Bosso challenges Obasi to provide evidence on bribery allegation

first_img “I’ve kept it close to my chest since 2014 because you’d have unnecessary enemies when you talk.” In his reaction, Ladan Bosso, who is the President of the Coaches Union in Nigeria revealed to brila.net that he had spoken with the Obasi to avoid making baseless accusations, warning that whoever makes such claims without evidence in future should be ready for a legal tussle. It will be recalled that Obasi was at the 2003 U17 FIFA World Cup in Finland under the leadership of Austin Eguavoen who was assisted by Ladan Bosso. read also:Bribery allegations: Ex-Super Eagles coach blasts Obasi, Taye As at the time of this report, Obasi is yet to mention the names of the officials that requested a bribe, but the late Stephen Keshi was being assisted by ex-internationals, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Formerly known as Ogbuke, the former Super Eagles winger claimed in a recent interview that he was asked to give a bribe if he wanted to make the Nigeria squad to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. “Two days before the list came out, I was asked to pay some money if I want to be in the team,” Obasi disclosed during an Instagram live chat. “I said I’m not comfortable doing that. They said I should know the system, and I should act like I’m a Nigerian. I said it’s not about being a Nigerian but doing the right thing.Advertisement Former Flying Eagles coach, Issa Ladan Bosso, has challenged ex-Super Eagles player Chinedu Obasi, to name the official who demanded bribe from him instead of giving baseless allegations. Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarianlast_img read more

Margaret Mary LaFollette

first_imgMargaret LaFollette, 85, of Manchester passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Shady Nook Care Center.  Margaret was born Thursday, January 31, 1935 in Batesville, Indiana, the daughter of the late Alfred and Loretta (Marticke) Kappes.  Margaret was a member of Community United Methodist Church.  She retired from Dearborn County Hospital accounts payable department.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, IU basketball, reading her Bible, walk to Emmaus and spending time with family.Margaret is survived by son Dale (Melissa) LaFollette of Aurora; son in-law Randy Poer of North Vernon; grandchildren: Jason (Tara) LaFollette, Douglas (Taylor Morrow) Yeary, and Kaitlin (Nathaniel Galliher) Yeary.  She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Connie Poer.A service celebrating her life will be held 11 AM Saturday, February 8 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor LaJo Dunbar officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Sunman.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 9 – 11 AM Saturday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Margaret to Community United Methodist Church or Southeastern Hospice Center.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812)654-2141.  You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

O’Callaghan added to Baa-Baas squad

first_img Ryan said: “It is a testimony to the special appeal the Barbarians has throughout the rugby world that we have been able to bring together such an experienced and talented squad of players. “It’s a privilege to be able to work with a group who have achieved so much and we’re looking forward to taking on a young England side at Twickenham next Sunday.” There is one change to the group of players previously announced with Castres-bound All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu now unavailable. Barbarians squad: Backs: Jimmy Cowan (Gloucester & New Zealand), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano & Argentina), Hosea Gear (Toulouse & New Zealand), Juan Martin Hernandez (Racing Metro & Argentina), Brock James (Clermont), James O’Connor (London Irish & Australia), Rene Ranger (Montpellier & New Zealand), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne & New Zealand), Benson Stanley (Clermont & New Zealand), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier & France). Forwards: Julien Brugnaut (Racing Metro & France), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier & Georgia), Andrew Hore (Highlanders & New Zealand), Juandre Kruger (Racing Metro & South Africa), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont & France), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Lyon & Argentina), Nahuel Lobo (Montpellier & Argentina), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster & Ireland), Ti’i Paulo (Clermont & Samoa), Sona Taumalolo (Perpignan & Tonga), Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa), Roger Wilson (Ulster & Ireland), Davit Zirakashvili (Clermont & Georgia). Ireland lock Donncha O’Callaghan is one of four players added to the Barbarians’ 24-man squad to face England on June 1. France fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc, South Africa second row Juandre Kruger and Argentina full-back Juan Martin Hernandez are among the other international heavyweights named in head coach Dean Ryan’s side at Twickenham. Nine nations are represented, with New Zealand boasting six players in the squad, while 19 men are set to wear the famous black and white hooped shirt for the first time in an experienced group that boasts a combined 730 international caps. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

