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Europe refugee crisis high on the agenda at the G20 Summit

first_imgThe EU wants to give Turkey 3.2 billion usd to keep the refugees, but this proposal Turkey has not been received favourably.A park in central Istanbul has been taken over by Afghanistan refugees. After selling all they owned to escape the threats of Taliban and ISIL insurgents back home, these people are now stuck in Turkey with little to no money to move on.The Turkish government has been helping the refugees  to the tune of 8.5 billion dollars of which only 400 million dollars was from international aid support. Turkey’s 2.2 million new “guests” have also been hurting Turkey’s economy.Turkey’s main opposition party, the CHP( Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi), says the country has lost upwards of 8 billion dollars in lost trade and plummeting tourism in the last four years.last_img

Ramsey admits to torn loyalties

first_imgNew QPR boss Chris Ramsey admits to torn loyalties after venturing into his own managerial career whilst long-term colleague Tim Sherwood took over at Aston Villa. Victory at the Stadium of Light lifted QPR out of the relegation zone and owner Tony Fernandes has said he would be “nuts” to replace Ramsey if he led the club to safety and that the job, beyond this season, is his for the taking after Fernandes initially said he had landed his “dream manager”. “I don’t really read that much of the media,” Ramsey said when asked about Fernandes’ remarks. “You get good and bad press and what you don’t want to do is start worrying what people are saying about you in the paper. “What he has said is a nice statement and it is the chance to have a very prestigious job for a long time if things go the way we want them to go. “If it is me or anyone else I would just want what is best for the club. I really do have a long way to go to be a dream manager.” Ramsey’s chances of picking up a second successive away win have been boosted by the news top goalscorer Charlie Austin is back in contention having missed the victory at Sunderland with a foot injury. But the right opportunity never arose for Sherwood – with Ramsey and Ferdinand forming part of a new back-room structure at QPR instead. The latter would soon become director of football when Harry Redknapp stepped down and it was Ramsey who he turned to as the new manager. Days later Sherwood landed the Aston Villa job as Ramsey, who takes his side to fellow strugglers Hull on Saturday, conceded it was a shame they had go their separate ways. “Not really,” he replied when asked if he had considered remaining as a loyal assistant to Sherwood. “I’m here, Les has brought me here, You always get torn loyalties but when Les has shown a lot of faith in me by presenting me to the owners. “You get torn because we worked together for the last five years developing something at Tottenham. It would have been nice for us all to stay together but football isn’t like that. “Tim knows I have a job in my own right and I know he will do a great job at Villa. We have spoken along the way and I’m really hoping things work out for him there. “Because of the way things happened, Tim got the job after I was in the this post, it wasn’t really a talking point at any stage.” Having lost all 11 away league fixtures with Redknapp at the helm, Ramsey guided the R’s to a 2-0 win at Sunderland in just his second game in charge – the first a last-gasp loss to Southampton at Loftus Road. The pair worked side by side at Tottenham and Ramsey formed part of Sherwood’s coaching staff after he was appointed as successor to Andre Villas-Boas in 2013 – with Les Ferdinand the final member of a team which had been operating as a trio for some time. Sherwood left White Hart Lane last summer and was hopeful of landing another Premier League job which would allow him to take both Ramsey and Ferdinand along to continue their working relationship. Press Associationlast_img read more

Two Men Found Dead Outside Pompano Beach CVS Store

first_imgOfficials found the bodies just before 5:30 a.m. in front of 1501 Federal Hwy., officials said.The identities have not not released, and the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the causes of the deaths. Photo courtesy: Broward County Sheriff’s Office The bodies of two men were discovered outside a CVS pharmacy in Pompano Beach on Wednesday morning, after another person reported seeing two people sleeping there.Causes of death were not immediately known. However, detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office are investigating whether the men may have overdosed.last_img

