Cole’s ‘surprise’ phone calls inspired me more after I joined Man Utd

first_imgNigeria striker, Odion Ighalo, has sensationally revealed how England legend, Andy Cole’s phone calls had played a big role in his career before and after joined Manchester United in January. Odion Ighalo is only on loan at Manchester United until the end of the season Nigeria striker, Odion Ighalo, has sensational revealed how England legend, Andy Cole’s phone calls had played a big role in his career before and after joined Manchester United in January. The Nigerian completed a shock loan deal to the Red Devils in January, signing a short-term contract from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. The 30-year-old’s arrival drew widespread skepticism from supporters and the media alike, with many believing United, had panicked with a move for the forward who had spent the last three years playing outside of Europe. Ighalo has since hit back at his critics, insisting that they’re the same people that are praising him now.Advertisement Loading… The Nigerian has made the critics eat their words with four goals in eight appearances for the Reds and he’s revealed that a call from Cole gave him a good feeling about the move. ‘I have a lot of memories of him [Cole] he’s one of the best goalscorers I’ve ever seen,’ said Ighalo. ‘He scored a lot of goals for Manchester United. The way he finished was brilliant. I have learned one or two things from watching [old clips]. ‘It’s a privilege talking with Cole. Even when I signed for Manchester United he gave me a surprise call early in the morning to congratulate me and wishing me well even before I started training with the team. ‘I cherish that the most. it’s one of those great things, an idol like that from Manchester United before I even started kicking a ball. I appreciated it so much.’ read also:Man Utd hero ‘really pleased’ with Ighalo Shanghai are content with allowing Ighalo to leave but they want a fee of around £15m. Ighalo, a boyhood United fan, recently revealed that Cole and strike partner Dwight Yorke were his heroes growing up. ‘I had a lot of football heroes,’ Ighalo said. ‘When I started supporting Man United, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were my heroes growing up – and some Nigerian players as well like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

2020 sports festival will restore Edo’s glory — Shaibu

first_imgRelatedPosts We have finally caged Edo politics lions, says Gov. Obaseki Edo 2020: Social media users turn Oshiomhole to laughing stock after defeat Edo 2020: Obaseki’s victory has several implications — Saraki Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has said that the 2020 National Sports Festival will be used to return the lost glory of sports in the state. Shaibu spoke during the second Joint Technical Meeting of the 20th National Sports Festival on Tuesday in Benin. He said that the event tagged “Edo 2020” was special to the state government and the people because it’s going to be hosted in a digital way. He also said that it was time to return the state to its number one in sporting activities. “2020 is the return of the native. Last time, we hosted the festival in an analog way, but this time it is going to be hosted in a digital way. “This time we are repositioning the national sports festival and redefining how states should host it after a long gap,” he said. The deputy governor said that after its technical meeting, the government would endeavour to implement the outcome so that unity of the festival would be adhered to, to build a stronger oneness among us all.Tags: 2020 National Sports FestivalBeninEdo StatePhilip Shaibulast_img read more

The United States Suspends Private Charter Flights to Cuba

first_imgIn making his announcement, Pompeo slammed the regime in Cuba for continuing to jail reporters and pro-democracy activists, suppress dissent, oversee “horrific” physical abuse and prop up President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, among other offenses. “The suspension of private charter flights will deny economic resources to the Castro regime and inhibit its capacity to carry out abuses,” Pompeo said in a statement. “This administration will continue to target and cut the revenue the Cuban government earns from landing fees, stays in regime-owned hotels, and other travel-related income,” Pompeo added. The United States is suspending private charter flights to Cuba Eva Marie UZCATEGUI AFP/File The Cuban military and intelligence services own and operate the great majority of hotels and tourism infrastructure in Cuba. The United States said they urge travelers of all nationalities to consider this and to make responsible decisions regarding travel to Cuba. WASHINGTON – The Secretary of State in the United States, Mike Pompeo, on Thursday said that the United States is suspending private charter flights to Cuba as another way to starve the government in Havana of revenue. “Unfortunately, the Castro regime has not changed its repressive and undemocratic behavior. It continues to imprison journalists and democracy activists, to oversee horrific physical abuse, to perpetuate the de facto dictatorship in Venezuela, to repress freedom of religion or belief, and to silence and intimidate those who speak truth about the reality in Cuba,” the US State department statement said.last_img read more

