Babayaro Laments Drogba’s Disgrace at Cote d’Ivoire FA Election

first_imgFormer Super Eagles goalkeeper, Emmanuel Babayaro yesterday said that he is yet to come to term with the result of Cote d’Ivoire FA election where African football legend, Didier Drogba, scored zero vote at the poll.The ex-Chelsea star was tipped as the favourite to defeat challengers Idriss Diallo and Sory Diabate to the exalted office.But in last Sunday’s election conducted among former Ivorian players through video conferencing, the two-time African Player of the Year scored zero out of the 14 votes available. Just like Drogba, incumbent Vice-president Diallo got no votes as league President Diabate reaped 11 ballots, while three withdrew.Didier Zokora, who was Drogba’s assistant captain, shockingly was among the retired players who failed to approve the choice of the 42-year-old to lead Ivorian football for a new lease of life.Babayaro in an interview with bsnsports.comsaid the outcome of the election clearly explains the disharmony among footballers after retirement from the round leader game.“My brother did you see Drogba score zero in a vote cast by ex-internationals in his country? Have you noticed how many players’ union we have even here in Nigeria? And ex internationals Union too? Can you see what is happening to Edema Fuludu and Victor Ikpeba (at Delta FA) with very little or no support from their constituency of ex internationals?“That is the lot of African players, envy, jealousy, hate etc. Synergy is near impossible for now,” stressed the 1993 Under-17 World Cup winner with Golden Eaglets.Babayaro attributed the root cause of these disharmony to petty envy.“First, I will attribute this to envy because most times, ex-internationals seem to envy themselves especially when one is thriving. There is so much envy and bad blood amongst us former footballers,” Emmanuel Babayaro told BSN Sports Whatsapp platform.Drogba’s shock loss in the Cote d’Ivoire Football Association poll to Sory Diabete came as a rude shock to many football fans in the African continent.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

New Brightline station proposed in Boca Raton

first_imgVirgin Trains sent a letter to Mayor Scott Singer on Friday proposing a new station in downtown Boca Raton.Singer didn’t quite object to the proposal as he hopes it could enhance local business, promote tourism and lighten the traffic flow.The station would be built near the East lot of the downtown library, and a proposed garage would be big enough to support library patrons, train riders and could potentially have space for additional downtown-accessible parking.A city meeting will be held on Monday to discuss timelines and cost of the project. Mayor Singer says Virgin Trains are expected to take the weight of the costs.last_img

Sea Bright OKs Transfer of Riverfront Parcel to Resident

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A parcel of riverfront land was transferred to an Atlantic Way resident who lives adjacent to the property.In a 4-2 vote Tuesday night, the Borough Council approved the deal to vacate the 30 by 30-foot Bellevue Place parcel and granted ownership to Timothy J. Parker, 3 Atlantic Way.Prior to the vote, the council heard from supporters and opponents of the action at a public hearing on the ordinance. Council members John Lamia Jr., and Peggy Bills voted against the vacation of the property, while Charles Rooney III, William Keeler, Brian Kelly and Marc Leckstein supported it.In a telephone interview before the meeting, Acting Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the land was reserved for a public street when the subdivision was built decades ago, but the paper street was never realized. “The borough has no intention to lengthen the street,” he said.Parker’s neighbors spoke in support of the ordinance granting him ownership.Mike Welty of Bellevue Place, said no one uses the plot, located between Parker’s home and the river on the north side of Atlantic Way, adding that “hundreds of square yards” of riverfront property are open to public access on the south side of the end of Atlantic Way, where it terminates at the river. Neighbors in the area, Welty said, use the larger property for picnics and get-togethers.Before the vote was taken, Councilman Leckstein introduced an amendment he said was requested by the American Littoral Society, NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Surfrider Foundation which said, “The act of vacating the identified portion of Bellevue Place shall not vacate or eliminate the end of public street access,” referring to the end of Atlantic Way which runs from Ocean Avenue to the river.All council members approved the amendment.But the rest of the letter from the three organizations, which was not read to the public by Leckstein but was later read at the meeting by an objector to the vacation of the street, went on to give reasons they opposed the ordinance. “In this case, the undersigned groups believe that the public interest, specifically as related to future public access to tidal waterways, would be better served by maintaining the public right to this property,” the letter said, referring to the New Jersey Legislature’s effort to “pass laws to clarify the type and amount of access to these tidal waterways,” following a court decision that “recently struck down the NJ DEP’s most recent Rules public access to tidal waters in NJ.”“A single property owner’s desire to build a deck and any attendant minimal tax base interest does not outweigh the larger public interest that is provided meaningful public access,” the letter said.Councilman Keeler said he had decided to vote for the amendment because he believed that having a public space so close to the Parker home caused a difficult situation for the family as “people could come up and look into the windows” of the house.Keeler said he had a parking lot adjacent to his home and it was often noisy and had trash left on it.He said there were other areas in the neighborhood that had public access to the river.Several others objected to the ordinance including a neighbor, Tom Scriven.“Once you give land away it’s never given back,” he said. Scriven said the council had a “duty” to preserve land “for the future” of the town.last_img read more

