Zenith /Delta Principals’ Cup: Finalists to Emerge Today

first_imgThe two finalists for the 2019 edition of the Delta State Principals’ Cup football competition sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc will emerge today.The tournament which started on September 30 is a developmental Secondary Schools competition revived only three years ago courtesy of a partnership arrangement involving the Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration and the Zenith Bank. The tournament was in limbo for close to three years.Over 850 teams started the competition which produced one winner in each of the 25 Local Governments in the state before the Zonal stage where eight quarterfinalists emerged. Today at the Kwale Township Stadium, Zappa Secondary School, Asaba from Oshimili South LG will clash with Destiny Secondary School from Ughelli North LG in one of the semifinal ties.In the second semis slated for the Ughelli Township Stadium, College of Commerce from Warri South LG will clash with Okotie-Eboh Government School from the Sapele LG in an encounter that promises to be explosive due to the previous run of both sides in the competition.According to the Head of Technical Committee of the competition, Lucky Sunday, the two matches will start at 2pm in Kwale and Ughelli respectively.Meanwhile, Sponsors of the tournament, Zenith Bank, has congratulated the last four teams of the 2019 edition of the competition.Group Managing Director of the bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, hailed the feat achieved by the four teams remaining in the competition.“Over 850 schools started the preliminaries and so the last four teams standing have done well. They are all winners and deserve to be commended. We are happy to be helping in the development on these young kids who are the future stars tomorrow,” Onyeagwu said.Earlier this week, sponsors of the competition, Zenith Bank, boosted the morale of the semifinalists by providing them with new kits.Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba is the venue of the final match scheduled to take place on November 21.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Powerful programs hit Puerto Rico

first_imgA little snow and cold can’t stop the Wisconsin women’s golf team from starting its season this upcoming weekend. Instead, the Badgers will head to Puerto Rico to participate in what should be a very competitive Lady Puerto Rico Classic.This will mark the second time the Badgers have hit the road this year, as earlier this month, the frequent-flying Badgers traveled to Arizona and defeated Minnesota in the annual Wisconsin-Minnesota Cup.The Badgers will look to build on that success as they begin the tournament portion of their schedule. To do so will require the Badgers to be in top form early in the season, as the Lady Puerto Rico Classic boasts a field with five teams in the National Golf Coaches Association Top 25 poll, including Lady Puerto Rico Classic host No. 3 Purdue.”With a field like that, we will definitely have to be on our game [to compete], but I don’t think that should be a problem,” UW head coach Todd Oehrlein said. “We’ve had a good week of preparation, and we feel good with what we’ve been working on in the offseason. Our swings are in good shape, and if we get the short game going, we should be fine.”Oehrlein added the team has been practicing daily at the Golf Dome near its home course, University Ridge, as well as in the Kohl Center, where the team has a practice putting green. All the practice indoors on mats, however, cannot completely offer the full experience of actual conditions.”If I have any concerns, it would be that it is really hard — if not impossible — to replicate hitting off grass and getting the feel for the short game,” Oehrlein explained.If the Badgers are to have a successful weekend, they will need continued solid play from several underclassmen. Freshmen Jeana Dahl and Isabel Alvarez, along with sophomores Katie Elliott and Carissa Werlinger, figure to be key contributors throughout the season.Oehrlein has been most impressed by the freshman duo.”What [Dahl and Alvarez] have been able to accomplish already is unbelievable,” Oehrlein said. “For Jeana to come in as a freshman and lead the team in scoring, and [for] Isabel to adjust to school and also contribute to the team as well as she has, is very impressive.”Dahl, a true freshman from Fargo, N.D., established herself as one of the Badgers’ best golfers this fall after posting a team-best scoring average of 76.9 in 15 rounds.Alvarez comes to the Badgers from Gijon, Spain, where she played for two years as a member of the Spanish national team. After much international competition, she fired a 75 in her first collegiate round and a 76 in the Wisconsin-Minnesota Cup, signaling her arrival to the collegiate golf scene.Elliott posted a personal-best 70 in the Wisconsin-Minnesota Cup and registered the team’s second-best scoring average last year. Werlinger returns to action this year after taking a redshirt ’04-’05 season.The young Badgers will look to the team’s only two seniors, Jackie Obermueller and Lindsay McMillan, to provide leadership on top of critical scores. Oehrlein feels the team is in good hands.”Jackie and Lindsay lead by example, which really helps the team come together,” the coach said.Obermueller and McMillan are also the only two Badgers to have played in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic before, having played as freshmen in 2003, the last time Wisconsin made the trip to the tournament. There will be no course familiarity, however, as the tournament is being played at a different site this year.”We don’t know a lot about the course,” Oehrlein said. “We will play a practice round and then develop a plan of attack.”Cocoa Beach Golf Club is a Tom Kite-designed course, which plays to 6,000 yards and a par 72.last_img read more

