Olympic Eagles to Tackle Libya in Bengerdan

first_imgLibya is still unable to play international matches at home due to the after-effects of the Arab Spring political turmoil that began in 2011.When the country’s senior team, Mediterranean Knights hosted the Super Eagles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in October 2018, the match was staged in Sfax, Tunisia.Nigeria is the only African country to have won gold, silver and bronze medals of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. Gold was the harvest at the Centennial Games in Atlanta, USA, and silver came in Beijing, China in 2008. The bronze medal won by the Olympic Eagles at the Games in Brazil in 2016 was the only medal won by the entire Team Nigeria at the fiesta.The Olympic Eagles are also the defending champions of the Africa U23 Cup of Nations.Africa’s flag-bearers in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament of Tokyo 2020 will emerge during the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations to hold in Egypt in November this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s U23 squad will take on their Libyan counterparts in the first leg, first round of the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifying series at the Bengerdan Stadium in Bengerdan, Tunisia on Wednesday, 20th March.An official of the Libya Football Federation said yesterday that the Bengerdan Stadium has an artificial turf and that the match will start at 3pm Tunisia time.The delegation of Nigeria’s U23 squad will land at the Djerba International Airport, which is 20 minutes’ drive to the town of Bengerdan. Home-based Eagleslast_img read more

