All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

first_imgMOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit.”Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion and Hornets president Fred Whitfield said he anticipates the All-Star game will have a $100 million economic impact on Charlotte.It should all make for an entertaining weekend.“I think when it’s all over,” James Jordan said of his brother, “he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.” Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to change any negative perceptions of the Hornets or of Charlotte. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game, hoping the showcase will help attract marquee players in the future. He said Kemba Walker being an All-Star game starter also helps.“It’s an illustration of the type of players we are trying to draft and grow from within,” Jordan said. “So from a Hornets standpoint, that is on display this week. We have a lot of work to do and choices to be made to get to that (championship) level, but it starts with the presentation of what the city is all about — for other people to see and understand that this may be a small market but it is a unique city to be in, and that the fan base tremendously comes out and supports the game.”Dell Curry is expecting Jordan to go all-out for this weekend’s festivities.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Jordan’s is known to embrace a challenge.On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, Jordan went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.Michael Jordan’s older brother, James Jordan Jr., said it comes from their parents. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? While maybe unexpected, Peterson said he isn’t shocked by what Jordan has achieved.“Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, now an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”The All-Star game will be played on Sunday — Jordan’s 56th birthday.“It’s a constant reminder that I am getting old,” Jordan joked. “The All-Star game is always around my birthday and I wish it could be postponed a week.”The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJordan didn’t either.“Frankly, no,” Jordan said Tuesday in a news conference previewing the All-Star game. “Growing back up as a kid here in North Carolina, the first thing is play basketball. Then things just evolved from there.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Enerplex to celebrate official opening

first_imgThe Enerplex will be having its grand opening next Wednesday, complete with a statue unveiling and a ribbon cutting ceremony.The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will also include the local band ‘Folky Strum Strum’ playing in the lobby, Janet Prestley, director of legislative and administrative services, told Issues and Answers, Wednesday.- Advertisement -Prestley says there will also be a procession of minor hockey athletes, carrying signs about what sport means to them, onto the ice surface.The City has also announced that it will unveil the organization that has received the naming right for the complex.Residents will also be able to see a video outlining the entire construction of the Enerplex, along with various speeches by various dignitaries.The event will culminate with a fireworks display taking place at the Toboggan Hill.Advertisementlast_img read more

Male threatened with a knife early Sunday

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are searching for a male suspect after he threatened someone with a knife.The RCMP state that at 3:40 a.m. On Sunday May 8, they responded to a report from a teenage boy who had been threatened by a male suspect who was holding a knife and walking on 100 ave at 96 street.The teenager was not injured and ran from the suspect to a nearby business where he called 911. The suspect then fled the scene.- Advertisement -The suspect is described as being a caucasian male with black hair, approximately 26 years-old with chipped lower front teeth. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue “Etnies” type shoes.The RCMP are still investigating this incident, but are asking for anyone who may have witnessed this incident or know the suspect to call 250-787-8100. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.calast_img read more

