first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has agreed to pay a $75 million penalty as part of a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Justice Department over bribery investigation related to a 2007 drillship construction involving Petrobras and drilling contractor Pride.“[Samsung Heavy Industries] has agreed to pay total penalties of more than $75 million to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) arising out of a scheme to pay millions of dollars in bribes to officials in Brazil,” the DOJ said last Friday.“Samsung Heavy Industries paid millions of dollars to a Brazilian intermediary, knowing that some of that money would be used to bribe high-level executives at Petrobras and obtain a lucrative shipbuilding contract,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia said that Samsung “caused millions of dollars in corrupt bribe payments to be paid to foreign officials to win business, upsetting what should have been a level playing field for other companies that followed the rules.”According to admissions by Samsung Heavy Industries, as shared by DOJ, beginning in 2007 and continuing until 2013, Samsung provided approximately $20 million in commission payments to a Brazilian intermediary, knowing that portions of the money would be paid as bribes to officials at oil company Petrobras.The bribes paid caused Samsung to secure improper business advantages, as Petrobras then entered into a drillship charter contract with Pride (now part of Valaris) to whom  Samsung Heavy Industries then sold the drillship for this contract.“Samsung Heavy Industries took actions in furtherance of the bribery conspiracy from its branch office located in the United States,” the DOJ said.Samsung and the DOJ also reached a three-year Deferred Prosecution Agreement. Upon successful completion, the DOJ will seek to dismiss the deferred charge, which relates to a drillship known as the “DS-5,” Samsung said. The rig in question, delivered in 2011, is now owned by Valaris, and is stacked without a contract in Spain.Commenting on the DOJ settlement Samsung Heavy CEO Joon Ou Nam said: “We deeply regret the company’s involvement in these events, which is contrary to our values and ethical standards,” “Many of the events described in our agreement happened more than a decade ago, and the individuals involved are no longer with the company. Over the past years, we have taken extensive steps, at our own initiative, to strengthen our anti-corruption compliance program to meet the highest standards of compliance and ethics.”last_img read more


first_img Tweet LocalNews Waitukubuli National Trail to hold stakeholders consultation today by: – April 7, 2011 Photo credit: Waitukubuli National Trail ProjectThe Waitukubuli National Trail through the Project Management Unit spearheaded by Mr. Eddison Henry will be undertaking a stakeholders conference from 9:00am at the Portmouth Credit Union Hall.Although the trail is operational and can be used there are several arreas which need to be addressed hence the conveying of the stakeholders consultation including the tourism, government, private and public sectors.Micheal Eugene, Project Officer of the Waitukubuli National Trail Project explains some of the issues which will form part of the consultation;“Essentially we see serious issues as we’ve  been developing the hardware……the issue of cost, maintenance and sustainability on the trial. How is the trail going to be maintained, who is going to meet these costs, how are the operational costs going to be covered? We see the issue of optimization and segmenting the trail, we have fourteen segments, can they all be developed for different purposes to serve different specific needs or do we just open it up for the adventure type? ”There are also issues of hygiene, communication, standards as well as food safety and the Project Managment Unit is hopeful that at the end of the consultation they would have several idea and solutions to these pertinent matters.Dominica Vibes News encourages all in the North of the island to attend this consultation and lend thier support to this great project which has the potential to bring tremendous revenue to our island.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 16 Views   no discussionslast_img read more


first_imgSoutheastern, IN—The National Weather Service says that rain is expected to start around noon as the system moves through the state.  Meteorologists at the Indianapolis office say that less than an inch of snow or ice is possible in southeastern Indiana but rain showers are more likely.As rain develops across southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio, it will continue overnight and may be heavy at times this evening. Rainfall totals of 1 to 1.25 inches my lead to flooding of area creeks and streams and low lying areas. A flash flood watch has been issued for Southeast IN, Northern KY, and portions of Southern Ohio this afternoon and tonight. Be extra careful where high water is typically an issue, and as always, do not attempt to navigate flooded roadways.last_img read more