Peewee Leafs finish on winning note at weekend house tournament

first_imgNelson Leafs finished seventh overall at the Peewee House Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Callum Cutler scored twice while Pax Arrowsmith and Seamus Boyd added singles to lead the Leafs to a 4-0 victory over Kelowna Chiefs in consolation round action.Josh Marsden registered the shutout in goal.The tournament was won by Creston, which defeated Grand Forks Grizzles in the final 7-2.The Grizzlies advanced with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in semi final action while Creston blasted Grand Forks Bruins 8-0. Nelson opened the tournament Friday with a 4-1 loss to Castlegar Giants.The game was tied 1-1 before the Giants scored three times on Leafs goalie Ben Thast.Cutler scored the lone goal for Nelson.The Leafs bounced back Saturday by stopping Tri-Cities Thunder 4-1.Nikko Lazier, Haydu, Jack Centrone and Cutler each scored singles for Nelson.Marsden was in goal to register the win.In the final round robin contest, Nelson lost a heartbreaker, dropping a 5-4 decision to Kelowna.Haydu, Boyd, Centrone and Cutler scored for Nelson.Thast, who began playing between the pipes this season, was in net for Nelson.last_img read more

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Liverpool line-up v Dortmund: No Sturridge but summer signings to start?

first_imgThe Premier League season is tantalisingly close, but Liverpool must play a pre-season friendly with Borussia Dortmund first before they can get started.A 3-1 defeat to Manchester United saw the Reds’ pre-season tour of America end on a sour note, but they have a chance to put things right at Anfield in front of their home fans.The Bundesliga giants may be without a couple of German World Cup winners when they get off the bus in L4 but they will still be able to call on the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ciro Immobile, Jakub B?aszczykowski and Marcel Schmelzer.Liverpool will also be able to name a strong team, with Steven Gerrard likely to start alongside new signings Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillio and the impressive Emre Can.Two doubts for the match are £20million man Lazar Markovic and Daniel Sturridge, who Rodgers may not want to risk so close to the start of the new Premier League campaign, but there may also be a start for exciting youngster Jordon Ibe.Possible Liverpool line-up against Borussia Dortmund: Daniel Sturridge 1center_img 1last_img read more

Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch living life, breaking tackles on his own terms

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — The locker room was clearing out, and Raiders coach Jon Gruden, holding a game ball tossed to him by defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, was making his way out of when he saw a solitary figure sitting in a chair in front of his locker.Gruden walked up to Marshawn Lynch, extended his hand, and the two exchanged a few words after the Raiders’ 45-42 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday.Lynch lives life in a protective …last_img