PERSONALITY of the week…It was a busy year for Linden’s Chantoba Bright

first_imgSHE’S a national athlete, a CARIFTA Games multiple silver medallist, and South American Youth Championships bronze medallist, not to mention Inter-Guiana Games gold medallist, and gold medal performances at the National Schools Championships last month. And she accomplished all of this just this year. It was indeed a busy year for sixteen-year-old Chantoba Bright, who was among the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) choice-pick junior athletes to represent Guyana at internationally events throughout this year.Always an athletics nucleus, Bright is just another of the many promising athletics prospects that the Linden community continues to churn out. Bright specialises in the long and triple jumps.The Mackenzie High student is very proud of how far she’s come since she decided to take up sports three years ago. More so because she has accomplished jumping over 6 metres in the long jump, a personal best for her, and the best female jump that Guyana recorded for the year. Bright achieved this when she cleared 6.09m at the National Seniors Championships in June.Chantoba Bright“It was a big accomplishment for me! I haven’t been in sports for that long; it’s just been about three years that I’ve been training, so to accomplish this, to jump over the 6m barrier, it was great. I felt proud of myself, and glad that I could make my coach proud of me, because we worked hard.” Bright said of the experience.This year marked the first year that Bright performed at international events, and it was another thing to be proud of when she was able to medal. Bright made her international debut at the CARIFTA Games back in March. Despite somewhat apprehensive of what to expect when she left, she gave a good showing for herself winning silver medals in the long jump and triple jump events.“It was my first international meet and so I had no idea what I was going to do, I had no idea what to expect, but I had to remain confident and remember that I was really prepared, because I worked hard. So I just went out there and did my best,” Chantoba related.Indeed she has come a long way from when her Physical Education teacher on a whim suggested that she should start jumping in 2013. In that same year her performance was enough to see her make the Linden team to the National Schools Championships, which was an eye-opener for Bright.Impressing herself at how good she was she decided to take jumping seriously, found a coach and joined a club. Bright is a part of the Upper Demerara Schools Athletics Track Club currently coached by Johnny Gravesande, who says when it comes to Bright that’s just one athlete who’s always, always willing and determined, never missing a day of practice.Bright was the only athlete selected to represent Guyana at the World Juniors this year.. Unfortunately due to logistical issues she never got to go. Nonetheless there was still a lot of action left for her. She medalled gold at the Tri-nation IGG in October, and then went to Argentina in November for the SAYC for bronze. The SAYC was another chance for international exposure for Bright.Notwithstanding the adverse climate conditions of Argentina, Bright medalled in long jump with a distance of 5.96m. At Nationals it was more gold medals as she played a role in helping the Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, District 10 team reach their 15th win at the Championships.Next year is also shaping up to be another promising year for Bright, who was most recently announced as being part of an elite athletics squad selected by the National Sports Commission. Bright is looking forward to increasing her skills and perhaps even being a Olympic prospect when 2020 rolls around.last_img read more

