FIFA World Rankings: Super Eagles Drop One Spot To 35th

first_imgThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped one spot to 35th in the world in the latest FIFA men’s football world rankings released on Thursday.The three-time African champions failed to improve their position despite playing a 1-1 draw with five-time world champions Brazil in their last friendly match in Singapore. Nigeria occupy third spot in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who occupy the top two positions.African champions Algeria are ranked fourth in Africa and 38th in the world. Morocco are fifth in Africa and 42nd in the world, while Egypt are 6th on the continent and 49th in the world. Meanwhile, the top four positions on the World Rankings remain unchanged from September with the only movement from Uruguay taking the place of Portugal in the top five.Belgium are still at number one while world champions France in second place. Five-time world champions Brazil are third in the world, while 2018 World Cup semifinalists England remained in fourth position. Uruguay move one spot up to fifth.Africa Top 10Senegal (20)Tunisia (29)Nigeria (35)Algeria (38)Morocco (42)Egypt (49)Ghana (51)Cameroon (52)DR Congo (54)Cote d’Ivoire (56)RelatedNigeria Drops in Latest FIFA RankingNovember 30, 2018In “FIFA”Super Eagles Move Up In Newest FIFA RankingApril 12, 2018In “National Team”Super Eagles Benefit From International Break in Latest FIFA RankingsApril 4, 2019In “National Team”last_img read more

Shuttleworth shows sizzling form

first_imgThe Billabong Bar Golf SocietyMonday, Jan. 16, Phoenix Gold – StablefordPhoenix on a very hot day and the place was absolutely packed.  We took the early start offered by the management and it was appreciated by all who took part.  One of our visitors from the northern hemisphere felt the heat quite bad but a few bottles of water later he came right.As there were no carts allowed on the fairways it was decided winter rules would apply and to be fair it really was needed on the Mountain loop, but the Lakes side was quite dry.We had 5 groups playing and there were some good scores, with John Anderson coming in third with 38 points, Graham Beaumont took second on 39 and in top spot was Rick Culley with a fine effort of 41 points. Wednesday, Jan. 18, Green Valley – StablefordWe seem to be in the middle of a nonexistent high season, with only those that got up with the sparrows in front of us today, so a gentle 4-hour round was very enjoyable.Eddie Bielby was observed by his playing partners standing on the edge of the lily pond along the 7th hole trying to extricate his ball.  As usual he had his mouth open and complained later that the water in the pond did not taste as good as his favourite tipple.52 players today and in the ladies competition Miss Nu lost a count back to Miss Poopay on 36 points.  Miss Som lost her ball in the water at the second attempt on the 13th but still came good with a score of 39 points.The scores for the men were generally very steady with many handing in cards with scores between 30 and 36, but it was Peter Le Noury occupying fourth place with 36 points, one behind Jeff North who, despite having 3 blobs on his card, still took the bronze.  Tony Oakes started with 3 points in the first 3 holes but recovered to score 38 overall for second place.   The star of the day was undoubtedly Lloyd Shuttleworth, playing off his 5 handicap and returning a magnificent 32 gross on the back nine for 23 points and 41 in total to win by a distance.  He also had a ‘2’, as did Glyn Davies, Gerard Lambert, Miss Nu and Jeff North (2).Nu, So, and Poopay.Friday, Jan. 20, Treasure Hill – Rainbow StablefordTreasure Hill has adopted a novel approach to business by retaining the price they charge in the low season of 1150-baht all in.  Looking at the booking sheet, they were fully booked this day but a 4 hour round is still very acceptable at any time.  This venue has to be the best value for money around Pattaya and possibly further afield.The course was in excellent condition and the greens were as slick as any in the area, but if this did not present enough of a challenge then Capt. Bob decided to add to the day’s test by making the format a rainbow stableford competition.  The only small criticism about the course is the lack of markers around the water hazards, of which there are many.Seven groups accepted the challenge today but many fell far short of expectations as confirmed by the fact that fourth place went to Gerard Lambert with only 30 points, just edging out his fellow Frenchman Thierry Petrement on a count back.  Bob Philp took third place on 32 points with Graham Beaumont second with 34, however Lloyd Shuttleworth continued his excellent form by taking the plaudits once again with 36 points.The only ‘2’ went to Gerard Lambert. There was only one ‘2’, coming from Graham Beaumont on one of the harder par 3s.From left: From left: Graham Beaumont, Gerard Lambert and Lloyd Shuttleworth.last_img read more

