The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later. He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The F1 season hasn’t started yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion.The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.”The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.The FFT says it “has taken the decision to cancel and refund all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros.”The FFT is also working closely with French authorities “to establish the necessary measures which will ensure the health and security of all guests attending the tournament.”Refunds will be received by end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead.___ Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.”Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested. The Latest: French Open ticket buyers to get refunds May 7, 2020 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars).___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French Tennis Federation says it will refund tickets purchased for the French Open because of uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic. Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.___ Formula One says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur will compete alongside drivers in this weekend’s virtual Spanish Grand Prix.Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be the F1 drivers in Sunday’s event.Aguero will race for Red Bull alongside Albon. Courtois will run for Alfa Romeo in his second virtual race. Arthur will be with Haas.Golfer Ian Poulter will make his third appearance with Renault.The virtual Spanish GP will take place during the same weekend the real race was scheduled to run at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The race will consist of a qualifying session and a 33-lap race. Associated Press Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League.___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country.The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.
NHL reports zero positivesUNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17.Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-GOODELL LETTER Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-DIAMONDBACKS-PADRESTatis Jr., Grisham power Padres to 6-2 win vs. DiamondbacksSAN DIEGO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. raced around the bases on a three-run triple that highlighted a five-run rally and Trent Grisham hit his first home run for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 Monday to take three of four games in their opening series. Associated Press Two games postponed after COVID outbreak among MarlinsMIAMI (AP) — Two major league games scheduled for Monday night have been postponed after more than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia. The Marlins’ home opener against Baltimore was called off, as was the New York Yankees’ game at Philadelphia. The Yankees would have been in the same clubhouse the Marlins used last weekend. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that nine Marlins players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members tested positive.In other MLB news: The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment, something the NHL, NBA, WNBA and MLS have done. With Major League Baseball experiencing difficulties on its first weekend of play with a plan similar to the NFL’s, there is added anxiety about what Goodell’s league has planned.In other NFL news:— Minnesota Vikings vice president of sports medicine Eric Sugarman has tested positive for COVID-19. Sugarman is in charge of the organization’s virus prevention plan as the infection control officer. The team announced that Sugarman and his family tested positive over the weekend. The Vikings said they’ve tested all individuals who’d recently been in close contact with Sugarman. —New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed its four 2020 draft picks to four-year contracts. The signings were announced as rookies reported for training camp on Monday. New Orleans’ most recent draft class is headlined by first-round pick Cesar Ruiz. The Saints also drafted Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and Dayton tight end Adam Trautman in the third round. They took Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens in the seventh round. — Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, say they’re donating $5 million toward a partnership with a Louisiana health care provider to build “numerous” health centers in economically struggling communities around the state. Brees said in his announcement on social media that the first center will be built later this year in eastern New Orleans in partnership with Ochsner Health. Goodell sends letter to NFL fans explaining plans for seasonNEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league’s plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic.As veterans begin reporting to training camps this week, Goodell noted Monday how COVID-19 has “turned the world upside down.”He wrote that “COVID-19 will continue to present a major challenge to nearly every area of American life. Football is no exception,” The league and the players’ union reached agreement on a plan last Friday, after all preseason games were canceled. Team facilities were shut down by Goodell in late March and only began reopening on a cautious basis this summer. Goodell stressed the need for adaptability on all levels, citing how a virtual draft was held in April. All 32 teams held remote offseason training sessions, too. The Padres, who feel they’re built for success in this