Cameroon bank on Ekambi in Nigeria clash

first_img0Shares0000Cameroon forward Karl Toko Ekambi (L) attacks against Guinea-Bissau at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jul 4 – Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf wants forward Karl Toko Ekambi to rediscover his La Liga form when they meet Nigeria on Saturday in an Africa Cup of Nations last-16 blockbuster in Egypt.Ekambi was the leading Villarreal scorer in the Spanish top flight last season with 10 goals, but has failed to find the net for the Indomitable Lions in three group matches. Seedorf tried various attack combinations, all including Ekambi, but after a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau, the defending champions were held to 0-0 draws by Ghana and Benin.Former Dutch star Seedorf deflected media criticism away from his misfiring forwards, saying: “Sometimes teams do not score for weeks and forwards do not score for months.”“Karl and the other forwards have to improve a few details, be smarter and create more chances,” added the four-time UEFA Champions League winner.“We pushed forward in each group game, we introduced attacking players off the bench, but we dare not try crazy stuff. We have to respect our opponents.”Here, AFP Sport looks at the Saturday matches with the clash of Cameroon and Nigeria in Alexandria too close to call, while hosts Egypt are expected to defeat South Africa in Cairo.Cameroon v NigeriaNigeria forward Odion Ighalo (L) in action during a shock Africa Cup of Nations loss to Madagascar in Egypt © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEIn 2004, the last time Cameroon were Cup of Nations defending champions, they were eliminated in the first knockout round by Nigeria.The great rivals have met six times in the biennial tournament, including three finals that Cameroon won, one after a penalty shootout.Only once did more than one goal separate the sides and the latest episode at the 20,000-seat Alexandria Stadium looks evenly balanced.After single-goal victories over Burundi and Guinea, Nigeria came a cropper against minnows Madagascar, losing 2-0 to finish second in the group and get tougher last-16 opponents.Captain and former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel put a positive spin on the setback, saying: “It is better this (losing) happened now than in the knockout stages.”Egypt v South AfricaUnlike the showdown between Cameroon and Nigeria, this match appears easy to call with record seven-time champions Egypt overwhelming favourites to defeat poorly performing South Africa.While the Pharaohs won all three group games without conceding a goal, Bafana Bafana (The Boys) sneaked into the last 16 as the lowest of the best four third-place qualifiers.Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah and Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan have been constant threats in attack for Egypt while Aston Villa right-back Ahmed Elmohamady netted twice.In stark contrast, South Africa did not have a single goal attempt on target in losses against the Ivory Coast and Morocco.But South Africa coach Stuart Baxter sees a glimmer of hope, telling reporters: “If we can improve our attacking game by 10 to 15 percent, we will give Egypt problems.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

13 questions the 2019 NFL season will answer, from the Browns to Mahomes

first_imgAs a new season dawns, a full slate of questions looms. We do our best educated guessing so you don’t have to.Are the Cleveland Browns for real?Even though the NFL national media are going ga-ga over the Browns’ resurgence, we reserve the right to be exceedingly skeptical. Do you remember the last time they won a playoff game? It was 1994. Remember who their coach was? Bill Belichick. Remember who they beat? Try the New England Patriots. Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield notwithstanding, …last_img read more

