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October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe self-contained unit at 7 Fourth Ave, ScarboroughMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There are also two water tanks on the ground level and undercover parking for five cars.Upstairs, the main level of the home has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area that open to the big veranda with views of the bay — perfect for entertaining. The modern kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space and there is a bar area in the living room. 7 Fourth Ave, ScarboroughA THREE storey home on one of Scarborough’s sought after streets is new to the market. The property at 7 Fourth Ave sits on an 810sq m block across two titles and is set up for dual living. One the ground level, fully self-contained accommodation incorporates a bedroom, bathroom and laundry access along with an open plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens to a covered patio. The kitchen at 7 Fourth Ave, ScarboroughThere is a separate family room at the back on the home, two bedrooms with built-in robes and a main bathroom. A study opens on to the back veranda and there is also a second bathroom and linen cupboard on this level. The master bedroom makes up the third level and has beautiful timber floors and a private deck with stunning views. center_img The main bedroom at 7 Fourth Ave, ScarboroughOutside there is an in-ground pool with paved surrounds for those hot days and there are two garden sheds for storage and a carport for the caravan or boatThis Scarborough property is being marketed by Kevin Bostock from Waterfront Properties and will be auctioned on Saturday, March 4 at 1pm.last_img read more

September 21, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img “When I scored my last goal for Real Madrid on the last day of the season, I ran over to celebrate with him and was expecting him to congratulate me when I hugged him,” Essien wrote in his blog on “Instead he leaned over and said: ‘See you at pre-season training on July 8’. I found that so funny. “We are now back together where we belong and where we had so many beautiful years together and I hope we can recreate those magical years.” Essien moved to Real on a season-long loan after falling down the midfield pecking order with the Blues and was happy to rekindle his special relationship with Mourinho. Now the Ghana midfielder hopes to enjoy success with the Portuguese at Chelsea for a second time. “I am ready to give my all to Chelsea,” Essien added. “I haven’t lost any desire or motivation. I have been working hard in the last few weeks to be physically and mentally fit for the season and I feel good about my work so far. “We are definitely going to give it a go this season. All the trophies are up for grabs and you can rest assured we will do all we can to bring as many as we can to the Bridge.” Press Association Jose Mourinho informed Michael Essien of his return to Chelsea while managing his final match for Real Madrid.center_img Midfielder Essien spent last season on loan at the Bernabeu and scored in Mourinho’s final match in charge, a 4-2 win over Osasuna, before being informed of his manager’s intentions. Two days later Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge, following an absence of nearly six years, was confirmed. last_img read more

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img The Gunners recorded a seventh win in the last eight league matches when beating relegation-battlers QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road on Wednesday night with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal sit a point ahead of Manchester United, their FA Cup quarter-final opponents, and four behind second-place Manchester City. Manager Arsene Wenger remains convinced attack will prove the best form of defence as Arsenal look to stay in the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Press Association Giroud’s second-half opener came following a swift counter-attack after Arsenal had soaked up plenty of pressure. Wenger, though, expects to see his team always stay on the front foot. “I wanted the team to continue to attack, because we are not a team that can sit off and wait for the teams who commit and get them only on the break. We need to master possession and we did that well,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. Giroud has rediscovered his scoring touch in the last two matches following a series of misses in the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Monaco. Wenger hailed the mental strength of the France forward, who now has 10 Premier League goals from a campaign which was hampered by four months sidelined with a broken leg. Full-back Kieran Gibbs believes Giroud does not get the credit his work-rate for the team deserves. “Olivier has certainly responded in the way we wanted. He is that kind of character who always wants to bounce back and do well for the team. He puts a lot of pressure on himself. Credit to him, because he is having a fantastic season,” Gibbs said, quoted by the London Evening Standard. Sanchez remains Arsenal’s most potent attacking threat, taking his tally to 19 following a seven-match barren spell. “Every player goes through a difficult patch but he is not the type to let it get to him. He has shown great determination in every game,” said Gibbs. “We need that from him and that is why he is world class.” Gibbs believes Arsenal have overcome the setback of their defeat by