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Patience bears fruit for Imatorbhebhe

first_imgIf patience is a virtue, then USC redshirt freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe is as virtuous as they come.It was a moment 665 days in the making. It was a dream that traveled a total of 2768 miles — from Suwanee, Georgia to Gainesville, Florida to Los Angeles, California — in order to be realized.It was a first-and-10 play on a Saturday afternoon against Colorado at the Coliseum when USC redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold heaved a 32-yard touchdown pass to a diving Imatorbhebhe. On Oct. 8, it was a dream realized; it was Imatorbhebhe’s first collegiate touchdown.“I was so grateful I was able to come down with the catch, and when I got up, I just thought, ‘God, thank you, the glory is yours — yours alone,’” Imatorbhebhe said. “I wasn’t surprised or anything that it happened, but I was mostly happy about the fact that it put us up early in a big game like that.”Imatorbhebhe’s journey to crossing the goal line for the Trojans began on Dec. 16, 2014, when he signed to play college football for the University of Florida. Less than one year later, Imatorbhebhe found himself across the nation at USC after transferring from Florida. After joining the Trojans last fall, Imatorbhebhe patience would begin to be tested, as he was forced to sit out and redshirt his freshman season due to NCAA transfer policies.“There’s a lot of mental gymnastics you have to go through [when sitting out an entire season], because you’re grinding every day and you don’t even get the chance to put pads on on game day,” Imatorbhebhe said. “I felt like I grew so much waiting during that redshirt year … I think it’s like when photos have to develop in that dark room first, because if they don’t then they won’t be ready when that light hits them — that’s kind of how I looked at my freshman year sitting out.”Imatorbhebhe’s allegiance and shift westward to USC goes beyond opportunity on the field — it runs in his blood. Imatorbhebhe’s younger brother, Josh, is a freshman wide receiver for the Trojans.“[Josh’s] such a dynamic athlete, the stuff he can do on the field is baffling. Pretty much everything he can do well, I struggle with,” said Imatorbhebhe regarding the on-field abilities of his younger brother. “It’s been cool watching him grow both on the field, and off of the field as a man. It’s pretty much like just me and him taking care of ourselves out here in college now.”Over its past four games, USC has reaped the benefits of Imatorbhebhe’s toil during his glamor-less redshirt season last fall. Beginning with Colorado, Imatorbhebhe caught a touchdown reception in three consecutive games through Oct. 22 (the others being against Arizona and Cal) for the Trojans. Against Oregon, Imatorbhebhe reeled in a deflected pass to complete a difficult 37-yard reception for the Trojans that preserved what would be a scoring drive for USC in its conference win over the Ducks.“All last year as a redshirt, he was just one of those guys who would be staying and working after practice, always putting in voluntary time in the weight room … he’s a young man who is really maturing and developing into something special,” said USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. “You couldn’t ask for a better young man. He’s very committed to his faith. He keeps working at his craft.”The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Imatorbhebhe is not difficult to spot during practice at Howard-Jones Field, let alone amongst the general population of USC. While his size — even as a redshirt freshman — may be one of his greatest assets on the field, he credits his successes elsewhere; more specifically, he looks upward.With his personal Instagram account filled with quotations of scripture from the Bible, and with a constant burden on his heart to “give glory where glory is due,” Imatorbhebhe accredits his work both on and off the field to a being which he believes to be more powerful and capable than he is.As USC enters a pivotal three-game sprint to the conclusion of the 2016 season, it will look for continued offensive production from its tight end corps — with Imatorbhebhe as a spark plug.“As a team, I want us to be brothers who would lay down our lives for each other,” he said. “If we have that bond, nobody will be able to tear us apart, and as a result, nobody will be able to beat us … I feel like we’re on our way there right now.”last_img read more

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Medeama SC appoints Van der Pluym as new head coach

first_imgDutchman Hans Van der Pluym has been appointed the new head coach of MTN FA Cup finalists Medeama SC.According to sources, Van der Pluym had been targeted by the Tarkwa-based team from the moment it became clear that his contract with Berekum Chelsea was not going to be renewed.Van der Pluym led Berekum Chelsea to second place in the just ended Glo Premier League season, taking over as head coach after originally starting the season as the club’s technical director.Van der Pluym led Berekum Chelsea to the group stages of the 2012 CAF Champions League and has also worked with Heart of Lions and Gomoa Fetteh Feyernoord.last_img

