Imeh, Otu Hold Key to their Teams’ Success in Enugu

first_imgNCC TENNIS LEAGUEJoseph Imeh, at the moment the hottest player on the Nigerian tennis circuit and Thomas Otu, the immediate past national champion, will have to make vital contributions in the NCC Tennis League semifinal tie taking place at the Enugu Sports Club this weekend if their teams are to reach the finals where a jackpot of N7 million awaits the champion team.Imeh and Otu playing from the Blue and White Groups respectively are yet to lose a match in the League after 10 singles matches. They have always contributed two points from the singles and paired a team mate to win the doubles and the mixed doubles. With both players in very good form, tennis followers will have a huge tennis treat when they meet on Saturday Nov. 18 and Sunday Nov. 19.The tie will however be decided by the quality of the backup singles players and the ladies singles. Here, Team Muller’s Emmanuel Idoko who lost to Otu in three sets at the Governor’s Cup in Lagos has a slight edge over Emmanuel Paul, the No.2 player for Team Ndoma–Egba. In the ladies, the expected matchup will be between Ronke Akingbade of Team Muller and Aanu Aiyegbusi of Team Ndoma-Egba.Last year Aiyegbusi, playing for Team Offikwu, recovered from a set and 1-5 down to beat Akingbade, then of Team Leadway, in the decider in Kaduna. Both players obviously have something to prove and the tennis fans who are storming Enugu from all parts of the South East will have a tennis feast in the hands.Organisers have also promised that many spectators will go away with some goodies like smart phones – which will be won through raffle draws, recharge cards and tennis caps.Matches are expected to start at 10 am on both daysShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women of Troy place third in first tournament

first_imgStrong finishes from the two most experienced members of the No. 1 USC women’s golf team led to a third- place finish at the 2010 Texas A&M Fall Preview.Focused · Senior Lizette Salas was the top finisher for the Women of Troy at the Texas A&M Fall Preview, finishing third with 6-under-par. Salas is one of two starters returning for USC who led the team to a third place finish and only seven strokes behind tournament winner Alabama. – Photo Courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe season-opening tournament, held at the Traditions Golf Club in College Station, Texas — the site of the women’s 2011 NCAA championship tournament — featured a revamped lineup for the Women of Troy, a team that has had to replace three of five starters. With only senior Lizette Salas and sophomore Cyna Rodriguez returning from last year’s NCAA runner-up roster, the Women of Troy needed their three new members to immediately contribute.Their contributions led to a team score of 8-under-par 856 (289-282-285), seven strokes back from No. 4 Alabama at 15-under-par 849 (286-280-283) and six strokes behind No. 16 LSU at 14-under-par 850 (287-283-280).“Obviously, I wish that we could go in and win,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said. “I think it gave us a nice opportunity to acclimate and bring new players into the lineup.”The team was led by three-time All-American Salas, who finished third at 6-under-par 210 (70-70-70). Salas played consistently well throughout the tournament, as evidenced by her consecutive rounds of 70, but perhaps never better than her two birdie, 16-par final round. Her consistency will be counted on by Gaston this year to lead a talented but young roster.One shot behind Salas was junior transfer Lisa McCloskey at 5-under-par 211 (74-70-67), whose final round was the team’s strongest of the tournament. McCloskey’s final round shot her up the leaderboard to a fourth-place finish. The two-time All-American at Pepperdine had a final round of five birdies, 13 pars  and no bogeys in her first tournament for USC. A pair of top-10 finishes is a nice start to the season for the two oldest members of the Women of Troy, who will be counted on to fill the void left by last season’s departures.Freshman Rachel Morris tied for 18th at even-par 216 (73-72-71). Morris improved every round of her collegiate debut and finished with a birdie on the final hole of the tournament.“Rachel played great,” Salas said. “She came in the top 20, which is really good for a first tournament.”Sophomore Cyna Rodriguez slipped after a promising start to the tournament to tie for 30th at 4-over-par 220 (72-74-80). She took a quadruple bogey on the sixth hole of the final round and never quite recovered. Rounding out the Women of Troy was freshman Sophia Popov, also making her collegiate debut. Popov tied for 67th at 12-over-par 228 (75-76-77).Overall, Gaston said she was pleased with the early season performance of the team, especially the new members.“I certainly felt like there were a lot of good things that happened this week,” she said. “But we always come away feeling like we could do better than how we finished.”For the team, that means constant competition for spots as it looks to improve on its third-place finish. With junior Inah Park, also a member of last year’s NCAA runner-up roster looking to return to the competitive roster for the tournament no roster spot is safe. “We’ll continue to work hard and more than anything try and identify any of our weaknesses and try to get better throughout the season,” Gaston said.The Women of Troy resume competitive play Sept. 24 at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship at the  Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn.last_img read more