A Practical Guide to Working with Light Stands on Set

first_imgLight stands are priceless assets on any set. With the right stand for the job, you can create a safe and effective working environment.Cover image via Shutterstock.Different projects call for different light stands. The team at Grip Tips has created a series all about the standard light stands you’ll see on most any independent film set. Let’s take a look at how to effectively use each type.Standard Light StandsMost of us are familiar with these standard aluminum light stands that come with most kits. While they usually get the job done, they can easily break or deteriorate over time. It’s always a great idea to upgrade standard stands for something more robust. A poorly built light stand that you can’t raise to its full height can slow down the workflow on set. By investing in high-quality equipment, you can avoid this headache in the future.Preemie StandsA preemie baby stand is a sturdy replacement for your standard light stand. These stands weigh around 5lbs and can typically rise up to six feet and support up to 25lbs. In situations wherein your standard light stands may fail, the preemie stand will excel. If you take good care of them, these stands can last most of your career.Low Boy StandsYour low boy stands are the perfect solution when you need to mount a light a little bit lower — they’re also commonly used with a slider, like a Dana Dolly or a rhino slider. These stands can hold over 70lbs. and are more rigid than a preemie stand.Beefy Baby StandsBeefy baby stands are your next step up in the world of light stands. Although heavy and harder to transport, these stands feature a much higher build quality than a preemie stand or a standard light stand. As replacements for your standard light stand, these offer far more features. Beefy baby stands feature a steel/aluminum construction, and they typically support up to 22lbs, raise up to 12 feet, and feature a ⅝” baby pin (hence the term “baby stand”). These beefy baby stands will accommodate most lights up to a 2K fresnel and smaller HMIs like a Joker 800. Most importantly, they will endure the toughest working conditions.Combo StandsCombo, or junior stands, are the robust bigger brothers of the baby stands. These stands feature a much higher weight capacity — up to 70lbs. Combo/junior stands accommodate larger light fixtures, like a M18 or an ARRI Skypanel. They also are capable of many other duties beyond holding lights. Unlike baby stands, these stands feature a junior pin receiver to help support the added weight from the larger lights.C-StandsC-Stands actually warrant their own blog post. They are the most versatile of any stand on set. They can hold a light, support a bounce board, or organize clothing in wardrobe. If you don’t already own a C-stand, I would thoroughly recommend picking one up and getting used to its functionality, as you will see this stand on all professional sets.Understanding the correct stands to use on a film set can save time and create safer working conditions for everyone. Knowing the difference between all the different stands will also help you to select the right tool on set.last_img read more

Kharghar police hunt for conman who targets builders

first_imgA conman who is on bail in a June 2018 case appears to have got back to doing what he is best at: cheating builders.Kharghar police are on the lookout for a Milind Lavate, who cheated a Pune builder of ₹31.5 lakh, promising him a bank loan of Rs. 100 crore for his project.In June 2018, Mumbai police had arrested Mr. Lavate on charges of cheating various builders by promising them hefty loans for their projects. The accused was on bail in that case.According to police, he impersonated as a senior bureaucrat and moved around in high-end cars bearing VIP passes and fake stickers of government departments.Mr. Lavate has finished Class XII and had earlier worked as a loan processing agent for a private bank from where he got the idea of cheating people in the name of offering hefty loans.In the case registered with the Kharghar police, Naresh Agrawal (50), a builder from Hadapsar, Pune, wanted to construct a building on a 250-acre lot in Solapur. In 2017, he had met one Suraj Singh from the construction fraternity, who told him he could help him get a loan and introduced him to Mr. Lavate.Mr. Agarwal met Mr Lavate, who claimed to be the owner of Paryay Finances, at Hotel Three Star wherein Mr. Lavate asked him for ₹10.5 lakh as fees, which he paid. Later, Mr. Lavate demanded ₹15 lakh and then ₹6 lakh as processing fees.Many months later, Mr. Agarwal asked Mr. Lavate to pay back the money, following which he gave him a cheque which bounced.Mr. Agarwal also contacted Mr. Singh, but met with no success. He then registered a case with the Kharghar police. “We are on the lookout for the accused, who was not available at his residence. The Mumbai police has more than 30 cases against him,” said police inspector Mahesh Patil from Kharghar police station.last_img read more

