Ajunwa-Okpara Now ACP, Seeks Support for Foundation

first_img“Till date, this is the only lady who has won an individual Olympics gold medal for Nigeria and the International Olympics Committee (IOC), has not said otherwise, why she’s being ostracized still remains a mystery to some of us. But thank God the Police Service Commission knows her worth and I think overtime Nigerians will appreciate this great athlete, who played football, jumped and ran for the nation”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s only individual gold medalist till date, Chioma Ajunwa-Okpara, was on Monday decorated as an Assistant Commissioner of Police, by the Police Service Commission. The event took place at the Police College in Ikeja.The promotion from a Chief Superintendent of Police, was coming only after a week of Ajunwa-Okpara, launching a foundation to discover new stars that will take the Nigerian nation to new heights. The events which was held in Abuja was reportedly snubbed by top government officials but the strong lady of sports has remained dogged and said she will take sports to a height nobody can imagine.A delighted Director General of Chioma Ajunwa-Okpara Foundation, Prince Henry Amike, himself a top-notch athlete in his days, said the promotion of Chioma, was to showcase her professionalism, both in the police and the service of the nation.last_img read more

MLAX : Unsung midfielders give Syracuse boost in season opener

first_img Comments Published on February 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Luke Cometti set the tone for Syracuse 47 seconds into the second quarter.The junior midfielder worked to shake his Albany defender, spinning to his left before planting his foot in the ground and whirling back to his right to sling a low shot toward the goal. The ball skipped by Great Danes goaltender John Carroll to give the Orange its first lead of the game.Five more goals followed in the period — all by midfielders — as SU took a firm grip on the game behind an offensive outburst.‘I knew once we started scoring a few goals we’d start rolling, and fortunately, the third goal kind of put us ahead and from there on out we made it 10-2,’ Cometti said. ‘So it was good, I almost sparked it.’Though star midfielder JoJo Marasco added two of his team-high three goals in the big period, Syracuse saw unsung players off the bench lead the charge. Cometti’s goal started the run, Ryan Barber notched two goals and Scott Loy found the back of the net for the Orange’s sixth and final goal of the quarter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd adding some intrigue to Cometti’s performance was that he scored against his former team, as the midfielder transferred from Albany after last season.Going into halftime, Syracuse led 8-2 and the stat sheet was dotted with unheralded names making plays. SU head coach John Desko was pleased to see those players step up with the Albany defense sliding late, which forced the inexperienced group to make plays.‘That’s common with some teams. They want to see how our middies are going to do, all new groups out there,’ Desko said. ‘And fortunately our guys were shooting the ball pretty well and we got some goals.’Barber arguably turned in the most surprising and impressive performance in the season-opening victory over Albany. The redshirt junior entered the season with just one goal on seven shots in 20 games played the last two seasons.He surpassed those statistics quickly Sunday with two goals on six shots.His first goal came less than three minutes after Cometti’s and exactly one minute after Marasco gave SU a two-goal cushion. Barber sidestepped his defender in the middle of the field, took a step toward the goal and fired the ball into the net just before he absorbed a big hit from the Great Danes’ defense.Later, Barber beat Carroll in the top right corner of the goal while moving to his left to push the Orange lead to 7-2. The midfielder then backpedaled with confidence as the offense powered Syracuse to a comfortable lead Albany couldn’t overcome.‘It felt great, get the ball rolling a little bit,’ Barber said. ‘We really picked it up in the second quarter there and it felt great.’For Desko, the productive performance from Barber and Cometti in the decisive period was encouraging. After losing the entire first midfield line to graduation, the midfield was a position of uncertainty entering the season.But Cometti said this season’s group has depth that causes different problems for opponents than last year’s talented line. Teams can’t focus on shutting down three or even six midfielders when they take on SU.The Orange has nine threats ready to make something happen every game. And while the Syracuse players have known what everyone is capable of for a long time, Barber said the rest of the lacrosse world finally got to see a glimpse of that talent and depth Sunday.‘Everyone gets to see each other play in practice every day and score goals and do great things,’ Barber said. ‘But a lot of people don’t really get to see some kids do that on (Sunday), so being on the big scene and a lot of people stepping up, it was pretty cool.’By the time Loy scored with 23 seconds left in the half, Albany was demoralized.And some of those questions hanging over the inexperienced midfield were answered for at least a day. But Cometti knows SU can’t rest on one performance.The unit has to prove it consistently before the questions can stop and opponents start taking notice.‘We hit the ball rolling,’ Cometti said. ‘We didn’t even have a scrimmage in the fall, so there were some questions: ‘Are they going to be able to get it together in the beginning?’ … But luckily we started off strong, and hopefully we can just build on that and keep getting better.’rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

