Edo-Osagie Emerges 2017 DOAMF Charity Golf Champion

first_imgEdo-Osage, with his win, carted away not only the much coveted winner’s trophy but also, an ArikAir business class return ticket to any international destination of his choice flown by the airline.“It is a great honour to win the event, as one of the most coveted titles at the Club, I am definitely glad to have achieved this. I give kudos to the team at DOAM Foundation for the quality of organisation and impact they are making with donations from this event.”In the ladies’ category, Funke Majekodunmi emerged the overall winner with a 68 nett score to beat Lynda Obieze, the runner–up, by four strokes. Meenakshi Kumar finished as the second runner-up. Majekodunmi, in addition to the ladies’ champion trophy, was rewarded with an Air France return ticket to any international destination of her choice flown by the airline.The event, which teed-off at 6:40 am on Saturday, February 4, 2017, featured a record 192 players in a strong show of support for the tournament.Other winners at the event included, Tim Ayomike who shot 78 to pick the best gross prize, beating Lanre Tanimowo and Uwem Udoh who finished in second and third places respectively. Sunday Areola scored 69 nett to win the veteran category and to beat Sebastian Owuama, who was the runner-up in that category. Ayomike was also, rewarded with a KLM return ticket to any international destination of his choice flown by the airline.Candy Agu and Taddy Dance were the ladies’ best gross players at the event, with Agu’s 89 gross score winning ahead of Dance’s 91. All winners went home with an array of prizes in addition to the high quality trophies.Coordinator, Organising Committee of DOAMF Charity Golf, Pat Bassey, said the event has grown to become the biggest show of support for the less privileged by the Nigerian golfing community.“The DOAM Foundation extended its reach in touching lives in 2016 through awards of scholarship, building of sickbays and partnering other health institutions in remote locations across the country.Proceeds from this year’s event will further empower the Foundation in its mission of touching lives. It was particularly touching for all present at the cocktail event to see two beneficiaries of the Foundation’s scholarship scheme, Miss Joy Adindu – BSc (First Class Honours) in Applied Microbiology/Brewing – and Mr Chigaemezu Edoziem – BSc Honours in Statistics, who came to show their appreciation to the Nigerian golfing community” he said.This year’s event was generously supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diamond Bank Plc, ARM Pension Managers, Radial Circle Group, Zenith Bank, Air France-KLM, ExxonMobil Producing, Arik Air, SEPLAT Petroleum, Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Grand OAK, Cappa & D’Alberto, SPAR (Park N’ Shop), Southern Sun, Debonair Group, Mixta Africa, Heritage Bank, Four Points by Sheraton, Seven Up Bottling, Victoria Crown Plaza, Ikoyi Club 1938, and many more.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Iwinosa Edo-Osagie emerged the overall winner of the 2017 Daniel Ogechi Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament concluded last weekend at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.Edo-Osagie, an 18-handicapper, returned a 69 nett score at the one-day tournament to beat the rest of the field on a day of scintillating golfing experience. Tokunboh Adebesin finished two strokes behind him to pick the runner-up spot. Kunle Ball, who also finished two strokes behind, was the second runner-up on count-back.last_img read more

Leon Balogun Completes Brighton Switch

first_imgAnd Manager Chris Hughton has expressed excitement with the options and experience the defender brings to his team.“I am delighted to welcome Leon to the club. He will add more depth to our defensive options, and I am pleased to get our first piece of business done so early in the summer,” Hughton told club website.“He is in the peak years of his career and I am sure he will integrate well into the squad.“He also has valuable experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Europa League and at international level.”The German-born defender started his career at Hannover 96 before turning out for Werder Bremen, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Darmstadt 98 and Mainz 05.Balogun is expected to play a part in Nigeria’s campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup following his inclusion in the country’s 30-man provisional squad.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Leon Balogun on a free transfer.The Super Eagles centre-back joins the Falmer Stadium outfit on a two-year deal after departing Mainz 05 at the end of the season.Balogun will join Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong in Brighton’s books for the 2018-19 season.last_img read more