pandemic-shortened 60-game season, outscored the Diamondbacks 21-9 in the four games. San Diego hasn’t been to the playoffs since winning consecutive NL West titles in 2005-06. It hasn’t had a winning season since 2010.The Padres scored five runs in the fourth inning before Luke Weaver recorded an out.The highlight was Tatis hitting a ball to left-center that rolled to the wall, bringing in three runs to give San Diego a 6-2 lead. Tatis dove into third headfirst and his helmet went flying. Tatis finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting last year despite being limited to 84 games due to injuries. MARLINS-VIRUS —The series opener between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians has been postponed by rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 3:40 p.m. Before the game was postponed, the White Sox announced that manager Rick Renteria will be kept away from the team pending the results of medical tests. — Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) could be done for the season. He is headed to the injured list after just one inning in his debut as a Texas Rangers starter. Kluber has a tear in a small muscle in his right shoulder and is not expected to make another start this season — if he pitches at all. — Utility player Josh Harrison has signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals added the 33-year-old Harrison to their 30-man active roster Monday. To make room, catcher Raudy Read was optioned to Washington’s alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Virginia. —The Colorado Rockies say left-handed pitcher Tim Collins has opted out of the 2020 season. Collins is the second player in the organization who has withdrawn. In late June, Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced he wouldn’t play this season, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL — The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup. The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYEx-UCLA coach pleads guilty to accepting $200K in bribesUNDATED (AP) — A former University of California, Los Angeles men’s soccer coach pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $200,000 in bribes to help two students get into the school as recruits. Jorge Salcedo, 47, admitted to participating in the college admissions bribery scheme involving TV celebrities, other wealthy parents and elite universities across the country. Salcedo was paid $100,000 to help California couple Bruce and Davina Isackson get their daughter into UCLA as a bogus soccer recruit, prosecutors said. The Isacksons have also pleaded guilty and have been cooperating with authorities in the hope of getting a lighter sentence. July 27, 2020 — The Buffalo Bills have released receiver Ray-Ray McCloud and offensive lineman Garrett McGhin a day before players were set to report for the start of training camp. The moves on Monday trim Buffalo’s roster to 86, with teams required to have a maximum 80 players by Aug. 16. —Washington has put quarterback Alex Smith on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. Smith’s right leg has recovered 20 months after he broke the fibula and tibia in it during a game. But the 36-year-old veteran hasn’t been fully cleared for practices and full football activity. IRVING-WNBA SALARIESIrving commits $1.5 million for WNBA players skipping seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is committing $1.5 million to supplement the income of WNBA players who choose not to play this season. That can be because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons. The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched today. It will also provide players with a financial literacy program created by UBS.The WNBA season began Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. To be eligible for Irving’s program, WNBA players must give insight into their decisions and not be receiving salaries from any other entity.In other virus-related sports developments:— The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. — The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans. Delaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Update on the latest sports
The Latest: Indiana Hoosiers football team resumes workouts They were initially approved to test procedures ahead of a planned wider re-opening of stadiums in October.The Oval cricket stadium in London has been used as a test for fans returning in the last week.___Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain.The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation. MotoGP says the races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are off for this year.The series also added a race in Europe. It will take place in November after the race in Valencia. The venue for the additional race is still to be announced.___Britain has reversed course and now says spectators will not be able to attend sporting events in England because the coronavirus infection rate is rising.Fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans will no longer gather at sporting events until at least Aug. 15. “The health and safety of my family has always been the most important thing in my life,” Woods said in a statement. “I love the game of football and will be rooting hard for my teammates this season, and I look forward to rejoining the Jaguars in 2021.”Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he understands Woods’ decision.“We will fully support any of our players and coaches that choose to opt out this season,” Marrone said. “It is important for every individual to feel comfortable and to believe that they’re doing what’s right for themselves and their family. As an organization, we respect Al’s decision and are fully understanding.”