Maradona delighted at Infantino’s 48-team World Cup plan

first_img(REUTERS) – Diego Maradona is delighted by plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and Argentina’s former captain said yesterday that it would rekindle interest in the tournament.The FIFA Council is expected to approve a proposal to expand the finals from 32 to 48 teams, starting in 2026, when it meets today.Maradona, one of the greatest players to grace the game, has been a long-time critic of FIFA but the two sides buried the hatchet last year after Gianni Infantino was elected president of the global soccer body to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter.“I’m delighted by Gianni’s initiative because it gives chances to teams that otherwise would start the qualifiers knowing they had no chance of getting to the World Cup,” Maradona told reporters after a veterans’ match at FIFA headquarters.“It gives each country the dream and it renews the passion for football, it appears to me to be a fantastic idea,” added Maradona, who captained Argentina to World Cup success in 1986.He had also previously criticised Infantino, saying it was “very wrong to go from drawing the lots to running for FIFA president.”The remark was a reference to Infantino’s previous role as general secretary of European soccer governing body UEFA, where his duties included supervising draws for European competitions.He said it was important for the sport that FIFA’s image improved after it was battered by a corruption scandal that has seen 40 individuals and two sports marketing companies indicted in the United States.“We want a FIFA that is clean so people come back to the stadiums; with so much corruption people have got tired of always seeing the same thing,” said the 56-year-old.Maradona was a frequent critic of Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter and claimed there was “a mafia” inside FIFA.last_img read more

