LMC, La Liga Set to Seal Partnership on Tuesday

first_imgThe two bodies are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for a partnership that will cover exchange of knowledge, trainings for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club coaches and administrators, La Liga and NPFL clubs’ exchanges, marketing, commercial, promotional activities and Youth Development.Dikko said the visit is a landmark for the NPFL as it will be a culmination of strategies for extensive and wholesome development of the league.“As a developing league, we have continuously sought collaborations with some of the global model league management and La Liga is the first of such coming into fruition. There are several benefits that will accrue from this relationship and we intend to tap deeply into their over 25 years of experience of commercialization of football,” said the LMC Chairman.The delegation which will arrive in Abuja on Monday will pay a courtesy visit to the Hon. Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung and the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria; will also undertake a tour of the Abuja National Stadium.“The formal unveiling of the partnership between the NPFL and La Liga will hold on Tuesday while we would create opportunity for stakeholders to interact with the delegation at some point during the day”, Dikko further disclosed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A delegation of the Spanish League (La Liga) Board will arrive in Nigeria on Monday for a bilateral meeting with the League Management Company (LMC) to conclude discussions on collaboration between the two leagues which began during a similar visit by the LMC to Spain earlier this year.The LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko and the Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Nduka Irabor, were in Madrid, Spain from February 29 to March 1 for follow-up talks with the La Liga initiated talks when both Leagues met at the Forum of World Leagues in Germany.The La Liga delegation will be led by the President, Javier Tebas, International Advisor, Melcior Solar, Head of La Liga South Africa, Antonia Barradas and the Head of La Liga Middle East office who is also in charge of African affairs, Fernando Sanz.last_img read more

Softball: Streaking Badgers head to Sun Devil Classic to prove themselves against top competition

first_imgAs the University of Wisconsin softball team gets off to one of the best starts in program history at 13-1, this upcoming weekend will be a test for Head Coach Yvette Healy’s Wisconsin team.Before last weekend’s tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Badgers swept the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge and tallied two wins over then-No. 17 North Carolina State.After the more recent Islander Invitational, the Badgers received as many as 14 votes in the national ranking polls, but NC State and Texas Tech have been their only ranked opponents so far this season — a slight dip on their brief resume.Softball: Badgers put on slugfest in sweep of Islander Invitational TournamentAfter traveling to Corpus Christi, TX for the Islander Invitational Tournament last weekend, the University of Wisconsin Softball team (13-1) Read…Nevertheless, the Badgers will have ample opportunities this coming weekend to prove themselves against ranked teams at the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, Arizona. The Badgers are scheduled to face the No. 9 Texas Longhorns (13-1) twice, along with the Princeton Tigers (1-3) and the No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils (12-4) on their home field.Wisconsin’s first matchup will be against the Tigers.Princeton lacks offensive efficiency, as demonstrated by their slow start to the year. They’ve been shutout in all of their three losses, recording just eight hits across those games.Next up for the Badgers is the No. 9 Texas Longhorns, who boast the same record as the Badgers. The team has hopes of finishing among NCAA softball’s best at the College World Series in Oklahoma City at the end of the season.The Longhorns’ only loss has come at the hands of No. 10 Louisiana State University, but the Texas offense has driven the team to wins against No. 17 Kentucky, Ole Miss and California. Needless to say, the Longhorns cannot be taken lightly.Texas is led by sophomore infielder Janae Jefferson on offense, who is already hitting a .452 batting average so far this season. She’ll receive defensive help from junior Miranda Elish in the circle, who has a team-best 0.23 earned run average and holds a 4-0 record for the Longhorns.Softball: Badgers sweep ACC-Big Ten Challenge Tournament­­­The University of Wisconsin Softball team (8-1) dominated at the ACC-Big Ten Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina last weekend Read…The final matchup for the Badgers will come against the No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils in their home territory.Arizona State, like Texas, has had a slightly more difficult schedule than the Badgers. With matchups against No. 3 Florida, No. 25 Oklahoma State and a common loss coming against No. 18 Texas Tech, the Sun Devils have seen and even overcome strong competition already this season.If the Badgers want to pull off an upset, they will need to shut down offensive powerhouse Kindra Hackbarth, who is hitting .431 with three home runs and 18 runs batted in on the season already.The Badgers will look to keep their offense rolling versus Sun Devils’ top pitcher Samantha Mejia. Mejia boasts an incredible 7-1 record on nine appearances and has struck out 35 batters in 46.2 innings pitched.The Badgers kick off the Sun Devil Classic versus Princeton Friday at 10:30 a.m. from Tempe, Arizona. Follow live stats on uwbadgers.com all weekend to stay up to date with this early rolling Wisconsin team.last_img read more

