Man Utd legend explains why he has ‘no doubt’ Odion Ighalo will be a success

first_img Ighalo scored 40 goals in 100 appearances for Watford during a three-year spell in the Championship and Premier League, and Cole believes that this experience will prove vital. “He’s got Premier League experience from his time at Watford, he did well there,” Cole said. “He made the move to China but he’s coming back to England and will give everything he’s got. “Being a Manchester United fan, he will want to prove that he’s good enough for the club.” Ighalo spearheading the attack in the number nine role could also help in the development of Martial, 24, and Rashford, 22, as he can offer advice to his younger team-mates. “I think more in Martial’s case, as he’s been more of a centre-forward,” Cole added. Read Also:How ex- Eagles coach, Fatai Amoo discovered Odion Ighalo “Marcus isn’t a natural centre-forward. You can learn off experienced players but not being that kind of natural centre-forward yourself, I think Marcus’ case is a little bit different.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The former Nigeria striker moved to Old Trafford on a six-month loan deal from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua to bolster the United forward line. Marcus Rashford – the Red Devils’ top-scorer this season with 19 goals – suffered a back injury in January that is expected to keep him out for two months, leaving Anthony Martial and youngster Mason Greenwood as United’s only fit strikers. As such, 30-year-old Ighalo was recruited on the January transfer window deadline day, having last played in the Premier League for Watford in 2017. And Cole, who scored 121 goals for United, believes that Ighalo will bring a new dimension to his former side’s attack. “That’s what we are hoping for”, Cole told Goal, “There are no doubts that he will do just that.” “He is a big supporter of the football club, he’s a fan. He wants to come here and do what he can for Manchester United, play to the best of his ability.” Former Manchester United forward Andy Cole believes January loan signing Odion Ighalo will be out to show that he is good enough to play for the club he grew up supporting. Promoted ContentThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History10 Most Praised Historical MoviesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Largest Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

A flame, a look, one of the Olympics’ most powerful moments

first_img Associated Press Television News First Published: 14th August, 2020 07:15 IST Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 07:15 IST A Flame, A Look, One Of The Olympics’ Most Powerful Moments Less than 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, at a secretive midnight practice run, Janet Evans finally got the word LIVE TV With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Muhammad Ali provided the greatest moment before the competition even began.Less than 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, at a secretive midnight practice run, Janet Evans finally got the word.She’d be passing off the flame to The Greatest.Muhammad Ali.It would become one of the most chilling, eyes-watering moments in Olympic history — Ali, emerging slowly from the darkness into the light of Atlanta’s 85,000-seat stadium, his left arm shaking from the ravages of Parkinson’s disease but his eyes bright, proudly holding the torch aloft before delivering the spark that officially launched the 1996 Summer Games.The competition had not even started, but those Olympics already had their signature image.“There was this moment, as the flame was being passed, I will never forget the look in his eyes,” Evans recalled this week in an interview with The Associated Press. “You could feel it. It was so meaningful to him. You could just see it in his eyes. It didn’t take any words.”Ali won a boxing gold at the 1960 Rome Games and then, as the story goes, he threw his medal in the Ohio River after facing intense racism upon his return home.Whether that was true or not, the Atlanta Games made it clear Ali always felt a sense of pride in his Olympic accomplishments, which launched a remarkable life that saw him become a three-time heavyweight champion, a renowned humanitarian, a warrior for social justice and, ultimately, one of the world’s most popular, recognizable figures.After Ali’s death in 2016, two banners flanked his coffin at his funeral service.The American flag. And the Olympic flag.“That evening in Atlanta was clearly meaningful to him in so many ways,” Evans said. “It was also meaningful to the Olympic movement and what the Olympics represents for me. It was — outside of my family, of course — the greatest moment of my life.”For Evans, that’s saying something. She is one of the best distance swimmers in Olympic history, a four-time gold medalist whose competitive career ended unceremoniously with ninth- and sixth-place finishes in Atlanta.But she learned a far greater lesson at the opening ceremony — not just from Ali, but from all those athletes cheering her on as she lugged the flame around the track and then climbed a ramp to deliver it to The Greatest.“I finally realized there was more to the Olympics than just collecting gold medals,” she said. “I had this epiphany. It was like, ‘Hey, this is bigger than medals. This is bigger than winning.’ Not many win, but so many are inspired by the games.”These days, Evans is still a big part of the Olympic movement. When the Summer Games return to the United States for the first time since Atlanta in 2028, she’ll be there as the chief athlete officer, trying to ensure that those who compete in Los Angeles have the best possible experience.If anyone asks, she’ll gladly tell them about that night in Atlanta.“I’m always, always happy to talk about lighting the cauldron,” Evans said, her voice rising with excitement. “That day, that moment in the history of the games, it still speaks to people. It’s still very important. And it will always be a big part of my life.”TRAGEDY IN THE PARKMidway through the games, tragedy struck when a bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park, a 21-acre expanse in the heart of downtown Atlanta which was constructed to serve as a gathering spot for fans and a lasting legacy to the city.One person was killed by the blast, another died later from a heart attack, and more than 100 people were injured.Suspicion initially focused on security guard Richard Jewell, who was subject of intense media scrutiny before the FBI cleared him of any wrongdoing several months later.Investigators eventually captured Eric Rudolph, who pleaded guilty and is serving a term of life without parole at the federal government’s highest-security prison.The park bombing led to heightened security for the remainder of the Atlanta Games and forced future host cities to also impose far stricter measures, which significantly drove up costs.SUMMER OF WOMENRoughly a generation after the passage of Title IX, which significantly increased opportunities for female athletes in the U.S., the progress toward gender equity was on full display in Atlanta.The American women captured team gold medals in gymnastics, basketball, soccer and softball, helping the host nation lead the medal table for the first time at a non-boycotted games since 1968.The gymnastics team, known as the Magnificent Seven, wrapped up its victory when Kerri Strug pulled off her final vault on an injured ankle. She had to be carried to the medal podium by coach Béla Károlyi.GLITCH GAMESThe 17-day event was marred by organizational problems and complaints of excessive commercialization.Bus drivers, many brought in from other cities, struggled to find their way on Atlanta’s jumble of roads and interstate highways.As the last host city to rely mainly on private funding, Atlanta faced griping that its commercial backers made the event look more like a tacky county fair than the Summer Olympics.The criticism would soften in the years to come as other countries relied on exorbitant public funding to stage the games., leaving huge bills for taxpayers.STARS OF THE TRACKIn addition to the opening ceremony, Centennial Olympic Stadium was the site of some of the game’s most iconic sporting moments on the track.Canada’s Donovan Bailey blazed to a world-record victory in the 100-meter dash. Running in gold shoes, Michael Johnson of the U.S. swept the 200 and 400 — shattering the 200 world record with a time (19.32) that would stand for more than a dozen years. France’s Marie-José Pérec pulled off the same 200-400 double on the women’s side. American Carl Lewis wrapped up his brilliant Olympic career with a fourth straight gold in the long jump.On the last day of the games, Josia Thugwane became the first black South African to win gold for his country when he crossed the line just 3 seconds ahead of South Korea’s Lee Bong-Ju — the closest finish in Olympic marathon history.NEW SPORTSThe Olympic program took on a hipper vibe with the introduction of beach volleyball and mountain biking.“My sport was relatively unknown and a lot of people would not have guessed that women were doing it,” remembered Susan Mattei, an American who took bronze in the inaugural women’s mountain bike race. “I definitely felt like the luckiest kid on the block.”Softball and women’s soccer also made their Olympics, though neither was actually played in the host city. Softball was held in Columbus, about 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, while the soccer team played in several U.S. cities before finishing up at Sanford Stadium in Athens, some 75 miles to the east and best known as the football home of the Georgia Bulldogs.Payne also wanted to add golf to the program, proposing that it be played at the Augusta National Golf Club. But the home of the Masters came under fire for its exclusionary membership policies and the idea was dropped; it wasn’t until 2016 that golf returned to the Summer Games.Image credits: AP COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Jamaica Tourist Board Thanks Diaspora for its Support in Marketing Jamaica

