RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou says his tennis academy will host a five-week tournament starting in May that will give players the chance to get back on court during the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural edition of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown – which aims to fill the gap in the tennis calendar created by the health crisis – will take place without fans at the facility in the south of France, and be broadcast live, organisers said in a statement on Saturday. The event will comply with local physical distancing requirements to ensure the safety of players, coaches and a limited number of UTS staff onsite, the statement added. The tennis season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 2.26 million people globally causing over 154,000 deaths. “The UTS is simply meant to be an alternative to what already exists,” tournament co-founder Mouratoglou, who coaches 23-times Grand Slam singles champion Williams among others, said in the statement. “It’s a platform created to showcase the incredible talent, athleticism and personalities of the wide range of players. “It offers a new and innovative approach, targeting a younger tennis audience and proposes a different way to distribute the money among the players.” The tournament will begin the weekend of May 16-17 and 10 matches will be held every weekend for five weeks, accounting for a total 50 matches throughout May and June. Australian Alexei Popyrin will take on world number 10 David Goffin in the opening match. The full list of players will be announced shortly, the organisers said. Fans will be able to listen to conversations between players and coaches and the code of conduct for players will be light to encourage them to express emotions more freely. “Fans watching at home will feel closer than ever before to the stars of tennis through our engaging format,” co-founder Alex Popyrin, the father of world number 103 Alexei, said. “There’s no doubt the UTS, with thrilling single matches and millions of US dollars in prize money, has the potential to be the world’s most exciting tennis competition.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19Serena Williams
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Young Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw and Andhra middle-order batsman G Hanuma Vihari were on Wednesday included in the Indian team for the final two Test matches against England.Veteran opener Murali Vijay was axed after a disastrous show in the first two Tests while Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav made way for an additional batsman as a third spinner is not required in the seamer-friendly English conditions.Vijay bagged a ‘pair’ against England at the Lord’s and scored 20 and 6 in Birmingham. With Shikhar Dhawan and K L Rahul putting up a much-improved show, the axe was always looming large on the 34-year-old Tamil Nadu opener.Also Read | When it comes to preparation, Virat is similar to Tendulkar, says Ravi Shastri Also, his form outside the sub-continent has been wretched for sometime now even though he has a decent average of 39.33 across 59 Test matches. He has scored 3933 runs with 12 hundreds. There is a fair chance that Vijay has played his last Test at the Lord’s.The 18-year-old Prithvi, who had captained India U-19 to World Cup triumph earlier this year, is set to be rewarded for his consistent show in the first-class arena.Prithvi has scored 1418 runs in 14 first-class games with an average of 56.72 and seven centuries. He was one of the star performers along with Vihari and Mayank Agarwal during India A team’s recent tour of the UK.He scored 188 in a first-class game against West Indies A in Beckenham and recently scored 136 against South Africa A in Bengaluru.Vihari, a member of the 2012 U-19 World Cup team, has been a consistent scorer in Ranji Trophy and has also done well for India A in recent times.It is learnt that the Indian team management and the selectors feel that an extra batsman in these conditions won’t be of any harm.Vihari enjoys a phenomenal average of nearly 60 in 63 first-class games with 5142 runs and 15 hundreds to his credit.Read More | ENG vs IND, 3rd Test: India beat England by 203 runs, Virat Kohli dedicates win to Kerala flood victims His game is cut out for the longest format with good defensive technique. During the tour of UK, he scored 147 in a List A game against West Indies A. He also had a half century in a four-day ‘Test’ against the same opponents.Recently, he also scored 54 and 148 in the two ‘Tests’ against South Africa A side at home.The fourth Test will be played at Southampton from August 30 while the fifth match will start at the Oval in London from September 7.The Squad (for 4th and 5th Test): Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma Vihari.
