Bayern star Lewandowski named Germany’s player of the year

first_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really BeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone MoviesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You Lewandowski, 32, scored 55 goals across the season and becomes the first non-German winner of the award since Kevin De Bruyne took the honour in 2015 at the end of the Belgium midfielder’s Wolfsburg stay. read also:Lewandowski, Haaland tackle one another for Bundesliga title The Poland international told Kicker: “I’m very proud of it. All the more because the expectations of me are getting higher and higher and I try to exceed them every year. “The level is so high that 25 goals per season is considered normal in the Bundesliga. I worked hard for my performance and that of the entire team, which then played superbly, both nationally and internationally.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Robert Lewandowski landed Germany’s Footballer of the Year prize on Monday (AEST) as reward for his extraordinary season with Bayern Munich. The award voted for by leading journalists in conjunction with Kicker magazine, went to Lewandowski by a resounding margin. He received 276 votes and Bayern completed a 1-2-3 in the awards as Thomas Muller pulled 54 votes to finish second, five votes ahead of Joshua Kimmich. Bayern conquered all challenges before them in 2019-20, winning a domestic Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double before going on to triumph in the Champions League, beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final.Advertisementlast_img read more

Nigeria Faces Elimination from ITF/CAT Junior Tennis

first_imgThe result leaves Nigeria with an enormous task as they need to win all their three matches against Togo on Thursday to stand any chance of progression for the main tournament slated for September in Casablanca, MoroccShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s boys’ team, wednesday failed to raise their game at the ongoing1st ITF/CAT West and Central African Teams’ Championship holding in Lagos as they stumbled to a 2-1 defeat to Benin thus making qualification a daunting task.The boys’ team consisting Fortune Joseph, Gabriel Inyang and David Ekpeyong fell to Ghana in their opening two singles as well as their doubles match on the first day and continued their unimpressive performance losing two of their three matches to Benin on Wednesday.With the girls’ team not in action until today, the host country endured another frustrating day despite the heroic display of Inyang who managed to put some smiles on the faces of the home fans.The 11-year-old from the VGC Tennis Club, Lagos is the most exposed among the Nigerian players, with training at the prestigious IMG Tennis Academy in Florida in 2015 and winning two tournaments in New York in 2016 and he justified the high expectations placed on him by beating Emmanuel Udensi 6-2, 6-4.Ekpeyong from Kodian Tennis Foundation, Port Harcourt, could not match the performance of his compatriot as he was beaten 6-4, 6-0 by Gillian Nahum while Benin took the doubles 7-6 6-2.last_img read more

Beat writers predict No. 2 Syracuse to eek by Towson in NCAA tournament second round

first_img Published on May 20, 2017 at 11:54 am Syracuse’s quest for its first national title in eight seasons and first Final Four since 2013 continues on Sunday at noon against Towson at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. The No. 2 Orange (13-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) face a tough challenge in the No. 11 Tigers (11-4, 5-1 Colonial Athletic), which won its league, upset former No. 1 Penn State in State College last week and brings its third-ranked defense to Delaware. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The winner of Syracuse-Towson will play the winner of Ohio State-Duke next Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.Here’s how our Syracuse men’s lacrosse beat writers predict SU will fare against Towson.Charlie DiSturcoEeny MeenySyracuse 12, Towson 10Syracuse has proven time and time again that it can withstand a very weak performance at the faceoff X and still win. Towson’s Alex Woodall is among the best in the country and will be a deciding factor in the game’s outcome. But, Syracuse thrives in come from behind situations and one-goal games. That’s where the balanced offense with six strong scoring threats finally breaks through. Another late game push led by Danny Varello at the faceoff X will give SU the fourth-quarter run it needs to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2013.Sam FortierTiger StyleSyracuse 10, Towson 9AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe biggest roadblock in Syracuse’s path to its first Final Four in four years is its own offense. In each of the Orange’s last five games, it has had to come from behind against teams like Colgate (36th-ranked scoring defense), Yale (31st) and North Carolina (34th). The offense eventually kicks into gear, scoring 11.6 goals per game in that stretch, but now it faces Towson. The Tigers have the third-best defense and force a much slimmer margin of error. Don’t rely on a comeback. Syracuse’s offense needs to get it from the get-go to put the Orange in the Final Four.Matthew GutierrezFirst in FourSyracuse 9, Towson 8Don’t expect a barn burner down in Delaware: Towson owns a stingy defense and Syracuse’s offense has stalled lately. Just know that the No. 2 Orange will score when needed and advance to its first Final Four in four years via a one-goal game. Evan Molloy continues to be excellent in goal and senior attack Jordan Evans hangs a few points on the Tigers in Syracuse’s 14th victory of 2017. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Dom Madonna dominates in net as No. 10 Syracuse topples No. 6 Notre Dame, 10-6

