Nigeria Rules ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Championships in Togo

first_imgNigeria successfully defended the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championships in Lome, Togo at the weekend.The 12-man Nigerian team garnered 950 points at the ten-day tournaments which featured 111 players from 11 countries.The win reaffirms Nigeria’s status as the regional superpower as Mohammed Ubale-tutored team fights off strong challenge from Cote d’Ivoire to keep the regional title for the six-straight year. Benin Republic and Cameroun came third and fourth with 780 and 715 points respectively.Cote d’Ivoire, who finished second on 800 points, had threatened to dethrone Nigeria after Day 6 restricting the defending champions to one gold, one silver and one bronze but Nigeria had a strong finish to post another memorable outing at the tournament which serves as qualifiers for the African Junior Championships billed for South Africa in March.Aside from emerging the overall winners, Nigeria’s impressive display saw the boys’ team bagged qualification for the Junior Davis Cup as well as the World Team Cup while the girls’ team also secured their place in the Junior Fed Cup. All the tournaments will hold later in the year and this is also the first time Nigeria will be qualifying for all the tournaments from a single competition.Nigeria Tennis Federation President, Sani Ndanusa expressed delight at the performance of Nigerian players stating that the federation’s commitment to the development of the game particularly at junior level will be sustained with renewed vigour.Nigeria’s title hope was almost slipping off with the injury sustained by Marylove Edward which forced her to forfeit the girls’ 14 and under title to compatriot, Oyinlomo Quadri and more crucially, her withdrawal from the doubles which denied the country a significant number of points but the team still prove its superiority with half of its representatives securing their places in the AJC.In addition to Oyinlomo and Marylove, the quartet of Michael Osewa, Michael Ayoola, Matthew Abamu and David Dawariye, who defeated Andre Sydina of Senegal to the last ticket in the boys’ 14 and under category, will be rubbing shoulders with qualifiers from other regions of the continents. It also means Nigeria has the highest number of qualifiers from the CAT Zone 2. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dybala’s Brace Gives Juventus Vital 3-0 Win over Barca

first_imgDybala fired Juve ahead in the seventh minute and added the second goal before the half hour while defender Giorgio Chiellini headed in the third early in the second half in another rousing Juventus performance.It could have been worse for Barca as Gonzalo Higuain, usually Juve’s most dangerous marksman, missed two chances that he would usually have snapped up.This evening, Bayern Munich will host Real Madrid while Atletico will square up against Leicester City.Meanwhile, in the other match that was supposed to be played yesterday, Police confirmed that there were three explosions around the Dortmund team busBorussia Dortmund’s Champions League quarter-final with Monaco has been postponed after the Dortmund team bus was damaged by an explosion.The German team confirmed that defender Marc Bartra was injured in an incident near their hotel and required hospital treatment.The match will now be played at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion at 17:45 BST tonight.Police confirmed there had been three explosions in the area of the team bus.Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “There has been an attack with explosives on the team bus.“The whole team is in a state of shock – you can’t get pictures like that out of your head.”Windows were broken on the bus, which was six miles from the stadium at the time of the incident at around 18:00 BST, and former Barcelona centre-back Bartra was sent to hospital, reportedly with minor injuries.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted his support, wishing Bartra a quick recovery, as did his former club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram .explosion hit Dortmund and Monaco matchPaulo Dybala upstaged his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi by scoring two exquisitely taken goals to set Juventus on the way to an emphatic 3-0 win over an underwhelming Barcelona in the Champions League yesterday.Spanish side, who overcame a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the previous round to beat Paris St Germain, will have to pull a similar trick out of the hat after being comprehensively outplayed in the quarter-final first leg.last_img read more

