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Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun has said he is confident the People’s Elephant will advance to the group phase of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup provided his wards ‘give their 100%’ when they face South Africa champions Bidvest Wits in Calabar on Wednesday.The 2-time CAF Champions League winners go into the second leg of their Play-off tie in the Confederation Cup against the ‘Clever Boys’, having forced Gavin Hunt’s men to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Johannesburg, over a week ago.In an exclusive chat with www.busybuddiesng.com, the Flying Eagles handler also stated Enyimba’s readiness for Bidvest, admitting that the South Africans are a good side.“We are prepared. Obviously, we want to do well and by God’s grace, to win the game and qualify,” the former Warri Wolves coach said.“So we’ve done everything we need to do and, we are just praying to God that everything is fine tomorrow (Wednesday).“They (Bidvest Wits) are a good team. There’s no team that is not good at this stage, you know. They are a good team, so we know that we have to give a 100% effort out there to go through.“That’s what we are praying for and by God’s grace, we would be able to make it.“We are certain that we will give a 100% and, if we do that, by God’s grace, we will go through.”Enyimba are aiming to become the first Nigerian club to lift the CAF Confederation Cup since its inception in 2004.The match comes up at the U.J. Esuene stadium in Calabar by 4pm local time, with the gates thrown wide open for fans.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Aigbogun-April-17.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Related
The Court of Arbitration for Sport publicly announced the ruling Friday, agreeing with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s stance that a six-month ban Bailey served earlier this year was not enough.Bailey was part of the U.S. team that won a silver medal in the 4×100-meter relay at the London Games in 2012. That medal was stripped years later following the doping conviction of relay teammate Tyson Gay. Bailey, still angry about forfeiting that silver, turned to bobsledding last year with hopes of getting back to the Olympics.“I feel terrible for the guy,” said U.S. bobsled driver Nick Cunningham, who was racing with Bailey this season and won a World Cup silver medal with him last month in Lake Placid, New York. “He pretty much has to go through it twice. He was cleared and was extremely close to the Olympic Games and now has to go through it all over again. All that hard work for nothing.”Bailey took a supplement in January that included dimethylbutylamine, a banned stimulant that has been shown to raise blood pressure. The American Arbitration Association said Bailey had a “light degree of fault” when it ruled this year his suspension should be for six months, after accepting his explanation that the positive test was triggered by his usage of a high risk dietary supplement.Bailey served that suspension, which ended on July 9.The stimulant that Bailey took was not on the label of the supplement, though another banned product was listed as an ingredient. USADA took the case to CAS, a hearing was held in Los Angeles earlier this week, and Bailey’s Olympic hopes ended not long afterward.“I was disappointed to find out that his suspension got extended,” USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele said. “He’s a good kid, but he made a mistake. And when you make mistakes, you have to pay a price. We think, given the circumstances, that the price is excessive in this case. He’s got the potential to be one of the best push athletes we’ve ever seen in the sport and I hope we see him back.”There are examples of U.S. athletes getting six-month suspensions from USADA after positive tests for dimethylbutylamine. Some suspensions have also been of the two-year variety, like the one Bailey must now serve – with credit for the six months already served. In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 photo, United States’ Ryan Bailey smiles on the podium after finishing second in the two-man World Cup bobsled race in Lake Placid, N.Y. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) Bailey actually found out about the ruling by the top court in international sports during a race Thursday in Park City, Utah. He was in a four-man North American Cup competition, as part of the sled driven by Cunningham, and the team was told after the first of two heats that Bailey was ineligible to continue. Bailey was replaced in Cunningham’s sled by Carlo Valdes for the second run, and the team slipped from first place to second place in the final standings.Doping news has been a constant in the sliding world this season already, headlined by the International Olympic Committee ordering Russia to forfeit three golds and a bronze medal won at the 2014 Sochi Games in bobsled and skeleton.“With everything going on around the world regarding doping, I think USADA is making an example out of him,” Cunningham said.Bailey’s story endeared him to his U.S. bobsled teammates quickly after he tried the sport for the first time last year.As a teenager, Bailey had been a gang member and spent some time living in a car with his mother. He struggled in school, survived three stabbings and endured a severe beating as his price to escape the gang. He didn’t even compete in track and field until his sophomore year of high school.The medal he won in London was stripped in 2015, and he tried bobsledding a year later – saying he was immediately hooked on the adrenalin that comes with going 80 mph.