RelatedPosts Ajayi wins Ondo FA election, begs for stakeholders’ support NFF puts Ondo FA’s local council elections on hold Ondo FA declares congress by suspended members illegal The Vice-Chairman of Ondo State Football Association, Henry Akingboju, on Saturday said the association had always been fully compliant in providing medical facilities and personnel during matches in the state. Akingboju told the News Agency of Nigeria in Akure that the association had on its part always ensured that all necessary provisions were made. “We take care to forestall unseen circumstances before, during and after matches,” he said. Akingboju told NAN that all the conditions for a hitch-free match, as directed by the League Management Company, had always been met by the state FA. He added that this was always in conjunction with the management of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure and other relevant stakeholders. He said: “We have always ensured that matches went on according to the rules. “And, as regards new directives, we on our part in Ondo State will definitely get it right. “We will do the needful to ensure we have hitch-free matches in our stadium. “I will direct the (FA) Secretary to liaise with the ambulance man and I will personally see the Chairman of Sunshine Stars FC so that we can continue to get it right. “Necessary measures will also be put in place before our next home match.” NAN reports that the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, had issued directives on the provision of medical facilities and personnel at venues of league matches. The directives, which were later echoed by the Nigeria Football Federation and the LMC, were in the wake of the death of Chineme Martins on Sunday in Lafia. Martins, then of Nasarawa United, had died during their Match Day 23 in the Nigeria Professional Football League against visiting Katsina United. His death came after he slumped while standing alone in his team’s half of the pitch, and the failure to get proper and immediate medical attention must have been a cause. The incident led to the directive that no NPFL match should go ahead henceforth without the adequate provision of medical facilities and personnel at the venue. Speaking also, Tajudeen Akinyemi, Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency, managers of Sunshine Stars, said the agency had always complied with all medical measures necessary in the game of football. Akinyemi said the agency was also working on the areas which needed improvement as stipulated by the LMC. NAN reports that Sunshine Stars’ next match is against Enyimba International FC of Aba in a rescheduled Week 21 fixture of the NPFL. NAN.Tags: Henry AkingbojuOndo satte FAOndo State Football Association
Wellington: New Zealand spinner Todd Astle has decided to step back from long-form cricket and has made himself unavailable for the upcoming New Zealand A First-Class series against India A in Christchurch.Astle, who made his Test debut in 2012, has only played five Tests over the course of eight years. He last played earlier this month against Australia in Sydney. In the five matches, he picked up seven wickets at 52.57 and scored 98 runs at 19.60.The 33-year-old said he’d given the decision a lot of thought and felt it was time to move forward with a white-ball focus.“Playing Test cricket was always the dream and I’m so honoured to have represented my country and province in the longest form of the game,” Astle said in an official statement published on the Canterbury Cricket website.“Red-ball cricket is the pinnacle, but also requires a huge amount of time and effort. As I’ve got to the back end of my career I’ve found it harder to maintain the level of commitment required to be fully invested in this version of the game.“I’m really proud of what I’ve been able to achieve with Canterbury and the Black Caps. To have the opportunity to play a Test against Australia at the SCG was an experience I’ll always cherish.“I’m excited to now focus all my energy into the white-ball formats, as well as give more time to my young family and new business,” he added.Astle has had a successful first-class career. Since his first-class debut in 2005, he has played 119 matches, scoring over 4000 runs and picking up 334 wickets at an average of 32.17. He is also Canterbury’s highest first-class wicket-taker with 303 scalps. IANSAlso Read: New Zealand openers stand firm after Marnus Labuschagne double tonAlso Watch: HSLC/AHM Examination 2020: Board of Secondary Education, Assam meeting held in Guwahati
THE final team to represent Guyana at the June 3-4 South America Junior (U-20) Championships is expected to comprise approximately 49 athletes, who will be selected early next week, following the local athletes’ performances at the Independence Track and Field Meet this weekend.At a press briefing held at Olympic House yesterday morning, team manager Cornel Rose said the team will comprise 27 male and 22 female athletes. They will be chosen from a squad that the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) has been training for the past month or so.Rose was optimistic that the team can deliver on the high expectations that Guyana will do well.“I think we can have 99% success, because we have a slew of coaches working with the team and I think the training that the athletes have been doing will suffice ahead of the competition. They have been going hard and the constant training with each other will give them that competitive edge,” he shared.AAG president Aubrey Hutson noted that he too has faith in the athletes to do their best and make their country proud when they perform at the first large scale international athletics meet to be held on local shores.“I think the athletes understand the importance of having the meet here and what it means for Guyana and they will give of their best especially with the South American countries knowing our capabilities and wanting the full force of our competition,” Hutson said.Hutson also announced that arrangements are coming along smoothly for the Championships, especially as it pertains to preparations at the National Track and Field Centre, where the premier event will be held.Hutson, earlier this month, had explained that several enhancements were needed at the facility to bring it up to standard. These included the installation of safety cages for the discus and hammer throw areas, as well as the ordering of additional backup hurdles, as well as extra blocks.“We anticipate that everything should be in by this weekend, giving us an entire week ahead of the Championships,” Hutson stated.Indranauth Haralsingh of the Ministry of Tourism, was also present at yesterday’s briefing and outlined the body’s role in using the event to help market Guyana as a tourism destination.Haralsingh and others from the local organising committee later yesterday met with officials from Brazil, Chile and Suriname to speak further about the tourism packages that will be made available to the travellers.
