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Nlarev Maintains Lead at FCT Classic

first_imgAll is set for the final round of the FCT Classic at IBB International Golf and Country Club with the professionals teeing off first early this morning. The professionals will be followed by 128 amateurs competing in the FCT Amateur Classic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale AjimotokanIssa Nlareb maintained the lead after two rounds at FCT Classic on the West Africa Golf Tour at IBB Golf Club, Abuja, but things were not plain sailing for him.The Cameroonian made three birdies in his round but these were countered with seven dropped shots for a round of 4 over par 76. With tougher pin positions for the second round, all players found scoring a challenge.last_img read more

NTTF Set for National Open, C’wealth Games Trials

first_imgFor the national open, more than N2m will at stake for prize money at the five-day tournament with Sola Oyetayo and Cecilia Otu-Akpan hoping to retain the titles they won last year.Meanwhile, with less than five months to the kick-off of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, NTTF has called up 47 players for the first phase of trials holding.The invited players include 30 able and 17 para athletes that are expected to jostle for places in the teams to the multi-sports championships holding on April 4 to 15 in 2018.Among the invited players include national champion, Sola Oyetayo, Jamiu Azeez, Joshua Oladiran, Hassan Nurudeen, Ahemd Adeyinka, Tobi Falana, Azeez Solanke, Rilwan Akanbi as well as national junior sensation, Abayomi Animasahun.The female players will be led by Cecilia Otu-Akpan as well as Tosin Oribamise among others.The para athletes will be led by Paralympians Taju Agunbiade and Femi Alabi.The first phase of camping for the Commonwealth Games takes off on December 17 at the NTTF Training Centre of National Stadium in Lagos. The trial is in line with the plan of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the Commonwealth Games.Over 40 nations will compete in the table tennis event at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast with nine titles at stake.The table tennis event serves off on April 5 to 14.Nigeria claimed bronze medal in the men’s team event of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland and the male team have always contributed to Nigeria’s medal haul at the games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All is now set for the 2017 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Open cum Commonwealth Games trials scheduled to hold between December 11 and 16 at the National Stadium in Lagos.According to the Assistant Secretary of NTTF, Adedayo Adeosun, athletes would compete for honours in 18 events including para athletes who will compete in eight events for men and women.last_img read more

Akwa Ibom Stadium Wins Nigeria’s Best

first_imgSports Minister, Solomon Dalung was represented at award by Director Planning and Strategy, Mrs Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi. The Hon. Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, received the award on behalf of Akwa Ibom State government.The award was one of the three plaques scooped by the state. The others were Diamond Award for the most comprehensive sports development programme in support of Nigerian youths and the state with the most patriotic and inspirational sports supporters.The technical consultants which organized the award in collaboration Ministry of Sports, Spring Vision International Koncept, linked the successful Super Eagles World Cup for Russia 2018 to the right atmosphere in Uyo.Its chairman, Philips Asiegbu said that the atmosphere generated inside the “Nest of the Champions” by supporters inspired the Super Eagles to record emphatic victories over Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia to book their World Cup ticket.Udoh said the triple awards were clear manifestation of the blueprint by Governor Udom Emmanuel, who places sports in the front burner.“Now everything we have done has yielded results, including our successful hosting of the Super Eagles World Cup campaign as well having two formidable teams in Akwa United and Ibom Angels in the Nigerian premier league and women super league,” Udoh said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram From Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe foresight of Akwa Ibom State government towards investing in the iconic Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo has paid off after it received the National Sports Summit Award as the state with the Best Sport Infrastructure in Nigeria.The award was presented in Abuja at a special ceremony endorsed by the Ministry of Youths and Sport.last_img read more