Tullow’s partner begins drilling 2nd well

first_imgThe Stena Forth drill ship is drilling Eco’s well…as race for oil in Orinduik block heats upEco Atlantic Oil and Gas, the partner of the oil company that recently found oil in the Orinduik block, has begun drilling a well of its own using the same drill ship that brought British-owned Tullow its first oil find in Guyana.According to a release from the company on Tuesday, drilling on the Joe-1 well began on Sunday using the Stena Forth drill ship. Eco Atlantic further explained that it will take approximately three weeks to drill this well.The well itself is located in approximately 700 metres of water. Estimates by international natural resource consultants Gustavson Associates state that it might hold 148 millions of barrels of oil.In a statement, Chief Operating Officer of Eco Atlantic, Colin Kinley, expressed pleasure at the commencement of the operation. According to Kinley, a further discovery will go a great way in de-risking the rest of the basin.“We are very pleased to have spudded on Sunday our second exploration well on Orinduik. After the discovery made on Jethro in the Lower Tertiary, which greatly de-risked that age section throughout the block, we are now moving to an Upper Tertiary target in the Joe prospect where we are targeting over 100mmboe. If a further discovery is made, it will further enhance the value of the block with this shallower play”.“The estimated chance of success for Joe is the same as Jethro, although it is a completely different play, and we are confident in our 3D interpretation as we were ahead of the Jethro-1 discovery. We look forward to continued success in our exploration efforts as we move forward to define the plays available to us in all the various geological ages and to develop this block,” Kinley was quoted as saying.“Joe”Joe is the second of Eco’s two-well drill programme in Guyana for this year. The company also has plans and funding for a further six potential explorations, appraisal or development wells on the Orinduik Block.Eco Atlantic had previously announced that drilling on the Joe prospect will begin in mid-July of this year. They had announced that the Stena Forth drillship will move directly to the Joe after it had finished drilling the Jethro Lobe Well in the Orinduik Block.It has been reported that the Joe will cost Eco approximately US$3 million to drill. A recently published report from Gustavson Associates has estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields. It is under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, who signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Guyana in 2016. Total E and P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray in 2017, partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the Block. It exercised that option last year.Recently, the spotlight has been on Tullow after it discovered oil in commercial quantities at the Jethro-1 exploration well in the Orinduik Block. This was the first discovery in the Orinduik Block.The Jethro-1 well was drilled by the Stena Forth drillship to a total depth of 4400 metres in approximately 1350 metres of water. According to a statement from the company, evaluation of the logging data confirmed that Jethro-1 comprises high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs of Lower Tertiary age, which simply means they date back to millions of years ago.According to the statement, the well encountered 55M of net oil pay, which indicates a recoverable oil resource estimate that exceeds Tullow’s pre-drill forecast of 100 million barrels of oil.News of the find created waves in financial centres around the world, as well as international news outlets. That very day, August 12, Tullow’s shares jumped by over 19 per cent on the London Stock Exchange to become the biggest gainer on the index.The Stena Forth drill ship is drilling Eco’s welllast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: ST Eunan’s GAA club has won its appeal against a decision to split Letterkenny into two different catchment areas based on parish boundaries.The Ulster Appeals Council decision was relayed to club members this evening.Donegal’s GAA clubs had voted on November 7th by 40 to 36 to accept that no pre-existing agreement existed between St Eunan’s and Letterkenny Gaels As a result, the Gaels had the Aughaninshin part of the town declared as their club’s catchment area.That left St Eunan’s with Conwal and Leck part of the town only.St Eunan’s appealed the decision of the county clubs to the Ulster Council of the GAA.And that body has ruled that there WAS a pre-existing agreement between both clubs that Letterkenny would not be divided and that each club could draw players from throughout the town and both parishes in the town. It remains to be seen whether or not the Gaels will now go down the appeal route.A St Eunan’s spokesman told “St. Eunan’s GAA Club are pleased that our appeal against the recent County Committee decision was upheld.“Hopefully the matter of Boundaries in Letterkenny can now be put behind us and the club can continue to focus on the development of Gaelic Games in the town. Our club will work with all interested parties to further these aims.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comUPDATED: ST EUNAN’S WIN BOUNDARY DISPUTE CASE was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:appeal wonLetterkenny GaelsSt Eunanslast_img read more


first_imgTEENAGE KICKS AND EPIC WAVES IN FANADYoung surfers were on the crest of a wave at Ballyhiernan Bay, Fanad, at the weekend as they stretched out summer with help from Adventure One Surf School.A windswept day didn’t stop the groms riding the waves to make the most of the tail-end of the season before hitting the school books this week. Pix: Declan Devlin     PICTURE SPECIAL: TEENAGE KICKS AND EPIC WAVES IN FANAD was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Softball Splits on Second Day of Wildcat Invitational