Monaco, which leaves hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League all but over ahead of the second leg in Monte Carlo later this month. He said: “We wanted to respond for the fans and the people at the club. We know we are a good team and we want to show that.” Arsenal defender Gabriel suffered a hamstring injury at QPR and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been laid low by illness but may be in contention to return for the FA Cup holders at United on Monday March 9. QPR, meanwhile, are in the relegation zone, now three points behind Aston Villa, who beat West Brom on Tuesday night. Chris Ramsey’s side host Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend, then tackle Crystal Palace and Everton. Striker Bobby Zamora believes if the work-rate continues, then positive results will follow. “Performances have been good. We have been so close in so many games, but close is not enough really,” he said. “Unfortunately we are not getting the points we deserve. “We could do with not playing well and getting three points.” last_img read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgKansas takes top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll following Saturday’s three-point win over previously top-ranked Baylor.The Jayhawks picked up 62 of 64 first-place votes, with the second-ranked Bears taking the remaining two. Gonzaga dropped a notch to third with its loss to BYU.Dayton and San Diego State round out the top five and are followed by Florida State, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland and Creighton.Michigan, Texas Tech and Michigan State returned to the poll. February 24, 2020 In other NHL trade deadline moves:— The Oilers grabbed winger Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-nah-SEE’-oo) from Detroit and forward Tyler Ennis from Ottawa. The Oilers sent 2020 and 2021 second-round picks and forward Sam Gagner to Detroit for Athanansiou, who’s a restricted free agent after this season. The Oilers also got winger Ryan Kuffner in the Athanasiou trade and picked up Ennis for a 2021 fifth-rounder.— The Penguins have acquired forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues from the Buffalo Sabres for Dominik Kahun (kah-HOON’). Sheary helped Pittsburgh win two Stanley Cups.— Pittsburgh also came away with veteran forward Patrick Marleau, who was relinquished by the Sharks for a condition third-round pick in 2021.— The Golden Knights swapped out goaltenders, getting Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) in a deal that sends Malcolm Subban (SOO’-ban) to the Blackhawks. Chicago also receives forward Stanislav Demin and 2020 second-round pick while shipping forward Martins Dzierkals to Vegas, who was subsequently dealt to Toronto. NFL-NEWSPackers sign Crosby to extensionUNDATED (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed longtime placekicker Mason Crosby to a three-year contract extension.Crosby, who turns 36 in September, has been with the Packers since being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He’s appeared in every game since then. His string of 208 games are second in Packers history to Brett Favre’s 255.Crosby is one of four NFL players to appear in every regular-season game since 2007, joining former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Baltimore punter Sam Koch, and Dallas long snapper L.P. LaDouceur. He’s the franchise leader in points, field goals, 50-yard field goals and extra points. Update on the latest in sports: KOBE BRYANT LAWSUITBryant’s widow sues over helicopter crashUNDATED (AP) — The widow of Kobe Bryant has sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed her husband and her 13-year-old daughter last month.The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant in Los Angeles says the pilot was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions Jan. 26 and should have aborted the flight. The pilot was among the nine people killed in the crash.The lawsuit was filed as a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter was being held at the arena where Bryant played most of his career.  Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE BRYANT MEMORIALBryant’s widow speaks at memorialLOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter at a sold-out memorial service for the two. MLB-ASTROS-FAN-LAWSUITBaseball urges judge to dismiss lawsuit over stolen signsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by fantasy contestants over sign stealing by the Houston Astros.MLB says attempts at cheating are part of sports.Five men have sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan. Among their claims are fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws and negligence. They were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband’s devotion as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center.The ceremony began with performances by Beyonce and Alicia Keys. The mourners included Lakers greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, plus other celebrities.NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal said he and his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate had a complex relationship but that they always respected each other and never took things too seriously. The two won three NBA championships together.A weeping Michael Jordan told the crowd that “when Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died.” He said a piece of everyone in the crowd died as well. Jordan urged people to use the inspiration of Bryant’s life for their own. NHL-HURRICANES-INJURIESHurricanes’ Reimer, Mrazek, Pesce all ‘longer term’ injuriesRALEIGH, N.C. (AP)— Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour says defenseman Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee), and goaltenders James Reimer and Petr Mrazek (mah-RA’-zehk) are all dealing with “longer term” injuries from Saturday’s win at Toronto.Brind’Amour says it was unclear exactly how long each would be out.