Edo, Oyo Qualify for Etisalat U-15 National Finals

first_imgAsegun Comprehensive Secondary School, Ibadan, Oyo State, and Niger College Junior School, Benin City, Edo State, have qualified for the Etisalat U-15 School Cup football competition after emerging champions at the Ibadan Centre.The Edo and Oyo team outclassed schools from Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos, Ogun and Osun states at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba and Wesley College playing ground,  Elekuro to win the tickets to the National Finals billed for Lagos in November.Oyo defeated Osun State with the a solitary strike from Abdul Rasheed Qudus in their first game before walloping Ogun State 5-1 in their second game with Qudus again scoring a brace and providing two assists before edging Lagos team 1-0 in their last game.Similarly, Edo maintained an unbeaten run throughout the qualifiers after successive victories over Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states, scoring a total of eight goals and conceding just one. Meanwhile, schools from Kwara, Kogi, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau, FCT, Benue and Cross River states will battle for the two slots available at the Ilorin regional qualifiers starting today at the Ilorin Township Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC’s Eddy and de Lyra each earn MPSF honors

first_imgAfter a narrow overtime loss to No. 5 Northwestern, two Women of Troy were honored with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week honors.Senior defender Elizabeth Eddy and junior attacker Caroline de Lyra were named the defensive and offensive players of the week, respectively.Eddy enters her final season at USC, coming off of a junior season in which she had 17 ground balls, fifth on the team, eight draw controls and seven caused turnovers. Eddy even scored a goal against San Diego State.With the honor, Eddy has become the first USC female student-athlete to win conference player of the week honors in two different sports. Eddy is a  forward/midfielder on the women’s soccer team and was recognized with the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 26, 2013.De Lyra comes off of a sophomore campaign that earned her a spot on the MPSF All-Conference First Team. She led the team in points and assists, with 49 and 28, respectively. Her award is USC’s first-ever offensive weekly award.In USC’s season opener against Northwestern, de Lyra scored four points and had one assist. She also forced a turnover during USC’s opening 7-0 drive. The 7-0 run against the Wildcats is USC’s largest ever against a ranked opponent.On defense, Eddy stood out for her three forced turnovers, three ground balls and one draw control.Though they did not win honors themselves, seven different Women of Troy scored. Junior midfielder Amanda Johansen scored two, and Kaila Sommi, Kylie Drexel, Cynthia Del Core, Caroline Cordrey and Shannon Nugent each had one.Freshman goalie Gussie Johns became the second goalie in program history to start in her first collegiate game, following Liz Shaeffer who started in 2013. Johns led the team with five ground balls in the loss.The loss to Northwestern is the second to the team in two seasons, as the Women of Troy lost to the Wildcats last season, 12-7. The overtime loss was USC’s                           third-ever overtime game, all of which have resulted in losses. USC falls to 0-3 in the all time series against Northwestern.USC had the lead until the final 37 seconds of regulation, until the Wildcats surged back to take the game into overtime. Northwestern scored just 53 seconds into overtime and maintained possession to run the clock out and seal the victory.The Women of Troy open the 2015 season after finishing 9-9 overall in 2014, going 6-3 in conference. They were knocked out of the MPSF Tournament with a 7-6 loss to Oregon in the quarterfinals.The Women of Troy have a week of rest before they head east to face Stony Brook and Marist on Feb. 20 and 22, respectively.last_img read more