first_imgJunior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.), now 2-1 on the season, pitched four innings for the Bulldogs against Ball State giving up 12 runs (10 earned) and walking four batters. vs. Boston College 2/18/2017 – 8:00 PM Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Drake has a rematch against No. 10 Arizona on Saturday with the game beginning at 6 p.m. CST before facing Boston College at 8 p.m. Arizona defeated Drake, 7-0, Thursday evening.Print Friendly Version Preview The Bulldogs took the lead in the second inning against North Dakota State (1-6) on a RBI single by senior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) which scored Maddox. Maddox then extended the Drake lead to two runs at 2-0 with her own RBI single in the third, scoring Alexander. Freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) then stole home base in the fourth before junior Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) scored in the seventh on a throwing error. center_img The Bulldogs were helped by junior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) and freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nevada) who both went a combined 3-6 at the plate in the two games. Maddox also scored two runs and had one run batted in while Alexander added one run scored. TUSCON, Ariz. – The Drake University softball team split a pair of games Friday at the Wildcat Invitational. Drake closed the day defeating North Dakota State, 4-0 after falling to Ball State, 17-2 in five innings earlier in the day. Next Game: Ball State (2-4) struck early taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a two-run home run. A six-run second inning and five-run third inning extended the Cardinals to a 13-0 lead over the Bulldogs, and later the Cardinals added four additional runs. The Bulldogs scored two runs on singles in the third inning, batted in by senior Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa) and sophomore Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.). Drake (5-3) was led by junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.), now 3-2 on the season, who had a near-perfect game while shutting out the Bison. Newman pitched seven innings giving up only one hit and striking out 11 batters and she faced just one batter more than the minimum. The hit came in the seventh inning with one out, and she quickly ended the game by getting the next two hitters out. Newman has now recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game three times already this year.last_img read more


first_imgMore than 40 cases of distressed mortgages taken out by people with Ulster Bank came before the County Registrar’s Court in Letterkenny.The applications were heard at the court before Madame Registrar Geraldine O’Connor.The cases on behalf of Ulster Bank were all heard consecutively. They deal with mortgages which are in serious arrears in their payments.The cases were brought up for mention but none were dealt with or finalised.The court was told that some of the cases were being dealt with in that people were trying to comply with Ulster Bank.Some of the houses were family homes while others were investment properties. New dates in January were set for some of the cases while others were adjourned with practice direction. 40 CASES OF DISTRESSED MORTGAGES COME BEFORE DONEGAL COURT was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:County Registrar’s Courtmortgagesulster banklast_img read more