Football News Ireland footballing icon Keane hangs up boots

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Dublin: Irish football legend Robbie Keane brought the curtain down on over two decades as a player on Wednesday saying his career had exceeded all his hopes when he was a “football-mad boy growing up in Dublin”.The 38-year-old—his country’s record goalscorer on 68 well clear of Niall Quinn who is next with 21 — is to focus on his new duties as assistant manager to new Ireland handler Mick McCarthy.Keane, who replaces Roy Keane (no relation) in the role after the latter and manager Martin O’Neill were fired last week, captained Ireland for a decade.“Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer,” Keane said in a statement.“From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take.Also Read | Ramesh Powar on Mithali Raj: She was ‘aloof, difficult to handle’“It has exceeded all the hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing up in Dublin.”Keane, unlike his near namesake, enjoyed good relations with McCarthy in the latter’s first spell in charge of the national side.He was one of their stars at the 2002 World Cup—which infamously saw their one world class player Roy Keane sent home after launching a tirade of abuse at McCarthy—where the Irish went out on penalties in the last 16 to Spain.Keane also enjoyed a highly successful, if peripatetic, club career which ended with a period as player/manager at Indian outfit ATK, in the season that finished in March.In all, Keane scored 126 goals in 349 Premier League matches, 91 of them for Tottenham Hotspur, although he also had spells with Coventry, Leeds United and Liverpool in the elite league.Read More | Virat Kohli remains at top of ICC Test rankings, Ashwin climbs to seventh“Leaving home at 15 years of age to pursue my professional career in England seems a lifetime ago now,” said Keane.“I was a street footballer full of hope armed with huge ambitions and a determination to succeed.“All I needed was that one chance.”Keane had especially warm words for his long service to his country on the pitch—winning 146 caps and aside from the 2002 World Cup appearing also in two European Championships.“Playing and captaining my country has been the highlight of my career,” said Keane.“I enjoyed every moment of the most incredible journey with the Ireland team over an 18-year period and as I have said many times before, words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish.” last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgKnicks add to front officeNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have hired three executives as they build the front office around new President Leon Rose.Brock Aller was hired as vice president of basketball and strategic planning, Walt Perrin is the assistant general manager for college scouting and Frank Zanin the assistant general manager for pro scouting.The Knicks also announced a one-year extension for general manager Scott Perry through the 2020-21 season.COLLEGE ATHLETICS-ARIZONA STATE — City and Wyoming state officials have announced that Cheyenne Frontier Days has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history due to the coronavirus. Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr told The Associated Press that event organizers of the self-proclaimed world’s largest outdoor rodeo decided the risk of spreading the virus was too great for the more than 140,000 people who visit the city for Frontier Days over the last two weeks in July.— Elite sports made a comeback in Australia Thursday for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The postponed Belgian Cup soccer final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season. Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium.HORSE RACING-TRIPLE CROWNTriple Crown entry deadline set Associated Press Packers’ Jones says his contract status won’t distract himUNDATED (AP) — Packers running back Aaron Jones says he wants to remain in Green Bay for his entire career and that he won’t let speculation about his future distract him as he enters the final season of his contract.The Packers drafted Boston College running back A.J. Dillon in the second round last month, a move that raised questions about Jones’ long-term future with the franchise.The 2017 fifth-round draft pick from UTEP tied for the NFL lead with 16 touchdown runs while gaining 1,084 yards on the ground. Jones also had 49 receptions for three touchdowns.NBA-KNICKS-FRONT OFFICE UNDATED (AP) — The final deadline to nominate horses to the rescheduled Triple Crown series is June 3.Owners and trainers can make 3-year-old thoroughbreds eligible for the three-race series at a cost of $3,000. That’s half the original price as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing the series to be run out of order for the first time since 1931.The late nominations were originally due March 30 but were postponed until the Triple Crown races were rescheduled. A total of 347 horses were made eligible to the Triple Crown during the early nomination phase.The series opens with the Belmont Stakes at a shortened distance on June 20, followed by the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 and the Preakness on Oct. 3.MLB-OBIT-POCOROBA Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-NEWSNHL teams likely to have 28-player rostersUNDATED (AP) — The NHL continues to formulate plans for a possible return this summer. In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NBA has reminded its teams that players currently outside the U.S. have been cleared to return, though quarantine rules may apply in some areas. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf signed an order last week providing the exemption for professional athletes from rules put in place during the pandemic that would have otherwise barred their entry into the country. A small number of NBA players from foreign countries left for home during the pandemic.— Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that the enshrinement ceremony for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and five others will be delayed until the spring of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place in Springfield on Aug. 29. Bryant, Garnett and Duncan all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.— The NBA has been sued by the owners of the building that houses the NBA Store, who say the league owes more than $1.2 million after not paying rent in April or May. The league responded by saying it doesn’t believe the suit has merit, because it was forced to close the New York store due to the pandemic. The suit claims NBA Media Ventures, LLC is required to pay $625,000 of its $7.5 million annual fee on the first day of each month under teams of its lease.