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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — – Cody Schrader ran for 217 yards and a touchdown and No. 9 Missouri limited Arkansas to 87 yards in the first three quarters to help the Tigers win their regular-season finale, 48-14 on Friday.
Missouri (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) had its best regular-season record since 2014 to likely secure a berth in one of the New Year’s Six bowl games.
Schrader ran for 194 yards and a TD in the first half as the Tigers built a 20-0 lead against the overmatched Razorbacks (4-8, 1-7). Brady Cook had a 6-yard run in the half and threw two TD passes.
“It’s time to start talking about him being the best player in the country,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “For his football team, a Top 10 team, leads the SEC in rushing, can’t say enough good things about him.”
Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson went down on the first play of the Razorbacks’ second drive. Jefferson took off up the middle for a gain of 22 yards, but was twisted up when he was tackled and had to be helped off the field, nursing a lower-leg injury.
Missouri took advantage of five Arkansas fumbles, including one on Jefferson’s injury, recovering four and turning them into 24 points. The last turnover came as Jacolby Criswell, who replaced Jefferson upon injury, was hit from his blind side, popping the ball loose. Jay Jernigan picked it up and ran 10 yards to the end zone, giving Missouri a 41-0 lead in the third quarter.
“This one right here is a disappointing year,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said. “There was way, way higher optimism this year than it ended up being. We’ve got to change it.”
Cook was 12 of 20 for 112 yards. Criswell went 12 of 20 for 96 yards, with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Andrew Armstrong.
Missouri has won eight of 10 meetings in the Battle Line Rivalry since the schools began playing each other every season in 2014. The rivalry will continue into 2024, as well, even as the SEC sheds its divisional format as the league announced the two as permanent opponents earlier in the year.
ARKANSAS SHOWED SOME FIGHT
A fight began with 5:51 left in the second quarter after a Schrader run. Punches were thrown and when it was over, Arkansas defensive tackle Eric Gregory and defensive end Zach Williams were ejected, as was Missouri offensive lineman Armand Membou. Cook ran up the middle for six yards to the end zone on the play after the ejection to give Missouri a 17-0 lead.
“We were here to play football. They were here to fight,” Drinkwitz said.
Missouri was locked into a high-quality bowl regardless of the result. But the victory provides a resume-builder as the Tigers will be up against Alabama and Ole Miss for the New Year’s Six bowls.
Arkansas will have a hard reset next year. Coach Sam Pittman was confirmed as returning after the team’s win over Florida International in the penultimate game of the season, but he had said the following Monday the team was due for a roster overhaul.
Missouri will have to wait until after the SEC Championship to learn its bowl destination and opponent.
Arkansas’ season is over. The Razorbacks won four games or fewer for the fifth time in the last seven years.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could reunite their rivalry in the Saudi Pro League in the coming months, with the Argentine reportedly being lined up for an imminent loan move.
With Inter Miami failing to reach the MLS playoffs, their last game of the season will finish on October 21 against Charlotte. Messi, therefore, won’t be playing for the Florida-based outfit until the end of February, when the 2024 campaign kicks off.
As a result, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) are reportedly working on a deal to bring Messi to the Middle East on a temporary basis.
According to Sky Sports’ Rudy Galetti, the deal would ensure Messi doesn’t miss a minute of football with Inter Miami, and would be a move akin to David Beckham’s short forays at AC Milan and PSG a decade ago while playing for LA Galaxy.
Prior to joining Inter Miami in the summer, Messi had three options available to him: re-sign for Barcelona, move to MLS, or take up a lucrative offer from Al-Hilal.
Obviously, he ended up opting for Miami, but that hasn’t stopped Saudi Arabia from continuing their interest in bringing the 36-year-old to the country – even if it’s just for a brief period.
Messi pitching up in the Saudi Pro League would also see him lock horns once again with Cristiano Ronaldo, as part of a rivalry that lasted for more than a decade during their times playing against each other for Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively.
Ronaldo has already bagged 10 goals in eight matches this season for Al-Nassr, too, and is showing no signs of letting up as he targets playing in the 2026 World Cup for Portugal – at the grand old age of 41.
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The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Texas Longhorns, 34-30, in the 2023 edition of the Red River Rivalry. Two Texas running backs ran for over a hundred yards a piece and Quinn Ewers completed 31 of 37 passes for 346 yards but he also threw two interceptions on the first two Longhorns drives of the game. On the field Texas was unable to overcome a 3-0 turnover margin. Meanwhile, in the stands…
That is the very end of a confrontation between two fans. Based on the white skirt and matching cowboy boots, that appears to be a female Texas fan getting thrown around by a female Sooners fan. The Sooners fan threw a punch and then immediately grabbed her opponents hair and sent her flying. There was some more shoving, but then the police showed up and ended the fight.
