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State police announce sobriety check point this weekend

first_imgVersailles, In. — Indiana State Police have announced plans for a sobriety check point in Jackson County at an undisclosed location November 17-18.  Officials say the purpose of check points is to find and remove possibly impaired drivers.State police provide the following advice:Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages; call a taxi, a family member, or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride.If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night.Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.last_img read more

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Thanksgiving dinner costs decrease slightly

first_imgWhipping cream (½ pint)$1.96$1.82-7% 20172018% Change Turkey (16 lb.)$25.99$21.47-17% Rolls (1 doz.)$1.97$1.97Less than 1% Misc. ingredients (necessary to prepare the meal, such as butter, onions, eggs, sugar and flour)$2.72$3.0110% Indianapolis, In. — According to Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving market basket survey, Hoosier shoppers should expect slightly more affordable grocery store prices on traditional Thanksgiving food items this year. The average cost for a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 this year, including 12 traditional food items, is $47.22 or $4.72 per person, which is approximately 7 percent cheaper than in 2017.The INFB Thanksgiving market basket survey was conducted by volunteer shoppers across the state who collected prices on specific food items from one of their local grocery stores. Volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals.The market basket price of $47.22 includes a 16-pound turkey, the ingredients for stuffing and a pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, a carrot and celery veggie tray, whole milk, cranberries, whipping cream and miscellaneous baking items such as eggs, sugar and butter.The majority of the 7 percent decrease in price can be attributed to a lower cost of turkey this year.Last year, shoppers found that a 16-pound turkey cost $26 ($1.62 per pound), on average. This year, that same turkey should cost approximately $21.50 ($1.34 per pound), which is about 17 percent cheaper. In 2017, however, INFB noted that the cost of turkey had increased approximately $3, so the 2018 price of turkey is expected to be comparable to 2016 costs.“Thanks to an ample supply, turkey remains affordable for consumers, which helps keep the overall cost of the dinner reasonably priced as well,” said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.Other traditional Thanksgiving items that Hoosier shoppers can expect to be a bit more affordable this year include fresh celery, fresh cranberries and whipping cream.Items that may be a bit more expensive this year include cube stuffing, pumpkin pie mix, pie shells and fresh carrots. All other items, including sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, peas and milk, remained relatively unchanged.To capture the diversity in Thanksgiving meals across the U.S., INFB also collected prices for less traditional Thanksgiving items and found that consumers can expect to pay $9 for a 4-pound ham, $1.56 for a 16-ounce package of green beans and $2.80 for a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes. The addition of these items increases the overall meal cost for 10 to $61.23.“The good news is that consumers continue to see affordable prices for core Thanksgiving foods at the grocery store, including the turkey, which is even more affordable than in year’s past,” said Isabella Chism, INFB 2nd vice president and chair of the women’s leadership committee. “Indiana has a lot to do with that, since our state ranks fourth in the nation in turkey production.” Relish tray (fresh carrots and celery)$0.81$0.87+7% Pumpkin pie filling mix (30 oz. can)$3.11$3.65+17% Peas (16 oz. package, frozen)$1.60$1.56-2.5%center_img AVERAGE TOTAL MEAL PRICE$50.88$47.22-7% Sweet potatoes (3 lb.)$3.24$3.25Less than 1% The time-saving convenience of meal delivery services continues to grow among consumers. According to AFBF, a price check of popular meal delivery services indicates a 16-pound turkey costs nearly 50 percent more (nearly $2 per pound) compared to Farm Bureau’s national average. The total cost of the Thanksgiving meal priced by Farm Bureau would be about 60 percent higher when purchased from a meal delivery service.Indiana’s survey is completed in conjunction with a national survey administered by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF found that the national meal average for 10 people is $48.90, which is approximately 4 percent more than Indiana’s average meal price this year. A total of 166 volunteer shoppers in 37 states participated.Shoppers with an eye for bargains in all areas of the country should be able to purchase individual menu items at prices comparable to the Farm Bureau survey averages.INFB and AFBF’s 2018 Thanksgiving market basket prices track closely with the government’s Consumer Price Index for food eaten at home. Whole milk (gal.)$2.16$2.20+2% Stuffing (14 oz. package)$2.80$3.13+12% Pie shell, 9 in. (2 per package)$2.38$2.44+2.5% Cranberries (fresh, 12 oz. package)$2.14$1.85-15%last_img read more