Championship clubs prep for 2018/19 with BetBright and Kindred

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Submit QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share EFL Championship football clubs have been busy strengthening their partnerships ahead of the 2018/19 season, with both Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa announcing fresh agreements with BetBright and Kindred Group respectively.Last season’s play-off runner-up Villa has renewed and extended its relationship with Kindred, which has seen the 32Red brand become the club’s new principal partner, with Unibet set to continue as an official partner.32Red is to see its logo featured across both home and away shirts, while Unibet is to now be seen across the Villa Park based side’s first-team training wear.Neil Banbury, General Manager of the UK at the Kindred Group, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Aston Villa. 32Red has a successful history in football sponsorship and will look to build on the fantastic work done by the Unibet brand last season.“The 32Red logo won’t look out of place adorning the famous claret and blue with both brands priding themselves on excitement and entertainment. The likes of which has made 32Red an industry-leader in online casinos.“Unibet will continue to reward the legions of loyal Villains with “bettor” experiences as official betting & gaming partner, and we look forward to seeing the logo on the club’s official training wear.”Nottingham Forest on the other hand has hailed a “landmark partnership” with BetBright, which it states “represents the most significant front-of-shirt agreement in [the] Club’s history”.As part of its first such deal in English football, BetBright hopes the fan focussed approach it is to adopt will pay dividends.This is to see digital entertainment and sports betting firm agree to change its colourful logo to an all-white version, “in the knowledge that the Garibaldi Red shirt is of the utmost importance to supporters”.Sarne Lightman, Managing Director at BetBright, explained: “BetBright is thrilled that our first shirt agreement is with a Club as iconic as Nottingham Forest and whose aspirations are so closely aligned to our own.“As Forest are committed to continually improving for their fans, BetBright is committed to continually improving for its users. “We have built our own proprietary technology, driven by innovation, allowing us to provide a unique and ever-improving sports betting experience for our customers.“Like Forest, our goal is to be a Premier League brand in the next 12 months and we are very excited that our brands can take this journey together.” EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020last_img read more

Neymar nets double as Barcelona reach final

first_imgCopa Del Rey, El Madrigal – Villarreal 1 (Dos Santos 39′) Barcelona 3 (Neymar 2′, 87′, Suarez 73′)Neymar and Luis Suarez goals either side of half time have sent Barcelona to the Copa del Rey final after a comfortable 3-1 win against Villarreal at El Madrigal.The Brazilian netted in the 3rd minute to put Barca three goals ahead of Villarreal on aggregate having come into the second leg with a 3-1 lead.The hosts equalised just before half time after former Nou Camp midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos netted on the half volley. Despite rallying in the second half Jose Pina got himself sent off for a horror tackle on Neymar and minutes later Suarez rounded Sergio Asenjo to kill the tie with 20 minutes remaining.Neymar headed a Xavi cross home in the final minutes to put the tie truly to bed despite a good attacking performance from Villarreal.–last_img read more

VIDEO: Luis Suarez denies stamp after ‘victim’ Abdennour posts wounds on Instagram

first_imgBarcelona star Luis Suarez has denied stamping on Aymen Abdennour on purpose after the Valencia defender showed his battle scars on Instagram.Abdennour, who helped his team to a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Mestalla on Saturday, clashed with Suarez in the second half of the Liga match. And the former Monaco centre-back wanted to show the world what it is like to mark Suarez when posting pictures of his cuts and grazes on Instagram.However, Suarez adamantly denied that he targeted the defender on purpose – particularly in reference to an alleged stamp. “I did not stand on Abdennour’s foot on purpose,” said Suarez. “I turned around, I stepped on him and that is why I apologised.”WATCH VIDEO:  –This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions. Catch La Liga 2014/15 games live on SuperSport throughout the season.last_img read more

