Steve Bunce and Dietmar Hamann joined Colin Murray in the studio for Wednesday’s show.Former West Brom manager Steve Clarke was the Murray Meets guest.
Tags: Abdu LumalaAFCON 2019Bevis MugabiDenis OnyangoDRC congoEmmanuel OkwiFarouk Miyagodfrey walusimbiHassan WasswaKhalid AuchoMike AziraMurushid Juukopatrick kadduSebastien DesabretopUganda CranesYannick Bolasie and Cedric BakamabuYusuf Mulumbu The Cranes best performance came in the 1978 edition.AFCON 2019Congo DR vs Uganda Cairo International Stadium, CairoSaturday, 22-06-2019 @5:30pmThe Uganda Cranes will be hoping to get off to the best possible start, when they take on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in their AFCON 2019 Group A opener on Saturday afternoon.After a 2-week long camp in Abu Dhabi, the Cranes are understood to have had the best of preparations as they seek to write history in Ugandan football.Uganda’s best ever performance at the AFCON, dates back to 1978, when they finished as the tournament’s runners up after losing 0-2 to Ghana in the final.In 2017, the Cranes made their return to AFCON after 39 years of waiting, however, they could not get past the group stages.This time round, especially after the tournament was expanded to 24 teams, Uganda is expected to make the last 16.Uganda boosts arguably the best goalkeeper at the tournament in Denis Onyango and coupled with a talented crop in front of him, it is only right to up the expectations, starting with the game against DRC.What they are saying ahead of the gameDenis Onyango, Uganda Cranes captain“We shall need to work as a complete team. To get as far as we can, we need to get the best use of the team quality.“We have camped for a long time in Abu Dhabi and virtually all the players know each other well. Football is a team sport and you cannot win a game when you are playing individual football.“Against DR Congo, we need that first victory because it always pushes us further. Our goal is to go past the group stages.Sebastien Desabre, Uganda Cranes head coach“The Uganda Cranes team is ready to compete at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt. The players are ready to give the maximum.“We have good organisation, cohesion and quality in the team basing on values of working together. Each player has a task to play together.“As a complete unit we shall achieve a lot. The spirit is good enough. We camped in Abu Dhabi to get used to the weather here in Egypt. The weather was not good for us in the first week but we later acclimatised to it. I am happy with the camp we had in Abu Dhabi.Uganda lost 0-1 to Egypt in their first game in the last edition in Gabon and it is a scenario that they will need to avoid this time round.However, DRC will be having very different ideas come match day. The Leopards have progressed passed the group stages in each of their last two AFCON appearances and know how pivotal the first game is.DRC has progressed to the knock out stages in each of their past two AFCON tournaments’ appearances.Having won the title twice in history, DRC are strong outsiders to clinch this years’ title and with a squad boosting the likes of Yusuf Mulumbu, Yannick Bolasie and Cedric Bakamabu, they are indeed out to cause havoc starting with the game against UgandaMatch StatsDR Congo have progressed through to the knockout stages at each of the last two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and achieved a third-place finish in 2015. The squad arrived in Egypt on Monday night direct from Spain where they had held their pre-tournament training camp having concluded their preparations with a 1-1 draw against Kenya. Although they are unbeaten in their last five matches, they have won only one of those games with a solitary win against Liberia being their only success in their last nine outings.Uganda are appearing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the second consecutive time having featured in 2017 after an absence of 39 years without making it through to the finals. They had a comfortable qualifying passage to reach this stage as they didn’t lose a match or concede a goal in five matches before a defeat in Tanzania when they had already confirmed qualification. Preparations for the tournament were completed with a 1-0 victory against the Ivory Coast last Saturday. Farouk Miya – who is likely to be one of Uganda’s main players at the tournament – scored his 22nd international goal to settle the match in Uganda’s favour.Uganda Cranes probable line upDenis Onyango (GK), Bevis Mugabi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Abdu Lumala, Patrick Kaddu.The other Group A gameEgypt vs Zimbabwe – Saturday, 21-06-2019 @11pmSaturday’s other fixtures-Nigeria vs Burundi @8pm-Guinea vs Madagascar @11pmComments
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo admits losing on debut was “bittersweet”.Barca lost the first-leg of their Copa del Rey round 16 tie 2-1 at Levante.”It’s a bittersweet night,” Murillo said after the match. “The result is not the best.”We have to take advantage of Coutinho’s goal at home.”Murillo is continuing to integrate into the team and is listening closely to what Ernesto Valverde wants from him.”I’ve tried to fit into the group,” he said. “I’m taking things positively.”The coach keeps asking me to work.”
