UK roundup: Mercer on DB-to-DC transfers, JLT on deficits

first_imgThere has been a 60% increase in the number of defined benefit (DB) pension members looking to ascertain the value of their benefits as new freedoms are applied to defined contribution (DC) schemes.Data from consultancy Mercer showed that, during each month of 2014, around 1,500 people made enquiries into the value of their benefits.However, in March 2015, some 2,500 people contacted the consultancy looking for a cash-equivalent transfer value (CETV) in the run-up to freedoms that came into force on April 6.The UK government has consulted on whether to ban DB-to-DC transfers but decided to allow them to continue as long as members obtain independent financial advice. It banned transfers from funded and unfunded public sector pension schemes.Many consultants raised concerns over an influx of DB members leaving their schemes to DC options to access their pension entitlements as cash following the scrapping of rules to buy an annuity.Matthew Demwell, partner at Mercer, said the current rate would lead to around 4% of DB members being administered by the firm seeking a CETV quote.“It’s clear these changes have appealed to a number of people,” he said.“However, these are just quotations. It remains to be seen how many people will actually accept the quotation and transfer out of their defined benefit scheme.“This certainly represents an opportunity for employers and trustees to reduce the sometimes crippling burden of pension costs, but, clearly, to ensure people have enough in their retirement, the process must be carefully managed.”In other news, JLT Employee Benefits has predicted the level of deficit contributions from FTSE 100 schemes will spike in 2015, given the number of triennial valuations being finalised and the continued low interest rate environment.Around 30 firms in the FTSE 100 are set to have the valuations this year, and, with low interest rates pushing up liabilities, many companies could see trustees demand higher cash contributions, the consultancy said.Companies contributed £14.1bn (€19.1bn) in the last accounting year.Approximately £6.9bn of that was purely for deficit recovery, but the figure was lower than the £9bn reported the year previous.However, total IAS 19 deficits in FTSE 100 companies came to roughly £80bn at the end of 2014, £26bn higher than at the end of 2013.Charles Cowling, director at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “We expect to see some difficult negotiations between trustees and employers, and, inevitably, there are going to be demands for increases – potentially significant increases – in employers’ funding contributions.”last_img read more

Modified Mayhem win at Billings pays off big for Hagen

first_imgBILLINGS. Mont. (July 19) – His first visit to Billings Motorsports Park produced a new career highlight for Travis Hagen.The North Dakota traveler led all 30 laps in winning the inaugural Modified Mayhem special. Saturday’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event at Billings paid $2,500 to win and landed Hagen on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. “It’s fun to race at different tracks and we had a lot of fun at Billings,” said Hagen, who hadn’t decided between the original Mayhem date and Estevan Motor Speedway before both shows were rained out on May 31. “They put on a great show and the people at the track were nice.” After drawing the outside row one start, Hagen ran most of the way with fellow traveler Eric Sinness. The two were in the process of checking out on the rest of the field before a caution waved with five circuits to go. With lapped traffic eliminated by that yellow, Hagen pulled away again to win ahead of Kenny Baumann, Jeremiah Meirhofer, Sinness and Jason Wolla. “This absolutely has to be my career highlight,” the fifth-year Modified driver said. “I ran well at Boone last year and made all three qualifying features but this was my biggest career payday.”Modified Mayhem was sponsored by Sorenson Racing of Billings. Feature results – 1. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 2. Kenny Baumann, Billings; 3. Jeremiah Meirhofer, Belgrade; 4. Eric Sinness, Williston, N.D.; 5. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 6. Jake Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho; 7. Marty Harvie, Great Falls; 8. Merlin Sorenson, Laurel; 9. Paul Donnelly, Great Falls; 10. Dennis Hurd, Billings; 11. Travis Davis, Billings; 12. Ed Conlin, Williston, N.D.; 13. Dale Neitzel, Shepherd; 14. Kasey Brown, Billings; 15. Tony Steward, Belgrade; 16. Brian Wier, Colstrip; 17. Jeremy Sorenson, Williston, N.D.; 18. Jeremy Keller, Mandan, N.D.; 19. Joey Price, Great Falls; 20. Byran Bettcher, Sheridan.Heat winners were Merlin Sorenson, Meirhofer, Baumann and Sinness. Kasey Brown won the “B” feature.last_img read more