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Eagle Raceway’s April 14, 15 Ice Breaker boasts Twice is Nice Challenge

first_imgEAGLE, Neb. – The Twice is Nice Challenge returns to the format for season-opening Ice Breaker Challenge at Eagle Raceway April 14 and 15.IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win on Friday and for $2,000 to win on Satur­day while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $500 to win both nights.The driver who can win both nights in either division pockets a $1,000 Twice is Nice Challenge bonus, as SportMod driver Lance Borgman did last year.Both Modified features are qualifying events for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase a $400 top check while Mach-1 Sport Compacts run for $150 to win on Friday.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars run for $1,000 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win on Saturday.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, re­gional and Allstar Performance state points will be awarded each night. Special series points will also be given for Saturday’s Sprint Series of Nebraska event.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. on Friday. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Spectator admission is $12 for adults. On Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Racing is at 6:30 p.m. Adult admission to the grandstand is $15.More information about the Ice Breaker Challenge, pre­sented by Auto Trans Matic, is available by calling 402 238-2595 and at the www.eagleraceway.com website.last_img read more

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England second ODI against South Africa abandoned

first_img(BBC) – ENGLAND’S second one-day international against South Africa in Durban was abandoned because of rain.South Africa had reached 71-2 when the players were forced off the field at 16:35 GMT by the rain, which had already caused a delayed start in addition to two lengthy stoppages.The hosts remain 1-0 up in the three-match series after victory in the first ODI in Cape Town.The third ODI takes place in Johannesburg tomorrow at 08:00 GMT.England’s previous two ODIs against South Africa in Durban in 2005 and 2009 were also both abandoned because of rain.South Africa had made a decent start at Kingsmead after being put in to bat, with opener Reeza Hendricks hitting three fours in his unbeaten 35 off 34 balls.Temba Bavuma also looked to be in good form – hoisting Tom Curran for a huge six into the leg side before being trapped in front by Chris Jordan from what proved to be the final delivery of the ill-fated contest.Proteas captain Quinton de Kock was bowled by Joe Root for 11, missing a delivery that skidded on while trying to cut.last_img read more

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Windies hand Pakistan victory with ordinary effort

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (CMC) – Sloppy West Indies lost to Pakistan for only the second time in Twenty20 Internationals when they slumped to an eight-wicket defeat here yesterday, in their second match of the Women’s T20 World Cup.In a Group B contest at Manuka Oval, the Caribbean side could muster only 124 for seven off their 20 overs in a lack-lustre effort, and Pakistan chased down the target with 10 balls to spare, to make a winning start to their campaign.Captain Bismah Maroof stroked an unbeaten 38 off 37 balls while Player-of-the-Match Javeria Khan struck 35 from 28 deliveries and fellow opener Muneeba Ali, a breezy 25 from 26 balls.West Indies did themselves no favours, however, bowling loosely early on, conceding precious runs and missing a run-out with untidy ground fielding before Chedean Nation put down Nida Dar (18 not out) late in the encounter off seamer Shakera Selman.The result left the top four teams in Group B all on two points with minnows Thailand bottom after going winless in their two outings.Sent in earlier, West Indies needed joint top scores of 43 from captain Stafanie Taylor and Shemaine Campbelle to get up to their eventual total.They were tottering on 28 for three in the seventh over but the pair stitched up the innings in a 63-run fourth-wicket stand to repair the damage.Hayley Matthews was adjudged lbw to the first ball of the game from seamer Diana Baig (2-19), with subsequent replays showing the delivery missing leg stump.Her opening partner Lee-Ann Kirby clobbered three fours in an 11-ball 16 before slicing Baig to point in the fifth over and Deandra Dottin spent 10 balls over one before holing out to long-on off veteran off-spinner Nida Dar (2-30).Both Campbelle and Taylor struck a couple of fours and sixes as they consolidated for West Indies but after only reaching 44 for three at the half-way stage of the innings, the pressure eventually told.Campbelle perished lbw in the 17th over, missing a reverse sweep at left-arm spinner Anam Amin, and being given out on referral, while Taylor followed in the penultimate over, holing out on the mid-wicket ropes off Nida Dar.In reply, Pakistan started strongly with Javeria Khan and Muneeba Ali posting 58 from 44 deliveries for the first wicket, capitalising on ordinary bowling to rack up 48 runs in the first power-play.Javeria struck six fours before she was hit in front to Taylor’s off-spin in the eighth over and left-hander Muneeba followed in the 12th after counting three fours, chipping a simple catch to cover off leg-spinner Afy Fletcher.But any hopes of a comeback were dashed as Bismah and Nida Dar added a crucial 50 in an unbroken third-wicket stand to see off the Windies challenge.Bismah carried the fight with in a measured knock and drilled Taylor to the cover boundary for the last of her four fours to bring up victory for Pakistan.last_img read more

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Women’s team starts vs. Sioux

first_imgRae Lin D\’Alie will be leading the Badgers\’ new \”four out, one in\” offense.[/media-credit]Regardless of the team or the sport, hope springs eternal prior to the initial contest. Often this hope is false, born out of passionate fans desperate for success.But with five returning starters and 10 of 11 letterwinners back from a 19-15 season, the Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team carries legitimate expectations into its opener against North Dakota on Sunday.“We saw glimpses of greatness last year, and we have the same team back plus two more people,” guard Rae Lin D’Alie, one of two seniors on this year’s squad, said referencing the team’s surprise run to the semifinals of last year’s Big Ten tournament as evidence of their potential. “For us it’s going to be, are we tough enough? That’s what it’s going to come down to. Are we going to be tough enough to be at the end of the season when everybody’s in a grind — are we going to be able to pull together?”Questions like the ones D’Alie poses will begin to be answered this Sunday when the Badgers host the Fighting Sioux, a team picked to finish first in the newly formed Great West Conference.The Sioux, coming off an 18-11 season, should provide a better measuring stick than in-state rival UW-Oshkosh, which UW dominated 106-39 in an exhibition last week.“They’re senior-oriented,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said of North Dakota. “Their post players can shoot the ball; guards can really light it up from outside. … [They are] a team that can score in a lot of different areas and ways, and we just have to maintain our discipline defensively to make it very difficult for them to get easy looks.”And indeed, any success for this year’s team will be founded on the defensive end. Last year, after implementing new “pack” principles, the team surrendered just 56.6 points per game, more than 10 points better than the previous season.This time around, Stone will see if a new system can produce a similar transformation on the other end of the floor, introducing a “four out, one in” motion offense, in place of the familiar swing scheme. The new approach will emphasize perimeter screen and reads, as well as dribble-drive penetration to better suit the team’s guard-heavy personnel.But the transition to a more wide-open attack will certainly be made easier if the Badgers can get production from the interior as it did in its exhibition, when 6-foot-1-inch junior forward Tara Steinbauer demonstrated a full repertoire of post moves en route to a game-high 25 points.“When you have a low-post presence and an ability to score and finish like Tara can inside, it takes a lot of pressure off the guards,” Stone said, who’s entering her seventh season at the helm. “And what ended up happening is because we had the touches on the post, our guards had driving opportunities. Because they brought help to Tara, that opened up the perimeter and that’s what this offense allows you to do.”Unfortunately, the team may be shorthanded this week, as both Alana Trotter, a tri-captain and junior guard, and Ashley Thomas, a 6-foot-2-inch sophomore forward, battle injuries. Both, according to Stone, are day-to-day.Thomas’ potential absence would leave the team with only three forwards, forcing 6-foot freshman Taylor Wurtz, 5-foot-10-inch senior Teah Gant and 5-foot-9-inch junior Emily Neal to help in the post.“Offensively, it’s an okay matchup,” Stone said of the impact of the injuries. “It’s defensively (where) we’ll have to certainly utilize our pack principles to the utmost. … You know, we’re thin in there, but it’s next player in.”Even with a win, though, memories of last year’s non-conference experience will remain fresh in the squad’s mind. The Badgers jumped out to an impressive 10-1 record in 2008, before posting a disappointing 6-12 mark in conference play.If, however, the team maintains its stalwart defensive play and sees improvement with the new offense, Stone said anything’s possible.“We can go as far as we’re able to continue to improve,” she said. “I think if we continue to do what we do, and do what we do well, we’re going to be a tough team to compete with.”The only question is, as D’Alie put it, will they be tough enough?last_img read more

