The 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.
Starting forward Nate Reuvers has quietly been having a stellar season for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Perhaps overshadowed by the scalding hot start of D’Mitrik Trice or the always impressive play of Ethan Happ, Reuvers has been a developing presence for the Badger frontcourt.On the year, Reuvers is tied for the Big Ten lead in blocks with Maryland forward Bruno Fernando and Michigan center Jon Teske with 18 total. That being said, Reuvers has this lead playing in only 18.8 minutes per game, over six fewer than Fernando and Teske, and dominates the Big Ten lead in blocks per 40 minutes with 4.26. Compare this start to last year, when Reuvers had 26 total blocks over the course of the entire season with 2.2 per 40 minutes.A large part of this may be Reuver’s weight gain this year. The forward, standing at 6 foot 11, bulked up from 215 pounds last year to 240 pounds coming into this season. This has allowed Reuvers to be more physical on the defensive side and increase pressure on inside shots.Men’s basketball: Late game threes give Badgers victory in Big Ten opener over No. 14 HawkeyesThe No. 22 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team put their money where their mouth is after being tested in Read…“I’m able to hold my ground and you can contest shots a lot better. Before they would be able to back me down right to the rim but now I’m able to hold my ground and make them take a tough shot,” Reuvers said.His most impressive performance came in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament versus Stanford, where Reuvers tied Brad Sellers’ Wisconsin record with nine blocks in a single game. Facing some early game turnovers, Reuvers staunch defense kept the Badgers in what could have been a much tighter matchup than the 62–46 result.While Reuvers was happy to tie the school record he was most proud about his ability to back up and help his teammates after some defensive mistakes in the contest.“Helping my guys out when they get beat and playing help defense that’s something we talk about all the time. When one guy breaks down another guy’s going to step up,” Reuvers said.If he keeps up the current pace, Reuvers could break Sellers’ single-season mark of 60 blocks as well. Assuming a 35 game season, Reuvers would finish with 70 blocks on the year, though those numbers are certainly inflated from his performance against Stanford.Offensively, Reuvers has also been impressive, shooting 50 percent from deep while increasing his point totals slightly from 5.3 to 6.8 per game.Badger fans love him, but the rest of college basketball? Not so muchIt was only a matter of time before the University of Wisconsin produced yet another player unconditionally loved by Badger Read…Despite this, Reuvers still has limited playing time with the team, getting around 20 minutes per game compared to his counterpart Happ who will play over 30 a contest. But with Happ graduating at the end of the year, Reuvers’ turn at the helm of the Badger frontcourt will likely come sooner rather than later.In recent history, Badger big men have been the face of the Wisconsin basketball program, from Jon Leuer to Frank Kaminsky to Ethan Happ. These are enormous shoes for Reuvers to fill — both literally and figuratively — but the sophomore realizes that his play style differs from his predecessors.Leuer and Kaminsky were cut from a similar cloth as Badger big men, with solid footwork and perimeter shooting. But Kaminsky, arguably the best player in program history, was the total package for the Badgers. Dominant inside and out, Frank the Tank could work the post and nail a deep three with ease.Happ departed from this mold a bit. Though he has some of the best — if not the best — footwork in college basketball, the forward’s inconsistencies in developing a jump shot or in hitting free throws have caused problems for the Badgers in floor spacing and late game situations.Reuvers praised Happ’s inside play and hopes to use him as an example for improving his own post moves.“A lot of the moves [Happ] does in the post I can’t even do those yet. Just being able to watch and see how he gets his position definitely helps me in making moves by myself,” Reuvers said. “I think in the coming years, especially next year without him, someone’s gotta step up and I think I can fill that role.”Men’s basketball: Badgers win in nail-biter come-back against NC StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (6-1) came from behind Tuesday to beat previously undefeated NC State (6-1) 79-75 Read…Though he can’t play inside or rebound quite as well as Happ, Reuvers’ shooting abilities at forward have been an enormous asset for Wisconsin offensively this year. Reuvers’ threat from mid-range and deep has drawn bigger defenders away from the basket, giving Happ more opportunity to score down low.While this is an especially helpful compliment for Happ, who lacks outside scoring abilities, Reuvers’ presence will improve the entire team’s inside efficiency even after Happ’s departure.It would be unfair to put the expectations of past Wisconsin greats on Reuvers’ shoulders, but if he can sharpen some of his existing skills the future looks incredibly bright for the young forward.