Cazenovia boys lacrosse falls to Marcellus, LaFayette

first_imgWhat was a close game got away when the Lancers netted six unanswered goals in the second quarter. Gannon Houghton was the lone Lakers player to score twice as Freyer, Brody Coleman and Cole Basic had single goals.Kaleb Benedict, Trevor Hill and Dylan Lyons each scored three times for LaFayette, with Benedict adding five assists. Cazenovia goalie Ian Fostveit recorded eight saves.The struggles for Chittenango continued last Tuesday with a 16-4 loss to Tully, as Shane Kolb had two of the Bears’ goals, with the others going to Ethan Robles and Billy Demand.Caleb Barnard, Zeph Scott and Elias Clement had one assist apiece, with Corey Jackowski and Nate Addison combining for 10 saves. The Black Knights led 11-1 by halftime as Jake Edinger (five goals, one assist) and Tyler Edinger (three goals, two assists) led them.Two nights later, Chittenango visited Hyatt Stadium to face state Class D no. 3-ranked Skaneateles, and while it did have some success on offense, it couldn’t keep up with those other Lakers in a 21-10 defeat.At halftime, the Bears only trailed 10-7, seeing Kolb, Demand and Barnard eventually produce three-goal hat tricks as Kolb added two assists. Robles got a goal and Brad Tily earned an assist.Jackowski had 15 saves, but Skaneateles pulled away behind five goals and four assists from eighth-grader Grayson Brunelle. Brendan Powers and Evan Brunelle each had four goals, with Powers adding four assists as Pat Hackler got two goals and seven assists.Cazenovia plays three times in this final full week of the regular season against Homer, CBA and Carthage, while Chittenango goes to Marcellus Tuesday night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story All through the latter part of April, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team offered challenges to top Onondaga High School League rivals, but were unable to catch them.Following defeats to Marcellus and Westhill, the Lakers had a rematch with the Mustangs last Monday night at Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field.This had a faster pace than the 6-4 game these two put together six days earlier at Marcellus, and again it was in doubt for a long while, but in the fourth quarter the Mustangs took over and pulled away to beat the Lakers 13-7. Cazenovia fell behind 5-1 in the first period, but settled down and cut the deficit in half in the third quarter, pulling within 9-7 as Brian Pezzi notched four goals, with Ty Freyer scoring twice and Cody Dickinson adding a goal.Once again, though, the Lakers could not get much past Marcellus goalie Rob Seeley, who stopped 18 of 25 shots he faced and blanked Cazenovia in the fourth quarter. For the Mustangs, Mike Quick (four goals), Tighe Powell (three goals) and Matt Connell (two goals, two assists) led the attack.Three days later, Cazenovia visited LaFayette, looking to atone for an 18-10 defeat to the Lancers on March 30. But here, it got more lopsided as LaFayette prevailed 18-5.center_img Tags: boys lacrosseCazenoviaChittenangolast_img read more

Girls soccer Warriors, Northstars continue struggles

first_imgC-NS would get its own match against F-M 24 hours later, and it would prove even more lopsided as the Hornets had four goals by halftime and kept on going until it had beat the Northstars 7-0.The tough part for C-NS was figuring out which Hornets forward to contain. It couldn’t focus on Knych, who still had one goal and one assist, since Hodge and Lauren Clark both had two goals. TenEyck and Lindsay Coleman also found the net.Now Liverpool had to turn around and face Baldwinsville on Thursday night. When they first met, Hannah Mimas scored four straight goals in the second half to break up a scoreless duel as B’ville eventually prevailed 5-1. Overall, the Warriors did a better job on the defensive side in the rematch at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, but still lost, 2-0, twice victimized by Mimas, who converted off a feed from Simone Neivel late in the first half and then did so again midway through the second half, redirecting Neivel’s free kick.Then, in Saturday’s game against Christian Brothers Academy at Alibrandi Stadium, Liverpool played a scoreless first half and then converted in the second half thanks to Abby Brancato’s goal.Yet it still wasn’t enough as the Brothers prevailed 2-1, overcoming Burns’ four saves thanks to a pair of goals by Kennedy Paciaga as CBA netminder Emily Jones recorded seven saves.Meanwhile, C-NS was at Chittenango, who had started 7-0 before taking defeats to Westhill and Marcellus earlier in the week. And the Northstars would continue the Bears’ slide, prevailing by a 3-2 margin.Constant pressure forced Chittenango goalie Cassidy Kelly to make 20 saves. But C-NS saw Madelyn Jackson put in a pair of goals, with Juliana Marullo also finding the net, to offset goals by the Bears’ Madison Wagner and Sarah Martin.After a game Sunday against Athens (Pennsylvania), C-NS would have tests at Baldwinsville and Marcellus this week as Liverpool goes to West Genesee Saturday and hosts Rome Free Academy on Saturday. After a crowded week of girls soccer that included Cicero-North Syracuse defeating Liverpool head-to-head Sept. 19 at Archie Hall Stadium, things got a bit less crowded.The Warriors were back in action last Tuesday night, hosting defending sectional Class AA champion Fayetteville-Manlius, and could not contain the Hornets’ Hannah Knych in a 4-0 defeat.Three times, Knych found the net to earn a hat trick. Morgan Goodman had the other goal, with assists credited to Anna Hartzheim, Chloe Hodge, Sophia TenEyck and Lauren Farrella. Liverpool goalie Mikayla Perry finished with 10 saves. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: C-NSgirls soccerliverpoollast_img read more