— A 16-player team tennis event featuring Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu (an-dree-EHS’-koo) will take place next month in Charleston, South Carolina. The Credit One Bank Invitation will also include Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. It will be played from June 23-28. Organizers say the event will be conducted without fans. The league has advised teams to prepare for a roster of 28 players and an unlimited number of goaltenders for training camp and the playoffs. Several general managers say they were told that would be the anticipated roster limit. Each team is limited to 50 personnel of any kind in one of the two cities that would host games.The NHL announced Tuesday that it has abandoned the regular season and will go straight to a 24-team postseason if play resumes. The league shut down March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.The NHL has had 16-team playoffs since it became a 21-team circuit before the 1979-80 season.The NHL says training camp isn’t expected to begin before early July. Games could begin in late July or early August.In other NHL news: CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was rained out and rescheduled for Thursday night.The starting order for the second Cup race at Charlotte this week was set based on the finishing order of the Coca-Cola 600 but with an inversion. Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman will start from the pole, while Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski will start 20th.The postponement also pushes back the upcoming Xfinity race from Thursday to Monday.The second consecutive Wednesday night race would have been the fourth for the elite Cup Series since May 17.NFL-PACKERS-JONES UNDATED (AP) — Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing.But people familiar with their deliberations tell The Associated Press that players appeared likely to propose increasing the number of regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries. One said that many players were angered by the teams proposal made Tuesday.Stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose the most under the proposal teams made Tuesday, about 77% of the $36 million each they were set to be paid this season. A big leaguer earning $1 million or less would keep at least 43% of his salary under the six-tier scale.The reductions are being proposed by owners for a pandemic-delayed season in ballparks without fans.The players’ association called the proposal “extremely disappointing.” Update on the latest in sports: — The Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL postseason without forward Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad). General manager Jim Rutherford says Bjugstad underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disk after experiencing a “setback” while recovering from a lower-body injury suffered just before the NHL went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bjugstad had just one goal and two points in 13 games for the Pens this season.— Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman (EYE’-zur-muhn) is keeping coach Jeff Blashill (BLA’-shihl) despite missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Yzerman told reporters his previously announced plans to keep Blashill behind the bench have not changed. The Wings won a league-low 17 games and posted the third-worst winning percentage in team history.— The Canucks are considering moving training camp to the United States because of Canada’s 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for those arriving in the country. Canucks general manager Jim Benning says the team is still in the early stages of that possibility. He said he has talked to colleagues with other Canadian teams about the quarantine regulation and how it might put them at a competitive disadvantage. Concerns about Canadian coronavirus restrictions could push hockey south of the 49th parallel into the U.S. this summer.NASCAR-CHARLOTTECup race rained out — If the postponed French Open tennis tournament is held in September, it could be staged with a limited number of spectators or without any fans at all. The general director of the French tennis federation tells The Associated Press that limiting the number of people allowed inside the gates at Roland Garros to varying degrees is an option that is being considered. He says keeping everyone away from the tournament would be a last resort.— The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved Keeneland’s request for a five-day, spectator-free meet July 8-12 that will allow the running of marquee prep races for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Keeneland canceled its 16-day spring meet in March amid public health concerns because of the outbreak.— The Nevada Athletic Commission has unanimously agreed to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks. The decision ends the moratorium on combat sports that has been in place in Nevada since March 14, when the commission stopped competition amid the coronavirus pandemic. The UFC will stage shows on Saturday and June 6, while Top Rank is expected to hold boxing shows on June 9 and June 11.— Formula One has approved a budget cap that will limit team spending to $145 million next season and even less in following years, excluding driver salaries and engine costs. FIA said in a statement that the cap will be scaled down to $140 million in 2022 and $135 million for 2023-2025. F1′s finances have taken a significant hit with the first 10 races of the season either canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races. Race director Jan Lammers says they want to celebrate the return of F1 in Zandvoort with fans in attendance. The race was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year. May 28, 2020 Hurley angered by school’s handing of sexual harassment allegationsTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley sent an email to Ray Anderson last season alleging the Arizona State athletic director minimized sexual harassment allegations by the wives of three athletic staff members against a school booster.In the email obtained by Yahoo Sports, Hurley accused Anderson on Dec. 8 of disregarding the safety of and showing no sensitivity toward the women. Hurley also accused Anderson of coming up with a numeric scale to judge the harassment claims by the women, including Hurley’s wifeVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB players ponder owners’ salary plan Ex-catcher Pocoroba diesEds: Corrects that he retired at 30ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta catcher and 1978 All-Star Biff Pocoroba (poh-kah-ROH’-bah) died Sunday at age 66.Pocoroba spent his entire 10-year career with the Braves, first joining the team for 67 games in 1975. His best season came in 1977, when he batted .290 with eight homers and 44 RBIs in 113 games.Pocoroba helped the Braves win the 1982 NL West title and had to retire two years later at age 30 following a shoulder injury. Tom Wages Funeral Services announced his death. No cause was given.last_img read more