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL — Nick Ritchie is a Bruin after being traded by the Ducks for forward Danton Heinen.— The Flames acquired defensemen Erik Gustafsson from Chicago and Derek Forbort from Los Angeles.— The Avalanche picked up forward Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHST’-nih-kahv) from Ottwa.— Forward Wayne Simmonds was dealt to the Sabres by the Devils for a conditional fifth-round selection in 2021.— The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forward Barclay Goodrow and a 2020 third-round pick from Sharks for a 2020 first-round pick and forward Anthony Greco. In other NBA news:— Heat star Jimmy Butler is missing a second straight game tonight against Cleveland for personal reasons. Butler also missed Miami’s 124-106 rout of the Cavaliers on Saturday.NHL-TRADE DEADLINEOttawa an active seller at trade deadlineUNDATED (AP) — — The Carolina Hurricanes were among the busiest teams at the NHL trade deadline as they acquired forward Vincent Trocheck (TROH’-chehk) from Florida, defenseman Brady Skjei (shay) from the Rangers and blueliner Sami Vatanen (SAM’-ee VAH’-tah-nehn) from New Jersey. The Hurricanes parted with forwards Erik Haula (HAH’-lah) and Lucas Wallmark, along with two prospects for Trocheck.The Hurricanes also strengthened their blue line amid injuries to Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee) by getting Skjei and Vatanen.The Islanders acquired scoring help at the NHL trade deadline, and the Rangers worked out a long-term package with forward Chris Kreider rather than dealing him.The Isles signed center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) after getting him from Ottawa for a conditional first-round pick in this year’s draft, second-rounder in 2020 and a third-rounder if New York wins the Stanley Cup this spring.The Rangers and Kreider worked out a seven-year package reportedly worth $45 million after working themselves back into playoff contention. Meanwhile, the Lions are keeping veteran receiver Danny Amendola, who had 62 catches for 678 yards and out touchdown last season.last_img read more

September 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFINA president Julio C. Maglione says swimming organizers have worked closely with the United Arab Emirates’ authorities and “we believe this is the most suitable solution for all those taking part in this competition.”A general congress to elect the FINA Bureau for the years 2021-25 will be staged in Doha, Qatar, on June 5, 2021. The new members of the bureau will start their terms immediately after the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.The short course world championships are held in a 25-meter pool. The FINA world championships and the Olympics are staged in 50-meter pools.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Hall of Fame president John Hendrickson says the museum believes it’s “in the best interests of everyone involved and for the integrity of the event to postpone the ceremony for a year.”The Hall of Fame ceremony was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. This year’s class includes trainer Mark Casse, jockey Darrel McHargue, horses Wise Dan and Tom Bowling, and Pillars of the Turf Alice Headley Chandler, Keene Daingerfield, Jr., and George D. Widener, Jr. They will be inducted with the class of 2021.The 44th Annual Museum Ball scheduled for Aug. 14 also was canceled. It’s traditionally one of the highlights of the Saratoga summer social season.___German soccer club Dynamo Dresden has reported another case of coronavirus. The already quarantined second-division club has now had four players test positive. Dresden is scheduled to resume play on May 31 against Stuttgart.___Manchester United says it believes it will miss out on $24 million because the Premier League will have to make refunds to broadcasters even if the pandemic-disrupted season is completed.The league is in talks with its rights holders about rebates because of delays and changes to the broadcasting schedule. The season was suspended in March.Empty stadiums will also change the TV product. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in has canceled its induction ceremony in August because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. May 21, 2020 The Latest: Racing museum cancels Hall of Fame induction The rebates will vary based on the final position in the standings and the number of games aired live. United is in fifth place with nine games remaining.The Premier League hasn’t provided details of the broadcasting rebate.___The governing body of swimming has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.FINA says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.” Dresden says on its website that the latest positive result was found in a fifth wave of tests conducted on Wednesday. It adds that another “category one” close contact of its coaching staff has also tested positive for COVID-19.The player, staff member and staff member’s contact person must now go into quarantine at home for 14 days.Dresden’s entire team was ordered by local health authorities into 14 days of quarantine on May 9 after two players tested positive.The club says that all players who tested positive before were cleared in the fourth and fifth wave of tests and that they and the rest of the team will be able to resume training on Saturday.Dresden was scheduled to play at Hannover last Sunday but couldn’t participate because of the quarantine order. That game was rescheduled for June 3.