Bucks-Celtics, Warriors-Rockets ready for crucial Game 4s

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “He’s close,” Stevens said.That would seem like a strong hint.A look at Monday’s games:BUCKS AT CELTICSMilwaukee leads 2-1. Game 4, 7 p.m. EDT, TNT.NEED TO KNOW: The Bucks are 3-0 on the road in the playoffs and have averaged 123 points in those games — plus are shooting 51 percent away from home, the best in the league so far in the postseason. Giannis Antetokounmpo was his typical brilliant self in Game 3, finishing with 32 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. The Celtics and Warriors are going to be looking for more from their star guards in Game 4.Boston’s Kyrie Irving was 8 for 22 from the floor in the Celtics’ Game 3 loss. Golden State’s Stephen Curry — playing with fingers taped together on his left hand following a dislocation of his middle finger — was 7 for 23 in the Warriors’ Game 3 loss, and was almost universally mocked on social media after missing a dunk in the final seconds.“I want to shoot the ball better, and that’s going to happen,” Curry said.A big boost for Boston could come from Marcus Smart, who hasn’t played in a month and has yet to appear in these playoffs after a left oblique tear. Smart practiced on Sunday and has been cleared for contact, though no determination for his Game 4 availability has been officially made.“I’m close,” Smart told reporters Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT INJURY WATCH: Smart being close is obviously a good sign for the Celtics. Milwaukee will still be without Malcolm Brogdon in Game 4, just as it has throughout the entirety of these playoffs, but he’s also getting close to a return.KEEP AN EYE ON: Irving. He got to the foul line 12 times in Game 3, which was a plus for Boston, but he’s still shooting just 30% (12 for 40) in his last two games. He’s played in three consecutive postseason losses only once, and the Celtics need it to stay that way.PRESSURE IS ON: Perhaps oddly, the Bucks. Even though they have the likely MVP, the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs and the home-court edge regardless of Monday’s result, a best-of-three against Irving, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Stevens — particularly if Smart comes back — should be avoided if at all possible.WARRIORS AT ROCKETS SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Golden State leads 2-1. Game 4, 9:30 p.m. EDT, TNT.NEED TO KNOW: The Warriors expect Curry to bounce back after struggling in Game 3. “He’s just really competitive and he gets locked in and he gets a little big angry and he comes out with a lot of focus and a lot of fight,” coach Steve Kerr said.INJURY WATCH: Houston reserve Danuel House, who missed Saturday’s game, is questionable for Game 4 because of a toe injury. For the Warriors, Kerr said Saturday that Damian Jones, who tore a pectoral muscle in the beginning of December, might be cleared for contact practices next week and could return if the Warriors advance. Kerr added that center DeMarcus Cousins, who injured a quadriceps muscle in the first round, has made marked progress and could also play this postseason. “He’s come a pretty long way,” Kerr said.KEEP AN EYE ON: The first quarter. The Warriors outscored Houston 57-39 combined in the first quarters of Games 1 and 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Rockets fared better in Saturday’s win and they trailed by a single point at the end of a first quarter where Eric Gordon scored seven points and Clint Capela added six.PRESSURE IS ON: James Harden. Last year’s MVP has led the Rockets in scoring in each game of the series, capped by Saturday’s 41-point performance, but will need to keep it up if the Rockets hope to even the series before heading back to California for Game 5. Harden has been plagued by criticism in the playoffs in the past few years as Houston has been unable to get past the Warriors, losing to them in the postseason in three of the last four seasons. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WNBA star Tina Charles adds filmmaker to her resume View comments Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving during the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The scenario is simple right now for Milwaukee and Golden State: Win a road game on Monday, go home toting a 3-1 series lead and be one win away from a spot in the NBA’s version of the Final Four.The scenario is equally simple for Boston and Houston: Win a home game on Monday, or else.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Top-seeded Milwaukee leads fourth-seeded Boston 2-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series, and top-seeded Golden State leads fourth-seeded Houston 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal. The Celtics and the Rockets host Game 4s, knowing a win will earn them a berth in what becomes a best-of-three showdown and knowing a loss places them squarely on the abyss that overlooks elimination.“It’s a great opportunity to respond,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBoston had the home-court edge over Milwaukee, then gave it back with a loss on Friday night. Houston was a bounce or two away from getting into the most-dreaded 3-0 hole against Golden State, then rallied to win Game 3 on Saturday night and keep realistic hope alive against the two-time defending NBA champions.“Every game is a must win for us, and we have to play like that,” said Houston’s P.J. Tucker, who made a slew of key effort plays to help the Rockets survive Game 3. “Every single possession, we have to fight for the ball, fight for everything the entire game.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more