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Bear Lakes Middle School in West Palm Beach on lockdown due to police investigation

first_imgWest Palm Beach police are sweeping Bear Lakes Middle School because they are investigating an incident that appears to involve a prank phone call.The school is currently under a code yellow lockdown, which means no one is allowed to leave the campus, but classes are in session as normal.A spokesperson for the School District of Palm Beach County said police were not able to find anything, but the search continues.The lockdown is expected to be lifted soon.last_img

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More participants for INSPORTS’ Primary Champs

first_imgWith the start of the new school term, preparations are underway for the 37th annual Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary School Athletics Championship to be held from May 10-13 at the National Stadium. Over 90 primary schools across the island, with the exception of the parishes St Ann, Trelawny, and Westmoreland, are expected to participate. While last year’s championship had close to 4,500 children competing, the state agency expects a six to ten per cent increase in this year’s young athletes. The INSPORTS Primary Championships will be staged across four classes for boys and girls. Portmore-based Naggo Head Primary, which is coached by Floyd Coke, are the reigning champions, having won for four consecutive years. Naggo Head, the second most successful team in the history of the competition, behind 10-time champions Waterford, is expected to face stiff competition from last year’s runners-up, Southborough Primary, whose Brianna Lyston was Top Girl in last year’s competition. Third-place finishers Rousseau Primary will also seek to win the title in the competition. Black River Primary had the Top Boy last year – Bauwahijgie Nkummrie. EARLY PREPARATION Rudolph Barnes, assistant national sports coordinator, said the championship aligns with their objectives. “This competition is in keeping with our mandate to improve sports from the grassroots level. Many champions start here and are discovered through this competition,” he said. Barnes further stated that the INSPORTS-run competition prepares athletes for national competition from a young age. “Our participants are six to 12 years old and are competing at the National Stadium. We host this competition at a national venue so, in this way, our young participants are being primed for competing in increasingly advanced capacities.”last_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgIn commemoration of the International Dignity Day at the True Vine Institute in Caldwell on Wednesday 21 October 2015 by Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP), we noticed that our traditional practice of collectivism is eroding as we now practice a culture of Individualism. At our outreach programme in Caldwell, we also noticed that often, very little time is dedicated to skills development.The international donor community is keen to assist with design school curriculum necessary to improve education but few are willing to provide teachers with scholarships that would train them to teach. The need to treat each other with respect and dignity is known but our school curriculum does not include this component in its elective.Our position is that young people are often not given the opportunity to develop the skills needed for a peaceful and violence free environment. In post conflict environments like Liberia, Child friendly school environment that embodies communication, friendship and understanding are important for growth and development. Educating young people on human dignity, of course, goes beyond just repudiating western models. It should tap into local knowledge and getting to understand the social values of our society. What makes us respectful, loving, caring, happy and peaceful people inspite of the limitations of our development?It is also our position that the enthronement of a culture of collectivism among young people should be encouraged and followed by a weaning of the youth off its culture of dependence on others and spirit of entitlement. The Government of Liberia should foster an environment that would pave the way to a functional education programmes for young people in Liberia. Young people must be self-reliant. Above all, for young people to meet the demands of the new world order they must not only be educated to the extent that their potentials could be unleashed, they must be tolerant, respectful and friendly.Last week 24 October was the UN Day and it was celebrated globally to mark the UN 70th anniversary. In his acceptance speech as President of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft said in his new commitment to action: “Today’s decision makers must acknowledge that 2015 is a time to make a new commitment to action for the sake of generations to come….” Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia echoes the sentiments of Mr. Lykketoft and call on everyone to act on behalf of future generations and promote human dignity by investing in human social security. The path out of violence is respect for and tolerance to each other. Until next week when we continue with our dialogue, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Five Star Boxing Academy in Richmond for Pre Nationals Provincial team training camp

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Boxers of the Five Star Boxing Academy are in Richmond for the Pre Nationals Provincial team training camp.Brayden Sims, Lincoln Pomeroy, and Nick Young are participating at the camp from March 18 to the 22.According to Five Star Coach, Justin Donally, the camp consists of sparring, technical training, mental training and athlete performance testing.- Advertisement -Over 50 provincial team athletes and coaches from all over the Province are at the camp.last_img