first_imgWalshySAINTS GO MARCHING ONWhile the vast majority of seats in the stand at O’Donnell Park were occupied last Sunday afternoon, very few fans, if indeed any, would have been sitting on the edge of them.For this Ulster Club quarter-final was as straightforward as it possibly could get for a St. Eunan’s side who, right from the throw-in, were the dominant force, eliminating any element of excitement or thrills that might have been expected at this stage of the competition. Not that you can point the toe of blame at the Letterkenny outfit for this as Roslea started off like a team meaning business – that is, the business of somehow seeming almost oblivious to the occasion and the importance of it.As Maxi Curran’s men stuck to the task of attempting to find gaps behind the defensive cover of the Fermanagh champions, the visitors, though enjoying, if that’s the word, a reasonable amount of possession may as well have ventured next door to the Motor Show at the Aura complex for that opening half where they would at least have found a gear change.The half-time of score of 1-5 to zero points told its own story and while the green machine did outscore Eunan’s in the second they still didn’t look capable enough of catching their hosts who had already done enough – again thanks to the marksmanship of Conall Dunne – to book their place for next Sunday’s semi-final.And that’s where they will be really up against it – facing Omagh St. Enda’s who have disposed of ten times Ulster Champions and six times, All-Ireland club victors, Crossmaglen. We can be sure Eunan’s won’t be going in at half-time as comfortably as they did last Sunday and their opponents won’t be sitting with a big blank nought on the scoreboard either. This will be a much stiffer proposition to be sure and, yet, there’s a confidence about the Letterkenny men that suggests this could be their year after their previous disappointments in Ulster.I’m no betting man but….GOD SAVE THE INGRACIOUS McQUEENSomebody should take Gordon McQueen by the nose – forcibly if necessary – and lead him through Donegal’s past and particularly that part of it that forever links this county with his native Scotland.Take him on the Cairnryan to Larne ferry route and then on to Ireland’s North-West and down to The Rosses and through Gweedore – stopping in Letterkenny on route so some of us can provide him with a “horrible reception” – and all points besides. Indeed, he probably wouldn’t even have to leave the city of Glasgow to discover why it doesn’t necessarily follow that if you’re born in Scotland you cannot play for somebody else as he put it.The former Leeds and Manchester United defender can’t, of course, ask the late Paddy Coyle, born and reared in The Rosses – and grandfather of Ireland midfielder, James McCarthy – who was forced onto the emigration trail to Scotland like so many of his fellow country men and women.Or, indeed, the maternal grandparents of Aidan McGeady who themselves left Gweedore to take the boat and train to Glasgow in the hope of a better life.Or the father of former Republic ace, Ray Houghton – the latter recently revealing in a newspaper interview in ‘The Sunday Times’ that following the 1-0 win against the Scots at Hampden Park in February, 1987, that helped propelled Ireland to their first major Championships, a proud Seamus Houghton had many months later accompanied his son back to Donegal. “I took him back to Buncrana, the place he was born….He didn’t last much longer after that unfortunately. That was August, 1989 and he passed away in the December.”But this son of Donegal soil had lived to see his son’s heroics in the 1988 European Championships and while the younger Houghton might indeed have throw in his lot with Scotland had he been asked in time, he had thoroughly enjoyed his career in the green shirt.James McCarthy might not, as it happens, get the opportunity to lap up that “horrible reception” as urged by McQueen given that he is reportedly carrying a hamstring injury but McGeady will certainly be subjected to some Scottish bile raining down from the Celtic Park stands during Friday night’s qualifier.“I’ve got no time for these players,” McQueen insisted during the week.Just as Scotland had no time for them before the Republic came knocking on their doors and offered them a green shirt and a chance to represent the country of their grandparents.McQueen did refer to the likes of Bob Wilson and Bruce Rioch who, although birth natives of England, had represented Scotland and had always wanted to (in Wilson’s case it might have had something to do with the existence of Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence at the time).But he neglected to mention the handful of current members of the Scottish squad where were born outside the country including Shaun Maloney who arrived into this world in Malaysia.A bitter man our Gordon would appear to be – perhaps something to do with the fact that he lost his place in the Manchester United team to one Paul McGrath back in 1985.If he’s at Friday night’s match, no doubt he’ll be joining in the inevitable chorus that will specifically greet one or two members of the Irish team. Or maybe he’ll be watching it in his home in North Yorkshire in a different country from the one he was born in.DRINKING CLASSESSomething I keep noticing whenever I’m watching top level international or club rugby. Something you never, ever see at a Gaelic match or a soccer game. Something that would be frowned on if you did and, not just frowned on, but drawing the wrath of a large section of the population and the public pulpits groaning under the weight of condemnation of the authorities involved in these particular sports for allowing this to happen.How come, I keep asking myself, rugby supporters are allowed to swig down copious amounts of lager during matches while those following their Donegals or Finn Harps or Glasgow Celtics or Chelseas must wait until after – okay, often before – they indulge?It appears a completely different set of rules apply to the rugger fraternity  where the consumption of alcohol is concerned and where you can freely (although I imagine it wouldn’t be close to free if you were purchasing it at the Aviva Stadium) swivel your plastic glasses – I know, terrible isn’t it, they’re not allowed to use the actual glass ones – and hoist them into the air whenever a try is scored or the T.V. cameras catch sight of you on the big screen.SPRINGBOXEDYou’d still have to raise a glass or two to the Irish rugby team following their performance against South Africa, the second best team in the world. And had Ireland not conceded that late try they would have been elevated to the third slot in this elite table but let’s not quibble here.Nobody in the R.T.E. panel, least of all George Hook, and indeed nobody who knows anything about rugby would have given Joe Schmidt’s charges the remotest of hopes of springing a surprise in this one (not quite correct as, apparently, Alan Quinlan predicted a win for the Irish earlier in the week).One of the English publications even suggested that Ireland was now the best placed of the European teams to do the business at next year’s World Cup.Ah now, hold on there, isn’t it tradition that following such a performance we go and struggle against the likes of Georgia, this weekend’s opponents, and then Hook & Co. get back to what they know best, tearing shreds out of the green tops?DRUGS TESTLeague of Ireland and Leeds United fans of a certain vintage will undoubtedly remember former goalkeeper, Eddie van Boxtel – indeed he once saved an Eric Cantona penalty – but, sadly, he’ll now be remembered for all the wrong reasons.The 41 year old recently appeared before Kildare Circuit Court after being charged in connection with a 3.4 million euro cannabis seizure.The Dutch born custodian , who helped Dundalk to their last league title win in 1995 prior to this year’s success, had pleaded not guilty.Though when I say, sadly, I mean on behalf of all those families and individuals in this country who have been savaged and ravaged as a result of the drugs trade. Perhaps, even van Boxtel among them.PACKIE’S TEAMAnd here it is – our own Packie Bonner’s all-time World XI which I came across in a comprehensive listing of international footballers’ best ever teams:Pat Jennings; Danny McGrain; Bobby Moore; Paul McGrath; Paolo Maldini; Diego Maradona; Roy Keane; Johan Cruyff; Lionel Messi; Pele; and George Best.A handful of Irish in there as you’d expect and certainly a team whose attack would be as enticing as its defence.Though how Robbie Savage didn’t get in there is beyond me.MEDICAL OPINIONCommentating quote of the year from R.T.E.’s Ryle Nugent during Saturday’s live coverage of Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium after Peter O’Mahony went down with an injury:“If he didn’t have medical attention during a game, you’d think there was something wrong with him.”Huh?DUNNE IT IN ONE!Well, it has taken him precisely 78 years to do it but Michael Dunne has finally achieved the ambition of all golfers, amateur or professional – a hole-in-one.His historic achievement came on the tricky second at Dunfanaghy Golf Club last Saturday where he was partnered with fellow Letterkenny men, Don Sheridan and Pat Bonner.Of course, he might just have been keen to get the round over with as quickly as possible seeing as it was THEM he was paired with…!Either way, well Dunne Mick.WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: SAINTS GO MARCHING ON – WHILE SOUTH AFRICA ARE SPRINGBOXED BY IRELAND was last modified: November 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columnnewsPaddy WalshySportWednesdaylast_img read more