William Hill makes COD not FIFA 17 its Christmas favourite

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Even if you don’t know your League of Legends from your CSGO you can still bet on gaming at William Hill with the bookmaker offering a market for which title will be the Christmas number one video game.As it stands Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has recaptured the top spot in the gaming charts and is priced a strong favourite at 2/5 to capture the third year in a row. As many would have expected FIFA 17 is in second place in the betting at 7/4 and it looks like a straight race between the two with few other contenders. Next in line is the latest in the Final Fantasy franchise all the way out at 12/1.COD’s direct contender Battlefield 1 is out there at 20/1 despite generally being the better reviewed of the pair. William Hill Spokesman Joe Crilly commented: “It looks like a straight shootout between COD and FIFA, as it has been for the past couple of years and Activision look to once again have the march on EA.”If gaming isn’t your thing, William Hill also has a Christmas focused TV market with Mrs Brown’s Boys the favourite to be the most watched TV show on Christmas Day. The bookmaker has placed  at 7/4 just ahead of the Strictly Christmas Special at 2/1.Crilly continued: “Mrs Brown’s Boys has won the race the last couple of years to be the most watched show but this year, the success of Strictly and the fact that this is the last GBBO on the beeb means that one of these two could steal the crown.”(Image Credit) Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020last_img read more

Lakers trying to prevent “emotional hangover” against Phoenix

first_img“He was very big on never getting too high and never getting too low,” Walton said. “That’s when you’re at your most dangerous as a competitor. That’s been the biggest influence I’ve tried to bring to the way I coach as well.”It sounds like the Lakers’ players are trying to do the same. After spending Friday night admiring his dunk over Golden State’s David West, Nance reported thinking little about the win during Saturday’s practice. “If we take them anything less than 100 percent serious, it’s going to be a bad night for us,” Nance said. “This is a big test for our maturity.”Even if Randle struggled to sleep, he hardly relived the previous night’s accomplishments once he woke up. “When you start to see you have something unique and something special, you cherish it and you don’t want to have any letdowns or setbacks,” Randle said. “We’ve been on the other side when it wasn’t fun.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tossing and turning nearly all night long, Lakers forward Julius Randle “stared in the dark” and hoped he would doze off soon. Randle understandably had plenty on his mind. The Lakers felt euphoria over their upset win on Friday over Golden State at Staples Center. Lakers coach Luke Walton also called Randle “a monster” after Randle posted a team-leading 20 points and 14 rebounds. And with an adrenaline rush that normally kicks in after games anyway, Randle stayed awake until 4 a.m.“It’s hard. You go through a lot of emotions throughout the game and a lot of energy is spent,” Randle said. “You try to think a lot about things you can do better, things you can do well and how you can improve. It’s hard to settle down, especially when your body is still going.”Yet, the Lakers (3-3) enter Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns (2-4) at Staples Center leery of what Walton called “an emotional hangover” over defeating one of the NBA’s best teams. center_img “I think we’re going to come out a little flat,” Walton said. “It’s natural after that type of win. I’m hopeful that doesn’t happen.”So even if Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. believed the latest win “meant a little extra” for Walton after serving as a Golden State assistant the previous two years, Walton stayed intent on not basking in the accomplishment. Walton insisted he abstained from trash talking when he talked with those on the Warriors afterwards. After grabbing a postgame meal, Walton returned to his Manhattan Beach residence and rewatched the ESPN telecast. Though Walton opened Saturday’s practice with a film session of the Lakers’ win over Golden State, Walton then showed more footage of Phoenix. Walton also held a prolonged practice session on Saturday to avoid having morning shootaround on Sunday. Although Walton described himself as “always even-tempered,” he modeled his stoic reaction to the win after former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. last_img read more

Belinelli: ”I will answer the call for Italy at China 2019”

first_imgItaly’s chances at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 just got a bit better as veteran leader Marco Belinelli confirmed he will be on board for the Squadra Azzurra at China 2019.The 33-year-old Belinelli told the Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport that he plans on playing for Meo Sacchetti’s team in China, where the Italians were drawn in Group D with Angola, Philippines and Serbia in Foshan.  “I spoke with Gianni Petrucci (the President of the Italian Basketball Federation) after we qualified and with coach Sacchetti a few days ago. I talk very often with my teammates. We are all happy. The bar is high now. Our dream is to make something important with Italy’s national team jersey. I confirm that I will be in China,” Belinelli told Dario Ronzulli of Tuttosport. The San Antonio Spurs swingman starred for Italy at the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 but he did not play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers.Belinelli would be the only player on the team that played for Italy in their last FIBA World Cup appearance in 2006, when the then 20-year-old Belinelli averaged 13.5 points, 1.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds.last_img read more