The journey so far: Happy 1st birthday

first_imgShare Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon BetRegal revamps affiliate program with Income Access for crucial 2019 January 25, 2019 Kindred ups operating costs to accommodate for licensed realities July 24, 2019 Suren Khachatryan, Digitain: Focusing development on the customer’s need for speed April 23, 2019 In some respects, the time has flown by, while other elements of the journey have moved at a snail’s pace. That’s the view of Aly Lalani, Head of Marketing at, as he reflects on an eventful, yet ultimately rewarding, first year for the new sports betting brand. As I sit here at the beginning of September typing this, I realize that it has been just over a year since the launch of BetRegal. That’s right, we have been live and functional to accept players and process wagers for over 12 months now.Much like we all like to do on birthdays, I thought it would be a novel idea to reflect on the lessons learned over the past year.Some have been good, some have been more difficult, but all have proven valuable in terms of developing learning as we navigate this new and evolving terrain.Easy and simple are not the same thingEnglish was never my strongest subject in school. I was always more of a math and science guy. Even so, I always had the impression that the terms ‘easy’ and ‘simple were’ synonymous. Turns out I couldn’t be more wrong… those are two very different terms.Conceptually, what we are trying to accomplish here is reasonably simple. We are not trying to reinvent the way customers wager on sports (or casino), we are not trying to revolutionize our product by offering options that no other gaming company offers (yet), and we are not trying to be way ahead of the curve in terms of payment options by focusing on cryptocurrency or blockchain betting.None of those things. What we are trying to do is acquire (and keep) customers by offering a quality gaming product to a targeted audience in a safe and secure online environment. Ultimately, the number of available markets to wager on is relatively homogenous so all we need to do is take the product being offered by our software provider and differentiate it enough to be attractive to our target customer.Sounds simple enough right? Sure, it sounds simple, but it is the furthest thing from easy. There are so many intricacies and issues that just seem to pop up out of nowhere that regardless of the level of planning or forward thinking, it seems like we are in a constantly reactive state.Just to be clear, nobody at BetRegal went into this thinking it would be easy – it just amazes me that a goal that can be articulated in a few simple sentences can contain so many trials and challenges. It really is remarkable how different the concepts of ‘easy’ and ‘simple’ are.Adaptability and flexibility in terms of business focusIt’s mid-August 2017. The other stakeholders and I are sitting in a boardroom finalizing plans for our impending launch. We have had the appropriate conversations around setting goals, which includes a reasonable understanding of who our target customer is, as well as a good sense of which markets we are to focus our efforts on.Sounds good right? Sounds like we have a relatively well-defined path? That’s what I thought too. The result of the path hasn’t changed (goals, target customer/market), but the journey has definitely taken some hard rights and lefts. I suppose that’s one of the benefits of being a small and nimble company, and almost acts as a differentiator.Outsourcing can be extremely valuable, but also a real pain in the a$$Way back in the first of these diaries (coincidentally about a year ago), I discussed our strategic decision to utilize the outsourcing model for most of our needs, which puts me in a good position to judge the pros and cons of this approach. My conclusion is that this can be really awesome, or really awful.Earth-shattering right? Let me elaborate. My experience has been that there is a huge amount of variability in effectiveness of outsourcing. The upside is great. Imagine being able to bring on an entire team of subject matter experts in a field you have a specific and urgent need for. No hiring, no onboarding process, no product or market specific learning curve, none of that stuff that everyone hates.In most cases nowadays, it’s reasonably easy to find agencies/consultants that are vertical specific, so they are already familiar with the concepts and terminology. It’s a great process when it works well. It’s definitely costlier, but allows for unmatched efficiency when compared to hiring an internal team.As high as the ups can be, the downside can be just as extreme. The real down side, in my opinion, is priority. Especially when dealing with a vendor who services multiple clients. It’s obviously impossible to assign the same level of priority as when dealing with an internal team.It’s easy to walk into a team of developers or marketers and say ‘project X is now priority number one, and nothing else gets worked on until it’s complete’. We’ve had situations where the outsourcing strategy has resulted in not meeting the defined timelines, or not to the quality we would expect. That results in angry emails and skype chats, escalations, etc. None of that is a productive use of time.The ‘R’ in the SMART goal methodology is remarkably importantAnyone who has sat in any type of management training, has gone through the process of defining SMART goals. We’ve all groaned at PowerPoint’s explaining why SMART goals are important. As cliché as they are, I am actually a firm believer in all of the components. However, over the course of the past year one has really jumped out as especially important.Although there are variations, in my world the ‘R’ is for realistic. If there was one component of the SMART goal methodology we missed on, I would say it was R. After all, who knows what is realistic to achieve in the first year of operation? Some of our initial goals were achieved fairly quickly, while others we have barely begun to penetrate.With 12 months of operation under our belt, and a reasonable sense of our pace of accomplishment, we are well positioned to make sure our upcoming strategic goal setting exercise is properly aligned with our resources and realistic output.Can we can do this? Yes, we canPerhaps the most important takeaway from this entire first year, through all the peaks and valleys that we have experienced over 12 months, is an encouraging sense that ‘we can do this’. This is not an impossible task. It might not an easy path, but there is a path here to the end goal that we defined.There will inevitably be challenges, as our industry evolves in terms of technology, product and compliance. However, it’s important for us to see them not as obstacles, but opportunities to develop.Ahead of the World Cup, we talked about swimming with the big fish. Now is not the time to retreat to the safety of the shore. After 12 months hard work, it’s time for BetRegal to kick on.last_img read more

