Schmidt will watch Wales closely

first_img Head coach Schmidt has conceded Ireland cannot afford to dismiss launching an all-out attack at Scotland from the off at Murrayfield. Ireland will most likely have to better the points difference of both England and Wales to retain their RBS 6 Nations title. Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland could go for broke against Scotland if Wales thrash Italy in Rome on Saturday. Press Association Wales kick-off the ‘Super Saturday’ finale by taking on Italy in Rome, before Ireland face Scotland, with England hosting France in the closing clash of the triple-header. Schmidt is fairly confident Ireland will not dispense with their no-nonsense gameplan in Edinburgh – but did admit that could all change if Wales hammer the Italians. “There’s always that potential; I don’t think you can rule anything out, if Wales have a big win,” said Schmidt. “Whatever happens we’ll try to determine what the best thing is for us. “And the one thing I would do is probably throw a word of caution around trying to chase anything other than getting our noses in front of Scotland. “They were unlucky against Wales to lose by three points. “They were probably unlucky with a try that was disallowed, and they got very close to France in Paris too. “They were beaten at the death by Italy and they stayed really competitive against England for a long time. “With the job we’ve got in front of us it would be difficult to get any further ahead than just play that game. “Yes we’ll be keeping an eye on the game before us, and obviously the game after us, we’ll be watching that as well.” England top the championship table on points difference and start the day as slight favourites, given they will know exactly what they need to do against France come kick-off to claim the title. Schmidt believes Wales command the box seat however, given Italy’s propensity to taper off at the back-end of tournaments. Ireland’s 46-7 victory over Italy in Dublin last year proved pivotal to their points-difference title triumph, and Schmidt thinks Wales could produce something similar this weekend. “I think Wales will fancy their chances,” said Schmidt. “Inevitably in the last couple of Six Nations Italy have tended to fade in those last two games. “I know for us and England last year that became very much apparent as opposed to Wales beating them by eight points in the first game. “The forecast in Rome is good and that allows Wales to have a good shot. “We’ll get a little look at what the result is in that game (before facing Scotland). “It can’t affect our preparation, it can’t affect what we’re planning to do, because I think then that becomes a distraction. “And last-minute distractions are never good.” last_img read more