The Latest: Earliest AHL could resume is May, the AP is told

first_imgThe person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the league has not announced the decisions reached by the AHL’s executive committee during a conference call.The move follows last week’s decision by the 31-team AHL to suspend its season until further notice. The decision coincides with the NHL placing a roster freeze on player movement, as well as pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not more than a month.Previously, players were encouraged to remain with their teams.— Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow___ The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak. The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___ ___2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement. The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid. With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000. ___4:10 p.m.Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people.Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:45 p.m.A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the American Hockey League is allowing its players to return home while determining it won’t be able to resume its season until May at the earliest. The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all. The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.” John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events. Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___ 8:50 p.m.The Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, has been canceled following the stringent measures put in place during the virus outbreak.The Jockey Club says the horse racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool, from April 2-4 will not take place.The British government has said emergency services are being withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings in the country from Tuesday, so the Jockey Club “has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage” the Grand National Festival.Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, says “we were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but … this is not a viable option.” 1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled. March 16, 2020 The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games. The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19. ___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet.___1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later. The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2. Associated Press The Latest: Earliest AHL could resume is May, the AP is told In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m. Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice.Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America.___4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access. ___2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely. The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3.USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California.___7:10 p.m. 11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution. The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said. Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced. The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___ “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak. “We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. ___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.last_img read more

Dempsey nets again as Blues miss chance to catch Spurs

first_imgFulham 1 Chelsea 1Clint Dempsey’s late equaliser rescued a point for Fulham in the west London derby and prevented Chelsea from moving level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.Spurs’ home defeat against Norwich earlier in the day handed the Blues a golden opportunity to catch their rivals.AdChoices广告They looked set to do just that courtesy of Frank Lampard’s penalty, but Dempsey nodded home Damien Duff’s 82nd-minute corner to give the Whites a deserved draw.Lampard put Chelsea ahead.It was Dempsey’s 22nd goal of a remarkable season for the American, whose header deflected off Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and into the net.The visitors struggled to create chances yet found themselves ahead at the interval.They appealed in vain for a penalty when Ryan Bertrand’s shot hit Stephen Kelly’s hand, but were given a spot-kick in first-half injury time after Danny Murphy’s two-footed challenge on Salomon Kalou.Lampard duly steppped up to net his 150th league goal and again underline the midfielder’s continued importance to his team’s cause.It was tough on Martin Jol’s side, who had enjoyed most of the possession with Dempsey and Kerim Frei bringing saves from keeper Petr Cech.Fulham – and the excellent Frei in particular – caused Chelsea problems after the break and John Arne Riise went close to equalising with a curling effort.Duff’s late corner led to Fulham’s deserved equaliser.Frei’s pace and trickery tested Branislav Ivanovic, while John Terry looked every inch like a man struggling through the pain barrier.Terry, who is nursing a rib injury, was recalled to the starting line-up along with Lampard, Ramires, Kalou, John Obi Mikel and Fernando Torres as interim boss Roberto Di Matteo – aware of his team’s packed fixtures list – rang the changes.The Italian’s selections have proved to be spot-on since he took charge, and Chelsea were on course for their ninth win in 11 matches under him before they shipped yet another late goal.Cech produced a fine save at his near post to push away Aaron Hughes’ header from Duff’s corner.But the resulting follow-up corner by Duff was met by Dempsey, whose leveller was the 20th goal this season Chelsea have conceded in the final 10 minutes of a league game.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

