Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditArkansas (19-11, 7-10) vs. Texas A&M (15-14, 9-8)Reed Arena, College Station, Texas; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arkansas goes for the season sweep over Texas A&M after winning the previous matchup in Fayetteville. The teams last played on Jan. 4, when the Razorbacks forced 17 Texas A&M turnovers and turned the ball over just nine times on their way to a 10-point victory. A&M seeks revenge on Arkansas TEAM LEADERSHIP: Texas A&M’s Josh Nebo has averaged 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds while Savion Flagg has put up 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. For the Razorbacks, Mason Jones has averaged 21 points and 5.4 rebounds while Jimmy Whitt Jr. has put up 14.2 points and 5.1 rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Jones has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Arkansas field goals over the last three games. Jones has accounted for 29 field goals and 11 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: Arkansas is a perfect 16-0 when it holds an opponent to 72 points or fewer. The Razorbacks are 3-11 when opponents score more than 72.COLD SPELL: Arkansas has lost its last four road games, scoring 72 points, while allowing 84.3 per game.BALL SECURITY: The diligent Arkansas offense has turned the ball over on 15.8 percent of its possessions, the 18th-best mark in Division I. 21.5 percent of all Texas A&M possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Aggies are ranked 316th, nationally).
Salefu was to be voted man-of-the-match and he said the victory was sweet to the extent that it was their first after many matches.â€œThis was a very sweet victory for us, because we had not won a match for some time now. I said before the game that I would score, and I am very happy that I did. My bigger joy is that we won in the end. Now, we have to maintain this spirit and keep winning our matches, whether at home or away. I donâ€™t want my team to go on relegationâ€, Salefu toldwww.npfl.ngCoach Fatai Osho was impressed by the contributions of the players, praising them for going the extra mile to deliver all they could for victory.Osho said after the match, â€œOf course, I am very happy. I am not going to say we won simply because we got two early goals. My players gave their all throughout the match and deserved the three points.â€œWe have been playing well but just unlucky to lose some of our matches. We will work very hard and try to achieve results in the coming weeks, so that we can get out of the bottom position in the Leagueâ€, the Coach concluded on a note of optimisim.True to his words, the wards of Fatai Osho had shown brisk business-like approach from the beginning of attrition on the turf of the Gateway International Stadium. And their macho bearing was given a huge boost on the 10th minute as star â€“man Oche Salefu slammed in a beauty of a goal from a free kick 22 yards away.Before the goal, Gombe Unitedâ€™s Afolabi Abdulwaheed, Abdulrahaman Kelebe and Idris Bakare (who got their only goal in the defeat of Katsina United in Gombe the previous weekend) combined to cause some anxieties in the home teamâ€™s rear, but could not get any good sight on goal.When on the quarter hour, Ekene Awazie met Salefuâ€™s in-swinging corner kick with a powerful header that flew past goalkeeper Joseph Onwuga, the home faithful truly looked forward to a rewarding evening.The Savannah Scorpions did not sit down to sulk. Kelebe, Abdulwaheed, Bakare and Austin Oladapo mounted wave after wave of onslaughts, but they always found Remo Starsâ€™ rearguard of Edozie Ewelike, Ekene Obi, Osas Okunoghae and Saheed Lasisi impregnable.On the 35th minute, Kelebe completely miscued his shot when presented with an opportunity, and two minutes later, Bakare lifted the ball too high. Just before the break, Eric Dufegha had the ball in the net after the irrepressible Salefu got past the visitorsâ€™ defence, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.In the second half, the home boys dug their feet into the ground at the rear and even launched a number of onslaughts. However, Gombe United thought they had reduced the tally when Idris Bakare connected as the ball rebounded off the upright from a fierce free kick by Austin Oladapo. But he was also correctly ruled out for offside positioning, and got booked for questioning the refereeâ€™s decision.Substitute Joseph Onoja tried to add some urgency to the Savannah Scorpionsâ€™ attack, but the homers stood their ground and ran away with the three points.NPFL MATCH-DAY 23 TODAYShooting vs Kano PillarsLobi Stars vs MFM FCIfeanyiUbah vs ABS FCTornadoes vs Rivers UtdAkwa United vs WikkiEl-Kanemi vs RangersNasarawa vs Katsina UtdAbia Warriors vs Remo StarsGombe Utd vs EnyimbaSunshine vs Plateau UtdShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Ademola OlajireRemo Stars gave themselves a shot in the arm in this campaign with a well â€“deserved 2-0 defeat of Gombe United at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu. In the event, the Sky Blue Stars picked their first points in six matches, brought back celebrations to the stands at the Gateway Stadium and to player, Oche Salefu, hope that the team can still beat the drop.Both teams, two of the four teams promoted to the top flight at the beginning of the season (the others being ABS FC and Katsina United), needed a win to calm the nerves of exasperated Management teams.The big news ahead of the clash was Remo Starsâ€™ attacking midfielder Benjamin Felix telling all who cared to listen that the Sky Blues Stars were now ready to start winning games as they have become eager than ever to reduce the burden of being bottom team of the elite cadre.
Rihanna is to join a campaign to ensure that girls and boys in the world’s poorest countries can get a quality education.Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, with Rihanna and Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Chair and Julia Gillard announce partnership with Rihanna’s Clara Lionel FoundationCredit/Copyright: Jay GunningRihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation today announced a multi-year partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and international advocacy group Global Citizen.The partnership will advocate for the rights of the over quarter of a billion children and young people who are not in school today and an estimated 330 million who are in school but not learning. Operating across more than 60 developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality education, the partnership will prioritize the poorest and most vulnerable, including girls and children affected by conflict and crisis.In her new role as GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna will encourage world leaders and policymakers to boost their support for global education and education in emergencies through the Global Partnership for Education, the only global organization focused exclusively on improving education in the world’s poorest countries.The announcement comes the same week as a group of influential leaders from all continents called on the world to invest more and better in education, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. The report of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity presents compelling new data and analysis and makes the case for urgent action to ensure education is the foundation for a world that is prosperous, peaceful, equitable and future-ready.Speaking of the partnership, Rihanna said, “I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I’m proud to announce Clara Lionel Foundation’s partnership with education advocacy leaders like the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen. Working together, I know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally.”GPE Chair and former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, said, “We are thrilled that Rihanna is joining GPE as Global Ambassador to campaign for every child to be able to experience the power of a quality education. We have a once in a generation opportunity to build the commitment of world leaders to education, and Rihanna’s voice and travels to countries where GPE is actively engaged, will be hugely influential in improving the lives of girls and boys everywhere.”Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen said, “Achieving a future free of extreme poverty starts with education. In creating this partnership we bring together three complementary parties, Global Citizen will drive the advocacy and movement building efforts, Rihanna, whose reach as one of the greatest artists of our generation will amplify this essential work, and the Global Partnership for Education will campaign governments around the world to effect real change. By coming together, our organizations will have an impact for generations to come.”