Cold-shooting Clippers find no escape against Kings

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ But Sacramento was sharp while the Clippers – who found themselves short-handed again as they toed the starting line Thursday – misfired.“They played better than us, honestly,” said Williams, who led the Clippers with 22 points, but made only 7 of 22 shots. “I don’t think this was a big science game for me, I just thought they played better.”Even as the Clippers welcomed back George from a nine-game absence on account of a strained hamstring and Patrick Beverley from three games away because of a sore groin, All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard was a late scratch because of lower back tightness, robbing the Clippers of the opportunity to play with their full roster for just the second time this season.“We’re very eager,” to get everyone on the roster available, Beverley said in a curt postgame interview.Leonard, who has an eight-game streak of 30-point games, was replaced in the starting lineup by Shamet.“His back just locked up,” Rivers said. “I think he was out shooting before the game, I think he took a shot and his back locked. He was in stretching, trying to do everything he could to get on the floor, and then he just couldn’t.”The Clippers’ Christmas day victory over the Lakers remains the only game this season when Rivers has had a full roster at his disposal.George – who was left off the list of the Western Conference All-Star Game reserves that was announced on Thursday – was limited to only 19 minutes and contributed only eight points, four rebounds and four assists on 2-for-10 shooting.As a team, the Clippers – who easily defeated the Kings 105-87 on Dec. 31 in Sacramento – were off the mark throughout Thursday night.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Incomplete game,” said Montrezl Harrel, who finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. “When you come in and you let someone shoot 15 3s in one (half) and you lose a quarter (36-14), you’re going to be in a position where you are going to lose the game.”Following a video narrated by Paul George and 24 seconds of silence paying tribute to Bryant and the eight other victims in Sunday’s helicopter crash, the Clippers (33-15) played a game for the first time since Sunday, when they won in Orlando just hours after news of the crash broke.Their game scheduled against the Lakers on Tuesday was postponed to a date that has yet to be determined.“One way or another (the days since Bryant’s death affected the team),” Clippers guard Lou Williams said. “I thought it was good to get rest at the same time, (but) it’s a rhythm game too.”The Kings (18-30) arrived on the second night of a back-to-back set of games, arriving early Thursday morning after losing 120-100 at Oklahoma City.center_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum With Rivers imploring them to pick up the pace, they shot just 35 for 92 (38 percent) in the loss.Harrell was a one-man show offensively early, with 18 points coming in his first 16 minutes. Take away his eight baskets on 14 shots and the Clippers were 11 for 39 (31.4 percent) in the first half.It was a different story for Sacramento, which made a season-high 21 3-pointers and got a career-high 34 points from third-year guard De’Aaron Fox, 19 points from Buddy Hield and 16 from Cory Joseph. The Kings finished 21 for 41 from 3-point range and, after outscoring the hosts by 22 in the second quarter, took a 64-47 lead into intermission and led by as many as 23 in the second half.Shamet added 15 points and went 5 for 8 from behind the arc and Beverley returned to score 11 points and dish out five assists.“Only thing with us is to get better,” George said. “Take losses like these, know where we lacked at, pick it up the next game and keep it moving. We got enough in this locker room, literally, we got championship DNA in our coach and with Kawhi, so we’ll be all right.”The loss was just the fifth at Staples Center for the Clippers this season. They’ll next host Minnesota on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PreviousBogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yogi Ferrell #3 of the Sacramento Kings blocks the shoot by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yogi Ferrell #3 of the Sacramento Kings blocks the shoot by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDoc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Sacramento Kings bench celebrates along with Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the Sacramento Kings after hitting a three point shot as Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers reacts] in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Dewayne Dedmon #13 of the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yogi Ferrell #3 of the Sacramento Kings blocks the shoot by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Maurice Harkless #11 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Harry Giles III #20 of the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers slam dunks against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, center, looks on prior to a NBA basketball game between the LA Clippers and the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Sam Casell assistant of the LA Clippers talks with Maurice Harkless #11 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Luke Walton of the Sacramento Kings reacts against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Dewayne Dedmon #13 of the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Maurice Harkless #11 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Luke Walton of the Sacramento Kings reacts against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Maurice Harkless #11 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Maurice Harkless #11 of the LA Clippers prior to a NBA basketball game between the LA Clippers and the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Dewayne Dedmon #13 of the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Dewayne Dedmon #13 of the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Harry Giles III #20 of the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers shoots over Cory Joseph #9 of the Sacramento Kings in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cory Joseph #9 of the Sacramento Kings steals the ball as Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers goes down on the floor in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)De???Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Luke Walton of the Sacramento Kings reacts against the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings shoots past Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers reaches for a loose ball against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Basketball fan James Goldstein looks on in the second half of a NBA basketball game between the LA Clippers and the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans place a shirt with Kobe and Gigi on in and a bouquet of flowers on a seat in the second half of a NBA basketball game between the LA Clippers and the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers with a message about Kobe Bryant ???Gone to Soon??? in the second half of a NBA basketball game between the LA Clippers and the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)De???Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cory Joseph #9 of the Sacramento Kings reacts after a three point basket against the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers sits on the bench against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers reacts after a block shot against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Sacramento Kings won 124-103. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yogi Ferrell #3 of the Sacramento Kings blocks the shoot by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 46Yogi Ferrell #3 of the Sacramento Kings blocks the shoot by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Oftentimes, the game of basketball can serve as a sanctuary from life’s real problems.“The best part about sports – or I guess the same thing would be with any entertainer – when you are on the stage, you can block a lot of stuff out,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said pregame Thursday. “It’s when you are off the stage, to me, is when it gets to you the most.”Shooting guard Landry Shamet agreed: “And for a lot of years, and still even, this has kind of been an oasis, a way to get away from real life and things going on.”And although the Clippers and Sacramento Kings got after it in the first basketball game at Staples Center since Kobe Bryant’s death Sunday left the NBA community and the world beyond reeling, the 124-103 result didn’t exactly leave the Clippers uplifted.last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Robin, Brook Lopez teaming up with Bucks

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Brook Lopez to sign 4-year, $52M deal with Bucks “It’s invaluable to have a guy who honors his role as an example to the team, a guy who speaks up when a situation needs to be addressed,” Boylen said then, via the Chicago Tribune. “What I want is guys who take ownership of our play and mistakes and coach each other and help each other and hold each other accountable. RoLo has done that.” NBA free agency rumors: Khris Middleton returning to Bucks on 5-year, $178M contract Sources: Lopez agrees to a two-year deal at the full room exception with the second year being a player option. https://t.co/0qkFkRNc0r— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2019The 31-year-old big man averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Bulls last season.Bulls coach Jim Boylen praised Lopez’s leadership earlier in the year. Related News NBA free agency 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of reported deals from action-packed first day Robin Lopez will join his brother, Brook, for the first time since the two played together in college.According to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cited unidentified league sources, the Bucks and Lopez agreed to a two-year deal Sunday. The second season of the contract is a player option. Lopez reportedly had interest from other teams, including the Knicks, who were heavily targeting him, and the Warriors.last_img read more