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Buhari salutes Anthony Joshua on comeback victory

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight President Muhammadu Buhari has thumbed up for World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, for regaining his belts on Saturday night in a rematch with Mexican, Andy Ruiz Jnr.The President, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Femi Adesina in Abuja on Sunday, rejoiced with Joshua, saluting him for bringing joy to millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.He noted that Joshua’s supporters across the world had rooted for him to regain the titles he lost about six months ago.“The downfall of a man is truly not the end of his life. There’s always another, and better day. This is a lesson we must all learn from you as a country,” Buhari told the comeback world champion.He wished Anthony Joshua well “as he seeks to bring more glory to Nigeria and to the boxing profession”.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia to seize back the heavyweight world championship belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in a shock upset last June.The ‘Clash on the Dunes’ in Diriyah was for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles, and judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 to the 30-year-old Briton.Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony Joshualast_img read more

Uganda to take on Senegal next, DRC advance in AFCON

first_imgGuinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo have already taken two of the spots allocated to the four best third-place countries.With Algeria having qualified and Tanzania eliminated before the final group matches, the focus was on the battle for second place between Senegal and Kenya.– War of words –A war of words between the coaches preceded the game with France-born Kenya handler Sebastien Migne suggesting Senegal lacked the mental strength to become African champions.Senegal coach Aliou Cisse responded by reminding Migne that his side were ranked 82 places higher in the world and the loss to Algeria was the first in four years in Africa.Kenya were lucky to reach half-time level with Senegal at the June 30 Stadium as apart from the Mane penalty miss, captain Victor Wanyama was not punished for handling in the box.Patrick Matasi also made two great saves, blocking an Idrissa Gueye close-range shot and tipping a Sarr header over via the top of the crossbar.Kenya came close to snatching the lead against the run of play just past the hour when a Dennis Omino snap shot was brilliantly parried by Alfred Gomis.A minute later and Senegal were ahead as Matasi fell while trying to clear a cross and Sarr turned to fire superbly into the corner of the net.Mane atoned for his penalty blunder by adding a second on 71 minutes, taking advantage of poor defending from Mohamed Musa off a long ball to run through and score.Given a second penalty chance, Mane made no mistake, tucking the ball into the corner despite a brave attempt by the outstanding Matasi to reach it.At the Al Salam Stadium, Tanzania contained Algeria for 35 minutes before conceding three goals by half-time with Islam Slimani opening the scoring before Adam Ounas added two. 4C Kenya310237−43 3D South Africa310212−13 PosGrpTeam Okwi goals have secured Cranes qualification.PHOTO AFPCairo, Egypt | AFP | Senegal humiliated Kenya 3-0, to advance as second team in their group and book a July 5 Africa Cup of Nations last-16 date with Uganda Cranes.Uganda Cranes qualified as 2nd in Group A despite a 2-0 loss to Egypt, but the Senegal result ensured DRC secured a place as one of the top four third placed finishers.Four third-placed teams qualify, and DRC is already better than two of the other candidates.On Monday, Liverpool star Sadio Mane scored twice after having a penalty saved as Senegal defeated Kenya 3-0 in Cairo.The Champions League-winning forward had a timidly-struck first half penalty saved by Patrick Matasi before making amends with a brace after a goalless opening 45 minutes.Ismaila Sarr put Senegal ahead on 63 minutes and Mane netted on 71 and 78 minutes, his second goal coming from another penalty.Kenya were reduced to 10 men just before the second penalty was taken with Philemon Otieno sent off for a second yellow card.Ranking of third-placed teams 6E Angola20201102 5F Benin20202202center_img 2A DR Congo (A)31024403 Share on: WhatsApp Algeria made 11 changes to the team that beat Senegal last week and still beat Tanzania 3-0 in Cairo to top Group C with nine points.Senegal were runners-up with six points, Kenya third with three and Tanzania, back at the tournament after 39 years, ended pointless.The qualification of Senegal raised to 12 the number of teams who have secured places in the second round, which kicks off Friday.Hosts Egypt, surprise side Madagascar, Algeria and Morocco advanced as group winners and Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal and the Ivory Coast as runners-up.Defending champions Cameroon and Mali play Tuesday and will finish third at worst in their groups, which would secure two of four places reserved for teams filling that position. 1B Guinea (A)311143+14Advance to knockout stage PldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationlast_img read more

