Jordan Spieth claims the Open at Royal Birkdale

first_imgJordan Spieth produced an incredible finish to become 2017 Open champion yesterday.The 23 year old lifted the Claret Jug after finishing up on 12 under par at Royal Birkdale, three clear of the field.Spieth brought a three shot lead into the final round, but found himself one behind Matt Kuchar with five to play after a bogey on 13. But a run of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie saw him regain that lead in emphatic fashion, and claim a third major title.Rory McIlroy ended the week in a tie for fourth on five under.last_img read more

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Super Eagles Play for Pride against Tanzania

first_imgTherefore, today’s encounter at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, is a formality as Nigeria and Tanzania will have no part to play at the 2017 AFCON, after Egypt nicked the sole ticket from Group B.Meanwhile, while fans in Nigeria are not losing sleep ahead of today’s game, the Taifa Stars are taking the game seriously and want to make a statement in Nigeria after being held to a goalless draw by Nigeria in the first leg in Dar Es Salaam, insisting they should have won the first leg game after creating plenty of chances and will be in Uyo to prove they are one of Africa’s emerging teams.The Taifa Stars sit bottom of Group G with just one point and are yet to score a goal in the entire campaign but head coach Charles Mkwasa is confident his troops are up to the challenge.“Both Tanzania and Nigeria are out of the qualification brackets but we want to win this game. Every coach sets out to win every game and we want to win because it will definitely improve our Fifa ranking,” said Mkwasa in an interview with supersport.com.In the absence of striker Thomas Ulimwengu who is recovering from an injury, Mkwasa will be looking to Belgium-based Mbwana Samatta who has been enjoying fine form at Genk.The 23-year-old is the main man in the Taifa Stars and has already started making a name for himself in Europe after moving to Genk, in the winter transfer earlier this year.Tanzania pack an exciting bunch of players like John Bocco and Mohammed Hussein, with Samatta, the only foreign-based player named by coach Boniface Nkwasa in his attempt to upset the Super Eagles.As part of his on-the-spot assessment and also an opportunity for the new German Coach to assess his players in a match situation, the Super Eagles took on Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Akwa United in a tune-up game on Wednesday at the Godswill Akpabio Stdium, Uyo in preparation for the Tanzanian match.Eagles won by 3-0, but Rohr was unhappy as failing light abbreviated proceedings during the s friendly game. The second half of the contest lasted barely 30 minutes as stadium officials at the ‘Nest of Champions’ failed to turn on the floodlights.The development meant the game had to be ended prematurely, something that did not go down too well with Rohr.“The absence of the floodlights affected our play in the second half. The players started the second half very well when it was not too dark but it was very hard to play in the dark (as the game wore on).Rohr opted to start players like Chiedozie Awaziem, Wilfred Ndidi and Victor Osimhem while the ‘big guns’ like John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo were introduced at the start of the second half.The trainer added afterwards that he has no preferences and merely wanted to see all his players in action.“I wanted to see all the players. For the players that started, I didn’t know them too well and that is why I wanted them to play in the first 45 minutes. Two of them continued after the break because we still do not have all the invited 23 players available. There were 20 players on Wednesday but by Thursday, we will have 23 players,” he said.