Eagles Regain Their Confidence, Set Sight on Trophy

first_imgWAFU CUP OF NATIONSTo play Benin Republic in one of Thursday’s s’finalsAfter defeating host country Ghana 2-0 to secure a place in tomorrow’s semi final of the ongoing WAFU Cup of Nations, home-based Super Eagles forward, Friday Ubong, has said that the Nigerian team has resolved to win the tournament in Ghana on Sunday.Two second half goals by Tony Okpotu and Peter Eneji secured maximum three points for Nigeria after a stuttering start in the group games where they were held to goalless draws by Mali and Guinea. “I wish to state here that we have not come to Ghana to just to take part in the championship, but to do our assignment properly and bring the trophy back to Nigeria, this has been our target since the start of the competition,” he told SCORENigeria tuesday.The Akwa United star also revealed that the entire team was fired up to beat Ghana and reach the knockout stage of the tournament.“It was not an easy task, but we (the players) were determined and that was why we won the match,” observed Ubong who saw 82 minutes of action against Ghana on Monday night at the Cape Coast Stadium.“We played the game as if it were our last game in our entire career because we knew what was at stake.”Nigeria will now battle the winners of Group B Benin Republic that defeated Niger Republic 2-1 yesterday for a place in Sunday’s final game.Meanwhile, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad will lead his executive committee to the final of this year’s WAFU Cup in Ghana on Sunday.The WAFU Cup final will be staged on Sunday in Cape Coast, while the CAF executive committee will meet in Accra the previous day.The WAFU Cup has enjoyed a revival with a new sponsorship from FoxSports Television. The overall winners of the sub-regional tournament will earn a prize money of $100,000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

At The Finish Line…Champions Meet and Greet at Rivers Casino

first_imgWhere Only the Truth Matters• A super reminder for you for a super time to be had by all.  Meet and greet some of the Steelers’ all-time greats, Saturday, March 29 at the Rivers Casino Grand Ballroom.  Louis Lipps, Dwayne Woodruff, J.T. Thomas, Robin Cole, Andy Russell, Mike Wagner and the great Mel Blount (pictured), along with local celebs B.B. Flenory, Jennifer Bruce, Master Jacquet Bazemore, Myron Brown and others.  Free parking, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, photographs, and autographs and then you can go win some money.  Call the Champions for more information at (412) 628-4856.Bill Neal• The NCAA Final Four may be the biggest toss-up of all time this year.  Everybody in the top twenty can beat everybody in the top twenty.  Stay tuned.• Trust me on this, it really matters.  Go out and support your high school basketball teams.  Our kids are counting on us as much as points and rebounds!• Think about this.  Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald once led the NBA season in assists and scoring.  How can you give it away as much as you score.  A – maze – ing!!!• As God is my witness . . . huh?!?  Tiger Woods will win again.  Tiger Woods will win again.  Tiger Woods will win again!!!YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

Woods pulls out of Bay Hill because of back pain

first_imgTiger Woods hits from the rough off the seventh fairway during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf’s No. 1 player with the Masters only three weeks away.And that’s if Woods can even play in the Masters.“I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won’t be able to play in his tournament this year,” Woods said on his website.“I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven’t subsided.”Woods had to withdraw after 13 holes of the final round at the Honda Classic three weeks ago because of what he called back spasms and pain in his lower back. He tried to defend his title the following week at Doral, only for his back to flare up again in the final round. He closed with a 78, the highest Sunday score of his PGA Tour career and the first final round without a birdie.After a week of rest and treatment, he didn’t feel fit to play Bay Hill, where he is an eight-time winner, including the past two years.“I am certainly sorry that Tiger is not able to play,” Palmer said. “Quite obviously, we will miss having him here this week. He called me to tell me that his back was still giving him a lot of trouble and he didn’t feel he should play. I told him I understood and wished him well.”This is only the second time that Woods has not played Bay Hill. He also missed in 2010 when he sat out more than four months during the scandal in his personal life.The Masters, which is April 10-13, is the only major Woods has never missed.“It’s too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluable and work closely with my doctors,” Woods said. “I feel badly that I won’t be able to play in this great tournament this week.”Woods first showed signs of back pain at Bethpage Black at The Barclays in 2012, which he attributed to a soft bed at his hotel. He felt twinges during the final round of the PGA Championship last year, and when his back bothered him in the final round of The Barclays two weeks later, he said it was unrelated.This has been the longest sustained problem with the lower back. “A bad back is no joke,” Woods said at Doral.Woods is off to the worst start of his 18 years on tour.At Torrey Pines, where his eight victories included a U.S. Open, Woods shot his highest score on American soil with a 79 to miss the 54-hole cut. He tied for 41st in the Dubai Desert Classic a week later for his worst finish in that event.Woods had said he spent his offseason working on his body and didn’t spend enough time on his game, so it was troubling for him to then deal with yet another injury. He shot a 65 in the third round of the Honda Classic before having what he described as back spasms similar to The Barclays last year.At Doral, he was only three shots out of the lead going into the final round and in the penultimate group when he said an awkward stance while playing out of a bunker on the sixth fairway of the Blue Monster caused his back to start hurting again.“That’s what set it off and then it was done after that,” Woods said at Doral. “Just see if I could actually manage … keep the spasms at bay.”Woods had said at the start of the Florida swing that he was taking a look at his schedule leading up to the Masters, though he never made it clear if he intended to add another tournament. Woods rarely gives a “yes” or “no” to questions pertaining to his plans.He has never played the week before any major except for the PGA Championship.In 2010, after revelations of extramarital affairs, Woods had gone 145 days without hitting a meaningful shot when he arrived at Augusta National. He opened with a 68, his lowest first-round score ever at the Masters, and wound up in a tie for fourth.Swing coach Sean Foley said he would not read too much into how Woods can prepare for the Masters if he can play.“I’ve been coaching on tour long enough now to know that Tuesday doesn’t affect Wednesday. There’s no rhyme or reason to performance,” Foley said in a telephone interview. “Tiger is always about the majors, and he’s solely about the majors now. He’s got to do the right thing. He’s just doing the right due diligence about it.”last_img read more