___Three more MotoGP races have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The school’s medical advisory group approved the resumption of enhanced voluntary summer training. Players are now permitted to spend up to eight hours per week on strength training, six hours per week on meetings and film review, and six hours per week on walk-throughs.The athletic department says it has conducted 480 tests, with 33 coming back positive. Anyone with a positive result must isolate themselves until further notice, and contact tracing measures are established. Anyone to be found in close contact with the person who tested positive also is quarantined until further notice.___Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Al Woods, who has played for five teams during his 10-year NFL career, is opting out of the 2020 season.The 33-year-old Woods signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Jacksonville in free agency. He played for Seattle in 2019. He also spent time with Indianapolis, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay since being drafted in the fourth round in 2010. He has 196 tackles and 5 ½ sacks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Indiana University’s football team has resumed voluntary workouts after a two-week pause following six positive COVID-19 tests. July 31, 2020 Associated Press Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.”Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we (are) to this virus.”The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
A DAY of exciting doubles culminated last evening with the Guyanese pair of Jody-Ann Blake and Trenace Lowe battling to a second-place finish in the final of the Women’s doubles, a part of the 61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, which is currently being played at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Along with silver from Lowe and Blake, the host nation recorded two more medals yesterday. Lowe and Christopher Franklin finished with a Mixed doubles bronze after making it to the semi-final of that competition. Joel Alleyne and Nigel Bryan finished with a bronze in the Men’s doubles.Both bronze medal games were close battles. The two Guyanese captains, Lowe and Franklin, had the best chance of advancing to another final.The pair were actually ahead at 10-8 in the fifth set, but the Dominicans, Esmerlyn Castro and Isaac Vila, rallied back to close the game at 12-10. Incidentally, the same pair won the finals of the competition later in the night against Cubans Livan Martinez and Carrazana Fonseca.Jody-Ann Blake (right) goes for the kill during the women’s final last night.In the quarter-final, Franklin and Lowe had defeated the Barbados pair of Mark Dowell and Anthonette Riley (11-5, 11-6, 11-6).Guyana’s other strong teams in the competition were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Dominicans Santos Emil and Eva Brito defeated Bryan and Blake 3-1, while Joel Alleyne and Nathalie Cummings lost to Martinez and Fonseca by a similar margin.Meanwhile the pair of Bryan and Alleyne lost to Emil Santos and Samuel Galvez 3-1 in the Men’s semi-finals last night.The visitors stormed to an 11-6 win in the opener, but then the Guyanese pair, led by a pumped-up Alleyne rallied back to score six unanswered points.They closed that game at 11-6 after leading 9-3. In the third game, the home team led briefly before the Dominicans stormed back to an 11-7 win. The visitors looked set to finish the match with the score at 10-6 in the fourth game, but the local pair rallied back and scored three unanswered points before an unforced serving error by Bryan ended the battle.In the final, Dominicans Brito and Castro (who had just finished the Mixed doubles final) were able to muscle past Lowe and Blake 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).Today the competition continues with the U-21 and Masters competitions.
BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona’s rescheduled La Liga game at home to Real Madrid is set to take place on December 18 as both clubs came to an agreement after the match, due to be played on October 26, was postponed amidst violent political demonstrations in Catalonia.Following huge protests over the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders, the league’s organising body made an official request to the RFEF this week for the ‘Clasico’ to be rearranged, which was approved yesterday.The federation ordered the two clubs to arrange a new date before a deadline of October 21, and the two sides said later yesterday they wanted the game to take place on December 18.“In light of the ruling which postpones the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid and states the clubs must agree a new date, Real Madrid wishes to communicate that the date proposed by both clubs is December 18,” said Real’s statement.In a separate statement, Barca said they had argued in favour of the game still taking place on October 26 and had opposed La Liga’s plan to move it from the Camp Nou to Real’s Santiago Bernabeu.Barca added that they had “utmost confidence in the civic and pacific attitude of its fans and members”, also apologising to supporters who were inconvenienced by the decision and saying tickets purchased would be refunded.Real coach Zinedine Zidane said he and his players would accept any new date for the fixture, also calling the images of violence in Catalonia “difficult”.Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators waving pro-independence flags and chanting “freedom for political prisoners” joined marches across Catalonia yesterday, the fifth day of protests.Barcelona town hall said 700 garbage containers were set ablaze since protests began on Monday and estimated that the city had suffered damage totalling more than 1.5 million euros.An official from Barcelona town hall said around 10 trees were set on fire on Thursday. Regional police said 16 people were arrested across Catalonia on Thursday, while health officials said medical aid was provided to 42 people.Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, a former Barcelona player and their most successful ever manager, called on European countries to try to resolve the crisis.“The international community must help us to solve the conflict of Catalonia and Spain and we need a mediator from outside to sit in and talk,” he said in a news conference ahead of his side’s visit to Crystal Palace in the Premier League
By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Marnus Labuschagne scored his fourth century in five matches as Australia dominated a New Zealand side ravaged by illness and missing captain Kane Williamson to reach 283 for three on the first day of the third and final Test yesterday.With the series already lost after heavy defeats in Perth and Melbourne, the Black Caps were rocked when Williamson, batsman Henry Nicholl and spinner Mitchell Santner were ruled out of the match by a flu virus.Australia had never needed an invitation to plunder runs over this series and the makeshift New Zealand attack was duly put to the sword on a mostly sunny day when the smoke from the bushfires stayed away from the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).Labuschagne looked immovable as he hit a magnificent 130 not out to add to the innings of 185 and 162 he registered against Pakistan in November and the 143 he scored against New Zealand in the first Test.The 25-year-old piled on the runs in a third-wicket partnership of 156 with Steve Smith (63) and will resume today with Matthew Wade, who had scored 22 not out off 30 balls by the close of play.“It’s rare that you play an away team with five changes but that’s the circumstances they have with the sickness,” said Labuschagne.“It was a nice day out there and a good day for Australia … I’m just trying to keep it in the moment, just focus on each ball.”Tom Latham was named New Zealand captain in Williamson’s absence and his first act was to lose a toss the tourists would have been desperate to win after selecting two spinners and dropping paceman Tim Southee.With Southee’s usual strike partner Trent Boult ruled out by injury, New Zealand started a Test for the first time in more than a decade without one of the pair or Williamson in the side.Colin de Grandhomme, who took the new ball with Matt Henry, played a part in all three wickets to fall, first having opener Joe Burns caught in the slips off an outside edge for 18.David Warner departed for 45 three balls after lunch when quick Neil Wagner fired a delivery down the leg side that the Australian opener steered to gully for de Grandhomme to take a fine catch.Wagner has dismissed Smith four times in four innings this series and the former Australia captain was so determined not to make it five that he took 39 deliveries to get on the board.The biggest cheer of the first two sessions came when Labuschagne tore off down the wicket for a hurried single that finally got Smith off the mark.Labuschagne had a nervous spell on 99 but a four, his eighth, to fine leg finally got him to the century mark for the fourth time in 14 Tests.Smith eventually fell to de Grandhomme and the second new ball, the world’s second-ranked Test batsman clearly furious with himself after leaving his bat out and watching the ball ping off it and into the hands of Ross Taylor at first slip.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsDavid Warner c Colin de Grandhomme b Neil Wagner 45Joe Burns c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme 18Marnus Labuschagne not out 130Steven Smith c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme 63Matthew Wade not out 22Extras: (lb-3, nb-1, w-1) 5Total: (three wkts, 90 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-95, 3-251.Bowling: Matt Henry 21-1-68-0 (w-1), Colin de Grandhomme 18-1-63-2 (n-1), Neil Wagner 21-6-48-1, William Somerville 13-0-52-0, Todd Astle 17-0-49-0.
VILLARD DE LANS, France (Reuters) – Lennard Kamna claimed his first Tour de France victory when he outwitted Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz to win the 16th stage, a 164-km ride from La Tour du Pin yesterday.The 24-year-old German took advantage of Ecuadorian Carapaz’s momentary loss of focus at the top of the last climb of the day to go solo and finished one minute 27 seconds ahead after charging down in the descent.Swiss Sebastien Reichenbach took third place, 1:56 off the pace as Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.Defending champion Egan Bernal, whose hopes of winning the race fell away when he cracked in Sunday’s 15th stage, was dropped from the main bunch in the ascent to Saint-Nizier, apparently suffering from back pains.It was a day to forget for Ineos-Grenadiers as Carapaz had to settle for second after two brutal attacks from the breakaway group in the decisive climb had left his rivals in the red.But Kamna, who narrowly missed out on a stage win last week when he lost a two-man sprint against Colombian Dani Martinez in Puy Mary, went solo just when Carapaz was recovering from his effort at the top.Tomorrow’s 17th stage is a brutal mountain trek in the Alps, over 170km and ending in Meribel at the top of the Col de la Loze, 2,304 metres above sea level.