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Leon Balogun: Can He Bounce Back with AFCON?

first_imgHe last featured in the FA Cup replay at West Brom on February 6, when his blunder gifted the hosts a goal.Rohr said: “I want to see a lot of players who are not playing so much, give them the opportunity to play. It can be for some defenders like Balogun, he is fit but he didn’t play so much, so we want to see him playing on Saturday.”When Balogun moved to Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer after nine years of playing in the German League, he admitted it would not be a walk in the park donning the colours of the Seagulls as he has to fight for shirt with the two central defenders already in the club fold- Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. However, his opportunity came earlier than he expected as he came in as a substitute in just two weeks into the Premier League against Manchester United.Balogun indeed expressed delight with his home debut for Brighton and Hove Albion after he shone brilliantly for the homers.“Thanks everyone (Brighton and Hove Albion) for the warm welcome. Couldn’t really have wished for a better debut in the EPL, beating Manchester United at home!,” Balogun tweeted.The Nigerian international, who spent the last three seasons at Mainz, believed the Premier League would be faster than the Bundsliga – but when he shared his thoughts with his teammates, “they told me this is always the kind of game you play against United. They like to slow it down a little bit sometimes.”Balogun indeed said he was surprised by Manchester United’s slow football, admitting he expected that the Premier League would be faster than the Bundesliga, although his observations about United’s attacking approach probably revealed more about José Mourinho’s (the then former United Manager) methods than the overall state of English football.“I had expected the Premier League to be quicker, but they told me this is always the kind of game you play against United. They like to slow it down a little bit sometimes,” the Nigerian defender said.Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was indeed delighted with Balogun’s debut performance and he was impressive as Brighton recorded their first win of the campaign.“In Balogun, you have someone you know won’t be phased. He’s played at a very good level and played in the World Cup this summer,” Hughton said.Balogun’s central defence partner, Shane Duffy said he was delighted with Balogun, saying, “He’s fitted straight in. He’s a big character in the changing room. He’s got a big voice. He’s played with big players in big games. That’s why you bring in players like that. They push us. He was great. That’s another plus for us, that strength in depth with top players. You pick up injuries and suspensions so you need these kinds of players to step in.”However, with the season fast winding up, the Super Eagles remain just a fringe player in the relegation battling team.Balogun hasn’t made the sort of impact envisaged at Brighton. The Nigerian was expected to stroll into Chris Hughton’s team after joining on a free transfer from Mainz in 2018. At the end of the Premier League season, he’s started just five matches.Despite an incredible career that has spanned over a decade, Balogun would have still felt like a little boy when he heard of Brighton’s interest last summer. England is favourite destination for African football tourists, especially Nigerians.For Balogun, it was a first-hand experience. The Bundesliga was all he knew. Born in Berlin to a Nigerian dad, the 30-year-old took his first footballing lessons at hometown club, Türkiyemspor Berlin. He then practiced his craft at five other Deutschland sides, including Werder Bremen.The Premier League is different. There’s more cash, quality players, odds and managers as well as better coverage. Balogun didn’t want to be left. He had no qualms moving abroad, with the FIFA World Cup on the horizon. That decision is already hurting the Nigerian.Balogun is the third choice in Hughton’s centre-back hierarchy behind Duffy and Dunk. He’s been featured nine times across all competitions albeit the only contribution was a screamer against Crystal Palace. While Hughton deserves some slack for the limited game time, Balogun is culpable too.Indeed, the Nigerian has an imposing physical presence, standing at 6ft 3. He is fearless in tackles and brave on the air. He provides additional threat during set pieces and could occasionally provide that odd goal to win games. However, Balogun isn’t gifted in terms of pace.It was, however, a dream come true for the former Mainz of Germany defender when he came off the bench to open his goal account for Brighton against Crystal Palace at the American Express Community Stadium.He made his fourth league appearance for Chris Hughton’s men against Crystal Palace as a first-half substitute and, 25 seconds after, scored with his first touch to help his side claim a 3-1 victory.“For me, it’s another dream in this football calendar year that I wanted to come true. I made my dream come true of playing in a World Cup and I made a big dream come true in moving to the Premier League. Now scoring in the Premier League with my first touch in this game, it’s kind of unreal. I’m just happy. When I saw the ball bouncing I knew it was going to be tough, so I just hit it and luckily I hit it right. It was a great feeling,” Balogun said.“Even though I might not be 100 per cent satisfied, I think I still did well and my goal was probably the most important thing about my performance. I personally feel that I never really got into the game – viewers might think different but you always have a personal level that you want to reach, and I don’t know that I really got it.”“My job is to be ready, there is no question about it, and the club knows what I can do. I feel a certain trust even when I’m not starting which makes it easy for me to fit into what Dunk or Duffy have been doing. It’s never easy and you always want to play, but at the same time, you have to be professional about it. You have to be ready for situations and moments and I think I was ready every time I came on – that is important,” he added.The Premier League’s tempo is at an extraordinary level and requires defenders to flow with it. More often than not, Balogun is left in no man’s land, chasing attackers. At 30, the Nigerian doesn’t have age on his side. He must improve on this. He must improve on this aspect to break the Duffy-Dunk duopoly.The defender is expected to play for Nigeria in a friendly against Zimbabwe today in which his match-fitness level would be tested.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With his last game for his Premier League club, Brighton and Hove Albion being an FA Cup replay at West Brom on February 6, in which his blunder gifted the hosts a goal. Leon Balogun is no doubt rusty and would be needing the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations slated for Egypt to revive his dwindling formWhen Leon Balogun had his first Premier League berth for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Week Two 3-2 win against Manchester United, the Nigeria international felt his dream had finally come true. However, by the end of the season, he is yet to establish himself as the preferred central defender of the Seagulls and with the Africa Cup of Nations just around the corner, Balogun would be hoping to bounce back with the biennial competition.Super Eagles Boss Gernot Rohr has stated that he wants to give players short of domestic minutes a much-needed run-out which includes Balogun, who had struggled for opportunities with the Seagulls in the just-concluded season.last_img read more