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Massive game against Spartak, says Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during their match against Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 25, 2017LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has emphasised the importance of the Reds’ UEFA Champions League Group E clash with Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night.The Merseyside club are sitting top of their group with one game left before the last-16 stage. They lead second-placed Sevilla by one point, while Spartak are three points behind Liverpool. A draw would secure their place in the knockout stage, and a win would see them qualify in first position. However, losing could see Klopp’s men knocked into the Europa League.“We have a very important job to do tonight – and that means all of us connected with Liverpool Football Club. Players of course, but also staff, supporters certainly, and yes me as the manager,” Klopp wrote in This is Anfield.“So much hard work culminates in what happens over this coming 90 minutes, and I don’t say this to make pressure or worry – I say this because it is our situation.“At full-time we will either be able to enjoy and celebrate reaching the knockout stages of this amazing competition or our involvement in the Champions League will be over for another season. This is what is at stake this evening and we all recognise there is a very big task in front of us.“Again: this is not about pressure – this is about opportunity. I want everyone inside Anfield with a beating red heart to embrace this opportunity.“We have done so before. We did it in the final game of last season when we knew we had to beat Middlesbrough to qualify for the Champions League. We did it back in August against Hoffenheim when we needed to reach the actual group stages. And tonight there is another big job to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Newcastle v Arsenal team news: Ozil OUT for Gunners, key Mapgies man back

first_img1 Mesut Ozil Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has picked up a slight knee injury and will not feature against Newcastle on Saturday.The World Cup-winning midfielder was one of three changes to Arsene Wenger’s side for the lunchtime trip to St James’ Park, with Callum Chambers and Olivier Giroud also out of the XI which started the goalless draw with Liverpool on Monday.Chambers and Giroud dropped to the bench, with Laurent Koscielny back at the heart of defence after recovering from a back injury and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott getting the nod from the start.Newcastle boss Steve McClaren also made three changes from the side which began last weekend’s goalless draw at Manchester United.Moussa Sissoko returns after missing the last two games with a groin injury, while Daryl Janmaat is restored after serving a one-game suspension, and new signing Florian Thauvin is handed his full Premier League debut.Ayoze Perez, Gabriel Obertan and Steven Taylor make way, with the trio among the Magpies’ substitutes.Newcastle team: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Colback, Anita, Thauvin, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Mitrovic. Subs: Cisse, De Jong, Obertan, Perez, Tiote, Darlow, Taylor.Arsenal team: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott. Subs: Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Giroud, Ospina, Chambers, Campbell.last_img read more

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LADIES GAA: MILFORD BOW OUT OF ULSTER, EUNAN’S AND MICHAEL’S TO MEET IN FINALS

first_imgDONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS: Tesco Ulster Championship Semi-Final Result – Donaghamoyne 5-15 Milford 2-6 and so Milford bow out of the Ulster series. Still County Champions so well done on your achievements this year.BATTLE OF THE SAINTS… St Eunans will play St Michaels in the County Minor Final after beating Four Masters today. St Eunans 4-5 Four Masters 2-3.SAINTS MARCH ON… St Michaels have secured a place in the County Minor Final after beating Naomh Mhuire. St Michaels 3-7 Naomh Mhuire 2-6    LADIES GAA: MILFORD BOW OUT OF ULSTER, EUNAN’S AND MICHAEL’S TO MEET IN FINALS was last modified: October 21st, 2012 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)last_img read more

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BUNCRANA GAA CLUB LANDS ULSTER SCOR NA nOG TITLE!

first_imgULSTER Champions: BuncranaThe wonderful kids from Buncrana CLG have won the Ulster final of Scór Na nÓg in Armagh.The team was the sole representatives of Donegal left in the competition and they did themselves, the town and indeed the country proud!The Buncrana team were competing in the Léiriú section of the competition with their drama, Iona, based on Saint Columba’s arrival on the island. They will now go forward to the All-Ireland finals, which are being held in Castlebar in March. Club Scor Officer, Sinead McLaughlin was delighted with the result. “The acting on the night was excellent throughout, with great music, song and dance. The judges said ‘it was entertaining from start to finish’ and I totally agree with their judgement. The kids and Patricia put in a great deal of work preparing for this competition and I’m so proud of them.”The play was written and directed by Patricia Doherty Tinney and the judges commended her on a truly original and quality presentation. Mention was also given in the adjudication to the tin whistle playing of Noeleen Doherty which helped portray the dramatic effect in the story.This is a great achievement for Buncrana GAA as the club is relatively new to participating in Scór Na nÓg. The club and the team are looking forward now to the national final and hope to take an All-Ireland of a different kind back home to Donegal!The winning team are pictured here with Ulster GAA president, Martin McAviney. Front row L to R: Shannon Doherty, Annie Powell, Martin McAviney, President Ulster GAA, Emer Grant, and Naomi Mc Laughlin. Back row L to R: Liam Coyle, Aoife Lennon, Dylan Cuffe and Adrian McMyler. BUNCRANA GAA CLUB LANDS ULSTER SCOR NA nOG TITLE! was last modified: January 26th, 2014 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) Tags:buncranaScor na nOgUlster titlelast_img read more

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