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Government of Abia State has presented the state’s second highest honour to the Chairman of two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba Football Club of Aba, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu.Anyansi-Agwu, a ranking member of the NFF Executive Committee, is the most successful club football administrator in Nigeria with dozens of trophies from different competitions since he started managing thePeople’s Elephant 20 years ago. The Award was presented by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to Anyasi-Agwu during the 27th anniversary of the creation of Abia State at the International Conference Centre, Umuahia on Monday, 27th August 2018.  Enyimba FC is Nigeria’s only remaining club in continental competition this year, and apart from its several other feats, has won the Nigeria top division title seven times, including a hat-trick on the trot between 2001 and 2003, and took the Federation Cup title in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014. A last-gasp winner over visiting CARA Brazzaville of Congo at the newly –renovated Enyimba International Stadium last Wednesday took Enyimba to the quarter finals of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup as group winners, and they await their last eight opponents at the draw scheduled for the CAF headquarters in Cairo today. A proven achiever and excellent leader of men, Anyansi-Agwu, who holds a degree in business management from the Abia State University, Uturu has also personally won a bagful of awards, including Manager of the Year at the African Football Awards in 2004 and 2005 and the AIT/MTN Nigeria Club Administrator of the Year gong in 2010.After 39 years of failure by several clubs to win Africa’s top club competition, Nigeria finally had cause to celebrate in 2003 when the Anyansi Agwu-led People’s Elephant made good, defeating Ismaili FC of Egypt 2-1 on aggregate in the final in 2003.The club did not stop there. The following year, by dint of hard work and buoyed by astute and diligent leadership offered by Anyansi-Agwu and his management team, Enyimba FC successfully retained the title by defeating Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia in what came to a penalty shoot-out inside the National Stadium, Abuja after both teams were deadlocked following the two legs. The club also won the CAF Super Cup in 2004 and 2005.“I am grateful to God Almighty for the award and I want to say a big thank you to the Government of Abia State, particularly Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for this recognition. I am committed to doing my very best for the upliftment of Enyimba FC, football in Abia State and Nigerian Football in general,” Anyansi-Agwu noted at the weekend.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Comments Syracuse sophomore cornerback Brandon Reddish suffered a lower-body injury in the Orange’s game against Stony Brook and his status is uncertain for this weekend’s game at Minnesota, head coach Doug Marrone said Thursday.Reddish, who typically covers the opponent’s top wide receiver, has not participated in the team’s practices this week.Apparently, the injury ended up being worse than the team thought it was last Saturday. Marrone said Thursday he’s not sure if Reddish will be able to play against the Gophers.“Initially, we thought he’d be OK, and right now, we’re just trying to get him to the game day-to-day,” Marrone said. “I can’t sit here and say he’s definitely out.”Reddish has been credited with 11 tackles through the Orange’s three games this season, with six of them solo. If Reddish has to sit out, then Keon Lyn would likely start in his place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on September 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIt was a huge game — especially considering the season ended last week. After getting its College Football Playoff hopes wrecked at Notre Dame on Week 8, No. 21 USC faced Arizona State on Saturday, hoping to remain in control of at least its conference destiny. A raucous crowd roared on the Sun Devils, as ASU looked to hand the Trojans their second consecutive loss and seize control of the Pac-12 South.The night — like so many other games this season — began with a whimper at USC’s 25-yard line. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold faked a handoff to junior running back Ronald Jones II but was flushed from the pocket. Darnold danced around the backfield, hesitating to pass twice with no options open, and was pulled down to the turf for a 10-yard loss.Uchenna Nwosu records a sack for the Trojans – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanBut coming off a 49-14 drubbing in South Bend, the Trojans were in no mood for a rerun of the debacle against Notre Dame. This time, they would wind up on the right side of a 48-17 blowout.