Kano Pillars Appoint Baleria Caretaker Coach

first_imgKano Pillars Football Club has appointed former Flying Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Kabiru Baleria as the interim head coach of the club with immediate effect pending the appointment of substantive technical adviser.The appointment of Baleria followed the expiration of the contract of the club’s Technical Adviser Ibrahim A. Musa.The management of the club under the leadership of Alhaji Tukur Babangida charged the interim head coach to work closely with other technical crew and club’s supporting staff in discharging his duties. Kabiru Baleria The management of the club is confident that Baleria would use his wealth of experience to protect the image of the club as well as come up with new ideas that would move the club forward for the period he is going to handle the team.Meanwhile, the Sai Masu Gida are negotiating with five new players – Surajoddeen Ayele, Sunday Chinedu, Augustine Igenepo, Jeffrey Essi and Obaleke Thomas – ahead of the new season.Spokesman of the team, Idris Malikawa hinted that plans are also underway to promote two or three players from the feeder team to the senior team before the commencement of 2018/2019 NPFL season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rookie Cody Bellinger’s power numbers are hard to ignore – but he does

first_img“I don’t really look at stats or whatever,” the Dodgers rookie said. “You see them on the big screen. But other than that, I don’t pay too much attention to it. I did know about my dad’s home run total.“Other than that, I don’t like to know. It’s pointless. Whether you know or don’t know, you don’t want to think about it. You just want to go out and play the game.”Bellinger also has to play the game within the game. As opposing teams gather information on Bellinger, scouting reports become more refined and pitchers have more detailed gameplans to attack him.“It’s interesting because there are teams that try to crowd him and elevate late. And there’s some teams that try to stay away from him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Cody, to his credit, has made adjustments in the batter’s box as far as his position. He’s backed off the plate and given himself a little more room.“But I think his ability to differentiate strike and ball puts him in good counts. The only other piece for me is that there’s some tendency to miss fastballs in the strike zone. The first part of it is getting good pitches to hit. The other part is – you’ve got to put them in play. He’s aware of that. But he’s got the first part of that down.” The Dodgers have been down a similar path with another young power hitter. As a rookie in 2015, Joc Pederson hit his 20th home run of the season on June 29, making him one of only three rookies in major-league history to hit 20 home runs before July (Wally Berger and Albert Pujols are the others). But Pederson hit just six more that year while batting .175 the rest of the season.“I’ve talked to Joc as well and he told me some things,” said Bellinger, who also got advice from Pederson and Corey Seager this spring on being a top prospect in waiting.Bellinger wouldn’t be more specific about that advice, saying only that “we had some good conversations about it.”“This kid is a special young man. He’s a heckuva baseball player. He’s only going to get better,” Roberts said. “Cody’s doing great. He’s a great worker. He’s a winning ballplayer and we certainly know we wouldn’t be here without him.”All-starIn the first vote totals released by Major League Baseball, Seager led all National League shortstops. Seager was selected as a reserve on last year’s NL All-Star team but a Dodger shortstop has not started the All-Star Game since Bill Russell in 1980.“He should be,” Roberts said of Seager’s standing (with a narrow lead over Cubs shortstop Addison Russell). “He’s the best shortstop in the National League. Obviously we have some very good young shortstops in our game. … To see him at the top, rightfully so.”Justin Turner was third among NL third basemen in the voting and Yasmani Grandal fifth among NL catchers.AlsoRoberts confirmed Tuesday that left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu would start Wednesday in Alex Wood’s place. Wood went to the DL with sternoclavicular joint inflammation but is expected to miss only one start.Seager was not in the starting lineup Tuesday. Roberts said he told Seager to “Take a spa day — show up when you want. Hang out in the trainer’s room. Be ready come the fifth inning and beyond to help us if need be.”Kiké Hernandez started in place of Seager at shortstop on Tuesday and will probably give Yasiel Puig a day off in right field on Wednesday, Roberts said. ST. LOUIS >> Cody Bellinger doesn’t want to talk about numbers – even as his numbers add up impressively.With his 11th home run in Monday’s win, Bellinger is the fastest player in Dodgers history to reach that total. Since 1913, only four players in the majors have hit more home runs through the first 32 games of their careers.Going into Tuesday’s game, Bellinger, who made his big-league debut on April 25, had hit nine home runs and driven in 27 runs in May. Only one player had more RBI in the month (Cincinnati’s Adam Duvall with 28) and one more home run would make him the first rookie in Dodgers history to hit 10 in a calendar month. No Dodger has hit 10 home runs in a month since Matt Kemp hit 12 in April 2012.And his next home run will match his dad. Clay Bellinger hit 12 home runs in 183 big-league games with the New York Yankees and Angels from 1999-2002. That number Cody does know.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more