The Latest: 2nd-division players refuse to train in Spain

first_imgThe players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players want to resume earning full salaries now that they are back to training.The players practiced normally on Tuesday. The club says it is negotiating with them.The club used government furloughs to reduce its labor costs during the pandemic. Players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%.Elche was sixth in the 22-team second-division standings when the competition was suspended after 31 matches. Associated Press ___The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4.The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.The league says it hopes to serve as an example of “good practices” for the rest of the Portuguese society during the coronavirus pandemic.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go. ___The players at French rugby club Toulouse have offered to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.The players at the 20-time French champions say they told club president Bernard Lemaitre they are willing to accept “a significant decrease” in earnings. They did not give any figures regarding the amount of the proposed decrease.Lemaitre praised his players for their “spontaneous and unanimous” offer amid challenging economic times.He says it “further reinforces our motivation and our desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow.” May 13, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Players from Spanish soccer club Elche have not practiced as a protest against reduced salaries. The Latest: 2nd-division players refuse to train in Spain The French league was canceled after the government called it off late last month. The semifinals of the Top 14 league will not be played.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Olusegun Ajose: World Title Dream Still Alive

first_imgThose who thought Olusegun Ajose drew inspiration from the fact that his father was a boxer and later a coach, got it wrong. In fact, he actually wanted to be a basket baller until he was beaten up by a girl. This led him to the boxing ring. Ajose, who in 2012 lost his bid to win the WBC Light Welterweight title to Argentine Lucas Martin Mattysse has a dream of winning a world title, Kunle Adewale writes Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “My dad never planned that I should become a boxer. It was just by accident. I went to the gym one day and I was beaten up by a girl, who happened to be a boxer. I was tricked into having a sparring session with her not knowing that the girl was already into boxing and she beat me to stupor. I cried like a baby. So, two weeks later, I returned to the gym and that was how it all started,” the former Commonwealth Featherweight champion recalled.At the age of six, Ajose was already a boxer in the making. As a primary school pupil, he would go to the boxing gym to train.“During weekends, I go to the ring to train. I was doing the same till I got to secondary school. Though, along the line, I was into football too and I almost abandoned boxing for football but my father felt I was better to be a boxer than a footballer. That was how I concentrated all my efforts to boxing,” he noted.Unlike most mothers who would not want their children to have anything to do with boxing, Segun’s mum would even watch some of his bouts.Speaking further, he stated, “My mother had no choice because in the African setting, the man rules the home and since my father had given his blessing to my boxing my mother was left with little or no choice. Moreover, she was married to a boxer. She was always coming to watch my fights. When I won the Eagle belt, she was there by the ring side.”Most athletes always have people they look up to as a child and wish to emulate and Ajose is no exception. In fact he had two people as his role models.“There were two boxers I was always looking up to. One is a Nigerian, Moses James and the other, an American, Sugar Ray Leonard. James was a terrific boxer and represented Nigeria in many competitions. He won a lot of laurels for the country. He won gold for Nigeria in both the Commonwealth and African Games. He also won bronze at the World Championship. He was under the tutelage of my father for so many years. I really looked up to him and I used to visit him whenever he was in camp in preparation for national competitions.“He was a wonderful boxer. As for Sugar Ray, I love the way he boxes, dances and entertains. He did not just use power but skill and brain. He was an extraordinary boxer and I tried to combine both his style and that of James. I did not really copy them but I like to showcase my talent and entertain the crowd too. The two of them no doubt are my role models and they affected me a lot in my career,” Ajose said.But when reminded that his fighting approach does not really match that of Leonard he said:“I can dance, move and maneuver better than Sugar Ray but because I was boxing in the United Kingdom and the British does not like that all they are interested in is for you to win. So, I had to put away my dancing shoes and box rather than entertain. In the UK, it is called ‘showboating’. At some point I was angry that I had to do away with all that I learnt over the years. But really, I love to entertain the crowd,” he said.Shockingly, the former African and British Featherweight Champion said he never wanted to become a professional boxer, but rather remain an amateur but the disappointment of the Sydney Olympics changed his plan.