COMPLETE CONTROL: Syracuse beats Johns Hopkins at own game, in transition 13-8 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dylan Donahue’s lightning-quick disallowed dagger highlighted everything Johns Hopkins couldn’t do.Streaking down the right hashmarks, Donahue took a transition pass from Drew Jenkins before diving toward goal, faking a shot and burying the ball in the bottom-left corner. The goal was waved off, but it didn’t change that the Orange always outran the Blue Jays.What was supposed to be a tale of two games – open play for the Orange, slow dissecting by the Jays – fused into one. And SU took both.Buoyed by a 6-1 first quarter and only slowed by the second, No. 7 Syracuse (4-1, 1-0 Big East) saw off No. 5 Johns Hopkins (5-2) in front of 6,292 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. The Orange outplayed the Blue Jays in the possession game as JHU found little alternative to feeding leading scorer Brandon Benn in close. Hopkins conceded mistakes on top of those SU forced, allowing the Orange to control much of the game, even when it wasn’t playing its preferred breakout attack.“Off the ball any time a team is moving like we were, all six guys,” SU head coach John Desko said, “it makes it hard for the defense to focus on the ball, and as a result, I think that’s why we were able to get so many goals.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Johns Hopkins defense drowned in that pressure in the first quarter. After the Blue Jays’ Holden Cattoni opened the scoring on a man-up at the 11:50 mark, the Orange gradually went to work in its own half-field offense.JHU’s Phil Castronova shadowed JoJo Marasco. The midfielder dodged around the back of Pierce Bassett’s goal, ducked his shoulder into Castronova, then backed away to dump a stomach-high pass into Luke Cometti, who equalized on the left side netting.In 24 seconds, Henry Schoonmaker and Hakeem Lecky sent the Orange on its way. Both players blew past their markers and fired easy goals past Bassett. It was the heart of a 5-0, five-minute run for SU that stripped the Blue Jays of their trademark patience.Mike Poppleton won the faceoff down 4-1, darted straight to goal and was denied by the post. As Sean Young, in his first start, continued to deny Benn, the Blue Jays’ offense collapsed on itself. The Orange’s focus was clear, but JHU failed to find a way around it.“That was very obvious, but when that happens as an offense you’re supposed to attack from other areas,” JHU head coach Dave Pietramala said. “… There’s five other guys out there.”The Blue Jays’ only semblance of an alternative spark came when the attack ran through Wells Stanwick. On the few occasions he escaped his defender, JHU looked dangerously potent. He jumpstarted a 5-2 second quarter for Johns Hopkins with a man-up left wing shot at 10:32 and added a pair of goals later in the quarter.Hopkins took all the momentum into halftime, but the Orange rediscovered its rhythm after the break. When JHU got men behind the ball, SU was content to pull it out to the point, work the perimeter and wait for Cometti or Derek Maltz to tear open shooting lanes for Scott Loy or Billy Ward. And when Hopkins forced an entry pass for one of its 17 turnovers, the Orange gladly sprinted the other way in transition, dusting the Blue Jays and damming their comeback attempts.“We just want to take it one possession at a time. But they kept answering. We would answer, they would answer,” Bassett said. “So a lot of credit to them, but we did not play very well when we tried to answer back.”After the game, Pietramala stared at his stat sheet bewildered. Statistically his team had stuck with the Orange outside of the first quarter, pushing back and staying within four goals well into the fourth.With JHU still within four with 3:30 left, the Orange swatted away one more JHU pass and trotted into its set attack. Resisting the urge to strike quickly, Cometti pulled the ball out for Ward to dance with around the perimeter.The Orange faithful rose to its feet with three minutes remaining as if SU had the game won. Thirty seconds later, Marasco peeled up from behind the cage and picked out Donahue waiting to the right of Bassett’s crease.He faked to the upper right corner and shot to the left, and sprinted away in celebration before the ball finished nestling into the net. This dagger stuck.Said Pietramala: “They found the open guys … they played like a hungry team today, and we didn’t do that.” Comments Published on March 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