WINNIPEG – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced questions on immigration, pipelines and Indigenous issues — and dealt with a few disruptions — during a town hall meeting with some 1,800 people at the University of Manitoba Wednesday night.Trudeau was asked by some people whether he would boost the number of immigrants accepted into Canada every year.Some people had personal questions, such as one woman who said a Nigerian friend was facing deportation and faced great danger if she returned to the African nation because she is a lesbian.One questioner asked Trudeau whether he was concerned about the number of people crossing the border illegally and claiming refugee status.Trudeau responded that Canada has obligations under international treaties to give asylum seekers a hearing, but also has the resources to ensure that people who are deemed not to be refugees are dealt with appropriately.“We always make sure that security is the first thing that is checked,” Trudeau said.One woman interrupted another questioner by shouting out opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project that would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta through British Columbia.She swore at the prime minister and security before leaving.Another man asked Trudeau to respect the British Columbia government’s plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off its coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill. The move would limit expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain oil pipeline.He then shouted that Trudeau wasn’t providing a direct answer.A woman criticized Trudeau for the federal government’s summer-jobs program that requires groups to respect abortion rights.The crowd applauded loudly and drowned out the woman when Trudeau said groups that specifically hire students to oppose abortion rights should not be federally funded.“There are certain groups that are specifically dedicated to fighting abortion rights for women and inclusion of LGBT communities. And that is wrong,” he said.“That is not certainly not something the federal government should be funding summer students to do — to roll back the clock on women’s rights. That’s not going to happen.”The meeting, which lasted more than 90 minutes, also saw Trudeau questioned on the troubled inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.He was asked what he would consider a successful outcome.“Ideally, it will provide closure and healing for the families, a measure of justice for victims, and most importantly, show us how to put an end to this ongoing national tragedy.”Trudeau is to hold town halls in Edmonton on Thursday and in Nanaimo, B.C., on Friday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story to clarify concerns raised about pipeline.
Cedric the Entertainer is pleased to announce the launch of The Inaugural Cedric “The Entertainer” Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday August 12 at the world class Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.This charity fundraiser will benefit The Kyles Family Foundation, The Brotherhood Crusade of Los Angeles and The Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo in their support to providing invaluable services and programs aiding youth and their families.Guests include: Cedric “The Entertainer”, Don Cheadle, Anthony Anderson, Barry Bonds, Rick Fox, Dondre Whitfield, Dr. J, George Lopez, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Willie Gault, Chris Spencer, Cobi Jones, Eric Dickerson, Jim Hill, Marcus Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Royce Clayton, and many more!Cedric’s universal appeal, versatility and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world. As a philanthropist, his tireless and long-standing commitment to “Using Laughter To Build Character” has changed the lives of countless young people nationwide.The Inaugural Celebrity Golf Classic will tee off at 10am, after breakfast and a putting contest. Cedric “The Entertainer” and his 200 guests will enjoy the spectacular views of the Topa Topa Mountains, surrounding countryside and the Pacific Ocean as they take on the championship golf course.One of the most highly acclaimed course in California will allow for a friendly, intimate golf experience, raising funds for worthy causes. Sponsors will be present around all holes, including: Xerox, Mattel, Brand Jordan, Nestle, and Kettle One.As a thank you to the various celebrities attending the event, GBK is creating their renowned thank you lounge. One of the golfers in attendance will also have the chance to bid on the opportunity to walk though the gift lounge while supporting all of the causes.The beautiful Spanish style clubhouse will host a cocktail reception and awards ceremony following the tournament. A true highlight of the evening will be the silent and live auction to raise funds for the causes.The Kyles Family Foundation (KFF) is a non-profit tax exempt organization, founded in 2009. The foundation was established for “the purpose of teaching life skills, such as healthy eating, physical education, and academics to urban youth throughout the nation — To build confidence and self-esteem enabling them to navigate through life with a sense of purpose.” Through mentoring programs, strategic alliances and community outings, KFF will introduce our underserved “at risk” youth to invaluable life lessons and experiences. Topics and workshops include personal hygiene, exercise classes, beauty treatments, and some pampering — All relative to building confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, Etiquette Training Workshops centering on table settings, dining etiquette, and the value of nutritionally balanced meals are offered through KFF.The Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo provides programs for young people between the ages of six and eighteen that will inspire them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. Their vision is to aspire to serve the youth and community by developing strong future leaders, instilling integrity, honesty, respect and foresight, and providing a fun and safe environment for all who walk through their doors. The Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo serves over 3,000 youth in Ventura County, offering a positive place for kids in those crucial after-school hours. The club is considered a second home and provides professional staff members that offer guidance and leadership as positive role models. For more information click here.The Brotherhood Crusade is a not-for-profit institution founded in 1968 to provide necessary resources, program services and a voice of advocacy to traditionally underserved communities. Its mission is to remove and/or help individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life, by promoting health and wellness, enhancing educational opportunities, cultivating economic growth and building community agencies and institutions. For more information click here.