Badgers face 1st true test against Michigan State

first_imgAgainst Michigan State, Wisconsin will rely heavily on defensive end J.J. Watt to rush the Spartans’ quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and stop their powerful running attack.[/media-credit]From a health standpoint, Big Ten play couldn’t have started at a better time for the Wisconsin football team.The Badgers have been relatively blessed on the injury front this season, the only major loss being outside linebacker Chris Borland.So when No. 11 Wisconsin takes the field in East Lansing, Mich., Saturday, the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans can expect to see the Badgers as strong as they might be all season. The question there is, will it be enough?The Badgers haven’t gotten much national love for grinding out a victory against an Arizona State squad that played itself out of its game against Oregon last weekend, or for demolishing FCS Austin Peay 70-3. Two voters in the AP poll didn’t even rank Wisconsin in their ballots this week.Michigan State entered the polls after its can-you-believe-it win over Notre Dame two weeks ago, beating the Fighting Irish on a beautifully executed fake field goal in overtime. Head coach Mark Dantonio is set to return to the sideline after suffering a small heart attack following the Spartans’ win two weeks ago.Both teams are unbeaten at 4-0 heading into tomorrow’s game, and there are a number of similarities between the squads. In Scott Tolzien and Kirk Cousins, both UW and MSU feature experienced signal callers ranked in the top 16 nationally in quarterback rating.While the Spartans feature a one-two punch of running backs in Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell, it’s Cousins who makes the offense go. The Badger pass rush is eager to get some hits in on MSU’s junior quarterback.“We’re real excited for that, because if you start hitting a quarterback, he’s going to start getting rattled,” defensive end J.J. Watt said. “When he gets rattled, he starts making poor decisions, that’s what we’re trying to do, force him into poor decisions, so we can get turnovers and takeaways. At the end of the day, that’s what wins football games.”After some early fumbling problems, the Badgers didn’t turn the ball over once in their last two games. Turnovers were a big reason Wisconsin failed tests last season against Ohio State and Iowa. Tolzien has played clean games over the past two weeks, and against MSU, he gets the added benefit of two veteran receivers returning.Junior Nick Toon has been out since the first week of the season with a turf toe injury, but is set to start against the Spartans. Toon was UW’s leading wide receiver last season and gives the Badgers a physical presence going over the middle of the field.“One thing [Toon] did, he’s coming back, he’s got fresh legs,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “He hasn’t gone through the two week grind of practice all those other guys did. So you notice a little difference with him.”Senior David Gilreath is also going to play, though he might not start. Gilreath missed the last two weeks with a concussion suffered against San Jose State. While the Minnesota-native has handled kick and punt returns his whole Wisconsin career, the coaching staff isn’t going to rush him back into the return game. Freshman running back James White will continue to return kicks, while safety Aaron Henry will take over on punt returns.While the Arizona State game proved the Badgers had a way to go on special teams, one of Wisconsin’s biggest strengths this season has come on the penalty front. The Badgers are tied for second in the nation in fewest penalties per game.“We know penalties are a big thing in this game,” running back John Clay said. “We take pride in trying to be the less-penalized team out on the field.”Michigan State, despite being undefeated, has had 11 penalties in three of its four games, and is 114th in the FBS in total penalties.Both teams are aware of the importance of playing a clean game. In 2008, one of Wisconsin’s worst losses in the Bret Bielema era came at Spartan Stadium. Bielema himself earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that helped spark an MSU comeback late in the game. Wisconsin had a chance to close the game out, but a 21-yard run by Clay was negated by a holding penalty. The Badgers lost the game 25-24.“Penalties are huge. Wisconsin people have to look no further than Monday night, the Packer game,” Watt said. “Penalties can play an absolutely huge part in a football game.”A Wisconsin win could arguably be Bielema’s biggest victory since becoming head coach. A victory in East Lansing would be the first time the Badgers have beaten a ranked opponent on the road since Barry Alvarez was head coach.“We’re both ranked teams; we’re both undefeated teams,” Clay said. “Going there in their house, they’re going to be motivated to keep that ranking, and we’re going to be motivated to stay undefeated too.”last_img read more