“The training match against Akwa United will tune up the boys for the game against Tanzania on Saturday (today) as well as give the coach a chance to see the boys in a game situation for the first time,” spokesman of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye said.Meanwhile, midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, who was a second half substitute in the encounter has spoken about his earliest impressions of the new Super Eagles Technical Adviser.The 23-year-old Trabzonspor man revealed that his earliest impressions of Rohr have been positive. “I have been impressed with our new coach so far and I hope we achieve great success. The game against Akwa United was a good one and it gave the coach opportunity to see us (Super Eagles players) for the first time in a match situation.“We will try to win on Saturday(today) against Tanzania and hopefully, it sets the tone for a successful World Cup qualifying campaign as we look to go to Russia (for the 2018 Fifa World Cup),” Onazi told supersport.com.However, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has urged Nigerians to throw their weight behind the new national team head coach, Rohr.A member of the technical and development committee of the NFF, Paul Bassey, said Rohr would succeed as Nigeria coach and is drumming up support for the 63-year-old trainer.“A few years ago, a certain barman, Clemens Westerhof, was appointed as Super Eagles coach and the decision to hire him was criticised by many. We know how it ended as Westerhof remains the most successful coach this country has ever had. I don’t think it is right to criticise a man (Rohr) even before he has commenced work.“I know many Nigerians will want us (NFF) to hire the best coaches like Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson but the truth is that Rohr is the coach we can afford right now. That a coach has failed while coaching other countries does not mean he will fail with Nigeria. The truth is that with the quality of footballers this country is blessed with, any coach who comes here is almost guaranteed 60 percent success. We are appealing to Nigerians to throw their support behind Rohr,” Bassey said.Rohr will want to start his Super Eagles adventure with a win to make a statement.Meanwhile, Egypt has already secured qualification to Afcon 2017 from Group G having amassed an impressive 10 points with home and away wins over Tanzania, a home win against the Super Eagles and a priceless draw in Kaduna to ensure a place in Gabon for the first time since 2010.Chad pulled out of this qualification campaign citing financial constraints in March this year following their 1-0 loss to Tanzania, the latter’s first win in the qualification process thus rendering all their results null and void.Rohr will want to start his Super Eagles adventure with a win to make a statement.“It is very important because it is the first match for us before we commence the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. We will face Zambia in the next one month so this game is important to see the state and level of the players and how they react in match situations. The game against Akwa United was interesting because I saw something in our young players. It was also good to see the fans turn out to appreciate the players who won Bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” Rohr said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram An Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Tanzania ordinarily would have generated a lot of attention among soccer-loving Nigerians but not so as both countries are already out of the biennial competition slated for January 2017 in Gabon. However, the Super Eagles and the Taifa Stars will be playing for prideWith Nigeria needing an outright win against Egypt in Alexandria after the Super Eagles failed to hold on to their 1-0 lead and allowed the Egyptians a last-minute equaliser in the first leg at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, the Samson Siasia-led team was therefore condemned to win the return leg but failed to inspire and lost to a first half goal, which ensured Nigeria would not hoist her flag in Gabon.last_img read more