Nektan sanctions lower priced offload of Respin US asset

first_img London AIM-listed mobile gaming services provider Nektan Plc has offloaded its US-specific mobile casino property ‘Respin’ to private enterprise Alternative Investment Partners, completing a £300,000 cash transaction.Updating the market, Nektan leadership details that it has sold its 57% equity in the US brand, at a lower price than originally anticipated, stating that the firm wishes to halt its ‘stateside cash-burn’.Nektan had previously priced its Respin asset at £2 million cash consideration, with a further £300,000 working capital attachment. However, today’s confirmed transaction sees Nektan leadership settle for a £300,000 cash deal, with Alternative Investment Partners committing to £800,000 in working capital provisions.In its update, Nektan stated that it had settled for a lower transaction due, “to the original proposed purchaser not being able to complete the transaction in the required time period and the new purchaser renegotiating the terms”.In a statement, Nektan CEO Lucy Buckley, said: “We are very excited about this new partnership with AIP who specialise in investing in fast growing technology businesses.“The majority sale of our US subsidiary allows Nektan to retain a material stake in the emerging US market without funding it on an ongosing basis. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Respin as we firmly believe in our US mobile casino product. As previously announced, Respin has steadily been gaining traction in the US, signing deals with some of the biggest land-based casinos in the world and we are excited about the macro trends in the market.“Removal of the cash burn of the US business will allow Nektan to focus on the profitability of its core European business and continue to grow the company globally. Achieving EBITDA break-even during the first half of FY19 was a key milestone for the Company and reaching full-year EBITDA break-even remains a key focus and is on track.” Share StumbleUpon Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Joe Pavelski free agency rumors: Veteran center expected to sign three-year deal with Dallas

first_imgAfter 13 years of calling San Jose home, Joe Pavelski is on his way to Dallas.According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the 34-year-old center is expected to sign a three-year contract with an AAV of $7 million. Pavelski led the Sharks with 38 goals and completed his eighth year with at least 60 points last season en route to a Western Conference Finals appearance.  As @TheFourthPeriod reported, it’s believed to be a three-year deal for Pavelski with an AAV around $7M:— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2019A former seventh-round pick by the San Jose, the Plover, WI native will receive the highest AAV of his career and join Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on the Stars’ roster of high-priced forwards. The reported value of the contract would absorb more than half of Dallas’ available cap space as they look to improve upon a 2018-19 campaign that resulted in a wild card playoff berth, which ended at the hands of the St. Louis Blues in the Westerns Conference Semifinals.NHL free agency tracker 2019: Full list of signings, best available playersThe Sharks decided to put most of their free agency money towards giving Erik Karlsson his eight-year, $92 million contract and with Kevin Lebanc and Timo Meier set to become restricted free agents there wasn’t enough in the budget to keep Pavelski.last_img read more

Illinois loses basketball game, top scorer Ayo Dosunmu in matter of seconds

first_imgOne of the wildest endings of the year— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) February 12, 2020MORE: March Madness bracket previewDosunmu was eventually helped off the floor by team staff, putting no weight on his left leg. Few details on the severity of the injury were available immediately following the contest.Brad Underwood says Ayo Dosunmu is with the medical staff and his family right now in his postgame radio interview.“We’ve had very little contact with him at this point.” #Illini— Gavin Good (@itsallG_O_O_D) February 12, 2020Underwood said on radio they don’t know anything about Ayo’s status yet. But says he’s with his family and the doctors right now. FWIW, Brad’s tone didn’t sound very encouraging. Praised the quality of medical staff at Illinois.— Dave Wischnowsky (@wischlist) February 12, 2020Dosunmu, a 6-5 sophomore, is Illinois’ engine, averaging almost 16 points per game this season. He scored 17 in the loss to the Spartans to go along with nine rebounds. That’s when a series of disastrous events struck the hosts.First, Illinois allowed a putback dunk with that gave Michigan State a one-point edge with 6.6 seconds left. Then, leading scorer Ayo Dosunmu suffered a scary leg injury trying to beat the buzzer at the other end. He remained on the floor in pain as time expired and the handshake line began. No. 22 Illinois entered Tuesday’s matchup with Michigan State having lost consecutive games to ranked opponents by single-digits. After trailing the Spartans by 17 at halftime, though, it appeared prepared to turn a corner.The Fighting Illini roared back to take a 69-68 lead in the waning seconds of regulation on their home floor. They needed one more defensive stop to secure victory.last_img read more