OSU junior Jalyn Holmes embraces a teammate after a play against Tulsa on Sept. 10, 2016. OSU won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State football fans came into Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa with high hopes after the team’s drubbing of Bowling Green last week. Buckeye fans saw a much different game in the first half from their team against the Golden Hurricane, but OSU was too much to handle in the second half, winning 48-3.Things could not have started better for the Buckeyes, as the first pass from Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans was tipped at the line, and intercepted by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.A short field did not help OSU find the endzone early. After two failed run plays, a pass from redshirt junior J.T. Barrett intended for redshirt sophomore Noah Brown was swatted away, forcing the Buckeyes to trot out their field goal unit.After senior kicker Tyler Durbin gave OSU a 3-0 lead, the game fell into a defensive stalemate. Sloppy offensive play and little movement by either team’s offensive units kept things close throughout the first quarter.“The offensive line gets a lot of praise around,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Also, when things aren’t going well, it’s probably because we’re not playing up to our expectation level.”Coming off a stellar game against San Jose State, Tulsa junior running back D’Angelo Brewer found wide-open running lanes for much of the first half, slashing through the Buckeyes front seven for 47 first-half yards.The absence of redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle was apparent for the Buckeyes. A distinct lack of push along the defensive line allowed Evans to remain in the pocket and create space for Brewer to pick up multiple first downs.“The loss of Tracy Sprinkle…it set us back a bit because he’s such a great leader and a great player,” OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “These young guys had a good day and stepped up.”Hubbard also said he was pleased with the play of redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, who are filling in for the injured Sprinkle. Combined, the two players picked up three tackles.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett struggled to connect with receivers, completing eight passes on 14 attempts and only racking up 69 yards. His biggest target of the first half, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, had a 16-yard catch, which was the longest reception of the first half.Without much of an offensive attack, the Silver Bullets stepped up in a big way, picking off Evans three times in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker’s interception was good enough for a 26-yard return, putting the Buckeyes up 13-3.Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore picked off two first half passes, returning one all the way back for a score with less than a minute left in the half.“This was my first pick six ever; I was excited to just get out there,” Lattimore said. “I had some blockers in front of me, so they really helped me out, too.”A delay for inclement weather lasted from 5:25 p.m. until 6:35 p.m., as lightning was spotted multiple times near the stadium during the pause in play. The halftime show was cancelled, and many OSU fans left the stadium during the hour-long storm.However, the Buckeyes were a different team in the second half, leaning heavily on the legs of junior H-back Curtis Samuel.On the initial drive of the second half, Samuel busted off a few double-digit yardage runs, and set a key block that opened a lane for Barrett to break the goal line. The touchdown marked Barrett’s second rushing touchdown of the season.The hour-long break seemed to create a spark for OSU on both sides of the ball, with the Buckeyes preventing Tulsa from scoring during the second half. Evans threw his fourth interception on the day, and once again failed to find paydirt.Opposing offenses have struggled against OSU so far this season, with the Buckeyes defense having yet to surrender a touchdown to another team’s offense.Weber was the leading rusher of the day for OSU, carrying the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Barrett finished the day with a statline of 14 for 22 and 149 yards, with no passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.“I thought the best thing he did is he hit the hole hard, he ran hard, but he also hung on that ball,” Meyer said. “It’s night and day compared to who he was a year ago.”Samuel came back to Earth a bit after racking up 261 all-purpose yards last Saturday, failing to find the endzone after scoring three times against Bowling Green. He still managed to gain 140 total yards, much of which came in the second half.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson picked up a late touchdown run, which was his first rushing touchdown of the year.The wide receiver’s play for OSU was heavily criticized by Meyer last week, and there was little in terms of improvement by the unit. Wideouts for the Buckeyes combined for five receptions, 49 yards and no scores.The Buckeyes face a tough test next week in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Sooners. 14th-ranked Oklahoma lost in its first week against then-No. 15 Houston, taking a hit to its ranking. Both OSU and Oklahoma will be looking for a win to remain prominent in the national picture.The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium next Saturday.This article has been amended by quotes following the post-game conference.