3 things Dino Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconference before facing Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Babers is hoping the administration would accept a bowl bid for more practice timeIf Syracuse wins one more game, it might have the chance to make a bowl game. Last year, three 5-7 teams played in one. If not enough six-win teams make it, those 5-7 schools fill the remaining spots, and the tiebreaker was their standing in the academic progress rate.When asked whether he thought SU would accept a bowl bid at a 5-7 record, Babers said it would help to have the extra time practicing.“A lot of that stuff is up to the administration and the university and the chancellor,” Babers said. “But the one thing that I like to always point out is that, anytime you’re rebuilding a new football team, the more practices that you can get, the faster the rebuilding job happens.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorDino Babers has fond memories of his time spent at PittsburghFor one year, in 2003, Babers spent time as the running backs coach for Pittsburgh. He shared some anecdotes from his time there with two future NFL players.“The things I remember about Pitt … Lousaka Polite telling me that he wanted to be a tailback and I told him he wasn’t a tailback, he was a fullback,” Babers recalled. “And how many times he came in to my office trying to convince me he was a tailback and how many times I’d look him dead in the eye and say ‘you’re a fullback, and you’re going to be an NFL fullback and you’re going to make a lot of money.’”Polite went on to have a career spanning nine seasons with five different teams, including stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.Babers also has memories of a former standout wide receiver who will probably end up in the NFL Hall of Fame.“I think back to Larry Fitzgerald, dropping his first pass while I was a member of that staff, and hearing all the media people, cameras go off like someone had just broke their leg,” Babers said. “And I asked them what was going on and they said, ‘Hey, Larry Fitzgerald just dropped a pass.’”Babers said that moment came in a spring game, and that in the regular season he saw Fitzgerald drop only one pass the entire year. Fitzgerald is currently in his 13th season in the NFL, all with the Arizona Cardinals. He’s 70 yards away from 10th all-time on the NFL receiving yards list and is three receptions away from moving in to the top five in that category. Comments Published on November 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langercenter_img Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) is on the road to play its last game of the season against Pittsburgh (7-4, 4-3) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Orange comes off a 45-14 loss to then-No. 17 Florida State, while the Panthers beat Duke, 56-14, last week.Syracuse head coach Dino Babers went on the ACC coaches teleconference on Tuesday. Here are three things he said.Syracuse is right on, maybe a little ahead, of scheduleGoing into the season, Babers expressed that implementing his new system would take time and patience. He didn’t set many public expectations, other than that midway through his second season is when the team should be up to the level he expects.With the Orange sitting at 4-4 one month ago, there was a decent chance for the Orange to make a bowl game. SU needed two wins in four games to guarantee a spot, and it’s something Babers acknowledged. After a three-game losing streak, he still says his team is where it needs to be.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you look at our 12-game schedule, and we being favored in the very first game of the year and us being underdogs in all 11 other games,” Babers said, “and for us to have an opportunity to win three of those games and to have an opportunity to win one more on Saturday, I think this football team’s probably exactly, or maybe even a little ahead, of where people thought we would be.”MORE COVERAGE:Dino Babers provides no update on Eric Dungey’s statusSyracuse finishes with 2nd-lowest football attendance in Carrier Dome historyStock watch: Whose trending which way after SU’s loss to Florida Statelast_img read more