BiH Basketball Players defeated in second Round of Qualifications for World Cup

first_imgThe basketball players of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) were defeated at the Rouen of France in the second round of Group E qualifications for the World Cup with a score of 84:65.The French opened the game better and after five minutes, the advantage was 11: 4, and in the eighth minute they had a twofold advantage (17: 6). But by the end of the quarter, Dusko Vujosevic’s boys have managed to reduce it to minus seven (19:12).In the second quarter, our selection really improved, and in the first half they were in the advantage of France 39:34.At the beginning of the third quarter, Atić scored three point line, and BiH had reached minus two (39:37), but by the end of the third period, the French returned to a twofold advantage (51:40), and at the end of the quarter the French had a plus of 12 (61:49).In the last quarter, the French gained advantage minute by minute, and three minutes before the end they reached a maximum of 20 points in plus (80:60), and then it was clear that they would win and our selection could only reduce the advantage to 84:65 by the end.Among all members of our team, the best were Gordic with 16, Milosevic with 15 and Stipanovic with 13 points, while we lacked Musa’s points. Our jewel played the worst match in the career by achieving 1 point with a shot 0/8 and valorization -2.French team was led to victory by Labeyrie with 13 points.In the second match of the group, Russia had previously beaten Belgia with 74:69. France has both wins, while BiH and Russia have one win and defeat, and Belgium is the only one without a win in Group E.The next match our basketball players will play on February 23rd next year when they will welcome Belgium, and two days later they will play in Russia.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

Jane Robinson, 74, Oxford: Oct. 11, 1941 – July 16, 2016

first_imgJane RobinsonJane Robinson, 74, of  Oxford died Saturday, July 16, 2016 at her home under the care of her loving family in Oxford.Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at the Oxford Cemetery. No public visitation is scheduled.  A memorial has been established with the local food bank and the Salvation Army and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Arrangements are with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Mary Jane Robinson was born on October 11, 1941 the daughter of Tracy and Leona (Holowell) Gogley. Jane was a 1960 High School graduate in Bolsa Grande, CA. On January 30, 1961 she was united in marriage with  Doy Robinson. Jane was a homemaker who also worked for the City of Gravette, Arkansas as well as the school cafeteria in Conway Springs and Wellington, KS. Jane enjoyed birds, plants and gardening. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.   Surviving to honor her memory is her husband  Doy Robinson of the home; children, Rick Robinson and wife Teri of Osceola, IA, Debbie Meek and husband Steve of Bella Vista, AR, Denise Zamoyoa and husband Abraham of Gravette, AR and Mike Robinson and wife Laura of Rose Hill, KS, sister, Ann Duncan and husband Bob of Amarillo, TX and brother, Bob Gogley and wife Nellie of Hesperia, CA as well as, 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren.  Jane is preceded in death by her parents.last_img read more

Colonels to Play Top-Seed Mississippi State on Saturday

first_imgINTERACTIVE BRACKET   |   PRINTABLE BRACKET (PDF)   |   NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALLTHIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team found out its opponent Monday evening for its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and the Colonels will head to Starkville, Mississippi as a No. 16 seed to play No. 1 Mississippi State on Saturday in Humphrey Coliseum. For the latest news on Nicholls Women’s Basketball, follow the team on Twitter @Nicholls_WBB.Heading to Starkville?? #SelectionMonday #geauxcolonels #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/P71oRwJt0J— Nicholls WBB ?? (@Nicholls_WBB) March 12, 2018 The game is scheduled to tipoff at 5 p.m. central and will air on ESPN2, as well as ESPN Radio New Orleans 100.3 FM. Nicholls earned the automatic berth for the Southland Conference after taking down the 5-, 1-, and 2-seeds in the tournament. The Colonels claimed the first championship in program history with a 69-65 win over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday afternoon.center_img For ticket information, call the Nicholls Athletic Ticket Office at 985-448-4790 during regular business hours. Mississippi State (32-1) will host the pod, which consists of No. 8 Syracuse and No. 9 Oklahoma State, who will play at 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