Who knows what started this, but with a heated rivalry like this it never takes much. You get one person rooting for the team at the wrong time and there’s always potential for fireworks. And that’s why these rivalries are so important to the fabric of college football. Random fan fights in the stands shows you how much more important it is to these college kids. They just care more. Conference realignment threatens to take that away.
One of college basketball‘s greatest rivalries is set to resume and I personally had to check if Hell had frozen over. Indiana and Kentucky will restart their annual rivalry series during the 2025-26 season, 14 years after they last played during the regular season. It’s about damn time.
The last time the teams played led to one of the most enduring images college basketball has seen in the last 15 years, as Indiana’s Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Indiana a 73-72 win over the Anthony Davis-led Wildcats. The “Wat Shot” led to a fan explosion and court storming was cathartic for long-suffering Hoosiers fans, but also led to the end of the rivalry series.
Kentucky coach John Calipari long said he didn’t want to return to play at game at Assembly Hall after that court storm and that he believed it had been dangerous for his players. He offered to continue the rivalry in domed arenas, but not on campuses. Apparently he has relented a bit.
The new series will begin during the 2025-26 season at Rupp Arena, will move to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2026-27, heads back to Rupp Arena for the 2027-28 campaign and will finally return to Bloomington and Assembly Hall during the 2028-29 season. It would seem Calipari and Indiana coach Mike Woodson were able to find compromise and move forward.
Fans of both programs have long pushed for the rivalry to resume but to no avail. Indiana is on its third coach since the last matchup. The “Wat Shot” game wasn’t the last time the two programs have faced each other. Kentucky beat Indiana in the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament en route to winning the championship, and the Hoosiers topped the Wildcats in the Round of 32 during 2016 tournament.
It will be great for fans of both programs to have this series back.
The sudden death of Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, has left many Nigerians in a state of soul-searching on why the ecosystem assumed to be all about making music, money and living a good life can be dark and downright evil.
The unsettling revelations from former signees of record labels that have been brought to the forefront by some singers cast a stark spotlight on the country’s music industry.
Some people have claimed the Nigerian music industry is a game of competition, dirty power, gang rivalry, shady deals and cultism, which can be easily identified in musicians’ songs, dress, videos, slang, and fraternal phrases.
In the fiercely competitive industry, young artists often find themselves at the crossroads of a pivotal decision of signing a contract with a record label. This decision can either pave the way for success or lead to a long and challenging journey.
Perhaps the story of Mohbad serves as a cautionary tale highlighting the importance of careful consideration before entering into binding agreements.
In 2021, Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel, who fought with his former record label G-Worldwide, before exiting, claimed that the music industry operates like a cabal, and those who don’t belong are usually sidelined.
He wrote on X, “Be calm and locate sense, for this is not an industry, it’s a cabal, who no belong will be long. I be Barnabas, I do it for the passion/love, and I’m f**king great at it”
Kizz Daniel had a tough legal battle after announcing a split from the record label, resulting in a name change from ‘Kiss Daniel to Kizz Daniel’.
However, he was not found guilty of all the crimes he was accused of, and it is hoped that one day, the singer will probably share how he survived and still stands firm in the industry.
Also, Nigerian singer, Cynthia Morgan had a legal battle with former label boss, Jude Okoye of Northside Record, which later ruined her music career.
Nigerian rapper, Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, popularly known as Vector, had once expressed his frustrations on social media about colleagues and industry players backstabbing him due to loyalty.
In the wake of Mohbad’s demise, singer and songwriter, Temmie Ovwasa, known as YBNL Princess, recently opened up about the humiliation and alleged physical assault suffered from his former record label boss, Olamide and his wife, Aisha Adebukunmi.
Singer, Harrison Tare Okiri, better known as Harrysong, also revealed how his former record label, Five Star Music, owned by E-money, tormented and bullied him.
In an interview with Naija News, veteran Nigerian singer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, said the music industry music has gotten better compared to previous decades, stressing the cabal issue is not only in the music industry.
He said, “It has gotten better in terms of earnings and the fact that what’s trending now globally is Nigeria music, people are now more aware of intellectual property, it is a growing industry, and thank God for other revenue streams.
“Yes, the cabal is not only in the music industry, it is also in all sectors. Cabals and bad people have taken over, and it is what happens when criminals are in power. And if you are joining a label, know what you are joining it for, if it doesn’t have positive influences and gains, then why bother because everything has consequences.”
Speaking on ways to navigate the complexities of the industry and what aspiring artists who find themselves at the crossroads of signing a contract with a record label should do, Charly Boy said, “Decide to do your own thing an average person knows what is good and bad and what can benefit the public. Before signing into a record label, go with your eyes open and avoid forms of negativism. There were record labels in the past decade, but they were not run as it is today.”