first_imgThe only noise louder than the groaning of the shocked fans in the Carrier Dome bleachers was the two sticks clashing in mid-air.Syracuse attack Brendan Bomberry dove across the cage, receiving a pass from Jamie Trimboli and twisting his body to shoot from just a few feet out. As he contorted himself and followed through on what fans thought looked like a point-blank goal, Notre Dame goalie Matt Schmidt met Bomberry’s stick head on, snatching the ball out of the air.Schmidt’s save led to a Notre Dame fastbreak that would leave the crowd more shocked than it already was. At the tail end of the fast break, as Syracuse just settled into its defense, Brian Willetts fired a shot from the left side of SU goalie Dom Madonna, which he saved off his pole, but when Notre Dame retained possession, it tried to copy SU. Bryan Costabile received a pass on the right side of Madonna and raced across in front of the goalie. As Costabile mimicked Bomberry, leaping across the crease, Madonna met his stick head-on, saving what looked like a sure-fire goal, this time for Notre Dame.“We’d like to think if you have that shot from that spot, you score,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. “He made the save. So today, he wins.”In No. 10 Syracuse’s (5-3, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) 10-6 win over No. 7 Notre Dame (5-3, 1-1 ACC) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Dom Madonna extinguished any hopes of ND winning its second ACC game this season. Instead, Madonna’s 13-save career day leaves SU undefeated in conference, with just North Carolina left on the ACC schedule. Heading a young team that surrendered eight man-up opportunities to ND, Madonna led a defense that ranks 59th in the country in scoring defense — 12.29 goals per game entering Saturday’s contest — to just six goals allowed, without giving up a single goal while down a man.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Madonna did not just provide a career-best performance this Saturday. He led Syracuse to its 900th win in program history. For a diehard fan that grew up wanting to play goalie for SU his entire life, Saturday meant something more.“Looking back on it, it feels pretty special,” Madonna said. “Being able to stay resilient and show what Syracuse lacrosse is all about.”Madonna opened the game strong, holding Notre Dame scoreless for the first 11:23 of the game before giving up three-straight goals from the 3:37 mark in the first quarter until the 10:56 mark in the second.But following that stretch, Madonna was nearly unstoppable, allowing just three goals the remainder of the game. Tied at 3-3, Trimboli was called for slashing as Notre Dame huddled the crease. Madonna managed to save a shot following the play-on, but when Notre Dame earned a man-up opportunity, Madonna made a diving save to his left and threw a long outlet to prevent any score for the Fighting Irish. SU then scored off of the outlet to take a 4-3 advantage.Madonna continued to repeat that time and time again. Syracuse didn’t help out its goalie Saturday in terms of fouls. The Orange was called for eight penalties, stretching a time frame of 5:30, while Notre Dame was called for just one in garbage time. Playing down a defender for nearly half of a quarter, Madonna held the Fighting Irish scoreless at every opportunity.“I thought Dom had another special day, making some one-on-one saves, especially in the man-down situation,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “Hats off to him and the man-down defense.”Desko, clearly not pleased about the penalty numbers, spent much of the game waving his hands and trying to get the officials’ attention.“Usually if you’re in a tight game, and the ball’s going back and forth, the penalties tend to be more even,” Desko said. “I have to be careful what I say. I didn’t agree with all of them.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerNotre Dame poured on 33 shots, while Madonna stood tall, making 13 saves and forcing Notre Dame to take early shots and turn the ball over near-cage.“We didn’t execute, you’ve got a guy open on the crease and you’re throwing a bad pass then I don’t think that’s the other team,” Corrigan said. “If you throw a guy a good pass and he drops it, I don’t think that’s the other team. If you throw a guy a good pass and it ends up in the goalie’s stick…”Corrigan didn’t finish the sentence, knowing that Madonna put together a dominant performance on Saturday. The redshirt senior prevented Notre Dame from capitalizing all of its eight man-up opportunities, and made more than twice as many saves, 13, as the Fighting Irish had goals, six.During one sequence with just under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Madonna saved a shot and raced around cage searching for a teammate to pass to. As he looked, the Notre Dame attack swarmed the SU goalie, hitting his stick and tugging on his jersey. No foul was called as Madonna dragged two Fighting Irish attacks with him, trudging forward as if he were pulling a weighted sled, his jersey nearly ripping behind him.As he escaped their grip, Madonna found a wide-open Riley O’Sullivan cutting up the middle. Instead of sticking to their assignments, O’Sullivan’s defenders ditched the midfielder to try to force a Madonna turnover. With only green grass in front, O’Sullivan led a three-on-one fastbreak which ended in a Nate Solomon goal. As the offense huddled around Solomon to celebrate, Madonna simply looked up to the ceiling, pointing straight up with a “number one” in the air.“We’re going to grind through (those possessions),” SU defender Nick Mellen said. “And then we’re going to trust this guy to make a big save at the end of it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 31, 2018 at 7:22 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edulast_img read more