“I really never wanted to turn pro. My plan was to win gold medals in the Olympic Games and other international amateur competition then quit boxing. But it was not to be after I was robbed at the Sydney Olympics. Everybody including myself strongly believed I was going to return from Sydney with the gold because I had beaten almost everybody in my category at one competition or the other prior to the Games including the Cuban that won the gold. Even the Algerian that won the bronze, I had earlier beaten him at the All Africa Games final some few months to the Olympics.“So, nobody really doubted my ability to win a medal at the Sydney Games but I was robbed against my American opponent and my medal hope was shattered. I was then torn between waiting for another four years and turning pro. And I felt if I wait for another four years what was the chances that I would not be robbed again and that means another four years is wasted. So, I opted for the latter with the belief that in the next four to six years I will win a world title which will compensate for my dashed Olympic dream and that is the reason why am still pushing hard in my resolve to win a world title,” the Army Staff Sergeant said. On why he opted for the UK in his quest for a professional career as against the United States of America that is more famous for boxing and where the game is more lucrative, he said: “I thought boxing was as big in England as it is in the US. Moreover, I got a sponsorship for training in the UK by Kronk Gym and my late manager convinced me that I’ll be well taken care of in the UK, which prompted my move to England. I also had the opportunity to go to Australia and America but I felt Australia is too far a place for me as I always love to visit Nigeria at the slightest opportunity. America is far away but London is just about six hours away from Nigeria by flight. Like I said earlier, turning pro was never a priority before now. All I wanted was to win everything as an amateur and become a coach. Because of the way Nigeria prepares for the Olympics I was not sure of winning a medal at the next edition.“I have the talent no doubt but talent alone is not enough but one needs to work hard. Though working hard has never been my problem but we have to prepare which is not easy for individual alone to do. The government needs to fund the athletes’ preparation. I knew how we prepared for the Sydney Olympics and all other competitions. That was how I decided I have to put my destiny in my hand and turned pro,” he said.He also blamed the Nigerian government for not assisting him in his preparation for the failed bid to win the WBC Light Welterweight fight against Lucas Martin Mattysse of Argentina.“Most countries of the world support the preparation of their boxers for world title fights. Argentina did it for Mattysse. The money I spent in the build up to the fight against Mattysse was enough to build two bungalows in Lagos. But I want to win a world title for Nigeria and that is the reason for my continuous investment in my preparation. It’s the pride of the nation at the end of the day.I was technically better than he was. The only difference was that he was more prepared than I was. I was only fighting with share grit and talent which was not enough to win a world title. If I had had financial support, I would have prepared better,” Ajose said.In spite of age catching up on him and a world title still yet to be won, the pugilist said he was not feeling any pressure.“Age is just a number. You are as old as you feel. With my lifestyle, I can box for a long time but I’m not going to box for ever though. I have set my retirement target and I pray that I achieve my aim before I retire. I will do everything to win a world title before I retire. I can win a world title today and retire the next day, but what is paramount is the title. Very soon I’ll quit but I hope to win the world title and even unify it,” he reiterated.Ajose indeed paid a lot of kudos to the Nigerian Army for their support to his course.“The Army is one organisation that has been very supportive to my ambition, without the Army I would not have been where I am today. Joining the Army gave me a lot of confidence. I trained at the Army Sports Centre for the world title fight. Some of the equipment that are in the centre I bought them myself, while the Army provided the rest.The soldier-boxer said if he had his way he would want his son to take after him, but the boy had opted for football.“These days everybody wants to play football and I think he’s got some talent for football. But if I have my way I would have preferred he goes into boxing which is more of an individual game unlike football that is a team’s game. If you are a good boxer you can go to the ring and show how good you are to the world but in football it does not always work like that. And with my experience in boxing, I can always put him through. But maybe he should stick to his football because he’s not as tough as I am. But you never know he is still young and he can still take to boxing,” the 1999 All African Games gold medalist said.center_img Segun Ajose was born into a family of three  in Shomolu, Lagos, which was popular for producing many boxers like Obisia Nwankpa .“I really never wanted to be boxer; my ambition was to become a basket-baller when I was a kid despite the fact that my father was a boxer, who later became a coach.last_img read more

