RelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has called for proper and regular training for Nigerian coaches in order to fast track sports development in the country. The minister made the call on Friday at the closing ceremony of the LMC/LaLiga Partnership training for Nigerian youth coaches at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja. Dare stressed the need for professional and scientific coaching, especially from the youth level, for Nigeria to improve on its sports development in line with international best practice. He said: “It is a fact that at the very heart of sports development are the coaches. “When you talk about the technical depth of our teams and players, it rests with the coaches and it starts from the grassroots.” Dare commended the organisers of the programme for the vision, while calling for it to be extended to more coaches and other sports. He also used the occasion to highlight the Ministry’s Talent Hunt Programme, which will begin in March, with the aim of discovering and nurturing young talents across the nation. Earlier, the Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, said the workshop was part of the technical partnership of the Spanish League and its Nigerian counterpart. Dikko said the partnership will go a long way in developing the Nigerian league and exposing young Nigerian footballers. He said: “Through this partnership we have had an NPFL All-Star team playing tour of Spain, where they played Valencia, Malaga and Atletico Madrid as well as seminars for club administrators and media officers.” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the four-day workshop, which herald the annual NPFL/LaLiga U-15 tournament, had coaching instructors from LaLiga and other football stakeholders in attendance.Tags: LMCLMC/LaLiga PartnershipMoshood Abiola StadiumShehu DikkoSunday Dare
In a lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida, a woman claims Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions after the wide receiver hired her as a personal trainer. She claims Brown sexually assaulted her three different times in 2017 and 2018, but Brown’s attorney says the two had a “consensual personal relationship.” The 1_Complaint says that Brown — in three separate incidents, two in June 2017 and another in May 2018 — sexually assaulted a woman named Britney Taylor, a gymnast whom he met while they were attending Central Michigan together and whom he later hired as a trainer.The lawsuit was filed one day after Brown, 31, became a Patriot following a brief, turbulent tenure with the Oakland Raiders that ended when he requested his release last week. Late Tuesday night, the Patriots issued a statement saying that the N.F.L. planned to do its own investigation of the accusations against Brown.“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” said a statement from Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown. “He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”Brown recently signed with the New England Patriots after he was released from the Oakland Raiders.The Pats signed Brown last weekend after the Oakland Raiders cut the four-time All Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler. The New England Patriots will be back at practice today but it’s uncertain whether the newly-signed wide receiver will be on the practice field. The defending Super Bowl champs had the day off Tuesday, the same day a woman filed suit against Brown, accusing him of sexually assaulting her.
DeSantis recently activated members of the National Guard to assist law enforcement in Florida with controlling protests spurred by the killing of George Floyd.Fried said that Democrats and Republicans share responsibility for the “systemic built-in racial divide [that] has happened since slaves were first brought here from Africa. And every step along the way, and this is from both parties, and both parties have messed this up.”Fried, Ellison and several other Democratic state legislators who appeared in Wednesday’s video meeting object to the state appealing a federal court ruling that says the state cannot prevent ex-felons from voting if they are unable to pay fines and fees.The state had imposed the payment requirement last year, after voters passed the constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to former felons except murderers and sex offenders.“Quite frankly, we are done dying. We deserve opportunity to participate, to make sure that we vote for the candidate of our choice,” Ellison said. “The NAACP is ready and will continue to fight this. This is strictly a matter of racism when it comes to our people and we won’t stand for it anymore.”Ellison added that getting ex-felons back on the voting rolls could make a difference in the election.