Ernest Chinwo in Port HarcourtThe National Executive Committee of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has re-validated Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike as the sole patron of the association.This as the Rivers State Chapter of SWAN conferred on the governor the position of Grand Patron. Performing the re-validation of Rivers State Governor as Sole Patron of SWAN yesterday at the Government House Port Harcourt, National President of SWAN, Mr Honour Sirawoo, said 19 out of the 22 members of the National Executive Committee voted in favour of the exercise.He said that SWAN had to embark on the re-validation of Patrons, because many of her patrons are no longer functional.“As at this moment, Governor Wike is the only authentic SWAN Patron. What Governor Wike has done for sports development is fantastic.“This is a call for greater service to the association. We rely on our patrons to play our role in sports development,” he said.Responding, Governor Wike stated that the honour is to Rivers State because he is a symbol of the state.He pledged to continue to work for sports development, noting that sports is a national unifier.He said: “One thing that unites the country is sports. Anybody who believes in the unity of the country has no option but to support sports”.He said the way SWAN has been promoting sports is commendable and urged the association to remain focused in sports development to the advantage of the country.The governor assured sports body that the Rivers State Government would never betray the confidence of SWAN.Wike commended the National Executive Committee of SWAN for their role in the award of Power of Sports by the International Sports Press Association slated for Brussels on May 8, 2018.Former SWAN National Presidents, Saidu Abubakar, Olu Amadasun and Steve Alabi in their separate remarks said Wike merits the honour by the National Executive Committee of SWAN.Earlier, the Rivers State SWAN Chairman, Mr Sopriala Bob-Manuel recounted the achievements of the Rivers State governor, which formed the premise upon which the association decided to make him their grand patron.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Anticipation is high as Dâ€™Tigers led by head coach, Alex Nwora, are returning to Nigeria to play on home soil and continue their superbÂ start on the road to China.They will be playing at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, betweenÂ June 29 and July 1.Due to the steady increase of talents from Nigeria as well as the organised recruitment of professional players of Nigerian descent, especially from the NCAA, the teamâ€™s success has continued to grow.And following a strong performance in Mali, Dâ€™Tigers are looking ahead to book a place in the China 2019 edition.The first leg of the qualifiers was held in Bamako, Mali, where Dâ€™Tigers became the third team to boast a 100 per cent winning record in Africa.D’Tigers won host nation- Mali, 82-59 blowout to emerge as leaders of group B. Returners like Ben Uzoh, a former NBA player who currently holds an NBA record with the Toronto raptors as the first rookie with a triple double, and Ike Diogu, the 4th pick in the NBA draft, will be expected to maintain high level performances that proved instrumental for the team in Mali.Phase two of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers will begin onÂ June 29Â at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Chairman of the club, Abdullahi Osanga, revealed that the governor has since given approval to that effect and management of the club was doing everything possible to surmount the club’s present challenges in the NPFL.According to Osanga, “plans have been concluded to sign 10 new players from within and outside the country to strengthen the team as directed by Governor Sule in order to reposition the club for better performances in subsequent matches.”RESULTS & FIXTURESLiverpool 2 – 0 WatfordBurnley 1 – 0 NewcastleChelsea 0 – 1 BournemouthLeicester 1 – 1 NorwichSheffield United 2 – 0 Aston VillaSouthampton 0 – 1 West Ham UnitedReal Sociedad 2 – 2 BarcelonaMan United v Everton 3pmWolves v Tottenham 3pmArsenal v Man City 5:30pmSevilla v Villarreal 6:30pmValencia v Real Madrid 9pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nasarawa United FC Igbawase Ukumba in LafiaWorried by the poor performances being experienced by Nasarawa United FC of Lafia in the current Nigeria Professional Football League ((NPFL) competition, Governor Abdullahi Sule has ordered for recruitment of 10 new players to strengthen the football club.Nasarawa United FC is at the bottom of the NPFL table with two points, having drawn two matches and lost five in the ongoing 2019/2020 NPFL season.