No. 3 Women of Troy set to clash with No. 2 Bruins

first_imgFor the USC women’s water polo team, the last four weeks of the regular season couldn’t have gone any better.After a win last Saturday against No. 8-ranked San Jose State, the Women of Troy now ride a seven-game winning streak into this Saturday’s marquee matchup against crosstown rival UCLA.The No. 3-ranked Women of Troy (21-2, 4-1 MPSF) will suit up for what will be a clash between two of the nation’s best teams when they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA (20-2, 4-1 MPSF) in their regular season finale.The host Bruins are coming off a narrow 8-7 defeat at the hands of then-No. 2 Stanford in Palo Alto last weekend. The loss dropped UCLA out of the top spot in the national rankings and propelled Stanford to        No. 1, while USC has remained steady at the No. 3 spot since the beginning of the season.Through 23 games this season, however, USC leads the MPSF in both offense and defense, scoring 17.57 goals per game and allowing just 4.43 goals per game. The Women of Troy have also outscored opponents by a whopping 404-102 margin.For head coach Jovan Vavic, though, those stats won’t mean much at the end of the season if the Women of Troy don’t bring their A-game on Saturday.“Against UCLA specifically, our defense has been good, but we’ve had problems scoring. In the last two games we’ve played them, our players only scored three goals, so we have to be more aggressive,” Vavic said. “That’s probably the one thing that has to be true for us to be successful against UCLA — we have to be more aggressive and more willing to take chances.”The Women of Troy are looking to avenge a 5-3 loss to the Bruins in the UC Irvine Invitational back in late February.Revenge and bragging rights, however, aren’t the only things on the line when these two teams meet, as this matchup will carry even greater implications than usual.The match will be important for MPSF conference standings and possible tournament seedings, as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MPSF tournament is on the line.It will also be a tough test in the pool for USC in Westwood, as the Bruins are a perfect 5-0 at home. The Women of Troy, however, are looking to spoil the Bruins’ afternoon festivities when they visit Spieker Aquatics Center.Senior two-meter Eike Daube thinks the high-pressure atmosphere will be a good test for the team.“We have a really young team this year, and that loss earlier this season was the first time a majority of our girls played in the big rivalry game, so now we’re more prepared and excited to get another opportunity to play UCLA,” Daube said. “It’s also going to be UCLA’s Senior Day as well, so there will be a lot more people than we’re used to, but that just adds to the atmosphere of playing at such a high level, and it’s really exciting.”Despite that loss to UCLA, the Women of Troy have been on a hot streak as of late, winning nine of their last 10 games and seven-in-a-row.USC’s quest for a good tournament seed continued last weekend when the Women of Troy hosted San Jose State at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.It was a special day for USC’s seniors last Saturday, as Daube, Monica Vavic, Michelle Mercado, Sara Salamon and Jennifer Stiefel were all honored in a pregame ceremony before tipping off against the Spartans.San Jose State came out of the gates hot and held close with a 4-2 score at the end of the first frame, but the Women of Troy turned up their defensive pressure and allowed just one goal in the second period.The Women of Troy held a 10-3 lead at the half and ultimately outscored the Spartans 7-3 the rest of the way, ending with a 21-6 win on Senior Day.Eleven different players scored against the Spartans, while seven goals were scored by seniors. Daube and Vavic led the way with three goals each, sophomore driver Stephania Haralabidis added a hat trick of her own and freshman goalie Victória Chamorro had nine saves in the cage.That win, however, will pale in comparison to a USC victory on Saturday against the crosstown rivals.“I think in order to win, we just need to focus on executing what we’ve been working on, and it’ll come down to people who you normally wouldn’t expect stepping up,” Daube said. “Because we have a very small senior class, UCLA is aware of who our top players are, but I think we can really make a difference with some of our younger girls, and I think they have something to prove.”One of those younger players who is looking to make an impact will be Chamorro.The Brazilian native won the starting spot after former Olympian and First Team All-American Flora Bolonyai graduated last year, and she has been steady in the cage all season long for the Women of Troy, averaging 6.78 saves per game and allowing only 4.34 goals per game.Chamorro thinks her improvement over the course of the season both mentally and physically has helped her confidence heading into just her second time playing in the storied rivalry match.“I believe I’ve improved a lot in the pool and out of it too, as a water polo player and as a person. The team and coaches have helped me a lot, and in the cage, I think I’ve been doing well for a freshman, so I’m excited,” Chamorro said. “I’m feeling really confident about this game, and I think our team has gotten much better since the beginning of the season, so we’re prepared to beat the Bruins. I think we can win this one.”In the end, behind all the excitement and anticipation surrounding this Saturday’s rivalry match, Vavic believes that if the team can just stick together and follow its normal game plan, the Women of Troy will be fine.“If our players are committed to the preparation, then what we do will all work out and we will be able to pull out a win,” Vavic said.USC will head across town for the key matchup against the Bruins on April 18. The regular season finale for both teams will begin at 1 p.m. at UCLA’s Spieker Aquatics Center.last_img read more