Men’s basketball: D’Mitrik Trice’s success at UW thanks to confidence

first_imgIf he could lead an offense of 11 guys on a football field with ease, University of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Greg Gard thought, then he can definitely command an offense on a basketball court even better.The quarterback in question here is D’Mitrik Trice, the freshman point guard for the Badgers, who has translated his preps success on the gridiron and hardwood to a solid first season in Madison. Obviously, Gard and the rest of his staff saw significant basketball promise in Trice, but his complete athletic background made him all the more appealing.“He was a really good high school quarterback,” Gard said. “He knows how to lead. He asks the right questions. I thought he’d be a good player here. To have the impact he’s had this soon …”Football: Badgers sink Broncos 24-16 in Cotton BowlWhile the loss to Penn State University in the Big Ten Championship game still looms large for the Badger faithful, Read…Gard’s voice trailed off — perhaps he couldn’t believe this so-called diamond in the rough is already panning out for him. Trice has played in all 17 games for UW, averaging 6.3 points per game. He is shooting 54.1 percent from three (20 for 37) and his assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly 2-to-1.If it seems Trice appeared out of nowhere, he basically did. Trice signed with the Badgers late in the recruiting class for 2016, having completed a year of postgrad at IMG Academy in Florida. Before that, he was a two-sport standout at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio. There, his father, Travis Sr., was his basketball coach. But scholarship offers were far and few between, and Trice felt under-recruited.“I just stuck with the game plan, the process, trusted it,” Trice said. “I talked to my dad all the time, my older brother, prayed about it. I just trusted that God had it in his hands and I’m here now.”The older brother Trice confided in – Travis Trice – should sound familiar to Wisconsin basketball fans. Travis Trice led Michigan State to the 2015 Final Four before losing to Duke, which defeated the Badgers in the national title game two nights later. After going underrated, Travis Trice ventured overseas to pursue professional basketball and now plays for Cairns Taipans in Australia.Travis Sr. developed a relationship with Gard and UW during the recruitment process for his eldest son. So when Wisconsin came knocking for D’Mitrik, a certain comfort level had already been established, which was important in pushing D’Mitrik toward Madison.“I take my dad’s words very wisely and him saying that Coach Gard is a great guy and a great coach, and he knows that I’d fit in well here, really helped my decision to come here,” Trice said.Before UW, though, Trice said the year at IMG helped him on and off the court. He learned to operate like a college student, juggling a full class in addition to practices and games.“That was as close to as college as you can get,” Trice said.His time at IMG also allowed him to improve his quickness and add bulk to his 6-foot, 178-pound frame. Now, Trice has the confidence to compete against players at the collegiate level even in his first season of college ball. That confidence comes from a variety of places, Trice said, like the encouragement of his father and brother, but also from within himself.Gard and the rest of the UW staff have noticed, much to their delight.“He just makes everyone around him better,” Gard said. “He does what good point guards should do: make people around you better … He makes his coach happy.”Football: Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt declares for 2017 NFL draftThe Watt lineage on the University of Wisconsin football team officially ended Tuesday morning, when T.J. Watt announced on Twitter Read…UW assistant coach Howard Moore said what Trice is doing is exceptional — to be earning significant playing time at point guard as a freshman is impressive. But, as former UW head coach Bo Ryan said, the players who see the court are good listeners and quick learners, both of which apply to Trice.Moore hadn’t seen Trice play in a real game for until this year, but he went to IMG to check out the hype Gard and associate head coach Lamont Paris had seen. Right away, Moore said, he knew Trice would be a good fit.“You go off of the character, you go off of the work ethic, the pedigree,” Moore said. “Obviously there’s a lot of factors involved that allowed us to say ‘Hey, this kid has a chance.’ So far it’s worked out really well.”last_img read more

