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Nigerian Soldiers Dance ‘Skelewu’

first_imgSoldiers in Maiduguri, the embattled capital of Borno state, which has been under constant siege by Boko Haram, celebrate Nigeria’s election to music by Nigerian recording artist DavidoSoldiers, doing their own line dance, celebrated Nigeria’s successful democratic election, in which some 30 million people cast ballots, with a spirited moves to the music of popular recording artist Davido – a 2013 song called “Skelewu”. The song took off after Davido announced a dance competition, endorsed by footballers Emmanuel Adebayor and Samuel Eto’o and rising to the top rungs of African music charts.Despite what analysts say were minor flaws – a few malfunctions of fraud-prevention voting technology – and scattered intimidation and violence, the voting in Africa’s most populous country and largest economy defied predictions of chaos. This clip was provided by a contact in Maiduguri.The meaning of the slang word ‘skewelu’, debated among Nigerians, is variously said to refer to money, love or elation. Whether the soldiers elated version sets off a new dance craze or not, it indicates the high expectations that the incoming administration of President Muhammadou Buhari will face, amid a sea of challenges.https://youtu.be/LIKH0IlBGdc.last_img read more

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Unpleasant wake-up call for UW

first_imgWednesday was a busy day for the Badgers both on and off the practice field.When the football coaches found out that five starters would have to miss Wednesday night’s practice because of conflicting exam times, the team changed the starting time from 7:30 p.m. to 6:15 a.m., ensuring a busy day for some of the players.However, the change was not necessarily for the better, as UW head coach Bret Bielema called the practice “the worst of the spring,” ripping into the team after practice, preaching the need for consistency and accusing them of “going through the motions.””I knew that coming in early in the morning would be a little bit of a change of pace,” Bielema said. “But we were just sloppy and approached everything [that way] from stretching to how we handled ourselves.”It was easy to see why Bielema was so upset, as Wednesday morning’s practice wasn’t nearly as crisp as others had been earlier in the spring. For the second time, UW worked out in full pads, but this session was much less physical than the first all-pad practice last Saturday.Several players even showed up late, including running backs Dion Foster and Dywon Rowan, who didn’t show up until an hour into practice.However, Bielema was all smiles for one tardy Badger, offensive lineman Eric VandenHeuvel, who is most notable for replacing the injured Joe Thomas in the Capital One Bowl. VandenHuevel had not practiced much this spring due to a foot injury.”VandenHeuvel got out there today, and while he was in there, I thought he made a difference,” Bielema said. “We’re hoping to have him a solid two weeks here at the end. … He’s right on the verge. It’s just a situation where we don’t want to push him [too hard] because we obviously want him in the fall.”Some of the stars from Wednesday morning were junior receiver Paul Hubbard, who did drop a pass but enjoyed a very solid day otherwise. Sean Lewis and Travis Beckum, who have both changed their position to tight end, made several nice catches across the middle.Also, defensive back Shane Carter continued to impress, knocking away one pass and almost coming up with a gorgeous interception off quarterback John Stocco, but losing the ball as he hit the turf after diving and getting full extension.Junior defensive back Johnny White also came up with a pick during drills.On the injury front, receiver Jarvis Minton, who is out for the remainder of the spring with an undisclosed injury suffered last week, was seen on the sidelines playing catch, wearing a black protective boot that extended up to his right knee.last_img read more

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NFL mock draft 2020, Ohio State edition: Projecting Chase Young, Jeff Okudah & other Buckeyes picks