With the current happenings in the music industry, the veteran singer expressed fear about what would become of it in the coming decades.
He said, “I fear o, fear dey catch me.”
Mohbad’s experience and some singers’ battles with former record labels are invaluable lessons for aspiring artists to conduct thorough due diligence on potential record labels. Investigate their reputation within the industry, examine the experiences of current or former signees, and assess their track record of artist support and commitment.
Also, before putting pen to paper, artists must evaluate every aspect of a contract and seek legal counsel to ensure a comprehensive understanding of terms related to record releases, contract duration, intellectual property ownership, royalties, and potential restrictions.
By Ini Akpan
17 September 2023 |
‘Nene, pray for your brother. He’s very ill.’ Ebere said, as she dropped the phone she had been holding to her ear. She had just gotten off the phone with her sister who was in the hospital. ‘That’s good for him. I don’t even want him to come back.’ Nene, her niece, quipped. ‘Ah, Nene!…
‘Nene, pray for your brother. He’s very ill.’ Ebere said, as she dropped the phone she had been holding to her ear. She had just gotten off the phone with her sister who was in the hospital.
‘That’s good for him. I don’t even want him to come back.’ Nene, her niece, quipped.
‘Ah, Nene! That is not a nice thing to say. Why would you say such a thing?’ Ebere asked, a worried expression on her face.
Nene seemed unrepentant and pouted defiantly, ‘Well, because of him, Mummy is not nice to me either.’
Curious and determined to know the source of this outburst, Ebere drew Nene closer to herself and asked, ‘What do you mean, Nene? Why are you saying these things?’
‘Aunty Ebere, Mummy does not care for me anymore because of Nnanna. When she gives us food, his pieces of meat and fish are always bigger than mine. If I get one egg, he gets two. Even house chores are off-limits to him. Meanwhile, Mummy makes me clean his bedroom and mine. I even wash his clothes sometimes. How is that fair?’
‘The other day, I came home wanting to tell her about my assignment in school, but she spent the whole afternoon with Nnanna in his room. When I tried to talk to her, she sent me away and said she would talk to me later.’ Nene continued, almost in tears.
‘I do all the work while he lies in bed doing nothing. See ehn? I want him to die. At least, if he’s not here, I’ll have my parents back and we can be a happy family again.’
By this time, teardrops could be seen trickling down her eyes. It was obvious she had carried this burden for long, but she was not done.
‘Did I mention it’s because of him we could not travel last summer? I was so looking forward to travelling for the holidays and had told all my friends we would be going to Malta. Guess what? We never went and my friends made fun of me a called me a liar. I was so ashamed!’ Nene cried.
‘My dear Nene, I am so sorry about this. But how is that Nnanna’s fault?’
‘Don’t you get it?’ She flailed her arms as she spoke, breaking out of Ebere’s embrace. ‘He started vomiting before the trip and the doctor said he shouldn’t travel just yet. We could have gone without him but no; Daddy insisted we all stay with him. It’s just so unfair!’
‘Hmmm, I think I understand how you…’
‘That’s not all! He even gets better clothes than I do. He has several hoodies and cardigans he can wear to school, but I have none. When I complained, Daddy said my school cardigan is good enough. Why does he get better treatment than I do? Why? I hate him! I hate him. I hate him.’ She muttered as she crumbled in a heap on the cushioned floor.
Now, Ebere was truly in a rut. How could she explain to her nine-year-old niece that her brother had sickle cell disease and was seemingly being given preferential treatment because his parents were anxious and unsure how to care for him? How could she explain that he was suffering a number of complications she could never understand, no matter how hard she tried? How could she help her see that he was probably envious of her too, wishing he could run around as she did without falling sick?
Unfortunately, Nene and Nnanna’s story is not unique. Having sickle cell disorder can make one especially vulnerable from childhood and it often affects the entire family.
Receiving a sickle cell diagnosis can introduce much anxiety and fear into the primary caregiver’s (parents or guardians) minds, leading them to overreact and neglect the healthier children. It can also lead to a sense of guilt, luring the parent to overcompensate the affected child.
And truly, seeing that sickle cell disease makes children (and adults) more susceptible to ill health, parents have every reason to pay more attention to their affected child(ren). However, you do not want to lose your other children in the process of caring for the ill ones.
So, what can you do to bridge the gap?
Have an age-appropriate discussion with each child, explaining what sickle cell disorder is and how the family aims to cope with the condition.
Have regular bonding time with each child, where they get your undivided attention, even if it is just for an hour each week. You can spend this time with them doing what they love. Whatever activity you choose, let it be unique and meaningful to that child.
Avoid treating your warrior child(ren) as an invalid. Sickle cell disease is not a death sentence or an automatic ticket to a life of dependency. Help the affected child (ren) live as normal lives as possible.
Get professional help.