Messi Stars as Barcelona Remain in Control of LaLiga Title Race

first_imgLionel Messi was the star of the LaLiga weekend with a spectacular free-kick strike as leaders Barcelona beat second placed Atlético Madrid 1-0 to go eight points clear at the top.Messi’s 24th LaLiga goal of the season was his third direct free kick in his last three games, and both teams’ coaches Diego Simeone and Ernesto Valverde said afterwards at the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon that the Argentine had been the difference between the teams.Third placed Real Madrid eased to a straightforward 3-1 win against Getafe at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening. Gareth Bale opened the scoring in his British record 117th LaLiga appearance, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s double taking the Portuguese to 30 goals in just 286 LaLiga games. Valencia remain fourth after goals from Rodrigo and Simone Zaza saw Los Che beat Real Betis 2-0 at Mestalla, although Sevilla kept up the pressure with their 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao, as Franco Vazquez assisted the first for Luis Muriel and scored the second himself.Primera Division debutants Girona made sure of safety already with a 2-0 win at Villarreal, with the Catalans now sitting seventh and serious contenders for a Europa League qualification spot. Real Sociedad’s Mexico international Hector Moreno scored his first goal for his new club in their 2-1 Basque derby victory at home to Alavés.Levante’s rough luck continued as they conceded a late equaliser at home to Espanyol. The Valencia-based club announced on Sunday that youth team coach Paco Lopez was being promoted to replace Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz as senior boss until the end of the season.Elsewhere in the relegation battle there was drama at Riazor – with Japan international Takashi Inui opening the scoring, home goalkeeper Maksym Koval sent off, and visiting goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic scoring an own-goal, all within the first 38 minutes of a 1-1 draw.Bottom team Malaga lost 2-0 at Leganes, with the Boquerones’ former forward and Morocco international Nordin Amrabat among the scorers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

CBN Tennis Tourney Gets Top Players into ActionÂ

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Meanwhile, Central Bank of Nigeria Ag.Director Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor said this year’s championship which is on-going already would be special as it marks the 40th year of uninterrupted sponsorship of the annual event.Over 300 players drawn from across the country are participating in the Championshipwhich served-off on June 21 at the Package ‘B’ tennis courts of the National Stadium Abuja.The event will end on Saturday  and some of the notable players includesformer Champions, Henry Atseye, Christy Agugbom, Shehu lawal, Sarah Adegoke, Nonso Madueke, Blessing Samuel and Aanu Aiyegbusi among others.A total of N700,000 would be won by deserving champions in all the categories of play . With the qualifying series of the 40th edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria men and women Open Senior Tennis tournament  concluded yesterday, action resumes today with the commencement of main draw of the both the men’s and women’s singles events.The men and womens doubles events will also get underway later in the day just as the Wheelchair tennis event that was introduced few years ago will also see potentials Special athletes in that field also in action from noon at the main court in Abuja.The Championship which began on Saturday had witnessed some interesting results with some up coming players who were given entrance via the wide card rules are not leaving anything to chance thereby confirming the earlier position of the technical officials of fierce battle this year.Women Singles defending Champion Sarah Adegoke still sees herself as the player to beat. According to her, “every player is a potential threat to her tittle defence and I will not underrate anyone in the course of defending my singles’ tittle,” she responded yesterday as she gets herself into action later this afternoon. If junior MaryLove Edward can come from nowhere and beat all her seniors to face me in the 2017 finals, then no player must be seen as a minor anymore and this is a pointed to the fact that the younger players as set to take over by using tournaments like this as a platform,” she pointed out.last_img read more