highlights Shikhar Dhawan has hit two centuries and a fifty in ICC events vs South Africa.South Africa has lost only once in World Cups to India.South Africa has lost both games in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. New Delhi: South Africa has gotten off to a bad start in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with losses to both England and Bangladesh at The Oval. Their task will only get harder as their next encounter is against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team. India has been in dominant form in ODIs in the last couple of seasons. In the 2018 bilateral series, India registered a comprehensive performance against South Africa as they won the six-match ODI series 5-1. In ICC events in the last four years, India has held the upper hand over South Africa, winning the 2015 World Cup clash as well as the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.Heading into the contest, Kohli’s side is favourites against a Proteas side low on confidence. A loss for South Africa will be detrimental to their World Cup prospects while a win could get their campaign back on track. Here is what South Africa need to do if they have to beat India and get their campaign back on track. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Key factor: Tackle the spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal confidentlyIn the six-match ODI series in January 2018, South Africa was undone by the wrist spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Kuldeep and Chahal took 17 and 16 wickets respectively and this was a major factor in India winning the series 5-1. In the game against England and Bangladesh, South Africa was undone by the discipline of the spinners. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled well while Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan built pressure. If South Africa has to do well, they must tackle the spinners well.Key Factor: Kagiso Rabada must regain his death overs mojoIn the clashes against England and Bangladesh, South Africa conceded 86 runs in the last 10 overs. In both matches, Kagiso Rabada’s figures were 2/66 and 0/57. Rabada was the ultimate death overs bowler for Delhi Capitals in the IPL and it was his wicket-taking prowess combined with his pace and accuracy made him a stand-out. However, in this World Cup, his accuracy has been found wanting and he has not nailed the yorker frequently. Rabada’s ineffectiveness so far has hurt South Africa in the death overs.Key factor: Get Shikhar Dhawan out cheaplyWhen one looks at South Africa and their pain in ICC tournaments, only one man has been responsible for this. Shikhar Dhawan. His century in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in Cardiff was the beginning of the pain. In the 2015 World Cup, it was Dhawan’s century in Melbourne that helped India win for the first time against the Proteas in this tournament. In the 2017 Champions Trophy at The Oval, it was Dhawan’s half-century that knocked South Africa out. For South Africa, the plan must be simple, get rid of Dhawan cheaply and give themselves a big chance of winning.
Ahead of his burial tentatively scheduled for July 27-29 in his ancestral home of Illah, Delta State, top government sources in Abuja revealed yesterday that a proposal to honour the late football legend has been tabled before the Presidency.The Abuja National Stadium specifically commissioned in 2003 to host the 8th All Africa Games is being touted to be the edifice that may be named after the illustrious ex footballer.A family source who spoke on condition of anonymity hinted that children of the late Keshi had asked the government to honour their father with a lasting legacy.“The final decision rest with the Federal Government but the family is aware that there are such plans”, a family source revealed yesterday.To give Keshi a befitting farewell, Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has indicated that he or the Permanent Secretary of the ministry will now head the expanded committee for the burial of late soccer icon.Several state governments have already signified their intentions to be part of the burial. Among the states are Lagos, Cross River, Rivers and Keshi home states of Edo and Delta.The 20-man committee initially announced may have been expanded to 25 with several important sectors like the supports club, sports journalists, representatives of the NFF, all states indicative of participation in the burial, the Police, Civil Defence, Army and a strong team from his ancestral home in Illah all involved.Among the media men already touted to be in the committee are IAPS big wig, Mitchell Obi and former NFF Spokesman, Austin Mgbolu.The family is fully involved in the latest development and they have agreed that Keshi’s body will lie in state at the National Stadium in Abuja, from where it would be moved to Benin City for another lying in state. From the Edo State capital, the body will move to the Delta State capital Asaba, from where it will make its final journey to Illah for burial.Meanwhile, some of Nigeria’s ex-international now living in the Diaspora have opened a condolence register in remembrance of Keshi and Amodu Shaibu.According to a statement issued by the Nigeria Ex-international Footballers’ Association, (NEIFA) and signed by Paul Okoku, NEIFA’s President, Francis Moniedafe said the former footballers received the news of the passing of Keshi and Amodu with deep shock.While commiserating with the families of the deceased, Moniedafe said Keshi and Amodu touched the lives of many youngsters positively.“The president of the Nigerian Ex-International Footballers Association, (NEIFA), Francis Moniedafe, Dr. Femi Olukanni, Nathaniel Ogedegbe and Ikechukwu Ofoje and other NEIFA members wish to express our deepest sympathy to the families of the late Stephen Keshi and the late coach Amodu Shaibu over their sudden deaths.“We pour our grief in remembrance of them. You will be greatly missed in Nigeria and in the continent of Africa, particularly, in the circle of footballers’ fraternity and sporting world because you contributed immensely to youth development in football effortlessly. You also touched the lives of many young men, in many positive ways,” the statement concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * Dalung heads burial committee * Ex-players in Diaspora send condolencesDuro IkhazuagbeFor his contributions as both player and coach of the senior national team, the Federal Government may have concluded plans to name one of the national stadiums in the country after late former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.Keshi, 54, died on June 8 in Benin City. He won the continent’s highest football prize, the Africa Cup of Nations, as a player and coach as well as qualified Nigeria for the FIFA World Cup and even equaled Eagles best ever performance.