“We feel bad for him because he feels so bad for us,” Cunningham said. “We had built great team chemistry over the past few months and were one of the best pushing teams in the world.” U.S. bobsledder Ryan Bailey was banned for two years for what he contends was an inadvertent doping violation, ending the former track and field medalist’s bid to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Image Courtesy: StreamableAdvertisement Juventus and Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for his unique ‘SIUUU’ celebration- which isn’t unique anymore as K-League All-Star players copied it after scoring in a friendly against the Serie A champions.Advertisement Advertisement Image Courtesy: StreamableThe match was 1-1 until the 45th minute, when the All Star forward Cesinha fired a shot into the Bianconeri net from inside the box, and soon after that, the Dageu FC player, along with teammates performed Ronaldo’s renowned celebration, as he watched from the Bench at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.Watch the clip below-Advertisement Sarri didn’t start the 34-year old in today’s match in Seoul, where the audience were eager to see the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner in action, which made the crowd distressed as they started chanting Lionel Messi’s name from the stands.Spanish forward Osmar Barba, who plays for Seoul FC, put the Korean side forward 8 minutes into the game, but was equalized by The Old Lady’s Simone Muratore, the 21 year old midfielder who had a good impression during the match.Suwon Bluewings’ Australian forward Adam Taggart put the All Stars ahead before the second half, where two Juve midfielder duo Blaise Matuidi and Mathias Pereira put two goals in. The final score was 3-3.FT: Honours even in Seoul ⚪️⚫️🇰🇷#MeetTheWonder #TeamKLeagueJuve pic.twitter.com/r87kr4NS5R— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 26, 2019 Advertisement
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The Selkirk College Saints are still a long way from the ultimate British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) destination, but the ride so far has been packed with success.The Saints brought an eight-game regular season winning streak into the long weekend. After defeating the Trinity Western University Spartans 5-2 at home on Friday night and the Eastern Washington University Eagles 4-2 at Cheney on Sunday afternoon, the Saints record remains unblemished.“I think resilience has been the biggest factor in the first 10 games,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “The way we are playing right now, we know that we can win any game. There is always adversity, but you need to play consistent and work for your rewards.”The second-place Spartans arrived to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on Friday night for their first match-up of the season against the first-place Saints. Saints forward Brandon Sookro started the scoring two minutes in with a pretty goal in tight that beat Spartans starter Lucas Mills. Derek McPhail then added a powerplay marker with seven minutes left in the period to give the home side a 2-0 lead.Trinity Western answered first in the middle frame when Kenny Batke beat Saints starter Patrick Zubick. Goals by Nelson Hurry and Parker Sharp then restored the Saints lead to 4-1 before the end of the second period. Trinity Western made it interesting late in the third period when Brayden Brown scored to make it 4-2, but captain Dallas Calvin put the game away with an empty net goal to preserve the win.Trinity Western outshot the Saints 31-26 in the game and forced Zubick to come up big on several occasions, particularly in the final period.“With either guy in net, our team is playing extremely confident in front of them,” Heaven says of Zubick and Brett Huber. “The team knows that both of them are able to make the big save when we need it. They have been doing it for us and the results are showing in the standings right now.” With the addition of goaltender coach Alex Ross, the Saints are putting strong focus on a position that is key to a championship season. Zubick returned to his hometown of Castlegar after helping the Dryden Ice Dogs win a junior championship in Ontario last season and has been solid in his first BCIHL season. Huber, who is in his third year with the Saints, was named the BCIHL goaltender of the month for October.“They are sharing the load and the pressure doesn’t pile on their shoulders,” Heaven says of the tandem. “Both of them are able to help this team succeed and that has been a big attribute so far this season. What’s also very important is they are building a strong relationship, they are battling for each other and not against each other.”On Sunday afternoon in Cheney, Washington, the Saints once again jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Sookro and Jack Mills. Eastern Washington tied the score in the second period with a pair of powerplay goals that came courtesy of five-on-three advantages. In the third period, the swarming Saints attack didn’t allow for an Eagles shot until 13 minutes had passed in the final frame. Goals by McPhail and Tyler Hartman secured the team’s tenth win.One of the keys to the Saints’ success to this point is a potent offence. Seven different players scored a goal over the weekend. “We have 10 to 12 guys who can put the puck into the net on any night,” says Heaven. “Obviously we have Dallas Calvin and teams will focus in on him, but then they tend to forget about these other guys.”Calvin’s blistering start has the Trail native leading the league in points with eight goals and 16 helpers. With both Trinity Western and Eastern Washington matching lines against the unit of Calvin, McPhail and Derek Georgopoulos, more attention is being shone on the Saints’ top line.“That line will have to battle through situations like that all season,” Heaven says of the extra attention. “When you have a guy who is averaging 2.5 points a game, I don’t think any opposing team is going to let a guy like that skate around free out there.”The Saints will not return to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex until January 12 and 13 when Trinity Western returns to the West Kootenay. The Selkirk College squad will now play the remaining four games of the semester on the road against four different coastal-based teams.“These are big games because we have a five-week break at Christmas,” Heaven says of two upcoming away weekends. “These road games will help set the tone for what happens in the second half of the season. We’ve been on a good streak to start, but ultimately it’s about building a process and continuing to improve. It can quickly turn around on you, so we need to ensure we continue to play with emotion and intensity. You don’t want to sit back because every game in this league is important.”Stay up to date and follow the Selkirk College Saints on Facebook at: facebook.com/SelkirkSaintsHockey.
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