Bearing in mind that sports is not all about competition or winning, but deeper if the necessary attitude, attention and other resources required are genuinely devoted to it.She further revealed that, the sportswear manufacturing outfit, driven by excellence, quality and endurable performance, was inclined to partner, support and help develop the sports sector in Nigeria, such that she could stand up to her peers in other climes, and do even better because Nigeria has all that was needed to be champion in any sphere of sports.In another development, she stated that, her organisation was looking forward in the very nearest future to see Nigerian authorities trusting confidently in her own coaches to handle the national teams – male and female, respecting and treating them as those coming from outside were treated. In this direction, Okakuro Group, is working assiduously to create a veritable platform that would make it possibly easier and faster, to train coaches in all areas at home and abroad, in most of the very high class and reputable sports education bodies overseas.“One of our primary objective is to see that the athletes have self-knowledge, are well treated in terms of educating and training them on the things they need to know from as simple as diet, physical therapy, psychological, mental health, and emotional training and self-evaluation and with the right attitude and consistent effort, anchored on persistent they can be who they want to be to the joy of us all,” Mkpokporo said.She added that: “In all of this, our young people are our very core target. These are the ones we will strive to ensure that they have the right education, experience; exposure and knowledge that will enable them do their best and above all live healthier and well in and out of the arenas of sports. We will tackle this through leadership and sports education and training, exposing them to the deadly dangers of any form.”In his reaction, Dr. Peter Ogudoro, a British based career management expert, who participated in the discourse, said, a time had come for people and organisation to look in direction of holistic career development for the sustenance of the organisation ideals and vision. The parties involved should be able to understand the fact that no one strived as an island. Life is all about genuine corporation and understanding. Thus, those who perform excellently well are the ones who are taught the little things that others ignore and do not care who takes the credit where and when that accrue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In the world of sports, performance is phenomenal and an ideal that must be handled as the topmost priority in order to tower above competition.In concert with her vision to further educate sports stakeholders of the importance of complete performance of the athletes, Okakuro Group International Nigeria, through her representative in Nigeria, Ms. Idemabasi Mkpokporo, stressed the need for organisations and governmental bodies responsible for sports development and policy formulation to look beyond what the athletes would bring to the table and focus more on the interest and overall well-being of the individual involved. That way, such is not only assured of his or her future, but put the organisation and the country in high repute, encouraging gifted talents to be more involved in sports not for what they would gain, but for the fulfilment of their life dreams and purposes, which is a better motivation.According to her, Okakuro Group, had completed arrangement to launch out series of programmes to educate and train interested private individuals, organisations – private and public, in the sector, that is visionary enough to wish to perform beyond the arenas of their calls.
The winner of the play-in tournament will face the Western Conference top-seeded Lakers led by The King LeBron James. The 2nd seed Clippers play the Mavericks, one of the league’s best offences. Denver is the No. 3 seed and will face the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets should have a massive advantage when it comes to depth, even if Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were not at their best in the postseason. The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to ground the rockets. That means that Rockets guard Russell Westbrook and Thunder guard Chris Paul get the chance to face their former teams.As for the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, owners of the NBA’s best record will see the Orlando Magic in the first round. Toronto, a championship favourite and titleholder, will take on the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics, which performed very well in Orlando, will renew their rivalry with Philadelphia. Finally, the Miami Heat will look to cool off the Indiana Pacers.Basketball fans across the continent can enjoy the NBA live on the 24-hour channels, ESPN and ESPN2, available on StarTimes platformShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2020 NBA Playoffs first-round schedule will finally begin on August 17 and Basketball fans will be able to enjoy the show with StarTimes on the ESPN channels.Since returning on July 30, NBA teams have been playing inside a bubble at Disney World and during the playoffs, nothing will change. That means no more homecourt advantage. Otherwise, the format remains the same as usual, with the top-eight teams in each conference playing best-of-seven series, and the winner of each conference meeting in the Finals.As of today, the NBA playoff picture is nearly set, with 15 of the 16 teams already known. The final spot in the playoffs will be determined on the weekend by a play-in tournament for the Western Conference’s eighth seed — either the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers or Phoenix Suns.