Mourinho urges Sessegnon to ditch shy persona in first start against Bayern

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has told Ryan Sessegnon to stop being a Shy ’un Sessegnon.England Under-21 ace Sess is set to finally make his first Tottenham start at Bayern Munich in the Champions League tonight.3 Ryan Sessegnon is excited to play under the management of Jose MourinhoCredit: ReutersThe left-sided star, 19, has been hampered by a hamstring injury since his £25million summer switch from Fulham.There has always been a lot of talk about the talented teen — but Spurs manager Mourinho wants to hear more from the youngster himself.The Special One spoke to all of his squad individually when he took over from Mauricio Pochettino last month.Sessegnon said: “He just sat me down, told me to be myself, told me to be a bit more vocal because I am quite a quiet player and person in general.“He wants me to show a bit more personality, show a bit more of me, show that I want to play, show that I will fight for my place in the team and a lot of strong words really.“Is that fair? Yeah, definitely, one hundred per cent. I’m someone who needs to be more vocal around the pitch, off the pitch and really want to stamp my ability on this game.“I have to work hard to break through into this team. I think it’s a fair point that he’s made, to be honest.”3Sessegnon admits he was sad to see Poch sacked but is excited to play under his replacement, who tried to buy him three times while in charge at Manchester United.He said: “For me, Pochettino was a big part of me coming to the club.“I knew they had been watching me for a while and to finally get the opportunity to come to the club and play under him was a dream come true.“Then, of course, for him to go suddenly was disappointing because, he was one of the reasons I came to the club.“But that’s part of the game and the new manager has come in and I’m just trying to work and improve under him.“As soon as Spurs appointed him, it was exciting. He’s a big manager in the game, he’s won things and as a young player you can only look to improve yourself under him.“He’s always talking to me, giving me pointers and tips where I can improve.“He’s a manager who wants to win things.”3 Jose Mourinho is set to start Ryan Sessegnon against Bayern MunichCredit: Getty – ContributorMourinho has tipped Sessegnon to be the ‘new’ Ashley Cole, the England left-back he bossed  successfully at Chelsea.Sess said: “It’s flattering to be compared to someone like that, someone who I think is a great player and for someone like the manager to put my name in the same breath as Ashley Cole was big for me.“It does give me a lot of belief and confidence for upcoming games and it makes me want to work  harder to get more.“I definitely had an eye on Ashley Cole when I was  growing up. I was an attacking full-back, very aggressive but can also go forward and supply goals, assists and he was  definitely one of the players that I looked up to.”For now, though, Mourinho reckons his hot prospect is  better suited to midfield.Sessegnon said: “To be fair, I just tried to play where the gaffer tells me, whether it’s forward, whether it’s at the back, I just try to do my best for the team.“I’m still at the point where if the manager wants to play me in either position then I’ll try to do well in both.“I like to play anywhere down the left-hand side. I like to be comfortable, I like to learn and adapt so I can play in both positions.“Attacking down the left- hand side is one of my attributes. I like to show good energy, run with the ball, get the team up the pitch rapidly and that’s a big part of the game.”MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutWith Tottenham’s place in the Champions League last 16 as runners-up in Group B already secured, and unable to overtake leaders Bayern, Sessegnon is unlikely to be only Spurs star making their first start under Mourinho tonight.Sessegnon said: “Champions League nights, big stadium against a big team, it will be exciting for me.“If you’re a young player, these are the games that you want to play in. Hopefully I can contribute and get the win as well.”Champions League TableSee More Tables See Full TableJose Mourinho reveals he gave up the chance to go to Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr fight to lead Spurs out against Burnleylast_img read more

Government Urged to Teach HIV&AIDS in Schools

first_imgDespite the many challenges faced by advocacy groups championing the rights of people living with HIV, the response remains strong throughout the country with a call from the Lutheran Church in Liberia’s (LCL) HIV and AIDS program Advocacy officer for lessons on HIV and AIDS to be taught from elementary to high school levels in Liberia.According to the LCL HIV and AIDS Program Advocacy officer, Batie Nah, “This move would help the younger generation build the campaign against HIV and AIDS while making them aware of the harmful effect it has on the Liberian society.” Mr. Nah made his assertion over the weekend in an exclusive interview with journalists.He stressed that there was a need for more awareness in schools, offices and communities where there are people living with the virus. “We need more education in every corner of our society to help reduce the spread of HIV in Liberia,” he added.He said if the next generation is sensitized about HIV and AIDS issues, Liberia would reach its goal of a zero infection rate soon; and stigma and discrimination against people living with the virus would reduce.The LCL HIV and AIDS Advocacy and IEC Officer called on the Liberian government to take this move seriously in order to save the country’s younger generation; adding: “Half of our population consists of young people, so we have to move the campaign to another level.”Commenting on the issue of stigma and discrimination, he indicated that Liberia is yet to have a stigma and discrimination free atmosphere, thus causing a lot of problems in the disclosure of HIV positive status.“Most families neglect their relatives and loved ones because of their HIV status, this is making them feel isolated from society,” he disclosed.Nah maintained that most people are not willing to accept their status, thereby causing more harm than good for the national HIV and AIDS in the country.According to him, acceptance of status and adherence to treatment would help reduce the spread of the virus and prolong life span of the infected, noting that this can only happen in a stigma and discrimination free society.He further noted that the rate of stigma and discrimination in rural Liberia is higher than that of Monrovia and its environs; he further stressed that the rural parts of the country are being cut off from more awareness on the issues of stigma and discrimination.Mr. Nah said the LCL HIV and AIDS Program has expanded in order to reach rural dwellers on this epidemic, and is also collaborating with various community-based groups to enhance the awareness campaign.He cautioned Liberians to accept their family members infected with HIV to encourage them and give them hope.The 13th Street stationed Lutheran Church in Liberia HIV and AIDS program was established over eight years ago and provides voluntary testing and counseling for people living with the virus as well as people whose families are infected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more