first_imgOhio State sent the second-most players to the NFL in the 2010s.  The Buckeyes should start the next decade with another big showing in the 2020 NFL Draft. Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer projects nine Buckeyes will be drafted in his seven-round mock, including two in the first three picks.   (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e6/a0/kj-hill-120319-getty-ftrjpg_72dsqu9lkz7c19gi0d60qlzvh.jpg?t=-849946986&w=500&quality=80 K.J. Hill, WR  Projected: Round 3, Pick No. 100 (Patriots)  Hill broke the all-time record for receptions at Ohio State with 201, and he did that by evolving into an excellent possession receiver. The 6-foot-, 196-pound receiver also totaled 16 TDs the last two seasons. Hill will be a slot receiver in the NFL, and he will stick because of his precise route-running skills. The draft is deep with receiver talent, and Hill will be a value pick in the middle rounds.   Davon Hamilton, DT  Projected: Round 3, Pick No. 102 (Steelers)   (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/31/be/chase-young-112319-getty-ftr_e9bjmnqyoykl180we4v4jkxvh.jpg?t=-1702991458&w=500&quality=80 Defensive end Chase Young and cornerback Jeff Okudah are the headliners on what is another loaded class that features seven top-100 picks.  Here are the Ohio State players Iyer projects will be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, and where they will land.NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 100 prospects in 2020NFL mock draft 2020: Ohio State’s projected picks Malik Harrison, LB  Projected: Round 2, Pick No. 53 (Eagles)  Harrison ran a 4.66 in the 40 at the NFL Combine, which ranked 15th among linebackers. That might not lead to a slight dip on draft day, but the tape shows an aggressive linebacker who can get to the football. He had 25 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups the last two seasons. He’s a value pick in the second round.    Damon Arnette, CB  Projected: Round 3, Pick No. 77 (Broncos)  Arnette, a 6-foot, 195-pound cornerback, had a slower developmental curve at Ohio State. He was a four-year contributor with five interceptions, and he was consistent in coverage for the Buckeyes. He likely will start out in a nickel role as a rookie and can develop from there.   Jonah Jackson, G Projected: Round 3, Pick No. 85 (Lions) Jackson transferred to Ohio State from Rutgers, and he made the most of that one year with the Buckeyes. He had a large 6-3, 306-pound frame, and he is better at pass protection at this stage of his career. Jackson likely will start out as a backup, but there is room to grow into a full-time starter with a team in need of interior help.   (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a4/3b/jones-harrison-111018-getty-ftrjpg_1dwtcfou6wzju1wkrkfwl1yd3v.jpg?t=-10151970&w=500&quality=80 Chase Young, EDGE  Projected: Round 1, Pick No. 2 (Redskins)  Young totaled 27 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss the last two seasons with the Buckeyes, and the 6-5, 264-pound edge rusher had a case for the Heisman Trophy before a two-game suspension. He’s a franchise player that follows the line of Ohio State defensive ends that includes Nick and Joey Bosa – and Young promises to make a similar impact at the next level.   MORE: The evolution of Chase YoungJeff Okudah, CB   Projected: Round 1, Pick No. 3 (Lions)   While Young might be the best player on the board, Okudah might be the most-polished top-five prospect. The All-American cornerback had an impressive all-around showing at the NFL Combine, and he’s the next Buckeyes cornerback from that pipeline. Okudah does not have any glaring weaknesses, and his physical style solidifies his stock as a top-five pick.   J.K. Dobbins, RB  Projected: Round 2, Pick No. 45 (Buccaneers)  Ohio State might have won the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson had Dobbins not been injured. The former five-star back rushed for 2,003 yards and 21 TDs, and he averaged 24.5 catches the last two seasons in Ryan Day’s offense. Dobbins is a complete back with excellent vision, and that will translate as a workhorse back. The only question is whether Dobbins is worth the first-round price.  Hamilton (6-4, 320 pounds) comes from the Pickerington, Ohio, pipeline, and he gradually developed into a difference maker for the Buckeyes on the interior. He had six sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss as a senior, and he gradually improved as a run-stopper. Hamilton was one of the more unheralded players on a loaded front, but he made enough plays to suggest he can be a rotational player right away.   Jordan Fuller, S  Projected: Round 6, Pick No. 188  Fuller returned for his senior season, and he totaled 143 tackles and three interceptions the last two seasons. He is a sound tackler and a two-time Academic All-American. Fuller ran a 4.67 in the 40 at the NFL Combine, so he will have to prove he can be a starter.last_img read more

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