Active Kids Rocked at MTN 2018 Kids Mini Marathon

first_imgAfter an exciting run through the streets of Ikoyi, the race ended with Gbenle Similoluwa and Goodluck Dara emerging winners in the male and female category. They each went home with a prize of N100, 000, courtesy of MTN.The second prize-winners Muritala Toheeb and Agbede Ibukun received N50,000 each, while Akodenu Joleme and Olojede Tofunmi went home with N25,000 each as third prize winners. Participants at the event also went home with various gift items courtesy of MTN Nigeria.Congratulating the winners, the Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Rahul De said “this event not only provides a platform for the participating kids to engage in physical exercises; we believe it would also stimulate children to adopt healthy lifestyles from a very young age.”One of the beneficiaries, Goodluck Dara while receiving a cash gift of N100, 000 from MTN Nigeria, expressed her excitement stating, “I have just won the kids marathon for 5km, it was very exhilarating, very fun and last year I came second. What I did this time around was to keep motivating myself that I could do it.”“My motto is start strong finish strong and that is what really drove me to do my best today and I want to say thank you to MTN for supporting this event.” Dara added.This is the second edition of this competition, with last year’s event featuring over 2,000 participants from about 50 schools.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For more than three hours on Saturday November 3, 2018, parents, teachers and marathon fans were thrilled by the performance of nearly 2000 children who took part in the 2018 Lagos Kids Mini Marathon – an initiative of St. Saviour’s School, Ikoyi Endowment Fund.The Lagos Kids Mini Marathon – which was supported by MTN through its mPulse (a special customer proposition for teens and tweens) – is the first kids-focused marathon event in Lagos and was created to inspire children to be more physically active from an early age, as well as raise funds for charity.This year’s event had as its theme: “Active Kids Rock”.last_img read more

Whyte, Chisora Rematch Set on Kwesé TV Live

first_imgAfter emerging victorious in their fights against Joseph Parker and Carlos Takam earlier in the year, Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora are set for a rematch at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 22 December.Whyte had won Chisora by a split decision after a ferocious 12-round fight in Manchester back in December 2016. But the Whyte, Chisora rivalry was rekindled after Chisora knocked-out Carlos Takam in the eighth round of a dramatic Whyte-Parker undercard in July. Kwesé TV On Saturday, Kwesé will broadcast the Whyte v Chisora bout on its free-to-air (FTA) sports channel, Kwesé Free Sports – available on its satellite TV service, Kwesé TV and mobile platform, Kwesé iflix. Boxing fans can tune into Kwesé TV channel 285 at 7pm or catch the fight on-the-go on the Kwesé iflix mobile app available on Android and IOS.In the undercard, Charlie Edwards challenges WBC flyweight champion, Cristofer Rosales for the world title. The WBA international light-heavyweight belt is also on the line as Joshua Buatsi faces Renold Quinlan. Ryan Walsh will also defend his British featherweight title in a fight against Reece Bellotti while David Price and Tom Little clash in a heavyweight fight.General Manager for Kwesé TV in Nigeria, Elizabeth Amkpa says “Kwesé TV is thrilled to bring its viewers another international heavyweight bout which promises to be an action-packed slugfest”.All Kwesé TV subscribers with disconnected accounts will need to pay the annual access fee of N1,900 to be able to watch the bout. Kwesé TV decoders continue to retail for N10,960 at Kwesé dealer outlets across the country.Kwesé Free Sports has exclusive FTA pan-African rights for some of the world’s leading sports content including the Premiere League, NBA, boxing and so much more.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FA Investigating Nigerian Football Agent, Man City over Sancho’s Transfer

first_imgThe Football Association in England is investigating claims that Manchester City made a banned payment of £200,000 to Jadon Sancho’s agent when the England winger was 14 years old.The allegations were made in documents published yesterday by German publication, Der Spiegel.It was alleged that Man City paid Emeka Obasi when they signed Sancho, now at Borussia Dortmund, from Watford in March 2015. Jadon Sancho Transfer rules forbid young players from been represented by an agent until the year they turn 16 years old.A Man City statement on the matter yesterday read: “The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organised and clear.“We will not be providing any comment on out of context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people.”London-born Sancho, 18, joined City as a 14-year-old, when the Premier League champions paid £66,000 in compensation to Watford.FA rules state that clubs are not permitted to offer financial inducements to a player under 16.Der Spiegel – which has published a series of revelations in recent months, including allegations City deceived UEFA over financial fair play (FFP) rules – claims the club wrote a letter to Sancho’s father which outlined how much they were willing to pay the player once he turned professional.The German magazine also says a City lawyer was “alarmed” that the letter could be deemed as a financial offer and therefore breaking the rules about offering inducements.Der Spiegel alleges City paid £200,000 to Obasi as part of a scouting contract to find players in central and South America. It claims the payment was in fact in relation to Sancho’s transfer from Watford.Sancho never made a first-team appearance for City before moving to German side Dortmund for £8m in August 2017.He has been one of the star players for the Bundesliga leaders this season, with the club describing him as “one of the most exciting players in Europe” when they announced he had signed a new long-term contract in October.In April 2017, Liverpool were fined £100,000 by the Premier League and handed a two-year ban on signing academy players from other clubs for offering inducements to a 12-year-old academy player at Stoke City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Coca-Cola, Eva Water Join Okpekpe Race