Syracuse prepares to limit Gardner after Marquette center scored 26 points in last meeting

first_imgWASHINGTON – Just more than a month ago, Devante Gardner barreled his way around the middle of Syracuse’s zone, using his size and his deceptively quick feet to get to the rim. The Orange couldn’t stop him inside, and Gardner finished with 26 points in a game where he essentially overmatched Syracuse’s centers.The Orange has a second chance at limiting the damage the 6-foot-8, 290-pound Gardner inflicts upon its big men, and that could be critical in Syracuse beating Marquette in the Elite 8 on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Off the bench, Gardner gives the Golden Eagles a spark and a scoring punch. Despite his size, Gardner’s athletic and agile, and combined with his thick frame, he can be an overwhelming force in the paint.“He’s big and he knows how to use his feet,” Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita said. “He’s really good with his footwork. He is big and athletic, and knows how to use his body.”Two days after shutting down one of the best centers in the game in Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Keita and the Orange have one more standout center they have to control. Through 34 games, Gardner’s averaging 11.4 points, which is second on the team, and he makes 58.2 percent of his attempts.Making matters even more challenging is his success at the free-throw line. Gardner is hitting 84.4 percent of his shots from the stripe.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs opposed to Zeller, who was adept at catching the ball in the high post and quickly passing back out to the arc, Gardner’s more apt to use his body and knock into his defenders all the way to the basket. He creates space for himself to either make a basket, or grab a rebound.Back on Feb. 25, Marquette rode Gardner’s broad shoulders to a win over Syracuse. Gardner scored 26 points, made all seven of his attempts from the field, and grabbed eight rebounds, which were evenly split on the offensive and defensive glass.As a team, the Golden Eagles finished the game with 15 second-chance points.“We’ve just got to try and get around him, not fight with him as much,” Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas said, “and if he gets the ball in there, wall him up because he’s not going to try to jump you, he’s a big dude, we’ve just got to wall him up.”But Gardner said he doesn’t expect to have an easy repeat performance. Gardner said Friday he thinks the Orange will change the defense it uses against him and won’t make it as easy for him to score.But there’s nothing Syracuse can do about this size. That’s how he makes room to go to work near the rim.“Bang into them, because they’re so small, bang into them,” Gardner said. “They’ll back up so I can get my shot off.”Marquette forward Juan Anderson said the first time he saw Gardner was on an official visit to the MU campus. At first, he figured he’d be slow on the court because of his size.But Gardner was anything but slow-footed.“But don’t let it fool you. Davante, he’s really fast, quick on his feet,” Anderson said. “The way I look at Davante, he’s like an overweight 3-man, 2-guard. He passes the ball really well, he’s really skilled. A lot of people sleep on him, that’s their mistake.”Syracuse also has to worry about sending him to the free-throw line. With his 84.4 percent clip from the line, Gardner can do much of his scoring there. Against the Orange last month, he went 12-of-13 from the line, and said he was mad at himself for missing one.He said growing up, his parents constantly stressed the importance of hitting free throws. The focus wasn’t on making layups or outside shots, but on free throws. Gardner has 16 games this season where he’s hit at least five free throws, and three games where he drained more than 10.Still, the main focus for Syracuse is to keep Gardner out of the paint. Forward Jerami Grant said that hurt the Orange last month at Marquette, and it could hurt again Saturday if the problem isn’t corrected.“He’s definitely lighter on his feet than you would think,” Grant said. “He’s a big guy but he can still move like smaller big guys. It’s definitely kind of deceptive. We’ve just to keep him out of the lane.” Comments Related Stories Last time they played: Marquette 74, Syracuse 71How Marquette got to the Elite EightSyracuse’s zone has caught opponents off guard, but Marquette will be ready Published on March 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Heaney, Angels blank Padres 2-0 to spoil Clevinger’s debut

