first_img“What did we do to deserve such punishment?” Wang Wenjun, Xiangkai’s daughter, said over the phone to Reuters.A crematorium sent a car to pick up Xiangyou’s body, but the family was told no mourning ceremony would be allowed. They could only collect his ashes after 15 days.Two days before Xiangyou died, doctors at the 4th Hospital of Wuhan had written in a diagnosis that both brothers were likely infected by the coronavirus which has now killed over 1,350 people in China. CT scans showed their lungs had turned “white” with patterns resembling cracked glass, symptomatic of severe viral infections.But the hospital did not have any RNA test kits to confirm their cases, and thus could not admit them for treatment, according to the doctors. They were told to contact their community government, which on Jan. 30 offered to house the brothers at the hotel. Hubei province on Thursday reported a sharp rise in the number of deaths and cases after changing its methodology to include those diagnosed through CT scans like Xiangyou. More than 63,000 people have now been infected nationwide and 1,380 have died.Xiangkai, a retired cab driver, refused to remain at the Echarm hotel after his brother died, instead staying alone at a relative’s home. His wife visited daily, bringing food and Chinese medicine, until she too fell ill with what doctors suspect is the coronavirus.Wenjun lives on the other side of Wuhan. Closed transportation lines means she is unable to visit her parents.Desperate for treatment for her father, she issued a plea for help on the Twitter-like Weibo. The community government responded, saying the decision was up to the virus taskface.At around midnight on Monday, the family received a call saying a hospital bed was available. With no public transport, Wang’s 58-year-old wife pushed him in a wheelchair for the 10-minute trip to the hospital.A new CT scan showed Xiangkai’s lung infection had worsened. He now has trouble walking to the toilet on his own and is awaiting the results of an RNA test.”On Jan. 22, our entire family had a Lunar New Year dinner, and we even took a photo together. It has been bad news every day since then,” Wenjun said.Topics : There were no doctors, nurses or medical equipment at the Wuhan hotel converted into a temporary quarantine facility for suspected coronavirus patients when brothers Wang Xiangkai and Wang Xiangyou arrived two weeks ago.The next day, Xiangkai, 61, woke to find that Xiangyou, 62, had died.The Wangs are among tens of thousands of families devastated by the coronavirus in Wuhan, where the medical system has been overwhelmed by the outbreak, despite massive reinforcements and two speedily built new hospitals.last_img read more


first_img The Super Eagles could do more by turning set pieces into victory songs, writes Ikechukwu James“So, your prediction about the Super Eagles came to pass!”“I gave no prediction about the Eagles. I only made an objective and empirical analysis and came to the logical conclusion.” “They did crash out at the very First Round as you said. But most of the analysts thought Nigeria would do well in Russia, at least Second Round or Quarter Final. Some even didn’t rule out a Semi-Final or appearance at the Final!”“What should we do now to those analysts? They did give Nigerians a false hope?”“We should lock them up.  After all a particular country in Europe attempted to jail its scientists for poor analysis of a potential earthquake.”“It’s clear they’ve burnt their fingers again. Unfortunately, if they don’t learn from this, they will lead the nation astray the next time.”“The good thing is that no one can blame the President for the poor results at Russia 2018.”“Indeed, under the present administration, they got unprecedented support. ‘Unprecedented’, in its true meaning, not the hackneyed use by politicians.”“No problem of match bonus, squabble over allowances or even players quarrelling with one another, as often the case in the past.”“The winning bonus was even increased from 10,000 Pounds to 15,000 Pounds at a time!”“The government did more than enough and the administration deserves all plaudits for that. But those players cannot give what they don’t have, as you pointed out before they departed the shores of this country to Russia”“Yes, most of these players don’t get a good deal when they move to European clubs. Hence they have no good opportunity to develop their soccer talent and play in the top teams in Europe. Sitting on the bench or being on loan from time to time isn’t the best for our players.”“That’s true. I often wonder the role of the Nigeria Football Federation on this. The president can’t leave the most important affairs of government to come help you manage these boys.”