Poor showing against New Zealand has seen Virat Kohli lose number 1 Test spot

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 9f81NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa8485Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ymivWould you ever consider trying this?😱7y4sCan your students do this? 🌚1c5mdRoller skating! Powered by Firework The New Zealand tour has turned sour for Team India. Along with it, the captain Virat Kohli is struggling to find his usual finesse, and the lacklustre batting from the ODI series is has carried over into the Test. Although known for one of the present pioneer batsmen of Test cricket, Kohli failed to make a mark in the first Test, scoring only 21 across both innings of the first Test against New Zealand. As a result, the ICC no.1 Test batsman has lost his top spot, dropping to second position.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPThanks to marvellous performance in the South Africa and Bangladesh test series last year, Virat Kohli soared to the top spot in the batting ranking list last December, toppling Steve Smith with 928 ratings. Now, the Aussie superstar with 911 ratings has gone back to top of the ranking list, as Kohli’s ratings are down to 906.Australia’s last Test was against New Zealand, where Smith scored a marvellous 214 in the first test, including two half centuries. This is the eighth time Smith has regained his no. 1 rank in the last five years.Advertisement The Indian batting squad failed massively to rack up a good total against the Kiwis in the test, and Kohli himself, managed to put up a score of 2 and 19 in both innings respectively. With scoring totals of just 165 and 191, the hosts snatched away an easy 10 wicket victory in the second innings, chucking India into their heaviest Test defeat under the captaincy of Kohli at the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington.Following Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara has also lost two spots, and is down at 9th rank. The specialist Test batsman scored a total of 22 runs in the first Test.Advertisement However on the other hand, Mayank Agarwal has joined the top ten list, soaring up to no. 10 in the ranking, which is his career highest. The 29 year old put up an appreciable total of 92 across the two innings, along with a half century in the second one. With a rating of 727, Agarwal is one rank below Pujara.Ajinkya Rahane gone up to his previous rank at the no. 8 position. The 31 year old veteran middle order batsman scored 75 in the match.The second Test is to happen at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch this Saturday.Also read-World Cup winning Indian captain slams Virat Kohli for team selection in NZFormer Kiwi Craig McMillan reveals exactly why India got crushed by NZ in the first test Advertisementlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2016