Mo Salah Emerges SuperSport Player of the Month

first_imgMo Salah The Egyptian was thrown under the bus by critics for a solid but unspectacular start to the 2018/19 season.However, things have been looking up for him since the middle of October. The winger has scored eight goals and provided two assists for club and country and also managed to become the fastest player to ever reach the 50-goal mark for Liverpool.Additionally, Salah has been shortlisted for the prestigious BBC African Footballer of the Year award which he is widely expected to win for a second successive time.Salah’s combination of strong performances and his humble, down-to-earth demeanour have earned him praise from his fellow professionals. Brighton & Hove Albion’s Cameroonian defender Gaetan Bong believes even if Salah is not scoring, his attacking contribution is always a positive one.“He has everything, he’s top scorer,” Bong told BBC Sports. “He is a good player and good on the ball, strong and always working hard. You might not see it sometimes but when you are on the pitch, he is making a lot of runs, a lot of strong runs.”Veteran Ivorian attacker Gervinho (who was a candidate for this Player of the Month after becoming the top-scoring African in the Serie A this season) was a teammate of Salah’s at Italian giants Roma and believes the hard work the Egyptian puts in at the gym underscores his on-pitch brilliance.“Salah is a tough guy,” the Parma attacker told the Guardian. “Always calm and strong, with the mentality of a hard worker.“I’ll never forget his training sessions: very high rhythm, pushed like a madman, you watched him in amazement. He had a sort of positive effect – you saw Salah and wanted to work harder. Talent and sacrifice.”As does October’s Player of the Month, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose goal helped Arsenal beat Bournemouth this past weekend brought him level with Man City’s Sergio Aguero at the top of the Premier League scoring chart, while Riyad Mahrez (Man City), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) and Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid) have also impressed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leading sports TV network, SuperSport’s pick for the November 2018 Player of the Month is Liverpool and Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah.Salah who has shrugged off his sluggish start this season is back to his signature show-stopping play manship.Salah helped Liverpool secure a 3-0 away win over Watford, which kept them in touch with Premier League pacesetters Manchester City. The 26-year-old opened the scoring at Vicarage Road to pave the way for an emphatic Reds victory, which also featured goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino.last_img read more

Cameroon unveil rooster for Cape Verde game

first_imgCameroon have named a 26-man squad to begin camping next week ahead of their leg 2013 Afcon qualifier play-offs against Cape Verde in Yaounde.Newly appointed caretaker coach, Jean Paul Akono decided to put old wine in new skins by calling back a couple of old faces.Star striker Samuel Eto’o returns to the squad after almost nine-months absent as well as his fellow mates Benoit Angbwa anmd Jean II Makoun who exiled themselves from the team afte Eto’o was banned.Modeste Mbami, Mohammadou Idrissou, Pierre Wome Nlend have been recalled to international duty after over two years absence as well as Patrick Mevoungou.Cameroon face the danger of missing a second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations competitions should the fail to overturn a two-nil defeat suffered in the first leg in Praia.Cameroon squad Goalkeepers: Kameni Carlos Idriss, Ndi Assembe Guy and Mayebi Joslain.Defenders: Angbwa Benoit, Nyom Allan, Bedimo Henri, Bong Gaetan, Wome Nlend Pierre, Nkoulou Nicolas, Chedjou Aurelien, Kana Biyick Jean Armel, Nounkeu Dany and Matip Joel.Midfielders: Song Alexandre, Mbami Modeste, Olle Olle Junior, Mohamadou Idrissou, Emana Achille, Makoun Jean II, Overtoom Williams and Mevoungou Mekoulou Patrick.Strikers: Eto’o Samuel, Webo Achille, Aboubakar Vincent, Babanda Joel and Olinga Essono Fabrice.last_img read more

