Rohr’s Plaudits for Eagles

first_img“In the second half Zambia was the better team. They pushed and pushed and they almost made it 2-2, but the spirit of our team was very good, so we managed to defend until the end,” Rohr said at the joint post-match conference, which was also attended by Zambia coach Wedson Nyindera.Nyindera praised the fans for their support while also stressing that he is still trying to build a team.“We are rebuilding the team and at the same time expecting to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.“We have brought new players to the team and I think they blended well with the old players.“But most of all I am happy with the response we got from our fans.“After conceding those two goals they continued to support us.“That means that we have real Chipolopolo supporters. They went on until the last minute.“Even when we missed those chances they kept on chanting for us.“But football being what it is, the result today went the other way.“I would like to assure our fans that we will compensate this loss in upcoming matches and give them what they deserve,” he said.Zambia skipper Rainford Kalaba has also admitted some of the players were intimidated by the several Nigeria stars who play in the Premier League in England and this caused their loss Sunday.The other Premier League stars on the squad were Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa from Leicester City and Brown Ideye, who has previously featured for West Bromwich Albion.Kalaba revealed these stars scared some of his colleagues.“Playing against experienced players based in Europe, some of the guys were scared of playing against them because they always watch them every weekend in the Premier league and when they see them live, it is often difficult for them to concentrate on the game,” reasoned the TP Mazembe star who posted a short-lived stint in Portugal many years ago.“In the first half some of the guys were a bit scared, but in the second half we all saw how things went and we controlled the game.“There are even more stars in Algeria and Cameroun, so this must be big lesson for us.”Kalaba further said of his impression of Nigeria,” We respect Nigeria because they have some good players.“They have some experienced players in the midfield and they were well organised.”The exciting forward said the pressure will now be on the Chipolopolo to get their qualifying campaign back on track.“Losing our first game has brought more pressure on us, but we hope to improve,” he admitted.“We are all very disappointed we lost at home because it was important to start (this competition) well.“We still have time to work together with the coach so that we that we could rectify the mistake we have made.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has said that the “very good spirit” of the Nigeria national team was vital in Sunday’s 2-1 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Zambia in Ndola.Rohr, who praised the battling qualities displayed by his side on Sunday, admitted that the Chipolopolo were the better side in the second half.“The result is a reflection of what happened in the match. What happened in the first half was what we expected. We played well and we scored.last_img read more

Clippers dominate Wizards, set up Summer League showdown with Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAS VEGAS — Reggie Upshaw had 24 points and nine rebounds and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 17 points and six assists as the Clippers defeated the Washington Wizards 89-74 on Wednesday afternoon at Cox Pavilion, becoming the first team to advance in the NBA Summer League tournament.Rookie Jerome Robinson scored 15 points and Angel Delgado added 14 points and 10 rebounds and five steals on 7-for-9 shooting for the Clippers, who will face the top-seeded Lakers (3-0) in a second-round game on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. PT at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Lakers received a first-round bye.The Clippers (2-2) dominated most of the game and never trailed. They led 31-15 at the end of the first quarter and maintained a double-digit lead throughout, extending the margin to 28 points in the third quarter before Washington cut it to 10 during the fourth quarter. The Clippers outrebounded the Wizards 46-32 and held the Wizards to 38-percent shooting from the field, including 21 percent from 3-point range.Devin Robinson had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Aaron Harrison added 12 points for the Wizards (1-3), who will play a consolation game against Chicago or Dallas on Friday afternoon.last_img read more

Max Scherzer does his job again, and in typical hard-nosed fashion

first_imgScherzer expected to work deep Wednesday, especially after the first few frames. He got the seventh inning from manager Davey Martinez and, in typical fashion, finished with a flourish. MLB.com says he threw 13 four-seam fastballs in the inning; his slowest was 94.3 mph and his fastest was 97.6. He struck out his last three batters.He long ago earned respect from teammates with his competitive fire and his ability to put up numbers, but this game, and Scherzer’s 2019 season, should lift him to a higher perch, even if he is counted on to be indestructible. Scherzer leads the National League with 146 Ks and 106 1/3 innings pitched, and his 2.62 ERA is fourth-best. He’s right in the heart of what is now a crowded Cy Young race.If the Nats’ promotions people were smart (or just feeling mischievous), they’d rush to create a new batch of Scherzer bobbleheads for their scheduled Friday giveaway. Show the type of commitment their ace does and add a splotch of purple paint below every right eye. Show that the organization can get the job done, too, no matter what might get in the way. Max Scherzer wasn’t hurt Wednesday even though his bruised face indicated otherwise. He had all he needed: clear eyes and a right arm full of gas.The Nationals’ ace took the mound one night after he busted his nose by bunting a batting practice pitch into his face. The bunt was executed with, shall we say, less than total gusto. Scherzer’s pitching, on the other hand, was quintessential . . . Max effort. He limited the Phillies to four hits and a pair of walks over seven scoreless innings and 117 pitches. He struck out 10. He got the win and the Nats (35-38) completed a sweep of a day-night doubleheader, which pushed them to four games behind the Phils for the National League’s second wild-card berth.MORE:  Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNNow, while it’s true that Scherzer’s performance wasn’t a Bloody Sock Game or a gem thrown by someone whose elbow (or hamstring) could unravel at any second, it was still a forceful reminder to teammates and opponents alike: Answer the call, do your job, no excuses.”This is just going to be part of what you got to do. You take the ball every fifth time,” Scherzer told reporters after the game, per The Washington Post . He said he felt “zero” pain on the mound and minimal discomfort. Scherzer also said he would have lobbied to stay in if the break had occurred during a game.Nats second baseman Brian Dozier was of a similar mind.”Well, I hate to kind of undercut it by any means,” Dozier said, per the Post, “but we expect that from him.”last_img read more