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MFM Good To Go, Says Ilechukwu

first_img“We have prepared well enough in all ramification in our team but we want to use these remaining days to round up our preparation,” Ilechukwu told the club’s website mountaintopfc.com.He continued: “We have signed new players in our team and I believe with the response from the players during our training sessions. I believe we are good to go.“With what I’m seeing the team will do well because their response in training shows that they are good to go. I believe that by God’s grace they will do well,” he concluded.Ilechukwu’s men who emerged as the runners-up of the 4th edition of Nigeria’s most prestigious pre-season event, the Gold Cup, held in Ogun State last year after they lost the final to Lobi Stars 4-3 on penalties. They are expected to maintain their fine form in the league.The Lagos-based team will begin the new season with a home game against Niger Tornadoes on Sunday, January 15, at the Soccer Temple, Agege Townships Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NPFL 2016/2017 SEASON… NPFL 2016/2017 SEASON…Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu has stated that his wards are ready for hostilities in the upcoming 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.With less than 5 days to the start of the new topflight season, MFM FC gaffer believes the Olukoya Boys have prepared well enough to kickoff their campaign on a high in the new Nigerian topflight season.last_img read more

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Suleiman Wins 2018 Total Charity Golf Tournament

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaMohammed Suleiman reinforced his reputation as a prolific golfer following his emergence as the men gross champion at the 2018 Total Charity Golf Tournament in Abuja, over the weekend.Two weeks after winning the Independence Day Golf Tournament at IBB international Golf and Country Club, Abuja, Suleiman, a former Competition Secretary, got over the line ahead of a pack of 150 golfers, to seal the Total tournament with 75 gross. Chinese Xu Hui held off Dipo Sanya with 38 stableford points to win the Men Best nett prize. Both players tied but Xu won on the count-back rule. Chris Shaiyen stood alone in the third place with 37 points.Also outstanding at the event was Samuel Anyamele, who signed for 38 points to clinch the Veteran Prize.J. Ayu brushed aside Jummai Abdulahi by five points to win the Ladies Best Nett prize. Ayu made 37 points while Joy Ikwue shot 30 points to place third.The participating golfers raised N1.2 million at the tournament. The overall proceeds of N3 million was donated for two Abuja based charity homes- the Fortitude Children’s Home, Lugbe, which cares for vulnerable children and Anawim Home, Gwagalada, founded for adults and children with special needs. Each charity foundation received the cheque of N1. 5 million.The Managing Director of Total E&P, Mr. Nicholas Terraz, said the tournament, which was conceived in 1995 to bring together golfers, business partners and other stakeholders for a weekend of great golf and networking had become a platform for reaching out to the less privileged members of the society in conformity with Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) policy and for the collective love for golf to focus more on shared love for people.“At Total, we have a long tradition of supporting sports around the world because for us, sports represents energy, unity, solidarity and team spirit and these are values we cherish and promote as a company,” Terraz said.Also speaking with THISDAY, the Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Services, Total E &P, Abiodun Afolabi, said the tournament is rotated in three locations- Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt -with the stakeholders coming together to raise money for charity in each of the three regions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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FIFA, Qatar Announce Joint Venture to Deliver 2022 World Cup

first_imgIn line with the FIFA 2.0 vision and its objective to create an innovative model that streamlines the operational delivery of the FIFA World Cup, the creation of a joint venture that will be responsible for key aspects of the 2022 edition was announced in Doha yesterday.FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC is a limited liability company incorporated by FIFA, which holds 51% of the shares, and the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee, which holds 49%, at the Qatar Financial Centre.“Today we take a major step in the organisation of the biggest single-sport event in the world,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, who is part of the nine-member management board that met for the first time today. “Created in accordance with the FIFA President’s vision and together with our Qatari counterparts, the joint venture aims to reorganise the way we work at the operational front and avoid inefficiencies. I am convinced that this new approach to planning, delivery and legacy, always hand in hand with our colleagues based in Qatar, will help to ensure that the World Cup continues to be the most eagerly awaited event by billions of fans worldwide.”The management board is also composed of FIFA’s two Deputy Secretaries General, Zvonimir Boban and Alasdair Bell, FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith, and FIFA’s Chief Legal Officer, Emilio Garcia Silvero, as well as the LLC Chairman, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, LLC CEO, Nasser Al-Khater, the QFA Vice President Saoud Al-Mohannadi and the Chairman of the Operational Office and Vice Chairman of the Technical Operational Office of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Eng. Yasir Al Jamal.H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, said: “The formation of this new joint venture comes at a strategically important time on Qatar’s World Cup project, as we shift our focus from delivering stadiums, training pitches and the transportation required for 2022, to fan and player experience and event operations.“I am confident that the combination of FIFA’s extensive tournament experience, and our own tactical experience and the nine years’ hard work already invested in the project, will ensure that the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world is one of the best ever.”Besides Al Thawadi, who is also the Secretary General of the SC, FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer Colin Smith has been named as Managing Director of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC. Nasser Al Khater, Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group of the SC, will take up the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position in the joint venture.“The continuous growth and complexities of a FIFA World Cup and the need for integrated involvement of all key areas across a host country has made it clear that a more efficient and optimised operational structure is required – this is particularly the case in Qatar, given the unique and compact nature of the tournament in 2022 both in terms of the opportunities and challenges that come along with it,” added Colin Smith.Smith went on to say: “The Qatar-based joint venture that will plan and deliver the next FIFA World Cup will work together with FIFA in Zurich as one team and combine, at all levels, the event experience we have there with invaluable knowledge from our colleagues in Qatar. It is a very important step, which shows how FIFA and the hosts are working together to deliver a successful and memorable event.”Nasser Al Khater added: “Qatar’s World Cup project is entering its final phase and we’re all very pleased to launch this new organisation and collectively develop the best possible operational plans for 2022.“In less than four years’ time, we will be welcoming the participating teams and over one million fans to Qatar for the world’s biggest single-sporting event. It is the work we do now which will ensure the experience we deliver is unlike anything previously witnessed at a tournament. I look forward to leading this innovative joint venture with FIFA and the work it will be undertaking in the years to come.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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PwC Chess4Change Grand Slam Tourney Kicks off in Style