Oghenekaro Etebo:Eye on Olympic Gold

first_imgFollowing Nigeria’s Dream Team V1’s lacklustre arrival at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games few hours to kick-off, no one expected the team to do well. They however have booked a quarter final ticket while the team’s striker, Oghenekaro Etebo, has gone on to equal a 44-year old record. For him though, it is the gold that matters in Olympic football. Kunle Adewale reportsThe Nigerian team landed in Manaus at about 2pm local time after an eight-hour flight from Atlanta, where they had been stranded for days after a logistical mix-up. But incredibly, the Mikel Obi-captained team won 5-4 in their Olympic opener against Japan. But away from the victory, it was the four goals scored by 20-year-old striker Etebo Oghenekaro, that stole the headlines.After the four-goal feat, Oghenekaro stated that he would prefer being an Olympic gold medalist to being the tournament’s top scorer. But little did he know he had achieved a greater accomplishment with his double brace – a 44 year old record has been equalled. It had been 44 years since a player last scored four goals in an Olympic football match, when West Germany’s Bernd Nickel scored four goals against USA in Munich. And last Thursday, in the dry, difficult conditions of Manaus, Etebo matched Nickel’s feat.“Thank God it has happened, but what I’m most excited about was the victory. I’m very happy because it was a great joy, although it wasn’t easy due to the stress and all that. If I had scored but we lost, it’s not going to be too fantastic. I’m happy we’re topping the group, and I’m really happy about the goals. I didn’t expect it at all. I’m not going for personal glory but team glory, which to me means winning gold. Without the gold, it’s going to be painful because achieving that is important for me, for Nigerians and for my team-mates,” he toldFIFA.com.Goals are in Etebo’s blood. Indeed, he’s well used to making the kind of impact he has made at Rio 2016. In Etebo’s first ever Nigerian Premier League match as an 18-year old, he scored a hat-trick and at the end of that season, he finished as the league’s second-highest goal scorer.“I’m not that perfect but I believe, like my coach says, once you get a chance, its better you convert it because you don’t know when you’re going to get another one. I’m not a special striker or fantastic goal scorer, but it’s better to be at the right place at the right time to score good goals,” he said.During the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal, the qualifying tournament for Rio 2016 for the continent, Etebo finished as the tournament’s top marksman.“Now in Brazil, I scored four goals in the first game. When I scored those goals, I didn’t think about anything. It’s a game of football! Luck was on my side,” Etebo said.Etebo showed on Thursday night in the Amazon that he has all the attributes of an elite forward: composure in the penalty area, ruthlessness in front of goal, precision and awareness from distance and clinical penalty-taking ability. But has there been another striker that has inspired him in his development?“There’s one player that I really cherish most. He’s playing for Manchester United and his name is Wayne Rooney. I really like him a lot from day one,” he said.The England captain would surely have admired the natural way Etebo scored his goals, while writing his name in the books of Olympic football history in his first ever match at the Games.“I just want to dedicate the goals to my family, friends and well-wishers. I really appreciate them a lot. The way we are going, I believe we are going to get it right. As long as we’re disciplined, we’re going to take advice from the coach, and listen to his instructions for every game. I believe we’re going to do it. I believe we’re going to get it right,” the Nigerian star said.The Nigeria U23 striker believes the Dream Team VI can achieve its ultimate ambition of winning gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after Nigeria became the first side to qualify for the quarterfinals following victories over Japan and Sweden.Etebo was impressive in Nigeria’s 1-0 over Sweden on Sunday registering no less than nine goal attempts during the largely one-sided contest but a top class performance by the Sweden goalkeeper, Andreas Linde, prevented him from adding to his four-goal tally in the tournament.Former Nigerian international, Friday Ekpo was not too surprised by the performance of the Dream Team V1 in Rio.In a telephone chat with THISDAY, Ekpo said Nigerian teams had a way of shocking the world when all hopes were lost.“The shabby way the team travelled was not good for the image of the country and such attitude should be investigated and the culprit brought to book. But in spite of everything, I was never at any time in doubt about the ability of the team. Those that are very conversant with Nigerian sports would know that we have a way of pulling surprises when the chips are really down.Something close to this surrounded our travelling to Atlanta in 1996 but we returned with a gold medal,” Ekpo said.Also speaking from his base in the United States, 1984 Africa Cup of Nations silver-medalist, Paul Okoku, said he was taken aback by the team’s exploit in Rio considering the unhealthy manner they left Atlanta.“I think it’s high time we change our attitude in preparing for global sporting competitions such as the Olympics. Having the talent is not always enough to excel. Proper training, preparation and planning is necessary on the big stage,” Okoku said.He charged the tournament’s top scorer, Etebo, to put the four goals he scored against Japan behind him and concentrate on the other matches ahead.The former Nigerian international specially praised four-goal hero, Etebo.“He is one of the most consistence goal poachers to have emerged from the country in recent years. When he was at Warri Wolves, he justified himself and during the Olympics qualifier, he was also the top scorer. So, why should anyone be amaze that he is doing well in Rio. His greatest strength is his consistency and humility,” the former Shell of Gabon noted.Etebo made his international debut in July 2013 against Cote d’Ivoire in a 2–0 loss in Abidjan during the 2014 African Nations Championship qualification campaign. In the summer of 2014, he went on trial at Italian Serie A side Udinese and was to be offered a contract after impressing, but a fee could not be agreed with Warri Wolves, so he returned to Nigeria.In December 2015, he helped the Nigerian U-23 Team to the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Senegal; finishing top scorer with 5 goals, including a brace in a 2–1 win against Algeria in the final.In January this year, he won the Most Promising Talent of the Year award at the CAF Awards in Abuja.In January, he joined CD Feirense as a free player after his contract with Warri Wolves FC expired at the end of the 2014/15 season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Pope meets Messi, Buffon & Co. ahead of Italy-Argentina