“Have you asked why they don’t play in Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and so on? I think most of these players are average, and we need to accept that reality. Of course, they can improve with time.”“Yes, it’s not enough to say you play in the English Premier League, do you play for the top teams?”“But my major gripe with the Super Eagles’ managers and NFF over the years has to do with how the players waste set pieces – free kicks, corners, etc. It is most disturbing.” “Yes, I know you worry a lot over this for many lamentable years. You did write about this after the Nations Cup, tagged Ghana 2008. Unfortunately, the players continue to squander set pieces while other countries maximise theirs to coast home to victory.”“Of course, I remember my points then. ‘Although the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are hated world over for their rough tackles, we must not close our eyes on the sense of urgency with wish they played at that Ghana 2008. Every set piece was like a penalty – and that thrilled my heart.’ Just how many corners and free-kicks do Super Eagles usually fling away! What actually do you learn in training if you play 20 corner kicks and 20 free-kicks without threatening a goalkeeper with any? ”“It was the same situation in Russia 2018. The Super Eagles wasted all the corner kicks and free-kicks while other countries benefited from such. Not even one single corner kick moved close to threatening a goal-keeper or caused the spectators to rise in panic or joy of a near goal. It was not good at all. The coach and NFF ought to worry gravely about this. What exactly do you do in training? In the match against Iceland, the Eagles had no single shot on goal for the first 45 minutes. That was shocking to anyone!” “Yes, I watched Germany 2006. Watched Italy, Argentina and others. Set pieces were regarded almost as penalty kicks. So I began to wonder why over the years, Nigeria had not mastered the art of scoring through set pieces. So many goals were scored by great and serious teams through set pieces. We either balloon our free-kicks to the skies or in the hands of the goalkeeper.  Perhaps one out of 200 may threaten a goalie and hit the back of the net! No, it’s damn shameful how the Eagles waste set pieces. How I wish we could learn to do it like Brazil, Italy, Argentina. But we need not go that far; even our own neighbour here, Cameroon, had mastered the art of turning set pieces into victory songs. Did we see how Ghana edged out Morocco and steamrollered their ambition of proceeding further in the competition through set pieces in Ghana 2008 Nations Cup? Look at that free-kick that Michael Essien converted into a TV goal! That, like the commentator remarked, only happens in training. That is the product of training. But when you claimed you had a wonderful training but on the big occasion, you throw away free-kicks and corners, what should we make of that? And I have to calm my anger at this stage.”“Really, it’s unfortunate Nigeria couldn’t go far at the ongoing World Cup. Some small businesses will surely be affected, especially the Match Viewing Centres. You know enthusiasm will wane once Eagles are no longer in the competition.”“I did enjoy some of the meals served at one of the Viewing Centres, especially the Ofada Rice.”“I used to like the rice. But I had to give it up because of the stress my wife used to go through in picking out the stones before cooking.”“I didn’t see a single grain of stone in the one I ate at that Viewing Centre and I was told it was the Ofada Rice produced by the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture. As a matter of fact, I went to buy a bag after that restaurant experience. The name is MITROS Ofada Rice and you can buy a bag as low as N2,500. So nutritious and not a single grain of stone can be found in it.”“I guess that was the one launched last December by the Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun. The man is really trying.”