Okezie Ogali was reelected for the second time in three years as the Competition Secretary. Yusuf Modibbo is the new Treasurer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaOkechukwu Igweh was at the weekend elected the new captain of IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.Igweh, proprietor of Bolingo Hotel, secured 256 votes at the club’s Annual General Meeting to defeat Commodore Nathus who had 76 votes.The single- digit handicapper will now lead a new Executive Committee for one year, effectively succeeding Hamid Abbo, whose term elapsed last month.A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Sunday I. Ameh, was elected the Vice Captain following his victory by huge margin over Geoff Onyejegbu.Tola Atoyebi won a keenly contested race with Abel Abia- Bassey for the post of Club Secretary.Mrs Lami Ahmed emerged the Lady Captain after she beat Mrs Grace Ihonvbere with a difference of 26 votes. Ahmed had previously served the lady section as Assistant Handicap Secretary and Vice Captain.Chris Shaiyen and Clement Chinaka were elected unopposed as Social Secretary and Course Officer respectively.
The proposed cost is different from the N50 million ($138,888) earlier released by government to fast track the completion of the complex.Dalung’s speech was delivered at the session by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdul Razak Salau.The minister said with the financial guarantees by government, the ANOCA office would be commissioned in due course.He also offered government readiness to collaborate with the continental body in its mission to uplift sports in Africa.The meeting in Abuja scheduled to end on Thursday is the inaugural meeting of the board since the members were elected in Djibouti in May.ANOCA President, Gen. Lassana Palenfo, thanked the Nigerian government for building the headquarters for sports in Africa in Abuja.The executive committee has scheduled a working visit to the headquarters construction site today.Palenfo also lamented that hosting the flagship All Africa Games was becoming expensive and difficult for African nations.He said ANOCA was negotiating with the African Union (AU) and would table the matter at a meeting in Addis Ababa on August 17-18.The army general similarly echoed doubts about the ability of Africa hosting the Olympic Games in the futute given the cost of staging the biennial and multi-sport events.“I must confess you need money and infrastructure to host Olympics. Are you ready to hold it in Nigeria? You need communication, stadiums, security and so on. It is not easy; you must be a realist,” Palenfo counseled.The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, said the meeting would discuss the development of sports and the African strategy for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where it hopes to improve on its medal haul at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.Other matters on the agenda include, consideration of ANOCA Constitution and proposals for amendments, updates on the 3rd African Youth Games, proposals on setting up of ANOCA legal and ethics commissions and discussions on maiden African Beach Games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *All Africa Gamesâ€™ future on AU agendaOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Federal Government has graciously offered to bankroll the completion of the headquarters of Association of National Olympic Committees for Africa (ANOCA) in Abuja.While declaring open the 52nd Executive Committee/Ordinary Session yesterday, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, said that Nigeria was prepared to spend additional N314 million ($872,277) to complete the headquarters project.
The loss has now dimmed hopes of Nigeria’s qualification for the 2020 Olympics.Nigeria will play her last game of the qualifier against Kenya today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egyptian women on Tuesday defeated their Nigerian counterparts 3-0 in their second game of the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games volleyball qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon.NAN reports that Egypt won all the three sets of the crucial match on the third day of the competition.The Egyptian ladies won 25-11 in the first set, 25-12 in the second and 25-13 in the last set to make the final scoreline 3-0.
