Osheku Athletics Academy Celebrates Egbeniyi’s Historic Feat at NCAA

first_imgprestigious championships that has produced several world and Olympic champions.‘I threw a small party for the athletes in the academy on Monday after the morning training session to celebrate what Abike did at the weekend,’ said Osheku who trained Falilat Ogunkoya to two Olympic medals and the African 400m record of 49.10 seconds which is yet to be broken after over two decades.Osheku is happy athletes his academy helped to secure scholarships to American universities have never disappointed him and wants Nigerians to be on the look-out for Isaac Odugbesan in the shot put.“Odugbesan won a track scholarship to Middle Tennessee State University just late last year and the 18 year old has already improved his personal best from the 16.65m he threw last year June in Abuja to become a consistent 18m thrower now. He has thrown 18m and above about five times this year culminating in the new 18.72m personal best he achieved last April at Auburn University in Alabama,” stressed an obviously happy coach.Osheku also revealed that long jumper Omosola Omolayo also won a track scholarship through the academy to the same university which also harbours another Osheku Athletics Academy graduate Cecilia Francis.“Omolayo is also at Middle Tennessee State University. She left the same day Odugbesan left and has been unlucky with injury. She is now feeling a lot better and will soon leap into reckoning. Cecilia (Francis) left the academy for the university some two years ago and she was on fire during the indoor season, topping the Nigerian 2018 55m indoor list with 6.91 seconds.’Osheku also revealed plans are underway to re-launch the academy formerly known as Osheku Striders.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram One of Nigeria’s most successful athletics coaches, Tony Osheku yesterday celebrated the 800m silver medal won by one of the academy’s graduates, Abike Egbeniyi at the 2018 National Collegiate of Athletics Associations (NCAA) Championships which held in Eugene, Oregon, USA over the weekend.Egbeniyi of Middle Tennessee State University ran 2:04.33 to win the silver medal behind Watson Sammy of Texas A&M University who ran 2:04.21 in pouring rain.It was the first time a Nigerian athlete would make the podium in the event at thelast_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: English amateurs shine again as Dryburgh triumphs

first_img2 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: English amateurs shine again as Dryburgh triumphs Lily May Humphreys further underlined her career potential as she pushed for victory and fell just short of the winning total posted by Gemma Dryburgh in the third event of the Rose Ladies Series.The 18-year-old England women’s international is no stranger to the top of a leaderboard having won the 2019 Welsh and Irish Ladies Opens, the Annika Europe event and, just prior to lockdown in March, the Sunningdale Foursomes.Coming down the stretch at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club, the Essex teenager – one of only three amateurs in the field of 54 – harboured genuine dreams of winning in a professional event.In the end, plus-six handicapper Humphreys had to settle for one under par round of 71 and a tie for fourth alongside LPGA winner Charley Hull.Scotland’s Dryburgh carded six birdies in a round of 69 to edge one ahead of English duo Georgia Hall and Cara Gainer and two clear of Humphreys.It was another fine all-round showing from England’s top women amateurs with Ellie Gower also sealing a tie for eighth after a level par round and Hannah Screen recovering from two bad holes on the front nine to come home in 34 for a total of four over par.Humphreys proved to be a model of consistency on the front nine with eight straight pars.The run ended on the ninth – not that the golfer from Stoke by Nayland was upset. A birdie two on the 175-yard par three allowed her to reach the turn in 36.A bogey five at the 10th was swiftly remedied with a birdie at the very next hole.Another run of four pars then put England Golf’s women and girls’ Order of Merit winner from 2019 firmly in contention for victory.In fact, the Curtis Cup player was tied for the lead with three others after 15 holes and then took solo charge with another birdie two at the 161-yard 16th hole as she moved to two under par.A bogey five at the 17th hole halted her charge and that, combined with back-to-back birdies from Hall on the 13th and 14th holes allowed the 2018 Women’s British Open champion to take up a familiar place at the top of the leaderboard before being pipped in a dramatic finale.Humphreys, though, can take great heart from her performance proving once again why she is ranked 18th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.Gower, pictured above, birdied the fifth, ninth and 14th holes in a fine level par round of 72.The 17-year-old can be proud of ending the day in a tie for eighth.For the second week running in this series, two England amateurs have achieved top ten finishes.Last week sisters Samantha and Annabell Fuller finished tied for second and seventh respectively at Moor Park Golf Club.Gower, studying at the University of Colorado Boulder, didn’t panic after dropping three shots in her first three holes.In fact she displayed skill and heart to bounce back into contention while playing a group also containing former British Open champion Hall and Cloe Frankish who joined Gower on level par for the day.England Golf’s other amateur representative, Hannah Screen,  was left to rue two disappointing holes on her front nine as she made a competitive return to golf after lockdown.The England women’s overseas player counted the cost of slips at the first and seventh holes en route to a round of 76.Birdies at the fifth, 11th and 15th holes, as well as the experience of teeing it up alongside Hull and Gabriella Cowley will stand the 20-year-old Oklahoma University student in good stead as she heads to next week’s Faldo Series event at Brockett Hall.To catch up on all today’s scores, click hereThe Rose Ladies Series continues next week with a visit to Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent – the venue for the 2021 Open Championship. Tags: Ellie Gower, Hannah Screen, Lily May Humphreys, Rose Ladies Serieslast_img read more

Video: What do QPR fans think about Les Ferdinand’s return?

first_imgQPR fans give their thoughts on QPR legend Les Ferdinand’s return to Loftus Road as the club’s head of football operations. See also:QPR v Liverpool player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Survey suggests more Canadians plan to do holiday shopping online this year

first_imgA new survey suggests more Canadians are planning to do some or all of their holiday shopping online this year.A survey commissioned by FedEx Canada and released today found that 65 per cent of Canadians polled planned to shop online this year, while 55 per cent said they did so last year.Six per cent of those polled said they planned to shop online this holiday season for the first time.Participants in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia were the most likely to shop online for the holidays, with 68 per cent of Ontario respondents and 67 per cent of the others saying they planned to avoid brick-and-mortar stores.Saskatchewan, Quebec and Alberta had the lowest percentage of respondents who said they intend to shop online, ranging from 58 to 62 per cent.The survey was conducted online from Oct. 5 to 7 and involved roughly 1,490 adult Canadians. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the populationlast_img read more

China accuses US of undermining UN antiterror body

first_imgBeijing: China on Thursday accused the US of undermining the authority of the UN anti-terrorism committee by “forcefully moving” a resolution in the UNSC to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying America’s move only “complicates” the issue. The US, supported by France and the UK, has moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief, two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Asked about the development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing that Washington move only complicates the issue. “This is not in line with resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations. This has reduced the authority of the Committee as a main anti-terrorism body of the UNSC and this is not conducive to the solidarity and only complicates the issue. “We urge the US to act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this resolution draft,” Geng said.last_img read more