Lindstrom: Falcons’ O-line must ‘do better’ to protect Ryan

first_img First Published: 16th August, 2020 08:28 IST FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Chris Lindstrom had to spend far too much of his rookie season imagining how he would prepare for a game.The Atlanta Falcons’ right guard is more than ready for a full season of reality.Lindstrom, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft by Atlanta, broke his right foot in the Falcons’ opening game at Minnesota. He missed the next 11 games.“The whole time I was injured, I was preparing like I was playing the game every single week,” Lindstrom said Saturday. “I’d write down notes. This is what I want to do against this guy.”It was a lost season for Lindstrom and the Falcons, who finished 7-9 despite closing the year with four consecutive wins after the rookie returned from the injury.Lindstrom is eager to take advantage of the crucial experience gained in those four games as he prepares for his second season. He’s had more time to develop chemistry with right tackle Kaleb McGary, another first-round pick last year.The Falcons expect Lindstrom and McGary to provide long-term stability on the right side of the line. The team desperately needs improved play from the line.Last year’s line never achieved the continuity that had been planned. Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 48 times and missed a game for the first time since 2009 due to an ankle injury on one of the sacks.The run-blocking also was a problem. The Falcons finished ahead of only two teams in rushing. The line must provide better protection for Ryan and better running lanes for their new lead rusher, Todd Gurley.“We know we need to do better as a unit and we’re being accountable for that and working toward it,” Lindstrom said.Left tackle Jake Matthews and center Alex Mack are fixtures on the line. Rookie Matt Hennessey, a third-round pick, could start at left guard.The competition at left guard that could also include James Carpenter, Matt Gono and others. Coach Dan Quinn expects to see Lindstrom and McGary provide more consistent production on the right side of the line.“No. 1, usually that’s when you see a big push in terms of where a player can go to from rookie year into second year,” Quinn said Wednesday. “Often, that’s the case with linemen — both offensive and defensive linemen. Physically, both are doing well.”Linebacker Deion Jones said Lindstrom’s final four games last season were impressive.“The fact he was able to get back out there and feel his foot out and get the chance to get back after it the way he does,” Jones said. “He’s fast, he’s physical. He always wants to be perfect. He’s always looking for edges in his game. With Kaleb, they’ve been growing together and figuring it out together and they’ve been awesome.”NOTES: FB Keith Smith was activated from the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. … Rookie CB A.J. Terrell, the first-round pick from Clemson, provided the highlight of Saturday’s practice when he soared to intercept a pass from Ryan intended for Calvin Ridley. Jones said Terrell “made a great play. That was awesome to see.”Image credits: AP Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 08:28 IST Lindstrom: Falcons’ O-line Must ‘do Better’ To Protect Ryan Lindstrom, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft by Atlanta, broke his right foot in the Falcons’ opening game at Minnesota. He missed the next 11 games COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written Bylast_img read more

GVC finalises Ladbrokes Coral migration

first_img GVC Holdings has reached a ‘milestone’ after confirming that it has completed the migration of Ladbrokes onto its proprietary technology platform.The Ladbrokes migration marks the final stage of a ‘complex integration process’ after acquiring the brand in 2018. All brands acquired by GVC have now been migrated onto the GVC platform, including Ladbrokes, Coral, Gala Bingo, Gala Casino and Gala Spins.GVC COO Shay Segev commented: “I am delighted that this critical and hugely complex stage of the Ladbrokes Coral integration process has been completed so successfully. It is a great testament to the sophistication of our technology and the quality of our teams, and it is particularly impressive that they have managed to finalise it during this period of remote working. It also positions the business even better to emerge from the current crisis from a position of strength.“The GVC integration model has proved itself time and again to be extremely effective at integrating large-scale operations with minimal disruption to our underlying business. As a result, we are confident in our ability to take advantage of the attractive M&A opportunities which we believe will present themselves to us in the future while further boosting the growth of our existing business.”GVC lauded the timely completion of the migration, highlighting that it has been ‘executed on time, on budget and with no disruption to the 25 million Ladbrokes Coral customer accounts that have been moved across’.The GVC platform is hoped to enhance product development and customer propositions, while also allowing GVC to adapt to regulatory change. It will also enable GVC to deliver a range of social responsibility tools and initiatives as it continues to promote a safer gambling environment.With the platform migrations now complete, the remaining process and back office integrations can now take place, with GVC emphasising that it remains ‘on track’ to deliver the full £130m of annualised synergies by the end of 2021. StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr defends Andre Berto choice