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Bandai Namco announces Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour format

first_imgJapanese publisher BANDAI NAMCO has announced details of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour circuit. Keeping to the story of Dragon Ball, the World Tour will centre around seven Dragon Balls with seven tournaments held around the world known as “Saga Events”. The winner of each event will receive a Dragon Ball and qualify for the finals in January 2019. The more Dragon Balls earned by one player the higher the seed they will be granted leading into the finals. If one single player wins all seven events that player will immediately advance to the grand finals. To complete the eight-player bracket BANDAI NAMCO will also hold a last chance qualifier for anyone hoping to compete.The World Tour prize pool will be set at $60,000 (£45,200) with each Saga Event receiving a $5,000 (£3,700) bonus to the prize pool and the remaining $25,000 (£18,800) awarded at the final event.Along with the format BANDAI NAMCO announced that Twitch will be the exclusive broadcast partner for the World Tour handling league operations, circuit events and global content. The partnership for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour will be in addition to the ongoing broadcast deal Twitch has with BANDAI NAMCO for the Tekken World Tour as well.The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour begins at the CEO Fighting Game Championships June 29 – July 1 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Other stops along the tour include the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and Japan.Esports Insider says: Fighting games always have a unique way of holding their tournaments and this is an exciting one to see from the Dragon Ball universe. Integrating the seven Dragon Balls as seven tournaments throughout the year only seems fitting for this game and genre. As an early iteration of Dragon Ball esports it will certainly be exciting to see who comes out on top of this event. Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