“When you’re trying to win a championship, you have to have one of these victories where you come to another team’s place in a hostile environment and be able to stay in first,” head coach Clay Helton said. “This is what these players and coaches were able to do. I’m extremely proud of them.”Darnold gave the ball to Jones 15 minutes later — in the opening seconds of the second quarter. Jones exploded through the Sun Devils’ front, then their secondary. A blink and he was across midfield, and then he was gone. Jones pulled up 67 yards later in the end zone. The extra point staked USC a 21-3 cushion. After seemingly playing all season on the back foot, the Trojans were finally dictating the tempo.“These kids … came out here, they had their jaw set and played some of their best football of the season,” Helton said.USC regathered quickly after opening the game with a sack. Darnold fired a 12-yard bullet to redshirt freshman wide receiver Tyler Vaughns to move the sticks on third down and found his redshirt freshman receiver again five plays later, firing cross-body while rolling out to his right for a 21-yard catch-and-run. Darnold went for the end zone the very next play, and he dropped a pinpoint pass into junior wideout Deontay Burnett’s outstretched arms. It was the deep shot Trojan fans have rarely seen Darnold execute this season: 32 yards to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive. For the first time in three weeks, USC got on the board first, racing out to a 7-0 lead.The two teams traded punts after the opening score, but a blown assignment from sophomore cornerback Jack Jones gifted the Sun Devils 70 yards through the air on their second drive. ASU took advantage with a field goal to cut USC’s lead to four.But that was as close as the Sun Devils would get. After the two sides traded punts once again near the end of the first quarter, Darnold found Vaughns on a curl route, and a missed tackle from cornerback Kobe Williams allowed Vaughns to streak 42 yards to the pylon. Jones soon followed with his long touchdown run to extend the advantage even further.Tyler Vaughns stretches for a touchdown against Arizona State – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanAs USC pulled away, the Sun Devils struggled to keep their defense off the field, and Vaughns found paydirt for the second time before halftime, when Darnold forced a throw through triple-coverage to find his receiver in the back of the end zone. Vaughns finished the night with 126 receiving yards and two scores — a new career high in both categories.“Tyler has been a big part to the passing game for a while now,” Darnold said. “I think the way he works and the fact that every single play the ball is coming to him is huge. That’s a really great mentality to have as a receiver.”A successful Hail Mary from Manny Wilkins to Kyle Williams trimmed ASU’s deficit to 31-10 at halftime, and an opening-drive score in the second half brought the Sun Devils within two touchdowns. But the Trojans responded with a quickfire score of their own: Vaughns took the ball 22 yards on another big catch-and-run, and Jones ran for his second house call of the night, busting out a 64-yard scamper to re-establish USC’s three-touchdown edge. Jones gashed ASU for 216 yards over the course of the game, the majority coming on his pair of long touchdown runs.“Great offensive line play up front,” Jones said. “Receivers [were] taking away the corners and safeties for me, so [I was] just splitting it, and it comes out to a race.”The Trojan defense, coming off an undressing against the Fighting Irish, rebounded with a much more encouraging hour against the Sun Devils. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s unit was stout when required, highlighted by a turnover on downs to ice the game late in the third quarter and a pick-six by redshirt sophomore safety Ykili Ross late in the fourth quarter. USC sacked Wilkins six times — three coming on a career night from junior defensive end Rasheem Green and the other three from senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu. Despite still giving up multiple large gains, including the 70-yard blown coverage and first-half Hail Mary, ASU’s 17 points and fewer than 400 total yards were a significant improvement from the 49 points and 497 yards given up to Notre Dame.Uchenna Nwosu celebrates after a defensive play – Katie Chin | Daily Trojan“I knew we were going to play like this because it’s in our nature,” redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins said. “To get beat down — you want to come back and show how good you can really be. I kind of knew we were going to play like this, and I demanded it from my team. As captains we demanded it from our team.”The Trojans (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) now gear up for another titanic divisional clash against an Arizona team, as they host the Wildcats in the Coliseum next Saturday. The winner of the tilt will have a clear path to Santa Clara for the Pac-12 Championship in December, and Arizona will fancy its chances after scoring more than 40 points in each of its games this month — including a 58-37 shootout upset over No. 15 Washington State on Saturday.“I think this is our turning point, if I’m being honest,” Hawkins said. “I think we’re really going to turn it around from here and be the team we really want to be.”last_img read more