After his brief summer break, the 21-year-old linked up with his new teammates in Naples before their journey to Castel di Sangro yesterday morning.Also included in the 34-man squad are Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Algeria duo Adam Ounas and Faouzi Ghoulam.Napoli will spend the next two weeks in Castel di Sangro and they will be engaged in two friendly matches before concluding their retreat with a friendly game against Serie C outfit Teramo on September 4.They have been scheduled to play Aquila and Castel di Sangro in a triangular match on August 28.Osimhen had his first training session as a Napoli player yesterday afternoon which will be opened to 1000 fans due to the coronavirus restrictions in Italy.Although the fixtures have not been confirmed, the 2020-21 Serie A season has been earmarked to start on September 19.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After a blistering career with Lillie FC of France, Nigerian international, Victor Osimhen, yesterday began another chapter of his football career as he joined his new teammates at Napoli for their pre-season trip to Castel di Sangro in Abruzzo.The Stadio San Paolo outfit have begun preparations for the 2020-21 season in earnest following their seventh-place finish in the Serie A table last term.Osimhen joined Napoli on a five-year deal in July after an impressive debut season in the Ligue 1 with Lille where he scored 13 goals in 27 appearances.
It ultimately proved too big of a task for the Cazenovia boys cross country team to unseat its fellow Lakers from Skaneateles atop the Onondaga High School League Liberty divisionIn last Tuesday’s three-team meet at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, Cazenovia lost, 20-41, to Skaneateles, who holds the no. 11 state Class C ranking, but was able to defeat host Solvay by a 21-34 margin to salvage a split.Jared Smith, Cazenovia’s top runner, was fresh off a third-place showing in the Small School division of the Oct. 5 Tully Invitational. In 17 minutes, 5.8 seconds, Smith had only trailed CBA’s Michael McMahon (16:38.0) and Hannibal’s Dillon Plantz (16:39.5). Now Smith would challenge Skaneateles standout Caleb Bender. The pair had gone 1-2 in the Small School race at the Sept. 21 Baldwinsville Invitational and would do so here, too, Smith finishing in 16:31 but Bender (15:38) nearly a minute ahead of him.Skaneateles swept the rest of the top five with Matt Persampieri (16:38), Joe Norris (17:02) and Will Girzadas (17:40), with Cazenovia’s only other top-10 finish coming from Stan Angus, who in 17.44.2 edged out Skanetaeles’ Josh Reed (17:44.5) for sixth place.Now Cazenovia went to Saturday’s Bill Coughlin Invitational in Rome, where it finished second in the team standings with 92 points to host Rome Free Academy’s total of 21 points. Smith, with a time of 17:20.7, got second place behind RFA teammates Nate Sletten (16:28.7) and Nick Ferretti (16:31.6), while Angus finished 12th among team runners (17th overall) in 18:54 flat.Eric Groff gained 24th in the team standings in a clocking of 20:26.1, just ahead of a Lakers pack that included Quinn Smith (20:29.8), Sean Smithers (20:42.1) and Jacob Ives (20:53.9) as they all finished in the top 30 of the team standings.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Cazenoviacross country
Having won 73-66 when these teams first met on Jan. 14, the Bees bolted out 24-15 in the rematch, only to have Corcoran make it all up before halftime and go in front 34-33.From there, it was tight the rest of the way, and the game’s two main stars would have equally good efforts as J.J. Starling put in 28 points, with the Cougars’ DeJour Reaves matching him.Clinging to a two-point lead, 64-62, B’ville was trying to run the clock down in the final minute when Corcoran’s D.J. Haynes stole it from Nate Ray and converted a layup on the other end to tie it with 23 seconds left. When last week’s action got underway, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team still was in control of how the Salt City Atheltic Conference Metro division race would turn out.If the Bees won each of its last three regular-season games, it could do no worse than tie West Genesee for first place, but it could not afford any setbacks.Yet that’s what happened Tuesday at Corcoran, B’ville now feeling the other end of a last-second decision in a season full of these kind of outcomes as it lost to the Cougars 66-64. Starling got the ball on the Bees’ ensuing possession, drove to the basket and had his shot blocked. A scramble ensued and the ball rolled out of bounds off a B’ville player.Now the Cougars had a chance to win it. Reaves took the ball in the backcourt and initially intended to drive, but instead pulled up from 15 feet and buried a jumper just as the clock ran out.Chase Trombley, with 13 points, and Bo Nicholson, with 11 points, supported Starling as Ray got seven points. Haynes had 16 points for Corcoran.Back-to-back games followed, and more was at stake Thursday as B’ville had a chance to deny Fayetteville-Manlius a playoff spot.It didn’t prove easy, but the Bees held off the Hornets 66-60, a game closer than the 67-55 decision B’ville earned when they had first met on Jan. 24, but with the same successful outcome.All game long, the Bees’ attempts to draw clear were unsuccessful. On F-M’s side, Josh Michel had 18 points, with James Madill hitting five 3-pointers to account for all of his 15 points.Up by 10 with five minutes left, the Bees were able to hang on as Starling had 25 points and Nicholson nearly matched him, earning 19 points, while Ben Bifulco hit a trio of 3-pointers for all of his nine points.Then, against Henninger 24 hours later, it was time to honor B’ville’s seniors – and many of them put up sterling efforts to help the Bees beat the Black Knights 61-52.Even though it was playing for the third time in four days, B’ville had plenty of energy from the outset and built a 38-28 halftime lead. Then it overcame a quiet third quarter to restore its margin down the stretch.And it was a senior, Trombley, seizing the spotlight, leading the team for the first time in scoring as he got 23 points, more than half of it from four 3-pointers.Starling earned seven of his 16 points at the free-throw line, with Nicholson contributing 10 points. Tong Mading and Evan Kelly led Henninger with 13 points apiece.Having gone 12-3 in league play and 14-6 overall, the Bees would now wait until next Wednesday to find out who it would face in the Section III Class AA playoffs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys basketball
The University of Wisconsin volleyball team received a reality check over the weekend.Wisconsin didn’t lose a match, defeating both Illinois (30-16, 28-30, 30-22, 30-19) and Northwestern (30-23, 30-19, 24-30, 29-31, 15-13), but prior to this weekend, the 10th-ranked Badgers hadn’t lost a single game in the Field House all season.So, when the Wildcats took them to five games Friday and after the Illini stole another game Saturday, it came as somewhat of a shock. “They got a reminder that the game doesn’t come that easily all the time, that you still have to bring that energy, especially on those nights when it’s not totally there,” UW head coach Pete Waite said.Wisconsin jumped out to a quick start against Illinois Saturday, taking the first game 30-16 but coughed up the second game.The Badgers kept most of game two close, but miscommunication led to some costly errors. Late in the game, back-to-back set errors gave the Illini a 28-25 lead and ultimately a 30-28 victory.However, the disappointing loss didn’t affect Wisconsin as the team came out of the locker room looking to put the next two games and the match away.”We came together and shook it off,” sophomore outside hitter Audra Jeffers said. “We just said, ‘There’s two more to play, let’s get out there and clean up our passing, our serving and we’ll win.'”Jeffers posted 13 kills on 18 attempts with no errors for a career-high .722 hitting percentage as Wisconsin had a well-balanced scoring attack. Freshman outside hitter Brittney Dolgner recorded a match-high 17 kills while senior outside hitter Maria Carlini chipped in with 14 of her own. Middle blockers Amy Bladow and Taylor Reineke also had nine and eight, respectively.Wisconsin’s hitters attributed their ability to score to junior setter Jackie Simpson, who served up 50 assists on the night.”Setting was great, and that comes with great passing,” Jeffers said.For Simpson, the great passing — Wisconsin didn’t allow a single service ace — made setting almost effortless.”Our passing is doing a great job back there so that makes my job easy,” Simpson said.After taking the third game 30-22, the Badgers found themselves struggling once again, down by as many as five points. But following a timeout, Wisconsin was able to capitalize on an 11-point run, winning the match 30-19.Waite said no specific game plan or strategy was mulled over in the timeout, just simply playing with the attitude the Badgers have had in their current seven-match winning streak.”It’s about fighting and battling and getting it one point at a time and chipping away at the lead,” Waite said of his timeout speech. “And they did that, and they are always capable of it. Once they kick it into gear, they do some great things.”High-five victoryFriday night against Northwestern, Wisconsin looked like it would keep its momentum rolling, winning the first two games 30-23 and 30-19. However, the Wildcats clawed back to win the following two games to push the match to five games.”I don’t know why, but it was a struggle for us,” Waite said. “We did not play the way we have been playing.”I think a number of players did not bring their best game to the court tonight,” he added. “I think we were carried by some clutch, clutch plays by a freshman, Brittney Dolgner. She really saved us.”The Badgers desperately needed Dolgner to explode in the final game, finding themselves down by three points for most of the contest.While Wisconsin switched sides down 5-8, the thought of a potential upset wasn’t nerve-racking for any of the Badger players.”As a setter, I don’t have time to be nervous,” Simpson said. “I feel that in the game of volleyball, if you take one second to start worrying about something, that’s when you get in trouble.”Wisconsin (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) is currently in a second-place tie with Minnesota, one and a half games behind conference leader Penn State.