Building Healthy Military Communities – Featuring Indiana

first_imgThis week we feature a guest post from Building Healthy Military Communities State Coordinator in Indiana, Kyle WoodIndiana is different from the other states that are piloting Building Healthy Military Communities because there are no active duty installations in the state. We are heavily focused on the geographically dispersed military population. In our state, there are many programs in place to address service member needs. Rather than develop redundant programs, Indiana looks to augment those programs by providing additional resources for soldiers to access by way of Joint Services Support (JSS).  We also prioritize making sure all community partners throughout the state know how to communicate their services to JSS.Everyone is geographically dispersed, which requires Indiana to have a large pool of community, state, and federal resources to be spread out. Family assistant specialists and personal finance counselors need to be strategically placed in all five corners of the state in order to meet needs.Although there are federal programs designed for specific branches such as Army National Guard, active duty and Reserve members do not know they can use National Guard family assistant specialists. This is an area we are pursuing additional education for service members. Further partnership with Purdue Cooperative Extension could assist in these and other efforts, and we look forward to engaging more with our counterparts at Purdue University. Along with his position as the Indiana State Coordinator for Building Healthy Military Communities, Kyle Wood is a member of the Indiana Army National Guard as a UM-60M Blackhawk pilot. Being a current member of the military gives him a unique perspective on the struggles that geographically dispersed Service Members face on a day to day basis.last_img read more

Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham may have been the focal point of Meralco’s offense on Game 4 against Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals, but the Bolts needed a couple more players to get the 85-83 victory.First was Baser Amer, who made a crucial three-pointer, and then it was Reynel Hugnatan who dished the clutch assist to Durham that led to the game’s final score.ADVERTISEMENT Cone rues missed timeout in Ginebra’s final possession Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ And Durham couldn’t help but admire Amer and Hugnatan for their efforts in bailing the Bolts out en route to tying the series at 2-2.“Baser, I just told him to keep playing, keep playing, and keep shooting,” said Durham of Baser Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAmer had struggled in the two games prior to Game 4 as he went a combined 5-of-19, including a 0-of-6 performance in Game 3.All that, however, became an afterthought when Amer knocked down a booming triple that gave Meralco an 83-81 lead with 1:18 remaining in the fourth. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “I had four guys on me and he [Amer] was wide open and I just had to trust in him and just passed him the ball and he knocked it down. They said Chris Ross was the Most Improved Player, but if I had a vote, I would have given it to Baser that’s for sure.”“He made the biggest play of the game, he made that three and I’m proud of him.”And if Baser made a bailout shot late in the game, Hugnatan practically made life easier for Durham for more than 30 minutes.Hugnatan logged more than 31 minutes of play and in the time that he and Durham shared the floor, the Bolts’ import had the luxury of playing in a wide paint.The 38-year-old Hugnatan was Meralco’s stretch 4 and he baited Ginebra’s opposing big men, namely Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar, to guard him outside instead of providing help in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “It’s a lot easier to get to the rim and Ginebra’s a big team so now they have to pick their poison,” said Durham who finished with 28 points and 18 rebounds. “They would either help under the basket or we would stretch them out.”Durham was left open underneath when Aguilar closed out on Hugnatan at the top of the key and that allowed the Meralcoveteran to pass to his teammate underneath for the layup with 47 seconds left in the game.Hugnatan’s ploy of stretching the floor gave him 14 points, 12 of which came from deep.“Papa Rey has been doing it for years and years and years, I don’t even know how many years he’s been doing it,” joked Durham. “He’s really helping us a lot and he’s a game-changer for us.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoBirkirkara name Liverpool hero Riise as ‘first’ sporting director

first_imgBirkirkara name Liverpool hero Riise as ‘first’ sporting directorby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool Champions League winner John Arne Riise has been named new sporting director of Maltese club Birkirkara FC.Birkirkara have announced the role has been created for Riise.“John shall work together with the Club Technical Director, Mr. Michael Valenzia and Senior Team Manager, Mr. Jeffrey Farrugia in a new set-up which shall commence with immediate effect,” a club statement read.“Further details of the clubs plans for the future shall be published in the next few days.”Birkikara are four-time Maltese League winners, winning the title the last time five years ago. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more