Michigan State Troopers do 22 Push-ups Challenge for Veteran Suicide Awareness

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMichigan State Troopers were at the men’s ACC basketball game Saturday taking part in the 22 Push Up Challenge, the challenge is to raise awareness for veteran suicide.The number 22 represents the number of veterans who take their life daily. Inspired by his own son, who is suffering from PTSD, challenge organizer, Cal Howard said it’s all about helping people who are dealing with pain.“We’re finding that 22 veterans are committing suicide everyday. That’s a big statistic. When I looked at that I thought, ‘What could I do to help?’ So I basically formulated the coordinator for Northern Michigan and we’re basically trying to get the awareness out that it’s not only about veterans, it’s about anybody committing suicide. If you can help a person that’s going to commit suicide that’s the best thing you can do. Get them help, give them a phone number or something to get them in the right direction,” Howard said.The number is sadly increasing. Howard said the number of vets dying daily is now 25.“The sad thing is I just heard that the number has gone up to 25, and that’s really sad. Whatever I can do to help these veterans like my own son, I want to do that. I want to make a difference. If you can make a difference and maybe help a life from being snuffed out that’s what it’s all about,” he added.Howard plans to take his challenge to other cities in Northeast Michigan. He also said he hopes to reach the entire state of Michigan in the future.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, ACC Men, Basketball, michigan state police, Michigan State Troopers, Pushup Challenge, PushupsContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena’s Favorite Pastry, Paczki Sale is Back!Next It’s National Girl Scout Cookies Weekend; Cookies Unload in Alpena Ready for Delivery to Help Benefit the Troopslast_img read more

A ‘rejuvenated’ Brian Dozier begins adjusting to a new, larger market with Dodgers