AFRICAN FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPHost Nigeria won bronze to claim its second medal at the 2018 Cadet and Junior African Fencing Championship which ended Monday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.Nigeria got its first medal at the championship featuring 13 countries through Tosan Egbesemirone in the menâ€™s individual epee and the country ensured another podium finish on the last day of the tournament through the female sabre team of Somina Daminabo, Mariam Abdulazeez and Titilayo Vera Cruz. Although they lost 45-18 points to Togo, who were represented by Francoise Koutogho, Preinam Anadi and Grace Sonyo, it was enough for the home girls to claim the bronze.“I’m very happy to be a medalist in my first major international tournament. We started vey slow and by the time we picked up, the points gap was too wide. We look forward to do better next time,” team captain Daminabo said.The Egyptian men’s team defeated South Africa in the foil 45-26 while the women’s team also defeated South Africa in the epee.The El Sayed brothers Mohamed and Ahmed made a telling contributions to the match which saw South Africa established a lead at a point before the turn around by the North Africans.Egypt emerged champions with 11 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals. Algeria placed second with 2 gold and 1 silver and South Africa was third with 1 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze.Nigeria finished in seventh place with 2 bronze medals.Benin, CÃ´te d ‘Ivoire, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia and Nigeria featured in the point-earning tournament for the World Championship slated for April 1st to 4th in Verona, Italy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
CAA ASABA 2018The Delta State Acting Governor, Kingsley Otuaro has stated that the state government is ready to host the continent at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship tagged â€œAsaba 2018â€ scheduled for August 1st â€“ 5th .Otuaro who disclosed this Wednesday while declaring open the â€œAfrican Tour/Trialâ€, and test run of facilities at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship, said all the necessary facilities needed for the championship were in place for a successful event. He said athletes from 45 African countries including Nigeria will be in Asaba for the championship, stressing that â€œtoday marks the test running of the facilities in preparation of the African Senior Athletics Championship and as you can see we are very set for the country, we are set for Africa.â€œFor everyone, both athletes and guests, as a state government, our simple message is that Delta state is set to give them a beautiful hosting; we are an accommodating people, everything that is needed to make this championship a success is set and we are welcoming them allâ€, he stated.The acting Governor said adequate security and other logistics had been provided to ensure a hitch free championship, adding that the test run of facilities was organised to prove to the world that the state was 100% ready to host the continent.Otuaro called on Deltans and lovers of sports to come out en-mass to give support to the athletes and make the event a memorable one, adding that the event would continue to be acknowledged in the annals of history as the most successful in the series of the championship.While reiterating the hospitable nature of deltans, He enjoined the visitors to also take advantage of the tourism potentials of the stateThe test run of facilities for the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship featured various track and field events by students of selected secondary schools and professional athletes from within and outside the country.In a related development, in the tour event used as a test run for upcoming Championships, Divine Oduduru won the 100m with a time of 10.44s while the duo of Ogho-Oghene Egwero (10.46) and Enoch Adegoke (10.52) settled for second and third respectively.After her heroics at the Commonwealth Games, Joy Udo Gabriel continued her fine run; winning the winning the womenâ€™s 100m event ahead of Matthew Ubong and Blessing Ogundinmu.In the menâ€™s 400m, old war horse Isa Salihu was the top man with a time of 46.70s while the duo of Orukpe Erayoikan and Achimaya Daniel finished second and third respectively.In womenâ€™s one lap race, Patience Okon was the top athlete wining with a time of 51.49s Yussuf Alli, the Technical Director for CAA Asaba 2018 said he was delighted with the test event though he admitted that one or two areas will be improved upon. â€œI can rate the Africa tour test event at 80%, we will correct the few mistakes we saw but all said and done we are ready to host Africa in August Alli assured.