Despite ending the Premier League season on a barren run of 24 League games without a goal, Kelechi Iheanacho says he is not under pressure to perform for the Super Eagles ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt.The Leicester City midfielder was recalled back to the Super Eagles squad having been left out of Gernot Rohr’s squad in March.The 22 year old last scored for Leicester City in September against Huddersfield.“I am relaxed, just being focused and ready for the task ahead,” he was quoted in a report on Leicester City Mercury.“I will be in camp hopefully, to start preparations for AFCON proper.”“I am not under any pressure to deliver.“I have been scoring goals for the Super Eagles and I want to score more.”“There are drought times for every striker and I am not an exemption but I will keep my head up, stay focused, determined and ready for the task ahead.“My critics always spur me to do more, I have nothing to say about that. I just want to stay focused on my set goals and be professional to the core.”
At this point in the season, even moderate collegiate hoops fans are aware of the studs and standouts in NCAA basketball; however, one of the more beautiful aspects of the Big Dance are the little-known players that end up creating special, lasting memories.Kentucky, the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, and the No. 4 seed Louisville Cardinals are both primed to meet some of these lesser-known players that have potential to surprise and maybe even have a helping hand in upsetting a higher seed.Here are some of those players, starting in the Midwest Region: Emmy Andujar, Manhattan — Barring a Hampton victory in the play-in game between Manhattan and the Pirates, Emmy Andujar is a name you might want to remember if you’re on the UK bandwagon. Andujar is the Jaspers’ leading scorer and rebounder at 16.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, respectively. The 6’6″, 205-pound senior forward isn’t the biggest at his position by any means, especially matched up against any of Kentucky’s bigs, but he’s savvy. As you can see below, Andujar does a good job of playing bigger than his height, as he takes a much taller defender off the dribble and to the rack, drawing a foul in the process.Emmy Andujar with an incredible finish. Justin Moss, Buffalo — Here’s a name UK fans might actually be familiar with. Moss is Buffalo’s leading scorer and rebounder at 17.7 and 9.2 per game, respectively, and he’s been known for some of his acrobatic dunks, as seen below in an early-season meeting with UK. Moss totaled just 8 points and 6 rebounds against the Cats in the Bulls’ 71-52 loss, but he may very well give West Virginia (Round 2) and Maryland (possible Round 3) fits.What a dunk by Buffalo! Alec Peters, Valparaiso — Peters, matched up against Melo Trimble and No. 4 seed Maryland in the second round, is a flat-out scorer/shooter. He boasts averages of 22 points per 40 minutes on 49 percent shooting. He averages 2.4 three-point makes per game and shoots it at a 46-percent clip. He’s not just shooter, either. He can get to the rim with his 6’9″ frame, as the video below depicts. Peters and Valpo have a decent shot at upsetting No. 4 Maryland in the second round. Depending on the winner of West Virginia/Buffalo, Peters might get a shot at UK, too.Alec Peters Clutch Layup for ValparaisoHere are three players in U of L’s East Region: Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa — UNI has been ranked in the Top 25 for some time now, but I’m not sure many people can name one, if any, players on the roster. Here’s the one you need to know. Tuttle is a crafty 6’8″ forward who may very well be matched up against Montrezl Harrell and U of L in the third round. He averages 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and has put up five double-doubles this season and a handful of lines near that mark. In the video embedded below, you’ll see he also has the ability to guard on the perimeter and handle the ball.Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle with the steal and slam Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming — Nance Jr. may be one of the most exciting players in the field. Son of former NBA-er Larry Nance, his explosive dunks have put the nation on notice (see below). He’s all of 6’8″ and a load at 235 lbs. He averages 16.1 and 7.2 points and rebounds per game, respectively. He can score in a variety of ways while shooting 51 percent from the field, too. If Wyoming can complete an upset of UNI in the second round and U of L moves on as well, a Harrell-Nance matchup may be one of the best college basketball has seen this season.Larry Nance, Jr. Ride ’em Cowboy… LaDontae Henton, Providence — Henton and the No. 6 seed Friars will meet the winner of the No. 11 seed play-in game between Dayton and Boise State, and there’s no doubting that Henton will perform. He averages 19.7 points per game on 45 percent shooting, and the senior’s scored at least 13 points per game in each of his four seasons at Providence. He has the potential to be shut down, as UK did earlier in the season (1-8, 3 points), but he’s only scored less than double-figures in four games total this season. Here he is scoring 38 against Notre Dame in November:LaDontae Henton All 38 vs. Notre Dame
MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Allan Border said on Tuesday he cannot even imagine the prospect of hosting this year’s Twenty20 World Cup at empty stadiums due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health crisis, which has prompted travel restrictions and quarantine periods in countries around the world, has clouded the outlook for the format’s flagship tournament, which is scheduled to begin in Geelong on Oct. 18.The idea of playing in empty stadiums to give cricket-starved fans live action on television has found some backing but the 64-year-old Border is not a fan of the concept, especially for a World Cup.“I just can’t imagine playing at empty stadiums … it defies belief,” he told Fox Sports News. “Having teams, support staff and everyone else associated with the game wandering around the country, playing games of cricket, but you can’t let people into the grounds. I just can’t see it happening.“It’s either you play it and everyone just gets on with the job and we’re past this pandemic.“Or it just has to be cancelled and you try to fit it in somewhere else,” said Border, who led Australia to their first 50-overs World Cup victory in 1987. The virus has so far infected about 6,400 Australians and led to 61 deaths.All-rounder Glenn Maxwell expressed similar sentiments at the weekend.“It’s going to be hard for us to justify having a World Cup when we can’t get people into the grounds,” Maxwell told ABC Grandstand. “So I can’t see it happening in the near future.”The governing International Cricket Council and local organisers are working on contingency plans but expect the tournament to go ahead as planned.