Men’s soccer looking towards better results in 2011

first_imgAfter upsetting No. 2 seeded Ohio State, eventual champion Michigan eliminated the Wisconsin men’s soccer team from the Big Ten Tournament in a 1-0 decision in University Park, PA. Friday to end the Badgers’ season.Head coach John Trask saw a lot of progress in his first season at the helm of the team, but feels there is still room for a great deal of improvement for the 4-13-3 Badgers, as the team is currently not even close to what Trask expects of them.“Satisfying, but not good enough,” Trask said. “I thought we made some good improvements. It’s not where we want to be obviously, but I think the last third of the season, as the guys continued to gain confidence and became better as a unit, we became what we had talked about – becoming a pretty good team.”Becoming a principled team both offensively and defensively was key to UW’s development throughout the season. Trask felt his young squad became a smarter soccer team that demonstrated growth in its ability to dictate the game by playing to its strengths while avoiding its weaknesses.Trask came to Wisconsin as the team’s third coach in three years and acknowledged there was an uncertain adjustment period where he had to feel out his new team, especially when an astounding 15 new players joined the Badgers this past August.While the team will not have to adjust to the same drastic changes in personnel this offseason, Trask emphasized that team training this spring and summer will still be crucial if Wisconsin wants to be in any condition to compete come August 15 when formal practice restarts.“Every training session this spring, every spring game [and] everybody’s summer plans affect what’s going to happen to this group of players,” Trask said. “The level of commitment from now until August 15th needs to be much greater than it was even this year, or we’re going to find ourselves in the same situation.”Next season’s outlook looks promising for Wisconsin, as the Badgers return starting goalkeeper freshman Max Jentsch, who closed out the season with a 435:34 minute shutout streak before finally letting up a goal in the 78th minute to Michigan on Nov. 12.The team will also return All-Big Ten Second Team award winner freshman forward Chris Prince, who led the team in scoring with 14 points off seven goals.“I think we’re all pretty excited. We’re feeling pretty confident too, especially having won three out of the [last] four games (of the regular season) and being on a two-game winning streak,” Prince said. “I know we’re all confident and we know what [we] have to offer, so we’re feeling good. We think we can do good things.”Wisconsin’s Nov. 11 penalty shootout win against Ohio State marked the first time the team has made it to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament since 2003.Despite returning eight starters, maturity and leadership will remain key unanswered questions for the Badgers to address.“Maturity will be an issue again next year due to the [way the roster] is set up,” Trask said. “We lost a couple of very good seniors in terms of leadership. We’re going to need guys to step up into the leadership void. Whatever momentum we gained at the end of the season, the harsh reality is four wins [and] 13 losses is not even close to where we expect to be.”The Badgers also lose senior captain right back Aaron Nichols, whose athleticism, versatility and leadership from the back played an essential role in supporting UW’s inexperienced lineup.“As far as us, coach is just expecting to keep doing what we’ve been doing – just improving,” Nichols said. “It seems to me that every game we’re getting a little bit closer to where we want to be. The team mindset is that we’re starting to get a little confidence and maturity. A lot of the guys are really starting to step up and be confident. Everyone is great players. You see the guys are starting to believe in each other. It’s looking good.”The season never ends for the Badgers, according to Trask, as his players received just a three-day break after tournament play before returning to training. Wisconsin will immediately begin weight training, conditioning tests and other measures to help become the bigger, stronger, tougher and overall better team Trask is looking for.“It was a theme I told our guys every day after every game when the performance wasn’t where it needed to be,” Trask said. “You can’t look back and say what could have been, what should have been; all you can do is affect the future, and that’s what we’re going to continue to try to do.”“If we’re national champions [or Big Ten champions], then I guess we can rest on our morals,” Trask continued. “Up until then, we have to out work Michigan State, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State [and] Penn State. If we don’t, we’re going to fail again next year.”last_img read more

