Nigeria’s Sports to Resume from Covid-19 Lockdown with Non-combat Games

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeSporting activities shut down early March this year to curb the spread of the Covi-19 pandemic in the country are to resume any moment from now.However, until the Federal Government gives the go-ahead, the sector will remain under locks and keys. The biggest casualty of the lockdown of sports activities was the 20th National Sports Festival scheduled to hold between late March and early April in Benin City, Edo State and the country’s topflight league, the NPFL.Speaking on a Voice of Nigeria (VON) radio programme, Issues in the News yesterday, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, said that plans have reached an advanced stage on how to open up the space for sports to return after nearly four months lockdown.The minister however insisted that non-combat sports like table tennis, tennis, badminton and track & field will be amongst the first set to return from the forced holiday due to the pandemic.“We hope that our athletes can get back to action soon with non-combat sports first to return.Dare was however non-committal on exact date set for the return of sporting activities.“Although no date has been set, but we must submit to the Covid-19 protocols in line with the practice all over the world,” stressed the minister.While admitting that all health protocols must be observed by athletes and officials, he didn’t state if fans would be allowed to also return to the stands.“We have submitted our (health) protocol and hopefully, our athletes would soon be back to compete,” concludes the minister.Despite 18 out of the 20 football clubs in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) voting to end the 2019/20 football season based on the Points Per Goal (PPG) system adopted globally, the League Management Company (LMC) and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have been unable to make a definitive statement on it.Both the NFF and LMC are believed to be waiting for the directives of the Sports Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Health in conjunction with the PTF on Covid-19 before making any pronouncements.It is however doubtful if the clubs will accept anything contrary to what the Club Owners’ Association unanimously adopted at their last virtual meeting with the league organizers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sunday-Darelast_img read more

USC officially breaks ground for Fertitta Hall

first_imgOn Friday, USC hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall, a new building for the Marshall School of Business.The hall, which is scheduled to be completed by May 2016, will be located at the southeast corner of the University Park campus at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Exposition Drive. It will open in time for classes beginning in the fall semester of 2016.The Fertitta family donated the lead gift for the 102,000-square-foot, five-story building. The cost of the building has not been disclosed.Frank Fertitta, a USC alumnus who graduated from Marshall in 1984, is the owner of Fertitta Entertainment, a company that develops and manages resorts and casinos, and of Station Casinos, the largest provider of gaming entertainment in Southern Nevada.“He would end the meeting every single time with, ‘If you need something, call me.’ And that is a perfect example of the Trojan family,” Marshall Dean James Ellis said of Fertitta during his speech.“When [President C. L.] Max [Nikias] and [Ellis] approached me with the possibility of helping out on a new building for undergraduate students, Jill and I immediately recognized the significance of the opportunity and what it would mean to the school,” Fertitta said during the ceremony.Fertitta said that education was an important part of his philanthropic efforts.“The two of us feel very fortunate to be able to make a gift to the Marshall School of Business that will help improve the educational environment and give the undergraduate students a home they can call their own.,” Fertitta said. “I think a world-class business school like USC deserves to have a world-class facility, and that’s what today is all about with the ground breaking.”Fertitta Hall aims to expand and modernize Marshall’s student experience. The building is expected to increase the school’s undergraduate student capacity by nearly one-third.According to the building’s information page on Marshall’s website, the hall will contain 20 classrooms and two lecture halls that can accomodate up to 149 students each. All the classrooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology including cameras that support interactive web conferencing with guest speakers.“It’s fabulous, one of the things to walk around and see is all of these fabulous new buildings we have, and what Fertitta Hall is going to do for the business school is transformative,” Amy Ross, president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, said at the end of the ceremony.Sophia Doyle, a sophomore majoring in business administration, was among the Marshall students at the event. She gave a speech in praise of Fertitta Hall as a home to Marshall’s undergraduate students that will continue to foster a spirit of entrepreneurialism.“I have an idea, [and] Fertitta Hall will give me a place to go and build it,” Doyle said.last_img read more