Gubernatorial candidates say California needs government reform

first_imgCalifornia gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman met face-to-face Tuesday night to discuss their plans for the economy, upcoming propositions and the role of the government in their third live debateHot button · Gordon Stables (left), director of debate at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, moderates a panel debate between former Sen. Kevin Murray and former press secretary Margarita Thompson. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a debate watch and panel, where former California State Sen. Kevin Murray and Margarita Thompson, former press secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, discussed what they believed were weak points in the candidates’ platforms and what they saw as a lack of charisma in each.“[Brown should] stay safe; no major booms, and hope that [Whitman] makes a mistake,” Murray said. “Show them who you are, show personality and show people they can have a connection with you.”Thompson said the recent drama surrounding the candidates’ campaigns were examples of what attracted voters.“The media has proven that negative campaigning works,” she said.During the debate, former eBay CEO Whitman began by speaking about a vision for California.“Today what I see is the California dream is broken. Not everyone gets the chance to live their life,” Whitman said. “I was very lucky. … I really lived the California dream. I don’t think my story would be possible in any other country in the world.”Both Brown and Whitman reiterated the points they made in previous debates, such as Brown’s positions on pension plan reform and increasing funds to state education.Whitman emphasized her plan to reduce the size of the state government and create jobs.“We need to use technology to do more with less,” she said. “We need to shrink the size of government, we need to have fewer people working.”When asked by debate host Tom Brokaw about the recent revelation that Whitman had employed an illegal immigrant for nine years, she responded with her intended course of action to enforce border control.“We have to hold employers accountable for hiring only documented workers,” Whitman said. “We’ve got to secure the border, hold employers accountable, eliminate sanctuary cities.”Brown, however, said he believed the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the federal government.“We need a comprehensive immigration reform on the federal level,” Brown said. “These are real people, these are mothers, dads and kids, and they have this fear.”Brokaw also addressed a taped phone conversation in which one of Brown’s campaign staffers referred to Whitman as a “whore.”“Again, Ms. Whitman, I’m sorry it happened. It does not represent anything other than what happens in the campaign,” Brown said.Whitman said, however, that the slur was more than just a comment.“So Jerry, it’s not just me, it’s the people of California who deserve better than slurs or personal attacks,” she said.Alex Villosuerte, a senior majoring in history who identified himself as a liberal, said both candidates focused on the negatives.“There have been a lot of attacks, and it seems like it’s 60 percent attacks and 40 percent about things they’ll do,” Villosuerte said.Peter Kim, a sophomore majoring in political science who identified himself  as a Republican, said he would vote for Brown because of his past experience.“They are trying to solve a fundamental budget problem that only someone like Brown with the know-how will be able to tackle,” he said.last_img read more

Could Tokyo Olympics 2021 be in doubt? Survey shows disgruntlement in Japanese companies

first_img 3 weeks ago Hoge in four-way tie for Wyndham lead after two rounds 3 weeks ago UK’s Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 21st August, 2020 18:37 IST Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 18:37 IST Could Tokyo Olympics 2021 Be In Doubt? Survey Shows Disgruntlement In Japanese Companies Tokyo Olympics 2021 could be in trouble after a survey conducted by Tokyo Shoko Research showed half of the Japanese companies want it cancelled/postponed again COMMENT WE RECOMMEND 3 weeks ago Events around the UK mark 75th anniversary of VJ Day LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE 2 weeks ago National Sports Award’s dignity has to be maintained: Sushil Kumar 2 weeks ago Narsingh Yadav returns to national wrestling as Olympics hopeful after 4-year doping ban Written By Sporting activities worldwide came to a standstill in March due to COVID-19 pandemic with players been forced to put themselves under self-isolation. One major sporting event that received a major setback was the Tokyo Olympics which was earlier scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9 this year.Also Read: Tokyo Olympics 2021 To Cost IOC Additional $800 Million: Thomas BachWhile the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the Olympics until next year, a recent survey suggests that half of the Japanese companies want the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be cancelled or postponed again. Back in March, a report emerged claiming that Japan is officially spending close to $12.6 billion to organise the Olympic Games, but a national audit put the figure at more than twice that figure. Also Read: Usain Bolt Net Worth, Records, Personal Life And THAT 9.58 Second FeatTokyo Olympics 2021: A number of Japanese companies want Olympics postponed Japanese news agency kyodo on Thursday reported that in the online survey done by Tokyo Shoko Research, which covered 12,857 companies, 27.8% want the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be cancelled while 25.8% said the Olympic Games should be postponed again. The report further states that Xinhua has claimed that a combined 53.6% of the responding firms are against holding the Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8, 2021.Also Read: Thom Brennaman Suspended From NFL Broadcasting Team After Using An anti-gay Slur On Air The report further states that the survey, which was conducted between July 28 and August 11, shows that 46.2% want the Olympic Games to go ahead in some way while 22.5 % are in favour of holding the Tokyo Olympics 2021 as planned. Another 18.4% want Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be held but with fewer spectators, while 5.3% want the Olympic Games to be held without any spectators.Also Read: Conor McGregor To Return To UFC? Irish Star Drops Hint On Diaz Rematch Anniversary PostPV Sindhu and Sushil Kumar eye glory at Tokyo Olympics 2021 Back in 2016, when the Olympics were held in Rio, Brazil, Indian badminton star PV Sindhu made the country proud by winning a silver medal in the singles event. Sindhu was all set to fight for a gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2021. However, with COVID-19 forcing the Olympic Games to be postponed, PV Sindhu welcomed the move, saying that nothing is more important than human life.On the other hand, Sushil Kumar could be playing in his final Olympic Games and the wrestler will look to sign off in style. The 37-year-old was struggling to make the cut for Tokyo Olympics 2021, however, the postponement of the event due to COVID-19 has only given him another chance to have a shot at winning a medal. Image credits: Olympics/Instagram FOLLOW US Suraj Alva last_img read more