Ezenwa Reveals Excitement after Ending 29-years Jinx against Egypt

first_img“I’m so excited with the win. Stopping the ball from crossing the line is my job and I’m excited I was able to do so when called into action,” Ezenwa said.The Beijing Olympic Silver medalist has now set his eyes on making the Nations Cup after helping the country qualify for the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okechukwu Ezenwa Super Eagles goalkeeper, Okechukwu Ezenwa has hailed their 2-0 victory over Egypt after coming off the bench to make his 20th appearance for the team.The 30-year-old was the hero as he produced a stunning one handed save to deny Egyptian midfielder Gaber two minutes from time before a follow-up save to also deny Kouka which drew a wide range of applause around the stadium.An excited Ezenwa told AOIFootball.com afterward that he was happy to have helped the country end their jinx over the Egyptians after a 29-year wait.last_img read more

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Blansett murder trial is scheduled to begin next week

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The murder trial of Lindsey Nicole Blansett, 33, of Wellington is scheduled to start next week. She is accused of murdering her 10-year-old son.A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. Then the process of selecting a 12-person Sumner County jury is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Trial testimony may not begin until Wednesday.Spencer said he has sent out questionnaires to potential jurors. He expects that 40 will be seated for interviews. From that pool, 12 jurors with one or two alternatives will be selected for a trial that could last longer than a week.Blansett has been charged with first degree premeditated murder and aggravated assault, both felonies after being accused of using a rock and knife multiple times to fatally wound her son, Caleb, who was a Wellington Lincoln Elementary student. He was allegedly sleeping late in the evening on Dec. 14, 2014.The state of Kansas has subpoenaed 13 trial witnesses including six from the Wellington Police Department, two from Sumner County 911, two from Cornejo/Day Funeral Home, a Wellington Fire/EMS personnel, and two physicians to testify at the trial.Also, Spencer has asked for four other additional witnesses including an expert transcriptionist, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensics and DNA analyst, a psychological evaluator and a preacher of a church that Blansett once attended.Spencer did not know if Blansett would take the stand.“That would be up to Ms. Blansett and her attorney,” Spencer said. “I’m preparing for the trial either way.”Defense Attorney Michael Brown had unsuccessfully tried to move the trial to another venue outside Sumner County because of the pretrial publicity. Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin denied his request in August and on the same day that allowed the admissibility of the 911 tape of the alleged incident. The 911 was made public less than a week later, and was played on various media outlets throughout south-central Kansas.“This was huge, because now we can select jurors, who can now say, ‘yes, I have heard the 911 tape, but I still have no preconceived notions,’” Spencer said.Blansett timeline•Blansett, a divorcee mother of two, called 911 the evening of Dec. 14 to report: “I’m never going to get out of jail, never,” and “I thought I was saving him from the pain that was coming.”Also according to the criminal complaint, she said she had decided that Caleb’s “life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight.” Blansett also had a daughter, 9, at the time who allegedly was also in the house during the alleged incident. She had divorced her husband Clint about a year earlier and was raising her two children alone in a small house on 902 West 7th Street.•After being apprehended, Blansett was held in Sumner County jail on $500,000 bound.•In late December a redacted affidavit was released to the media, in which sensitive material was removed from the public. The affidavit was filed by WPD investigator Bobby Wilson (see redacted affidavit here).Wilson said in the affidavit that on Dec. 14 the WPD was dispatched to 902 West 7th Street about a stabbing.“What Wellington EMS and Wellington Police found is the body of a 10-year-old boy that had been stabbed in his house while it appeared he had been sleeping ……I then exit the house to get two brown bags for the feet. I wanted to bag the mother’s hands and get her socks off her feet and into evidence. The socks were soaked in blood and I did not want to have her walking around with them…”The affidavit would go on to describe the interview process, the gathering of blood samples and other evidence, reading Blansett’s Miranda Rights, and some of the background leading up to the alleged murder. A significant percentage of the affidavit was blacked out.•On Jan. 8, 2015, Brown asked the judge in Sumner County District Court for a mental competency evaluation. It was agreed upon that a 90-day exam be conducted at the Larned State Security Hospital. After a couple of delays, the mental exam was conducted. A closed hearing ensued, and on May 14, McQuin ruled Blansett was competent to stand trial.•Blansett waived her right to a preliminary hearing, a proceeding typically used by the district court judge to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial. She also pled not guilty to the two felony charges of murder and aggravated assault.•Judge McQuin denied Brown’s request of a change of venue and allowed the 911 tape as admissible evidence in August.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Koke takes command

first_imgHis team kicked him out in the stretch in which he was stopped, with decisive matches in the championship. He did not play against Betis, in the last game of the year. Atlético won. Nor against Levante, in the first game of this 2020 in LaLiga, also with a rojiblanco victory. The idea is for him to play the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. He did it, got out, scored and got injured. And he had to stop against Eibar, Leganés and Real Madrid, just at the most difficult moment of the season for Atlético. Simeone could not straighten the course of a team that accused the losses and especially that of its captain. Koke takes command. The rojiblanco captain is again the player of yesteryear, a decisive footballer for the rojiblanco set. Koke works and Atlético also works. The midfielder has gone from less to more in these last meetings and in Anfield he was seen trying to play ball and take football from Atlético. In overtime he approached several times to dialogue with Cholo, a sign that right now is the extension of Simeone on the field, in the style of Gabi or Tiago. Koke received some criticism from a part of the hobby that he understood that he would not have the character or stripes to replace the previous ones..The midfielder has played 31 games this season, 22 in the LaLiga, eight in the Champions League and one in the Spanish Super Cup. He has scored three goals, two in the championship and one in the Spanish Super Cup, and given five assists. In total, he has participated directly in eight goals for Atlético. But that is already past. Koke returned and little by little returned to take control of the equipment game. For Simeone, Thomas, Saul and Koke are untouchable. Three Cholo-style players. At Anfield Koke was seen doing the work of captain. He spoke with the referee, pressed when he understood that he had made a bad decision for Atlético, kept the ball when he had to, and ran as usual. And Anfield’s meeting was not exactly one of the singles. No one doubts Koke anymore.All former Atlético players consider him to be a player who will break records at the club. He has 446 games and is the fifth footballer who has defended the red and white most often in an official match. Adelardo is the first, with 553, followed by Tomás, Collar and Aguilera. He is called to dethrone Adelardo, who has said that it would be a pride for Koke to take away his privileged position in the ranking of most games played.And all with 28 years, so he still has several seasons to play. Winner of a League, a Cup, a Spanish Super Cup, two Europa League and two European Super Cups, Koke has been climbing all the steps until he became the ideal footballer prototype at Atlético: he trained at home, went up for his teams and understands better than anyone the way of being and feeling of the rojiblancos fans.last_img read more

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