Super Eagles star  excited to return to action after COVID-19 lockdown

first_imgRangers midfielder, Joe Aribo, has expressed his delight after returning to action in their pre-season game against Hamilton on Saturday. Calvin Bassey’s strike cancelled out Ronan Hughes’ opener before Markus Fjortoft scored the match-winner from the penalty spot to hand Steven Gerrard’s men a 2-1 victory. Super Eagles midfielder Aribo came close to scoring in the encounter when he struck a shot but the effort was blocked by Hamilton’s defenders. The outbreak of coronavirus in March forced football activities to be suspended in Scotland and around the world as many countries imposed a total lockdown to curb the spread of the pandemic. The 2019-20 Scottish Premiership was subsequently ended abruptly as a result of Covid-19 and the Gers finished second on the league table behind Celtic. After the Scottish government allowed football activities to return, Rangers immediately kick-started their build-up to the 2020-21 season. Aribo, who has been part of the preparations, has taken to social media to express his feelings on his return to action after 17 weeks of inactivity.Advertisement Loading… “Felt good to be back on the pitch,” Aribo posted on Instagram with his image during the game. Aribo has been in fine form since joining the Gers last summer after turning down a chance to extend his contract with Charlton Athletic, where he spent two years. The 23-year-old midfielder scored eight goals and provided eight assists in 45 appearances for the Ibrox Stadium outfit in his debut campaign. read also:2020/21 Season: Aribo to know opening games opponents Monday His eye-catching performances earned him a call-up to the Nigeria national team and he has since made four appearances for the three-time African champions. Aribo will hope to continue his impressive performances for the Gers in their remaining pre-season games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Miami feat: LeBron James scores 51 points as Lakers roll past Heat

first_imgWith the 18 of 30 shooting night, James set a new scoring season-high, just two games after a 44-point night in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers at home. The Lakers have now won seven of their last nine games, and got some of their mojo back after a blowout loss to Orlando that James said “shell-shocked” the team.Ahead is Cleveland, where James will make his second debut in eight years as a opponent rather than a hometown hero. The villain’s welcome he received back in 2010, however, is likely to be tempered by James’ championship season in 2016.James suggested he’ll pour out his reflections before the Wednesday tip.“I will think about some of the good, I will think about some of the bad, I will think about some of the great that I had with the franchise,” he said. “And then once the tip ball gets going, it is time to go to work.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img It wouldn’t be his last.In all, James scored 19 points in the first quarter alone, stepping out for deep threes, spinning on stepback jumpers and finding his way in the paint for jams. He shot 8 for 10 in the first quarter; the Heat as a team were 8 for 22 with 21 points in the same segment.“When he’s hitting shots like that, what do you want us to do?” Heat center Hassan Whiteside said later. “He was shooting 30-foot bombs. It’s tough.”James never seemed to lose a certain control over the game: By halftime, he had 28 points, and three quarters in, he had 42. He found ways to attack from all over the court, and he got most of the whistles he wanted.Even his final shot had some flair: a 32-footer from the wing that pushed him past the 50-point plateau. He pointed to the Lakers bench and smiled, answering an apparent dare from teammate Lance Stephenson.“He said, ‘Go for the 3, I bet you won’t go for the 3,’” James said. “So I went for the 3. So I was pointing right at Lance.”The Lakers (9-7) veered into familiar territory late as a sky-scraping dunk by Derrick Jones Jr. cut the lead, which was double digits for much of the night, to eight points. But steering clear of some of the nail-biters earlier in the season, the Lakers got a lay-up from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (19 points) and a pair of free throws by James. The Heat missed their final four shots of the game in the last three-and-a-half minutes.Frustration apparently built up for Miami: Midway through the fourth quarter, Josh Richardson (5 personal fouls) threw a fit that culminated with him tossing one of shoes into the stands. He was summarily ejected, but not before he knocked over a chair on his way to the locker room.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut even though it looked like the LeBron James of years ago, what made the feat more incredible that it wasn’t LeBron James of years ago. It’s James in his 16th season, notching at least 50 points for the 12th time in his career, and he’s still capable of dominating nights. Only Kobe Bryant, in his very last game with the Lakers, has ever done it before in his 16th season or later.Taking care of his body is something James (who turns 34 in December) takes great pride in — maybe the most pride in. After icing his legs and feet in the locker room, he said as much to the crowd of media who gathered to see his return.“For me, I put so much craft, so much mind and so much time in my body,” he said. “And being available for my teammates is the most important thing to me. … I know if I put in the work and be true to the game, everything else takes care of itself.”No Laker has ever put a bigger individual bruising on the Heat: James surpassed the team scoring record against Miami, set by Bryant in 2004.James gave early notice that he was going off: On his very first bucket of the night, he got a steal to initiate a fast break that he finished with a powerful dunk, a vintage trademark of the dominance he once held playing nightly in American Airlines Arena. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs MIAMI — On restless nights this season, Erik Spoelstra has flipped on the television to gaze into the past.He watches West Coast games, perhaps with a special eye for the Lakers, who are led by the star he once coached. Has LeBron James changed much since his Miami days? The Heat coach laughed.“He’s timeless,” Spoelstra said. “I just think you can book it every year – 27, 8 and 7. Doesn’t matter what uniform, doesn’t matter what year, doesn’t matter how old.”PreviousLakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Lakers forward LeBron James keeps the ball from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. James scored 51 points in the Lakers’ 113-97 win. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram drives as Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James drives the ball to the basket against Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson, left, Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, center, and Heat center Hassan Whiteside are unable to come up with a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram drives the ball to the basket against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James arrives before an NBA basketball game against Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ExpandIn his first return to Miami since becoming a Laker, James looked very much like his old self, pouring in 51 points and making the process look effortless. The Lakers rode his performance to a 113-97 win over the Heat (6-10), a critical bounce-back win on an emotional road trip that will next lead James back to Cleveland.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 14, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, April 14, 2016:•12:40 a.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 100 block W. Appleblossom, Wellington.•2:05 a.m. Merissa D E Franke, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•8 a.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 1700 block E. 16th Wellington by a known suspect.•1:03 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by Telecom Device in the Wellington.•4:09 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of doors and windows in the 200 block S. Patterson, Wellington.•5:05 p.m. Officers took a report of children in need of care, Argonia.•6:51 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block Shady Lane Ct., Wellington.last_img