Willie O’Ree’s little-known journey to break the NHL’s color barrier

first_imgAlmost everybody knows about Jackie Robinson and the historic role he played integrating Major League Baseball. But mention Willie O’Ree and you’ll likely receive a blank look.That’s a shame because 60 years ago O’Ree did his own part bringing down a racial barrier in a different sport.On Jan. 18, 1958, O’Ree – a 22-year-old forward from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada – became the first black person to play in a National Hockey League game.O’Ree had always known he possessed the talent to play in the NHL. A speedy skater with an intuitive feel for the game, he had played organized hockey since age 5 and had scored 22 goals with 12 assists in his first professional season with Quebec. His big break came when the Bruins invited him to attend training camp before the start of the 1957-58 season. Although he failed to make the final cut, team officials were impressed enough by his overall performance to tell him he needed only “a little more seasoning” to reach the big time.“They knew what I could do,” O’Ree later recalled in his 2000 memoir, “The Autobiography of Willie O’Ree: Hockey’s Black Pioneer.”Sure enough, that January, the Boston Bruins were short a roster player and called him up from their minor league club for a road contest against the Montreal Canadiens.O’Ree could barely control his excitement. “I could see fans pointing, ‘There’s that black kid. He’s up with the Bruins,’” O’Ree wrote.Despite his nervousness, he did nothing to embarrass himself during a rare 3-0 Boston shutout over their hated archrivals. “O’Ree is not only fast, but he’s a strong skater,” Montreal coach Frank Selke said after the game. “He looks as if he could go all night.”[youtube]‘It was the greatest thrill of my life … I’ll always remember this day.’O’Ree suited up for only one more game as a Bruin that season before returning to the minors. He was hardly crestfallen. “I’m just happy to get a chance up here, that’s about all I can say,” he told The Boston Globe.O’Ree returned to the Bruins in 1960-61 and notched four goals and 10 assists in 43 games. His first NHL goal – a game-winner against Montreal at the Boston Garden on New Year’s Day, 1961 – proved memorable. On a breakaway, a teammate fed him a perfect pass, which he deposited under the glove hand of Montreal goaltender Charlie Hodge. For his standout effort, O’Ree received a rousing standing ovation from the home crowd that lasted several minutes.O’Ree wasn’t so well received at other NHL venues. At New York City’s venerable Madison Square Garden, for instance, fans showered him with racial insults before he even stepped onto the ice. In Chicago, he was targeted for abuse for bruising Blackhawks forward Eric “Elbows” Nesterenko. After calling O’Ree the n-word, Nesterenko took the butt-end of his stick and rammed it into O’Ree’s unsuspecting face. A broken nose and two missing front teeth later, O’Ree had had enough. He took his stick and smashed Nesterenko over the head with it. O’Ree’s teammates came rushing to his aid as both teams’ benches emptied. What followed was a classic hockey donnybrook that ended with O’Ree being sent to the Bruins locker room for medical treatment.“Every time I went on the ice I was faced with racial slurs because of my color,” O’Ree admitted to the Anti-Defamation League Youth Congress gathering held in Boston in 2016. “I had black cats thrown on the ice and [people] told me to [go] back to the cotton fields and pick cotton.” O’Ree claimed he didn’t mind. “I didn’t let it hurt me,” he said. “I let it go in one ear and out the other.”Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, is honored before a game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Tampa Bay Lightning in January 2017.AP Photo/Alex GallardoO’Ree’s dream of hockey glory was almost cut tragically short. While playing in a junior league game in Guelph, Ontario, as a 20-year-old, he lost sight in most of his right eye after a deflected slap shot struck his face. Ignoring his doctor’s advice to hang up his skates, O’Ree continued to play despite being at an obvious competitive disadvantage.“I was a left shot, and I was playing left wing, but I had no right eye,” O’Ree explained. He didn’t want others to know of his handicap, lest it scare teams away from employing him. “It was my secret,” he said.The Bruins traded O’Ree to the Canadiens before the start of the 1961-62 season. O’Ree was personally devastated. Montreal was an elite team coming off a string of Stanley Cup championships and had no room for O’Ree on their roster. As a result, O’Ree spent the remainder of his career playing on a series of minor league clubs, including the Los Angeles Blades of the Western Hockey League. He was a major standout for Los Angeles, scoring a career-high 38 goals in 1964-65. But the NHL never gave him a second look.O’Ree did, however, serve as an inspiration to future NHL players of color like Jarome Iginla and Mike Greer.“I’m in awe knowing what he went through,” Iginla told USA Today in 2008. “There is a lot of trash-talking going on [in the game], and I can’t imagine what he must have gone through.”For his part, O’Ree has voiced few regrets. He did, after all, defy the odds. And he’ll forever be known as the “Jackie Robinson of hockey.”Thomas J. Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Boston UniversityThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Boston Bruins forward Willie O’Ree warms up prior to a game against the New York Rangers in 1960.AP Photolast_img read more

Stargell’s MVP Awards still a big hit! (Jan. 2)

first_imgThe 44th Annual Willie Pop’s Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards knocked it out of the park once again as some of Pittsburgh’s celebrated leaders were recently recognized and honored at the Walnut Grill. As was Mr. Stargell’s request to Achieving Greatness Inc., CEO Bill Neal, to recognize and salute those people who help make Pittsburgh a special place and one of the nation’s most livable cities with the continued support of Pirate Charities, Frank Fuhrer Wholesale Co., Highmark, the New Pittsburgh Courier, UPMC, Blue Diamond Vodka, and Super Bakery. The event continues to showcase Pittsburgh’s finest and keep alive the credo that we are Fam-I-Lee! 2018 HONOREES—Dr. Kathi Elliott—CEO, Gwen’s Girls, Erin Walker, Sensation Model/Actress, Azeeza Reed—Pres., World Financial Group, Barnett Harris Sr.—Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame, Mark Pinnix—Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame, Diane Daniels—Writer, New Pittsburgh Courier, Carl Marbury—Pres., Majors Mobile Detail, Alby Oxenreiter—WPXI Sports Director, Leon Ford—Candidate for Pittsburgh City Council District 9. CHAMPIONS ROW—left to right; Warren Wilson—Former Pro Basketball Player and Connie Hawkins League HOF, Barnett Harris Sr.—Duquesne University great and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Bill Neal—Connie Hawkins League Founder, Achieving Greatness Inc., CEO, Bobby Franklin—Keynote Speaker, Point Park University Basketball All-American and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Kevin “Freight Train” Parker—Olympic Gold Medalist and Former Fastest Blind Man In The World, Mark Pinnix—Westminster College Basketball great and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Vince Lackner—Yale University Basketball, European Professional Basketball Legue and Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame. HONOREES Erin Walker, right, with Alby Oxenreitercenter_img LEON FORD, community advocate, entrepreneur and City Council candidate, with “Eri. U.” Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter read more

Win has dancers in a whirl

first_imgTHE dramatic retelling of the Cyclone Tracey story has earned Beaconhills College performing arts students a place in the Victorian…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img