It Is Most Important for the Beauty of Football to Win

first_imgAt the stadium “Asim Ferhatović Hase” in Sarajevo there will be a friendly match tonight between the US and BIH football teams.Before the match, the Sarajevo Daily Newspaper ‘Dnevni Avaz’ recorded the expectations of well-known people.High Representative to BIH Valentin Inzako will wear the BIH football jersey.“My godmother lives in Milwaukee, and I had a civil wedding in New York. But despite that, I will root for BIH’’, said Inzko.However, he said that what is most important is for the beauty of football to win.BIH Director Haris Pašović expects a win for BIH.“We are a better team and with all due respect to Americans, they do not have football in their blood. I do not like to predict results, I hope that they would score at least two to three goals’’, said Pašović.(Source: Dnevni Avaz)last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2015)–Ridden for the first time by Aaron Gryder, Singing Kitty split horses four-wide at the top of the stretch and outdueled favored Heat the Rocks in deep stretch to take Saturday’s $200,000 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks by one length while negotiating one mile on turf in 1:35.70.A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Ministers Wild Cat out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Natural Singer RN, provided veteran conditioner Matt Chew with his first ever Santa Anita stakes victory. Off at 7-1 in a field of eight California-bred or sired 3-year-old fillies, she paid $17.40, $6.00 and $3.40.Claimed two starts back for $32,000 at Los Alamitos on Dec. 11, Singing Kitty picked up her third win from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, increased her earnings to $175,438. She’s owned by Chris Aulds, Brandon Hillman and Peter Jeong.“She was brought to my attention by a friend of mine who suggested that I take a look at her,” said Chew of the decision to make the $32,000 claim. “I brought it up to the two owners and we all agreed to take a shot. We threw her into the Blue Norther (first start off the claim, one mile on turf Jan. 1) to see how she would handle the turf and the distance and we felt like off that race, into today would be a drop in class…She has adapted to the turf well. I’ve breezed her over it and she seems to love it.”Heat the Rocks, off as the 9-5 post time favorite, showed good tactical speed under Elvis Trujillo and was second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Light One, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Heat the Rocks paid $3.60 and $2.60.“It was a good run,” said Trujillo. “She sat behind the speed. She was ready for run and when I opened her up, we just got caught right away.”The second choice at 2-1, Light One, with Rafael Bejarano up, paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.57, 46.52, 1:11.37 and 1:23.47.last_img read more

ERU Officer Assaults SWAL Boss, Others

first_imgThe president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL, Mr. Roland Mulbah and several other members were last Friday assaulted by an officer of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police, causing them serious injuries.The incident occurred before the Liberia versus La Cote d’Ivoire match when ERU officers refused to allow some members of the SWAL to enter the stadium.Mr. Mulbah, who participated in a joint meeting with the Liberia National Police to craft guidelines for the game, explained to the officers that the SWAL was assured by the LNP that its officers would be informed about the joint decision on sports writers covering the game, but the officers were adamant.“One of the officers threatened to beat us if we did not leave the area,” Mulbah told the Daily Observer afterwards. “When I told him that it was a joint decision with the LNP and pleaded with him to let our members enter the stadium, he began to whip us, pointing his gun on us.”The assault resulted into a cut on Mulbah’s right jaw, and as blood oozed out of his injury, the officer got more incensed and continued his assault, as bystanders looked in shock.As the ERU officer beat the president of SWAL and several others, Victor Bowier, in charge of security at the LFA, and also a police officer, was called in, whose interventions ended the torture that the SWAL president and his members were undergoing.Mulbah and his colleagues received treatment at a nearby clinic before returning to the game. Mulbah’s jaw was bandaged. He expressed regret of the ERU officer’s action and appealed to the LNP to ensure that when decisions are made, “every officer who will be involved is informed about it.”Before the match, LNP Deputy Director for Operations, Prince Mulbah and SWAL president, along with SWAL Secretary General Kolubah Zayzay participated in the joint conference that came out with guidelines to ensure the smooth management of the match against La Cote d’ivoire.SWAL president Mulbah at the time said the association was working closely with the LNP to provide better coverage for the game.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more