IAAF World Championship: Nigeria’s Oduduru pulls out of 100m

first_imgRelatedPosts Oduduru joins the growing list of athletes Visa is supporting for Tokyo 2020 Dare promises to pay outstanding athletes allowances, AFN hails him                     AFN: Shehu-Gusau vows to unravel corrupt practices Nigeria’s medal hopeful, Divine Oduduru, has pulled out of the 100 metres dash at the ongoing IAAF World Championship in Doha.The athlete, according to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Twitter handle: @NGAathletix, withdrew due to weather conditions in Doha.“Divine Oduduru has pulled out of the 100m as he has chosen to focus on the 200m instead because of the dry/hot weather conditions in Doha,” @NGAathletix tweeted.Check revealed that Oduduru’s stellar NCAA season projected him as one of the best sprinters in the world.This year, he became the first Nigerian sprinter to break the sub-10 seconds barrier in over a decade, before going to run a personal best of 19.73 seconds.Oduduru, who is making his debut outing at the World Championship in Doha, is hoping for a medal against the best runners in the world.Oduduru is the country’s best prospect for podium placement. Despite the fact that Oduduru was beaten to the gold medal of the last African Games by compatriot Raymond Ekevwo in Rabat, Morocco last month, the American NCAA sprint double champion is the second fastest man in the field in Doha.The 22-year-old Nigerian, who has produced a season very similar to Christian Coleman’s 2017 campaign, has some mouth-watering pair of sub-10 performances early on in the year.Oduduru won the NCAA 100m title in 9.86 and doubled back to take the 200m crown in a blazing 19.73.However, his follow up performances since taking to the pro circuit have provided mixed results. Oduduru’s 10.26 run in Paris in his pro debut and the more recent 20.54 to take the 200m event at the African Games have created some kind of mixed feelings in the minds of Nigerians and other track aficionados dreaming of seeing the Delta State born sprinter ascend the podium to signify Nigeria’s return to the top again in the men’s sprint culture.The 100metres gold is open for the likes of Yohan Blake, Christian Coleman, Akani Simbine, Zharnel Hughes, Canada’s Aaron Brown and Rio triple medallist Andre de Grasse and the most experienced sprinter in the field who is defending champion, Justin Gatlin.Gatlin’s victory in London came 12 years after his first. He’s gone under 10 seconds four times this season, capped by a 9.87 performance in Stanford in late June, but clocked just 10.29 in his most recent race in Zagreb three weeks ago where he was hit my a minor hamstring injury.Tags: Athletics Federation of NigeriaDivine OduduruIAAF World Athletic Championshipslast_img read more

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Supersand Eagles set for Portugal

first_imgRelatedPosts Lisbon to host Champions League final Ronaldo’s mother suffers stroke in Portugal CR7 gets 10-year UAE Gold Card visa Two-time African champions Nigeria will begin their campaign at this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals in Paraguay when they clash with world number two Portugal in Asuncion on Friday.This year’s finals will hold at the Los Pynandi World Cup Stadium – named after the Paraguayan national beach soccer team – and located at the headquarters of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee in Greater Asuncion.Nigeria earned a ticket to feature at the 16-team World Cup finals after finishing second at the CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations held in Egypt in December 2018.Champions Senegal is the other team flying Africa’s flag in Paraguay.This year’s finals will kick off on Thursday and end on December 1.Nigeria’s delegation of players and team officials flew out of the country on November 8 in order to participate in an eight-nation pre-competition tournament that took place in Asuncion from November 12 to 16.The Supersand Eagles defeated the Tahiti national team 9-4 during the pre-tournament event, after losing 3-7 to host Paraguay.On Monday this week, Coach Audu ‘Ejo’ Adamu and his wards moved into their Dazzler Hotel World Cup accommodation in Asuncion, and have been training hard as they countenance an interesting encounter with the world number two team on FridayNigeria, winners of the African title in 2007 and 2009, and quarterfinalists at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, will campaign in a fierce Group D that also has world number one team, Brazil, and Oman, ranked number 14 in the world.Nigeria is ranked 21st in the world.Host nation Paraguay will tackle Japan in the tournament opening game on Thursday.After their first game against Portugal on Friday, the Supersand Eagles take to the beach against Oman on November 24 and then against Brazil two days later.Head Coach Adamu has listed veterans Abu Azeez and Victor Tale in his final squad of 12, with Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Emeka Ogbonna, Godspower Igudia, Dami Paul and Taiwo Adams also in.Godwin Tale (Victor’s younger brother), Egan-Osi Ekujimi, Babatunde Badmus, Godwin Iorbee and Hameed Kareem are the other names on the list.Tags: FIFA Beach Soccer World CupPortugalSupersand Eagleslast_img read more

In fall, the buck stops on the gridiron

first_imgThe never-ending sports cycle that is USC athletics is back for another fall semester — a period of time that never seems to lack excitement.Football, of course, takes the cake. You may remember a year ago — not more than a week into the semester — when a horde of news trucks and cameras swarmed the practice field after head coach Steve Sarkisian went rogue at the annual Salute of Troy event.The scandal followed the team for much of the season, as Sarkisian took a leave of absence and was promptly fired after his problems with alcohol came to light. They lost to Stanford and Washington at home and to Notre Dame on the road (where then-Athletic Director Pat Haden collapsed on the sideline). And yet, a team mired in controversy and negative attention — seemingly bound for a lost season — won five of its final six games and ended up four quarters away from an improbable trip to the Rose Bowl.But the Trojans were literally run out of Levi’s Stadium by Christian McCaffrey and Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and their season ended with a loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl, a game that was just as bitter as the cold winter night at Qualcomm Stadium.Assuming they make it past Salute to Troy on Aug. 19 without incident, the Trojans will already be in better shape than they were last year entering the season. But — unexpected controversy aside — criticism could still be quick to rain down on the No. 17 ranked team in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll.There will be a new quarterback — either the redshirt junior Max Browne or unexpected challenger redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — and whomever is chosen will be thrown into the fire quickly. The man who picks him will be Clay Helton, entering his first full season at the helm, feted with a long-term contract and a plate full of expectations to restore USC football to national prominence.For a rookie head coach with an unproven quarterback, an easy schedule to begin the season would be beneficial — maybe games against Arkansas State or Fresno State. Um, how about facing Alabama, Stanford and Utah in three of their first four games, all away from the Coliseum?The task ahead is daunting, but it wouldn’t be Trojan football without it. The program is no stranger to adversity in recent years, from the crippling sanctions to the Lane Kiffin era to the Sarkisian fiasco.This year, it’s a story that could end in any number of ways, and it will be under a new Athletic Director in Lynn Swann. Much like Helton will seek to calm the waters on the sidelines, Swann will look to provide stability at the top after Haden’s up-and-down tenure.Fair or unfair, athletic directors at USC are ultimately judged by the accomplishments of the football team, but Swann could extend a positive first impression if other fall sports succeed as well.He has some good cards to play right away. Men’s water polo is a perennial lock to make the NCAA title match, and the legendary Jovan Vavic and new co-head coach Marko Pintaric will be hungry to avenge last season’s championship defeat to UCLA. Women’s volleyball is also a national powerhouse, going 33-3 last season and appearing in the NCAA Regional Championship match for the fifth time in six years. Women’s soccer is a program on the rise. Fresh off a deep postseason run, the Women of Troy will return most of their starters and are projected to finish second in the Pac-12 in the preseason coaches’ poll.But, like it or not, those three programs could each have unbeaten seasons and it wouldn’t mitigate the backlash that would come with a mediocre football campaign. The buck stops (and starts) with Helton and who he picks to be his quarterback. And when kickoff happens against defending national champion Alabama — as someone once wrote in a book — let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in their favor. Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” will run Fridays.last_img read more

Lonzo Ball targets 20 minutes in Lakers preseason debut

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers LAS VEGAS — It’s been two weeks, Lonzo Ball said, since he’s felt pain in his knee.The hardest thing to deal with in that span has been patience.“Just anxious to get out there,” Ball said Wednesday morning, hours ahead of his preseason debut. “I knew I was gonna play shortly. I’m happy it’s before the season actually gets to start, so I’ll get two practice runs in, then go from there.”The 20-year-old point guard will come off the bench when the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena. He’s expecting to play about 20 minutes, including some time with the starting rotation. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNotably, it will be the first time Ball plays with LeBron James, although neither could say for sure how much time they’ll share the floor. It’s likely James’ last game of the preseason (the Lakers also play the Warriors on Friday), and Ball is scheduled to play again Friday.James said he’s not expecting anything dramatic out of Ball, whom he called “Young King” in an Instagram post on Tuesday.“Just being on the floor, there’s nothing to it,” James said. “He plays basketball, he knows how to play basketball, he’ll be excited to get out there, just not looking too deep into a preseason game.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It’s a bit of a trial by fire for Ball, who figures to play some minutes against Warriors point guard Steph Curry.“He’s a terrific shooter,” Ball said. “But for me, just defensively, that’s what I gotta focus on. Just chasing him around trying to get the drop on him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed After tweaking his hamstring Monday, Josh Hart participated in shootaround with the team. Coach Luke Walton said he’d make a decision at game time whether Hart, who has started two preseason games, will play. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Related Articleslast_img read more

TDP will improve its Rajya Sabha tally by three

first_imgVijayawada, May 12 (PTI) The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is set to improve its tally in the Rajya Sabha by at least three after the biennial elections to the Council of States, slated to be held on June 11.The TDP currently has six MPs in Rajya Sabha, including two from Telangana, of whom Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y Satyanarayana Chowdary will retire next month.Four Rajya Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh will fall vacant next month with the retirement of two Congress and one BJP and TDP members each.Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman of BJP and two former Union Ministers Jairam Ramesh and J D Seelam of Congress will also retire at the end of their term on June 21.Nirmala, of course, completed just two years as she filled in a vacancy caused by the death of former MP N Janardhan Reddy.Given its strength of 102 members in the 176-member Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, the TDP can comfortably win three seats.It is now aiming to clinch the fourth vacant seat from the state, given the defection of 17 YSR Congress MLAs so far.The TDP has the support of four BJP and two independents members as well.TDP leaders claim a few more MLAs of YSRC would cross over ahead of the Rajya Sabha election and help it win the fourth seat also.The YSRC doesnt have a single member in the Upper House of Parliament and hopes to make its debut now.advertisementIf only it could ensure none of its depleted strength of 50 MLAs jumped the ship, the YSRC can hope to realise its dream of making it to Rajya Sabha.Otherwise, its rebels are sure to mar YSRCs prospects, in tune with the strategy being worked out by TDP. PTI DBV NRB SUA SUAlast_img read more