Adamawa vs Warri Wolves’ NPFL match abandoned

first_imgRelatedPosts Ahead 2020/21 season: LMC fixes date for Club Licensing application Breaking: NFF adopts PPG, sets new date for league kick off Rivers United tame Warri Wolves The Match Day 23 fixture between Adamawa United Football Club of Yola and Warri Wolves in the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League was abandoned on Sunday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match played at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe was abandoned after an assault on match officials. The attack came immediately the centre referee ended the match’s first half. Warri Wolves were leading by a lone goal scored by Abu Azeez in the 21st minute of the match when fans of the home team ran into the field of play. One of the fans attacked the centre referee with a catapult, while others hit him with their fist before policemen quickly intervened, pushing back the fans from the field of play. The match officials and the match’s referees assessor who rushed into the field of play were quickly surrounded by policemen to protect them. The officials were confined to the centre of the pitch, where they were making calls, ostensibly to give situation reports to officials of the Abuja-based League Management Company. NAN also reports that after waiting for over 70 minutes on the field of play, two police vans later drove into the field of play to convey the officials out of the stadium. Warri Wolves’ team bus was also driven into the field of play to take away the visiting team and their officials under heavy security escort. Journalists, especially cameramen, were also attacked by the fans who made attempts to destroy video and other recordings of the development.Tags: Abu AzeezAdamawa UnitedNigeria Professional Football LeagueWarri Wolveslast_img read more

Volleyball trying to keep postseason hopes alive in Evanston

first_imgDespite the final score, the Wisconsin volleyball team actually played the No. 6 ranked Illini very closely Wednesday night.The Badgers (14-10, 4-10) were swept in three sets by Illinois (20-3, 12-1), but each set was close. There were an astounding 28 total tie scores.Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week Julie Mikaelsen led the team with a career high 16 kills. Her emergence since the middle of the season when she was benched has given the Badgers offense quite the boost.Illinois did a great job on Allison Wack, who had led the Badgers in kills the previous four matches.“We know from the past they have good pin-side blockers, but they have a good libero too,” Wack said.Wisconsin also played the Illini tough in a 3-1 set loss at the UW Fieldhouse Sept. 29, but the team knew it would be difficult to replicate that kind of success on the road.“They had an off night when they played here, and [we knew] that wasn’t gonna happen again,” Wack said.Fortunately for the Badgers, they will be forced to quickly put this setback behind them as they travel to Evanston, Ill. today to take on the Northwestern Wildcats.Northwestern is no slouch either, sitting at No. 24 nationally.The Wildcats are known for being scrappy, never giving up on a play that is seemingly dead.They defeated the Badgers handily in what might have been their worst home showing of the year, a 3-0 sweep Oct. 1.At Monday’s practice, head coach Pete Waite remained confident his team could pull off an NCAA bid if they achieved a split every weekend remaining in the season. For them to do that, a win against Northwestern is a must.“The progress we’ve seen has been good, the win against Michigan State was nice. But, again, were hitting a lot of Top 25 teams as we approach the second half, sometimes on the road,” Waite said. “It’s not gonna be easy, but I know the team is working hard and seeing themselves improve everyday, which makes them more hungry to do even better.”Limiting mistakes continues to be an emphasis for Waite and the rest of the coaching staff because as he pointed out, in this sport, if you make mistakes, you directly give the other team a point.But the goal remains the same for the players – improving.“Improving as a team. Getting better everyday in practice, getting better playing every team, playing them better than we played the first time,” setter Janelle Garbielsen said. “Every team in the Big Ten is great, it’d be nice to see us play really great against a team, win or lose, but it would be nice to win.”A key against Northwestern will be passing and digging because of the fortitude of the Wildcats offense.Passing, a relative weakness all year, has seen a slight improvement in the second half of the season, as senior Kim Kuzma has stepped up. Kuzma moved into third place all-time on Wisconsin’s digs list last week.“I think our passing has improved a lot. Sometimes they serve tough and we’ll get a few off passes,” Gabrielsen said. “Every team has some tough servers and they’re not gonna get the greatest passes all the time, so you need to have an offense that can go around that.”While hope remains eternal, the Badgers face an uphill climb to reach the postseason. If they cannot pull out a win tonight, their tournament hopes will be on life-support.“Every day is a different day and a different match,” Waite said. “The main thing is we can’t give things away. If we can keep those [down], I think we’ll have a shot.”last_img read more

Men’s volleyball faces crosstown rivals

first_imgFor the men’s volleyball team, winning has not been an easy task, as USC fell to 1-2 in conference play after a tough loss to UCSB in five sets on Wednesday. Friday’s game against UCLA will be seemingly more difficult, not only because it will be a rivalry game but also because the Bruins are currently ranked No. 2 with the highest hitting percentage in the league. “If how we came in against Long Beach was any sign, I expect us to come in completely engaged and ready to fight, and then it is going to be a good match for us,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said.Of the members on the team, senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder is at the forefront of that offensive attack. He has maintained above a .300 total attacking percentage and is leading his team in both points and kills. While he has continued playing at this level, there is always the question of whether he can keep it going for the rest of the season. “It is going to get tougher and tougher to do it,” Nygaard said. “Once teams scout and make a game plan against him, it just ramps up the pressure of blocks and assignments and decisions. I still think he can hold himself to a high level.”Yoder will be put to the test against the Bruins, who are also ranked fourth in average blocks per set. UCLA’s rankings and high statistics could be intimidating, but Nygaard’s philosophy has not wavered.“I said this at the beginning of the year that if you take care of your side of the net, the other side isn’t nearly as important,” Nygaard said. “We have to make sure that our side of the net is operating at a high level. We’ve shown that we are capable of it.”Even with the Crosstown Cup points on the line, Nygaard uses his experience as a player both on the collegiate and Olympic level to coach his players on losing the crowd and the rivalries and just focus on volleyball.“Every team deserves the same attention, every team deserves the same respect, every team deserves the exact same amount of effort and preparation and physical preparation,” Nygaard said. “There is no easy team for us to beat. The one constant in the whole thing is that there is a rectangle on the ground and there is a ball and there is a net. Nothing else matters.”last_img read more