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr has defended his decision to fight Andre Berto in September in what he insists will be his final ever bout.Mayweather (48-0) has been criticised for choosing what some believe is a weaker opponent – compared to other eligible fighters – he will have no problem beating in his welterweight title defence.American Berto is 30-3, but that includes losing three of his past six fights having gone 27-0 previously.Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles on Thursday, Mayweather said the September 12 bout would be his last – and explained his decision to take on Berto.”I chose Berto because he’s very exciting. I’ve been getting backlash. He’s been getting backlash,” the 38-year-old said.”No one is forced to buy the fight. I appreciate it, but no one is forced to buy the fight. Andre Berto is going to push Floyd Mayweather to the limit. “The difference between Andre Berto and Manny Pacquiao is that you guys put all the hype in Manny Pacquiao. That”s what the media did.”Mayweather described the fight as “very intriguing”, with the bout to be his first since beating Pacquiao in May.And he insisted it would be his last.”Number 49, this is it. I”ve had a tremendous career,” Mayweather said.”I”m older, and wiser. My health is a major concern for me. September 12th is my last fight.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Shohei Ohtani’s career in Japan: Inside the numbers

first_imgNew Angel Shohei Ohtani is attempting to do something no one has done in nearly a century – become a truly effective two-way player in the majors. How did the 23-year-old fare in parts of five seasons in Japan’s major leagues?ON THE MOUNDA right-hander who throws 100 miles per hour, Ohtani had a 2.52 ERA with 624 strikeouts and 200 walks in 543 innings. Japanese teams favor six-man starting rotations and Monday games are rare, so that limits starters to one outing per week. Ohtani never pitched more than 160-2/3 innings (2015), but he’s been pretty consistent.His 2015 and 2016 seasons were his best on the mound. In 2015, he was 15-5 with a 2.24 ERA in 22 games (all starts). He had three shutouts among his five complete games. He had 196 strikeouts and 46 walks in his 160-2/3 innings with a 0.909 WHIP. In 2016, he was 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA in 21 games (20 starts). He had one shutout among four complete games with 174 strikeouts and 45 walks in 140 innings (.0957 WHIP).He has never allowed more than seven home runs in a season (24 total). Japanese media brace for Shohei Ohtani arrival with Angels after experiencing Ichiro madness AT THE PLATEA left-handed hitter, Ohtani batted .286 with an .859 OPS and 48 homers in 1,170 plate appearances in Japan. His best season at the plate was 2016, when he batted .322 with 18 doubles, 22 home runs, 67 RBI and 65 runs scored in 104 games. In 382 plate appearances that season, he had a .416 on-base percentage and a 1.004 OPS.He struck out 316 times in 1,035 at-bats and is not a threat to steal bases (13 total). He was only hit by a pitch four times, which some scouts have attributed to Japanese pitchers being afraid to pitch inside to him out of fear of injuring him. It’s safe to say he will see a lot more inside pitches in the U.S.Related Articles Miller: Shohei Ohtani brings a bat, an arm and much more to suddenly blessed Angels Japanese star Shohei Ohtani chooses Angels over 6 other MLB teams, including Dodgers center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ bid for Shohei Ohtani falls short Does Shohei Ohtani move help the Angels keep Mike Trout long term? last_img read more