first_img The Chilean said: “I think we have the best squad in England. “We bought four important players, we already had a very good team and with these four players I think we improved a lot. “We hope that from the first match against Newcastle at home we will start winning, and we will try to bring another trophy here.” The event also saw defender Pablo Zabaleta receive the club’s player of the year award for 2012-13 and the Argentinian also spoke of his confidence for the year ahead. He said: “I can guarantee to everyone that we have been working really hard in pre-season and we are very hungry for more trophies, and we aim to win something this season. “The atmosphere in the dressing room is great. We wish the new manager and all his staff the very best of luck for the future.” City finished runners-up to rivals Manchester United last season and suffered a shock loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has emphasised his confidence for the new season by hailing his squad as the best in the Barclays Premier League. Pellegrini, who took charge at the Etihad Stadium this summer, has inherited a squad that has been bolstered by the signings of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic for a combined near-£90million cost. Pellegrini gave his opinions on stage during a question and answer session for fans at the club’s season launch party in Manchester city centre. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgGUWAHATI, July 27: Pari Singh of Maharashtra lifted double crown in the OIL – AITA Super Series Tennis Championship for boys and girls U-14 and 16 years which concluded at the All Assam Tennis Association Complex, Chachal today. In the girls U-14 singles Pari defeated Bhumika Tripathi, also from Maharashtra, in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. In the girls U-14 doubles final Pari partnering with Sweta Samanta of West Bengal beat Aarni Yellu and Malishka Kuramu of Telengana by virtue of walk over. In the boys U-14 singles final Ajay Singh of Haryana caused a major upset by defeating Top seed Aayush P Bhat of Karnataka 6-0, 6-2. In the girls U-16 doubles final Assam girls Kristi Boro partnering with Shatavisa Ghosh of West Bengal lifted the crown by defeating Saranya Gaware and Hrudaya Shah of Maharashtra in a gruelling three setter 1-6, 7-6 (4), 10 -8.Final Results: Girls Singles Under 14 Final: Pari Singh (MH) def Bhumika Tripathi (MH) 6-1, 6-1. Boys Singles Under 14 Final : Ajay Sing (HR) def Aayush P Bhat (KA) 6-0, 6-2. Girls Singles Under 16 Final: Saranya Gaware (MH) def Pari Singh (MH) 6-4, 6-1. Boys Singles Under 16 Final: Ayushman Arjeria (MP) def Faiz Nasyem (MH). 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Girls Doubles Under 14 Final: Pari Singh (MH) / Sweta Samanta (WB) def Aarni Yellu (TS) / Malishka Kuramu (TS). W/O.Boys Doubles Under 14 Final: Deep Munin (MP) / Aayush Bhat (KA) def Nithis Balaji (TN) / Kavin Karthik (TN). 6-1, 6-3. Boys Doubles Under 16 Final: Faiz Nasyem (MH) / Maanav Jain (KA) def Chetan Gadiyar (GJ) / Arjun Kundu (GJ) W/O. Girls Doubles Under 16 Final: Shatavisa Ghosh (WB) / Kristi Boro (AS) def Saranya Gaware (MH) / Hrudaya Shah (MH). 1-6, 7-6(4),10-8.last_img read more


first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Rode on team effort Assam made a good start in four-day Ranji Trophy tie and took command against Tripura at Agartala today. Invited to bat, Assam scored 268-4 at stumps on Day I. Both the openers scored half-centuries while captain Amit Sinha, who also scored a half-century, remained not out on 51 and the Riyan Parag (44) is giving him accompany.Openers Rishav Das and Parvez Aziz, who returned into the first class cricket after a gap of nearly three years, gave a good start in the morning and the duo added 159 runs on the opening wicket playing nearly 47th overs between them.But thereafter the innings witnessed a mini-collapse before Riyan and Amit repaired the damage with 91 runs partnership in the fifth wickets.Rishav scored 70, his sixth first class 50, with the help of 12 boundaries while Parvez, who missed century today for just 12 runs, hit 14 boundaries and one six on way to score 88. It was the 8th first class half-century for the left-hander.After losing the first wicket at 159 in form of Rishav the visitors suddenly lost three quick wickets adding only 18 runs. Sibsankar (1) Roy and Gakul Sharma (2), played good innings in the first match, failed to spend time on the wicket today. However captain Amit Sinha, pairing with Riyan Parag, stitched the damage nicely. The undefeated 5th wicket partnership produced 91 runs on the board and the duo played 28.2 overs together. Amit contributed 87 balls 51 (4X6), 1X6), his fifth half-century in first-class cricket. Riyan giving him accompany with individual score 40 (4X7).AK Sarkar (2-87) was the most successful bowler for Tripura on a day I. Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more