Former Wyoming defensive coordinator Steve Stanard to join Syracuse football coaching staff

first_img Published on March 18, 2017 at 8:38 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Former Wyoming defensive coordinator Steve Stanard is joining the Syracuse football coaching staff. first reported the hiring.The new coach’s position is currently unknown, but Stanard has experience coaching defense, specifically the front-seven. The hire comes 11 days after the departure of former linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Tom Kaufman.Stanard is the first hire for SU after two assistants — Kaufman and running backs coach Mike Hart — departed.Stanard brings in nearly three decades of coaching experience, including stops at Ohio State and FCS powerhouse North Dakota State. He was most recently the defensive coordinator for Wyoming, spending the past three seasons in Laramie.A hallmark of Stanard’s defense for the Cowboys in 2016 was forcing turnovers. Wyoming was tied for 10th in the country with 27 turnovers — 12 fumbles recovered and 15 passes intercepted. Five of those turnovers were returned for touchdowns. Syracuse was tied for 67th nationally in turnovers gained.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse opens the 2017 season against Central Connecticut State in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 1. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Why are football clubs entering esports? A #bofcon2017 panel

first_imgAt the fourth edition of SBC’s Betting on Football conference this week, of the 135 plus speakers, four of them discussed football clubs’ increasing involvement in esports. The panel, moderated by Esports Insider’s Ollie Ring, included the CEO of Fnatic Wouter Sleijffers, Co-Founder of Qwatti Esports Pedro Silva and STARK Esports Agency Co-Founder Martin Wyss. Speaking to a packed out room the four discussed the various ways in which clubs are entering the space, why they’re doing it and what the benefits are.Including audience questions at the end it lasted for close to 45 minutes and it can be seen in full below after it was live streamed on the ESI Twitter.— Esports Insider (@esportsinsider_) May 3, 2017Questions were asked about the nature and importance of relationships between publishers and companies from the regulated betting industry. This current lack of a relationship, and an avoidance of any affiliation with betting in any form by most game publishers, was raised by one audience member as the key issue surrounding betting integrity in the space. Whether this changes at any point soon looks highly unlikely.Of the partnership between AS Roma and Fnatic, Sleiffjers said: “It’s AS Roma but Fnatic branded so as to maintain and utilise our legacy in esports. Of course FIFA still has a long way to go to develop its ecosystem and there are a number of issues which need to be ironed out. That said, it’s a good choice to for clubs to start off with and test the waters. If they find it successful and useful then perhaps they’ll try branching out into other titles.”Both Pedro and Martin shared anecdotes of their experience working with football clubs as they enter esports. STARK Esports worked with one of the earliest movers VfL Wolfsburg whilst Qwatti have worked with Sporting CP, Legia Warsaw and Brondby. Whilst many esports fans and enthusiasts tend to scoff at FIFA as a competitive game, both agencies emphasised how important the EA title is to enabling the entry of football clubs. It was reiterated that speaking to football clubs and instantly telling them to spend a lot of money on League of Legends simply isn’t feasible. Virtual football is something that clubs immediately understand, and so too do their fanbases. It was suggested that clubs are slightly wary of Counter-Strike due to the “killing” aspect of Valve’s FPS title and thus FIFA is a better fit. All three members of the panel were in agreement that esports facilitates and opens up different revenue streams for football clubs. It opens the door to alternative sponsorship opportunities and the offers the potential to recapture the millennial audience which many believe to be slipping away from traditional sports. Esports Insider says: This proved a thought provoking and educational panel, and as the questions around publisher relationships and data issues at the end, it showed that there remain a wealth of discussions to be had around esports and betting specifically. One of the takeaways from this panel however is that football clubs stand to earn a great deal for relatively little investment into the esports space. Disclaimer: We are partnered with SBC Events – the organiser of Betting on Footballlast_img read more