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — Brian Dozier is originally from Fulton, Miss., home to approximately 4,000 people and two chain hotels. The state of Alabama lies 10 miles to the east. Fulton is bordered on the west by a man-made waterway connecting the Tennessee River to the Gulf of Mexico.That might explain why, when he played for the Minnesota Twins, Dozier purchased a home in downtown Minneapolis on the Mississippi River, close enough to Target Field that he could walk to work if he chose. It reminded him of home.“Even though Minneapolis was a bigger city, it had a lot of similarities,” Dozier said. “The suburbs, the country feeling, which I love – the lakes, the fishing, hunting, all that kind of stuff. Even though it was bigger, there were a lot of similarities, which is good. We spent a lot of time going out, skiing, fishing on lakes.”Dozier’s first day in the Dodgers’ starting lineup was Wednesday, batting fifth and playing second base against the Milwaukee Brewers. He could be excused for not noticing when he crossed the Los Angeles River from his temporary quarters in Pasadena. After Sunday’s game, he plans to meet with his agent, a Southern California native, to pick out something more permanent. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “Guys that are leaders in a major league clubhouse are very self-aware,” Roberts said. “They do things the right way; that’s how they gain the respect. When a player like those guys … comes into a clubhouse they’re very respectful of what’s already been created. That’s one thing. With all those guys … because they’ve already accomplished so much in their careers, they just want to win.“So to see Brian’s quotes (after Tuesday’s game) and to talk to him, it’s no surprise. Chase said the same thing. Jimmy said the same thing. They’re leaders in their clubhouse for a reason.”Each of those players was rescued from a rebuilding organization by a playoff contender. Here, their focus can be more exclusive. Dozier’s only previous postseason experience came in last year’s American League wild-card game when the New York Yankees eliminated the Twins. In Minnesota, this was progress; in Los Angeles, it would constitute failure.Regardless of the uniform, or the city, Dozier was excited by the prospect of a longer postseason run.“That kind of rejuvenates me as a player,” he said, “and makes you fall in love with the game more.”MAXED OUTDozier’s debut meant a day off for Max Muncy, who is mired in a 1-for-19 slump in which he has struck out 10 times. Cody Bellinger played first base and Joc Pederson got the start in center field.“I see him chasing more than he typically does,” Roberts said of Muncy. “I don’t see him going the other way as much as he was earlier in the season. I think the breaking ball underneath is getting him, which it was getting him early. Hitting is tough. Right now, you look at the last couple weeks, that’s some of the things that he’s fighting.”The Dodgers will have to accommodate another position player Thursday when Justin Turner is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list. The third baseman has batted only three times since the All-Star break because of a groin strain. Injuries have limited Turner to 50 games this season, in which he’s hit .259 with five home runs.Machado is expected to return to shortstop to accommodate Turner. Reliever John Axford, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, is expected to be added to the active roster Friday.UP NEXTDodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 4-5, 2.52 ERA) vs. Brewers (RHP Jhoulys Chacin, 10-3, 3.45 ERA), 6 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season When Manny Machado became a Dodger, he brought a Rodeo Drive fashion sense and a dog named Kobe. Dozier, 31, has neither of these things. (For the record, he said he and his wife Reneé own a French Bulldog named Pickle.) To the Doziers, Los Angeles represents a different environment.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Minnesota was comfortable,” he said. “Especially with her, how she runs the wives’ organization, been there so long. The wives have it a lot worse than we do. We can easily make friends because we play against all these guys, all this. It’s a little tougher for the wife. When she got the news it was a little overwhelming but exciting at the same time. Different emotions.”The Twins drafted Dozier in 2009. By the time he was traded an hour before Monday’s deadline, only Joe Mauer had more seniority within the organization.The Dodgers have done this before. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins had a similar stature in the Philadelphia Phillies’ clubhouse before they headed west. Though he is only 26, Machado debuted with the Baltimore Orioles when he was just 19. Each player went from the top rung in one clubhouse to the bottom rung of another.Manager Dave Roberts said acclimating such players to a new environment is “simple.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL free agency rumors: Jets divided over Le’Veon Bell decision

first_imgLe’Veon Bell remains one of the top free agents on the market.The three-time Pro-Bowl running back has been linked to the Raiders and Jets, but one team isn’t completely sold on Bell. According to a report from the New York Daily News, the Jets are “divided” when it comes to acquiring the disgruntled Steelers star. The report noted: Related News NFL free agency rumors: Raiders to pursue Le’Veon Bell Bell, 27, has had three seasons with over 1,260 yards, including a 1,291​-yard year in 2017.He has 5,336 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns in his six-year career with the Steelers.However, the 27-year-old sat out all last season amid a contract dispute with the team. “There’s a general feeling in the building that Bell is worth pursuing only to a certain point. In other words, the Jets do not want to break the bank and fork over what Bell evidently wants: $15-16 million per year.​”However, New York does know it doesn’t want to be used as leverage for Bell to strike a deal somewhere else — like Oakland. According to the report, people within the organization strongly believe they were used during the Kirk Cousins negotiations last year and don’t want history to repeat itself with Bell.Still, the Jets would benefit from Bell’s presence in the backfield. The team finished 29th in total offense and 26th in rushing last season. New York’s leading rusher, Isaiah Crowell, finished the year with a meager 685 yards, and the Jets’ next best running back tallied just 343​ yards.last_img read more