With two of the Badgers’ remaining homes games against No. 6 Penn State and Illinois, not to mention away games at Michigan State and Iowa, the Badgers need exponential improvements, which are very attainable.Whatever chance the Badgers had at making the Rose Bowl are pretty much gone. But after watching the game this past weekend, there are some pretty clear examples of what went wrong for Wisconsin and what it can do to beat better opponents.There were some negative and some positive outcomes of the game — here they are: Play with ClayThe Badgers’ most productive drive came in the fourth quarter when quarterback Allan Evridge threw only one pass. Redshirt freshman John Clay ran over — and literally hurdled — Buckeye defensive backs.I’m not saying Hill should be dismissed. He is incredibly valuable to the team and has shown improvements from last season to 2008. Clay, though, will give Hill the rest he needs and is by no means a downgrade.In 10 carries on Saturday, Clay had 69 yards to lead the Badgers on the ground. Since he will likely be the Badgers’ top running back when Hill is gone, it is vital to get him into the mix many times a game. With Hill’s power and Clay’s explosiveness, Wisconsin’s running game will be virtually unstoppable.Ditch the conservative play callingOne of the biggest absences from the Badger offense was the play-action pass. With the dangerous running attack that Wisconsin boasts, it is baffling that it doesn’t utilize the play-action to give Evridge a bit more time in the pocket and allow his receivers to break away from coverage.Attacking teams down field will also open up the running game, which was effectively shut down by Michigan last week and was not able to make big runs against the Buckeyes.Reevaluate Allan EvridgeEvridge has looked like a solid quarterback at times this season, but he has also looked like a struggling first-year starter. When the running game wasn’t working against Michigan, Evridge couldn’t bail out the Badgers with his arm and barely got them by the Bulldogs in Fresno.And, of course, we all know about Saturday. Evridge’s interception on the first play of a possible game-tying drive was unacceptable; his inability to recognize defensive linemen closing in on him emphasized his inability to see the field as well as other quarterbacks on the roster can.Though he doesn’t need to be incredible for the Badgers to succeed, he must be able to manage the team. So far, he has yet to prove that he can do that.Gilreath needs more room to runEverybody knows that kick returner David Gilreath is capable of bringing a kickoff back. So why did he average a mere 14 yards per return on Saturday? Well, he just didn’t have any room to run.Against every other team the Badgers faced this season, Gilreath was able to break away for huge gains on kickoffs. But against its first top-tier opponent, Wisconsin’s coverage simply was not there. As a result, the Badgers were forced to play on a much longer field and were not able to convert on long third downs.Badgers containing the spreadAside from two huge Chris “Beanie” Wells runs and Terrelle Pryor’s game-winning touchdown run, the Wisconsin defense was able to contain the spread and keep Pryor from running downfield.The Badgers sacked Pryor four times and limited him to just 20 yards rushing on 15 attempts. They also shut down the Buckeyes’ passing attack, holding Pryor to 144 passing yards. Cornerback Allen Langford also made a big interception to prevent Ohio State’s only attempt at the long ball all game.A loss is a lossDespite outplaying the Buckeyes for a large portion of the game, the Badgers still get another point in the loss column. The defense must figure out a way to keep opposing offenses from scoring in the last few minutes of the game, and the offense must be able to move the ball downfield under pressure.During the past two weeks, the Badgers have shown that they do not belong among the best in the country, let alone the Big Ten. If they want to beat Penn State this week, many improvements need to be made.Jonah is a sophomore hoping to major in journalism. Have your own view on the Badgers’ past two losses? He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan Walters, who has been struggling with an achilles injury, looks set to be fit after he took full part in training yesterday.Robbie Keane and James McCarthy also completed the session so boss Martin O’Neill should have a full squad to choose ahead of the clash in Paris.Stephen Quinn says Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t the only threat in the Swedish side that they’ll be facing in Paris tomorrow.
Tomas Berdych and Jiri Vesely were level at two-sets-all when bad light stopped play last night.Fourth seed and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber takes on fifth seed Simona Halep in the pick of today’s ties.Defending champion Serena Williams faces Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
WASHINGTON, CMC – Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness will deliver the feature address at the one-day high level conference on building resilience to disasters and climate change in the Caribbean later this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.The Fund indicated the November 26 event is a follow up on the 2017 high-level forum “Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience.” The conference will be held at the IMF headquarters here and will bring together key stakeholders, including senior policymakers, multilateral development partners, and the private sector.According to the IMF, the delegates will “explore incentives to shift the focus of policies towards building resilience and innovative disaster risk financing policies and instruments that would help in the region”.The Washington-based financial institution said that the “one-day conference is structured mostly to thematic sessions that will be closed to the media, to allow for candid exchanges”.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is co-hosting the high-level conference.