Ugo Aliogo with agency reportComing barely months after expanding the 2026 World Cup from 32 teams to a 48-team format, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed staging what would effectively be a new mini-World Cup, featuring eight international teams, every two years in addition to the traditional event.According to Reuters, the tournament to be known as the “Final 8”, would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform international football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle. In a letter seen by Reuters, Infantino, suggested that the new tournament would take place every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021.He said that a “solid and serious” group of investors were willing to spend $25 billion on the competition and a revamped version of the Club World Cup, which would also start in 2021 with 24 teams.The Confederations Cup, currently staged every four years in a year before the World Cup, would be abolished.The letter did not clearly indicate how many slots would be allocated to each region.The plans were sent by Infantino to the members of FIFA’s decision-making Council which still has to approve them.The new competition would run parallel to existing international tournaments such as the European Championship, Copa America, and African Nations Cup, plus the World Cup qualifying stages.It could lead to criticism that FIFA is over-complicating international football and devaluing its flagship World Cup.FIFA could not immediately be reached for comment.European soccer body UEFA and its counterpart for North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF, have already set up Nations League contests in their own continents.In both cases, the competitions involve all the national teams in their respective regions who are divided into divisions based on their rankings.There is promotion and relegation between the divisions, as in conventional domestic club leagues. UEFAâ€™s inaugural competition will begin in September this year. Other continents would have to set up similar competitions for the tournament to be viable.Infantino suggested that similar intercontinental mini-tournaments to the Final 8 could also be organised for the top teams in the lower divisions.Infantino’s letter said that all revenue from the competition would be redistributed.“This means that FIFA as an organisation would not benefit financially from this competition,” he said.“We believe this offer is an excellent opportunity for the confederations and member associations as well as for football in general.”In a separate proposal for Europe, the letter suggested that member associations could receive up to $50 million for taking part in a single UEFA Nations League campaign although this amount would only be for the top-five ranking federations.The next biggest five European countries would receive $15 million to $20 million while the 33 lowest-ranked associations would receive a more modest $7 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Los Angeles Fire Department and USC officials gathered at McAllister Field Thursday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking of USC Fire Station No. 15.Holes · USC and Los Angeles administrative leaders gather at McAllister Field to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThose present at the event included President C. L. Max Nikias, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Councilmember of the 9th District Curren Price and Interim Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department James G. Featherstone. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was scheduled to attend but could not make it due to an emergency conflict regarding the state drought.The new Fire Station No. 15, which is set to replace the current station situated on Jefferson Boulevard, will be located on the corner of Hoover Street and 30th Street.Fire Station 15 opened its doors in 1900 and moved to its current location on Jefferson in 1950, Featherstone said. On average, the station responds to approximately 14 emergency calls per day, totaling around 5,120 emergencies in the past year. In order to keep up with the emergencies in the area, the new facilities will be situated on an acre of land.The new fire station is funded by USC, which annually invests $32 million in the surrounding community.“This mutual commitment to our neighborhood is not a job — it is our calling,” Nikias said.The university’s donation allowed the new station to move forward with its improvements after delays due to lack of funding.Price noted the project works toward helping both USC and the surrounding neighborhood.“We’re celebrating the inauguration, the creation and development of a community resource; a resource that’s going to serve not only the university but also the community at large,” Price said.City officials, including Feuer, were grateful for USC’s contributions toward emergency response services.“A little over a year ago, I was on my way to the swearing in of our newest district attorney, and a very big vehicle ran a red light and ran into my very small vehicle,” Feuer said. “I’m extremely fortunate to be here at all … I was on the receiving end of the service from these paramedics. They’re very serious about their job.”