Stony Brook’s runs doom No. 4 Syracuse in 17-16 loss

first_img Published on February 10, 2020 at 10:18 pm Contact Alex: athamer@syr.edu | @alexhamer8 Facebook Twitter Google+ As Sierra Cockerille and her Syracuse teammates walked into the locker room, the halftime disappointment was evident. With a 6-2 lead with nine a half minutes remaining in the opening half, the Orange had threatened to run away with another victory.From her favored position in the low block, Megan Carney spotted a wide-open cutter entering the crease. But SU’s leader in assists underthrew the pass, leading to a quick Stony Brook counter-attack and free position goal for Ally Kennedy. From offensive breakdowns and blown draw controls, the Orange stumbled into the intermission tied.“We walked into the locker room with our heads down,” Cockerille said. “You could hear (Stony Brook) screaming in the other locker room.”No. 4 Syracuse (1-1) never recovered from its first-half collapse when No. 10 Stony Brook (1-0) opened up the second half on an 8-2 run. The Seawolves survived a late Emily Hawryschuk-led comeback and held on for a 17-16 victory over the Orange. Cockerille said SU needed to come out in the second half with a “zero-zero” mentality, but admitted they couldn’t match the Seawolves’ intensity. “I think that we knew that Syracuse is a great team and we knew we needed to get the energy up,” Stony Brook attack Kailyn Hart said. “But we knew we could beat them.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust as they had in the first half, the Seawolves scored just over a minute in and then won the ensuing draw. Kennedy — who tormented the SU defense all game with four goals — burst through the midfield and defense to feed Jesse Arline for a simple finish. The goals were separated by just 43 seconds. Although Syracuse was able to level the score at nine shortly after with goals from Ella Simkins and Meaghan Tyrrell, the Orange never regained the lead. Possessions continued to break down, and when they didn’t, shots often went straight at Stony Brook goalie Kameron Halsall. Those saves in turn initiated Stony Brook transition opportunities. Wave after wave of counter-attacks wore the Syracuse midfield out and on one occasion, Cockerille made a desperate attempt to dispossess a Stony Brook midfielder but wildly crashed into her — knocking her goggles off in the process. Stony Brook fans screamed for Cockerille to be ejected, but she was just shown a yellow card. The knockout blow came with just under 12 minutes to go. As Stony Brook began to dominate possession, Kennedy swung the ball to Hart on the right wing. With her back to goal, Hart, a freshman playing in her first game, took a quick glance over her shoulder, before turning back towards Kennedy as she swung her stick behind her back, beating an unsuspecting Asa Goldstock at her near post. “It was just in the flow of the game and came to me so naturally,” Hart said. “You’ll see after I dropped my stick my face was just like, ‘Wow, what happened.” Hart’s highlight reel extended Stony Brook’s lead to five goals and head coach Gary Gait knew something had to change. He substituted Goldstock, who slammed her stick on the sideline after walking off, for junior goalie Hannah Van Middelem. “It’s what we needed,” Gait said. “We got a spark, it may not have been from that but it comes from the most random thing that you do and all of a sudden the switch goes and you start putting the ball away.”Still, Van Middelem and Syracuse let in two more goals, meaning an Orange surge in the last 10 minutes came up short. As Syracuse players slowly walked to the sideline to complete their post-game stretches, Stony Brook players mobbed the field, screaming in elation as they surrounded Halsall. “It’s like going fishing and catching a 50-pound bass on your first cast,” Stony Brook head coach Joe Spallina said. “It’s special, this is one of the top one or two wins we’ve had in our program’s history.” Commentslast_img read more

Iwobi Battles Salah, Mane for Africa Player of the Year Award

first_imgNigerian international and Arsenal of England midfielder, Alex Iwobi will be competing with Liverpool duo of Mohamad Salah and Sadio Mane and Gunners teammate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Nigerian youngster made the 10-man shortlist for the CAF Africa Player of the Year.Last month, CAF published 34 potential winners including Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo, but the duo did not make the second cut.Last year’s winner Egypt’s Salah, runners-up Aubameyang and Mane also made the cut.Iwobi enjoyed a brief run with Nigeria in the build-up to the World Cup and found his spark inside two months under new Arsenal Manager Unai Emery.The shortlisted nominees would be decided by votes from the members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee. The final phase will involve votes from CAF media experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, and Coaches and Captains of the 54 Member Associations.The Awards Gala to honour footballers and officials who distinguished themselves during the year under review will be held on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.Meanwhile, Iwobi’s Super Eagles teammate, Wilfred Ndidi made the final three-man shortlist for the Youth Player of the Year.Super Falcons and the team’s Head Coach Thomas Dennerby made the final three for the Women’s National Team and Women’s Coach of the Year categories.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Padres acquire Moreland from Red Sox for 2 prospects