first_img“Remember we are the first road race to be granted a label race in Nigeria nay West Africa which means we are the first road running event to be internationally recognised. We didn’t stop there as we also moved a step up to a silver label race and our target now is to go for gold.“A label certifies the global sporting significance of the race, the organisational quality and the compliance with relevant IAAF competition rules,” explains Amodu who restated the organisers resolve to use a gold label template to organise this year’s event in a fortnight.“Our target is to get a gold label for the race next year and the new IAAF road race rules have made it compulsory that we use the template of the label we are aspiring for in the event preceding the label. This means that this year’s race will have a gold label standard written all over it especially in terms of the quality of the elite field.”Amodu reveals Coca-Cola and Eva will be providing cash and all its products in Nigeria for the race.“We will have 350 cases of Eva Water 50cl (4,200 bottles) supplied by our latest partner. Some of these will be used along the race routes at intervals of three kilometres from the starting point,” revealed Amodu who added that 30 cases of sparkling PET 35cl (360 bottles)-Coke, Fanta, Sprite will be used to refresh the VIPS at the main venue where race ends and prize presentation holds.”Amodu added that Coca-cola and Eva will also provide ice for chilling the drinks as well as ice coolers.“They will also provide us branded ladies (15 in all) for the race. Four of them will be deployed (in pairs) along the race route at intervals of three kilometres and will be handing out Eva water to the runners as they race by. They will thereafter move to the finishing point to join the other 11 to cheer runners and also serve drinks to the Runners as well as the VIP,” Amodu explained.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Coca Cola and Eva Water will refresh athletes, officials, spectators and VIPS when the 7th edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race holds on May 25, 2019 in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.Director of Organisation for the race, Zak Amodu revealed at the weekend that Coca-Cola, and Eva Water have come on board as Refreshment Partners of the historic race.“This is a big development for us at Okpekpe to have unarguably the best soft drink and purest processed water join us as we strive to make more history for Nigeria and West Africa,” said Amodu.last_img read more

Basketball: Gidi Giants Win First Temple Jam Trophy

first_imgNigeria’s newest basketball club, Gidi Giants defeated Gombe Bulls 58-51 on Sunday night to lift the maiden Temple Jam Basketball Tournament. It turned out a game of fireworks, drama and entertainment.The Giants got off to the first shot and maintained the lead at 18-16 at the end of the first quarter. The Bulls soon recovered in the second quarter that saw the two sides scoring so lowly. Scores therefore stood at 23-23 at the end of the second quarter. The third quarter ended 42-39 in favour of the Giants but the fourth quarter took a while to resume as the Bulls protested what they termed poor officiating against them. The organizers intervened the disagreements over the technical issues were settled.When the match resumed it became fresh battle but the younger and more athletic Giants held their ground to win the match. Wisdom Anyaocha shot 17 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Bulls. Owen Oriakhu hit 13 points and six rebounds for the Gidi Giants while his teammate Victor Komonibo added 12 points.Owen Oriakhu of Gidi Giants was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The Highest Rebounder trophy went to Lucky Subel of Nigeria Potters; Joel Okpoku of Tema Youth, Ghana got the award for the Highest Assists while Ifeanyi Okoro of Oluyole Warriors won for the Highest Blocks.The Top players were listed as Ibeabuchi Agu (Gombe Bulls); Komonibo Victor (Gidi Giants); Okiki Afoape (Gidi Giants) and Toani Buhari (Anambra Flames).The jam-packed Teslim Balogun Stadium sports hall had the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and Nigeria’s business mogul, Tunde Folawiyo who is the Chairman of the Temple Management Company in attendance.And before the final match, Anambra Flames beat Niger Potters 88-83 in a well- contested third place game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Inter Snatch Real Madrid’s Hakimi on Five-year Deal