2 Jul 2017 Top six selected for European boys’ challenge Six leading young players have been selected to represent England in this month’s European boys’ team championship. They are: Toby Briggs of Norfolk (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), Angus Flanagan of Surrey, Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire, Ben Jones and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire, and Charlie Strickland of Sussex. The championship will be played at La Manga, Spain, from 11-15 July. Briggs and Strickland both played in this team last year. The players: Toby Briggs, 17, (Dunston Hall), is an England and GB&I boy international, who had a top ten finish in the German boys’ open after solid results in the Portuguese amateur and the U18 Peter McEvoy Trophy. Angus Flanagan, 18, (St George’s Hill) won the Carris Trophy last year and followed up with sixth place in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. He was third in this season’s Peter McEvoy. Harry Goddard, 17, (Hanbury Manor) is the Daily Telegraph junior champion. This season he has reached the quarter finals of the Spanish amateur and was in the top 20 at the Brabazon Trophy. Ben Jones, 18, (Northamptonshire County) has just won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters with a score of 18-under. Earlier in the season he was fourth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and tied 10th in the U21 Bernard Darwin Salver. Charlie Strickland, 18, (Ham Manor) has won the men’s Duncan Putter and the Peter McEvoy Trophy this season. He was also runner up in the Lytham Trophy and the Darwin Salver. Robin Williams, 15, (Peterborough Milton) was fifth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and had a string of successful results in men’s events in South Africa early in the season.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr issuing instructions to his charges during their KPL match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has hinted that he will once again rotate his squad as they travel to Kisumu to play Kenyan Premier League new boys Vihiga United on Saturday, his eyes cast on putting up a good show against SuperSport United.The Kenyan champions face the South Africans on April 7 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off and with a continental phase group stage berth at stake, Kerr says he will most definitely put his focus on that. K’Ogalo are still unbeaten in the league in six matches despite using a different starting 11 in almost all the games.“We have had four players out on international duty who have come back on Thursday and above that we have that important fixture against SuperSport coming up. We have to look at everyone and the condition they are in but definitely we will need to give some players rest,” the tactician said.He expects a tough duel against Vihiga who they will be facing for the first time.“I don’t know much about them but just like everyone else, they will be coming in to beat Gor Mahia. We expect a tough game but it is a challenge to the players who will be fielded to go out there and get a result. They know what I expect of them,” the tactician further noted.Kerr is still hurting from the narrow 1-0 loss to Esperance in the CAF Champions League, but the tactician hopes his players can take lessons from the tie to make it into the group stages of continental football for the first time in 24 years.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi trying to get the ball from an Esperance player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“We have to make sure we are ready focused and fit. The experience of the Esperance game will be vital for us. They (SuperSport) have had a squad together for a long time, the gap is massive but we have to go there believe in ourselves and get results,” Kerr opined.SuperSport have not been in the best of forms locally and sit third from bottom on the log, three points off the relegation zone. It is this precarious situation Matsatsantsa find themselves in that makes it harder for Kerr to plan for the tie.“They have a game against Polokwane on the 4th then they travel here on the 5th so you don’t really know whether the squad they will field is the same as the one that will play us. Also, you don’t really know what their priority is so it will not be easy to plan for them,” Kerr said.“But SuperSport is a club I have known for a while and above all, it will be a very tough game. They are a big team, reached the final last year losing to TP Mazembe, but we should not be scared. Everyone didn’t give us a chance against Esperance but we went in and showed what we can do,” the tactician added.Gor Mahia will make it into the group stages of the Confederation Cup if they win the home and away ties. This will guarantee them at least Sh15mn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted to talkSPORT that Diego Costa is a concern heading into the new Premier League season.The Spanish striker made a big impression for the Blues last season after his arrival from Atletico Madrid but was regularly hampered by hamstring trouble.Mourinho had hoped that a complete rest over the summer would solve the 26-year-old’s issues, but that hasn’t been the case, with Costa limping out of Chelsea’s final pre-season game against Barcelona.He is now a doubt for the Premier League opener against Swansea this weekend, and the Special One admits club medics are struggling to get to the root of the problem.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I have to be honest and say that it is a bit of a concern.“A player that didn’t finish the season and doesn’t start the season obviously doesn’t make make me happy.“The boy is trying hard but he has a problem against Barcelona, the next day the scans show there is no injury so the next day he trains but the next day he is not comfortable and 24 hours before the game we don’t know if he plays or doesn’t play.“It is not a good feeling for him, it is not a good feeling for me.”Listen to the full talkSPORT interview with Jose Mourinho here.talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio commentary of Chelsea v Swansea on Saturday, kick-off 17.30
1 Here is a selection of the top stories from today’s Sunday newspapers.Jose Mourinho is close to the sack as Chelsea manager, with Blues owner Roman Abramovich preparing a £9.5m pay-off for the Portuguese. (Sunday Mirror) Mourinho, however, insists that Chelsea continue to back him and he is wants to stay and turn things round. (Sunday Express) The Blues will reportedly give Mourinho just two more games to save his job. (Sun on Sunday) Manchester United want Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale in January, with goalkeeper David de Gea potentially part of any deal. (Sunday People) United are also linked with a £40m bid for Lazio’s 22-year-old midfielder Felipe Anderson. (Sunday Mirror) Bayern Munich want Tottenham’s £50m-rated striker Harry Kane next season. (Sun on Sunday) Paris St-Germain captain Thiago Silva is trying to talk Cristiano Ronaldo into signing for the French champions in 2016. (L’Equipe) Arsene Wenger has told his former player, Remi Garde, to take the Aston Villa job. (Mail on Sunday)Real Madrid have held talks with Chelsea star Eden Hazard. (Don Balon) Pep Guardiola is in talks with Manchester City to become the Premier League leaders’ manager next season. (Sunday Express) Transfer rumours and paper review Sunday, November 1
Ryan Ledson recently featured for England’s U19s against Japan Everton teen ace Ryan Ledson has joined Cambridge United on loan for the next six weeks.The 18-year-old has come through the ranks at Everton and made his first-team debut last December in the 1-0 Europa League defeat to FK Krasnodar.And now the England youth international is set for more senior football after linking up with Shaun Derry’s side until January 3.The midfielder could make his Us debut against Accrington Stanley on Saturday. 1