Ferguson Proud of Rivalry with Wenger

first_img“After being out of the ring for almost two years now, I can’t wait to bring back the fire come May 12,” the United States-based Nigerian-born boxer promised. With the kind of rigorous training I have gone through, I should be able to stop him in the third round. I’m not underrating my opponent or being overconfident, but I had perfected the strategy to stop him early after watching some of the tapes of his previous fights,” he stated. Cole, however, admitted that defeating the Finnish would not be a walk in park.“Touminen is a tested boxer and a worthy opponent any day and could be very tricky,” he saidCole defeated German opponent, Tom Reiche to retain his Junior Middleweight WBF title after he stopped him in the fourth round.Ogie, Mokwunyei Win Umole 70th Birthday Golf TourneyDarlington Ogie and Prof. Joe Mokwunyei were last Saturday night declared winners at the Sylva Umole at 70 Birthday Golf Tournament held at the Benin Club Colf section (BCGS), Benin City,Also, Prof. Waziri Erhamen won the best gross trophy with 84 gross, while John Ugheoke won the most gross golf award with 141 gross played at the one day birthday tourney organised by Sylva Umole Committee of Friends, chaired by Mr. Peace Anuna in conjunction with the Club with over 100 golfers in attendance.Ogie, beat other competitors by playing a net score of 73 to win men’s category, as Oscar Iyare settled for second position with 75 net, while Jimmy Osazuwa with 76 net beat Tony West-Erhaboh on count back to place third.Similarly, Mokwunyei won the ladies’ cadre with a net score of 75  while Folake Okorodudu and Nkiruka Awiaka placed second and third with a distant 82 net and 86 net respectively.Winners in other categories are  M. Ikhureigbe in the vet men with 78 net; Jackson Gaius Obaseki won the super vet men with 83 net; Ivie Iyoha won her usual vet ladies with 84 net. R. Izoje and Kingsley Okunbo won the longest drive in hole 10 ladies and men event.The celebrator, Umole, in his speech thanked all those who participated in the tournament. “I am overwhelmed at the huge turnout of golfers and non-golfers who came to rejoice with me and my family on this epic occasion, they are wonderful people,” he said.The highlight of the event was the presentation of trophies and prizes all those who distinguished themselves at the one day golfing action.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A rsene Wenger is one of the greatest managers in Premier League history, according to “rival and friend” Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson and Wenger had one of the most compelling rivalries in football, with the pair clashing frequently as Manchester United and Arsenal battled for Premier League supremacy.Their feud reached its highest point when United ended Arsenal’s long unbeaten run in the league at Old Trafford in October 2004, after which a pizza was thrown at Ferguson by Cesc Fabregas in the tunnel.But their relationship improved in Ferguson’s latter years in charge of United and the Scot says he is proud to consider Wenger a friend.“I am really happy for Arsene Wenger. I have great respect for him and for the job he has done at Arsenal,” Ferguson said.“It is a great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that he has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job he loves. “In an area where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal.“I am pleased that he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves.“He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man.”Wenger gave insight into his relationship with Ferguson last March when he revealed the former United boss gets in touch to offer support when Arsenal are going through a difficult period.“I have a good relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson at the moment. Sometimes he sends me a message when things don’t go well,” Wenger explained.Gifted Cole Set for World Title Fight on May 12World Boxing Federation Junior Middleweight champion and Global Boxing Federation World Super Middleweight title holder, Nigeria’s Gifted Cole Chiori, will on May 12, in Atlanta Georgia defend his title against Teemu Touminen of Finland in a 10-round bout.Cole, whose record stands at 13-0, in a telephone chat with THISDAY from his base in the United States, said he was not intimidated by his opponent, promising to come out victorious at the end of the bout.The fight being promoted by E Butt Promotions and Bishop Entertainment is powered by Achievas Entertainment will also have nine under cards, while Cole would be headlining his first title fight of his boxing career.With the City of Atlanta known for its huge presence of Africans and indeed Nigerians, Cole has promised to put a good show.last_img read more

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Prem crown in sight for Leicester

first_imgLONDON, AP:Leicester’s next hurdle in their unexpected run to the English title is against the Premier League’s other surprise package.In the league’s most unpredictable season since its inception in 1992, Leicester will face sixth-place West Ham on Sunday with both teams seeking their highest finish in the Premier League era.Leicester will be looking to maintain their seven-point lead over Tottenham at the top, while West Ham try to close the gap on fourth-place Manchester City. A loss for Leicester could see Tottenham, which play at Stoke on Monday, cut the lead to only four points with four games remaining.Leicester’s rise to the top of English football is widely regarded as one of the league’s most surprising events since Blackburn won the top division in 1995. Like Blackburn, Leicester’s success has been largely because of their attacking prowess, although instead of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, it’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.Vardy has scored 21 goals this season, including two against Sunderland last week, and trails league leader Harry Kane by only one.”He deserves everything he gets,” Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said of Vardy. “He works so hard and he’s a top lad around the dressing room. He’s a good influence on everybody.”Even balls that are put into areas that some strikers maybe wouldn’t go for them, he runs them down. He makes bad balls into good balls and good balls into great balls.”West Ham also have plenty to play for in their first season under manager Slaven Bilic. The team is still fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League, a vast improvement on last year’s 12th-place finish.”He’s a great manager and a great bloke, to be honest,” West Ham striker Andy Carroll said of Bilic. “You can talk to him about football or not about football, and when it comes to games his tactics are spot-on. Every game, he takes each game as it comes and it’s different tactics, different set-ups and different formations.”West Ham’s best finish in the Premier League was fifth place in 1999. Before the Premier League was established, the team finished third in 1986.Leicester’s best finishes were eighth in the Premier League in 2000, and before that second in 1929.last_img read more

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Is there still hope for marketing the grain in the bin?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As winter meeting season gets into full swing, Global Commodity Analytics’ Mike Zuzolo spent a few days in northwest Ohio this week to visit with growers about what to watch for in 2016, as far as the grain markets were concerned. Even though his message at one of the Mercer Landmark Winter Outlook meetings in Van Wert was future-focused, he still received many questions about 2015, including if there is any hope for the corn already in the bin.“I think there is, but it all hinges on what happens in the crude oil market,” Zuzolo said. “If we can get a low in that market to stop the energy sector from worrying about the possibility of $10 crude, I think that will take a lot of pressure off of corn and soybeans. That’s really what I am looking for between now and the end of January.”There is one thing that Zuzolo is figuring out as he travels across the Midwest and that is that acres are still completely up in the air at this point. Not surprisingly, the weather will continue to be a market mover as well.“If the La Niña develops, it would probably put a bit more fear in the market that crop production could be shaved in the northern hemisphere,” Zuzolo said. “In 2015, it was all about the El Niño and a big crop and maybe the funds don’t want to press the sell side as much if the current weather pattern changes this year.”One thing is for certain, farmers will need to get a little more creative in their marketing this year.“You’re starting to see new specialty contracts come into play,” said Anna Kaverman, a grain originator with Mercer Landmark. “There has also been a bump in open orders, target orders and other non-traditional options to try to get the most from a marketing plan.”After a short 2015 crop, basis levels in the Van Wert area have been very favorable, supported by the local feed and ethanol markets. Some farmer movement has caused that basis to fall recently. Local farmers are starting to sell more grain, not only because of basis, but in some cases simply to pay the bills.“The sentiment is still a bit of doom and gloom here as farmers are coming off of a rough year where they had less bushels to market coupled with lower prices,” Kaverman said. “It’s hard to get excited about what is going on right now.”last_img read more

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