FIFA Shortlist Ahmed Musa’s Goal Among the Best at Russia 2018

first_imgThe speedy and mercurial Musa, who started the match as against bench role in the opening match against Croatia, has a great opportunity to put himself in the record books if his goal is eventually picked as the best.The goal contending to be the best for Russia 2018 was scored in the 75thminute. It was a fine individual effort as the Vice captain of Super Eagles outpaced Iceland’s Kari Arnason before rounding Goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson who sprawled helplessly on the turf to double Nigeria’s lead in the classic encounter and was eventually voted as the ‘Man of the Match’ and put the country back in contention to qualify from the group which Nigeria later relinquish to Argentina in the last group D match at Saint Petersburg.Musa got himself composed before firing into the net. It’ was his fourth goal in two World Cup matches having achieved a brace against Argentina at Brazil 2014 thus making him the second African player to score two World Cup braces, after Roger Milla in 1990.It is even still a big surprise that his first goal against Iceland did not make the cut. It was another superb goal good enough for exhibition on television.Musa controlled Victor Moses’ cross with one touch, setting himself up for an unstoppable half-volley with his second. The huge crowd at the Volgograd Arena rose in salute for the master piece of a goal.Now, Musa’s shortlisted goal is contesting with 17 others scored by notable players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany’s Toni Kroos among others.The poll presented by Hyundai will be open for a week till Monday. Nigeria with its huge population can help Musa achieve success by voting for his goal which is listed ninth among the 18.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaSuper Eagles pacy winger, Ahmed Musa, is in contention for the ‘best goal’ of the World Cup finals which was rounded up last Sunday in Moscow.With FIFA’s launch of a poll yesterday to pick the best of the 169 goals scored at the Russia 2018 World Cup, Ahmed Musa’s classy goal, the second against Iceland at Volgograd has been shortlisted among the tournament’s best 18 goals.last_img read more

Chadwick Boseman death: MLB, NFL, NBA players mourn the sudden death of Black Panther star

first_img Chadwick Boseman, 43, passed away after battling colon cancer for four years. Boseman, before rising to fame for his role as the Black Panther, also played MLB icon Jackie Robinson in 42. His death coincided with Jackie Robinson Day, which was postponed to August 28 from April 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLB, NBA and NFL players mourned the actor’s death on social media, joining the world to remember Boseman’s illustrious career. Also read | Chadwick Boseman death tribute: From Chance the Rapper to Mark Ruffalo, stars express their griefChadwick Boseman death: Sports world pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman after his untimely passingAfter 42 released in 2013, Boseman also went on appear in Draft Day in 2014. He played the role of a potential Cleveland Browns prospect in the NFL. This February, Boseman also judged the controversial NBA Dunk Contest during the All-Star Weekend. His death was announced through a statement on his official Twitter account. Boseman died at his house in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side. Russell Wilson, MLB stars react to Boseman’s death the day were observing Jackie Robinson day Life is fascinating , we truly know nothing . You better live it up and Love it up .— Ryan Grant (@RyanGrant25) August 29, 2020 LIVE TV RIP King! 😢— Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) August 29, 2020 COMMENT Gotta cherish life. Live out your dreams. You want to do something do it. Time won’t always be on your side!!!— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) August 29, 2020 Wakanda Forever.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 29, 2020 2 months ago Lakers legend Magic Johnson’s new feature-film documentary in the works Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 11:32 IST Chadwick Boseman Death: MLB, NFL, NBA Players Mourn The Sudden Death Of Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman death: MLB, NBA and NFL stars mourn the death of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away after battling colon cancer for four years. Devika Pawar First Published: 29th August, 2020 11:31 IST Damn . Rest in paradise. 🙏🏽This year ain’t it— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 29, 2020 WE RECOMMEND Rest in peace Chad 🙏— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 29, 2020 4 months ago Magic Johnson opens up on the moment he shared with Michael Jordan after 1991 NBA finals RIP Black Kings. 🖤— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) August 29, 2020 One time for @chadwickboseman. Such an immensely talented individual with what was seemingly his whole life ahead of him. Gone entirely too soon! Thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones! #RIP 🙏🏾— Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) August 29, 2020 We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman. His transcendent performance in “42” will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come.— MLB (@MLB) August 29, 2020 WATCH US LIVE Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson was among the first NFL stars to react to Boseman’s passing. “Wakanda Forever,” Wilson wrote, remembering Boseman’s role as Marvel’s Black Panther. Ryan Grant, Chris Harris Jr, Cameron Jordan and Lance Briggs were others who expressed their shock over Boseman’s death. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, like Stroman, shared a photo of Boseman and Bryant together. Also read | Chadwick Boseman death: ‘Black Panther’ fame Chadwick Boseman passes away, Chadwick Boseman cause of death(Image credits: AP) His continued work while battling colon cancer further shows his perseverance and determination. Cookie and I are praying for his wife and family during these difficult times. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 29, 2020 Just met you for the first time at all star… never stopped having this smile on your face… 😭😭🙏🏽— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 29, 2020 FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US 2020 has been wild 🤯🙏🏾— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) August 29, 2020 1 week ago ‘Black Panther’ fame Chadwick Boseman passes away due to colon cancer at 43 💔 #RIPKING— Geno (@GenoSmith3) August 29, 2020 “We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman. His transcendent performance in “42” will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come,” MLB wrote in their heartfelt statement.  Adam Jones, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker were among MLB stars who reacted on Twitter. Stroman shared a photo of Boseman posing with late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who lost his life in a helicopter crash earlier this year. “RIP Black Kings,” wrote the New York Mets pitcher. Also read | Chadwick Boseman death tribute: Know about the actor’s movies, humanitarian work and moreNBA players pay their tributes after Chadwick Boseman death Written By 4 months ago Magic Johnson HORSE game rakes in $220,000 at All In Challenge auction Bradley Beal, Trae Young, CJ McCollum, Jayson Tatum, Klay Thompson, Pau Gasol and Kevin Love are few of the active NBA players who reacted to the devastating news on Twitter. Retired NBA icons like Magic Johnson and Dwyane Wade also mourned the actor on Twitter. “When you think this year can’t get worse R.I.P legend,” Jusuf Nurkic wrote in his tweet. Young recounted meeting the actor during the All-Star Weekend, who “never stopped having” a smile on his face. Magic Johnson tweeted a thread, applauding Boseman to continue working while fighting cancer. Also read | Magic Johnson leaves fans divided after ditching Giannis for LeBron in race for MVP awardNFL players react to Boseman’s sudden passing away Shit really made me sad man! Dude made Black Panther while fighting that. Smh you just never know what people are going thru! Give people their flowers while they are here!!!!!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 29, 2020 3 months ago Magic Johnson’s insurance company to fund $100 million for minority-owned businesseslast_img read more

Purple & Bold: Who wants to play with LeBron James?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile the Lakers ostensibly missed out on the chance at other free agents while waiting on Leonard, they never were in the lead for any of the others who sealed a max deal, and who mostly seemed content to strike out elsewhere: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn; Jimmy Butler in Miami; Kemba Walker in Boston; Tobias Harris in Philadelphia; even D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade to Golden State.This has fueled a narrative that has gathered steam since 2017 (when Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland): Is there a reason so many of the NBA’s leading stars don’t seem to want to play with LeBron James? Durant famously poured gas on that last season, by suggesting it made “no sense” for Leonard to want to play with James (a forecast perhaps?).There’s enough heat from that hot take for Joe Vardon of The Athletic to talk to Anthony Davis, the player who did want to saddle up with James, to see what made him different from the others. But even that story accepts the premise that James is often tough on his teammates, and that winning has made that occasional prickly nature easier to swallow:“And that’s been the readout on LeBron for years. He puts enormous pressure on whichever team has him to win, and he can dwell too often on the age difference between him and younger players who feel they’ve earned respect. But playing with him, for eight straight years, was always worth it in the end. His first season in Los Angeles was marred by injuries to him and teammates, but the awkwardness and pressure of playing alongside him were not paid for with even a playoff berth, let alone a finals appearance.”It might not be quite accurate to say James grated on his teammates last season. The nuanced version is that the forces around James were difficult, particularly for younger players who feared (rightfully) that they would be traded to accommodate the pressure to win sooner rather than later. Editor’s note: This is the Monday July 8 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.What would have the King, the Brow and the Claw looked like together? On the Woj Pod last week, Jared Dudley speculated it would be like the Miami Heat Big Three “but on steroids.”The world will never know.All indications are that Kawhi Leonard didn’t have a strong intention to create a superteam: An ESPN account of Leonard’s much-speculated decision cites that Leonard’s camp delayed the Lakers from chasing other free agents while holding out hope that the neighboring Clippers could execute a trade for Paul George (which they, of course, did). But there’s another way of looking at the picture of why stars haven’t targeted James as a teammate in recent years: James’ own example has set their path.Over the last decade, the NBA has seen the