Community Cheers For Olympia’s Todd McDougall

first_imgFacebook27Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Kelly Miller, Olympia High School intern to ThurstonTalkSweet Charley B’s held a fundraiser to benefit Todd McDougall. The cupcake store sold out quickly.There are many people in our lives that influence us. Who would you think of? A trusted coach? A teacher? A friend? A member of your family?When you think about Todd McDougall and how he has influenced so many people, you realize, he fits the bill for all of these things.  Coach – he has been head coach since 1993 for the Olympia High School baseball team, and also the defensive coordinator for the football team. Teacher – Todd teaches English, World Religions, and Satire at OHS. Friend – he has many supportive friends. Family – Todd has a loving wife Julie and three children, Marlee age eleven and eight-year-old twin sons Andrew and Dylan.You can easily see how Todd has affected so many in the community. You could also understand the community’s devastation when a brain tumor was found on Todd’s CT scan in December.Todd was transported to Seattle’s Virginia Mason Hospital. He had a permanent shunt put in to remove pressure on his brain. Recently, Todd has been going through radiation back home in Olympia. He has been enjoying many visits and messages from members of the community.Even people who didn’t know Todd personally have been turning out to support his family.  Todd’s wife Julie said, “On behalf of Todd and our whole family, I would like to thank everyone who has helped and continues to help us get through this challenge. The response from family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, students and even strangers has lifted us up during what can often be overwhelming circumstances. Many people have commented about how strong we are being, but much of our strength is a direct result of all of your prayers, kind words and deeds. Words cannot express how grateful we are to the Olympia community. Our hope is that at some future time we will be able to pass this outpouring of love on to others just as you all have done for us.”Olympia High School students wear a sea of light blue shirts to support Coach McDougall.This outpouring of support was recently shown at an OHS basketball game. Students, teachers, and players all wore light blue t-shirts proclaiming, “He’s kind of a big deal”. When you looked across the gym at the sea of blue, you saw how big of a deal he truly is. Todd was expected to make an appearance that night, but when it was announced to the crowd that he wouldn’t be able to make it, they exploded in an emotional chant of “TODD MCDOUGALL! TODD MCDOUGALL! TODD MCDOUGALL!”. The love that filled that room was an amazing experience to behold.Todd McDougall stays in all of our thoughts! We wish Todd and his family all the best.If you would like to send messages of love and support, get more information, or donate to the family, please visit their community Facebook page Friends for Todd McDougall.last_img read more

The story of how Antic led Atletico to conquer the double

first_imgThe painful death of Radomir Antic brings to mind the feat of Atlético de Madrid’s double. The Serbian coach signed the brightest page in the history of the Atleti club and changed the tumultuous pace that accompanied Atletico in previous seasons. The only coach who has led the three greats of Spain was the father of the double and the teacher of the concise and academic messages that taught a group of players who entered with two feet into the mattress legend. Antic was a man of soccer and iron convictions. He always put the collective and honesty ahead and showed his abilities in the tactical and technical direction. As a player he had a less brilliant career, but just as warm because of the places he went through as Real Zaragoza. The upper infographic is the reconstruction of the Atlético doublet milestone. Almost 25 years have passed, but he remains alive in the collective imagination. Radomir Antic made it possible.last_img read more

Brockman helps extend Huskies’ season

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Washington coach Lorenzo Romar slammed his clipboard down during a timeout and yelled to his players that they were about to go home. Not quite. The Huskies rallied behind Jon Brockman, who had 16 points, 10 rebounds, took a couple of late charges and made a key bucket to keep Washington’s NCAA Tournament hopes alive. “At that point we were at a crossroads,” Romar said of his rant. “I felt we didn’t’ have a whole lot of energy, and we wanted to make it clear that this was not the time to not have energy.” Arizona State (8-22) was the worst team in the Pac-10 Conference but built an early 21-10 lead. First-year coach Herb Sendek had the Sun Devils primed for an upset but a rash of mistakes in the final two minutes cost them dearly and Washington – the No. 7 seed – prevailed. The Huskies (19-12) play No. 2 seed Washington State in today’s late game. Washington State has four consecutive wins over Washington. Down by four points with 1:41 left, ASU came out of a timeout with eight seconds left on the shot clock. Christian Polk forgot that important fact and didn’t get a shot off until he heard the buzzer sound. On the next possession, guard Derek Glasser flew through the lane with 53 seconds left and was whistled for a charge that Brockman took. The next time the Sun Devils got the ball, Antwi Atuahene turned the ball over on an out-of-bounds play. It was one error after another – and another. The Sun Devils played solid defense late in the game, but with two seconds left on the shot clock, Brockman made a turnaround shot in the lane to put Washington up 52-48 with about two minutes left. That basket helped seal the victory. last_img read more

Liverpool embarrass Chelsea and Arsene Wenger’s worst Arsenal finish – Premier League quiz

first_imgDo you know your Man City from your Man United and your Kanchelskis from your Kilbane? If so then this Premier League quiz is for you.Every week we put together a list of tough top flight questions to separate the wheat from the chaff and this week is no different.So if you think you’re clued up on Liverpool’s league record against Chelsea and the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, then give it a go and let us know how you got on below.Also, talkSPORT has LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary of QPR v Man City (Saturday from 5pm) and West Brom v Newcastle (Sunday from 1pm). Click here to tune in.About | Privacy | Terms Arsene Wenger doesn’t look happy 1last_img