August 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img[tps_header][/tps_header]Related The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has denied widespread reports that Civil Defenders Basketball Club of Abuja were expelled from the FIBA Africa zone 3 club championship elimination currently taking place in Lagos.Speaking earlier on Thursday at a press conference, the basketball body’s Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade stated that the Abuja-based club left without consulting the organisers.In his words, Ogunade said: “The board had to bend backwards to accommodate Civil Defence. As you were aware, they were in the hotel for 4 days, slept and fed before they packed their baggage and left without recourse to the board or the organisers.”Speaking further, Ogunade described the situation as a little chink in the armour of the event due to the fact that it has affected the fixtures and numbers of games participating clubs have to play.For him, the case is not difficult at all since the person that led the club’s delegation to the tournament is an NBBF board member (Commandant Titus Ayodele).Ogunade further said: “They own their team and it’s not the job of NBBF to clear players for FIBA competitions. As Civil Defence, they run a basketball outfit.We have already sent them the guidelines one clear month before we even sent to Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls.” he further added.The LOC chairman also added that: ” Before we could reach them, they were already in Okene in Kogi state and there was nothing the federation could do because that was when I was away to receive the cheque from the Honourable Minister for the victorious D’Tigress team.”In the same vein, FIBA Zone 3 president and FIBA Africa central board member, Col. Samuel Ahmedu (rtd), has expressed delight at how the tournament has panned out. He added that the facility and organisation he has witnessed has been the best ever since assuming office as the president of the zone.In his words, Ahmedu said: “Facility wise, this is one of the best facilities that have been used for club championships since I became the president of the zone. Burkina Faso hosted in 2014, Benin hosted in 2015 and Togo hosted in 2016, the standard here is very high.“All of you have watched the games, there has been no blow-out except maybe in one or two games. All the games have been close. “Organization wise, it has been very good.”He further revealed that the tournament will go on despite the fact that Civil Defenders’ withdrawal threatened to dampen the enthusiasm of organisers. He said: “This is life and they are in charge of their own team and they chose not to play and they left. It does not affect those who will qualify.”“They have lost the opportunity to learn and become better and they have exposed themselves to sanctions by FIBA and it’s nobody’s fault.” he concluded.The tournament will go on with more matches expected on Friday.last_img read more

August 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWalton has often called on Young to elevate his defensive play and ensure consistent ball movement, and he has listened. Former Lakers coach Byron Scott often preached those same tenets to Young the previous two seasons without as much success. While Young averaged a combined 10.35 points on only 35.26 percent shooting under Scott, Young often found Scott’s feedback offputting. He disliked Scott for frequently criticizing him publicly, making a big deal over his goofy personality and fining him for arriving late for pre-game warmups.“He’s a players’ coach,” Young said of Walton. “He knows how to relate to players. He’s not stuck in his ways. He doesn’t hold grudges.”Instead, Walton has found Lakers forward Julius Randle and Young as the most receptive thus far toward handling constructive criticism.“You just got to talk to Nick. You got to be honest with him when you see him messing around and encourage him to be him,” Walton said. “I just point out what he’s doing, whether it’s good or bad. Then he normally is pretty good at correcting himself.”Kicking itThe visit to Portland usually meant Walton would visit the city’s Nike store. Unlike what happened during his 11-year NBA career, Walton abstained from making the trip this time around.“It was zero degrees outside,” Walton said. “I love the city of Portland, but I did not leave the hotel once.” PORTLAND >> The moments have become running gags between Lakers coach Luke Walton and guard Nick Young.“I joke with him when I see him running out the door and ask if he got his shots in,” Walton said, chuckling. “At first, he tried to lie. Now he just says, ‘No’ and keeps on moving.”Young sounded equally amused with the exchanges.“I’ll say, ‘My bad,’” Young said, smiling. “He knows when I’m trying to slack off.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Walton has cut Young some slack about some of his work because of his recently strong play. Walton has also consistently engaged Young, asking for improvement without making him feel disrespected.The Lakers entered Thursday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center with Young averaging 14.8 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 44.9 percent from 3-point range. He ranks sixth overall in the NBA in 3-point shooting, and has shot 56 percent from the perimeter in the last nine games.“With the way Nick shoots, I don’t need to tell him to stay after,” Walton said. “He stays after every practice and gets his shot up. But after shootaround, he gets out as soon as it’s over. But he’s shooting the ball at a pretty high level.”Walton has hardly allowed Young to do as he pleases, though.“He’s been on me and demands a lot,” Young said of Walton. “I take that as him being confident in me. A coach believes in you and wants you to do all these things that you’re not used to a coach telling you to do.”last_img read more