Nigeria celebrated its 54th Independence Anniversary in Abuja yesterday with a golf kitty without the usual Ghanaian delegation from Achimota Golf Club that graced the occasion.Interclub matchplay friendly between the two capital city clubs at IBB International Golf and Country Club Abuja is a routine during the national day of Nigeria.But the sequence was first broken in March 2014, when Abuja did not visit Accra during Ghana’s 57th anniversary. The apparent reason for that was due to the massive upgrading of the Achimota Golf course to meet international standard.IBB Golf Club Captain, Hon Tam Brisibe, who played the ceremonial four-balls with the Presidential Special Adviser on Power Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack, the of Managing Director of PWD, Ali Ibrahim and the DIG Police Operations Sotonye Wakama, yesterday morning, attributed the absence of the Ghanaians to logistics reasons beyond their control.‘’Unfortunately the Ghanaians could not come to play the normal interclub match play with us. We did not go to Accra because they were repairing their course. We invited them but I understand they had some logistic challenges,’’ Brisibe said.A field of 230 golfers graced yesterday’s 18-hole Independence Cup. Everybody enjoyed the game as undue delays were eliminated while a lot of entertainment was provided at the gala night where prizes were presented to discerning golfers. In spite of the myriad of challenges confronting the country, some Nigerian political and business leaders used the independence Kitty to convey messages of hope and solidarity.Brisibe tasked Nigerians to learn to live in unity and harmony which is a tenet imbibed by golfers through sports.Former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia wove his anecdotes around the game of golf which he used to mirror the prevailing challenges the country is facing. He noted that the crises with Nigeria are those usually encountered by golfers during a normal round of golf.‘’Like golf, the world we live in is full of ups and downs; you face obstacles on the course like bunkers, roughs and end up shooting bogies. It is the same challenges you face in normal life. As a country we should settle for a birdie or at best a par,’’ Omehia said.The Vice Chairman of Construction Kaiser, Igbuan Okaisabor observed that a lot of the problems hampering Nigeria would be subdued if the diverse ethnic groups come together and forge a synergy.‘’If we come together we will be a force to reckon with. Our diversity should be to our advantage. Asides, we are beginning to turn the corners through improved GDP per capital and a growing middle class,’’ Okaisabor said.
Roberts said there is still no timetable for Wood’s return but his schedule this week is similar to the one Clayton Kershaw went through in the week before he was activated from the IL.“Thursday would be the next progression, and that would be a simulated game facing some hitters,” Roberts said. “This is the first part of the progression — doing the up-and-down bullpen and then the next thing would be that sim game.”SEAGER STATUSShortstop Corey Seager missed his third consecutive game with a back injury but is “continuing to progress,” according to Roberts. Seager was on the field before the game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, going through agility drills and testing his back.“He’s moving around better,” Roberts said. “Yesterday I saw him and he was in pretty good spirits, moving around. I’m not sure when he’s going to get back on the field and start kind of running around, take some ground balls, let alone take any swings. Once that day comes, we’ll have more clarity.”For now, the Dodgers have not put Seager on the IL, willing to play shorthanded for a handful of days in the hopes that Seager won’t need a full 10 days to recover.“Fortunately, with the versatility we do have, it’s not as imperative,” Roberts said of the IL move. “Right now, we’re certainly managing and we feel OK about it.”ALSOOutfielder Terrance Gore cleared waivers and has been optioned to the Dodgers’ alternate training site. Gore was designated for assignment on July 30.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Joe Kelly will be on the injured list as he awaits the outcome of his appeal of an eight-game suspension.The Dodgers placed Kelly on the IL on Monday with shoulder inflammation. The right-hander appeared in seven of the Dodgers’ first 16 games, pitching 6 1/3 innings without being charged with a run, striking out five, walking five and giving up five hits.Demoted last week when rosters were trimmed from 30 to 28, lefty reliever Adam Kolarek was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Kelly in the bullpen for now.“Joe just has some shoulder discomfort,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, adding that Kelly had an MRI but Roberts was unaware of the results as of Monday afternoon. “It’s been bothering him here for a few days. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Give him some time on the IL to let it calm down a little bit and hopefully he’s ready once that 10 days is up.”Once that 10 days is up Kelly will probably be unavailable even longer. Kelly revealed on Ross Stripling’s podcast last week that he was scheduled to have the appeal of his eight-game suspension heard on Monday. Kelly was suspended for throwing behind two Astros hitters and setting off a benches-clearing confrontation in Houston on July 28.Kelly is one of 56 pitchers around the league to go on the IL for non-coronavirus reasons. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that is well ahead of the pace in 2019 (24) and 2018 (19) through the first 18 days of the season.“I don’t think it’s coincidence,” Roberts said of the increased number of injuries following a three-week preseason.Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood is also on the IL with shoulder inflammation. He was scheduled to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday, broken into two 15-pitch bursts with a simulated inning break between. If that goes well, Wood is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday either to hitters at the alternate training site or at Dodger Stadium before the game against the Padres. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season