Clippers forward Blake Griffin tough as ever on the court

first_imgBlake Griffin of the Clippers has shown no reluctance to get in the paint after missing 15 consecutive games with a staph infection in his right elbow. He might even be going in there more since his return a week ago Sunday. His rebound numbers attest to that as he was averaging 9.5 in the four games he had played before Sunday’s 107-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans; he was averaging 7.7 on the season.Indeed, it appears there was no way Griffin was going to take anything easy once he got back in the fold. On Friday, he went hard to the ground on his back after being fouled by Washington’s Nene with 5:39 left in the third quarter while going hard to the basket. Nene was called for a flagrant 1 foul. Less than a minute earlier, Paul Pierce had committed a flagrant 1 foul on Griffin. Griffin had no reaction either time, and he explained why.“I don’t think any of them were malicious,” Griffin said. “That’s just kind of a read. When you don’t think anything is meant to be done in a harmful way, there’s no need to react. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul has his teammates’ back, and has been offering him emotional support.“It’s tough,” Paul said. “Jamal is a huge part of this team. We need him. But guys have been stepping up. I tell Jamal all the time that we’re going to need him more in the postseason than we do right now.“He is doing everything he can to get back on the court.”Coach Doc Rivers admitted after Friday’s victory over the Washington Wizards that there is a chance Crawford might not return. Prior to tipoff Sunday, Rivers said, “Jamal told me he’s feeling better, it just doesn’t seem like he is.”Rivers conceded that Crawford’s injury is worse than the team initially thought.“Probably,” he said. “I think (head trainer) J.P. (Jasen Powell) was concerned pretty much right away, but I think even he’s been caught off guard; not off guard, he probably thinks it’s worse than we thought.”Crawford, who turned 35 Friday, is shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 34.5 percent (115 of 345) from 3-point range. For his career, he’s shooting 41.1 percent overall and 35 percent from beyond the arc.But any time one is assessing Crawford’s percentages, the difficulty of many of his shots is higher than most.Crawford showed up in the locker room pregame Sunday and was not limping as much as he was a few days earlier.UpcomingThe Clippers (46-25) now embark on a three-game road trip that will feature stops Wednesday at New York, Friday at Philadelphia and Sunday at Boston. When they come back, they will host Golden State on March 31.center_img “They are a physical group, but we are, too. So you just have to take hits and then keep going and show that you can take hits.” Griffin only had five rebounds Sunday to go with his 23 points, but he’s still averaging 8.6 rebounds since his return. His career average is 9.8.Paul supports CrawfordOne has to wonder how the Clippers’ chances in the postseason will be affected if they are without a healthy Jamal Crawford, who Sunday missed his 10th consecutive game with a right calf injury.Crawford averages 16.4 points off the bench and though his shooting-percentage numbers are down just a bit, there can be no mistaking that he remains a very clutch player, the kind who can miss his first four shots and make his next six.last_img read more

Dodgers trying to find days off for regulars after challenging trip

first_imgRoberts said Muncy’s break on Friday was unrelated to his right wrist, which he appeared to injure on a check swing on Wednesday, though he stayed in that contest.“Actually, his wrist feels good,” Roberts said. “I think it’s more we pushed him through each game and the lack of off-days and travel.”The travel also took its toll on relief pitcher Dylan Floro. The righty complained of stiffness in his neck on Sunday as the team flew home from Philadelphia and was sent to the 10-day injured list on Monday with neck inflammation.The Dodgers recalled Casey Sadler to replace Floro on the active roster.“Hopefully he’ll be a short-term thing,” Roberts said of Floro. “Obviously, a pitcher having a tough time with his neck is going to compromise him.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cooper could hardly contain his glee pregame before his Dodger Stadium debut, which he anticipated would be attended by 50-100 family members and friends.“It’s a dream come true. Once I step in that box,” Cooper began, hesitating with a brief laugh, “it’ll be a feeling I probably haven’t felt since my big-league debut. Playing in your home city is something you always dream of.”Cooper batted third for the Marlins on Friday.ALSOThe Dodgers will hold a ceremony on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium to unveil the official logo for the 2020 All-Star Game. Vin Scully, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti will be in attendance at the ceremony, which will also include the revealing of plans for stadium renovations in the coming year. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — Smothering humidity, a series of rain delays and a frustrating delay on the flight home due to a mechanical error made the Dodgers grateful to be back home in California ahead of the weekend’s three-game series with the Miami Marlins, even after taking four of seven from the Phillies and Red Sox.“We’ll take that,” pitcher Ross Stripling said, “but obviously it’s nice to be back here in 70 degrees and sunny L.A.”But the rigors of the trip did have an impact on the Dodgers’ plans for the weekend series.Manager Dave Roberts found himself budgeting for off-days for several of his regular players. First baseman Max Muncy got Friday’s series opener off, while Roberts said he was eyeing getting right fielder Cody Bellinger off his feet on Sunday.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start HOMECOMINGThree years into his major-league career and Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper had never had the opportunity to play in his hometown. Until Friday night.The Manhattan Beach native had a winding road back to L.A. County. After a standout career at Loyola High, he spent two years at El Camino College before transferring to Auburn. He was selected by the Brewers in the sixth round of the 2013 draft and spent four years in their farm system before being traded to the Yankees in 2017.There he made his MLB debut before he was traded to Miami that November. After an injury-plagued 2018, Cooper has made an impact for the Marlins this season. Entering Friday, Cooper was hitting .313 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs while playing in the outfield and infield.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Updated: Wellington girls finish runner-up in Diamond Bracket at World Series