State Farm, sponsor of the NA LCSThe NA League Championship Series (NALCS), has announced a partnership with State Farm just in time with the series getting underway once more. This brand new sponsor is currently working in traditional sports – such as the NBA and the NFL – and its partnership with the NA LCS marks its first venture into esports.The insurance and financial company will also be the North American sponsor of the 2018 League of Legends World Championship, Mid-Season Invitational, and the All-Star Event. As a result of this partnership, there will be a NA LCS State Farm Analyst desk, offering expert analysis and in-depth breakdowns of matches that take place within the series.Ed Gold, the Advertising Director at State Farm, said in a statement: “We have a long and proud history of partnering with sports leagues, teams, and their passionate fans. We’re so excited to become a part of largest esports community in the US with this NA LCS sponsorship and look forward to supporting LoL fans each week from the State Farm Analyst Desk.”Co-head of LoL esports, Jarred Kennedy, also discussed the partnership. “It’s thrilling to see a high-profile, traditional sports sponsor like State Farm recognize the value of esports, and we’re honored that they’ve chosen the NALCS in particular to start.”“Having State Farm come on-board is a great step forward for us and our fans. Welcome, State Farm, to the North American League of Legends Championship Series!” he continued. The NA LCS, and its Analyst desk, both launched into action last night with 100 Thieves taking down OpTic Gaming and Team Liquid emerging victorious over Team SoloMid.Esports Insider says: It’s really encouraging to see another traditional sports sponsor make the leap into the world of esports, and features such as the Analyst desk will definitely supplement the viewing experience of the NA LCS.
9:07 p.m.: Goal line stand for the Titans defense as Leonard Fournette is stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-goal and the Jaguars turn it over on downs. 9:04 p.m.: On a fourth-and-inches at the 5, Cody Kessler sneaks it for a first down to set up a goal-to-go situation.8:58 p.m.: Kessler scrambles on third-and-2 and connects with Dede Westbrook for 21 yards to extend the drive.End of first quarter: Titans 7, Jaguars 28:52 p.m.: SAFETY, JAGUARS. Cameron Batson muffs the punt and, while surrounded by defenders in the end zone, is taken down for a safety. Titans 7, Jaguars 2That situation went from bad to worse real quick for the Titans 😳 #JAXvsTEN pic.twitter.com/7Va08cZiCP— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 7, 20188:51 p.m.: Jacksonville doesn’t take advantage of the turnover and goes three-and-out.8:43 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, JAGUARS. Mariota overthrows a wide open Tajae Sharpe and rookie Ronnie Harrison intercepts it to give Jacksonville possession.PICKED!The rookie @RHarr_15 intercepts Mariota’s pass. #DUUUVAL📺: #JAXvsTEN on @nflnetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/NiqVGjK0df— NFL (@NFL) December 7, 20188:36 p.m.: The Jaguars and Kessler pick up two first downs before a sack on third-and-8 ends the drive. Aside from their problems in stopping, the Jaguars failed to generate much offense in Cody Kessler’s second start at quarterback. Their most notable shortcoming was on third down, where they were just 2 for 12. They have put up just 15 points in their last two games. The Titans will play their final road game of the season next week against the Giants, while the Jaguars will try to get their myriad problems worked out against the Redskins at home. Sporting News provided live updates of the Jaguars vs. Titans “Thursday Night Football” matchup:Titans vs. Jaguars: Score, results, highlights(All times Eastern)Titans: 30Jaguars: 9Final: Titans 30, Jaguars 911:20 p.m.: The Titans run out the clock to close out their blowout win. 11:15 p.m.: With nothing to lose on fourth down, the Jaguars go for it on fourth-and-nine and Cody Kessler never had a chance. He’s sacked by Logan Ryan and the Titans get the ball.11:07 p.m.: Henry can’t get in on third down and Mariota’s fourth down pass in the end zone is incomplete. Titans turn it over on downs.11:04 p.m: Dion Lewis fails to score on back-to-back runs near the goal line. The Titans