first_imgLast Updated: 4th September, 2020 08:18 IST Heaney, Angels Blank Padres 2-0 To Spoil Clevinger’s Debut Andrew Heaney allowed only three hits over seven innings and the Los Angeles Angels defeated San Diego 2-0 on Thursday, spoiling Mike Clevinger’s debut with the Padres Andrew Heaney allowed only three hits over seven innings and the Los Angeles Angels defeated San Diego 2-0 on Thursday, spoiling Mike Clevinger’s debut with the Padres.With most of the attention focused on Clevinger, who was acquired in a multiplayer deal with Cleveland before Monday’s trade deadline, it was Heaney (3-2) who ended up pitching a gem. The right-hander struck out six and walked two while throwing a career-high 117 pitches.Mike Mayers and Felix Peña each worked a scoreless inning in handing the Padres their second shutout this season. San Diego had won 12 of its last 15 and entered the day leading the majors in runs scored. It was Peña’s second career save and his first since 2016.Clevinger (1-2) didn’t have a sharp outing against the Angels, who drafted him in 2011 before trading him to the Indians three years later. The 29-year-old long-haired right-hander — who is nicknamed “Sunshine” — came in with a 4-0 career mark against Los Angeles and allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings.Clevinger didn’t retire the Angels in order until the sixth and allowed the leadoff batter aboard in each of the first four innings.Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton each had two hits and an RBI for the Angels, who snapped a three-game losing streak.Jared Walsh’s double led off the third before he scored on a one-out single by Simmons.Los Angeles added to its lead in the fourth on Upton’s RBI single. Anthony Rendon led off the inning with a triple after Wil Myers was unable to make a diving catch in right field.WEB GEMThe Angels could have had more runs in the third, but San Diego left fielder Jurickson Profar was able to cleanly field Simmons’ single on the bounce and fired a throw to third to get Jo Adell for the second out.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: Myers came off the injured list after a one-day stint. San Diego has been cautious with players who have shown even the slightest of COVID-19 symptoms.Angels: IF David Fletcher was placed on the injured list retroactive to Monday after spraining his left ankle during Sunday’s loss to Seattle.UP NEXTPadres: RHP Zach Davies (5-2, 2.61 ERA) has won his last three starts as San Diego opens a three-game series at Oakland.Angels: RHP Dylan Bundy (4-2, 2.47 ERA) is fourth in the AL in ERA as Los Angeles begins a four-game set against Houston. Bundy has allowed one run or fewer in four of his seven starts.Image credits: AP COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Written Bycenter_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV First Published: 4th September, 2020 08:18 ISTlast_img read more

IMF says T&T economy improving

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the economy of Trinidad and Tobago is slowly recovering from a prolonged recession from energy supply shocks and low energy prices.“With signs of improvement driven by energy sector growth from the second half of 2017, the economy is expected to return to positive growth in 2018 as the recovery takes hold in the non-energy sector,” said the Washington-based financial institution in a statement on Friday after conclusion of the 2018 Article IV Mission.Progress in fiscal consolidation“Good progress is being made in implementing fiscal consolidation,” it added. “As growth gathers pace, policies should focus on completing the fiscal adjustment, while insulating the economy from future commodity price swings within a medium-term fiscal policy framework, and on creating an enabling environment for the non-energy sector as an engine of growth. “The strong recovery in gas production in 2017 had knock-on effects on downstream industries, while oil production remained largely flat, at a historically low level,” the IMF said. “The weak non-energy sector dampened the overall growth, reflecting weak activity in construction, financial services and trade; continued shortage of foreign exchange and slow implementation of public investment projects weighed on the sector.”Decline in inflationThe IMF said headline inflation fell to historic lows of 1.9 percent in 2017 on weak aggregate demand, and further to 1.1 percent in April.While remaining at relatively low levels, the IMF said the unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in the second quarter 2017 from 4.4 percent in second quarter 2016, up from 3.3 percent in second quarter in 2014, with youth unemployment at an estimated 12 percent in 2017, compared with 7.9 percent in 2014.The IMF recommended that the strategy focus on completing the adjustment, while insulating the economy from future commodity swings; and creating an enabling environment for the non-energy sector to be an engine of growth.“This growth should include improved FX access, business-friendly environment, diversification efforts, reduced crime, and “growth-friendly, efficiency-enhancing public investments.”last_img read more

