Ambode Wants Fun Parks at Access/Lagos City Marathon

first_imgGovernor Ambode charged the Marathon Organising Committee headed by Mr. Victor Etuokwu to workout modalities and look at the possibility of having about two fun parks for the 2017 edition at Falomo or Teslim Balogun Stadium.The parks will give Lagosians the opportunity to watch one of the top 100 marathons in the world in a relaxed atmosphere with food, drinks and entertainment by their favourite musicians.General Manager, Access Bank/ Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, praised Governor Ambode’s initiative of introducing fun parks as a means of taking the culture and marathons to the grassroot especially in the outskirts of Lagos.“The benefits of marathons and road races are immense, the health benefits of walking, jogging, and running are immense as they prevent and cure many illnesses and diseases especially diabetes, hypertension and even cancer.’’Alli said that unfortunately most Nigerians, don’t walk or even jog, “Okada is killing many Nigerians. Bikes will take them from the front of their houses and drop them at their destinations, we don’t exercise at all. Waste and sugar that could have been lost by walking, jogging or running are stored in the body causing serious damages and leading to terminal diseases’’.The General Manager said that Lagosians and Nigerians in general will benefit immensely if they embrace the culture of marathon that Ambode is building and make it a way of life,“ walking, jogging and running produce healthier citizens, thus less spending by individuals, family and government on healthcare, it is a win-win situation for everybody’’ said Alli.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram To ensure that Lagosians follow the 2017 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, wants marathon fun parks in Lagos during the 2017 edition slated for February 11.The marathon fun parks will give Lagosians who cannot make it to the finish line or line the route to cheer the runners an opportunity to be part of the event in a relaxed environment that is fun and gives room for bonding.last_img read more

Oehrlein looking forward to home tournament

first_imgWith their first tournament under their belt, the women’s golf team looks to the rest of the season with optimism. Coming into the season, only five of the 11 golfers had any experience at UW, but despite their youth, the team took ninth place out of 21 teams at the Cougar Classic in South Carolina.“It was a solid start,” head coach Todd Oehrlein said. “We had a few shots slip away from us at the end on the first day, but the second day was a much more difficult golf course. I was very proud with how we played and with what I saw in the final round. That’s encouraging, that’s always what you like to see.”Still, Oehrlein expects to see more improvement throughout the season as the younger players begin to adjust to the college game. In a team with little veteran leadership, much of this responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Carly Werwie, the sole senior on the golf team this year.“I was very pleased with Carly this last weekend at South Carolina,” Oehrlein said. “She looked very confident, and very comfortable in what she was doing, she hit the ball very solidly the last round.”With such a young team, Oehrlein admits that the season will be a learning experience and it will take patience from him in order for his team to grow and develop this season. As in any sport, when young players are forced to step up immediately, growing pains often surface.“When you look at our roster overall, we have five freshmen and three sophomores, so top to bottom we have a pretty young golf team this year,” Oehrlein said. “The [freshmen and sophomores] are young and learning. I see a lot of growth and a lot of opportunity for growth and potential in those players as well.”Looking ahead, the women’s golf team has their single home tournament of the season this weekend held at University Ridge Sunday and Monday. A field of 11 teams will compete in a 54-hole, three-round tournament. In 2008, at the same tournament, the Badgers finished second as a team and were led by then-freshmen Jesse Gerry who finished first and took the individual title.“We are obviously excited to get to host the Badger Invitational. It is always great to be at home,” Oehrlein said. “In our sport we do not get a lot of opportunities to do that. The typical golf schedule has you host one golf invitational a year and the rest [of the year] you travel.”And yet with the upcoming home invitational, Oehrlein admits that his team is still full of uncertainty.“The lineup for the upcoming tournament, we still haven’t narrowed that down yet,” Oehrlein said. “We have two players, Jesse and Alyssa, who are both dealing with some injuries right now. They are both somewhat uncertain for the upcoming week, and we will see how that plays out throughout the week.”The injuries to both junior Jesse Gerry and sophomore Alyssa Elliot mean the Badgers lose some valuable experience in the coming weeks, something that Oehrlein does not have much of to spare in this year’s squad. Gerry is beginning to get back into form after a hand injury she suffered over summer, while Elliot is suffering an injury that has not yet been revealed.last_img read more