first_imgThe opening ceremony of the PwC Chess4Change 2019 Grand Slam Tournament kicked off on Tuesday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere with 22 participating schools across four Lagos State Education Districts.The students having undergone a three-month intensive chess tutelage and two mini challenge competitions leading up to the tournament put up a splendid performance yesterday.Participants competed in both the individual and team categories across 12 rounds using the Swiss-system format to determine the winners. In a chat with THISDAY, Chairman Lagos State Chess Association, Tokunbo Fagun, he said the tournament is a great exposure for the participants and it will create awareness for chess, which will invariably attract corporate organisation to get more involved in the game of chess.“With several tournaments like the PwC Chess4Change 2019 Grand Slam, it would not take long before Nigerians start ruling the world stage in the game of chess,” Fagun noted.Esiri Agbeyi, Partner at PWC said the developmental championship is a corporate social responsibility of Pricewaterhouse Coopers aimed at contributing to youth development.“I think a strong motivation for us is our value as a business, our primary purpose which is to solve important problem in the society and we believe that human capital development is a major area that we need to invest in for the country. We think that is where we can build the right crop of leaders to drive our nation to the level that we want it to be at the moment,” said Agbeyi.The tournament ends on Thursday after which winners will be presented with gifts and prizes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Record-chasing Liverpool Visit Floundering Man United

first_imgKick-off: 4:30pmThis afternoon, the age-long rivalry between England’s two most successful sides will be rekindled at Old Trafford as a struggling Manchester United host high-flying Liverpool.Even though Liverpool have found victory difficult to come by at Old Trafford in recent times, their form and United’s travails means the European champions are favourites to extend their winning run in the Premiership. An 18th consecutive league win for Liverpool would equal the top-flight record, set by Manchester City between August and December 2017.After eight games United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is in crisis-management mode as his plunging side have left him feeling the pressure. If results go the wrong way United could be in the relegation zone with the manager’s job prospects looking grim.The flip side is that victory over the league leaders could be the springboard to turn fortunes around.United continue to struggle with injuries, with David De Gea likely to be sidelined. Paul Pogba is definitely out of the match with an ongoing ankle issue and De Gea pulled up with a groin complaint on international duty.Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return but question marks hang over Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood.In contrast, Liverpool could have their No 1 goalkeeper back as Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports News that Alisson looks ‘completely fine’ after his recent calf injury. But Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip will be assessed ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. Aside from these three, Klopp has a fully fit squad to choose from.Manchester United are unbeaten in their last six home games against Liverpool, including five league matches (W3, D2). It is the Merseysiders’ longest winless run at Old Trafford in the top flight since a 10-match streak between 1991 and 2000.United’s only defeat in their last 10 league games against Liverpool was last season’s 3-1 loss at Anfield, a result which prompted manager Jose Mourinho’s dismissal two days later.Four of the six most recent Premier League meetings have ended in draws (three of them 0-0) – only four of the previous 36 encounters finished level.United are two short of becoming the first team to score 2,000 Premier League goals. They have not scored more than once in any of their past 10 league and cup games – their worst such run since 2007. They have won just two of their last 13 league matches (D5, L6). They have also earned just 17 points from 16 top-flight matches since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed on a permanent basis.If United fail to win they will have made their worst start to a league campaign since 1986-87, the season in which manager Ron Atkinson was eventually replaced by Sir Alex Ferguson.The Red Devils are a team struggling to muster any quality in their game. A loss against Newcastle a fortnight ago condemned them to their worst start in a season for over 30 years.Meanwhile Liverpool could become just the fourth team to win their opening nine top-flight games, matching the Premier League record set by Chelsea in 2005.The only team who failed to win the title after winning their first nine matches are Manchester United, who ended fourth in 1985-86 despite beginning with 10 straight wins.Liverpool have won just two of their last 13 league matches away to the other sides in the established top six, though that includes their most recent such game against Chelsea last month.Mohammed Salah, who’ll start the game alongside his comrades Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, will look to get an unwanted record off his chest.The Egyptian has never scored in Liverpool colours versus United in four meetings, nor has he been able to assist a goal.Jurgen Klopp will mirror Salah’s emotions. The German has never won away against his Manchester-based rivals, drawing three and losing one, more than any other side.Though titanic shifts in the landscape aren’t currently expected, Liverpool’s possible win at Old Trafford will elevate the team to new highs in the Premier League-era shunning United further into the shadows. For a team that brought most of Premier League football’s iconic moments to billions around the globe, that’s a fate too bleak to handle.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Eight Schools in Zenith/Delta Principals’ Cup Battle