592 Beer Inter-Village Football Festival| Paradise, Friendship through to semi-finals

first_imgPARADISE and Friendship secured semi-final berths in the 592 Beer Inter-Village Football Festival on Christmas Day, defeating Buxton and Mahaica respectively via penalty kicks at the Buxton Community Centre ground.Paradise will now match skills with Friendship in the semi-final round on December 29 at the same venue. The second semi-final will pit Golden Grove against Beterverwagting (BV).Paradise defeated Buxton 4-3 on penalty kicks, after normal time ended 2-2. Buxton commenced the shoot-out and stumbled, failing from the mark as the goalkeeper completed a save.Paradise seized the opportunity to take the lead as they scored. Both teams then scored in the second round, as Paradise maintained their one-goal lead at 2-1. The third round mirrored the second, with both teams netting from the distance to take the score to 3-2.The fourth section continued the trend of the previous two rounds, as both teams scored to push the score to 4-3. However, Buxton sealed their own exit, as they blasted over the crossbar in the fifth round.Prior to their exit, Buxton opened the scoring in the sixth minute as Derrick Weekes lashed his effort into the lower right side. The lead quickly ballooned to 2-0, with Esan Hamer rifling his attempt into the right corner from the left side.This lead was maintained heading into the halftime interval. However, Paradise pulled one back in the 70th minute through Teshawn Gordon, who blasted into the roof of the net. The score was then levelled in the 88th minute when Quincy Adams slotted home inside the left of the box.Meanwhile, Friendship bested Mahaica 5-4 on sudden-death penalty kicks, after regulation time ended 3-3.For Friendship, Dillon Wright copped a double in the 10th and 27th minutes while Clive Andries added a goal in the 62nd minute.For Mahaica, Travis Adams fashioned a brace in the 15th and 41st minutes, while Shamar McPherson made an 80th minute strike.The eventual champions of the event will pocket $500 000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $200 000, $150 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.Similarly, individual prizes will also be awarded for Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, MVP of the final, Best Goalkeeper of the tournament and the Best Goalkeeper of the final. Some of the major sponsors of the tournament include Bakewell Guyana Incorporated, ExxonMobil, the NSC, Flavours Boss and the Colin Talbot Construction Services.last_img read more

At Last, D’Tigress Arrive Lagos from USA

first_imgThis evening, the second batch which will be led by Coach Otis Hughley will touch down in Lagos same time aboard the Turkish Airline flight.This batch will be made up of Aisha Mohammed, Ezinne Kalu, Atonye Nyingifa, Elo Edeferioka, Imovbioh Sarah and Promise Amukamara.The trio of Nkem Akaraiwe, Nkechi Akashili and Uju Ugoka will join the squad today for their first training session holding at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.Team Captain, Adaora Elonu, who currently got signed by WNBA side, Atlanta Dreams will join the team at a later date.Flight cancelations have kept the players at the Atlanta camp till now. They were scheduled to return last weekend and open the business of preparing in the Lagos this past Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram At last, the D’Tigress arrived Lagos from their camp in Atlanta, USA in continuation of their preparation for the 2018 FIBA Women World Cup in Spain.The team which left Atlanta on Wednesday aboard a Turkish Airline, arrived Lagos at 7:15pm yesterday evening.The first batch of players on that flight were led by Coach Ujoh Alexander. They include; Evelyn Akhator, Cecilia Okoye, Jasmine Nwapei, Dominic Wilson and Sarah Ogoke.last_img read more