first_imgMELATONIN ‘LOOKS GOOD’ IN CLASSIC WORKMISS SOUTHERN MISS IN TURF DEBUT MONDAYOFFSHORE IS ON COURSE FOR ZUMA BEACHKITCAT ‘PURRTY GOOD’ IN PREP FOR BC MILESANTA ANITA OFFERS DOLLAR DAY MONDAY MELATONIN WORKS TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSICSanta Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, unraced since capturing the Grade I Gold Cupat Santa Anita on June 25, continued preparing for a meeting with Horse of the World California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, working seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:27 Sunday morning under regular rider Joe Talamo.“He looked good,” said David Hofmans, who trains the five-year-old Kodiak Kowboy gelding for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc. “It was a nice, easy work. We got a lot of air into him and we’re trying to get him ready to roll.”Melatonin was given fractional times of 25.80, 50 flat and 1:03, with a one mile gallop out of 1:40.80 by Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.Melatonin is unbeaten in four races at Santa Anita and has earned $1,218,552 thanks to a 5-3-3 record from 13 career starts. Peter Miller2173233%57%$207,965 Bob Baffert1536220%73%$631,215 Tyler Baze3132610%35%$161,985 TOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days tomorrow, Columbus Day. Beer, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Thursday. Mike Smith1131127%45%$160,180 Kent Desormeaux2163129%48%$209,985 Philip D’Amato232059%30%$232,230 Victor Espinoza1742124%41%$620,495 FINISH LINES: Flavien Prat, who took over the riding lead with three victories yesterday, will be at Keeneland next Saturday to ride Senorita Stakes winner Stays in Vegas for Jerry Hollendorfer in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Next Sunday, agent Derek Lawson has the 24-year-old Frenchman booked to ride The Pizza Man in the $1 million Canadian International at Woodbine for trainer Roger Brueggemann . . . Condolences to trainer Eddie Truman and his family on the passing of his oldest brother, Dale, last Thursday in Wichita at the age of 78. Services are pending for Dale, a former chaplain for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America. -30- Carla Gaines721129%57%$119,670 SURF’S UP FOR OFFSHORE IN ZUMA BEACHNeil Drysdale has a reputation of not winning with first-time starters, so it may have surprised racing insiders when the Exchange Rate colt Offshore won at first asking going one mile on Del Mar’s turf course Sept. 3.“Maybe he overcame my training,” the Hall of Fame trainer joked.Be that as it may, next up for Offshore is Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for two-year-olds at a mile on grass.Drysdale was cautiously optimistic, as is his wont, about Offshore’s chances.“There are others in the race with more experience,” he said.The Zuma Beach, race nine of nine: Offshore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ooper Wallah, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Toshiro, Florent Geroux, 5-1; Riser, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Sorry Erik, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Colonel Samsen, Victor Espinoza, 30-1; Billy Big, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Bowies Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Secret House, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Harbour Master, Mike Smith, 4-1; Sonic Boom, Brian Hernandez Jr., 6-1; Big Score, Flavien Prat, 9-2; and also eligible Ventry Bay, David Flores, 15-1. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype720029%29%$52,685 Flavien Prat3584623%51%$797,990center_img Jamie Theriot1831217%33%$115,815 TRAINER FANCIES FILLY IN GRASS DEBUTMiss Southern Miss makes her turf debut in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for two-year-old fillies, and Keith Desormeaux is confident she will give a good account of herself in the one mile event.“She’s by More Than Ready out of a Stormy Atlantic mare (Miss Atlantic City),” the trainer said. “I’ve always been high on her since the first day she galloped. She was second in two stakes (the Landaluce and the Sorrento) but I thought she was capable of more.”Miss Southern Miss, owned by Peter Cantrell and bred by the Cantrel Family Partnership, was an eventful fifth behind Union Strike in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante last out on Sept. 3.The Surfer Girl, race six of nine: Happy Mesa, Florent Geroux, 4-1; Deer Valley, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Con Te Partiro, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Simmy’s Temple, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; La Force, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Doowop Shedoo, Mike Smith, 20-1; Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Miss Sugars, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Shy, Gary Stevens, 10-1; Lady Beware, Martin Garcia, 8-1; and Auntjenn, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 20-1. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.2873425%50%$311,650 TEAM KITCAT PLEASED WITH FILLY’S U.S. DEBUTKitcat, the Filly from Chile, came out of her second-place finish behind Curlin’s Fox in Saturday’s Swingtime Stakes in good order and it’s on to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile against males on Nov. 5.It was the first start in nearly six months for the four-year-old Chilean-bred daughter of Scat Daddy trained by Sebastian Silva and ridden Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, who was making his riding debut in the United States. The 37-year-old Perez has ridden Kitcat in all of her 14 races, winning seven.“She ran real good,” said former jockey Octavio Vergara, a native of Chile who has been interpreting for Team Kitcat during their stay in the U.S.“They run in the opposite direction (clockwise) in Chile, like they do in England, so this was the first time she ran this way (counter-clockwise),” pointed out Vergara.“She handled the turf very well and she hadn’t run for six months, so we’re very pleased with her second. Gary Stevens put up a good ride on Curlin’s Fox.“Gonzalo will stay here with the filly this month and he’ll ride her in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. I will try to help him with mounts here during that time.” SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mark Glatt1335323%85%$139,568 Peter Eurton820025%25%$177,064 Jerry Hollendorfer1922211%32%$126,045 Richard Baltas2135114%43%$230,660 Joseph Talamo2043020%35%$178,870 Doug O’Neill3856613%45%$226,223 Rafael Bejarano37513514%62%$630,265 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 8) Fernando Perez1940221%32%$90,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more