first_imgLondon: Pakistan fans have made their displeasure known on social media ever since the team’s poor show against arch-rivals India in their World Cup encounter in Manchester and a fresh video has surfaced wherein skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has been compared to a fat pig.Sarfaraz was walking in a mall in England with his son on his lap when a fan stopped him and asked why he was looking like a fat pig. The fan then posted the video on social media.This is not the first time when fans have crossed the line and gotten personal with the Pakistan players. In fact, photos of Shoaib Malik, his wife Sania Mirza and Wahab Riaz partying on the eve of the India-Pakistan game started doing the rounds soon after their loss to Virat Kohli and boys on June 16.In a game that was completely dominated by India, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir was the only bright spot as he returned figures of 3/47 from his 10 overs. And while the fans were not pleased and took to social media to ridicule the players, Amir had requested them to not use bad words even though they were free to criticise the players.Taking to Twitter, Amir wrote: “Pls dont use bad words for the players yes u guys can criticise our performance we will bounce back InshAllah we need ur support (sic).”Shoaib Malik also added his bit on Twitter and wrote: “On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It’s not a nice thing to do.”Interestingly, the Pakistan Cricket Board had come out with a clarification that the photos of the players dining and partying till late on the eve of the high-voltage clash was actually not from the eve of the game.“The cricketers did not violate their curfew,” a PCB spokesperson told DawnNewsTV.“The videos and photographs that went viral (on social media) are from two days before the match. The day before the match against India, all the players were in their hotel rooms by curfew time.” IANS Also Read: Fan apologizes for derogatory personal remark on Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmedlast_img read more


first_imgIn other virus-related developments:— The Islanders and Hurricanes conducted postgame interviews outside their dressing rooms Saturday in an effort to avoid the spread of illness. Players convened in the hallway or near the corridor where the Islanders skate onto the ice.— The Giants, Nationals, A’s and other teams are taking Major League Baseball’s recommendation and pre-signing cards and baseballs to hand out to fans, cutting down on interactions around the ballpark. At the Giants’ complex in Scottsdale, Arizona, stadium personnel disinfected railings shortly before fans arrived for an afternoon game against the White Sox, and the team is spending extra time sanitizing around the clubhouse and other facilities.— The women’s world hockey championships in Canada have been canceled because of the virus. The two-week tournament was set to open March 31, with venues in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. The 2003 tournament scheduled for Beijing was called off because of the SARS outbreak in China.FORMULA ONE-BAHRAIN-NO SPECTATORS Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:— Eric Paschall (PAS’-kul) scored 23 points, including a pair of free throws with 51.7 seconds remaining to push the Warriors past the 76ers, 118-114. Damion Lee finished with 24 points and six rebounds to help the Warriors end a 10-game home losing streak.— Kevin Love scored 27 points including the go-ahead basket with four minutes remaining as the Cavaliers downed the Nuggets, 104-102 to complete a sweep of the two-game season series. Collin Sexton also scored 27 points and Matthew Dellavedova (deh-lah-veh-DOH’-vah) had a career-high 14 assists to help Cleveland end a four-game losing streak.— Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) had 27 points and 17 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ fourth win in five games, 118-101 over the Hawks. Rookie Ja (jah) Morant added 24 points for Memphis, which led by 26 points at one point and held Atlanta to 33.7% shooting.— Bogdan Bogdanovic was productive in the Kings’ 123-111 thumping of the Trail Blazers, contributing 27 points, eight assists and five boards. Buddy Hield (heeld) dropped in 22 points and Harrison Barnes added 20 for Sacramento, which piled up 77 points in the first half. McIlroy also shot a 73 to fall into a tie with Leishman, who carded a 72. Four others are within three strokes of the lead.