first_imgPhilip Rose, JTB’s Regional Director, Northeast USA (right) and Marcia Sinclair, JTB’s District Sales Manager, Northeast USA (2nd right) pose with Jamaica Travel Specialist Kim Morrison, Unique Weddings & Tours and Movia Howell, Busines Development Manager. KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) recently hosted a luncheon for key members of the Diaspora, thanking them for their role as ambassadors in promoting the destination.JTB’s Regional Director for the Northeast USA, Philip Rose and District Sales Manager Marcia Sinclair, met with the representatives as part of an overall effort towards strengthening and deepening its relationship with the Diaspora, which has been key to the JTB’s marketing and promotional efforts.TB’s Philip Rose, Regional Director, Northeast USA (fifth right) and Marcia Sinclair, District Sales Manager, Northeast USA (fifth left) pose with members of the Diaspora following a luncheon at the Consulate General of Jamaica.Mr. Rose expressed his gratitude to the Diaspora for their role in helping to make the Northeast the top market for Jamaica’s stopover arrivals for the first half of 2019. He urged for greater collaboration especially in the sharing of resources, while reiterating the JTB’s commitment to the Diaspora and their role in the success of the destination.Representatives from the Campari Group, owners of J. Wray & Nephew Ltd outlined a number of initiatives currently in the pipeline which will target second and third-generation millennials from the Diaspora. One such effort is through the Wray & Nephew Foundation which provides scholarships and mentorships for talented young mixologists.last_img read more

