2014Teams of 4All Welcome!Proceeds in Aid of Donegal County TeamCome along and support our County boys and have a bit of craic doing so!GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED BY MAC CUMHAILLS IN ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO was last modified: July 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fanad gaelsGAANoticesSportlast_img read more