After getting fired twice in 13 months, Tim Lester is now at his dream job

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 19, 2019 at 1:16 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Tim Lester’s phone rang on a Friday and he was expecting the call. He was at home on the couch in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Dawn, and their 3-year-old son, Camden. His two older sons, Cooper and Carter, 7 and 5 years old at the time, were at school.It was January 2017 and a year ago, Lester was sloughed off the SU coaching staff payroll when Dino Babers took over for Scott Shafer. He chose to be the quarterbacks coach at Purdue but was similarly out of a job a year later. The Lesters were looking at their second relocation in 13 months.On the other end of the line was Kathy Beauregard, Western Michigan’s athletic director, who offered Lester the head coaching position. She told Lester that he needed to be in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by 5:30 p.m. that evening so he could sign his yet-to-be-negotiated contract and meet with his new team at 6 p.m.“He looked at me and he gave me a thumbs-up,” Dawn said. “And then he got off the phone and he was like, ‘That’s it. I got it. We gotta go. Let’s go pack.’”Being the head coach at Western Michigan was Lester’s dream job when he played there as a quarterback in the 1990s. It was his dream, but he didn’t get the job in 2012 because he needed some more experience. And it was still a dream when he left Syracuse — where he returns for the first time as a head coach on Saturday — in 2015.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMaryland wanted him to coach wide receivers and Toledo offered him an offensive coordinator position, the same job he had at SU. Purdue needed a quarterbacks coach. Lester leaned toward keeping his job title. A conversation with his college coach, Gary Darnell, changed Lester’s perspective. Lester remembered Darnell asking him what his dream job was.“I’d love to be at Western when P.J. leaves,” Lester answered.“Well they’re never going to hire the offensive coordinator from Toledo,” Darnell said.Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorAfter Lester got hired over the phone, he and Dawn briefly celebrated with Camden before hustling upstairs. They rapidly threw clothes into suitcases as Camden tried packing his stuffed animals.Dawn got behind the wheel and picked the older boys up from Burnett Creek Elementary. She decided not to take Interstate-94, using two-lane state highways. As Indiana faded into Michigan, Lester sat in the passenger seat, working his phone. He called his parents, he called friends and he called his agent, because between then and Lester’s arrival in Kalamazoo, they had to work out a contract.He also began writing a speech to his new his team that he’d meet at 6 p.m. that night. When the Lesters arrived, they dropped the kids at a hotel with Lester’s mother, Pat, before Lester put a pen to paper and made his five-year deal at Western Michigan official.He went to meet the team while Dawn went to check on the kids. Later, she met her husband at a recruiting event. Just hours after signing his contract, a day before the announcement was even public, he bowled with 13 recruits, already trying to build the program he’d just took charge of.Dawn found the whole day — the call, the rush out the door and the immediate dive into the job — all surreal. That morning she woke up in Indiana, took the kids to school and had no reason to expect her day would unfold as it had.“It was just a whirlwind of a day,” Dawn said.His new experience and close proximity made him a worthy successor to P.J. Fleck, WMU’s departing coach. And on a January afternoon in the passenger seat of his white Chevrolet Suburban, Lester went from unemployed for the second time in a year to holding the position he had coveted for 20-plus years.“This has been my dream job since when I played here,” Lester said. “I love this place. This is my goal.”Though he took a demotion in title and pay to go to Purdue from Syracuse, he moved closer to his goal, closer to his home in Illinois, coaching at a Division I program. And like Darnell said to him, if he went and had a good year with quarterback David Blough, whom Lester tried to get at SU, that’d put him on the radar as a potential head coach.Blough threw for 3,352 yards in 2016, third in the Big Ten that season. But Purdue finished 3-9 and head coach Darrell Hazell, along with his staff, were out the door. Lester began to look for other jobs.“We got fired,” Lester said, “but we almost led the Big Ten in passing, which allowed me to get this job.”When Fleck left for Minnesota after the 2017 Cotton Bowl, Lester hung onto offers to be a coordinator in the Atlantic Coast Conference and a quarterbacks coach for a ranked team. But he wanted to wait it out and see if the job at WMU opened up. He finally had the experience he lacked before when he didn’t get the job in 2012.While Lester addressed his team the night of his signing, Dawn drove past Waldo Stadium on her way to see the kids. It all set in when she saw a message on the video boards in bright, bold letters.It read: “Welcome home Tim Lester.” Commentslast_img read more

Mets, Marlins walk off field after 42-second moment of silence honouring Jackie Robinson