Members of the OSU defense line take part in a drill during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternWhen former Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel left the Buckeye staff to join the Houston Texans, many wondered if OSU could successfully replace such a polarizing figure.According to its players, OSU has done just that.Larry Johnson, who coached at Penn State from 1996-2013, has made a positive impression on the players he coaches.“It is just a different attitude,” sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said Thursday after practice when comparing Vrabel’s style of coaching to Johnson’s. “Their technique is all similar. He is more positive, I dare say.”Bosa, who had a breakout freshman year in 2013 — tallying 7.5 sacks, tied for the team lead — said he responds better to Johnson’s uplifting style of coaching.“Coach J is super positive, he is never really tearing anyone down,” Bosa said. “The coaches have been much more positive in trying to coach and make us better.”Teammate and fellow defensive lineman, junior Adolphus Washington, agreed with Bosa and said Johnson has been encouraging the players to succeed.“What is unique about him is that he is always a motivator. He is going to tell you what to do and he is going to show you how to do it and he is going to motivate you to do it,” Washington said. “Instead of using an angrier approach to it, he uses more of a teaching approach.”Johnson said he wants his players to understand the love he has for football as well as showing them the right way to play.“My deal is about passion. I want my guys to see the passion in how I coach. And that’s in my room, off the field and every area of their lives,” Johnson said. “I bring the same intensity, but I’m also teaching at the same time and getting them (to) understand my passion for the game and to feel that.”Despite only being in Columbus for a few months — OSU officially announced Johnson as part of its staff Jan. 16 — Johnson said his players are beginning to buy into what he wants them to.“They’ve got to trust me. I tell them all the time once they drink the Kool-Aid, we’re ready to go,” Johnson said. “Understanding 4-6 (seconds), A-B, that’s the style we’re going to play here, and once they understand my passion for that and then (I) told them the first day I got here I was going to do the best I can to reach them.”The Buckeyes, who were thin on the defensive line last year, will look to try and develop depth, something Johnson said he is striving to achieve.“There’s not a first group, there’s not a second group — there’s a group of guys trying to get better. And I’ve sold them on that idea that there are going to be eight, nine guys playing who compete,” Johnson said. “It’s not the guy who started the game, it’s the guys who finish the game that are going to make a difference. I think they’ve bought into that and I think that’s what’s really neat.”Johnson wants to bring back the “Silver Bullet” mindset the OSU defense did not seem to have last year, as they gave up 38.3 points per game in their last three games, of which they lost two. He said it’s what OSU is known for, and it is what he wants to get back to.“Great defense … I think that’s what we all feel we’re going to get back to,” Johnson said. “So it’s one focus, one fight, one team and just one idea about being the best defense in the country.”Bosa said Johnson has mentioned the Silver Bullet mindset around the players and he is trying to develop an attitude about them.“We watch guys that played before us and how hard they played,” Bosa said. “But again, we are focusing on playing hard and just competing against the offense.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini has hailed his players for keeping calm after going a goal down at AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup ahead of turning the tie around.Joe Pigott headed the League One side into the lead after just two minutes and hung on until the break despite Rodney McDonald’s dismissal for two yellow cards on 18 minutes.Issa Diop restored parity just after the hour mark before Angelo Ogbonna scored the visitors’ second, with Javier Hernandez sealing the 3-1 win in injury time.“Yes, I was worried because you play against these teams that defend really well and then you are losing 1-0 in the first minutes, after working the whole week not to suffer those kinds of goals,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports News at full time.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“The most important thing was our application to win this game. I was sure if we continued playing that we would score those goals. The best thing the team did tonight was we kept calm, we continued moving and creating space.“It’s important to win. If we lose this game, that’s another consequence – it’s very important. We need to continue working and I hope on Saturday we can have our first victory in the Premier League.”The third-round draw for the EFL Cup will take on Thursday night from 7pm onwards
Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has urged the team to bounce back immediately after their 100% start to the season ended in a 2-1 loss to Watford on SundayThe Lilywhites went ahead at Vicarage Road through Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own goal in the first half.But headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart handed Watford all three points and maintained their 100 per cent start to the season, whilst ending Spurs’ in the process.“We’re very disappointed,” Eriksen told the club website.“We want and expect to win every game and losing is not something we often do, luckily.“We need to get back on track and do that against Liverpool. That’s the perfect occasion to come back and we’ll do that.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Sunday’s defeat was Spurs’ first in the Premier League for 43 games after taking the lead, which last came back in November 2016 against Chelsea.“It’s not something that often happens to us,” said Eriksen.“That’s what everyone felt, everyone had the feeling that they were not going to score but they got a free-kick in a dangerous place, a decent cross and a good header,” he added.“We had chances, didn’t finish the game and they scored from two set-pieces – we can’t be satisfied with that.“The result against United (3-0 last week) was exceptional but we’re down to earth again. This is football, anything can happen in any game, it goes so quickly with ups and downs.”Spurs will next face Liverpool at Wembley on September 15.