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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

Spors-by-sport snapshot of racial injustice protests

first_img First Published: 28th August, 2020 06:24 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News COMMENT Moved by the videotaped shooting of Jacob Blake, many professional athletes — some who had previously donned Black Lives Matter T-Shirts and knelt for the national anthem to protest racial injustice — made a more dramatic statement.They refused to play.NBA players led the way Wednesday and Thursday by sitting out of scheduled playoff games in the “bubble” in Florida, the league’s answer to finishing up the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The movement quickly spread to the other professional sports.“We are scared as Black people in America,” LeBron James said. “Black men, Black women, Black kids. We are terrified.”Athletes similarly came together after the death of George Floyd, another Black man who died when an officer pressed his knee into his neck for more than seven minutes. Some players knelt during the national anthem or stood in silence, fists raised, while others wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts or had names of Black people killed by police on their jerseys.But then the cellphone video of Blake getting shot in the back seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about 40 miles south of Milwaukee, emerged.Athletes say the moment has forced them to act. Here’s a look at what they are doing across the major professional sports to call for an end to racial injustice:NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks set off a wave of postponements in professional sports Wednesday, when players refused to take the court for a playoff game against Orlando. The two other playoff games for that day were also postponed, as were the three games set for Thursday.NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass issued a statement that said: “We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday,” and added that a group of players and representatives from the teams in the bubble were going to hold a video conference call with the league’s front office and union officials about the next step.“We don’t want lip service anymore,” said San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, who is of Native American descent. “It’s time for actual actions to be made, and time for a change.”MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Seven games were postponed Thursday, a day after three games were called off.“In this world, I’ve always believed, there’s two things you can’t live without. It has nothing to do with food and water. It’s love and hope. And I don’t think we’re doing a good job in our country giving that to everyone and I think that needs to be the focus here,” Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.NFL: Nine teams canceled practice Thursday. The league is set to start its season on Sept. 10.NHL: Announced Thursday that it postponed two days of playoff games. The league’s games went on as scheduled Wednesday. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, who is Black, was vocal about the issue on Twitter, saying it would send “a clear message that human rights take priority over sports.”GOLF: The PGA Tour event at Olympia Fields outside Chicago — less than 100 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin — went on as scheduled Thursday. Cameron Champ, who has a Black father and a white mother, wore a black show and a white shoe. On the white shoe he wrote: “Jacob Blake BLM.” The LPGA Tour is set to begin play Friday in Rogers, Arkansas.TENNIS: Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Western & Southern Open semifinal match Thursday, prompting organizers to announce that there would be no matches that day, but the event would resume in New York City on Friday.“As a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis,” Osaka said in a statement posted on social media. “I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction.”WNBA: The six WNBA games set for Wednesday and Thursday were postponed in the league’s bubble in Bradenton, Florida. Players from the Washington Mystics wore T-shirts that had Blake’s name on the front and seven holes in the back. Later, players held a candlelight vigil. The league had just passed its halfway mark of the 22-game season.MLS: Five of six scheduled matches Wednesday were postponed. Players for the other game, between Nashville SC and Orlando City, said they had already taken the field in preparation for their game before a collective decision was made. The MLS had no games scheduled for Thursday.Image credits: AP LIVE TVcenter_img Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 06:24 IST Spors-by-sport Snapshot Of Racial Injustice Protests Moved by the videotaped shooting of Jacob Blake, many professional athletes — some who had previously donned Black Lives Matter T-Shirts and knelt for the national anthem to protest racial injustice — made a more dramatic statement Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Byron Scott: Showtime Lakers would beat Warriors in seven-game series

first_img“The one thing I think this team couldn’t do on a daily basis against us that they’re doing against everybody else is go small,” Scott said. “You got Magic, James and Kareem as post-up players that demanded double-teams. It would be a whole lot harder. Draymond is a great defender and I have a lot of respect for him. But guarding James Worthy or guarding Kareem? That wouldn’t happen. It would be very interesting.”Both the Showtime Lakers and Warriors play at a frenetic pace. Both excelled on defense. But Scott argued both teams had different identities. “They are volume shooters from 3. We weren’t,” Scott said. “We were definitely inside-out. But James Worthy and Kareem are two of the best post players who have ever played. Magic at 6-9 is unbelievable as well. It would be a very interesting series.”Playful barbsAt first, it sounded liked Kobe Bryant offered a compliment. But as he gushed about former Lakers teammate and Warriors interim coach Luke Walton, Bryant actually delivered a punchline. “I told him he was the next Phil (Jackson),” Bryant said, and the reason had nothing to do with Jackson’s 11 NBA championships. “He was an average player with a messed-up back.”Walton reported that “he got a good laugh” when he learned about Bryant’s comments.“Anytime we had a chance to make fun of anybody, we did,” Walton said. “Kobe was very creative with his jokes. I loved Kobe as a teammate.”Bryant then turned serious, arguing that “Phil saw a lot of himself in Luke.” Jackson stayed sidelined during the New York Knicks’ 1969-70 NBA championship season after injuring his back. Then, Knicks coach Red Holzman made Jackson a de-facto assistant coach. Walton also had back issues during the Lakers’ 2009-10 NBA championship season. So Jackson invited Walton to coaches’ meetings. Walton also charted plays on the sideline.“I was depressed,” Walton said. “Sitting with (Phil), Frank (Hamblen) and Brian Shaw and that whole staff lifted my spirits. I saw right there you still get that sense of camaraderie that you have as a player.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img OAKLAND >> The question caused Lakers coach Byron Scott to offer an incredulous look, suggesting there should not even be a debate. Would the Showtime Lakers beat the current Golden State Warriors?“In a seven-game series? Absolutely,” Scott said before the Lakers played Golden State on Tuesday at the Oracle. “I don’t know in how many (games). But in my mind and humble opinion, we would win a seven-game series against them.”The Showtime Lakers won five NBA championships headlined by a Hall of Fame guard (Magic Johnson), Hall of Fame center (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Hall of Fame forward (James Worthy) and an elite defender (Michael Cooper). Jamaal Wilkes and Scott were along for part of the ride, too. The Warriors won the 2015 NBA championship with a sharp-shooting backcourt (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson), a versatile forward (Draymond Green) and an elite defender (Andre Iguodala).last_img read more