Football, Tennis at Nigeria Bankers’ Games

first_imgAction continues this weekend in the 2019 Nigeria Bankers Games as the football event enters the knockout stage with four cracking quarter final fixtures to anticipate and a whole lot of sporting actions from other events.The tennis event takes center stage today, where contingents from the various participating banks take to the courts at Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Lagos Island to represent their banks.This weekend will see the conclusion of the table tennis event which got underway last weekend and also the commencement of the debut event – video gaming event which will both be taking place in the YabaTech Indoor Hall. In the football event, Sterling Bank will be looking to cause an upset as they take on the reigning football champions – UBA, while First Bank will be hoping to continue their brilliant run of form as they take on a Union Bank side that will be looking to make it to the semi-finals as they did last year.The third match will witness FCMB take on a rejuvenated Wema Bank side who claimed their first victory of the season during their last outing.The last quarter-final fixture will see Fidelity Bank take on Ecobank. Ecobank will be looking for a change in fortune as they take on an in-form Fidelity Bank side as they look to assert themselves in the football event with a quarter-final win.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Coughlin steps up to replace Bono, posts first career shutout in Syracuse’s 1-0 win

first_img Published on September 23, 2012 at 12:41 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Ahead by just one goal for the majority of the game, Syracuse goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin had little room for error in his first career start.Seton Hall threatened, but Coughlin continued to deny the Pirates.“In his first college start, I think he was pretty awesome,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I think he did a great job and I’m very proud of him.”Syracuse’s usual starting goalkeeper, Alex Bono, received a red card in last Sunday’s loss to Cal State Fullerton, so he was ineligible to play against Seton Hall. Coughlin stepped up for the Orange (7-2, 1-0 Big East) in his place, recording his first career shutout in Syracuse’s 1-0 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night. Coughlin finished the game with six saves.Bono was a major part of the Orange’s 6-2 start, as he allowed just five goals and recorded just as many shutouts through the team’s first eight games. His five shutouts rank best in the Big East and his .844 save percentage is good for fourth in the conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven with Syracuse’s talented starting goalkeeper on the sidelines, the defense didn’t miss a beat.“The defense was great,” said defender Skylar Thomas. “We stayed tight. Not a lot of balls got behind us and our goalie behind us was great as well.“He saved us a few times.”After a goal by Jordan Vale gave Syracuse the lead, Seton Hall started to aggressively attack the goal to tie it up. Coughlin made save after save, covering post to post in order to keep the Pirates off the scoreboard.Seton Hall’s best chance came in the 69th minute on a hard shot from Max Garcia, but Coughlin dove full extension to his left to deflect it away.“Just doing my job,” Coughlin said with a smile.The Pirates continued to threaten late in the game, but the redshirt freshman stood his ground. McIntyre and Thomas both said Coughlin deserved credit for his saves in the ever-crucial final minutes of the game to preserve the Orange’s win.“He pulled off a couple of very important saves for us,” McIntyre said.Coughlin wasn’t challenged too often in the first half, as the Pirates took just one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. The Orange had complete control of the game’s tempo.“He didn’t have a ton to do in the first half, but he was a reassuring presence back there,” McIntyre said.McIntyre said he gave the start to Coughlin over fellow redshirt freshman Matt Stith, the third goalkeeper on the roster, because of Coughlin’s preseason experience.“He established himself and was pushing Alex hard in preseason,” McIntyre said. “One guy’s misfortune is another’s opportunity and he took it tonight.”Coughlin didn’t take the credit for the shutout, and instead acknowledged the help he received from Syracuse’s defensive unit.“We took care of business,” Coughlin said. “As a whole, the back four knows that we’re solid and we don’t want to give up goals.”Bono is expected to return to his role of starter on Tuesday in Massachusetts, which means Coughlin will drop back down to second string.But should the opportunity arise, the Orange found it has some significant depth at goalkeeper.Said Thomas: “To be honest, I’d feel comfortable with anyone behind me.” Commentslast_img read more

Excitement builds ahead of divisional finals

first_imgThe North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Final takes place on Sunday.Kilruane MacDonaghs meet Kiladangan in Cloughjordan – the match is being played there to mark the role of local man Thomas McDonagh in the Easter Rising one hundred years ago.Kilruane manager Michael Ryan says his players won’t be distracted the occasion. Dan Hackett is the Kiladangan boss – he doesn’t believe his side are in any way disadvantaged by the venue.The West Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Final also takes place on Sunday.Clonoulty/Rossmore and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams clash at Leahy Park, Cashel.Loughmore-Castleiney will look to make it a Mid double when they take on Upperchurch-Drombane in the divisional senior football final.The match in The Ragg takes place on Sunday.Tipp FM will bring you updates from all three games.last_img