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA tells teams to plan for empty arenasUNDATED (AP) — The NBA wants its teams to prepare to play games without fans if necessary because of the coronavirus crisis. The league circulated a memo to its teams Friday telling them to prepare in case it becomes necessary to play games without fans or media, as sports leagues in Europe have already done. The memo detailed potential actions that teams might need to take “if it were to become necessary to play a game with only essential staff present.”The memo, obtained by The Associated Press, says teams should identify which team and arena people would be needed to conduct games, and be able to communicate quickly with non-essential staff, as well as ticket holders and corporate partners. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEJayhawks take outright Big 12 crownUNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Kansas has wrapped up the Big 12 regular-season title with a little help from West Virginia. Devon Dotson had 17 points and the Jayhawks finished 17-1 in the conference by defeating Texas Tech, 66-62. Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kay) was the key man for the Jayhawks, providing 15 points, 11 rebounds and a putback with 1:41 left that put them ahead to stay.Baylor’s chance for a share of the conference title ended when the Mountaineers used a big second half to down the fourth-ranked Bears, 76-64. West Virginia went on a 21-5 run and held Baylor without a field goal for eight minutes midway through the second half.Emmitt Matthews scored a season-high 18 points and freshman Oscar Tshiebwe (SHEEB’-way) added 16 with 12 rebounds for WVU.In other top 25 games Saturday:— Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) contributed 27 points and third-ranked Dayton rolled George Washington 76-51 to finish the regular season with its school-record 29th victory. Jalen Crutcher added 21 points on 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range in the Flyers’ 20th straight win, matching the team mark set in 1951-52. Flyers extend win streak, stay tied with CapsUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have retained their share of first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by earning their ninth consecutive win.Claude Giroux’s second goal of the game snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the third period of the Flyers’ 3-1 victory at Buffalo. Carter Hart turned back 38 shots in winning his seventh straight decision and 10th in his last 11 games.Both the Flyers and Capitals top the division with 89 points.Washington kept pace with a 5-2 win over the Penguins as Nic Dowd scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career. Nicklas Backstrom, Richard Panik and TJ Oshie (OH’-shee) also scored to back Braden Holtby, who stopped 26 shots in the Caps’ fifth victory in their last 14 games. — Vernon Carey Jr. poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead 12th-ranked Duke to an 89-76 win against arch-rival North Carolina. Tre Jones had 21 points and Cassius Stanley added 19 as the Blue Devils finished in a second-place tie with Virginia in the ACC.— Payton Pritchard hit for 29 points and 13th-ranked Oregon claimed the Pac-12 regular-season title by earning its fourth straight win, 80-67 over Stanford. Anthony Mathis chipped in 14 points and Will Richardson added 12 to help the Ducks improve to 24-7 overall.— Jermaine Samuels had a 3-point play with 5.6 seconds left as No. 14 Villanova survived a late scare to defeat Georgetown 70-69. Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK’ bay) led the Wildcats with 18 points.— Samir Doughty made eight of 13 3-pointers and finished with 32 points as 17th-ranked Auburn beat Tennessee 85-63 to end a two-game slide. Doughty finished one off his career high in points, going 10 of 17 from the floor overall.— Miller Kopp provided 22 points and Northwestern pulled away in the second half to beat No. 20 Penn State, 80-69. The Wildcats scored a season-high 46 points in the second half and ended a seven-game home losing streak. — Chris Tierney atoned for his missed penalty shot by scoring 35 seconds into overtime to give the Senators their fourth win in five games, 2-1 at San Jose. Nick Paul also tallied and Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots as Ottawa took the opener of a five-game road trip.PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONALHatton leads through 54ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton is the third-round leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he seeks his first PGA Tour victory.Hatton braved strong winds in shooting a 1-over 73 that puts him two strokes ahead of Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman. Hatton has earned four international victories during his career. — Nate Reuvers (REE’-vurs) scored 17 points and No. 24 Wisconsin held Indiana to just one basket over the