Heisler: After 8 years of being nobody, the Lakers are the Lakers again

first_img Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEven if the Lakers land center DeMarcus Cousins, too, they won’t be favored in a Western Conference that figures to be dominated by Golden State, winner of three of the past four titles, and Houston, which lost to the Warriors in a seven-game conference finals after Chris Paul in the final minutes of Game 5.On the other hand, who in Lakerdom is worried about that stuff?All involved just spent eight hellish seasons of seeing everything go wrong that could go wrong: Commissioner David Stern spiking the trade for CP3, who then went to the Clippers … trading for Steve Nash, who was always hurt, and Dwight Howard, who left after one season … re-signing Kobe Bryant for his last two seasons at $55 million, only to learn his Achilles injury had already ended his days of being Kobe … the coaching hires of Mike D’Antoni, an outsider whom fans yearning for Phil Jackson booed upon arrival, and Byron Scott, a member of the Laker family whom fans quickly deserted, anyway.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.All that’s over. However problematic the LeBron Era turns out to be, these days any new era is a good era in Lakerdom.The credit goes to a lot of people, including some, such as GM Mitch Kupchak who drafted Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance – in other words, all of the young Lakers who local fans loved best except Kyle Kuzma – but was fired for being too close to Jim Buss, as if he had a choice. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Imagine that, it happened.Eight years after winning their last title, five years since their last playoff game, the Lakers climbed out of the obscurity that had come to blight their very existence, landing LeBron James, still the best player in the game at the advanced age of 33.How long James remains the best remains to be seen.Also remaining to be seen is how much he can do for him. Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Magic hadn’t secured George last summer, refusing to send Ingram or the No. 2 overall pick that would become Lonzo Ball to Indiana, instead counting on PG’s stated desire to join the Lakers in a year.Magic took Ball ahead of Jayson Tatum, who had a monster breakout after going to Boston at No. 3.It was all true but Magic got more right than he got wrong. The proof just arrived, standing 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, ready to don a No. 23 purple-and-gold jersey.Magic did it the Laker Way, just as Jerry Buss would have, clearing the decks for a superstar, gambling everything that he would come.In the best news of all for the Lakers, they’re once again the Lakers, they learned Sunday.center_img Nevertheless, the single-minded pursuit of James over the past 18 months was a Magic Johnson show.Johnson created the two maximum slots that put the Lakers in the driver’s seat at the cost of dumping Clarkson and Nance at midseason, putting at risk the team’s rise after its 11-27 start.If Magic did it his way, loudly, with his “wink wink” joke to Jimmy Kimmel about running into Paul George on the street drawing a $500,000 tampering fine – he let James know that he was their first priority.We don’t know what Magic’s presence meant to James and might never know. Out of good manners, LeBron is sure to say it was hugely important.On the other hand, it couldn’t have hurt.One could tire reading about Magic, but to know him is to love him. No one I ever covered dealt with so many people and left them feeling so good.Nevertheless, I don’t think Magic is why James came.He’s more cold-blooded than that, or, if that sounds harsh, more rational than that.When LeBron’s goal was to win titles and it was no longer possible in Cleveland, he left for Miami.When he had won titles and wanted to go home – which he had never stopped loving even as his old fans built bonfires with his stuff – he went back.James is here because of the possibilities of the Lakers that Magic helped build, and the opportunity to bring superstar help that Magic created … which could even include the ability to sign Kawhi Leonard as a free agent in 2019.It’s also a safe bet that James, a genuine man, meant it when he said his family would help make the decision.The family has been spending summers out here for years and has two homes here.Cleveland was home but the team was going south. Philadelphia is fine – I lived there 10 years and loved it – but what’s not to love about this place, aside from traffic someone else can drive him through and prices he can afford?The world is now chanting Magic’s name … a 180-degree turnaround from the hours before the news broke when he was being second-guessed and basted for scapegoating.If insiders had noted George’s warming to the idea of returning to OKC, that decision was still a stunner.With Paul re-signing in Houston, the Lakers seemingly scrambling to talk to Cousins and James’ agent taking a meeting with the 76ers, it began to look like James had been the Lakers’ to lose, and they had lost him.“Lakers got fined $500K for tampering with Paul George,” tweeted Yahoo’s Michael Lee, “… (and) he didn’t even give Magic Johnson a meeting. The wink wasn’t even worth it.”Then came the litany of Johnson’s mistakes:Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? last_img read more

BiH to play a Friendly Match against Luxembourg

first_imgNational football team of BiH will play friendly match tonight in Luxembourg. Also, they will play against the Swiss on Tuesday, and that will be a friendly match as well.After elimination in the playoffs from Ireland, this will be the first gathering of the most popular BH team. Although the above mentioned matches have no competitive significance, BH team members should give their maximum and understand the importance as they are playing for points. Of course, the Dragons also need the victory in order to restore their confidence, after the additional playoffs in November.It is needless to say that Dzeko and his teammates are absolute favorites in the clash with Luxembourg. Good results in the next two control matches will further improve the atmosphere in the locker room of our Dragons, and a good mood is always a precondition for a good result. Qualifications for the World Cup that will be held in Russia in 2018 are starting in September, and by then, the head of the national team should change some things “inside”, because it is necessary at this point. Therefore, it is clear why the coach expanded the list of candidates.“We will try to make a good result. Everyone cannot play, since 11 players will be in the first set and we have the right to six changes. In these two matches, we will do everything for all 25 players to show their form. We need to be serious and disciplined,” said coach Bazdarevic.It is assumed that the selector will give a chance to all new players against Luxembourg. With good performance and triumph, we should wait for the match with Switzerland that will be participating on the European Championship, which begins in June in France. That match will show where we are and what we are.The match against Luxembourg at the Josy Barthel will start at 8:15 pm with live broadcast on FACE TV.(Source: Edin Isanovic/Klix.ba)last_img read more

