AFTERMATH OF 32 YEARS LONG WAITThe History-making coach Imama Amapakabo has announced his contract with Rangers ended Sunday after he led the club to win the Nigeria league after 32 years.The 43-year-old former goalkeeper according to africanfootball.com said: “The book Rangers is closed. We will see if we will open another book again.“On the pitch on Sunday, I closed the book and I tried to see which is the next book to read.“We have been able to read this particular book, it is closed now. We will open another book.”He has now been linked with South African club Chippa United, deposed champions Enyimba, Kano Pillars and Sunshine Stars. Imama himself said, ”I have been linked with many clubs, but I will just sit back and let God lead me. God leads and I follow.”He further admitted that personally it was a tough and rough road to victory for him.“When I started out, nobody believed in me but they did not stop from giving me a chance,” recalled the coach, who has assisted the likes of Solomon Ogbeide, John Obuh and Kadiri Ikhana.“I am a young man, I am not from this clime (Eastern Nigeria), I did not play for Rangers…they were factors and they were tough to deal with.“I was an unknown quantity, but here we’re today.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Marlins starter Dan Straily retired 14 of the first 16 Dodgers batters, striking out six of them and allowing only a pair of walks until Kike’ Hernandez’s two-out home run in the fifth inning broke up his no-hit and shutout bids.For the Marlins (5-19 over their past 24 games), though, nothing has been easy this season.The Dodgers chased Straily in the sixth inning, scoring twice on three hits (including doubles by Corey Seager and Yasmani Grandal) and a wild pitch by reliever Brad Ziegler.Then they added a two-run home run by Seager in the seventh followed immediately by a solo shot from Cody Bellinger. It was Bellinger’s ninth home run and 24th RBI. Both lead the team despite his spending the first 20 games in Triple-A. It is also the fastest any player in Dodgers history has hit his first nine home runs, surpassing Yasiel Puig (2013), David Ross (2002-3) and Del Bissonnette (1928) who did it in their first 44 big-league games.The comeback lost its momentum after that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Well, that’s one way to cap his innings.Left-hander Julio Urias stumbled through his second consecutive poor start Saturday night, allowing seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings as the Dodgers were beaten by the Miami Marlins, 10-6.Urias was wobbly from the start, loading the bases on a single and two walks wrapped around a wild pitch before getting his first out. He retired just six of the 17 batters he faced (including one double play and one sacrifice bunt) while giving up seven hits (including a triple and two doubles), walking three and also committing a balk.It qualifies as the worst and shortest start of Urias nascent career, coming in just a tick under the 2 2/3 innings he lasted in his major-league debut a year ago. The seven runs are the most he has ever given up in a game as a professional. But it has a partner. Urias’ previous start was also a clunker. He allowed six runs in four-plus innings at Coors Field last week.After allowing no more than one run in any of his first three starts after his belated start to the season, Urias has a 17.05 ERA and 3.00 WHIP over his past two starts – 13 runs allowed on 14 hits and four walks while striking out only one in 6 1/3 innings.Back-to-back performances like that could put Urias in line for one of the timeouts being given to Dodgers’ starters. When Kenta Maeda comes off the DL to start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, it will be the seventh consecutive game the Dodgers will use a different starting pitcher.Last week, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts reiterated that Urias was not a candidate for a move to the bullpen, even temporarily. After the slow-play start to his season, Roberts said, Urias deserved “a good runway to make his starts and get on a consistent program.”Saturday was more runaway than runway as the Marlins scored in each of the first five innings and led 10-0 before the Dodgers even got their first hit.