Toure impressed with Sterling

first_imgLiverpool defender Kolo Toure believes a confident Raheem Sterling will provide a test for any opponent. The 19-year-old has started the last nine matches for the Reds, scoring three times, after taking the chance offered by Daniel Sturridge’s ankle sprain. It represents something of a comeback for the youngster, who began last season in irresistible form before tailing off in the final few months and failing to pick things up for the new campaign. Press Associationcenter_img His second-half performance in the 2-0 FA Cup victory over Oldham, where he provided the cross for Iago Aspas’ opener before having his shot deflected in by James Tarkowski late on, provided a glimpse of his talents, and Toure thinks the youngster is producing on a more consistent basis now. “For me at the moment Raheem is one of the best players in our team,” said the Ivory Coast international. “I play against him every day in training. Every time I go up against him it’s always tough. “He can beat any player in this league with his pace and skill. He’s very strong and compact. “He works so hard for the team and this boy certainly has a very bright future. “He’s playing more games now and when you play a number of games in a row you get a lot of confidence. “For a young player like that to be playing at that level is amazing. “He always puts the effort into his training and always gives 100 per cent in every game. “You can see the impact he’s having on games, which is very important for us.” last_img read more

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Sooners couldn’t finish off success

first_imgOut too “soon” · Buddy Hield’s heroics were not enough to propel the Sooners to the championship game, as Oklahoma fell to Villanova. – Photo courtesy of Siandhara Bonnet | OU DailyOklahoma was dismantled by eventual champion Villanova in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.It was a shocking performance from the Sooners, who now find themselves in the college basketball history books for undesirable reasons. Lon Kruger’s seemingly incredible team lost by 44 points in the most iconic round of the sport’s most iconic competition. It was, even for the most neutral fan, quite hard to watch.Yet OU was the real champion of the two biggest college sports for the 2015-16 season. The Sooners advanced to the national semifinal in both football and in men’s basketball.Of course, no one is going to argue against winning titles. But widely appreciated yet less verbalized by college sports fans is the notion that their team is nationally relevant. It is the feeling that your team’s performance on any given day will impact a program a couple thousand miles away.Florida and Ohio State owned the 2006-07 campaign in both football and men’s hoops, as the Gators downed the Buckeyes in the title game in both sports that season. Unsurprisingly, those four teams had special, program-defining players: Percy Harvin and Al Horford in Gainesville, Troy Smith and Mike Conley in Columbus.Oklahoma’s stars achieved similar levels of national recognition. Baker Mayfield’s youthful enthusiasm encapsulated the beauty of college football, while Buddy Hield’s versatility on the court was truly something to behold.OU football and basketball fell flat after halftime in the College Football Playoff and in the Final Four — the former against Clemson and the latter against Villanova. The Sooners failed to score after the half against the Tigers in that CFP matchup, and their hardwood counterparts were outscored 53-23 by the Wildcats in that debacle of a Final Four contest.Maybe Oklahoma struggles against large cats. Maybe OU’s uninspiring performances in such monumental games isn’t actually the biggest of deals.Oklahoma’s success leading up to those games forces college sports fans to compare the enjoyment quotient of having a great season as opposed to doing so while also taking home the hardware.Only two programs will claim the two most prominent titles in intercollegiate Division I athletics each year. Alabama did what Alabama does and snagged that oddly tall CFP trophy in January, but the Sooners were only one game away from facing the Tide. Meanwhile, OU basketball came awfully close — not really, but technically — to playing North Carolina for all the marbles.The fact that one school actually came this close to rivaling the 2006-07 Florida Gators as two-sport champs ought to make fans of other colleges at least somewhat envious. And while OU fans continue to ruminate on what could have been, the journey — from late August through early April — has been a source of true indulgence for the Sooner faithful.Any hey-good-job-almost-winning banners or plaques from this season that turn up in the athletic facilities in Norman will likely be greeted by a shrug from those who witnessed — let alone partook in — the postseason collapses.But the slowly recovering OU fans can find solace in the fact that their teams were contending until the very end. Well, almost.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