2016 Final Eight set to dunk off in LagosTen players from the Zenith Bank sponsored National Women Basketball championship have made the list of the 25 players called to camp ahead of preparations for the Olympics qualifiers coming up in Nante, France, between June 13 and 19, 2016.Among those that made the list, five are drawn from First Bank’s Elephant Girls, and one each from; Benue Queens, Customs, IGP Queens, Plateau Rocks and also from the current champions, Dolphins of Lagos.Nigeria qualified for the play-off in France after placing third at the continental AfroBasketball championship for Women in Cameroun late last year. Meanwhile, teams have arrived Lagos for the Final Eight of the league’s 12th edition, which begins this morning at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Defending Champions, Dolphins Basketball Club of Lagos and eight-time league champions, Elephant Girls owned by First Bank Plc, will join six other teams namely; Customs, Delta Force, AHIP Queens of Kano, IGP Queens, Benue Princess and Plateau Rocks to complete for the grand prize.According to a statement by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), today and tomorrow have been set aside for arrivals of the teams and the meeting of the League’s Technical Committee. Actual competition is expected to start on Saturday, May 7.As part of the high points for this year’s competition, the ‘All Stars Match’ with players drawn from across 13 teams, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11; while the grand finale to decide who emerges the 2016 champions is scheduled for Thursday, May 12.Sources from the sponsors revealed yesterday that “the bank is prepared to give the players good fun throughout the duration of the championship, to climax with an ‘after competition party’ scheduled on the day of the finals to treat the winners and remaining teams to a grand cocktail to round off this edition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Tuesday inaugurated the Federationâ€™s newly â€“composed Audit Committee and the Technical Study Group at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja, declaring them â€œcritical panels that have much to contribute to Nigerian Footballâ€™s development.â€The NFF supremo poured encomiums on Executive Committee member, Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi, who heads the Audit Committee and will celebrate his 60thbirthday next week, saying â€œOtunba is a fit and proper person for the role given his huge experience in the financial sector and his calm, collected and matured disposition.â€œThe Audit Committee will complement the efforts of our external auditors, PriceWaterHouse Coopers and much is expected of them.â€ Pinnick also declared that the Technical Study Group would function as a committee, collating, analysing and putting at the disposal of the Federation, data and new thinking that can enhance the rapid development of the Nigeria game.â€œThe Chairman, Alhaji Abba Yola needs no introduction. He is someone who has seen it all in sports administration and we thank him immensely for accepting to serve Nigerian Football in this capacity. In due course, members of the Technical Study Group will be attached to the various National Teams to impact on those teams.â€Otunba Dele-Ajayi promised that his committee would work in tandem with the external auditors to enhance even further the reliability of NFFâ€™s financial records, for the good of the game. He thanked the NFF for the opportunity given to the members to serve.On his part, Yola said: â€œI commend the NFF for coming up with a panel like the Technical Study Group. We will work as a group and with the Technical Committee, and in the interest of all the National Teams, including the U13.â€NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi urged the committees to route their reports through the proper channels without making public their recommendations, while also thanking them for accepting to serve the nation.Also at the occasion were NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme; Mr. Taribo West (Vice Chairman, TSG); Mr. James Peters (Member, TSG); Coach Bitrus Bewarang (Technical Director); Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications); Suleiman Tegina (Deputy Director, Audit) and; Tunde Aderibigbe (Head of Protocol).Audit Committee: Sunday Dele-Ajayi (Chairman); Mohammed Alkali (Vice Chairman); Shariff Abdullahi (Member); Abubakar Ladan (Member); Yahuza Adamu (Member); Ayodeji Alabi (Member); Ezra Godit (Member); Ogheneochuko Ambakederemo (Member); Imama Tukur (Member); Isa Matori (Member); Suleiman Tegina (Secretary)Technical Study Group: Abba Yola (Chairman); Taribo West (Vice Chairman); Bernard Ogbe (Member); Augustine â€˜Jay Jayâ€™ Okocha (Member); Tijjani Babangida (Member); Victor Agali (Member); Tunde Adelakun (Member); Adegoke Adelabu (Member); James Peters (Member); Clement Nwankpa (Member); Ibikunle Solaja (Member); Yusuf Dauda (Member); Ubale Yusuf (Member); Sule Gwagwarja (Member); Godwin Enakhena (Member); Mike Idoko (Member); Chukwumah Ubah (Member); Bitrus Bewarang (Secretary)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Defending champion, Real Madrid cruised into the Champions League quarterfinals with Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half goal helping them to a 2-1 victory at Paris St Germain yesterday as the 12-time European champions went through 5-2 on aggregate.Ronaldo headed home seven minutes into the second half and Casemiro added a second 10 minutes from time against a toothless PSG, who were without their injured talisman Neymar and had Marco Verratti sent off for a second booking in the 66th minute.Ronaldo scored for the ninth Champions League game in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record in the competition, before PSG striker Edinson Cavani equalised with 19 minutes left, only for Casemiro to give Real victory at the Parc des Princes. In the other match of the night, Liverpool played out a goalless scoreline against FC Porto at Anfield but qualify 5-0 from the first leg resultZinedine Zidane’s side, who are 15 points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga, were solid throughout as the home side rarely threatened and fully deserved their win.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram