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Over 200 Participants Expected at First Bank Amateur Open Championship

first_imgOver 200 golfers from around the globe are expected to participate in the 58th edition of First Bank Amateur Open Championship organisers have said.Speaking at a press briefing held at the golf section of Ikoyi Club to herald the championship on Friday, the oganisers said the First Bank  Amateur Open Championship, which made its debut over 57 years ago has sailed a smooth ride so far.This year’s tournament is expected to attract the best amateur golfers, not only in Nigeria, but across the world as the championship has been listed on the World Amarteur Golf Ranking administered by R&A and USGA. The organisers said the listing has given the championship a heightened level of recognition on the world stage as far as amateur golf championships are concerned, noting that the First Bank Lagos Amateur Open is now one of the international golf events where amateur golfers worldwide can participate and amass points to aid their WAGR rankings.In his reaction, the CEO of First Bank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan represented by Osahon Ogieva, said the championship has grown to the level where amateur golfers the world over are scrambling to participate in and bank is therefore looking forward to a very successful tourney.On his part, Captain of the Ikoyi Club golf section, Babatunde Johnson opined that the First Bank Lagos Open Golf Champion is the longest running golf competition in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse evens conference record in 12-9 win against North Carolina

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Nate Solomon ducked his defender and took a step to the middle, curling toward the cage.He cocked his stick back over his right shoulder and unleashed a shot past North Carolina goalie Caton Johnson. Solomon pumped his fist then turned to hug Brett Kennedy and Peter Dearth, who swarmed him after setting up the fastbreak that put Syracuse ahead, 11-7, with less than a second to play in the third quarter.“It can be a little bit deflating (for the opponent),” SU head coach John Desko said. “It was a big one for us.”No. 9 Syracuse (8-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) started the second half tied with No. 18 North Carolina (7-5, 1-2) at seven goals each. It ended the third quarter up 11-7, smothering the Tar Heels offense and squeezing out enough goals to pull away and win, 12-9, on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The victory moves the Orange to .500 in conference play, potentially pushing it out of the ACC tournament’s play-in game.“To tie it up at halftime was huge for us,” attack Bradley Voigt said. “And we just went in to the locker room at halftime knowing we could control the rest of the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe conference moved to a new tournament format this season to include the fifth team, previously left out. The No. 4 and No. 5 seeds play to face the No. 1-seed, already secured by Virginia.The Orange have finished 2-2 or better in the ACC for the last four years. The last two seasons they went 4-0 in conference. Coming into North Carolina with a 1-2 record, SU hoped to preserve the streak.It did, but with Duke topping the Cavaliers minutes after SU’s win, the Orange are reliant on a UNC win against Notre Dame next Saturday to secure a third-place or higher finish. After Saturday’s win, Desko said he’d heard chatter from players in the locker room about the stakes, but opted not to jump in and distract from the opponent.“I thought about it a little bit before — what could happen where in the ACC tournament,” he said. “But, right now I can’t control anything.”Syracuse, a team that’s avoided early lulls in back-to-back dominating wins, looked like it would do the same. The Orange bolted to a 2-0 lead. But the Tar Heels’ top-20 offense punched back, ripping off six-straight to put the Orange in a 6-2 hole early in the second quarter.The Orange responded with a four-goal run of their own. A goal each way knotted the contest, seven each, at half. In the locker room, SU’s attack knew they hadn’t played at their highest level, Voigt said. They still churned out seven goals despite rushing shots early in the shot clock and playing frantically through transition.“Halfway through the shot clock we were settling for shots that we could get with 10 seconds left,” Voigt said.With 10:40 left in the quarter, Jared Fernandez forced a turnover and Stephen Rehfuss scooped the ground ball. Pat Carlin drove to his right hand from the alley. When his defender forced him wide, Carlin spun right, dropped his stick and shot between Johnson’s legs, breaking the tie and putting SU up for good.About a minute later, the Orange got the ball back after a low pass from behind Drake Porter’s cage slipped through the legs of UNC attack Nicky Solomon. The ball trickled out of bounds, and SU got the restart. Barely a minute later, David Lipka sprinted out to his left from the midfield, whipping a shot across his body and rippling the twine behind Johnson to build a 9-7 lead. Voigt tacked on a tally of his own 1:11 later.For the rest of the half, the Orange smothered the North Carolina offense, deflecting shots, forcing turnovers and pushing possessions late into the shot clock. It never broke down.Then, finally, Solomon put the finisher on one of the most important quarters Syracuse has played all season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

USWNT announces 10 games in 2019 leading up to World Cup

first_imgU.S. Soccer has announced the U.S. women’s national team schedule leading up to the 2019 World Cup, a 10-game series the federation has dubbed the “Countdown to the Cup.”Eight of the 10 games will take place in the United States, with the USWNT opening its 2019 campaign with matches in Europe against France on January 19 and at Spain three days later.  The 10 matches will also include the SheBelieves Cup, a three-game tournament against powers Japan, England and Brazil set to take place in late February and early March. After friendlies against Australia and Brazil in early April, the U.S. will then embark on a three-match “Send-Off Series” against South Africa, a yet-to-be-determined opponent, and Mexico. From there, the USWNT will head to France as it looks to become the second team to successfully defend a Women’s World Cup tittle. “This schedule checks a lot of important boxes in our preparation for the World Cup,” head coach Jill Ellis said in a federation release. “We’ll get to experience a variety of teams in regard to their strengths and styles of play and almost all of the countries will be in their World Cup preparation as well. “We are playing tough games in Europe, which is vitally important, and also get to play quality opponents in front of our home fans at venues all across the USA. It will go fast, but these games will be a major factor in pushing us to be at our peak once we arrive in France next summer.”The U.S. will learn its fate for the World Cup on Saturday, when the Final draw will be held in Paris.Full USWNT schedule belowDateOpponentLocationTime (ET)Jan. 19FranceLe Havre, France2:30 p.m.Jan. 22SpainAlicante, Spain 2:30 p.m.Feb. 27Japan (SheBelieves Cup)Chester, Pa.7 p.m.March 2England (SheBelieves Cup)Nashville, Tenn.4:30 p.m.March 5Brazil (SheBelieves Cup)Tampa, Fla. 8 p.m.April 4AustraliaCommerce City, Colo.9 p.m.April 7BelgiumLos Angeles, Calif.9 p.m.May 12South Africa (Send-Off Series)Santa Clara, Calif.4:30 p.m.May 16TBD (Send-Off Series)St. Louis, Mo.8 p.m.May 26Mexico (Send-Off Series)Harrison, N.J.12 p.m.last_img read more

Khris Davis opens up about contract situation with A’s, impending free agency

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.MESA, Ariz. — Star players typically don’t stay in an A’s uniform for long.Khris Davis wants to be an exception. “It’s not a good … The talks of a long-term contract for Davis have floated around over the past couple of seasons. Now set to become a free agent after the 2019 season and watching how many quality players still remain without a team this spring, it’s hard for Davis not to think about his future.last_img read more