Teletović Played Excellent in the New Defeat of Nets

first_imgBasketball players of Brooklyn Nets were defeated in the NBA league. The team of Nets, in which B&H representative Mirza Teletović plays was defeated by Chicago Bulls with 95: 78.This is the 19th defeat of Nets for this season but B&H representative played a very good match. Mirza was the starter and in 19 minute he managed to score 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 blocking and he had one missed free throw.Video:

HC ‘Čelik’ got a New Coach

first_img(Source: Sport Centar) The handball club Čelik got its new coach, Adi Bašić, who was previously in the HC Krivaja for 13.5 years.“I am glad the club Čelik and I reached an agreement. I know all its players and appreciate them very much. I was coaching some of them before, in Krivaja (Aldin Begagić, Davor Kadić). I think we have the best and the most experienced team in the league and I wish to help this club win the title of the national champion.” – said Bašić who replaced Milanko Svačić (who led the team for the past half of year).last_img

Iowa Democrats’ annual fundraiser last big hurrah before Caucuses

first_imgDES MOINES — Fourteen presidential candidates are scheduled to address a crowd of more than 13,000 at the Iowa Democratic Party’s “Liberty and Justice Celebration” in Des Moines Friday night.For decades, the state party’s annual fall fundraiser was known as the Jefferson-Jackson Day or “JJ” Dinner. Tommy Vietor was the communications director for Barack Obama’s 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign.  He recently told Radio Iowa said the aim during the 2007 “JJ” Dinner was to show Obama’s organization was “for real.”“I think it might have been the single-most important night of the entire campaign,” Vietor said. “…Our supporters sat around for four or five hours and then, when Obama finally spoke, the place just came alive.”Obama was the evening’s final speaker. Earlier that afternoon, Obama had marched up the street to the venue with hundreds of supporters, then Obama addressed a few thousand at a nearby rally indoors — after John Legend performed for the crowd. Once inside Veteran’s Memorial Auditorum for the party fundraiser, Vietor remembers the rush to get everything into position.“Months of preparation went into the chants and the slogans that night as well as the placement of the Obama supporters in the middle of the venue,” Vietor told Radio Iowa, “and there was sort of a coordinated ‘call and response’ chant that went back and forth.”One of the hallmarks of these annual party functions is referred to as the “sign wars,” with campaign volunteers rushing to plaster the venue with the name of their candidate. In 2003, Howard Dean’s Iowa campaign manager Jeani Murray was part of one of the most spectacular feats in Iowa sign war history. Three massive banners were unfurled from the top to the bottom of the balcony in Vet’s Auditorium.“One said, ‘WIN.’ One said, ‘WITH.’ And one said, “DEAN,” Murray explained during an interview with Radio Iowa. “When he spoke, we rolled them out over the full sections.”Murray said, as it was back in 2003, this year’s event is the last big “hurrah” before the Caucuses.“All of these candidates can get together and show their organizational ‘oomph’ before the final push,” Murray said. “It can really put some people in the spotlight of their organization candidate’s skills and the campaign they’re running and it can also be a spot where people start to see the steam really coming out of folks’ balloons.”During the 1987 Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, Al Gore used his speech to criticize the Caucuses as too tilted to the party’s liberal wing. Phil Roeder was the Iowa Democratic Party’s communications director in 1987.“He was never doing particularly well in Iowa back then anyway,” Roeder told Radio Iowa, “and so he was kind of looking for an excuse to get out (of Iowa) and try the ‘Super Tuesday’ strategy in the south.”Gore won Iowa’s Caucuses in his second campaign for the White House. Murray, who was working for Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell at the time, remembers Gore’s “stay and fight” mantra during Gore’s 1999 “JJ” dinner speech.“(Gore) walked away from the podium and he gave kind of kind of a ‘pep talk’ style speech before those were popular,” Murray said. “It kind of humanized Vice President Gore.”Another former vice president, Walter Mondale, holds the distinction of winning the last Iowa Democratic Party “straw poll.”“Democrats used to have straw polls at these big events and after the Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner of 1983, the DNC outlawed, if you, straw polls as a waste of time and resources,” Joe Shannahan, a Democrat who attended the 1983 event, told Radio Iowa.Eight years later, Shannahan was the Iowa Democratic Party’s communications director when a blizzard thinned the crowd for the 1991 JJ Dinner.“We ended up giving away thousands of meals to local homeless shelters,” Shannahan said.The 1991 Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner was the only time all the Democratic Party’s candidates attended an Iowa event. Iowa native and then U.S. Senator Tom Harkin was running for president at the time and Harkin handily won the 1992 Iowa Caucuses.last_img read more