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Per WiderströmEastern European gambling operator Fortuna Entertainment Group (Fortuna) has confirmed that it has entered an agreement to acquire gaming systems provider Hattrick Sports Group (Hattrick) and its related assets outright.Fortuna governance chose not to detail the sum of acquisition for Hattrick assets, but stated that the purchase would ‘further strengthen Fortuna’s position as the largest licensed multi-channel sports betting and gaming operator in Central and Southeastern Europe’.The acquisition will see Fortuna takeover Hattrick’s Romanian betting operator Casa Pariurilor. Furthermore, Fortuna will now enter the new markets of Croatia and Spain, taking on the Hattrick assets’ of Prva Sportska Kladionica PSK the second largest Croatian bookmaker. Fortuna will further takeover Hattrick’s equity in Spanish joint-venture Luckia.Updating investors on the firm’s corporate acquisition of Hattrick assets Per Widerström, CEO of Fortuna Entertainment Group stated“The acquisition of Hattrick Sports Group is a key milestone in Fortuna Entertainment Group’s plans of becoming ‘The No.1 licensed multichannel betting and gaming operator in Central and Eastern Europe’ as well as a testament for our value creation strategy. Our intention is to retain the Fortuna and Casa Pariurilor brands in Romania as well as PSK and Hattrick in Croatia. On a regional level, we will combine the best of both companies with the aim to create more exciting offers for our customers, better opportunities for our employees and business partners, thus increasing value for our shareholder”Carsten Sundberg, CEO of Hattrick Sports Group commented on the sale “The combination of Fortuna and Hattrick Sports Group has a compelling logic and aligns strategically very well. The transaction will add significant geographical reach and market diversity to Fortuna and will allow the group to further strengthen its position in the core markets and beyond,” 140 Industry leaders join SBC Digital Summit speaker line-up April 3, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience April 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile May 7, 2020
“Other than the specific days I was working, I sat at home watching games and went on the Internet to read up on teams. If I didn’t have work that day and I wanted to go out to dinner in the middle of watching a game, I just walked out the door,” Rambis joked this week in an interview with this newspaper. “I didn’t think twice. Now I have to hit record and come back and watch it. Or I have to tell my wife to pick dinner up.” Such a routine changed last summer. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni told Rambis over breakfast about his interest in him after his assistants left over from Mike Brown’s coaching staff were either not retained or departed for other gigs. The general public seemed surprised for several reasons. Rambis spent seven seasons as an assistant under Phil Jackson when he won two of his five NBA championships with the Lakers. In his on-air analyst role, Rambis criticized the Lakers for choosing D’Antoni over Jackson. Rambis also questioned D’Antoni’s preferred style of pace and his initial reluctance toward playing both Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard together in a season that resulted in the Lakers losing in a first-round sweep to the San Antonio Spurs. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Whatever happened with Phil, I’m not going to turn down the job. That doesn’t make sense. Those are two unrelated situations,” Rambis said. “Plenty of the things I said was interpreted as criticism of Mike. But to me, I’m criticizing the team. My job is to analyze what’s going out there on the court. I talked about injuries and how players weren’t playing the way they were capable of playing.”“Those players had enough NBA experience and enough talent. They should’ve done a much better job of reading, anticipating and playing together. To me, I put that onus on the players.”D’Antoni said he always wanted to hire Rambis, aware he oversaw a defense in his final two years under Jackson that helped secure the 2009 NBA championship. Rambis’ ties with the Lakers also extend toward his four NBA championships during the Showtime Era, a brief interim coaching gig in 1999 and several front office positions. His wife, Linda, has also worked as the Lakers’ manager for special projects. “Kurt was always at the top of the list,” said D’Antoni, who downplayed Rambis’ on-air criticisms. “I’ve known Kurt forever. I wanted to do it as soon as I got to L.A.”Since Rambis returned, his work never stops. Both D’Antoni and Rambis say they want the Lakers to rank in the top-10 defensively even after losing former NBA Defensive Player of the Year candidates in Howard (left to Houston via free agency) and Metta World Peace (signed with New York after being waived in a cost-cutting measure). Good luck. The Lakers rank 29th in total defense (103.4 points per game), 16th in defensive field goal percentage (45.2), and 30th in fast-break points (17.6). Last season, the Lakers ranked 22nd in total defense (101.05 points per game), 14th in defensive field-goal percentage (45.3 percent) and 29th in fast-break points allowed (16 points).