first_imgCrowds had gathered outside Inter’s headquarters to catch a glimpse of their new signing ahead of the defender sealing his move.Born in Madrid, Hakimi opted to represent the country of his parents at international level and to date has won 28 caps as well as representing Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.His performances for Dortmund this year, with 10 assists across 25 games, had put top European clubs on alert after he failed to agree a new deal with his parent club.Inter sit third in Serie A after the resumption of action and next host Brescia as they aim to closee the gap to the top.They are currently eight points from leaders Juventus with 10 games to play following an encouraging debut season for Antonio Conte.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Inter Milan have reportedly sealed the signing of Real Madridfull-back Achraf Hakimi on a five-year contract for an initial fee of £36million.The Moroccan international was spotted arriving in Milan to complete his medical ahead of sealing a move to Antonio Conte’s Serie A side amid interest from Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City.Hakimi, 21, made 17 appearances for Real Madrid but shot to prominence during a two-year loan spell with Borussia Dortmundthat brought 13 goals in 72 games.last_img read more

F-M, J-D, CBA tennis maintains top form

first_img Tags: CBAESMF-Mgirls tennisJ-D Jamesville-DeWitt won again, 6-1, over Fulton last Tuesday, with straight-set singles wins from Tara Pollock, Celia Reid and Sydney Cline. The doubles teams of Inika Gajra-Riya Sharma, Elina Park-Serena Patel and Courtney Keough-Sabina Muradova all had straight-set victories, too.Remaining undefeated, Christian Brothers Academy handled Bishop Grimes 7-0 last Tuesday, with Gieselle Vlassis, Grace DelPino and Julia DelPino dropping just one game in six sets of singles competition.One doubles match was forfeited, but Lily Geneocco and Maddie Tallman won, 6-1, 6-2, over Jenny Morabito and Sofia Ziankoski, with the teams of Grace Catalano-Becca Ziemba and Sophie Schultz-Schutie Zirath not dropping a game, either.A 6-1 win over Manlius-Pebble Hill followed on Wednesday, with CBA again dominating the singles, but the Trojans having sisters Parmees and Amatees Fazeli get a 6-1, 6-1 win over Catalano and Tallman, while Geneocco and Isabella Mead got a 6-4, 6-4 win over Emma Gross and Eden Hildebrandt.MPH had started its week by topping Phoenix 6-1, with all of the singles matches defaulted. In doubles, Amatees Fazeli and Caroline Mezzalingua won, 7-6, 7-5, over Brielle DeRoberts and Mia Graham, with the teams of Emma Gross-Eden Hildebrandt and Sophia Menacho-Mackenzie Van Auken each winning in two sets.East Syracuse Minoa fell 7-0 to Auburn last Tuesday, with the closest match in first doubles, where the Spartans’ Julia Barnwell and Alana Day pushed to a second-set tie-breaker in a 6-4, 7-6 loss to the Maroons’ Kathryn Brown and Alexis Calkins.A 4-3 defeat to Syracuse West followed on Wednesday, with the Spartans again swept in singles, though the doubles teams of Taylor Lynch-Mackensie Snyder, Kylie Bachman-Amina Kausmovic and Sammy Baadani-Marissa Drogo each earned wins.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Over in doubles, Alexis Ahn and Emma Zogg turned back Katie Anson and Margaret Mello 6-2, 6-3, while Maya McKenzie and Camilla Wojtasiewicz won, 6-2, 6-4, over Kara Chawgo and Isabelle Wells. Natalie Hugo and Brooke Tester defeated Madelyn Chuff and Olivia Grome 6-3, 6-3.On Wednesday, F-M swept Cicero-North Syracuse 7-0, not dropping a set as Manta and Wang paired up in doubles to get a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Northstars’ duo of Sara Cartier and Olivia Cerio.Getting turns at singles, Samhitha Adivikolanu won 6-3, 6-1 over Krista Feeney, with Trisha Adivikolanu handling Karly Williams 6-1, 6-4. Angela Iskander won over Cambrie Hibbard 6-1, 6-2.center_img With October now here, the bulk of the high school girls tennis regular season is again in the books, and once more plenty of local sides flourished, even as last week’s schedule was curtailed by rain.That included Fayetteville-Manlius, still undefeated despite the challenges thrown at them, though Tuesday’s battle with Baldwinsville could prove interesting since the Bees almost knocked off the Hornets on Sept. 13.F-M defeated West Genesee 6-1 last Tuesday, with Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang getting 6-0, 6-0 singles wins over, respectively, Alyssa Congel and Sophia Lowry, with Trisha Adivikolanu prevailing over Angelina Allen 6-0, 6-4.last_img read more