Bede Gaming agrees partnership with Pragmatic Play

first_img StumbleUpon Mark Woollard: How Pragmatic Solutions laid the foundations for landmark igaming platform deals in 2020 January 20, 2020 Submit Supplier of software to the online gaming industry, Bede Gaming has signed a partnership agreement with Pragmatic Play, which will see the content provider’s entire offering integrated into Bede PLAY.Pragmatic Play’s portfolio of more than 80 HTML5 games, including Chilli Heat, Gold Rush, Vegas Nights, Caishen’s Gold and Jurassic Giants will be available to all Bede operators.The addition of Pragmatic Play’s portfolio is the latest step in Bede Gaming’s expansion of its content available via PLAY, having already signed several partnership deals with well regarded content suppliers in the last few months.Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said: “We are always looking to expand our offering to clients with the latest and most exciting titles, and integrating Pragmatic Play’s games was an obvious decision as we continue to combine premium content with our leading marketing tools.“We look forward to enjoying a long and productive relationship with a provider whose games are already performing very well.”Yossi Barzely, Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play, also commented: “We have a strong commitment to growing our footprint in regulated markets, and are delighted to do so in partnership with a provider as respected as Bede.“I am sure our diverse and expertly-modelled range of games will prove popular with their clients all over the world.”Bede’s platform offers a completely flexible gaming solution and robust security measures, and is fast establishing itself as the first-choice option for innovative operators globally.Founded in 2012, Bede Gaming employs the latest in modern technology to provide speed and security in a high-quality gaming platform. Share Related Articles Gauselmann Group acquires majority stake in Bede Gaming March 12, 2020 Share Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020last_img read more

After Astros’ punishment, one big task remains for MLB in sign-stealing scandal

first_imgMaybe, deep inside, some modicum of self-awareness and remorse for actions from Houston hitters takes over, some level of guilt now that their skipper and GM are out of jobs. But that’s not MLB’s job to decide — MLB’s job should be to stay on top of this. And that’s why consistency is key.Someone, unfortunately, had to be the example. Someone had to be the landmark case. It’s a bit harrowing and upsetting knowing that there’s still some level of “impurity” across baseball, even if it’s not in the tip of a syringe. But Houston wasn’t the first, it won’t be the last. But MLB has to have the last word on all these cases in the future. And it started now. There’s one remaining goal for MLB after the gavel fell on the Astros sign-stealing case.There have been questions about how to police it. There have been discussions about how to eliminate it. But the main questions now are this: Can you be consistent? Can you make it hurt enough to remove the temptation? The Astros aren’t the first team to have gotten caught cheating, and they certainly won’t be the last. There will, some day, be another team that tests the limits of the rules, like yoga pants after a night at the China Buffet.But if baseball is serious — and it certainly seems to be given the fallout — about wanting to stomp out the use of tech to gain an edge, to prevent a new team from following in Houston’s footsteps, then the next step is simple: Everyone’s gotta hurt. Every team has to feel similar pain.MORE: The biggest takeaways from the Astros falloutRob Manfred said his goal was to be “prophylactic” in his approach with the punishment, which is a $10 way to say, “I want to make damn sure this doesn’t happen again.” Well, Manfred may have found the answer with his punishments, especially if the firings of AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow are byproducts of those suspensions.Alex Cora is presumably next on the chopping block; Cora was painted as a ring leader in MLB’s report, saying he was involved in every scheme, between using the replay room illegally and banging the trash can to report signs. If the reports that the Red Sox were cheating in 2018, under Cora’s watch, are proven, then it’s MLB’s duty to drop the hammer once again. There should be no hesitation in what comes next for Cora. If the current report is to be believed, and the next report damns Cora further, then he’s out, too. We’re talking a two-year ban, at minimum, especially when you place it against Hinch’s suspension for his inaction in the scandal. It’s also safe to assume that Cora would fired as manager. Is it unfair? Maybe, if the worst-kept secret of MLB sign-stealing is as rampant and widespread as we believe. But there can be no gray area in following punishments for whoever’s next. That goes for everyone caught now and in the future.Owner Jim Crane wasted almost no time moving on from Hinch and Luhnow, but if the details in the investigation are accurate, then ignorance can’t be used as an excuse. If Hinch wasn’t truly the mastermind behind it — like interviews have stated he’s not — he’s paying the crime for something others have done. That is completely fine.MORE: How do you police sign-stealing, exactly?Because, after all, someone has to be held accountable, right? While Hinch supposedly tried stopping the monitor usage twice, he is still the manager of the ballclub. He is the guy in the chair, the captain of the Enterprise, the pit boss. Is it fair? That’s another discussion.Sometimes a punishment has to send a message. Look at the way the death penalty has been dropped on college programs; sure, maybe it’s not the students involved at the time, but it’s a lethal deterrent that sends a message to those now and in the future. The parallel to the NCAA’s “lack of institutional control” punishments can be drawn, as well.last_img read more