‘Trophies matter’, says Mourinho ahead of Man Utd-Liverpool clash

first_imgJose MourinhoManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho says success is best measured in trophies as he prepares to take his injury-hit Manchester United squad to high-flying Liverpool on Sunday.Liverpool are top of the Premier League before the weekend round of matches but have yet to win a trophy under the management of Jurgen Klopp, who has been in charge since October 2015.The 18-times English champions have won just one prize in the past 12 years — the League Cup under Kenny Dalglish in 2012 — despite featuring in two European finals.Mourinho won the Europa League and FA Cup in his first season at Old Trafford but ended last season empty-handed and his team are lagging 16 points behind Klopp’s side in this season’s title race.“I think trophies matter, yeah,” said Mourinho. “I think it matters, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophies.“I think sometimes just to say it is not very intelligent. But when you have the potential you have nothing to hide.“I don’t read much but I think they (Liverpool) have said that their objective is to win the Premier League,” he added.Even though Klopp has yet to win silverware at Anfield, Mourinho acknowledges that the Liverpool manager has built a team in his own image, full of attacking intent.By contrast, the United manager believes he is still a long way from having a team that reflects the way he wants to play.“A football team is not just about spending the money,” said Mourinho. “A football team is a little bit like a house. A house is not just about buying your furniture. You have to do work on the house and when it’s ready you buy the furniture. “You spend money on the best possible furniture and then you are ready to live in an amazing house.”– Injury toll –Mourinho faces taking a depleted squad to Anfield on Sunday, with several players battling to recover from the injuries that kept them out of Wednesday’s Champions League defeat in Valencia.Defender Victor Lindelof and forward Alexis Sanchez will definitely miss the game as they continue to recover from hamstring injuries.Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay and Marcos Rojo will be assessed to ascertain whether they can return against Liverpool.Goalkeeper David de Gea and midfielder Nemanja Matic, who were rested against Valencia, will return, but United’s manager remains unsure how many players he will have to choose from.“In Valencia, only De Gea and Matic were available to play and didn’t travel by decision,” he said.“Apart from that, the other players who didn’t travel were not fit to play in Valencia. All of them had injuries and they were not ready.“All of them didn’t train yesterday again and today there will be a little introduction to training — I don’t want to say test — to see the answer, to see if we can increase it a little bit tomorrow to have them available for Sunday. I hope that some will be available but for sure some will not be.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County beaches reopened

first_imgBeaches in St. Lucie County and Fort Pierce were officially reopened Tuesday with some restrictions.The beaches will be open 7- days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for recreational activities as long as social distancing practices are being followed.Visitors will be allowed to walk, jog, fish, surf, swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddle board while maintaining a safe distance away from others not living in their same household.Other activities such as sunbathing, sitting on the beach, picnicking, camping, and playing volleyball, football, or Frisbee are prohibited. Visitors are also not allowed to have coolers, tents, blankets, umbrellas on the beach and are restricted from gathering in groups larger than ten.Beaches in Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, Golden Sands, Wabasso, Tracking Station, and Round Island, along with the east end of Beachcomber Lane, South Beach, Humiston Beach, Sexton Plaza Beach, Conn Beach, and Jaycee Beach also reopened on Tuesday according to our news partners at WPTV, and will follow the same guidelines.Palm Beach and Martin counties have opted to keep their public beaches closed, however, Palm Beach County will reopen community pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks, golf courses, and boat ramps on Wednesday.Social distancing practices will be mandated in all areas.last_img read more