KSV eSports joins forces with Korean finance firm

first_imgMirae Asset Venture InvestmentGlobal esports organisation, KSV eSports, has partnered with South Korean accounting firm Mirae Asset Venture Investment to provide assistance with wealth management for all of KSV’s players.KSV eSports is committed to assisting its players in every way, or so it seems, already providing nutrition services physical training, English tutoring, and even media training. This approach to esports is taking cues from traditional sports, possibly helping to cement the competitive gaming industry as a viable career path.KSV eSports is currently part of the Overwatch League with its franchise team Seoul Dynasty, which is innovative in its own right – offering pension schemes and a generous standard wage of at least $50,000 (£35,038). KSV eSports also competes in titles such as League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Commenting on the new partnership, KSV eSports CEO, Kevin Chou, said: “Our players are professional athletes and deserve nothing less than the best quality support and treatment.”“KSV is proud to lead the initiative for esports organizations to provide its athletes with important financial planning services to further develop responsible and respected professionals competing at the highest level,” he continued.Justin Kim, General Manager at Mirae Asset Venture Investment, explained why the company decided to partner with the esports organisation to provide its services: “The esports industry is rapidly expanding, as are player salaries. We commend KSV for ensuring its players with varying degrees of life experience have access to quality financial management services to feel financially safe, comfortable, and empowered. This furthers KSV’s leadership vision of guiding esports to the global championship stage.”Esports Insider says: This is another step forward for the esports industry, proving that it deserves the same level of attention and care as any other sport. With the wages and prize money that a number of pro players are receiving these days, wealth management can only be a good thing and this is a sensible move by KSV.last_img read more

Preview: Ghana Vs Guinea

first_imgThis Friday October 10, we are heading north of Africa, to the Maghreb region, specificall yto Morocco:  the land where the sun sets; the land of Djellaba and of course, the land of the exotic Berber dance. In the city of Casablanca, Guinea would “host” Ghana in the third round qualifier for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Yes you heard me right, Guinea would “host” in Casablanca because that’s how far the deadly virus,Ebola, has taken Guinea’s Syli Nationale and Ghana’s Black Stars. Considered unsafe by CAF for football, Guinea have had to adopt Casablanca as its home grounds for the qualifiers and has already played and beaten Togo there. Well, that was Togo. InGhana; Guinea would have to contend with a stronger customer, one ready to chart a new chapter after a chaotic last few months. Both teams, it seems, have their peculiar challenges in camp before kick off on the green grass.  Should we acquaint ourselves with these challenges by infiltrating their camps? Yes we should! CAMP NEWSIn Guinea’s camp you would find returnee coach, Michel Dussuyer, taking his players through various drills. His calm demeanor belies his anxiety. Dussuyer, who is on a second stint, finds their AFCON qualification diminishing after a 2-0 loss to Uganda on match day 2. He would know that his work is cut out; beat Ghana and revive qualification hopes or lose and forget about the 2015 AFCON. Dussuyer’sjob hasn’t been made easier with injury to three of his big cards: Guy Michel Landel, Kevin Constant and Captain KamilZayatte. The absence of Constant, formerly of AC Milan and Zayatte of English side Sheffield Wednesday, could adversely disturb Dussuyer’s plans. He has called up three local players to fill in, but really,it’s more of quantitative, rather than qualitative replacements. In Ghana’s camp, there is little worry by way of Injuries, but there’s a new man in charge, well not that new. Maxwell Konadu, who assisted “fired” coach, KwesiAppiah has been elevated to head coach on temporary basis and would be in charge for the double header against Guinea; the Casablanca clash and return leg on October 15, in Tamale. So, while the personnel remain the same, the man to call the team has changed. What kind of calls, in terms of formation and deployment of players, would Konadu make? Would his starting eleven vary significantly from that of his former boss? Would the team feed off the usual new manager bounce to deal with the Guinean threat? That’s the air of uncertainty surrounding the Black Stars in Konadu’s first assignment. A lot however would be clearer on match day when the two teams line up. PROBABLE LINE UPSWhen the two teams emerge from the tunnel, Guinea would most likely have in goal NabbyYattara, a bench warmer for French second division side,Arles-Avignon. In the absence of captain Zayatte, who has over 40 caps, Yattara would be protected by a relatively inexperienced backline of Fode Camara from local side Horoya AC,Toulouse left back Issiaga Sylla, Abdoulaye Cissé of Angers, France and Belgium based DjibrilTamsirPaye. This backline is largely inactive and could come unstuck against Ghana’s sharp attack. In midfield, young Naby Keita, 19 years, will play box to box while the lanky BoubacarFofona of Portugal’s Sporting Madeira, would sit and destruct play.On Guinea’s wings will be players who can do damage; Borussia Mönchengladbach’s IbrahimaTroare will operate from the left, while Ibrahima Conte of Anderlecht will hug the lines from the right. Both Ibrahimas are blessed with pace and trickery and with Ghana’s full backs’ propensity for joining the attack, Guinea will find a lot of Joy on the wings. In a two pronged attack, Guinea will field SeydoubaSoumah from Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia and IdrissaSylla of Belgium side, ZulteWaregem. These two, have been the outlet for Guinea’s goals and Idrissa especially, would have to be tracked, as he is quiet good at evading markers and sneaking in on goal. All eyes will be on Maxwell Konadu’s first team sheet, but really it shouldn’t take any hard guesses to predict that Stephen Adams will continue in goal after debuting versus Togo. Harrison Afful will be at right back and Augsburg’s Baba Rahman will be deployed at left back. The central defensive pair of Jonathan Mensah and Awal Mohammed will continue from the Togo game as well. In front of the defense will be Rabiu Mohammed and Kwadwo Asamoah with Christian Atsu and DedeAyew on the wings while Jordan Ayew leads the attack and supported closely by Captain Asamoah Gyan.Both teams have lopsided teams; crafty players upfront but shaky backline. It would thus be no surprise if this game turns out to be a high scoring one. It could end in a 3-2 victory for Ghana as the Black Stars are a shade ahead in quality. If that happens, in Konadu’s eyes, Morroco, wouldn’t be the land where the sun sets; it would be one, where it rises.last_img read more