first_imgThe final stages of the Delta State Principals Cup competition organized for all secondary schools in the state begin on Wednesday.This is the 4th edition of the youth developmental competition revived three years ago and four centres have been listed for the quarterfinal ties billed to take place simultaneously on Wednesday.At the Austin Jay Jay Okocha Stadium, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South,Okpanam High School Okpanam, from Oshimili North will clash with Zappa Mixed Secondary School, Asaba, from Oshimili South while Springate International School, Umutu, from Ukwuani LG will take on Destiny Secondary School, Ughelli, from Ughelli North LG at the Kwale Township Stadium, Kwale, in Ndokwa West Local Government. In another fixture also slated for Wednesday, College of Commerce, from Warri South LG will tango with Alaka Grammar School, Ozoro, from Isoko North LG in an encounter slated for Ughelli Township Stadium, Ughelli.Also same day, Ogulagha Secondary School, Ogulagha, from Burutu LG will take on Okotie-Eboh Grammar School, from Sapele at the Hussey College Warri.All the matches will start at 2pm on Wednesday.Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, told newsmen in Asaba yesterday that all arrangements for the tournament would be at another level from Wednesday.Ukah said: “We assured that a true winner must emerge and so we have to involve top referees from this stage, the attires would change while screening continues to ensure only legitimate students are taking part.“As we move on, we up the standard in all areas till we get to the final of the event later this month.”The winners of the matches billed for Wednesday will qualify for the semis scheduled for November 13. The final of the tournament is scheduled to take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on November 21.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Dwayne Johnson’s $15 million XFL purchase objected by league’s unsecured creditors

first_img Former WWE superstar Dwayne Johnson made headlines on Monday after he decided to purchase the now-defunct pro football league XFL. According to reports, Johnson and his investors, who include his business partner Dany Garcia along with RedBird Capital Partners, shelled out $15 million to purchase the XFL. They aim to resume plays next season. However, the Dwayne Johnson XFL plans are likely to hit a roadblock with the league’s unsecured creditors having objected the purchase.Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Suggests Washington Ballers As New Name For Washington Football Team Sreehari Menon 1 month ago Noah Centineo cast as Atom Samsher in Dwayne Johnson starrer ‘Black Adam’ First Published: 4th August, 2020 16:41 IST Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 16:41 IST Dwayne Johnson’s $15 Million XFL Purchase Objected By League’s Unsecured Creditors Former WWE star Dwayne Johnson’s $15 million purchase of the Vince McMahon’s bankrupt XFL has been objected by the league’s committee of unsecured creditors. 1 month ago Monique Samuels & Candice Dillard heated confrontation kicks off ‘RHOP’ season 5 COMMENT WATCH US LIVE 1 month ago Cristiano Ronaldo buys world’s most expensive car, set to be delivered in 2021 XFL purchase objected: Dwayne Johnson plans to resume XFL next season With that XFL purchase objected, the committee has significant concerns that the sale contemplated with the proposed buyer does not complete the sound business purpose test. The committee has been and remains supportive of a competitive sale process run by the debtor that invited a qualifying bid from the proposed buyer. While the Dwayne Johnson XFL purchase is objected, it is likely to be a small hiccup in the entire sale process. The WWE wrestler-turned-actor is likely to become the new XFL owner. Also Read: What Is XFL? What Is The Major Difference Between The Rock’s XFL And NFL?XFL President John Pollack was excited to see the sale to Dwayne Johnson happen and said that Dany, Dwayne and Gerry are a dream team ownership group. Pollack further said that the XFL is in the best possible hands for the exciting journey ahead. Dany Garcia revealed that the league plans to resume playing in 2021 and are taking all necessary steps to execute it.  The XFL has twice shuttered after one season, first in 2001 and again earlier this year as a result of the pandemic. There hasn’t been a successful alternative professional football league since the AFL forced a merger with the NFL in 1970. Also Read: Vince McMahon Claims He’s Not The ‘bad Guy’ After XFL Bankruptcy Saga(Image Courtesy: The Rock Instagram) center_img WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US 1 month ago Dwayne Johnson suggests Washington Ballers as new name for Washington Football Team LIVE TV 1 month ago Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Moana’ has bagged these awards and nominations; see list Dwayne Johnson XFL purchase objected by unsecured creditors: ReportsDwayne Johnson and his investors bought the XFL for $15 million on Monday from WWE boss Vince McMahon after the league had filed for bankruptcy as the season was cancelled amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The XFL declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 13 and has been seeking a buyer for the past three months, marketing itself as a made-for-TV product that could transition as early as 2021 to a bubble concept during the coronavirus pandemic. However, according to XFL Newsroom, the Dwayne Johnson XFL purchase was objected by the league’s committee of unsecured creditors, claiming that the $15 million from Johnson and his group isn’t nearly enough for the entire league.Also Read: Cristiano Ronaldo, Dwayne Johnson And Other Stars’ Interesting Nap Schedules Revealed Written Bylast_img read more