Ranking Michael Jordan’s 15 most iconic basketball moments

first_imgMORE: The greatest MJ game you definitely don’t rememberJordan’s impact went beyond those games, however. He was an icon — and his basketball career was filled with iconic moments.Sporting News’ staff voted on the 15 most iconic Jordan moments. Here is what we came up with …Michael Jordan’s 15 most iconic moments15. The blockWhen:  Jan. 4, 2002Yes, Jordan spent two seasons with the Wizards. In the final minute against the Bulls, Jordan’s shot was blocked by Ron Artest. Jordan ran the length of the floor to track down Ron Mercer. He didn’t just block the layup. He snatched the ball out of the air with both hands, then slammed it into the backboard. Not bad for a 38-year-old.14. The fist pumpWhen:  June 1, 1997The Bulls and Jazz were tied at 82 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Jordan dribbled out the final seconds before launching a jumper over Bryon Russell on the left wing. The shot went in, and Jordan celebrated with a simple fist pump before being mobbed by teammates.It wouldn’t be the only time he victimized Russell.13. “I’m back”When: March 18, 1995  Jordan retired in 1993 a few months after his father died, and he played minor-league baseball for the White Sox organization. That changed on a Saturday, when Jordan sent a simple fax to the Bulls before making his return to basketball. That would lead to Chicago’s second three-peat.20 Years Ago Today: Best press release ever— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 18, 201512. The 360 layupWhen: June 2, 1989The Bulls lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pistons, but Jordan had the play of the game with a steal, save and 360 layup over Bill Laimbeer. For all the plays that defined the Bulls-Pistons rivalry, that one sticks out most.11. Eyes-closed free throwWhen:  Nov. 23, 1991In the closing seconds of a win against Denver, Jordan dedicated a free throw to Nuggets rookie Dikembe Mutombo by saying, “This one’s for you, baby.” Jordan buried the free throw with his eyes closed in a 107-100 victory.Jordan would later dunk on Mutombo and give him the famous “finger wag.”  10. Father’s DayWhen: June 16, 1996Jordan led the Bulls to their fourth NBA championship with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in an 87-75 victory against Seattle. The Game 6 win fell on Father’s Day, providing an emotional tribute to his late father, James, who was shockingly shot to death in July 1993.The image of Jordan lying on the locker-room floor with the Larry O’Brien Trophy still resonates.9. Jordan beats GeorgetownWhen: March 29, 1982Jordan hit a jumper with 17 seconds remaining to give North Carolina a 63-62 victory against Georgetown in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game, the first of many clutch shots that would define Jordan’s career.8. The foul-line dunkWhen: Feb. 6, 1988Jordan and Dominique Wilkins engaged in one of the greatest dunk contests of all time in Chicago, and it was a can-you-top-this duel for the ages. Jordan captured the trophy with a dunk from the foul line — a poster that was on most bedroom walls for a decade.7. Jordan over EwingWhen: April 30, 1991The Knicks-Bulls rivalry was epic in the 1990s. In the first round of the 1991 NBA playoffs, Jordan threw down one of his greatest dunks over Patrick Ewing in Game 3.Jordan spun around John Starks and Charles Oakley before going baseline on the 7-foot center. The rest is history.6. Jordan holds the trophyWhen:  June 12, 1991Jordan led the Bulls to the title in the 1991 NBA Finals, and the series ended in Game 5 with a 108-101 victory. Jordan broke into tears when he clutched the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time, and it’s an image that pops up in almost every Finals montage.5. The Flu Game finishWhen:  June 11, 1997The Bulls were on the road for Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, and Jordan suffered from flu-like symptoms. He still scored 38 points and led Chicago to a series-turning win against Utah.It’s the image of Jordan collapsing into Scottie Pippen’s arms in the final seconds that has stood as the defining image from “The Flu Game.”4. “A spectacular move”When:  June 5, 1991The Bulls evened the 1991 NBA Finals with a 107-86 win against the Lakers, but Jordan made the play that signified the passing of the torch.He jumped toward the basket with the ball in his right hand before switching to his left for a layup. Marv Albert’s call — “Oh! A spectacular move by Michael Jordan!” — can still be heard today. Phil Jackson’s reaction is priceless, too.3. The ShrugWhen:  June 3, 1992Jordan dominated the first half of Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals. He scored 35 points in the first 24 minutes, and that included a record six 3-pointers.After the sixth make from beyond the arc, Jordan breezed by Portland’s Cliff Robinson, looked at the announcers and shrugged. That provided another unforgettable NBA Finals image.2. “The Shot”When:  May 7, 1989With two seconds left in Game 5 of a first-round series with Cleveland, Jordan took an inbound pass from Brad Sellers, glided by Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo and fired up a game-winning shot for a 101-100 victory.The corresponding reactions — Ehlo’s fall to the ground in despair and Jordan’s high-flying celebration — have been tied together ever since. Jordan would haunt Cleveland again in 1993 in eerily similar fashion.1. Jordan’s Last ShotWhen: June 14, 1998 The Bulls trailed by one point in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, and that’s when Jordan stole the ball from Karl Malone. On the other end, Jordan crossed over Russell and made the go-ahead basket with 5.2 seconds remaining.Jordan held the pose for his final shot in a Bulls uniform, and Chicago won, 87-86, for their sixth NBA championship. Michael Jordan was introduced to a new generation when ESPN’s 10-part documentary “The Last Dance” ran on ESPN.The Bulls superstar led six NBA championship runs. He had so many big games, including a 63-point performance against the Celtics in the 1986 NBA playoffs and a 55-point outburst against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in 1995.last_img read more