Royals vs Orioles Tops Our List Of Comeback Clashes In League Championship

3. 1995 ALCS: Seattle Mariners (90.0) vs. Cleveland Indians (87.2); harmonic mean 88.6. If I were ranking the series subjectively instead of by a formula, this one would stand out along with Royals-Orioles. The 1995 ALCS fits the template of two notoriously terrible franchises hitting their stride at the same time. The Indians had a winning record just once from 1982 to 1993, and 1995 was their first postseason appearance since 1954. The Mariners had posted a winning record just twice in franchise history and had never made the playoffs before. 9. 1982 ALCS: California Angels (85.1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (83.7); harmonic mean 84.4. The Angels had been mediocre rather than awful for most of the 1960s and 1970s; they’d reached the ALCS only once before (in 1979) but also never lost more than 95 games in a season. The Brewers were terrible from 1969 (when they began as the Seattle Pilots) to 1977 but were due for a breakthrough by 1982, having posted winning records in each year from 1978 to 1981. 7. 2002 ALCS: Minnesota Twins (86.7) vs. Anaheim Angels (83.7); harmonic mean 85.2. The Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991, but they were terrible for most of the intervening seasons before making the playoffs again in 2002. The Angels had been following their usual Atlanta Hawks-esque pattern of being slightly below .500 and never making an impact in the playoffs. In fact, 2002 was their first postseason appearance since their classic series against the Red Sox in 1986. 8. 1989 NLCS: San Francisco Giants (86.3) vs. Chicago Cubs (83.0); harmonic mean 84.6. The Cubs have appeared in the NLCS three times — in 1984, 1989 and 2003 — and all three of those cases appear on this list. However, the 1970s and 1980s, what gets factored into their 1989 WALT score, weren’t quite as bad as some other eras for the franchise. The Giants had reached the NLCS in 1987, but that had come after awful play in the early 1980s. 6. 1991 NLCS: Atlanta Braves (91.0) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (81.0); harmonic mean 85.7. Atlanta and Pittsburgh would meet in the NLCS again in 1992, which is remembered for Francisco Cabrera’s walk-off single. But their 1991 series also went to seven games and featured four games decided by one run. It ranks slightly higher according to WALT since the Braves made the playoffs for just the second time since 1969 — and after having averaged 96 losses per season from 1985 through 1990. 2. 1984 NLCS: San Diego Padres (91.7) vs. Chicago Cubs (87.2); harmonic mean 89.4. This has been a painful list for Cubs fans. The ball that went through Leon Durham’s legs in the decisive fifth game of the 1984 NLCS is not remembered as well as a similar play by Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series (or the Steve Bartman incident in 2003). But it was every bit as consequential; the error improved the Padres’ probability of winning the series by 20 percent — about as much as Buckner’s play did given that the Mets and Red Sox still had a seventh game to play. However, the Padres rank as the slightly worse team by WALT: 1984 was their first playoff appearance and just the second time they finished with a winning record.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuOauPWip_8?t=1h51m30s1. 2014 ALCS: Kansas City Royals (92.1) vs. Baltimore Orioles (87.7); harmonic mean 89.8. It’s almost certainly just a coincidence, but the other series on this list have given us more than their fair share of extraordinary moments. Here’s hoping the Orioles and Royals will give us a few more. 4. 1969 NLCS: New York Mets (104.5) vs. Atlanta Braves (75.1); harmonic mean 87.4. Before 1969, the Braves hadn’t made the postseason since 1958, when they did so in Milwaukee. But they had been a winning team for most of the 1960s — the high rank of this series is despite them rather than because of them. Instead it was the “miracle” Mets, who had averaged a record of 56-105 between their inaugural year in 1962 and 1968, who went on to win the NLCS and the World Series. 5. 2003 NLCS: Florida Marlins (88.1) vs. Chicago Cubs (85.6); harmonic mean 86.8. Between 1909 and 2002, the Marlins and Cubs won only one World Series between them, and that went, in 1997, to Florida, who had come into existence as an expansion franchise only four years earlier. But the Marlins blew up their roster a year later and had a losing record for the next five seasons before winning the World Series again in 2003. The Cubs, meanwhile, missed their moment in 2003 in about the most painful way imaginable. But don’t worry, bleacher bums: Your team is going to win the World Series in 2015, according to “Back To the Future Part II.” The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals meet Friday night in Baltimore for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and they’re no strangers to the ALCS. The Orioles will be making their 10th ALCS appearance — only the New York Yankees (15 appearances) and the Oakland A’s (11) have made it more often. Kansas City will be appearing for the seventh time.But both franchises’ glory days came long ago. The Orioles last made the ALCS in 1997 and averaged a 73-89 record between 1998 and last season. The Royals last made the ALCS in 1985 and were respectable for the next few years, but Kansas City had an average record of 68-94 from 1996 to 2013.How unusual is it for two such moribund franchises to get their act together and meet in the League Championship Series?In baseball, there’s a precedent for pretty much everything — so there are some other examples like this, such as the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians in 1995. Still, the Orioles-Royals series qualifies as being as underdog-y as any other since the ALCS and NLCS began in 1969.To identify cases in which two franchises with long losing track records met in the LCS, I took a weighted average of each team’s loss totals for the 20 seasons prior to the year it appeared in the championship series. We can call this figure WALT, for Weighted Average Loss Total. In calculating WALT, the most recent prior season is given a weight of 20, while a season from 20 years ago is given a weight of one. (Loss totals are prorated to a 162-game schedule.)Then I took the harmonic mean of the WALT score for the two teams to appear together in each LCS. The harmonic mean places more emphasis on the lower of the two values. What this means is that a series will rank higher if both teams have been bad, as in the case of the Orioles and Royals, rather than if one has been awful while the other has been OK.Here are the 10 most underdog-y championship series as rated by this measure:10. 2007 NLCS: Colorado Rockies (87.8 WALT) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (81.8 WALT); harmonic mean 84.4. The 2007 NLCS featured the novelty of two 1990s expansion teams facing each other. But the Diamondbacks had gotten off to a quick start, winning the World Series in 2001. The Rockies had struggled more, having reached the playoffs just once before 2007. read more

Nearly 250 new cases of TB for Bahamas one school closed for

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Tuberculosisoutbreak Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – RM Bailey senior high school in Nassau is still closed due to Tuberculosis found initially in one student and the Education Minister, Jeffrey Lloyd says it will remain that way until the institution is satisfactorily scoured to be TB, free.    A notice came from the Ministry of Health, Department of Healthy for for students and staff of the R.M. Bailey Senior High School, who began the screening exercise, on Friday or Monday to report to the school today.So far of the 400 people screened, eight teachers and staff and two students have returned positives for tuberculosis.  However, it is not only Nassau with the TB problem; Eleuthera and Exuma are also having Mantoux testing done. There have been 2000 tests in Eleuthera and of that, 235 cases are confirmed to be TB.  Testing is not yet started in Exuma and Health Minister Duane Sands reported that there is no cause for alarm for that island.#MagneticMediaNews#Tuberculosisoutbreak Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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