Support the Conchetta House Through the Pepsi Refresh Project! Vote Now!

first_imgFor more information about the Conchetta House and their work, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ConchettaHouse?sk=info Facebook2Tweet0Pin0By MorganSummer is usually devoted to vacations and leisure time for most people. Even though the majority of us are feeling the pinch of this economy at present, usually we know where our next meal is coming from, have the ability to afford clothing and school supplies for our children, or enjoy a nice place to kick back and relax. Even if we are not where we would like to be this Summer, it always is necessary to remind ourselves that there are those around us who are less fortunate and could use a hand. One does not need to go to Africa to find hunger, or Haiti or Japan to find the orphaned, or whole families who have had their lives torn apart. There are people in our own neighborhoods, schools and cities that need our help as Summer fades and Winter approaches with a fresh set of challenges.In Thurston County, there is no shortage of ways to positively impact our community for the better. Local residents and businesses have taken it upon themselves to create ways to help those in need in preparation for Fall. Some of them, like supporting the Conchetta House (an organization that helps single-parents and their children to find housing while completing college) can be as easy as a click or a text! Located in East Olympia, the Conchetta house is currently supporting four mothers and eight children by matching them with subsidized housing and other critical resources. However, their efforts require money, the Conchetta House needs your help to win much needed funding from Pepsi’s Refresh Project. The project is devoted to awarding grant money to the organizations or community start-ups with the highest votes, in various amounts each month. The Conchetta House needs at least $50,000 to continue their work and expand their ability to take on more families. You have until early November to get all of your votes in. You can vote up to five times per day, or if you look under a lucky Pepsi bottle cap, you could win 100 power votes to put toward various ideas of your choice. To vote, just text 108155 to 73774 or visit their idea page right away at: http://www.refresheverything.com/conchettahouse-helps-single-parentslast_img read more

Runaway Spotted In Red Bank!

first_imgLITA FORD, THE rock goddess and certified platinum solo recording artist was in Red Bank this past weekend, shooting photos around town for her new solo CD “Living Like A Runaway.” (Release date June 19). She was working with photographer and Rumson resident Mark Weiss, who is acting as both photographer and art director for her new release.Ford began her career at age 16 with Joan Jett when they were members of the all-girl rock band “The Runaways.”Lita took a break from the photo shoot on Sunday, March 18, to stop by Banegas Gallery at 43 Broad Street, where she signed a painting of herself by artist David Banegas, which was inspired by a 1983 photo by Weiss. She also signed a painting of her signature “Black Widow” BC Rich Warlock guitar.“Mark and David are brilliant together,” Ford said. “It was my pleasure to meet David and see his wonderful work. Mark is like a brother to me and the best at what he does, which is why I chose him to do the cover of ”Living Like A Runaway.” The two of them together are awesome.”Banegas and Weiss, first met in December at the “Holiday Flavour” event at the Oyster Point to benefit Lunch Break. Weiss has been auctioning his famous rock photographs to benefit the Red Bank soup kitchen. At the event, Banegas was painting “live” from a photo of Elvis. His unique execution of the image caught Weiss’s eye. The two had an idea to have David paint Weiss’s most iconic rock ‘n’ roll images. Both men, who as artists create visuals live and in the moment, want their work to help bring focus and funds to charitable causes. They have been busy collaborating both on Broad Street and beyond, and most recently, Banegas painted Weiss’s images “live” at events for rock luminaries such as Axl Rose and Zakk Wylde. The paintings have been signed by the artists and the proceeds donated to charities, such as the Grammy’s own MusiCares. The two artists recently returned from a rock ‘n roll cruise featuring a gallery of Weiss’s classic Van Halen photographs. Banegas painted live from Weiss’s 1981 photo of David Lee Rothand created a painting of Eddie Van Halen’s signature guitar. Both paintings are now on display at the gallery.Banegas grew up in Bolivia and has been painting since he was 6 years old. He explains his unique work as “something that happens at the moment, it flows, I can’t explain it.” If there is a name for this method it would be ‘Action Painting’, it is done layer upon layer and is created with pure feeling.” Once he captures the eyes, he is “locked in place and the rest of the painting then follows.” “It comes from letting go of all fears and painting what is felt and so this is a transcendent moment.”To learn more about Banegas and Weiss visit their websites at www.WEISSGUYgallery.com and www.davidbanegas.comLita Ford will be live in concert at the Prudential Center in Newark on July 11th with Def Leppard and Poison. www.litafordonline.comlast_img read more