With injuries behind him, Hammond aims for starting role

first_imgChase Hammond stood out in the Badger’s 2012 spring game April 28 with four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. With his ankle injury behind him, Hammond hopes for a starting spot opposite Jared Abbrederis.[/media-credit]This past spring camp marked Chase Hammond’s most important month of collegiate football to date.Entering his third year with the Wisconsin football program as a redshirt sophomore wide receiver out of Youngstown, Ohio, Hammond hadn’t quite been healthy since he broke his right ankle in his junior year of high school.He underwent three surgeries on the same ankle since then and at one point his future in football began to look blurry. Following the first two operations, doctors speculated that football might no longer be in the cards for him. After the third, UW’s coaches began looking at him sideways, wondering if the health issues would ever end.Hammond entered camp with his ankle troubles behind him and began work at a position where UW is still fishing for a starter opposite Jared Abbrederis. Hammond called it “do or die” time for himself, but once the spring game on April 4 came to pass, Hammond certainly achieved self-preservation.With Abbrederis watching from the sidelines, Hammond stood out among the wideouts, catching four passes for 48 yards and a 7-yard touchdown. On more than one occasion, the 6-foot-5, 212-pound target showed off his lengthy wingspan, stretching and jumping for passes his defender had no hope of reaching.“He’s a big guy and he can jump,” quarterback Joel Stave said. “He’s got big hands. He’s really nice to throw to.”Although any quarterback would be happy to throw to a target the size of Hammond, there’s still plenty of work for the oft-injured wide receiver to accomplish before he can be a regular in the huddle.Nevertheless, he felt that after the spring game he had demonstrated an ability to execute when it’s time to put on the game jersey.“I really showed that when its time to play, I can make plays,” Hammond said. “I really think that that’s been big on me. I may not always have the best practices but that’s what practice is for.”Hammond’s return to full strength from the broken ankle was a long and arduous one that imprinted its timeline in his mind. On the spot, he can recall the exact date when the entire ordeal began: Aug. 22, 2008.He had six screws and a plate put in his ankle as a result of the injury, and by the time he arrived to play at Wisconsin two years later, the screws became bothersome and so he went under the knife a second time to get them removed. All the while, doubt about the future of his career percolated.The ankle continued to cause problems, and on Aug. 4 of last year, as Hammond recalls, he underwent another procedure.“I had a lot of scar tissue, bone chips, things floating around – torn ligaments,” Hammond said. “[The doctor] went in, cleaned all that up, smoothed out my cartilage, and it’s been working great ever since.”The procedure removed Hammond from play just as another season began, but he eventually got back into the groove of things. In week 10, in preparation for a game against Purdue, Hammond was named UW’s scout team player of the week.“I’ve been hanging out for a while up here, I’m kind of tired of that,” Hammond said. “I’m ready to play, I’m feeling great, my body’s feeling great.”Hammond’s performance in the spring game highlighted and concluded the bumpy road that he and the rest of the wide receivers walked on throughout spring. Across the board, UW’s wideouts struggled to gain separation from defenders and consistently hold on to passes during practice.“I think he made some steps this spring at certain times during practice,” Bielema said. “I’m excited because I think it’s there. He’s only a sophomore, so he’s got a lot of good football, hopefully, in front of him.”Now it’s on to the summer, where the team won’t be able to hold formal practices until August. In the meantime, Hammond said he hopes to add some weight onto his “kind of lanky” frame – as Bielema would describe it – over the course of the three-month lull.And, despite his encouraging performance in the spring game, Hammond knows there’s plenty of work to be done on his technique if he is to thrive as a wide receiver in the Big Ten.“Talking to [wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni], there’s a lot of things going on,” he said. “I might have looked like I had a good day to everybody but between me and him we know there’s a lot of things that need to be fixed.”last_img read more