leverage of players rise dramatically – to the level that owners are now concerned (particularly because of the George trade) that they’re losing the ability to hold onto their stars. There are many plot points in this trend, but forced to pick the most influential moment in the last 10 years, one would have to circle The Decision as a moment that changed how players viewed their ability to self-determine their destiny, team up with their friends and compete for championships.James himself showed how a player could find both a market he wanted and teammates he wanted, and draw both into his orbit. He also showed how he could alter his own narrative: While he was a villain after spurning Cleveland for the Heat, in 2014, he was praised for turning around to his hometown Cavaliers, eventually leading them to the championship the city had long labored over.In a league that had often been dominated by single-franchise stars – Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant and more – James set the imprint for a more modern star, who could win multiple championships with different franchises and leverage the power to choose teammates (one could argue that he’s doing that now as a Laker, expressing as far back as December that he’d like to play with Davis). And while there are always people who will point to this history and say it diminishes James somehow, that he needed others to help him win titles, in the eyes of players, it has been an example to follow.So think of it this way: James’ own influence has created a generation of pioneers, instead of a generation of players who want to team up with him.The inclination is to create one’s own path, and that becomes more pronounced when you consider that teams like the Nets and Clippers – two franchises without much winning tradition – are suddenly cashing in on stars. Aside from the strong management tactics each of those teams executed to be in position for stars, they’re also finding a group of players like Leonard, George, Irving and Durant who want to create something for themselves as the leading men, rather than be another supporting player alongside James.The Athletic’s piece on Davis indicated that’s not really a concern for him – he’s more worried about getting a championship to begin with:“Obviously there are some other great teams around the league, but winning a championship is not easy,” Davis said. “It’s very difficult. He knows that. I haven’t been down that path, but hopefully this year he can lead me down that path and we can win.”Davis’ focus and willingness to buck this particular trend is good news for James – and for Laker fans, by extension.WHAT’S IN A POSITION?Yahoo Sports reported Monday morning that the Lakers intend to start James in the backcourt alongside Danny Green next season, finally acknowledging what has been true for years: He’s a point guard.That won’t change much on offense: James is always the straw that stirs the drink on offense, whether he plays on ball or off. The Lakers attempted to make James more of an off-ball threat by using him in lineups with other playmakers, but as the year went on, James ended up as more of the de facto point guard in key moments. It makes a lot of sense: Each of the last three years, James has wound up with more than eight assists per game, and as he ages, his unique passing ability might be a more reliable facet of his game.That’s not to say there aren’t interesting ramifications: The report means that the Lakers won’t start any of the point guards they’ve signed in free agency, including Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook. It also means that the Lakers will have some tough choices defensively while guarding some of the best backcourts in the league. Among the contenders, the Warriors, Rockets, Jazz and Blazers all have pairs of starting guards who can rack up points, with Denver and Sacramento also in the mix. Does that mean Green and James are responsible for guarding CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard on a given night? Or Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell?It seems more likely that whoever else starts on the wing will take on a guard on defense, but that’s complicated, too. Assuming DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma start in a scoring-heavy lineup, does Kuzma take on a guard? Or would the Lakers go smaller at the three, say with Caldwell-Pope, and bring either Cousins or Kuzma off the bench? The lack of true wing depth is a little bit of an issue here that might depend entirely on matchups.With a playmaker like James, it makes sense to put him in charge. But as always, unexpected ramifications loom.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Monday July 8 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.And here’s the ClickerPicking up the pieces: The Lakers gambled by waiting for Kawhi Leonard and lost.The back-up plan: How the Lakers rebounded by seizing Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins and other key role players.Summer league scene: The Lakers and Clippers shared an uncomfortable Vegas moment after the landmark Leonard/George deals.How the Clippers cashed in: Mirjam Swanson takes the wheel on the Clippers side of free agency (you should also read her round-up of fan reaction).LA is the center of the basketball universe: Mark Heisler recaps a wild weekend.But what about everyone else? Mark Whicker reflects on how the NBA title isn’t just a two-horse SoCal race.Three-point woes solved? Time will tell if the Lakers have done enough there.More help coming: The Lakers are expected to add Avery Bradley later today.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more