Patrick Mahomes can vindicate Big 12 quarterbacks with a Super Bowl victory

first_imgPatrick Mahomes will be the first Big 12 quarterback to start in the Super Bowl when the Chiefs and 49ers meet Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.Who was the last quarterback in the conference to start in the Super Bowl? It’s a bit of a trick question. Three-time Super Bowl winner Troy Aikman started his career at Oklahoma, but transferred and finished his collegiate career at UCLA. Actually, Vince Ferragamo was the last quarterback to do it: He started his career at Cal before transferring to Nebraska — then in the Big Eight. He started in Super Bowl 14 for the Los Angeles Rams against the Pittsburgh Steelers.Mahomes will end that 40-year drought for those quarterbacks Sunday.MORE: Andy Reid among sports’ top 25 coaches without a title”I was not aware of that,” Ferragamo told Sporting News when asked to answer that obscure piece of Super Bowl trivia. “It’s like, ‘Wow, it took that long.’ At the time it was the Big Eight. … Since those days, a lot has happened. The game has changed.”Mahomes has helped changed the perception for Big 12 quarterbacks. He finished with 11,252 passing yards and 93 passing touchdowns to 29 interceptions at Texas Tech before Kansas City selected him with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He won NFL MVP honors in 2018 after throwing for 50 touchdowns, and now the Chiefs are in the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.Mahomes has done all that with more than just no-look passes: He has helped eliminate the negative perception of how Big 12 quarterbacks translate in the NFL. (Getty Images) That perception dates back to Ferragamo, who played in the Big Eight at a time when Nebraska and Oklahoma ran option offenses that dominated college football. Ferragamo was a fourth-round pick in 1977.The conference shifted to a more pass-happy league as the Big 12, which was founded in 1994 and commenced competition in 1996. Yet it produced surprisingly few first-round picks before Mahomes in 2017:PlayerSchoolDraft (overall pick)Vince YoungTexas2006 (3)Josh FreemanKansas State2009 (17)Sam BradfordOklahoma2010 (1)Blaine GabbertMissouri2011 (10)Robert Griffin IIIBaylor2012 (2)Ryan TannehillTexas A&M2012 (8)Brandon WeedenOklahoma State2012 (22)Since Mahomes, however, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (2018) and Kyler Murray (2019) have been selected with the No. 1 overall pick. Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury took the same position for the Arizona Cardinals, and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley is constantly mentioned when the NFL coaching carousel turns.”I think the QB traits from year’s past — ‘Can he throw? Is he big? Is he strong? Is he an accurate passer? Does he have a good head on his shoulders?’ — those things are important for the quarterback,” Ferragamo said. “But the game has changed, and you have to roll with the times.”MORE: Myth-busting worst narratives from Super Bowl 54Mahomes can keep the good times rolling with more playoff success. Mahomes and Tannehill won playoff games this year and led the Chiefs and Titans to the AFC Championship game. Other than Aikman and Ferragamo, Kordell Stewart (1997, 2001) and Lynn Dickey (1982) are the only other quarterbacks from the conference to win an NFL playoff start.In the last Super Bowl appearance, Ferragamo led the Rams against the Steelers. Los Angeles led 13-10 at halftime, but the Steelers pulled away in the second half of a 31-19 victory. “I think Patrick has the same task at hand next week. This is one of the best young defenses I’ve seen in a long time,” Ferragamo said. “Now, do they compare to Pittsburgh? Yeah, maybe so. They really have a great front-four pass rush. In some ways, they are like the Fearsome Foursome.”Ferragamo, however, remains impressed with Mahomes, especially his ability to be a great communicator on the field. He calls it an “unspoken magic,” and it’s one that was cultivated in the Big 12.”It’s the wide-open offense he was so accustomed to playing in,” Ferragamo said. “If you watch them and you’ve been in the huddle, you can appreciate the way they describe the play and how confident the level of their expression is.”last_img read more

Miami-Dade Mayor’s Protective Message: Assume Everyone Has Coronavirus

first_imgGimenez added the approach is similar to what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has done with the state’s EOC.The mayor also emphasized that residents should be taking the proper measures, which include keeping social distancing, constantly washing hands and avoiding touching one’s face.“The 2.8 million residents that live in in Miami-Dade need to assume that everybody that they’re in contact with is infected,” he says. “If you do that, you’ll take measures that will protect yourself and will protect others. That’s the way we beat this virus.” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is currently in self-quarantine at his home due to the outbreak of coronavirus.Although a test he took last week came back negative, the mayor noted that sometimes symptoms can take longer to show up and out of an abundance of caution, he decided not to interact with others and to spreading the virus.On Saturday night, Gimenez tweeted that the Miami-Dade Emergency Management will begin operating at a Level II due to the ongoing concerns over the threat of COVID-19.“It’s an activation of our EOC (Emergency Operations Center),” Gimenez explained during an appearance on Miami television station WPLG. “That means it’s open 24 hours a day, so that if anything happens, we will have somebody there.”last_img read more