WATCH: Steelers’ chance at game-tying field goal slips away

first_imgThe Steelers failed to force overtime against the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday. Chris Boswell lined up for a 40-yard attempt with Pittsburgh trailing 24-21 and just five seconds left. A make would, of course, send the game into an extra period barring a miraculous score from the Raiders in regulation.  WATCH: Dolphins defeat Patriots on miraculous final play The Raiders went on to win 24-21 and gave the Steelers their third-consecutive loss. Pittsburgh hasn’t won in Oakland since 1995. Unfortunately for Boswell, he couldn’t stay on his feet. WHAT A WAY TO LOSE IT 😳 The Raiders hand the Steelers their third straight loss.📺:FOX #PITvsOAKpic.twitter.com/Dzi6zMnjjU— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 10, 2018Boswell slipped while making contact with the ball and the kick was ultimately blocked by Oakland. Related Newslast_img read more

Clippers vs. Warriors: Live updates for Game 2 and how to watch information

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum L.A. Clippers at Golden State WarriorsRelated Articles How to watch information: What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Durant apologized for the ejection and spoke about how he needs to “keep his mouth shut” when Beverley defends him. The L.A. Clippers return to Oracle Arena for Game 2 of the series against the Golden State Warriors, the defending NBA champion.The Warriors lead the series 1-0 after taking Game 1 Saturday in a 121-104 rout of the Clippers.Despite the score, the series opener didn’t lack intensity after a feisty exchange between Warriors’ Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley of the Clippers set a tone.Both were ejected late in the fourth and enter Game 2 with two technical fouls apiece of the seven allotted in the playoffs. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory When: Monday, 7:30 p.m. PTTV: TNT, Fox Prime TicketStream: Fox SportsLive updates:Viewing on a mobile device? Click here.last_img read more

Annual report shows an increase in students and teachers in public schools

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa’s public schools saw an increase in students and teachers in the last year.Iowa Department of Education spokesman, Jay Pennington, says the latest Condition of Education report shows an increase of nearly 1,388 students. “This is the eighth consecutive increase in student enrollment after about a 17-year decline,” according to Pennington. “So, it’s nice to see continued, sustained growth in our schools.” There were 487,652 students in the school system in the last year.Pennington says the increase is similar to the slow population growth of the state as whole. “Other places are growing at faster rates — but I think it’s definitely good for Iowa schools to see sustained, continued growth,” he says. He says that growth has included an increase in another area.“While we’re seeing overall growth in the student population, we’re also seeing more and more diversity in our schools,” Pennington says.”In the most recent year, we have just under 25 percent or one-in-four students in Iowa schools is now a student of color.” The percent of students whose native language is not English is 6.5% — up from 6.1% the year before.Pennington says the state also has more teachers — an upward trend that started in 2001. “We seen about an addition of 3,700 teachers over that period of time. We’ve also seen a significant increase in the average salaries of educators. So, I think two really good pieces of data from the most recent report.”The 37,386 full-time teachers in public schools in the last year compares to 33,610 in the 2000-2001 year. The average salary is now $57,463. That ranks Iowa at 21st in the nation for average salary compared to 22nd the year before.Pennington says there are a lot of good numbers in the report — including an increase in the number of students taking higher-level mathematics, including calculus, statistics and trigonometry courses. But he says there is still a lot of area for improvement.“With the most recent data — we know that for the class of 2019 — 33 percent of students took physics. And while that is an all-time high — we know that there’s still 66 percent of students who are not taking that key course within high school.”The report says the amount of state money spent on each student went up by 333 dollars to $10,536. That ranks the state per-pupil expense 30th in the nation ahead of other the nearby states of Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and South Dakota. You can see the full report on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.last_img read more