call a timeout and it looks like they will give Henry another chance to score.11 p.m.: Henry with a pair of double-digit gains and is up to 239 rushing yards in this game.10:56 p.m.: Kessler airs it out on a fourth-and-3 but the pass is dropped by Donte Moncrief and Henry and the Titans will get the ball back.10:53 p.m.: Jacksonville generates a quick punt and will have a chance to get this game to within two touchdowns on offense. End of third quarter: Titans 30, Jaguars 910:36 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, JAGUARS. Dede Westbrook is ruled to have kept two feet in bounds after catching a touchdown in the back of the end zone. Seemed very close on a second look, and the Titans fan are not happy after a review confirmed the ruling. Titans 30, Jaguars 9.@DedeTHEgreat11 with the Toe Drag Swag in the back of the end zone!#DUUUVAL #JAXvsTEN📺: @nflnetwork + @NFLonFOX📱+💻: https://t.co/DJUityQHC9 pic.twitter.com/1qGuWE4kcx— NFL (@NFL) December 7, 201810:33 p.m.: Cody Kessler’s getting into a groove right now and finds Dede Westbrook down to the Titans’ 7.10:25 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TITANS. For the fourth time tonight, Derrick Henry takes it into the end zone. Henry has 219 yards on 11 carries. Titans 30, Jaguars 2HIS FOURTH TOUCHDOWN OF THE NIGHT.@KingHenry_2 just went 54 yards! #TitanUp📺: @nflnetwork + @NFLonFOX📱+💻: https://t.co/DJUityQHC9 pic.twitter.com/Uh23PYHaFj— NFL (@NFL) December 7, 201810:22 p.m.: Kessler is sacked by Jurrell Casey and loses the ball. The Titans recover and take over. 10:14 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TITANS. Henry now has three touchdowns on ten carries. He made this run look easy. Titans 23, Jaguars 2 .@KingHenry_2’s THIRD TD of the night! #TitanUp #JAXvsTEN📺: @nflnetwork + @NFLonFOX📱+💻: https://t.co/DJUityQHC9 pic.twitter.com/ztN3n3Ote9— NFL (@NFL) December 7, 201810:09 p.m.: Jacksonville can’t even tackle Derrick Henry on a direct snap. .@KingHenry_2 isn’t done breaking tackles. #TitanUp📺: @nflnetwork + @NFLonFOX📱+💻: https://t.co/DJUityQHC9 pic.twitter.com/vDuUPXtE6U— NFL (@NFL) December 7, 201810:01 p.m.: The Jaguars offense picks up where it left off with a three-and-out, aided by a couple of penalties that set them back.Halftime: Titans 16, Jaguars 29:42 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, TITANS. A few short passes and a miscommunication in the end zone force the Titans to settle for a Ryan Succop 33-yard field goal. Titans 16, Jaguars 29:39 p.m.: Aided by a pass interference on a deep ball, the Titans are once again in the red zone and threatening for points.9:31 p.m.: Three straight incompletions by the Jaguars after the two-minute warning and Tennessee will get the ball back with 1:17 to play and three timeouts. 9:22 p.m.: Jaguars are forced to punt again and it’s downed at the 6-yard line. Could we get another long Henry run?9:14 p.m.: Ryan Succop’s field goal attempt is no good. The Titans lead 13-2. 9:11 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TITANS. Derrick Henry runs 99 yards and lays a few nasty stiff arms to tie Tony Dorsett’s record for longest touchdown run in NFL history. Titans 13, Jaguars 2 The Derrick Henry Show took center stage during the Titans’ beatdown of the Jaguars on Thursday night. The third-year running back matched an NFL record and flirted with another in Tennessee’s 30-9 home victory over Jacksonville. MORE: Week 14 playoff scenarios | Iyer’s picks against the spread Henry tied Tony Dorsett’s mark with a 99-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, bullying several Jaguars defenders on his trek across the length of the field. He had four rushing touchdowns in all — one shy of the record — as he helped Tennessee (7-6) keep its playoff hopes intact. With a Ravens loss on Sunday, the Titans can tie for the No. 6 seed in the AFC, although Baltimore would still hold a head-to-head tiebreaker. Henry had 238 rushing yards — a Titans franchise record — on just 17 carries. He set the tone early, pushing in for a short touchdown before his 99-yard scamper. Henry’s production meant Tennessee didn’t need much from quarterback Marcus Mariota, who had 162 yards on 18 completions. 