“We certainly know that hundreds of thousands of African Americans casting their ballot for the candidate of their choice would certainly make a difference and would be a game changer in this election,” she said.In addition, Democratic State Rep. Bobby DuBose, of Fort Lauderdale, said, “What’s going on in America and what’s happening to black and brown people … one of the things that we really need to see and hear is our white allies having these conversations because we have them every day in the black community.” Marsha Ellison, a South Florida and statewide NAACP leader, said on Wednesday that current state policies on civil and voting rights from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration are “atrocious and quite frankly racist.”Ellison objected to efforts by the state’s government to slow down the process of restoring voting rights for 1.7 million ex-felons, a policy that Florida voters mandated in a 2018 amendment.“Felony disenfranchisement was put in place 150 years ago, strictly born out of racism. This administration apparently intends to let that system remain. I could see how that might work for him, quite frankly it doesn’t work for us in the black community,” Ellison said, referring to DeSantis and his administration.She continued, “Any black and brown citizens, once you’ve paid your debt to society you deserve and should be restored to first-class citizenship. The NAACP finds the current administration efforts atrocious and quite frankly racist.”Ellison, who serves as president of the Fort Lauderdale/Broward branch of the NAACP, and is the civic engagement chairwoman for the Florida State NAACP, said the organization has “worked with every administration in some way or another with the exception of this one who is determined and wants to make sure that particularly African Americans continue to be disenfranchised.”Meanwhile, Helen Ferre, the governor’s communications director, said by email the “accusations are absurd.”“Gov. DeSantis’ leadership demonstrates that he is a principled leader who works with all regardless of race, creed, or ethnicity,” Ferre explained. “Gov. DeSantis is undaunted in the face of political rhetoric that is divisive and elusive of the truth.Ellison made the comments in a video news conference that was organized by state Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who has also been a vocal critic of DeSantis recently.The governor appointed Ellison last January to a statewide committee that was tasked with encouraging widespread participation in the 2020 Census. Two years ago, she supported Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate who lost the governor’s race to DeSantis.Ferre added that DeSantis’ record includes voting to pardon the Groveland Four, a group of black men who were accused of raping a white woman in 1949, as well as appointing diverse judges to the state’s courts, appointing large numbers of Hispanics and African Americans, and most recently, arranging coronavirus testing in underserved communities.“At a time when we need to show empathy and understanding with black Floridians, the governor instead fights to block civil rights and send in the National Guard,” Fried said.Thank you @JoseJavierJJR, @RepBobbyDuBose, @traciedavisjax, @FentriceForFL, and @NAACP’s @MarshaAEllison1 for joining me in a much-needed conversation on restoring civil and voting rights to Floridians. Together we will fix Florida’s crushingly restrictive Clemency rules.— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) June 10, 2020
Agnieszka Radwanska will play world number one Angelique Kerber in the WTA Finals last four after beating Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-3.The Polish defending champion overcame Finals debutant Pliskova in 78 minutes.French Open champion Garbine Muguruza avoided a whitewash at the event as she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6 6-0 6-1 in their dead rubber.Russian Kuznetsova was already through as group winner with Muguruza out after defeats in her first two matches.Kuznetsova, who only qualified for the tournament with victory at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Saturday, will meet Slovak world number eight Dominika Cibulkova in Saturday’s other semi-final.Radwanska had match point in her group-stage defeat to Kuznetsova earlier this week and the world number three looked in good form as she racked up a seventh successive straight-sets win over Czech Pliskova.She is playing amazing tennis this year,” Radwanska told BT Sport when asked about her meeting with Kerber.“She has been on fire, playing unbelievable on every surface. I have nothing to lose and have to be 200% to beat her.”The busy schedule that Kuznetsova put herself through to qualify for the event appeared to catch up with the 31-year-old as she faded badly in defeat to Muguruza.“To go to the limit, you need to push yourself hard, but I want to do that tomorrow,” Kuznetsova said. (BBC Sport)
The home team is up by a run, and the ninth inning is about to start. Even before the bullpen door opens, the fans rise to their feet. They know what’s coming. The stadium announcer introduces the closer. Cue entrance music.As is becoming a tradition in baseball, the players who face the daunting task of protecting late-game leads now enter the game to the raging music of their favorite heavy metal band. Though the music usually elicits wild cheering from the crowd, the growing trend also has its flaws. Quite frankly, it’s getting on my nerves.For starters, the lone qualification for having a hard-rocking anthem play during a closer’s introduction is that he must wear a pair of cleats and a jockstrap, because everyone seems to have an introduction song.Entrance music shouldn’t just be handed out to closers like sunflower seeds or postgame sandwiches. Only after establishing a track record as one of the game’s elite closers should a player be allowed to enter the game with “Thunderstruck” playing over the speakers.Cleveland Indians closer Joe Borowski, for example, came out to “Wild Thing” last week. A guy who went five years between 30-save seasons doesn’t exactly have the elite tag needed to warrant the playing of that song. The only Indian ever to earn “Wild Thing” was Rick Vaughn, and Borowski is definitely not at his level.Vaughn, in addition to pitching in the California Penal League for some time, once took a guy’s head clean off with a fastball. Granted, it was only a cardboard cut-out, but still, that’s pretty bad-ass. He earned his keepsake as “Wild Thing.” Boworski, in comparison, shouldn’t be coming out to anything that rocks harder than “Uptown Girl.”There are some closers, though, — “Major League” trilogy aside — that have actually earned their introduction tunes. Mariano Rivera deserves to enter Yankee Stadium to “Enter Sandman” before he shuts down the opposition. In the NL, Trevor Hoffman, who is baseball’s all-time saves leader, has gotten the job done for long enough to warrant the blasting of “Hells Bells.” And while there are a few others, the underlying fact remains that too many closers have entrance music despite a less-than-impressive career.Brian Fuentes, the closer for the Colorado Rockies — a position that generally doesn’t get very much work to begin with — was furious after making his grand entrance to “YMCA,” of all songs, during a game last season. While the Village People’s classic anthem may have been a little soft even for Fuentes, one career 30-save season isn’t exactly AC/DC worthy.Clouding the qualifications necessary to have a song is the exact purpose of the musical introduction to begin with. Whether its goal is to fire up the closer, scare the opposing hitters or just wake the crowd is unclear. Each of the above possesses its own unique flaws.For the amount of money that closers make per season, shouldn’t they be ready to do their job without the help of Metallica or Slipknot? I’d like to think that, for $10 million a season, Billy Wagner could retire the side even if he entered the game to selections from Neil Diamond’s greatest hits.As for opposing hitters, do lyrics like “Welcome to the jungle/ We’ve got fun and games,” the opening lines of one-time Cy Young winner Eric Gagne’s theme “Welcome to the Jungle” really affect their ability to get a hit? Probably not, but that didn’t stop the Dodgers, and now the Rangers, from playing it upon Gagne’s introduction.Worst of all, though, is the perception that fans aren’t smart enough to get excited during the closers’ entrance without having a musical cue. You can be sure that for the money I pay to see the game, I’m going to stand and cheer when the game is on the line, regardless of whether “Crazy Train” is playing or not.I’d like to know what those stereo-operator guys think would happen if Drowning Pools’ “Bodies” didn’t play when Boston closer Jonathon Papelbon entered the game. Are they picturing a stadium full of fans unable to figure out that it’s time to cheer? Will people be wandering around the stadium aimlessly, unsure when they’re supposed to stand and clap? And even though not all attendees at baseball games are hardcore fans, I would think that everyone else around them standing and cheering would be a pretty good indication that they should do the same without having to be told to by Ozzy Osbourne or Axel Rose.All of this just serves as a reminder that closers have become the most pretentious players in baseball. Centerfielders don’t require a head-banging tune to make a leaping catch, but without Slipknot’s “Duality,” Toronto closer B.J. Ryan can’t get three outs in the ninth? Although two decades ago, the closer position was just a thought in the forefront of people’s minds, those ballplayers are ubiquitous and considered valuable now. And that supposedly equates to introductory music.There is a way order can be restored, however.Fans, before each season, should be able to vote on their closer’s grand entrance music. Not only would this allow fans to share their opinions on their team’s personnel, but it would serve as a way to keep closers in check. This way, closers could know where they stand in the eyes of the fans, and would be able to adjust their game accordingly.Until the day comes, though, when fans can select something from the Michael Bolton catalogue to introduce their less-than-intimidating closer, we’re just going to have accept the choices home team relievers make, even if it means forever associating Biggie’s “Big Poppa” with the legendary Armando Benitez.Mike Ackerstein is a freshman majoring in journalism. If you think Jose Valverde should enter to the sound of “Cry Me a River,” contact Mike at email@example.com.
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has approved a seven-day shift of the 2019 Men’s Premier League to allow clubs complete their administrative processes.In a letter signed by the Secretary General of the Federation Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi, the deadline extension was at the instance of clubs intending to participate in the 2019 Men’s basketball league.Consequently, the 2019 season will commence on Saturday, October 19th in the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences. The venue for the Atlantic Conference has been relocated to Ilorin, Kwara State while the Savannah Conference will be held in Zaria.Oluyole Warriors (Ibadan), Customs (Lagos), Rivers Hoopers (Port Harcourt) Kwara Falcons (Ilorin), Hoops and Read (Lagos), Delta Force (Asaba), Police Baton (Lagos) and Raptors (Lagos) are some of the teams that will be competing for honors in the Atlantic Conference.Others include Dodan Warriors (Lagos), Islanders (Lagos) who hope to rekindle their rivalry alongside newly promoted Invaders (Ekiti), Coal City (Enugu), and Akure Raiders (Akure).The Savannah Conference is made up of Kano Pillars (Kano), Bauchi Nets (Bauchi), Gombe Bulls (Gombe), Kada Stars (Kaduna), Defenders, (Abuja), Niger Potters (Minna), Mark Mentors (Abuja), Plateau Peaks (Jos), Nigeria Army (Zaria) and Benue Braves (Makurdi).The League champions will qualify to represent Nigeria in the inuagural Basketball Africa League to be organized by NBA in conjunction with FIBA Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
National Express has signed a three year ‘Official Coach and Bus Partner’ agreement with The Jockey Club.This deal will see the UK’s largest coach operator provide dedicated services across the United Kingdom, direct to all major events in The Jockey Club’s racing calendar.As part of the new service, it’s promised that it will “provide customers with drop off and pick up from locations closer to, and more convenient for, the racecourses than any other coach operator.”In addition, both parties involved are to offer travel tickets, and combined travel and racing packages, across web, mobile and other sales channels.John Boughton, Commercial Director for National Express Coach, commented: “Alongside our UK coach network, we have a strong track record of providing coach travel to festivals and events across the UK. “In 2017, we carried hundreds of thousands of passengers to iconic sporting and music events including Glastonbury Festival, The FA Cup Final at Wembley, 6 Nations at Twickenham and the Champions League Final in Cardiff.“We’re thrilled to be working with The Jockey Club to bring great value, comfortable and convenient services from destinations across the UK to the biggest events in the race going calendar.”The largest commercial group in British horseracing, The Jockey Club boast a portfolio of 15 racecourses, as well as one of the UK’s leading leisure companies.In addition, it also has a reputation for staging some of the biggest events around the country, including the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National.Paul Fisher, Chief Executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We’re delighted to be working with National Express as our Official Coach and Bus partner from 2018. This is the first arrangement of its kind for The Jockey Club and it’s fantastic to welcome another new partner into our sport.“We know from their existing partnerships in sport and entertainment that they will offer excellent value and travel for the millions of people who attend our racing and leisure events throughout the year.” Related Articles Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 Share HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share
WHAT. A. MOMENT for @PujolsFive!A home run in STL that gets a standing ovation from the ENTIRE crowd 👏@Angels pic.twitter.com/wJJ4wIXY3t— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) June 22, 2019“I’m trying to go around the bases and get to the plate and get to the dugout and hold everything in,” Pujols told MLB.com. “It was hard. That’s pretty special. Too bad we lost the game, but to do something special for the fans, it’s amazing.”Pujols’ first game back in St. Louis on Friday didn’t fail to deliver on emotion either as he received large standing ovations for all three of his at-bats and even hugged Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in his first at-bat. Pujols recorded a single on Friday before being substituted for a pinch-runner.Who says machines can’t cry?There’s no place like home. #Pujolspic.twitter.com/KOT2CXDtLl— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) June 22, 2019The Cardinals defeated the Angels 4-2 on Saturday, and Pujols finished 1-for-4. The teams play one more time on Sunday before the Halos return home to play Cincinnati. It feels like just yesterday Albert Pujols was in a Cardinals uniform crushing home runs in front of a packed Busch Stadium.In actuality, it had been 2,751 days since the three-time NL MVP swung a bat in the stadium entering this weekend’s series. Pujols has been a member of the Angels since 2012. MORE: Pujols makes emotional return to St. LouisOn Saturday, in Pujols’ third at-bat of the game, the former Cardinals great returned to his glory days by hitting a solo home run — his 13th of the season — into left field. The St. Louis crowd gave the opposing player a standing ovation as he made his way around the bases. Pujols even made a curtain call after reaching the dugout.
AMES — An Iowa State University study finds two out of five young adults — both attending and not attending college — have at least one substance use disorder.ISU psychology Professor Brooke Arterberry says researchers also discovered just one in every 100 college students with the disorder are able to quit, mostly because few young people seek help.Arterberry says, “If you think about the idea that students are not seeking treatment or that help or support, then it’s going to be harder for them to remit.”Substances included in the study were alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens and prescription drugs.More than 3,200 young adults were surveyed.Arterberry says it’s stunning so few young people seek treatment, especially college students who often have free addiction resources on campus.She says, “Colleges and universities should really consider different ways or different prevention and intervention programs that are directed to encouraging students to seek treatment.”A substance use disorder is defined as a medical condition in which the use of one or more substances leads to a clinically significant impairment or distress.The study was published in the Journal of American College Health.