Aiyegbeni Retires from Football

first_imgThe powerful striker scored 21 goals in 57 appearances for Nigeria and took part in four Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2010 World Cup.“The Yak… is 3rd best all time scorer of the senior national team. Thank you for the memories,” the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) tweeted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles forward, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has retired from professional soccer on his 35th birthday.Yakubu, who played his club football at Portsmouth, Everton, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers, made 250 Premier League appearances and scored 96 goals in a career spanning 20 years. He also featured three times for fourth-tier side Coventry City this year before being released.“I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today,” Yakubu told Sky Sports yesterday.last_img read more

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NSA Salutes Rangers’ Egbuchulam

first_imgAccording to him, “Chisom is a great player and I congratulate him for his brace against Rivers United. His commitment and doggedness has really helped him and his team this year”.Mr. Ikeddy further stated that Chisom has justified himself as the Nigerian Footballer of the Year 2016, following his sterling performance which saw Rangers International broke a 32-year jinx to win the league trophy. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Unmissable Incentives Limited  organisers of Nigerian’s foremost and prestigious sports award, Nigerian Sports Award, has lauded the outstanding performance of Rangers’ International Midfielder, Chisom Egbuchulam in the 2-0 victory over Rivers United at the just concluded  Super4 in Enugu.The midfielder, who was awarded the Best Footballer of the Year at the recently held Nigerian Sports Award 2016, scored both goals for the ‘flying antelopes’ as his team moved to the summit of the pre-season tournament.Speaking on his performance, the Chairman of the award committee, Mr. Ikeddy Isiguzo commended the prolific midfielder for his tenacity and doggedness throughout the match which led to his team’s victory.last_img read more

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WWE NXT lands Wednesday night slot on USA Network, will go head-to-head with AEW

first_imgThe NXT show, which to this point has aired exclusively on the WWE Network, will be expanding to two hours and will air Wednesday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. That will put it head-to-head with upstart promotion All Elite Wrestling, which is launching its new weekly television show on TNT starting Oct. 2.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearBREAKING: Starting Sept. 18, @WWENXT will air LIVE as a two-hour weekly show every Wednesday on @USA_Network! https://t.co/Jk2crhv0Nx— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXT brand,” WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon said in a press release. “Over the long term, our goal is to develop a following that can be monetized to the same level as our flagship programs, ‘Raw’ and ‘SmackDown.’” NXT shows will continue to take place at Full Sail University in Orlando, which seats around 400 people. Previously, the shows were taped weeks in advance, but now will air live weekly on USA Network.Beginning this fall, WWE alone will be airing seven hours of television programming. That includes NXT, its flagship program “RAW” on Monday nights along with “SmackDown Live” that will air Friday nights on FOX beginning Oct 4.With NXT and AEW going head-to-head on Wednesday nights, it will be the closest thing to the famous “Monday  Night Wars” back in the 90’s between WWE “Monday Night RAW” and WCW “Monday Night Nitro.” That was a time when the wrestling audience peaked with both shows drawing incredible ratings as they tried to one up each other week after week with more outrageous storylines and bigger matches. The already crowded wrestling landscape just got even busier for this fall.WWE announced that NXT, its brand featuring up-and-coming talent along with established independent stars, will air live weekly on the USA Network starting Sept. 18.last_img read more

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Which players are sitting out Week 17? Finding fantasy sleepers, busts based on NFL playoff picture