Tumwater’s 4th of July: Parade, Festival, Road Closures, Services, and Fireworks

first_imgFacebook42Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of TumwaterCelebrate this 4th of July in Tumwater! Events for Independence Day are listed below.Independence Day Parade – Monday, July 4, 11:00 a.m.The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Dave Vernon, representing the theme, “Make a Difference!” The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. The parade is closed to new entries.Parade Road Closures and Restricted Vehicle AccessTraffic on Linderson Way and West Lee Street will be restricted to emergency access only, beginning at approx. 8:30 a.m. on July 4. If you need access to these streets after 8:30 a.m. and prior to 12:30 p.m., please make advance arrangements for your vehicle in the event that you need to travel.From approx. 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., vehicular access to and from property along the parade route will be restricted due to street closures. The parade route begins at the corner of Capitol Boulevard SE and Lee Street, moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road, then turns west (right) onto Israel Road and continues past City Hall, ending at the intersection of Linderson Way. A parade route map is available online at Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks ShowHeld at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course Driving Range. Festival gates open at 6:00 p.m. Event features music, food vendors, games, and much more.Thunder Valley Fireworks Show begins at 10:15 p.m. and is accompanied by music on site. Festival entry is free; event parking is $10 per car. No alcohol, pets, personal fireworks, or BBQs allowed.Fireworks SafetyAlthough personal fireworks are allowed within the City limits, consider alternatives to personal fireworks this year to celebrate Independence Day-the City hosts a full day of festivities, including a professional fireworks show. If you do use personal fireworks, please remember:Ignition or discharge of safe and sane fireworks is allowed within the City of Tumwater on July 3 and 4, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. only.Patrol officers will enforce these regulations. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000.You can find more fireworks information online at Note: Pioneer Park will be closed all day on Monday, July 4, 2016. Fireworks are prohibited in all City parks. City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 in honor of the holiday.For more information about activities, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at (360) 754-4160. More details available online at read more

Jon Bricks Donates Food Items to Orphanage

first_imgAs part of a post-Ebola recovery effort, international hipco artist Jon Bricks has made a donation of over US$500 worth of food items to Orphan Relief and Rescue, a local NGO for Francis Gaskin Rescue Home for Children, an orphanage center.Bricks said that the donation is his way of identifying with orphans, sharing with them the blessings that he has acquired over the years.  He added that the donation is the beginning of several projects that his foundation, Bricks City, is undertaking, adding that the US$500 worth of food supplies provided to the orphanage were sponsored by the organization.“We are working on plans to donate assorted food materials to a number of organizations, as well as people who have been victimized by Ebola,” he promised.Present during the delivery of the food items and with surprise and smiles on their faces, were orphans of the Francis Gaskin Rescue Home for Children. “I know how it feels to be an orphan, especially in Liberia,” Bricks said. “I decided to make these donations just to show my love and care for you all.”The donation included 15 bags of rice, two bags of onion, four sacks of bottled water and four cartons of soap, along with two dozens of tissue and two gallons of cooking-oil. A cash donation (L$10,000) was also made available.The country representative of Orphan Relief and Rescue, Mathew Cramer said, “I’m proud of Bricks, not only because of his music, but because he was able to think about these less privileged children.”He said that the donation made to Orphan Relief and Rescue will be used for the intended purpose and will benefit over 30 orphans.Pricilla Yowatee, 10, said “I’m happy that God was able to bless Bricks and in return he put food on our table.“This is a historical day for me. It takes a brave mind as a young man to give to charity; and promising about doing more shows that humanity lives in Bricks.”  Evelyn Mars, the mother of Francis Gaskin Rescue said: “We appreciate Bricks for such a kind gesture and this donation will definitely make an impact on the life of the orphans.”      She said that the donation was made in a timely manner, as the orphanage is in an urgent need of help, and hoped that Bricks will continue his good work.“Lack of clothes for these kids is a huge challenge, but we remain grateful to Bricks for this donation,” she admitted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bulldogs finally win title

first_imgANAHEIM – The hugs seemed to last forever, and then there was Pasadena High school boys basketball coach Tim Tucker, holding on to the championship trophy like someone was going to take it from him. “I waited a long time for this,” Tucker said. “This is staying with me for a while.” Senior forward Nigel Ajere scored a game-high 27 points with nine rebounds, and guard Trevon Harmon finished with 25 points and six assists as the top-ranked Bulldogs (30-2) claimed their first title since 1995. “This is my final year and this is what we came to do,” said Harmon, a four-year varsity player. “St. Bernard played well, but we weren’t going to be stopped today. This is the greatest feeling in the world, to finally celebrate with our fans after coming close so many times.” It also was special for Ajere, who transferred from Arcadia High to add the inside presence the Bulldogs needed. “I’ve been hoping for something like this my whole life,” Ajere said. “I finally came to the right team with the right players and we all came together to get this championship.” It was the fourth boys basketball title in the school’s history and first under Tucker, who led the Bulldogs to championship games in 2002 and ’05. It was vintage Bulldogs basketball, finishing the CIF-SS Division II-AA playoffs the way it started – in dominating fashion. Pasadena provided the final exclamation point by routing unseeded St. Bernard 79-63 on Saturday in the championship at Honda Center in Anaheim. center_img Tucker also won a championship as a Bulldogs player, and was delighted to win with his son Landon Tucker on the team. “The last two minutes were like an hour. I kept looking at the score and the clock and hoping it would end,” Tucker said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more