Liverpool fans on ‘fortunate’ injury news – a good omen for Arsenal clash?

first_img Adam Lallana could miss the Arsenal game, meaning Roberto Firmino could start News that Adam Lallana has picked up an injury ahead of the huge Premier League match against Arsenal has left a few fans in an optimistic mood.The midfielder has not had the best start to his Anfield career since joining from Southampton last summer and has been unable to find a consistent run of form. However, there were some supporters still annoyed with their fellow Kopites for expressing their joy over one of their own players being injured.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets following the reported leg injury. 1last_img

Red Sox just too good for Rockies

first_imgHeck, blame it on the goofy interview with Mr. Taco Bell just as Game 2 was starting to grab our attention. But don’t blame Holliday and the Rockies, who tried their best but simply may be in over their heads against this Red Sox team. The first World Series game ever played in this mile-high city began ominously enough when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a swinging bunt for a single. By then, Rockies fans had already cheered themselves hoarse, perhaps figuring it wouldn’t be long before they had nothing to cheer about. The rest of America likely wasn’t nearly as interested because, well, it was Saturday night and they already had their free tacos cinched. Ellsbury took care of that himself in Game 1, eliminating much of the suspense from a Series now so lopsided that even an offer of free burritos and nachos won’t be enough to get anyone outside the Red Sox Nation to tune in for the official coronation in Game 4. The Rockies added a little drama late, drawing to within 6-5 on Holliday’s home run. But, just like that, the Red Sox came back to score three in the eighth. And just like that, this World Series is about to mercifully come to an end. Not that many will notice, because a fall classic watched regularly in 42 million homes just 25 years ago is now lucky to get a third of those households today. Even those who invested nearly four and a half hours of their life in the game had to battle to stay awake as it neared 1 a.m. on the East Coast. Those who did know it wasn’t rust or the magic of Fenway Park that cost the Rockies the first two games, spoiling the prevailing theories among Colorado fans. They can’t figure out how a team that won 21 out of 22 to get in the Series could look so bad once the opening pitch was thrown. So let’s try theory No. 3 – these Red Sox are just that good. They have to be. The only other possible explanation is that the Rockies have long since used up their entire ration of baseball luck getting here. For those keeping score at home, the Red Sox have now won six straight, beginning with a 7-1 win over Cleveland that was the first baby step in crawling out of a 3-1 hole and winning the American League pennant. Even more impressive is the way they’ve gone about their business. The formula on this night was much the same as the previous five games, with a starting pitcher going deep and a team built for power scraping together enough hits at just the right time to score in bunches. The bullpen wasn’t as good as advertised, but in the end it didn’t need to be. The stats tell the tale. They always do in baseball. Josh Beckett’s ERA is minuscule, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez always seem to get the clutch hits, and once the ball is turned over to Jonathan Papelbon the game is over. The only stat you really need to know, though, is this: In six games, the Red Sox have outscored two awfully good teams, 55-12. Actually, take away the Yankees, that silly curse talk, and countless years of heartbreak, and it looks a lot like 2004 all over again. This is a different Red Sox team, of course, with just seven players from the ’04 team on the roster. But it has taken a very similar route to success as the team that rallied from a 3-0 deficit to the Yankees to sweep St.Louis in the World Series. Soon, the champagne will flow, and tacos will be free across the land.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COMMENTARY: Colorado hasn’t choked. Boston made this a one-sided World Series. By Tim Dahlberg THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER – Three hours into a Rocky Mountain snoozer, something happened Saturday night that might make millions of Americans think twice next time about turning off their television sets and tuning out the World Series. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.No, it wasn’t another free taco offer. But this was nearly as good. The Colorado Rockies almost did something to make the Series worth watching. Matt Holliday made it happen with a three-run screamer that warmed up and woke up the home fans, who were just starting to come to grips with the fact that their team’s magical run was soon going to end. He gave them hope, along with a chance to stand up and thaw out their frozen hands and feet in a game that, at times, seemed it was never going to end. Ultimately, it came too late and wasn’t nearly enough. Then again, that’s the story of a postseason that has gone long and late but ultimately failed to deliver. Blame that on the late starts and the extra days off demanded by television. Blame it on a series of mismatches followed by a World Series that is a mismatch. last_img read more