final 10 minutes of a 60-56 comeback over the Hoosiers. The win gives the Badgers at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season crown.NBA-SCHEDULERockets lose againCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Houston Rockets have fallen another game behind Utah in the battle for the fourth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets have lost three straight after winning six straight and 10 of 12.Terry Rozier scored 24 points and had six assists for the fast-starting Hornets in a 108-99 win over the Rockets. Charlotte roared ahead 20-0 while Houston missed five 3-pointers and committed eight turnovers on its first 12 possessions. Bahrain F1 to run without fans due to virus as markets fallDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain says its Formula One race this month will only allow “participants only” over fears about the new coronavirus. Bahrain’s crown prince made the announcement Sunday via the state-run Bahrain News Agency. The crown prince says the decision was “to preserve the safety of citizens, residents and racing fans.” The race is scheduled for March 22. Across the Mideast, stock markets suffered sharp drops in early trading Sunday over fears about the new coronavirus as well as falling demand for crude oil. that came after a failure by OPEC and allied nations to cut production. The wider Mideast now has over 6,200 confirmed cases of the virus. — Sam Merrill scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half, including a contested 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to lift Utah State to a 59-56 victory over No. 5 San Diego State in the Mountain West Tournament championship. Neemias Queta scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half for the Aggies, who trailed 27-11 in the first half and at one point went nearly 13 minutes without making a field goal.— Sixth-ranked Kentucky rallied from 18 down to beat Florida, 71-70 at Gainesville. Nick Richards scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime to help the Wildcats avoid their first losing streak in three months.— No. 7 Florida State clinched the ACC regular-season title with its 16th consecutive home win, 80-62 against Boston College. Balsa Koprivica (koh-prih-VEET’-suh) posted 15 points and Dominik Olejniczak (oh-LAY’-nee-chuhk) had 14 points as the Seminoles finished 16-4 in the conference.— No. 22 Virginia picked up its eighth straight win as Mamadi Diakite (MAH’-mah-dee dee-ah-KEE’-tay) contributed 17 points and eight rebounds to a 57-54 downing of 10th-ranked Louisville. Kihei (KEE’-hay) Clark posted 18 points had a team-high 18 points for the Cavaliers, whose late-season surge allowed them to finish in a tie for second in the ACC.— Marcus Zegarowski made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead 11th-ranked Creighton to a 77-60 victory against No. 8 Seton Hall and a share of the Big East regular-season title. The Bluejays finished the game on a 21-6 run, won for the 11th time in 13 games and came away with the top seed in next week’s conference tournament. Atkinson was 118-190 in 3 1/2 seasons of his first NBA head coaching job.Also in the NBA:— Warriors guard Stephen Curry missed Saturday’s game against the 76ers because of the flu. The team also said that Curry is not at specific risk for COVID-19 or coronavirus.— The Pacers say point guard Malcolm Brogdon will be out indefinitely with a torn left hip muscle. Brogdon is listed as week to week.NHL-SCHEDULE Associated Press — The Predators pulled out a 1-0 win over the Stars as Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) blanked Dallas for the second straight game. Ryan Ellis scored a power-play goal in support of Saros, who made 37 saves in his fourth shutout of the season and 11th overall.— Vincent Trochek’s first goal as a Hurricane was the game-winner 1:36 into overtime as Carolina downed the Islanders, 3-2 to end a four-game skid. Josh Bailey tied it with 4:58 left in regulation before New York fell to 0-3-3 in its last six games.— Dustin Brown had three goals and an assist in the Kings’ fifth straight win, 7-3 over the Wild. Blake Lizotte and Trevor Moore scored 53 seconds apart in the second period to help Los Angeles improve to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games.— The Rangers are three points out of a playoff berth after Travis Zajac (ZAY’-jak) and Kyle Palmieri each had a pair of goals in the Devils’ 6-4 win against New York. Blueshirts netminder Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) allowed five goals on 23 shots over two periods in his first game since sustaining a rib fracture in a car accident on Feb. 23.— Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist while the Panthers scored three times in the third period to down the Canadiens, 4-1. Chris Driedger (DREE’-gur) stopped 33 shots on a night Florida retired Roberto Luongo’s (loo-AHN’-gohz) jersey No. 1. March 8, 2020 The Penguins lost for the seventh time in nine games to fall five points behind the Capitals. Sidney Crosby scored for the third straight game and Evgeni Malkin notched his 22nd for Pittsburgh.The Flyers begin their game two points behind Washington.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tampa Bay ended the Bruins’ four-game losing streak as Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv) scored short-handed goals just 62 seconds apart in the first period of the Lightning’s 5-3 victory at Boston. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) scored his 48th goal for the Bruins, who trailed 3-0 after one period and watched their lead in the Atlantic Division shrink to seven points over the Bolts.— Edmonton is dead even with Vegas for the Pacific Division lead after Alex Chiasson (CHAY’-sahn) furnished a goal and an assist in the Oilers’ 4-1 victory against the Blue Jackets. Mikko Koskinen stopped 46 shots in the Oilers’ fourth win in five games. Update on the latest sports NBA-NEWSKenny Atkinson out as Nets coachUNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have made a surprising coaching change with the team on track for a second consecutive playoff berth.The Nets have parted company with Kenny Atkinson and put assistant Jacque Vaughn in charge for the rest of the season. The move comes with the team 28-34 and seventh in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.General manager Sean Marks says it was a mutual decision. Devonte Graham had 23 points and PJ Washington added 22 to help the Hornets end a three-game losing streak.The Rockets wasted James Harden’s triple-double of 30 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds while Russell Westbrook sat out the game.Houston is 1 ½ games behind the Jazz in the West and only one game ahead of Dallas for the Southwest Division lead.The Jazz picked up their fifth straight win as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic furnished 32 points in their 111-105 decision over the Pistons. Donovan Mitchell scored 25 for Utah, which squandered a 22-point, first-half lead before going on an 18-2 run in the fourth quarter.The Jazz swept a four-game road trip that also included games against the Cavaliers, Knicks and Celtics.last_img read more


first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “It is a good thing we are meeting Germany in our first match. If you want to be a champion, you have to overcome strong forces on the way. We are starting the tournament knowing that there is no easy route to the top, and that we have to give our best in every minute of the competition,” observed Coach Danjuma on the eve of the cracker in St Malo. The Falconets delegation landed in France on Thursday, and trained on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the team attended a FIFA Ethics Workshop. Their official training session ahead of today’s clash took place at the Stade de Marville yesterday afternoon. Effervescent forward Gift Monday must play carefully in order to avoid a yellow card that could knock her out of Thursday’s clash with Haiti, having been cautioned in the Nigeria team’s final qualifying match against South Africa in Benin City early in the year.The Falconets are loaded to the hilt with proven performers. Captain Oluwakemi Famuditi and Glory Ogbonna would be expected to keep things tight at the back, while Christy Ucheibe and Peace Efih would be saddled with the responsibility of pushing the ball upfront for the experienced and efficient Rasheedat Ajibade and the starry-eyed but clinical Anam Imo.The Falconets will take on Haiti at the same venue on Thursday, before closing the group D attrition with China at the Stade de Clos Gastel in Dinan/Lehon on Monday next week.Meanwhile, Eminent world citizens, including the President of Nigeria Football Federation and 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, and ranking Member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Hon. Ayo Omidiran will cheer Falconets against German in Saint Malo today.                                   Pinnick flew into Paris yesterday from the United Kingdom before making his way to Saint Malo.Respected lawmaker Omidiran, an illustrious financier and ardent supporter of women’s football for several decades now, is a Member of the House of Reps’ Committee on Sports and Youth Development and Chairman of the NFF Women’s Football Committee.Nigerian girls have finished as runners-up on two previous occasions. Nigeria’s Under-20 girls, Falconets, will this evening begin their Group D campaign of the 9th FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup against perennial foes Germany in Saint Malo, France.In yesterday’s opening encounter, Mexico edged Brazil 3-2 in an interesting affair in Dinan/Léhon.After falling in the final of the 2010 and 2014 championships to the same Germans, Coach Chris Danjuma and his ladies must have conjured up some tricks aimed at ending the second fiddle role to the Europeans. last_img read more