Dodgers vs. Houston Astros World Series scouting report, prediction LOS ANGELES — Josh Reddick is fully expecting to be booed by Dodgers fans whenever they have the chance.That’s how they treated him when he was a Dodger.“This is going to be fun,” the Houston Astros right fielder said. “I expect the full hazing as I should deserve. I enjoyed my time here. I enjoyed my time as a Dodger. I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, as well as anybody hoped, I’m sure.”Related Articles “It’s always tough when you come out for your first home game and get booed,” Reddick said. “That definitely wasn’t a sign I was expecting. It hurts you a little bit, but you try to move on and play the game the right way. It just didn’t work out.”Reddick rallied to finish hitting .258 with the Dodgers. The Dodgers used the left-handed hitting Reddick mostly against right-handed pitchers, but after he signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Astros, he asked Manager A.J. Hinch to give him a shot against lefties.The result? Reddick this season has hit .315 against lefties, by far the best mark of his career. His career average against lefties is still just .229. It’s significant because the Dodgers will have a lefty starter in five of a possible seven games, starting with Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill in the first two.“With more reps comes more success,” Reddick said. “I wasn’t trying to do too much. I shied away from trying to hit the long ball as much as possible, getting my hits when I can. If they go out, they go out. That was a big thing for me to stay focused on, and really work at.”Video: Dodgers vs. Astros World Series preview World Series guest analyst: Dodgers vs. Astros, Game 1 Dodgers vs. Astros is a World Series for baseball’s Information Age Astros’ diminutive Jose Altuve reaching new heights as a hitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Whicker: Astros offer Dodgers a stiff 7-game challenge The Dodgers acquired Reddick (along with starting pitcher Rich Hill) from the Oakland A’s last July. In his first 23 games he hit .139. He went hitless in eight at-bats in his first two Dodgers games, on the road, and then he came home and showed his new fans an 0 for 4 in his first game. Back injury could make Corey Seager the Dodgers’ preferred DH in Houston READY FOR THE STAGEChris Devenski looks at the World Series from a couple personal angles. A native of Cerritos and a product of Cal State Fullerton, Devenski said it will be “like a home game” pitching at Dodger Stadium.More important, though, is the way he plans to pitch.“I wasn’t at my best (so far in the postseason),” he said. “But that’s motivating at the same time. I know what I’ve done. I have something to prove.”During the regular season, Devenski was one of the best, most valuable, relievers in the majors. He posted a 2.68 ERA while pitching 80-2/3 innings, one of the heaviest workloads among all big league relievers. Devenski’s devastating changeup also made him deadly against lefties.In the postseason, though, Devenski has allowed four earned runs on five hits in three innings. He said the problem has amounted to jitters in his first time in the postseason.“Stepping on the field and feeling the way I have on this stage, I never felt like this before,” he said. “For me that’s all about adjusting to that. I haven’t been able to adjust to that as quick as I have other things in my life. That’s where the learning and the growth comes in for me.”Devenski said he feels he’s over that now. He is expecting to pitch well again, doing so in front of friends and family. Last year, he came to Dodger Stadium and watched one of the National League Championship Series games against the Chicago Cubs from the stands.“I saw the electricity and vibe going on in the stadium and it was amazing,” he said. “Being able to be part of it will be extra special.”ALSOHinch said Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers are likely to start Games 3 and 4, although he’s not sure of the order. … Asked if losing the designated hitter will be a disadvantage for the Astros at Dodger Stadium, he quipped: “As much as I’ve tried to get the Dodgers to play with the DH, they said no.” … Hinch and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts have a relationship that dates to their days in college, when Roberts played at UCLA and Hinch at Stanford. Hinch was assistant GM of the San Diego Padres when Roberts was a coach. Miller: Dodgers reaching the World Series comes at a high cost – for fans