8:29 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TITANS. Derrick Henry pushes his way into the end zone on his third consecutive carry to get the Titans on the board first. Titans 7, Jaguars 0.. @KingHenry_2 goes up the middle for the TD! @Titans take the lead early. #TitanUp📺: #JAXvsTEN on @nflnetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/kTy5RH7q5g— NFL (@NFL) December 7, 20188:27 p.m.: Tennessee has quickly pushed its way into the red zone on a 29-yard catch and run by Dion Lewis.8:23 p.m.: The Titans will start with the ball.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Urias has made six relief appearances in the minors including one 10 days ago. He threw three scoreless innings in that game. While acknowledging that Urias’ future is as a starter in the major leagues, Roberts said he could be valuable in a relief role now – and not necessarily as a LOOGY (a left-handed reliever who only faces left-handed batters).“I think that Julio can do a lot of things whether it be out of the ‘pen or as a starter,” Roberts said. “It’s kind of a necessity-based thing as far as when he’s ready — and things are showing he’s getting to that point — and what we need here at the major-league level.“What he can do and how dynamic he is, he can do a lot of things to help a major-league club.”Roberts said fellow prospects Jharel Cotton and Jose De Leon are also being discussed but are “a little further behind” than Urias who is “leading those discussions.” De Leon just made his season debut with the OKC Dodgers this week after spending April in extended spring training.Both Cotton and De Leon are right-handed. The Dodgers’ left-handed relievers have struggled this season. Veteran J.P. Howell has a 9.39 ERA after his first 11 appearances and left-handed batters are 7 for 22 (.318) against him. Adam Liberatore failed to retire any of the three batters he faced Friday night and has allowed eight baserunners (four hits, three walks and one hit batter) in his 6 2/3 innings. Luis Avilan has been relegated to Triple-A for most of the season after a poor spring training. “We are always monitoring our guys in Triple-A to assess best short-term and long-term fit,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said of a possible Urias promotion. “That said, we have a lot of confidence in our current group of guys and are spending a lot of time doing all we can to put them in the best position to succeed.”While running the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, Friedman promoted a top pitching prospect to the majors to pitch in relief down the stretch and in the post-season as the Rays reached the World Series. However, David Price was an older (22) and much more experienced pitcher than Urias at the time. The Dodgers have carefully limited Urias’ pitch count and innings workload since signing him days after his 16th birthday. A relief role with the Dodgers would allow them to continue to limit his innings.If Urias does join the Dodgers before he turns 20 on August 12, he would be the team’s first teenaged pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela – the fellow Mexican with whom Urias is often compared – made 10 relief appearances with the Dodgers at the end of the 1980 season.NOTESRight-hander Mike Bolsinger is scheduled to start a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday night. Bolsinger has started the season on the DL with an oblique injury. … Reliever Yimi Garcia has not picked up a baseball since going on the DL with a biceps injury two weeks ago. According to Roberts, Garcia has moved to the Dodgers’ training complex in Arizona to rehab for the time being. TORONTO >> Julio Urias’ 20th birthday is still three months away. His much-anticipated major-league debut might be closer.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that “internally, there’s talk” about bringing the top-rated pitching prospect in baseball up from Triple-A to pitch out of the Dodgers’ unsteady bullpen.“He just came off another great outing,” Roberts said. “I think we’re thinking through a lot of options and Urias is definitely at the top of the list.”Urias is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 29 strikeouts and only three walks in 24 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City. In his most recent start, Urias pitched six hitless innings, facing the minimum 18 batters and picking off the only baserunner (who reached on an error).