first_imgIt was only fitting that in order to interview Wisconsin sophomore forward Joe Krabbenhoft, a wait was necessary, as he can usually be found in the training room getting patched up after a practice or a game. Over the last two seasons, Krabbenhoft, a native of Sioux Falls, S.D., has developed the reputation of being one of the most competitive and hardest playing people on the court.”It’s not a show when he gets into the game,” assistant coach Greg Gard said. “He plays extremely hard. Every game, every practice and every thing we do, he is going 100 percent.”Krabbenhoft’s tough mentality has also attributed to the number of injuries he has sustained during the season. During a game against Indiana this year, he suffered a blow to the head that caused him to bleed profusely.”He keeps Henry (Perez-Guerra), our trainer, busy with stitches and cuts and things like that,” Gard said.Of course, due to his competitive nature, he kept on playing until the officials forced him to the sidelines.”It’s just the way I play,” Krabbenhoft said. “Every team needs a couple guys like that. I’m not the only one on this team. Sometimes I bleed a little more than most guys on this team. So, it’s just the mentality of the guys on this team and not me individually.”Krabbenhoft’s style of play is what brought him to Madison to play for head coach Bo Ryan. Naturally, he plays the wing or the three spot on the court, which is the same position Wooden Award candidate Alando Tucker plays now. Although he may not start at that position, he has played crucial minutes off the bench. When he comes in for Tucker, he feels no pressure. Rather, he looks at his roll as essential to keeping the team going when the scoring leader is resting on the bench.”I don’t feel any pressure,” Krabbenhoft said. “Of course, when Alando goes out, some shots need to be taken, some rebounds need to be grabbed and, overall, it’s a big gap to fill. I just try to do my best, and I don’t think there is any way that I can do what Alando does. He is one of the best players in the country, and am I? No, not yet.”This season, Krabbenhoft has played in all 26 of the Badgers’ games and is averaging 20.3 minutes of the bench. He is also averaging five points and five rebounds per game — third best on the team — and had many crucial boards against the Iowa Hawkeyes last weekend. The numbers he has put up this season are already better than his freshman year. Ryan appreciates having a player who can constantly learn and improve his game.”Your average Joe, he (is) anything but average,” Ryan said in a press conference earlier this fall. “He works hard. He is constantly trying to learn as much as he can. You can see that in his improved play. You always like those guys who listen and get better. That’s what you hope for in players, is to see development and to see the absorption of information that you are trying to pass out.”One of the great aspects that Krabbenhoft brings to Ryan’s swing offense is his versatility. He just doesn’t play guard or forward but has the ability to play in the post, on the wing or anywhere in between.”We play him in three different positions, either a two, a three or a four,” Gard said. “Within our system, there is not a whole lot of variation in terms of what you do within those positions. He has become very versatile. He has become one of our better perimeter defenders. Between him and Mike Flowers, we assign them to play their best perimeter defenders defensively.”Krabbenhoft acknowledges that he can play several different positions and enjoys doing so.”I like that. It gives me the options to do a little bit of everything while I’m out on the court,” Krabbenhoft said. “[When] coach gives me the opportunity to be out there, I get to handle the ball a little bit, and I get to go inside a little bit. It’s what I like to do, and it makes it fun for me.”Not only is Krabbenhoft competitive on the court, but also off the court; he is known to never back down from an argument.”He is probably the guy on the team that likes to argue the most,” guard Michael Flowers said. “He will argue about the simplest things. It could be whether Diet Coke tastes better than regular Coke. He will argue his point to death. He will always want to come away with the ‘W’ no matter what it is.”Although he may have a competitive nature, Krabbenhoft will always be one to support his teammates.”Joe is the type of player you want on your team because you know he will do anything to help the team,” Flowers said. “He’s one of those guys that if you are hanging from a cliff and you have a rope, you are going to want to have him holding that rope because you know he won’t ever let go.”last_img read more