“From where we started in camp, the guys have improved and are getting better.” Rambis said. “But they’re not anywhere near where they need to be. “We don’t have a bunch of defensive minded players yet.”Yet, the Lakers still credit Rambis’ concepts for making the Lakers’ defense somewhat equal to last year’s output despite the loss in talent. Rambis often preaches concepts about showing more effort communicating and rotating on defense, forcing contested jumpers and slowing the pace to reduce turnovers.“He’s very deliberate and clear with what he wants,” said Lakers guard Jordan Farmar, who also played for Rambis under Jackson. “If you don’t understand, ask questions. Everyone definitely knows what their responsibility is and their job and that’s all you can ask from the coaching staff.”Rambis encountered other challenges in other stints.Rambis accepted a four-year deal in 2009 to inherit a 24-58 Timberwolves team with several issues. Minnesota couldn’t negotiate a buyout with star guard Ricky Rubio and his Spanish team. Though Kevin Love became an eventual All-Star, the roster averaged four years of NBA experience. Minnesota lacked the personnel fit for Rambis to run aspects of the triangle offense. He was fired following a 32-132 record through two seasons. “We went into this knowing this was going to be a long-term project,” Rambis said. “Rubio was supposed to come the second year I was there. He’s not there. You’re talking about a key component that we wanted to do. Then you’re trying to add pieces to the roster. But we never got the pieces we wanted.”Rambis also coached the Lakers in 1999 after Del Harris was fired and finished 25-13. In a lock-out shortened year, Rambis handled the antics of Dennis Rodman and the personality conflicts between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. There was also a midseason trade where the Lakers sent Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell to Charlotte for Glen Rice and J.R. Reid. After the Lakers lost in the Western Conferece semifinals to San Antonio, the Lakers fired Rambis and hired Jackson.“It’s impossible during a lockout year when you lose integral parts like that to get everyone working together,” Rambis said. “Even if I won a championship in that lockout year and Phil Jackson is sitting out there, I would’ve fired myself to hire Phil. How can you argue with that decision?” Yet, Rambis’ endless hard work has provided him lasting power. Time will only tell if that will be enough in revamping the Lakers’ defense and land him another head-coaching gig. “I’ll just go out and do my job and be supportive as I can to Mike and teach ther players as much as I can possibly teach them,” Rambis said. “If it works out, great. If it doesn’t, it wasn’t meant to be.” The Lakers received a rare off-day, using the time in Atlanta this week to watch an advanced screening of “The Wolf of Wall Street” and rest their aching bodies and clouded minds.But not Kurt Rambis. Save for an hour-and-a-half workout on Sunday, the Lakers assistant coach went through a never-ending process of watching tape and updating scouting reports. The following day, Rambis remained active on the court, pulling players aside for additional instruction. With the Lakers (12-13) entering tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-13) at Staples Center, Rambis has plenty of work on his plate revamping a defense that ranks second-to-last in the NBA by conceding 103.4 points per game. In other words, Rambis’ time with the Lakers this season seems more hectic than when he served as both an analyst last season for ESPN and Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
Melissa PelkeyMelissa Lucinda Pelkey died unexpectedly, Saturday, January 10, 2015 at her home in Wellington at the age of 29.Melissa was born the daughter of Darryl and Karen (Kirstatter) Pelkey on Saturday, March 30, 1985 in Wichita.Survivors include her parents, Darryl and Karen Pelkey of Wellington, sister, Shauna Cline of Wichita and brother, Dane Kirstatter of Waco. Â Family and friends are invited to join each other for a time of celebrating and remembering at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Salem Township Hall, 200 West 95th Street South, Haysville.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.