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 30th August, 2020 23:05 IST Padres Acquire Moreland From Red Sox For 2 Prospects The San Diego Padres picked up slugger hitter Mitch Moreland in a trade Sunday with Boston. COMMENT First Published: 30th August, 2020 23:05 IST Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV The San Diego Padres picked up slugger hitter Mitch Moreland in a trade Sunday with Boston.In exchange, the Red Sox acquired a pair of prospects from San Diego, outfielder Jeisson Rosario and infielder Hudson Potts.Moreland adds even more power to an already explosive San Diego lineup.The Padres are making one move after another in pursuit of their first playoff appearance in 14 years. On Saturday, they bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Trevor Rosenthal in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.Moreland, who turns 35 on Sept. 6, was leading the Red Sox with eight homers, 21 RBIs and a .328 batting average. He’s made 19 starts at first base this season and three more as a designated hitter.Originally a 17th round pick by Texas in 2007, Moreland is hitting .253 over his career with 174 homers and 491 RBIs. He has been on teams that have made the playoffs in seven of the last 10 seasons, including the World Series champion Red Sox in 2018.The left-handed slugger earned his first All-Star Game selection in 2018. He was a Gold Glove winner at first in 2016.Moreland reached 10 years of major league service on Saturday.(Image Credit: AP) WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Thursday April 2nd Local Sports

first_imgCEDAR RAPIDS — Spring athletes at all levels of college athletics are getting eligibility relief following action by an NCAA Division I council this week. The move comes after spring seasons were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chuck Yrigoyen is commissioner of the Division III American Rivers Conference and says with no athletic scholarships budgetary considerations are not as much of a factor.Yrigoyen says athletes at schools which only offer undergraduate degrees are free to transfer to a school that offers post graduate degrees.Yrigoyen says while outdoor track and field is considered a spring sport indoor track and field is not.The conference, formerly known as the Iowa Conference, is made up of nine schools — Buena Vista, Central, Coe, Dubuque, Loras, Luther, Nebraska Wesleyan, Simpson and Wartburg. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — 1991 World Series, Game 4 — Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves — 7:00 IOWA CITY, Iowa — Junior Luka Garza became the first University of Iowa men’s basketball player to be named to the John Wooden Award All-America Team. The announcement was made on Wednesday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club.Joining Garza on the elite squad is Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Malachi Flynn (San Diego State), Obi Toppin (Dayton), Myles Powell (Seton Hall), Markus Howard (Marquette), Filip Petrusev (Gonzaga), Payton Pritchard (Oregon), and Cassius Winston (Michigan State).The presentation of the John Wooden Award to the men’s most outstanding college basketball player will take place on April 7, during the 4 p.m. (CT) edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.Last month, Garza was awarded the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and five major news outlets named Garza as its national player of the year: Sporting News, Basketball Times, Stadium, Bleacher Report, and ESPN. He is the first Iowa men’s basketball player to earn national player of the year distinction. Garza was also a unanimous consensus first-team All-America selection. He joins former Hawkeyes Murray Wier (1948) and Charles Darling (1952) as the program’s only consensus first team All-Americans.center_img CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI head coach Mark Farley rounded out his coaching staff for the 2020 season. Farley’ entering his 20th season as the head coach of UNI football, tabbed college football veteran Shawn Watson as an offensive assistant coaching quarterbacks and former Nebraska quarterback and Youngstown State assistant Joe Ganz as the wide receivers coach.Watson joins the Panthers from the University of Georgia where he was an offensive quality control coach for the 2019 season. Before his time at Georgia, he was the offensive coordinator at Pitt. He has also been the offensive coordinator at Colorado, Nebraska and Louisville, and held positions at nine total power five schools.At Louisville, he coached Teddy Bridgewater for his entire career. He helped the future first-round draft pick to 9,817 yards passing and 72 touchdowns. Bridgewater’s completion percentage jumped from 64.5% as a freshman to 71.0% as a junior, his final season before entering the NFL draft.He was the head coach at his alma mater Southern Illinois from 1994-1996.Ganz comes to UNI from Youngstown State where he was the quarterbacks coach for the Penguins for the past two seasons. He helped the Youngstown QBs pass for 2,289 yards and 21 touchdowns against just eight interceptions in 2019 despite injuries to starter Nathan Mays. In 2018, Montgomery Van Gorder was named to the MVC All-Newcomer team after throwing for 1,934 yards and 14 TDs.Prior to coaching QBs, he guided the tight ends at YSU. The 2016 unit was key in the Penguins trip to the FCS National Title game. With tight ends catching touchdowns in the semifinals and in Frisco.A native of the Chicagoland area, Ganz also adds strong connections to a place that is an important recruiting area for the Panthers.last_img read more