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoWisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves described freshman Cody Goloubef as an “offensive type of defenseman.”And Gouloubef thinks the title fits. “I think that’s a fair title,” Goloubef said. “I’m the [defenseman] that’s going to make the first pass out of the zone every time, likes to jump up into the rush and fool around with the puck at the blue line.”Through his first six games as a Badger, the freshman blue liner has notched four points, including his first collegiate goal in Wisconsin’s 4-2 victory over WCHA foe Michigan Tech. He’s also recorded three assists, including one in the team’s first game of the season.”He’s got a big shot and has the offensive instincts as a defenseman,” Eaves said. “He’s playing to his strength, and that’s good right now.”Added forward Ben Street: “He seems to have a nose for the net. He’s out buzzing around there, but he’s never really out of position, which is a big thing.”Goloubef’s name wasn’t in the mix in the preseason hype when looking at the team’s incoming freshmen. Fellow defensemen Brendan Smith and Ryan McDonagh, as well as forward Kyle Turris, earned all the praise after each were selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.But playing alongside the pro prospects on defense has allowed Goloubef to learn a few things of his own along the way.”I just kind of play my game and if I see anything that they’re doing that works, I try that out,” he said. “They’re both first-round picks, so they know what they’re doing.”After eight games, Goloubef has been right there with the other freshmen defensemen in the scoring category. Smith has eight points on two goals and six assists, and McDonagh has collected two goals and an assist thus far.”They’re young, and they’ve been doing a good job with listening and learning quick,” senior defenseman Kyle Klubertanz said of his first year teammates. “They’re all mature, no matter what their age says.”Goloubef, at 17, is the youngest Wisconsin player. That youth has not translated into inexperience, however, as Klubertanz points out.”He’s the youngest kid on the team, but he’s mature beyond his years, for sure,” Klubertanz said. “He knows the game; he loves the game.”While Goloubef is pleased with his offensive production so far, he admitted he wouldn’t mind seeing his scoring numbers increase.”I’d like to bump that up a little more,” Goloubef said. “A couple more scoring opportunities wouldn’t hurt. We’ll try and keep that going, but it’s not too much on my mind. I just want to play solid and the points will come.”Every little bit Goloubef and the other defensemen can produce on offense takes some of the pressure off the forwards.”It takes a bit off of us, for sure,” Street said. “It’s great to have those guys helping us out. … It gives you a different threat and makes it a little harder for the teams to defend us, too, when they know that those guys are jumping up and that those guys can make the plays to get the goal.”For all the young players, the WCHA season has been a tough adjustment. Goloubef picked up an assist on the lone goal in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Sioux, and noted the difference in difficulty from the team’s early nonconference games.”It was a lot more intense, a lot more physical, a lot quicker, (and) a lot more skilled,” Goloubef said. Eaves called the maturity level of the UW freshmen as a “process,” noting the game against the Huskies was their first real test.”I think against Michigan Tech was a real eye-opener,” Eaves said. “Now they’ve played against a WCHA opponent and the different level that was compared to our first four games. …Their learning curve is still pretty steep right now.”The majority of the schedule is still ahead for Wisconsin so Goloubef and the rest of the freshmen will have plenty of opportunities to learn from the competitive play of the WCHA as the season progresses.”They’ve got a lot of questions because they want to know the right things to do,” Klubertanz said. “We don’t always have the answers, but we help them as much as possible. We’re just there to point them in the right direction.”