There is no stopping Penn Hills – Indians win WPIAL 5A Title over West Allegheny, 28-18

first_img TERRY “TANK” SMITH celebrates as the Indians claimed the WPIAL 5A Championship. Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter PENN HILLS LEGEND—Former Indians player and current NFL star defensive lineman Aaron Donald was at the game, watching his high school team claim the WPIAL 5A Title. Donald plays for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. PENN HILLS’ ANTHONY GRIMES THE CELEBRATION—Penn Hills players Dante Cephas, Hollis Mathis and Corey Thomas hold the WPIAL 5A Championship Trophy after defeating West Allegheny, 28-18, at Norwin High School, Nov. 23. (Photos by Courier photographer Will McBride) HOLLIS MATHIS threw three touchdowns and ran for 49 yards on eight carries, as his Penn Hills Indians claimed the WPIAL 5A crown. PENN HILLS’ DEVYN BEST brought the heat—in the form of a smoke bomb—onto the field as he was introduced prior to the contest.last_img read more


first_imgCHESTNUT SON OF BIG BROWN GETS 1 1/16 MILES 1:42.20, SAN FELIPE NEXT ON MARCH 7 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015)–Although he appeared beaten at the rail with a furlong to run, Bob Baffert’s Dortmund called upon his considerable class and courage to defeat rival Firing Line by a head in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, an important steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.Undefeated in his previous three starts and ridden by Martin Garcia, the imposing chestnut colt by 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown was collared by Firing Line midway around the far turn and was a half length behind leaving the eighth pole en route to covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.20.“He’s a really good horse,” said Garcia. “He’s just a big baby, he’s still learning. I broke sharp and I put myself in a good position. When I asked him to go he started moving slowly. It looked like Firing Line (who was ridden by Gary Stevens) went by me, but in the end, when I asked him, he just started coming back. Firing Line gave us pressure, but my horse just took off again.”Heavily favored at 3-5 in a field of five Derby hopefuls, Dortmund, a Kentucky-bred colt who is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina, paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., Dortmund, who also defeated Firing Line by just a head in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 20, picked up $90,000 for the win and now has earnings of $449,400.For his part, Firing Line, who rated kindly behind longshot Tizcano and Dortmund, appeared to have gained a clear advantage in deep stretch, but couldn’t hold the winner off while finishing some 21 ½ lengths in front of third place finisher Rock Shandy.“I was disappointed,” said Stevens, who was also bidding for his 5,000th career win in North America. “I saw that Martin was asking his horse and he wasn’t getting any response and I was sitting there with a lot of horse. I thought I would never say that I moved too early at the eighth pole in a dirt race, but I moved too early.“At the three eighths pole, I saw Dortmund wasn’t responding and I was smiling. I said ‘We’ll see what he does and we were opening up and he was idling. I thought we buried the one we had to beat and then I saw the shadow coming back at me.”Trained by Simon Callaghan, Firing Line was off at 9-5 and paid $2.20 and $2.10. His overall record now stands at 4-1-3-0.Callaghan, when asked if he thought Firing Line had the race in-hand, responded “I did. Gary came back and the first thing he said is ‘I’d ride him a little differently next time.’ It was Gary’s view that he moved a little early. These things are always easy after the event and he’s still learning. I think one thing for sure is he’s a very good horse and he got beat by a very good one.”The third wagering choice at 6-1, Rock Shandy, who was ridden by Victor Espinoza, finished third, 7 ¾ lengths in front of Hero Ten All and paid $2.10 to show.Dortmund collected 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, while the second, third and fourth place finishers collected four, two and one, respectively.Fractions on the race were 23.18, 46.80, 1:10.70 and 1:35.54.last_img read more