first_imgD.J. Moore. Moore (concussion) is out. Expect more targets for Curtis Samuel against the Saints. Chris Godwin. Godwin (hamstring) will miss another game, meaning Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson will get more chances to shine. Terry McLaurin. McLaurin (concussion) is out, allowing Steven Sims Jr. to get more targets. Players sitting out in Week 17 is the downside of fantasy football leagues that hold their championship week in the NFL’s final regular season week. Any team that’s already locked up playoff positioning has more incentive to hold its players out to avoid injury heading into the postseason. The NFL playoff picture still has a lot of moving parts, but fantasy owners can find some sleepers and busts to help with difficult start ’em, sit ’em decisions by looking at what we already know about the AFC and NFC postseason seeding.WEEK 17 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker 2019 NFL playoff picture, how it affects fantasy footballThe following is a team-by-team breakdown of what teams have to play for in Week 17. Below each team is a look at how various fantasy values are affected by the potential of teams resting players. As news comes out throughout the week about players sitting out, the analysis will be updated to reflect that.AFC Playoff PictureBaltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson sitting out, Robert Griffin III fantasy projectionWith their Week 16 win over the Browns, the Ravens locked up the AFC’s No. 1 seed. That means that no matter what happens in Week 17, Baltimore will have home-field advantage throughout the AFC postseason to go along with its first-round bye.Lamar Jackson is the biggest fantasy name to be affected by this development. The Ravens have announced Jackson will sit out Week 17. Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback for Baltimore. Against a strong Steelers defense playing for a playoff berth, RG3 is no better than a second quarterback in two-QB leagues in Week 17. Give a boost to Pittsburgh’s D/ST, too, with Jackson out.The Ravens could also choose to sit their top options at other positions. Mark Ingram (calf) is already hurting, so Baltimore announced that he’ll miss out, too, leaving Gus Edwards and Justice Hill to get backfield work. Hill is the more intriguing PPR option, while Edwards is more interesting in standard leagues. At WR, Marquise Brown could sit out, but that wouldn’t elevate any other receivers into playable fantasy territory. And at TE, Mark Andrews would be the most likely sit-out candidate. If Andrews sits, elevate Hayden Hurst into back-end TE1 range thanks to his big-play upside.WEEK 17 DFS:DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! GPP | FD Cash | ValuesNew England Patriots: Week 17 fantasy outlook for Tom Brady, Julian EdelmanThe Patriots still need to win to secure a first-round bye. That means you should expect Brady and co. to be on the field. Edelman is battling a knee injury, so he could be held out of action as soon as the Pats feel secure against the Dolphins. If Edelman is active, he’s still a good fantasy play against Miami, but beware of a possibly low snap count. He’ll need to produce early if the Patriots blow out the Dolphins.Update: Sony Michell (illness) was a late add to the injury report and will be a game-time decision. WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endKansas City Chiefs: Week 17 fantasy outlook for Patrick MahomesThe Chiefs can secure a first-round bye with a win and a New England loss. That means that the Chiefs will roll out Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce as usual in hopes of taking the first round of the playoffs off. The KC backfield might be one to avoid, though, especially if LeSean McCoy is back active in Week 17.Houston Texans: Week 17 only small difference in seedingThe Texans can move up to the three seed with a win and a Kansas City loss. Moving up to three would guarantee a first-round matchup against the non-Bills wild card team. The Texans could choose to play it safe with any dinged-up players heading into the week, but unless there’s news about a particular guy, expect Houston to approach Week 17 as usual.Bill O’Brien has said that the Texans are “playing to win” in Week 17 and not planning on resting anyone, although keep an extra eye on Will Fuller V (groin) and Kenny Stills, who were both injured in Week 16. Ian Rapoport has already reported that Fuller will miss Week 17.UPDATE: Deshaun Watson, Kenny Stills, and DeAndre Hopkins are all “questionable” and Will Fuller has been declared out. It’s unclear if Houston will be playing its starters all game. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen, John Brown could sit out Week 17The Bills are locked in as the AFC’s No. 5 seed no matter what happens in Week 17. That means that Buffalo could choose to fully rest players like Allen, Brown and Devin Singletary. They could also play them for a half, or a quarter, before pulling them. If you’re relying on them, that’s the nightmare scenario if you don’t know it’s happening and start one only to get a half of action.If Buffalo were to sit Allen, Matt Barkley would start at QB. Frank Gore would soak up plenty of carries if Singletary sat out, making Gore a possible volume FLEX play if that ended up being the case. And if the Bills sit Brown, deep-threat Robert Foster would likely start on the outside and be an interesting DFS stab.Update: Sean McDermott told reporters of resting starters this weekend: “I wish I could take them all out,” and added about Barkley possibly seeing time, “Yeah, he could.”Playoff picture for Titans, Steelers, Raiders impacts fantasy start/sitAll these teams have everything to play for. Tennessee is in the driver’s seat and is in the playoffs with a win, while the Steelers and Raiders need help. Expect any players on the edge of playing to try and take the field in Week 17. That means Derrick Henry (hamstring), James Conner (thigh), and Josh Jacobs (shoulder) could all push through injury. If that trio is active, it’s hard to sit them in fantasy lineups despite the dings. Update: Pittsburgh has announced it’s placing Mason Rudolph (shoulder) on Injured Reserve, so Devlin Hodges will start Week 17. In addition, James Conner (thigh) has been declared out, so expect to see Benny Snell Jr. handle the bulk of the carries. Update: Josh Jacobs (shoulder) has been declared out, making DeAndre Washington the starter once again.NFC Playoff PictureSan Francisco 49ers: Week 17 determines first-round bye or wild cardBecause of a final-week matchup with the Seahawks, the 49ers could either lock up the top seed in the NFC with a win or move to a wild card spot with a loss. That’s as big a swing as you can get in the final week of the season. Expect the 49ers to roll with all their studs, and no one is battling injury to worry about anyway.New Orleans Saints: Michael Thomas, Drew Brees push in Week 17 for first-round byeThe Saints still have a chance to finish with a first-round bye. That means that they will use all their usual players for their usual allotments. If anything, Michael Thomas should get a little bonus as New Orleans looks to expand his single-season reception record. Fantasy owners can also finally feel better about Alvin Kamara after he scored twice in Week 16.Green Bay Packers: No concerns about players sitting outThe Packers will still have a shot at a first-round bye in Week 17 if they win on Monday Night Football in Week 16. If they lose, there will still be a division title to play for to get at least one home game. Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and Davante Adams will be prime fantasy plays in Week 17, especially when you consider the favorable matchup with the Lions.Philadelphia Eagles: A win claims the NFC East for Carson WentzThe Eagles are beat up as it is, but expect all the studs to be out on the field in Week 17 after a massive Week 16 win over Dallas. Philadelphia secures the division title with a win in New York against the Giants. Carson Wentz, Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and Greg Ward Jr. should all play their usual roles in the final week of the regular season.UPDATE: Zach Ertz (ribs, back) has been ruled out. Seattle Seahawks: Could Marshawn Lynch help Seattle’s playoff chances?The Seahawks still have a division title to play for in Week 17 after a bad loss to the Cardinals in Week 16. A win gives Seattle the top spot in the NFC West and knocks San Francisco off its pedestal.The biggest storyline out of Seattle is in the backfield, where Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) are done for the season. Lynch has signed with the Seahawks and is likely an RB upgrade over Travis Homer. Lynch is a speculative FLEX play, while Homer has FLEX value in PPR formats as things stand. UPDATE: The Seahawks did sign Lynch, but Pete Carroll told reporters Seattle will “lean on” Homer in Week 17.Minnesota Vikings: Expect Dalvin Cook to sit out Week 17 without much on lineThe Vikings are in the playoffs regardless of what happens in Week 17. After their Monday night loss, Minnesota is locked into the NFC’s No. 6 seed.Because there won’t be much for the Vikings to play for, expect Dalvin Cook (shoulder) to sit out Week 17 and potentially be joined on the bench by Alexander Mattison (ankle). That would mean another start for Mike Boone and passing-down work for Ameer Abdullah, this time against the Bears. Minnesota could also sit veterans Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs or Kyle Rudolph if Mike Zimmer wanted to. If that happened, there could be heavy Irv Smith Jr. work at TE.UPDATE: Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook have have been ruled out. Alexander Mattison is “questionable”. Dallas Cowboys: Need help to make playoffs, Dak Prescott should playThe Cowboys still could get into the playoffs with some help, so they won’t give up on the season just yet. That means the AC joint injury that Prescott is dealing with will be played through for another week. Prescott struggled in Week 16 against the Eagles, although it’s hard to say whether that was the injury’s doing. At the very least, downgrade Dak slightly, but he’s still a QB1 for a great matchup with the Redskins.UPDATE: Jason Garrett has said Dak will be “limited at best” this week in practice but should expect to play.Non-playoff teams shutting players downThe Bengals finally placed A.J. Green on Injured Reserve heading into Week 17, something that basically everyone saw coming. Expect other teams not listed above to be cautious with players battling injury and potentially shut them down for the remainder of the season. Below, we’ll track the players who have been ruled out of Week 17 by non-playoff teams.A.J. Green. Green ends up missing the whole season thanks to an ankle injury sustained on a poor field in Dayton in the preseason. Yuck.Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey’s Week 17 absence due to a knee injury helps Christian Kirk for the Cardinals, since he won’t be shadowed by a stud.Rams offense. Sounds like Sean McVay is seriously considering resting some players based on this report. That could especially affect Jared Goff and Todd Gurley.Leonard Fournette. Fournette (illness, neck) is “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis, paving the way for Ryquell Armstead to get a start. last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister absolutely steamrollers ‘dear Virgil’ on social media after Liverpool star’s Ballon…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@katiaaveirooficial)/GettyAdvertisement b7l2hyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs715yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E380pib( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 37pkya5Would you ever consider trying this?😱1mCan your students do this? 🌚6wiziuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo did not attend last night’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris. Coming in third, the one footballer separating him with the winner Lionel Messi is Virgil van Dijk, who’s cocky remarks towards the Juventus talisman has cut him alot of slack from Ronaldo’s fans. However, the one person who has basically called upon a war on the Liverpool FC defender is Ronaldo’s own sister, Katia Aveiro.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@katiaaveirooficial)/GettyAs reporters asked him about Ronaldo’s whereabouts from the event, the Dutch defender said with a light poke at the Portuguese: “Why? Was he a candidate?”Now this has fired up Katia, who has used the power of social media to form a befitting reply to the 2018-19 UEFA champions League winner.Advertisement Katia, who is a singer by profession, wrote on her official Instagram @katiaaveirooficial on van Dijk’s remark on her beloved brother, reminding the Anfield star about Ronaldo’s monumental career achievements.The 43 year old wrote:Advertisement “Now, dear Virgil, where you are going, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone and has come a thousand times. ““You see, my dear Virgil, that Cristiano Ronaldo was a tri-champion in the country where you have been playing for years and you still haven’t got your hand on the trophy.” Ronaldo won three Premier League titles under Sir Alex before departing for the Spanish capital in 2009, six years before van Dijk set foot on England.“Cristiano Ronaldo was even the best player and best scorer in the country where you play Virgil. By the way, he was even younger than you.”“Then, dear Virgil, Cristiano Ronaldo went to other places and became the greatest player in the history of a club, Real Madrid. Tell you something Virgil? Maybe so, because this club, with this Cristiano guy, even beat you in the Champions League final.”She mentioned the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League final, when Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Advertisementlast_img read more

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