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In what appears to be a complete swoop on Nigerian players, Italian giants, Napoli are also eyeing Villarreal forward, Samuel Chukwueze, a good friend of Victor Osimhen. According to lebombedivlad, Napoli manager, Genaro Gattuso has recommended to the club management to make a move for the Villarreal winger. Chukwueze is one of Nigeria’s brightest talent and has already been linked with a move to several Premier League clubs. It is however not certain if would like to give out their valuable asset who has just signed a new deal with a release clause of 100m euros. The Yellow Submarines just appointed former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery to replace Javi Calleja, and that could play a part in any decision regarding Chukwueze. Two good friends Osimhen and Chukwueze were recently together in Paris ahead of the new season. Osimhen was on the verge of completing his move to Napoli while Chukuweze just finished the La Liga season with Villarreal when they met in Paris. The players both shared a photo of themselves in Paris on their social media pages. Osimhen and Chukwueze have remained good friends since their days with the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria. They were both in the squad for the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup which Nigeria won. Osimhen finished as the tournament’s highest goalscorer with 10 goals while Chukwueze was the third-highest scorer with three goals and three assists. Chukwueze has been a consistent performer for the Yellow Submarine this season, featuring in 39 games across all competitions, scoring four goals and providing five assists. read also:Osimhen, Chukwueze to self-isolate after hitting Nigeria The Super Eagles forward joined Villarreal’s youth setup in 2017 following his eye-catching display for the Golden Eaglets at the 2015 U17 World in Chile. The forward was promoted to the Yellow Submarine’s senior side in 2018 and has been impressing for the Spanish side. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Actors That Started Their Careers On SoapsThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be Solved6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… read more
By Joshua SchneyerNEW YORK,(Reuters)-Karolina Pliskova suffered a narrow U.S. Open defeat at the hands of Angelique Kerber on Saturday, but the Czech 10th seed also proved her mettle as one of the most dangerous attacking players in women’s tennis.The 6-foot 1-inch (185 cm) Pliskova fought back from a set down at Arthur Ashe Stadium to give Kerber, one of the best defensive players in history, a major scare in the grand slam final. Kerber finally prevailed 6-3 4-6 6-4.Kerber will move to the number one world ranking on Monday.That in part is due to 24-year-old Pliskova’s previous win. She felled top seeded American Serena Williams in straight sets in the semi-finals, and took down sister Venus Williams earlier in the tournament.For Pliskova, making the final was the best showing of her five year professional career. Ranked No. 11 in the world, she had not previously advanced beyond the third round of a grand slam.Kerber’s win ended an 11-match winning streak for the big-serving Pliskova, who had beaten the German just three weeks earlier in the Cincinnati final.Pliskova said she hopes it will be the first of many slams finals.“I found out I can play my best tennis on these big courts,” she told reporters. “I believe I can win matches like this next time.”Though Pliskova prefers blistering ground strokes to the serve-and-volley game that defined past Czech champions such as Martina Navratilova and Helena Sukova, her serve remains her biggest weapon.She has crushed more aces than any other player on the WTA tour this year, but on Saturday that weapon was not quite enough.In the muggy air at Flushing Meadows, the average speed of her first serve, 102 miles-per-hour (164 kph), was her slowest of the tournament.Although Pliskova won 80 percent of her serve and volley points, she deployed the tactic only ten times.Against the fierce counter-punching German, Pliskova said she had to try everything in her toolbox to take control of points.She made 47 unforced errors, against just 17 for Kerber, but on the other side of the equation hit nearly twice as many winners, 40 to the German’s 21.“You know, it’s never easy for the player who is attacking and is doing more mistakes,” Pliskova said.The Czech player could become a constant threat to other top women, said Mary Jo Fernandez, a former world number four and a well known tennis commentator.“She’s really grown as a player,“ Fernandez said. “I don’t think Serena’s going anywhere but it gets more difficult as the younger players come up.” read more
In the 14 years since that fateful day in November 2005 when Bobby Conklin lost his life in an automobile accident, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team has made sure the memory of its fallen captain remains fresh.And the biggest tribute was naming the Bees’ season-opening tournament in Conklin’s honor.So it was that B’ville hockey set out again in 2019-20, starting with the Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament and, in the championship game, an opportunity to knock out the reigning state Division I champions – which it did. The Syracuse Cougars had defeated the Bees in last winter’s Section III Division I semifinal on the way to that state title, but had seen heavy graduation losses.What’s more, Syracuse, who had started this season 1-2, nearly didn’t make it out of its opening-round game Friday against Liverpool, needing a controversial goal in the last seconds of regulation and a shootout to get past the Warriors.By contrast, B’ville had sailed through its opening-round game against Fulton, getting a 3-0 shutout that involved a single goal in each period and 13 saves from goaltender Brad O’Neill. Tags: Baldwinsvilleice hockey A single line was responsible for the Bees’ attack, Alex Pompo assisting on all three goals – two of them by Braden Lynch, the other by Luke Hoskin.Now, in Saturday’s final, it was B’ville against Syracuse, and quite unlike a season ago, the Bees found success, though it was nervous until the final horn of a 3-2 victory over the Cougars.It all began with Lynch, who three different times solved Syracuse’s defense. Twice, he netted goals, and on another occasion he found Matt Carner, who converted as Hoskin assisted on one of Lynch’s tallies.So it was 3-0 in B’ville’s favor going to the third period, but the Cougars weren’t done. Nelson Jones netted on one goal and assisted on another, by Kaleb Benedict, cutting the Bees’ margin to one.But the defense made sure it did not go to OT again, and O’Neill, far busier than he was against Fulton, stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced to help the Bees snare the first-place trophy.B’ville would take a 2-0 record into Tuesday’s game against Liverpool, who had edged Fulton in another shootout to get third place in the Conklin Tournament. The Bees are home again Friday to face Whitesboro.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story read more
Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories as she beat Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets last night. The top seed set up a US Open quarter final with Simona Halep Men’s second seed Andy Murray breezed into the last eight with a straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov. Women’s second seed Angelique Kerber gets the quarter final action underway today, facing seventh seed Roberta Vinci. While men’s top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic goes up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. read more