“I think so. A lot of people like Ofada. Buhari is really determined with this rice matter. But let’s hope the Eagles, the coach and NFF will absorb the lessons of Russia 2018 and perform better at the next tournament! They need to do something better with set pieces. We need to be scientific with the way we play soccer. Football has become a science.”James, a sport enthusiast and social commentator, wrote from LagosShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgThink about it …Alabama and LSU are both candidates to get in the Playoff, regardless of what happens Saturday. But the Tigers should be a little more wary of the short history of the rankings. Alabama has opened in the top four of the rankings in every season except 2014 — when they were knocked out in the Sugar Bowl by Ohio State.LSU, meanwhile, opened in the top four in the first time. A look at the other SEC schools that were in that spot in the first poll reveals a tough trend:YearTeamWL2014Auburn852014Ole Miss942014Mississippi State1032016Texas A&M852017Georgia1322018Georgia113Those schools finished a combined 59-22 — an average of almost four losses per team. That is one trend LSU will hope to buck in the final month of the season. MORE: Will Tagovailoa play vs. LSU?That is one of three games between ranked teams. No. 5 Penn State travels to No. 13 Minnesota in a battle of Big Ten unbeatens (noon, ABC), and No. 18 Iowa travels to No. 16 Wisconsin (4 p.m., FOX).Every week, Sporting News will survey the landscape looking for Heisman contenders, coaches on the spot, upset alerts and other trends. With that in mind, get ready for Week 11:Heisman watchLet’s hope that Tagovailoa matchup materializes, which would add the Heisman layer to the Alabama-LSU matchup. Keep in mind that the quarterbacks who have finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the Heisman voting have met twice this century in the regular season.Tagovailoa (2,166 yards, 27 touchdowns, two interceptions) ranks second in the FBS in passer rating at 212.4, one spot ahead of Burrow (2,805 yards, 30 touchdowns, four interceptions) at 204.5. This one should to be a high-scoring affair like those other regular-season shootouts.In 2008, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford (28 of 39, 387 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions) and Texas’ Colt McCoy (28 of 35, 277 yards, touchdown) put on a show in the Longhorns’ 45-35 victory. In 2016, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (20 of 31, 306 yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions) and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (27 of 44, 295 yards, touchdown, interception) did the same in the Tigers’ 42-36 victory. In both cases, the Heisman winner was on the losing team while the losing quarterback played for a national championship.Makes sense, right?Coach on the spotThis is LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s big moment on the big stage, and he could solidify Coach of the Year candidacy with a victory against the Crimson Tide.Orgeron has a chance to deliver LSU’s first victory against Alabama since the No. 1-vs.-No. 2 showdown in 2011. That was the last time Les Miles beat Alabama and part of a stretch from 2011-13 where he was 1-3 against the Crimson Tide and 32-4 against everybody else.So far, Orgeron is 0-3 against Alabama and 30-6 against everybody else.Upset alertBaylor is putting its undefeated record on the line against TCU this weekend, and the Bears have not won this game since the legendary 61-58 shootout in 2014 that ended up keeping both teams out of the College Football Playoff.TCU coach Gary Patterson offered a small jab this week, too.Gary Patterson on the TCU-Baylor rivalry: “You go all the way back to the SWC ties … It was heated back in 2014-2015 and it’s calmed down, but think it will pick back up. I haven’t been getting as much Twitter rebuttal as I was a few years ago.”— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) November 5, 2019The Horned Frogs are 3-1 at home — the lone loss a 41-38 shootout with SMU on Sept. 21. TCU averages 41.3 points per game at home. Baylor better be careful here.WEEK 11 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadOver/underMinnesota can take control of the Big Ten West with a home upset of Penn State on Saturday under third-year coach P.J. Fleck. The Gophers have a two-game lead on Wisconsin and Iowa — and the loser of that game will be all-but eliminated from the division race with three weeks left in the regular season.The Gophers beat Wisconsin 37-15 last season, too. Minnesota will play three ranked teams in the final four weeks and could potentially face Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Keep in mind Iowa went undefeated in the regular season in 2015 and Wisconsin followed in 2017. Is this Minnesota’s turnRemember, a 13-0 Big Ten champion is 100 percent getting in the Playoff. Week 11 of the college football season features the biggest matchup of the regular season — and a lot more.No. 1 LSU travels to No. 2 Alabama in a regular-season “Game of the Century” at Bryant-Denny Stadium. That game between the Tigers and Crimson Tide features SEC West and College Football Playoff implications, and the duel between quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa — if he plays — could decide the Heisman Trophy.last_img read more