Wireless coverage constantly a concern

first_imgFew students would disagree that USC’s wireless Internet service is due for some fine-tuning, but they might not realize the amount of work and money required to improve wireless coverage.Connect · Students studying in Leavey Library take advantage of the improved wireless coverage in the library and surrounding area. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan In 2006, Information Technology Services began working to improve its wireless coverage, which had been in place since 2002. ITS added almost 1,000 wireless Internet access points to the pre-existing 620, increasing coverage roughly 160 percent.But those improvements have not satisfied USC students. In fact, every candidate in the recent Undergraduate Student Government election mentioned improving wireless as one of his or her platform points.“We’ve had enough student feedback to know that there’s an issue, and I think it’s why you saw candidates talking about it in the student government campaigns,” said John Baldo, director of university affairs for USG. “I think everyone kind of agrees it is something we should have. I think ITS is pretty onboard with making sure we have it.”Newly elected USG president Chris Cheng said USG’s focus for next year will shift toward improving wireless in the residence halls, as many students have complained about the spotty coverage.“Before the elections, we had a research period where we talked to as many students as possible,” Cheng said. “There really is a high demand for improvement in the residence halls, and in the core academic buildings — Von KleinSmid and Taper Hall, places where a lot of people have their General Education courses.”Kevin Durkin, director of communications for ITS, said sometimes it is not the number of access points that creates a weak signal but other types of interference, such as microwave ovens or the wire mesh in the walls of buildings.Cheng stressed that USG is not suggesting that ITS isn’t doing its job in providing wireless to students.“But in places where the wireless is weak and low, we want to strengthen it,” he said.Until recently, wireless coverage was inconsistent, even in Leavey Library, a main study spot for both graduate and undergraduate students. Last semester, USG conducted a meticulous survey of Leavey library, measuring signal strength across the building and identifying its weakest points, gathering student feedback and meeting with library staff and ITS Field Services Director Gabe Ochoa.“John Baldo presented a very comprehensive report,” said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for the USC libraries. “And we’re very glad the student government folks engaged in that because Internet access is an important part of the service we provide at the library.”The library agreed to add four new access points, and ITS paid for three more. Each new wireless access point costs $900.“ITS paid for three access points, so we’re very grateful to them for working with us,” Baldo said. “And now we have seven new access points over the second, third and fourth floors [of Leavey], because those are the floors where students are studying the most.”Next, USG will work to improve the wireless available in common outdoor areas, such as McCarthy Quad.“With something like this, you have to start somewhere and sort of focus on one area at a time. You can’t just walk in and say, ‘I want every building next week,’ because there’s this huge cost you have to take into consideration,” Baldo said.Students disagreed as to whether the first step should be improving wireless in the dorms or in common areas.“I don’t know how it is in different residence halls, but I know that mine doesn’t get wireless,” said Robert Peterson, a sophomore majoring in music industry who lives in Parkside International Residential College.Peterson said he thinks improving wireless near the dorms will be an asset to students.Others, however, think wireless in classrooms needs to be the priority.“I think classrooms should come first. From what I see, I don’t see a lot of people using their laptops outside,” said Esmeralda del Rio, an undecided sophomore. “My sociology professor always has a hard time getting wireless on her laptop when she’s about to show slideshows. It takes her about, like, five minutes. And sometimes, when she wants to use the Internet, she can’t.”Kimberly Kanable, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering, said she thinks it makes sense to start with classrooms and common spaces, as Ethernet connections are available in the residence halls. Baldo said the biggest problem in attempting to improve wireless coverage in any given building is figuring out who is going to cover the cost.“You know everyone wants perfect wireless in their building, so you can imagine ITS is trying to accommodate what everyone wants, but it’s not really possible when it’s $900 an access point,” Baldo said.Durkin emphasized ITS is committed to providing the campus with the wireless coverage it increasingly needs.“ITS recognizes that the increased use of mobile devices — laptops, iPhones, Blackberries and so forth — is driving the demand for improved wireless service, so in response to that we are looking for alternative approaches to providing pervasive, reliable wireless coverage across both campuses. So in other words, stay tuned,” Durkin said.last_img read more