Clemson moving on without starting wide receiver; Addazio wants ‘hard-nosed’ practices

first_img Published on September 19, 2013 at 12:48 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd lost one of his favorite targets last week when Charone Peake tore his ACL in practice last Wednesday.The junior wide receiver, who’s made four career starts, had eight receptions for 84 yards in 2013. No. 3 Clemson is now down to just six scholarship wide receivers.“That’s a tough loss,” Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney said during the Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference on Wednesday. “We felt he was poised for a great year and is a great talent.”Clemson will play its first game without Peake on Thursday when the Tigers travel to Raleigh, N.C., to face North Carolina State.Swinney suggested Adam Humphries and freshman Gerome Hopper as wide receivers who could help fill the void left with Peake’s injury. Either way, the coach won’t change up the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We definitely want to run the football, but losing Charone doesn’t affect us as far as how we call the plays,” Swinney said. “With the guys that we have at tight end and receiver, we feel good about our ability to throw the football.”Addazio wants ‘hard-nosed’ practicesBoston College head coach Steve Addazio harnessed his inner Scott Shafer during the ACC coaches’ teleconference.The Eagles are off this weekend, but play No. 8 Florida State on Sept. 28, so one reporter asked Addazio how he would prepare his team this week.His response sounded like one Shafer could be using next week.Said Addazio: “We’re going to use this bye week to try to get a jump start. We started today. We’ll be working tomorrow, and then Friday is like a game week Tuesday for us. We wanted to have a really good physical, hard-nosed, first-second down, full padded, go-get-it deal on Friday, so that puts us one day up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

This is Nigeria’s Worst Ever Olympic Preparation, Says Toriola

first_imgAHEAD RIO2016Having been part of six Olympics build ups, Africa’s most decorated table tennis player, Segun Toriola, has lamented the preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, describing it as the worst ever.Toriola, 42, who will be making history in Brazil as the first African athlete to feature in seven Olympic Games insisted yesterday that he has never witnessed the kind of preparation Team Nigeria is facing since he made his debut at Barcelona ’92 in Spain. “I don’t think we ever had it so bad like this because even the last Olympics in London, by this time, we have started preparation.“It is disheartening that nobody is even telling us (athletes) what is the next thing we need to do. With this kind of shoddy preparation, I don’t think anybody should expect much from Team Nigerian athletes because most of our opponents are rounding up their preparation for the Games while we have not even started,” laments the table tennis star.Toriola said that the idea of focusing on some particular sports as area of prospect for medals was wrong.“I want our administrators to know that qualifying for the Olympics is not as easy as they think. Athletes go through qualifiers to make it to the Olympics. This is the biggest stage for every athlete and all those that have been winning Olympics medal had quality preparations. Nigerian athletes should equally be given enough support if they are to match their counterparts with quality funding ,” the former African champion reasoned.Toriola, who after nine years of playing professional in the French table tennis league is switching to the Belgian for greener pastures. After playing his last game on May 3 for Argentan, Toriola was honoured by the French club officials for meritorious service.Before dropping to second division two years ago, Argentan played in the Premiership division. Toriola led the club to a third place finish in the French second division.According to the club’s official website, “His last match at the Bayard Argentan on Tuesday evening, May 3, 2016, provided opportunities for fans to say goodbye to Segun Toriola. It was also a chance to let him know that many of his fans will follow his exploits at the Olympics in Rio.”“At 42, the sporting star bows and he has confirmed that he will remain part of us in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the home of Argentan, where he built his everyday life.”In response to the generous words from the club officials to describe his almost a decade adventure at Argentan, Toriola said the memories will live with his for life.“I cherish my last match for the club because being the only team I played for in the French league, I enjoyed every of my stay with the team. My heart will always be with them and I hope to continue to train with the club while I play in Belgium league,” concludes the longest serving Nigerian Olympian.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Liverpool star’s human side on show while representing his country

first_imgFollowing the Netherlands’ dramatic Nations League draw against Germany, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk consoled referee Ovidiu Hategan.The official’s mother is understood to have died in the build-up to the game and, when he blew the final whistle and wiped tears from his eyes, received a hug from the Dutch captain. no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Referee Ovidiu Hategan recently lost his mother. Right after the FT whistle Virgil van Dijk went towards him to comfort him, while crying. This is beautiful.— AFC Ajax 💫 (@TheEuropeanLad) November 19, 2018The Netherlands came from two goals down against Germany to snatch a late point at the Veltins-Arena.Timo Werner and Leroy Sane had given the Germans a commanding half-time lead, but Quincy Promes’ 85th-minute strike followed by Van Dijk’s thunderous volley saw Ronald Koeman’s men top Group A1. Van Dijk was the hero for the Dutch Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow Touch of class from Virgil Van Dijk for consoling the ref who lost his mum ln 🙌🏼— Адам (@adammoham_) November 20, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Van Dijk hugging the ref after the game last night because the ref had found out just before the game his mum had died. Why the hell weren’t United in for him! Not only a good defender a top bloke as well. Can’t help but like him— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) November 20, 2018 2 RANKED ADVICE REVEALED Popular Football News Captain @VirgilvDijk; leading by example 👏👏👏— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) November 20, 2018 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Virgil van Dijk consoles referee Ovidiu Hategan at full-time REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Twitter “That man broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother,” Van Dijk, who scored a 90th minute equaliser to send his nation into the Nations League semi-final.“I wished him strength and said that he had refereed well. It’s a small thing, but maybe it helps him.” The Netherlands join England, Switzerland and Portugal in the Nations League semi-finals with the draw taking place in Dublin on December 3. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 shining REPLY last_img read more