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Jones Attuquayefio has died

first_imgJones Attuquayefio, the legendary coach who led Hearts of Oak to Caf Champions League glory in 2000, has died.He was 70, having celebrated the milestone last year. The news comes after years of throat cancer. Joy Sports confirmed from a family source on Tuesday morning. Who was Jones?Jones Attuquayefio was born on October 18 1944 and he came to the attention of national team selectors whilst turning out for Real Republicans in the early sixties. Together with the likes of Osei Kofi and Frank Odoi, he played for the Academicals and following Ghana’s elimination at the quarterfinals of the 1964 Olympic Games football tournament in Japan, he began to represent the Black Stars.As a fresh faced 21-year old, Attuquayefio scored twice as Ghana thrashed the then Congo-Leopoldville 5-2 in the Group phase of the 1965 African Nations Cup and he was thus part of the squad that won the trophy by beating hosts Tunisia in the final.He then moved to Great Olympics, following the disbanding of Real Republicans in 1966 and that was the start of a long love relationship with the ‘Oly Dade’ boys.He inspired the club to win the Ghana league title in 1970, by which time he had represented Ghana in two further African Nations Cup tournaments; in 1968 and 1970 and each time Ghana finished second.His goals took Great Olympics to the 1971 African Champions Cup semifinals, before elimination by then defending champions Asante Kotoko. He suffered a serious injury during the second leg in Kumasi and even though he played on for three more years, he never really recovered his old form after that game. He became the head coach of Great Olympics in 1974, after helping the club win the league title again that year, and held that position for 10 years. Towards the end of his reign, he became the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Football Association in 1982; a position he held for two years. Attuquayefio also won the FA cup with Great Olympics in 1983.After working with various national teams, he had a stint in La Cote D’Ivoire, but it was in Obuasi that his tactical skills came to the fore. He won the 1994 and 1995 Ghana League titles with Obuasi Goldfields and laid the foundation for then assistant, Herbert Addo to take the team to the CAF Champions League final in 1997.Attuquayfio became the head coach of the Black Starlets and with a team that contained the likes of Michael Essien, Stephen Oduro, Michael Osei and Bernard Dong Bortey, he won bronze at the 1999 FiFA Under 17 World Cup in New Zealand. By then he had taken over at Hearts of Oak and won two league titles already.2000 was undoubtedly a year of crowning glory for the head coach, who had overseen a building of one of the greatest Hearts of Oak teams in recent times.Under his tutelage, the club reached the final of the CAF Champions League and secured a 2-1 win over Esperance in Tunis despite the sending off of Amankwaa Mireku. A 3-1 win in the second leg in Accra saw Hearts of Oak crowned African champions and it also saw Attuquayefio voted Coach of the year on the African continent.He also guided the club to Super Cup success with a 2-0 win over Zamalek. He was asked to handle the Black Stars and after a 1-3 loss to Liberia at home in a World Cup qualifier, he famously used a team made up virtually of Hearts of Oak players and drew 0-0 with a star-studded Nigeria in Accra.He left Hearts of Oak for a stint with Liberty Professionals, after which he was named the head coach of the Benin national team.Attuquayefio guided Benin to its first ever African Nations Cup tournament in Tunisia in 2004 and returned for one last hurrah with Hearts of Oak.He was in charge when Hearts of Oak defeated archrivals Asante Kotoko to win the inaugural Confederations Cup in early 2005. He was made the Black Meteors head coach but failed to qualify the team for the 2008 Olympics, but that proved a small blot on a distinguished career.BioDate of birth: 18th October, 1944Place of Birth: AccraParents: Somo Attuquayefio and Dora Amanua AnkrahEducation- Anglican School, Abosey Okai. Secondary School education-Wesley Grammar Secondary School and continued at Salem Secondary School. Nicknamed: Paa Asmara(Asmara is now the capital city of Eritrea, but in 1968 when Ethiopia hosted the AFCON 1968, Asmara was part of Ethiopia and the AFCON was staged in two major cities, that is Addis Ababa and Asmara. Due to the exploits of Jones Attoquayefio in the 1968 AFCON he was nicknamed Asmara the city that hosted the Black Stars in the three group stage matches and the semi finals of the 1968 AFCON. PLAYING CAREER: 1962 – 65 – A member of Ghana’s students international football team and at the same time a member of the Ghana Academicals team.1962 –63 – Played for Accra Standfast F/C, a 1st first division team1963 –66 – Ghana Republicans F/C (Osagyefo’s own club), which was disbanded after Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in February 1966.With Republicans, he won two F.A cups in 163/64 and 1964/65. 