Donations still needed for Meals-on-Wheels-for-kids Service Day event

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down Lindsey · 278 weeks ago What a wonderful program!!! You would be amazed and heartbroken at the number of children in this town, that don’t have enough to eat at home. Times are tough, we all struggle or have struggled and these kids are struggling because they are hungry and not necessarily because their parents choices, but also the result for unforeseen circumstances such as layoffs, medical bills, and so forth. This is the future of Wellington! Innocent children- lets help them out! Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Maria · 278 weeks ago why do we not have a backpack program for the kids here in Wellington? I lived in Wichita and did a program there and loved it! We packed backpacks with food for the child and any siblings they had to suffice them for the weekend. It was an amazing program. I am pleased that you will be providing meals through the summer, but can we also not get a summer program in place for free meals? They also had meals in the summer time, usually lunch. but it was free only to children and their siblings also. These are things we should be looking into here in our city. I understand costs, but there are a lot of things that we could cut out to provide for these children who are hungry. Report Reply 1 reply · active 277 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jennifer · 277 weeks ago Maria, we do have the Backpack program! The kids that qualify get bags of food for themselves and their siblings every Friday! It is such a wonderful program! Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 278 weeks ago Awesome program….and where do we donate? Also Maria, yes we do need this program for the weekends also….too many unfed children… Report Reply 1 reply · active 277 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Mrs. Defore · 277 weeks ago You may bring or mail donations to Wellington High School. Checks can be made to WHS Leadership. Thank you so much for your interest!! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As part of the Wellington High School Service Day on Wednesday, April 22, will be the meal packaging event to benefit Meals-on-Wheels-for-Kids summer program.Karla Defore, WHS Leadership Instructor, sent out the following e-mail earlier this week:I wondered if we could get another little shout out about this outreach program — we really want to be able to reach some hungry Wellington children this summer.  I’m not sure if many around town know about the Meals-on-wheels-for-kids program at the Methodist Church, but they prepare and deliver meals to over 100 kids three days a week all summer.  We are wanting to feed them the other days of the week, meals they can easily prepare for themselves.This year’s service day will be on Earth Day. The Wellington Leadership team will be serving in a number of ways around the community, including a few new ones.  Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will be placed off campus, while freshmen will be working at WHS on a variety of projects.Students will be working on a meal packaging event to benefit the Meals-on-wheels-for-kids summer program, Defore said.“Students will be working assembly line style to package meals for children in Wellington who may not have access to meals in the summer time,” she said.The leadership team will be working with Outreach, Inc (outreachprogram.org) to package high quality, easy to prepare meals for children.The cost is only $0.25 per meal.  The WHS leadership team has a goal of providing 8,000 meals at a cost of $2,000.“If we should happen to raise more money than our goal we plan to donate the excess to the Wellington Food Bank,” Defore said.If you have any questions about the meal packaging event or about Service Day, please feel free to e-mail Defore at kdefore@usd353.com–Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

NFL to release full schedule next week, report says; on-time start planned

first_imgIt’s impossible to know how events will unfold in the coming months, but right now the NFL is maintaining a business-as-usual approach, at least as it relates to the 2020 schedule. In the next few days, the league will release a full 17-week schedule that begins with a Sept. 10 opener and ends with Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN on Saturday. Four months would stand between an early May schedule release and the first game, and the coronavirus pandemic obviously could complicate matters. NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent said this week that the league is doing “reasonable and responsible planning” in regards to COVID-19.The league has several contingency plans that could include a delayed start to the season and pushing back the Super Bowl, according to The Associated Press. MORE: Blockbuster ratings for NFL Draft underscore American hunger for sports’ returnOther reports have mentioned the possibility of the NFL playing on Saturdays if the college football season is canceled or delayed, but ESPN reports the soon-to-be-released schedule isn’t expected to include an “influx” of Saturday contests. The NFL kept free agency and the draft on schedule in March and April, respectively, and both events were met with great success. A 17-week schedule with no delays appears to be next as the league does its best to keep moving full-steam ahead.last_img read more