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College athletes add voices to those protesting injustice

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 08:59 IST College Athletes Add Voices To Those Protesting Injustice College athletes across the country added their voices to those calling for an end to racial injustice on Friday with football players and others marching on campus or stepping away from practices to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsincenter_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE College athletes across the country added their voices to those calling for an end to racial injustice on Friday with football players and others marching on campus or stepping away from practices to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.In Oklahoma, the Sooners football team walked in rows of three to the Unity Garden, where they held a 57-second moment of silence in honor of the 57-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Assistant coach Dennis Simmons led a prayer before the team returned to its facilities.“The problems out there are real,” said Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who led the march and spoke at the event. “As we talk, as we discuss, we can’t come up with a better solution than unity. I just don’t know how you have unity and not include yourself and every part of your program in that. So it’s a way for us to show that.”Duke athletes gathered on campus Thursday with hundreds of Blue Devils staff, students and coaches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.“All the social unrest and the difficulties that we face day-to-day living this day and time — you’re working with young people, and you want them to feel hope for the future and excited,” Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said. “This shouldn’t be a troubling time for college-age persons.”Members of the Baylor football team marched around campus Friday and Ole Miss football players marched and gathered on The Square in downtown Oxford in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. About 80 Mississippi State football players boycotted practice on Thursday evening.Tennessee athletes planned a march Saturday. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt moved practice so his players could attend.Tennessee left guard Trey Smith, a preseason All-American, has been sharing information about the march on social media . He said Vols athletes “are calling attention to institutionalized racism, as well as demanding that our school commits to taking action to combat it on their own campus.”“We’re going to use our platform to help create change and be at the forefront of it,” Pruitt said. “Our players believe in it, our staff believes in it, our administration believes in it. So we’re going to continue to support them in this movement, and it’s something that we’ll continue for years to come.”South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley said change is long overdue.“It’s like a disease,” she said. “It’s another pandemic that’s been happening for 400 years and we haven’t unearthed the vaccine for it. But we shouldn’t stop (trying).”Blake, who is Black, was shot in the back by police last weekend as he leaned into his vehicle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident has spurred protests around the nation and professional sports leagues across North America postponed games in response.Riley met with his team Thursday and they decided to do something. He said that as a white man, he was surprised to hear some of the stories from his players about racism they have faced. He feels he has no choice now but to act and help others do the same.“It’s not going to change overnight,” he said. “It’s about taking positive steps and keeping the faith and let’s don’t let this be a thing that divides us even further. Why can’t this be the thing that brings us all even more together?”Image credits: AP First Published: 29th August, 2020 08:59 ISTlast_img read more

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