1966-67 Corners Stones ( Had a short stint with them)1967 –74 – Accra Gt. Great Olympics F/C- He captained Olympics to win their first ever league title in 1970 and led Olympics to their semi final clash with Kotoko in the African Champions’ Cup now the CAF Champions league in 1971. The 1st leg ended 1-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium. Attuquayefio scored first for Olympics before it was equalized by Abukari for Kotoko. The 2nd leg went 1-0 in favour of Kotoko at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi. This tie was the 1st time a CAF organised competition witnessed a clash between two clubs from the same country and it was in the 2nd leg hat Attuquayefio, had a career threatening injury in the 32nd minute, which sidelined him for a year and even caused him to lose his position in the national team. INTERNATIONAL CAREER:1965 –72 – A member of the team that won the African Cup of Nations in 1965 and was also among the squad that participated in the finals of the African Cup in 1968 and 1970. Before 2008 AFCON he was one of the three players to have appeared in three African nations cup finals. He played the 1965, 1968 and 1970 final games, but won that of the 1965 in Tunisia. ADMINISTRATION:1982-83 – Rose through the ranks of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to the position of Vice Chairman of the Association under the Chairmanship of Zac Bentum1995 –97 – Deputy General Secretary, GFACOACHING CAREER: 1974 –84 – Started with Accra Great Olympics where he was the head coach, after he had been sent to Brazil for training course.1985 –87 – Assistant coach of the senior national team, the Black Stars1988 –90 – Coached Okwawu United before moving to Cote d’ Ivoire to handle Stade Abidjan.1990 –95 –Goldfields sent him to Germany for a coaching course, before he returned to manage Goldfields Football club and Academy. He helped them to win the 1st ever professional league in Ghana, 1993/94. 1996 – He qualified the Olympics team for Atlanta 1996, before he assisted coach Sam Arday in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.1998 –99 – Coached the National Under-17 team, the Black Starlets to win the African Under-17 Cup in Guinea before winning bronze at the World Under-17 tournament in New Zealand in 1999.1998 –2001 – He was appointed by Hearts of Oak and guided them to win four League titles and two Knockout trophies.2000 — Won the CAF Champions League to give Hearts its first and only continental title in their 93 years existence. In the same year he was engaged by the Black Stars ahead of the 2002 world cup qualifiers, but was later fired, after some mixed results.2001 — He became the first Ghanaian coach to win the CAF Super Cup after the team succeeded in beating Zamalek at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi. As a result of these achievements, Hearts appeared 8th in the CNN top 10 clubs in the world in the 2001.2002 — Left Hearts of Oak and joined Dansoman-based Liberty Professionals briefly.2003-04 — He was named coach of the Benin National team and qualified them to their first Africa Nation’s Cup finals in Tunisia(2004). After the tournament, he left Benin for Ghana claiming that the Benin FA had failed to fulfill its financial obligations to him as stated in his contract with them.2005- He guided Hearts of Oak to win the maiden edition of the CAF Confederations cup( 2004) against Kotoko in 20052005-2011- Technical Director of Liberty ProfessionalsINDIVIDUAL HONOURS :1973 Member of the Order of Volta (Civil Division Ghana). The award was given to him with other sportsmen like Ibrahim Sunday, Mike Ashey, Rose Hart, A.O Lawson by the NRC government led by I.K Acheampong, on 6th March, 1973. The Sunday Mirror singled him out and stated Jones Attuquayefio honoured as “Sir” and that is how come the title “Sir” is always added to his name. 2001 He was named the African Coach of the year in 2000 for leading Hearts to win their first Continental trophy and also won the SWAG Coach of the year award.He was again awarded the Nana Kumi Gyamfi’s Best Coach Award for the 2000/01 in the Star/F.A awards.–Additional information from FootyGhanalast_img read more

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Former NBA player Kenny Anderson suffers stroke, reports say

first_imgThe New York Daily News also reported when his cell phone was called, a woman answered and said he was “doing well.”Anderson, 48, was one of the top college recruits in the 1980s, when he was in middle school. He eventually decided to play at Georgia Tech over Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina. Former NBA player Kenny Anderson was hospitalized after suffering a Stroke on Saturday, according to reports.Anderson’s symptoms were recognized quickly and he’s expected to recover. His eyesight and speech are already improving, per the reports. He led the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four in 1990 as a freshman and decided to enter the NBA draft in 1991, where he was selected second overall by the Nets.From 1991-2005, he played for nine NBA teams and spent the 2005-06 season playing in Lithuania before retiring.He currently is the head coach at Fisk University, an NAIA program in Nashville.last_img read more

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