first_imgLast Updated: 28th August, 2020 13:54 IST Mets, Marlins Walk Off Field After 42-second Moment Of Silence Honouring Jackie Robinson The New York Mets and Miami Marlins boycotted their game by walking off the field after a 42-second moment of silence that honoured Jackie Robinson. FOLLOW US 1 week ago Mets blow deGrom’s lead, rally in 8th to beat Marlins 5-4 WATCH US LIVE After other baseball games were postponed after Jacob Blake’s shooting, the Mets arrived late and did not submit a lineup to the umpires. The starting pitchers refused to throw warmup pitches, and the teams waited near the dugouts in uniform till 7:10 PM, when the first pitch was scheduled. Players stood silent, removed their caps and returned. Mets outfielder Dominic Smith led the team onto the field. On Wednesday (Thursday IST), Smith, who knelt during the national anthem as a sign of protest, wept while talking about the shooting. Jacob Blake, 29, was shot in the back seven times in broad daylight in Wisconsin, while his children waited in the car. Though Blake survived, he might not be able to walk again. Also read | Black Lives Matter over Tennis? Naomi Osaka amazes netizens with US Open warmup withdrawal Devika Pawar SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV 2 weeks ago Mets to return Tuesday with doubleheader against Marlins The New York Mets and Miami Marlins walked off the field during their games on Thursday, August 27. They observed a 42-second silence to honour Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the MLB and wore No. 42 jerseys. The Mets and Marlins walked off the court after, with a Black Lives Matter t-shirt draped over the home plate.Also read | Donald Trump labels NBA a “political organisation” after boycott over Jacob Blake shootingNew York Mets, Miami Marlins boycott their MLB game while honouring Jackie Robinsoncenter_img Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson said he knew that boycotting the game was the correct thing to do. “The words on the shirt speak for themselves, just having it in the centre of everything, just knowing that both teams are unified, and that we agreed to do this,” Brinson explained. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto also spoke about Smith’s emotional statement after the Mets 5-4 victory against the Marlins. “It really touched all of us in the clubhouse, just to see how powerful his statements were, how emotional he was,” Conforto said. The players are all willing to stand with their teammates, and the boycotted game was only one example. Before deciding to sit out, both Mets and Marlins met with Conforto, Brinson and Marlins’ Miguel Rojas, player representatives for their respective teams. After walking out, Rojas stated that both teams wanted to do something special. Also read | LeBron James, other NBA players firm with call to boycott playoffs for Black Lives MatterThe teams’ decision to honour Robinson will be followed by the annual Jackie Robinson Day, which was scheduled for a day later. Usually held on April 15, the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brinson added that supporting the Black Lives Matter movement cannot be a one-time thing, and needs to be “ongoing” to spark change. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen featured in a video message two hours before the game, revealing that their players chose to not play. The MLB’s boycott comes after NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks chose to sit out their playoffs first-round game against the Orlando Magic. The Wisconsin-based team chose to protest Blake’s shooting and released a statement saying that no one was able to concentrate on basketball considering the unrest in their home city. Along with the NBA, the WNBA and Major League Soccer also chose to postpone their games. Also read | Kyrie Irving proved right as NBA players opt to boycott season after Jacob Blake shooting(Image credits: AP) Written By 2 weeks ago Subway Series postponed after Mets’ positive COVID tests COMMENT 2 weeks ago Rojas returns after being sidelined by Marlins’ outbreak WE RECOMMEND First Published: 28th August, 2020 13:54 IST 2 weeks ago 2 positive tests in Mets organization; 2 games postponedlast_img read more

EA and FIFA announce FIFA eWorld Cup 2018

first_imgEA in association with football giant FIFA has announced the upcoming FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 competition set to begin on November 3.“Last year was a pivotal achievement for competitive FIFA, engaging millions of competitors and spectators through world football and global competition,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA. “In partnership with FIFA, we’re accelerating the growth of competitive gaming through the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series on The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018, producing more competition, attracting more competitors and connecting with more fans than ever before.”Players will be able to participate in a total of six qualifiers, with the first two dubbed “Ultimate Team Champions Cups” and the third being the eClub World Cup. 256 players will play in the first two cups, from which only 32 will be chosen. 32 players will take part in the eClub World Cup from which 4 will be chosen. The remaining three qualifiers are in a TBA status.Image courtesy of EAThe two companies will pick 128 top-ranked competitors to advance to the Global Series Playoffs where 32 will advance to the eWorld Cup Grand Final ’18.“Competitive FIFA is a global entertainment phenomenon that maximizes the combined power of world football and competitive gaming in unprecedented fashion,” said Philippe Le Floc’h, Chief Commercial Officer at Fédération Internationale de Football Association. “We’re thrilled to partner with EA in creating the Global Series as the Road to the eWorld Cup 2018 will increase the ways millions of fans consume football.”Esports Insider says: EA continues to push its FIFA esports agenda. No mention of a financial reward for the winner is a little strange but perhaps this will be announced later.last_img read more