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Taekwondo club ‘Bugojno’ won seven medals

first_imgInternational Taekwondo Competition was held in the sports hall in Bijeljina in organisation of Taekwondo Association of RS. The host of the tournament was  ‘Jopa’ club from Bijeljina and 292 competitors from 25 clubs from 7 countries participated.Taekwondo club ‘Bugojno’ participated with 8 competitors and seven managed to win medals, 4 gold and 3 bronze. Adi Ćefo, Velid Pidro, Amel Novalić and Džejlan Kaltak won gold medals, while Amar Rušpić, Jusuf Husić and Ubejd Dževahirić won silver medals.The participation of the club at the competition was financed by Head of Bugojno Municipality Hasan Ajkunić.(bug.ba)last_img read more

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Six Wellington sports teams embark on spring season starting Monday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The high on Monday is supposed to be 39 degrees with a low of 21 degrees with winds of about 15 mph. The area will be recovering from a potential snow shower storm on Sunday.Yep, the spring high school sports season has officially arrived!The Wellington High School baseball and softball teams are supposed to begin play at Rose Hill on Monday, May 25. The varsity and junior varsity baseball teams are supposed to start at 4 p.m. and the varsity and JV softball teams are to play at 4:30 p.m.It should be a typical spring sports season, with a couple of weather changes along the way for six WHS varsity teams: baseball, softball, girls track, boys track, boys tennis and boys/girls golf.The schedule is a bit different for the boys baseball and girls softball teams thanks to Wichita Collegiate. The Spartans dropped girls softball for girls soccer at the last moment. As a result, Wellington athletic officials were scrambling to fill the void. So on Tuesday, April 30 a girls softball triangular was set that will include Clearwater and Buhler at Clearwater.The boys baseball team will still play Wichita Collegiate there on Thursday, April 11.Some dates Wellington sports fans need to watch out for.•The Wellington Boys Tennis team, under new coach Allen Keller, will be hosting its one home tournament with the Wellington Invitational on Tuesday, March 26. The other teams participating are Augusta, El Dorado, Goddard Eisenhower, and Kingman.•The Wellington golf team will be hosting its invitational on Thursday, April 4. Teams participating are: Andover, Andover Central, Augusta, Circle, Clearwater, Goddard Eisenhower, Maize, Mulvane, Wichita Collegiate, Rose Hill, Chaparral, Kingman, Hesston, Medicine Lodge, starting at 1 p.m.•There will be two high school track meets in Wellington. The Caldwell Invitational will be held here on Tuesday, April 16 at 3 p.m. The Wellington Invitational will be  Friday, April 26 with Circle, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, South Haven, Caldwell, starting at 3:15 p.m.•The home dates for the Crusader baseball and softball teams include: Mulvane on March 28, Augusta on April 4, Andale on April 8, Winfield on April 15, Clearwater on May 2, a baseball triangular on Saturday, May 4, and a softball triangular on Monday, May 6.The WHS cumulative sports schedule and schedule for individual sports are as follows:Cumulative Sports ScheduleMonday, March 25WHS BASEBALL — Rose Hill, away, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Rose Hill, away, 4:30 p.m. (JV) Monday, April 29WHS TENNIS —AV-CTL Championship, 8 a.m. Times and location TBA. Tuesday, April 30WHS GOLF — Hesston at Hesston Golf Course, 3 p.m.HS SOFTBALL — Triangular: Clearwater, Buhler at Clearwater. High School boys baseball:Monday, March 25 — Rose Hill, away, 4 p.m. (JV)Thursday, March 28 — Mulvane, home, 4 p.m.  (JV)Thursday, April 4 — Augusta, home, 4 p.m. (JV)Monday, April 8 — Andale, home, 4 p.m. (JV)Thursday, April 11 — Wichita Collegiate, away, 4 p.m. (JV)Monday, April 15 — Winfield, home, 4 p.m. (JV)Monday, April 22 — Circle, away, 4 p.m. (JV)Thursday, May 2 — Clearwater, home, 4 p.m.  (JV)Saturday, May 4 — Kansas City Turner, 11 a.m., Arkansas City vs. K.C. Turner, 1 p.m., Ark City, 3 p.m., home.Tuesday, May 7 — Andover, away, 4 p.m.  (JV)Monday, May 13 — 4A Regional Tournament. TBA. Tuesday April 2 WHS TENNIS —Chaparral, away, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4WHS TENNIS —Andover, away, 3 p.m.WHS GOLF — Wellington Invitational. Teams participating – Andover, Andover Central, Augusta, Circle, Clearwater, Goddard Eisenhower, Maize, Mulvane, Wichita Collegiate, Rose Hill, Chaparral, Kingman, Hesston, Medicine Lodge, 1 p.m.WHS BASEBALL — Augusta, home, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Augusta, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV). Saturday, May 25 STATE TRACK MEET — Wichita State University, all day. Monday, April 8WHS TENNIS —Wichita Collegiate, away, 3 p.m.WHS GOLF — Andover Central at Terradyne Country Club, 3 p.m.WHS BASEBALL — Andale, home, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Andale, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV). 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 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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! Reply 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 Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Tuesday, April 9WHS TENNIS —Maize South, away, 3 p.m. Friday, May 3WHS TRACK — Goddard Invite, 3 p.m. Monday, April 15WHS BASEBALL — Winfield, home, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Winfield, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV). Monday, May 13WHS GOLF — 4A Regional Tournament TBA.WHS BASEBALL — 4A Regional Tournament. TBA.WHS SOFTBALL — 4A Regional Tournament. TBA. High School Tennis:Tuesday, March 26 — Wellington Invitational (Augusta, El Dorado, Goddard Eisenhower, Kingman participating), 3 p.m.Tues., April 2 — Chaparral, away, 3 p.m.Thurs., April 4 — Andover, away, 3 p.m.Mon., April 8 — Wichita Collegiate, away, 3 p.m.Tues., April 9 — Maize South, away, 3 p.m.Tues., April 16 — Circle, away, 1 p.m.Tues., April 23 — Augusta, away, 3 p.m.Mon., April 29 — AV-CTL Championship, 8 a.m. Times and location TBA.Thurs., May 2 — 4A Regional Tournament, TBA.  Monday, April 22 WHS BASEBALL — Circle, away, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Circle, away, 4:30 p.m. (JV). Friday, April 5 WHS TRACK — Chaparral Invitational, 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 26WHS TRACK — Wellington Invitational: Circle, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, South Haven, Caldwell participating, 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 11 WHS GOLF — Augusta at Augusta Country Club, 3 p.m.WHS TRACK — Wichita State University Invitational, 8:15 a.m.WHS BASEBALL — Wichita Collegiate, away, 4 p.m. (JV) Tuesday, April 16WHS TENNIS —Circle, away, 1 p.m.WHS GOLF — Buhler at Newton Sand Creek Station Golf Course, 3 p.m.WHS TRACK —  Caldwell Invitational at Wellington, 3 p.m. Monday, May 6 WHS SOFTBALL — Triangular: El Dorado, Valley Center, home, 2:30 p.m. (JV). Monday, April 1 —WHS GOLF — Andover Invitational, Crestview Country Club, 1 p.m. Friday, May 17WHS TRACK — 4A Regional meet, TBD. Friday, April 12WHS TRACK — Wichita State University Invitational, 8:15 a.m. High School golf: Monday, April 1 —  Andover Invitational, Crestview Country Club, 1 p.m.Thurs., April 4 — Wellington Invitational. Teams participating – Andover, Andover Central, Augusta, Circle, Clearwater, Goddard Eisenhower, Maize, Mulvane, Wichita Collegiate, Rose Hill, Chaparral, Kingman, Hesston, Medicine Lodge, 1 p.mMonday, April 8 — Andover Central at Terradyne Country Club, 3 p.m.Thurs., April 11 — Augusta at Augusta Country Club, 3 p.m.Tues., April 16 — Buhler at Newton Sand Creek Station Golf Course, 3 p.m.Friday, April 19 — Wichita Collegiate at Cherry Oaks Golf Course, 3 p.m.Tues., April 30— Hesston at Hesston Golf Course, 3 p.m.Thurs., May 2 — Goddard Eisenhower at Tex-Consolver Golf Course, 3 p.m.Tues., May 7 — AV-CTL Tournament at Winfield Quail Ridge, 8 a.m.Monday, May 13 — Regional, location TBA.Monday, May 20 — State tournament. Tuesday, May 7WHS GOLF — AV-CTL Tournament at Winfield Quail Ridge, 8 a.m.WHS BASEBALL — Andover, away, 4 p.m.  (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Andover, away, 4:30 p.m.  (JV) Saturday, May 4WHS BASEBALL — Triangular: Wellington vs. Kansas City Turner, 11 a.m., Arkansas City vs. K.C. Turner, 1 p.m., Wellington vs. Ark City, 3 p.m., home. FRIDAY, April 19WHS GOLF — Wichita Collegiate at Cherry Oaks Golf Course, 3 p.m.WHS TRACK — Clearwater Invitational, 3 p.m. Thursday, May 2WHS TENNIS —4A Regional Tournament, TBA.WHS GOLF — Goddard Eisenhower at Tex-Consolver Golf Course, 3 p.m.WHS BASEBALL — Clearwater, home, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Clearwater, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV). High School girls softball: Monday, March 25 — Rose Hill, away, 4:30 p.m. (JV)Thursday, March 28 — Mulvane, home, 4:30 p.m.  (JV)Thursday, April 4 — Augusta, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV)Monday, April 8 — Andale, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV)Monday, April 15 — Winfield, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV)Monday, April 22 — Circle, away, 4:30 p.m. (JV)Tuesday, April 30 — Triangular: Clearwater, Buhler at Clearwater.Thursday, May 2 — Clearwater, home.  (JV)Monday, May 6 — Triangular: El Dorado, Valley Center, home, 2:30 p.m. (JV)Tuesday, May 7 — Andover, away, 4:30 p.m.  (JV)Monday, May 13 — 4A Regional Tournament. TBA. High School track and field: Thursday, March 28 — Clearwater Invitational, 3 p.m.Friday, April 5 — Chaparral Invitational, 3:30 p.m.Thurs.- Fri., April 11-12 — Wichita State University, 8:15 a.m.Tuesday, April 16 — Caldwell Invitational at Wellington, 3 p.m.Friday, April 19 — Clearwater Invitational, 3 p.m.Friday, April 26 — Wellington Invitational: Circle, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, South Haven, Caldwell participating, 3:15 p.m.Friday, May 3 — Goddard Invite, 3 p.m.Friday, May 17 — Regional meet, TBD.Saturday, May 25 — Wichita State University, 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 26WHS TENNIS — Wellington Invitational (Augusta, El Dorado, Goddard Eisenhower, Kingman participating), 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 23WHS TENNIS —Augusta, away, 3 p.m. Thursday, March 28WHS TRACK — Clearwater Invitational, 3 p.m.WHS BASEBALL — Mulvane, home, 4 p.m.  (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Mulvane, home, 4:30 p.m.  (JV)last_img read more

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Detective quits Pakistan probe into parade bomb

first_imgBy Zarar Khan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KARACHI, Pakistan – The detective leading Pakistan’s inquiry into the suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto withdrew from the case Wednesday after the former prime minister accused him of involvement in the torture of her husband in 1999, a senior official said. Ghulam Muhammad Mohtarem, home secretary of Sindh province, said the government would form a new team to investigate the deadly attack on Bhutto’s homecoming parade in Karachi last week. The bombing killed 136 people and raised fears about the country’s stability. “We know what we’re doing. We don’t need assistance,” he told reporters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.center_img Bhutto has blamed Islamic militants for the attack, but has also accused elements in the government and the security services of complicity. She wants international experts to help with the investigation. The two-term prime minister specifically objected to Manzur Mughal, a senior investigator in Sindh province, claiming he had been present while her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was tortured in custody on corruption charges in 1999. Mohtarem said that the provincial government had no doubt about Mughal’s competency and professionalism, but that Mughal decided to withdraw to protect the inquiry from accusations of bias. “The investigation team will be formed anew after Manzur Mughal disassociated himself from the investigation in view of the objections raised by Benazir Bhutto on the chief investigator’s credentials,” the home secretary said. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz later rejected the idea of bringing in outside experts. last_img read more

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