Roberto Martinez sacked by Everton

first_imgRoberto Martinez’s three-year reign in charge of Everton has come to an end following a dismal run of form.Having overseen a run of just one win in their last 10 matches, culminating in a wretched display in the 3-0 defeat by Sunderland on Wednesday night, the appetite for change among the Goodison Park faithful has spiralled.He was absent from the training ground on Thursday morning, with Everton expected to make an official announcement imminently.After talks were held by the club’s hierarchy, new major shareholder Farhad Moshiri has decided that a change in direction is required.Martinez was expected to face public humiliation on Thursday night with Everton’s end of season awards due to take place in Liverpool city centre. Everton are 12th in the Premier League table but could finish as low as 16th if results do not go their way on the final day of the season.Martinez has also led his side to two cup semi-final defeats this season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels All-Star Tommy La Stella nearing return from injured list

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — The last time Tommy La Stella was on the field, he was a freshly minted All-Star enjoying the finest season of his career.Now, the Angels infielder just wants to have a chance to finish that season.La Stella, who fractured his tibia on a foul ball days after being named to the All-Star team, could be within two weeks of returning.La Stella said he’s not going on the Angels’ trip next week, so it seems the soonest he could return would be Sept. 9, the start of a six-game homestand. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “I definitely want to get back out there and finish up strong and get some AB’s going into the offseason and try to pick up where I left off as far as the approach and what I’m thinking about,” La Stella said Wednesday.La Stella has started taking batting practice in the cage. He said he’s expecting to have batting practice on the field for the first time on Friday. He’s also been taking ground balls and throwing.So far he’s only jogging on a treadmill, not on the field.“Everything feels pretty good,” La Stella said. “We’re just doing a regular protocol and checking off all the boxes.”When La Stella was hurt on July 3, the initial diagnosis was that he’d miss eight to 10 weeks. Wednesday marked eight weeks since the injury, so he appears to be right on schedule.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter For most of the time he was out, he was limited to work in the trainer’s room or gym, so the increase in the past week has been welcomed.“It’s been nice the last couple weeks to do some baseball activity, picking up a bat and throwing again,” he said. “So it’s been fun.”MARSH TO FALL LEAGUEBrandon Marsh, generally considered the Angels’ second-best prospect, will join top prospect Jo Adell in the Arizona Fall League.Although the league announced last week that Adell would play, the rest of the rosters were announced on Wednesday.Marsh, 21, has hit .284 with seven homers and a .773 OPS, mostly at Double-A. Over his past 27 games, he has hit .346 with a .940 OPS.Related Articles Infielder Jahmai Jones will also return to the Fall League for a second time. Pitchers Nathan Bates, Aaron Hernandez, Isaac Mattson, Austin Warren and catcher Franklin Torres were also selected.They will all play for Mesa. The AFL season begins Sept. 18. The championship game is Oct. 26.ALSOThe Angels will push Jaime Barría back a couple of days the next time through the rotation, keeping Andrew Heaney on his normal turn. Left-handers José Suarez, Dillon Peters and Heaney will start the three games against the Boston Red Sox, starting Friday. …Justin Anderson, who is out with a strained trap, will throw a bullpen session on Friday.UP NEXTAngels (LHP José Suarez, 2-5, 6.67 ERA) vs. Red Sox (RHP Nate Eovaldi, 1-0, 6.64 ERA), Friday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mike Trout among Angels blanked in Gold Glove awards

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The Angels came up empty in the Gold Glove awards, with Andrelton Simmons’ bid for his fifth Gold Glove most likely derailed by injuries.Simmons, who played just 103 games this season, lost to Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.Center fielder Mike Trout, right fielder Kole Calhoun and third baseman David Fletcher also were among the top three finishers at their positions, but none won.Calhoun and Fletcher both lost out to the incumbents at their positions: Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and Oakland A’s third baseman Matt Chapman. For Trout, the Gold Glove has been one of the only significant awards that has eluded him. He’s been included among the top several times, including each of the past two years, but he has never won.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone He’s been unfortunate enough to come along at a time when there are other elite defensive center fielders in the league. Also, just before Trout reached the majors the award became position-specific for outfielders. Previously, the top three outfielders won, often allowing for more than one center fielder.Trout has made no secret of his desire to win the award, and he’s worked hard to upgrade his defense over recent seasons.Still, the metrics don’t rate him as highly as some of his peers.In DRS, he ranked ninth out of 18 players with at least 500 innings in center field.center_img Trout finished behind Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, who had won in 2015 and 2016.The Gold Gloves are selected by a vote of managers and coaches, with an additional 25 percent of the calculation derived from a combination of defensive metrics known as the SABR Defensive Index (SDI).Simmons had won the award each of the past two years, in addition to two times with the Atlanta Braves earlier in his career.This season, though, Simmons missed significant time with two injuries. He missed 34 games in May and June with a sprained ankle, and then suffered a similar injury in early August, costing him another month.Despite the missed time, he still led American League shortstops with 14 defensive runs saved. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers mourn longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager

first_imgWalton said Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell “looked good” on Thursday in his first full practice since injuring his left knee. Before his return, Russell only competed in games of two-on-two and three-on-three as well as shooting and pool exercises. “By the end, he was much more active,” Walton said. “He was playing his point position more effectively and efficiently by the end of practice.”The Lakers have not determined if Russell will play on Friday without a minutes restriction. Fine printThe NBA and the league’s players association agreed to a new seven-year labor deal that will involve fewer exhibition games and back-to-back contests. “The four (games) in five nights are much more of an issue when you’re talking about helping a key player get healthy,” Walton said. “You get hurt when you’re fatigued or they have you fly across the country and play a game.” Injury update Though Walton said Lakers reserve forward Tarik Black was “definitely limping,” he participated in a full practice without any reported setbacks. Black said his right ankle is “getting better,” though it’s unclear of his return. Lakers reserve guard Jose Calderon spent Thursday’s practice completing sprints between 60 to 70 percent speed and individual shooting drills. If he has no setbacks with his right hamstring on Friday, Calderon will complete running deals at a faster speed and shooting exercises with more movement.Walton granted reserve guard Lou Williams an excused absence from practice for personal reasons. The Lakers described Sager in other glowing terms after being a part of Turner’s NBA coverage for 26 years. “Craig was a great reporter, a wonderful person, and an absolute joy to work with,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “He put up a valiant and courageous fight, but unfortunately, cancer won. He will be terribly missed, and our condolences go out to Craig’s family and his many friends.”Several Lakers players tweeted their condolences about Sager’s passing, including Lou Williams, Nick Young, Luol Deng and Jose Calderon. Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver described Sager “as vital to the NBA as the players and coaches” and “a true original and an essential voice.”“Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality,” Silver said in a statement. “Craig earned widespread respect for his insightful reporting and inspired so many most recently with his courage.”Talking about practice Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PHILADELPHIA >> Whenever Luke Walton turned on a nationally televised NBA game, the Lakers coach did not just tune in to watch a star player or scout an opponent. Walton also wanted to see sideline reporter Craig Sager. “Part of the fun and entertainment of what we do is seeing Craig in his crazy suits. He was phenomenal at his job,” Walton said. “He brought something every night he was on TV.”So it hardly sounded surprising the Lakers and the NBA family reacted in mourning on Thursday over the passing of Sager, who had spent the past two years fighting cancer. All NBA teams will observe a moment of silence in Sager’s memory, including when the Lakers (10-18) play the Philadelphia 76ers (6-19) on Friday at Wells Fargo Center. “I can’t imagine how hard that has got to be, to put on that face and come and do the job that you love knowing that you’re not at your best,” Walton said. “You’re still out there fighting that fight and not letting it beat you. He’s not just staying home all day. He’s out there still living his life as long as he can. It’s incredible. He’s a strong, strong man.” last_img read more

Millions in Volkswagen settlement funds available to replace diesel engines

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting applications for funding from the national Volkswagen settlement.Debra Arp leads the team that is handling the grant paperwork. “Volkswagen came into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and created this trust fund to do environmental mitigation resulting from their defeat devices that were in the vehicles that resulted in faulty emissions testing,” according to Arp.She says there is nearly $5 million in funding available to private organizations, public transit system operators, city, counties and schools which own and operate diesel powered equipment are eligible to apply. Arp says the goal is to upgrade to make the vehicles cleaner.She says the funds will replace the current diesel engines being used to improve the emissions in the vehicles or equipment. Arp says anyone in the categories she mentioned is encourage to apply. She says there is $4.9 million available, with $3.1 million dollars available for buses, around one million dollars for trucks and $700,000 for non-road and transport equipment.You can learn more about the funding and how to apply at the program website: www.iowadot.gov/vwsettlement.last_img read more