first_imgThe head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis greeted Argentina and Italy’s squads ahead of the footballing giants’ friendly in Rome on Wednesday.Albiceleste skipper Lionel Messi and Azzurri captain Gianluigi Buffon gave the head of the Catholic Church an olive tree on Tuesday on behalf of the players ahead of the specially arranged match at the Stadio Olimpico.The Pope, who is an Argentine but has Italian heritage and resides in Vatican City following his inauguration earlier in 2013, advised the two teams to remember their responsibility as idols and put down the notion of football as a business.“I thank you all for being here. Luckily it’s a friendly, otherwise I wouldn’t know who to support!” he told the squads and gathered press.“You are popular and the people follow you, but that is a responsibility on your shoulders. Never forget the beauty of camaraderie, from when you were amateurs. Before you are champions, you must be men and bring humanity to everyone you meet.“To the directors I say that football is sport and not a business. That is the way to discourage violence. “I pray for you, but I hope you pray for me too so that I can play an honest and generous game of my own.”Messi, who has been gearing up for the new Liga season with Barcelona in the past month or so, spoke after the meeting and expressed his delight at meeting the religious figurehead.“It was a special day, I am proud that I was here to meet the Pope, also because he is Argentine,” he told reporters.“I did not talk a lot with Pope Francis but it was an unforgettable moment. As footballers, we must always give good example in the field – only with respect for opponents can you become men and football players.”last_img read more

Updated: Wanda Tate family home incurs $35,000 damage from Monday’s fire

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — (Updated Tuesday, 9:45 a.m.) A fire destroyed the home of Wanda Tate at 2223 E. Lincoln Monday afternoon. The Wellington Police Department is estimating the damage at $35,000.Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay said a grease fire in the kitchen caused the house at the Hamel addition in southeast Wellington to eventually be engulfed in flames. At about 4 p.m. Hay said a family member was heating the oven to cook fish and temporarily left the kitchen. When the person returned the kitchen cabinets and wall surface were on fire.“There were three or four people in the house at the time,” Hay said. “They escaped unharmed.”At 4:12 p.m. 12 firefighters from the Wellington, Mayfield and Belle Plaine Fire Departments arrived on the scene at the East Lincoln home at the Hamel addition in southeast Wellington and found the one-story house with heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear of the home.As firefighters began their attack through the front door, flames extended through the door and front windows.They worked their way through the home. The fire had extended into the attic and a hole had to be cut in the side of the house to apply water into the attic area.During the operation an unnamed firefighter fell from a ladder and received an injury to the foot. He was taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center and released. Hay said a hose line may have knocked the ladder down for which the firefighter was perched at the time.The fire was declared under control at 5:57 p.m. The firefighters eventually left the scene at 6:37 p.m.It was a hectic day for emergency personnel. During the incident, firefighters also responded to two medical calls and the transfer was referred to Belle Plaine EMS.There was extensive fire and smoke damage throughout the home. Hay said he did not know if the house was salvageable, but at the minimum it will take extensive repairs. The home was uninsured.The American Red Cross is assisting the family.“They are staying with family,” Hay said of Tate and her family members, who were uprooted due to the fire.People can log onto http://www.gofundme.com/ew5vuc to make a donation.On the website it states:“Our mother/grandmother Wanda has tragically lost her home and all of her beloved possessions in a fire that destroyed all she had. Please stand with our family as we begin the process of rebuilding and providing for her financial needs during this difficult time. She has been our strength for countless years, now it is our turn to be hers. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.Many blessings,The Tate Family” House fire at 2223 E. Lincoln Ave.Family and friends look on as WFD fighters put out the blaze.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Anonymous · 307 weeks ago A fund account has been set up to help her rebuild. http://www.gofundme.com/ew5vuc Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Jay · 307 weeks ago I may be a bit biased bc this is my grandmother and one of the most remarkable, and influential people in my life. It truly hurts to see this wonderful lady go thru the pain and agony of losing everything. Grandma (Wanda) raised her children, grandchildren, some greats and a few great greats at this location. I know god will never put her thru anything you she can’t handle but she is in desperate need of assistance. If there is anything this community can do to help it would be greatly be appreciated. Grandma has lost everything so anything helps, it’s truly not just about money. If you are interested in donating home items you can contact my at [email protected] We are here for you grandma, love you much, your favorite, g-son! Report Reply 1 reply · active 307 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down concerned · 307 weeks ago The Mission Trift Shop in Wellington is willing to have her come in and get clothes, dishes, and other things she might need. Report Reply +8 Vote up Vote down Lili Clark · 307 weeks ago Wanda…I too went through the experience of a house fire. I know very well what you are going through and my heart goes out to you. Praise God that the angels guided all the people out of the house so that no one got hurt or killed. May God give you strength during this very difficult time. Love, Lil Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Local Citizen · 307 weeks ago How and where can a person make a household donation? My wife and I have a spare sofa that could be used if Wanda would like it. It is not new but still has some use. Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down aaronploss 53p · 275 weeks ago I hope she is doing better, is there any updates? Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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