Ssemwogerere conducts first training session as Express head coach

first_imgSsemwogerere (right) talks to the players on Wednesday (photo by Shaban Lubega)WANKULUKUKU – Barely 24 hours after he was confirmed as the head coach of Express FC, George Ssemwogerere has conducted his first training session at Wankulukuku.The former Red Eagles captain replaced Kefa Kisala at the helm following recent club short-comings which were climaxed with a 2-0 home loss to Police FC on Monday.Before the day’s drills started, the team held a 45 minute bonding session which started with CEO Junju Hamza making the introductions.After the all talk session ended, the players and new technical team that also features Hassan Mubiru and James Magala, went through a pressing and ball retention routine.From there, the players were put through a stationary exercises endurance session which lasted up to an hour.Ssemwogerere (standing) supervising a session on Wednesday (photo by Shaban Lubega)After the morning training, Ssemwogerere spoke to the media for the first time and assured the Express fraternity that he is here to effect change and progress.“Express has young players who only need to be made aware of the team they are playing for, said Ssemwogerere.“Express is a big team that they should play for with all their determination and desire. That is what we have to work on immediately.On his targets as a coach, the former Kira Young and Nalubale tactician had this to say;“My target is to take Express into respectable places on the log.“As a coach at a big club like Express, you always want to finish as high as possible and it is my target to make the team finish in the top spots.About the players he has not been able to meet today due to injuries, Ssemwogerere assured that he is already in contact with them.“I am aware that some of them are injured.“I made a few phone calls to them and they promised to try and recover as soon as possible so as they join u.Star-player Tony Odur and new signing Goffin were absent from training on Wednesday due to injuries.Ssemwogerere also noted that he intends to change the way the players train so that they can be in the best possible physical and mental state to compete.Unlike under Kisala, the team will now hold double session daily including one in the morning and another in the afternoon.Express’s next game will see them travel away to BUL FC on Sunday.They are currently in 10th on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League log with 21 points from 17 games.Comments Tags: Express FCGeorge SsemwogerereHassan MubiruJunju Hamzakefa kisalatoplast_img read more