first_imgUPDATE: Wellington lost to Fern Creek, Ky. in the Diamond Bracket Championship 5-3. Thus ends Wellington’s World Series run. The locals went 3-5 for the tournament. We will have a full story shortly.Sumner Newscow report — Wellington wins 7-4 over Plymouth at the 16-under girls softball World Series in Florida. Wellington plays Fern Creek at 1 p.m. in the championship game. The girls will have to beat Fern Creek twice for the diamond bracket championship. If Wellington wins the 1 p.m. game the second game is set for 3:30 p.m. today.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Attorney: Shelly Sterling wants to keep Clippers

first_imgShelly Sterling, left, wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watches from a courtside seat during the second half of Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors, April 27, 2014: (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team, her lawyer said Thursday, adding an unwanted twist to the NBA’s plan to force new ownership on the franchise.Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said his client “will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest.”“As her lawyers we will fight vigorously to defend her property rights,” he said.O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling has no interest in managing the Clippers and wants a new investor group to come in with a professional management team.O’Donnell also told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce. There is no record of legal separation documents being filed, though O’Donnell said the couple is living apart.Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for life and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. The move came after a recording surfaced in which Sterling made racist comments, telling friend V. Stiviano that he didn’t want her to bring black people to Clippers games.At a news conference announcing the decision, Silver said no decision had been made regarding whether Mrs. Sterling or any other members of the Sterling family will be allowed to retain an ownership position.O’Donnell said he spoke with NBA officials Thursday morning but declined to elaborate. He said Mrs. Sterling has been working cooperatively with Silver and his staff and supported his announcement seeking a new chief executive officer for the team and the NBA’s decision to place longtime team President Andy Roeser on leave.O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling “abhors” her husband’s comments and that Silver had “exonerated” Mrs. Sterling in his statement last week. Silver said the decision only involved Donald Sterling and his actions.“We abhor guilt by association in America,” O’Donnell said. “The sins of the husband cannot be imputed to the wife or children.”Shelly and Donald Sterling faced allegations that they discriminated against tenants based on race in Los Angeles according to a lawsuit filed by U.S. Department of Justice in 2006. The Sterlings, who at the time owned and managed about 119 apartment buildings or 5,000 apartments throughout Los Angeles County, agreed to settle the suit for $2.725 million.The settlement also included two suits filed by former tenants at one of the properties, including an African-American family and an interracial married couple with biracial children, who alleged the Sterlings demolished their private yards among other actions because of their race, according to the Justice Department.“The charges against her by former tenants are false, unfounded and were never ever determined to be valid in a court of law,” O’Donnell said. He said the case was settled without any admission of liability. “She doesn’t have a racist bone in her body,” O’Donnell said.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Thursday at the team’s training facility that “it would be a very hard situation” if Shelly retained her portion of ownership in the team.“I guarantee you every person wouldn’t be on board with that,” Rivers said. “Whether I would or not, I’m not going to say.”O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling hasn’t been asked to stay away from games and will not. She is an ardent Clippers fan and plans to attend Friday night’s playoff game against Oklahoma City. Rivers said “that’s her choice. She can be a ticket buyer or whatever.”Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star guard who was asked to serve as a spokesman for NBA players after the Sterling scandal broke, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Mrs. Sterling’s plan to remain an owner.___AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles, and AP writers Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles and Juliet Williams in Sacramento contributed to this report.___Tami Abdollah can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/latamslast_img read more