first_imgThe Foxes sacked manager Claudio Ranieri last week leading some high profile players to deny they had anything to do with the removal of the manager by the clubs owners.Caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare has denied claims Ranieri lost the support of the dressing room – and is sure the players care about their current situation.last_img

first_imgSeventeen national anti-doping organisations have demanded that Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics.Less than five months before the start of the Pyeongchang Games, the group said the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) “refusal to hold Russia accountable for one of the biggest scandals in sports history… imperils clean athletes and the future of the Olympic movement”. The Nados, which includes the UK and US anti-doping agencies, said the country must be punished “for proven corruption of the Sochi 2014 Games and continuing failure in its obligations to clean sport”.They also warned they had “serious doubts” that Pyeongchang 2018, which takes place from 9-25 February, would be clean.Last year, an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia, for which the IOC is yet to decide on sanctions.Two commissions set up in December have still not concluded, with speculation that Russia could face a heavy fine, escaping a ban.Canadian law professor Richard McLaren’s 144-page independent study concluded more than 1,000 Russians benefitted from the doping programme across 30 sports.As a result, WADA recommended all Russian athletes be banned from competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.But the IOC chose not to impose a blanket ban, instead leaving decisions on whether Russians could compete to individual sporting federations. In total, 271 Russians competed in Rio.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img“Dr Amao is seen as a synonym for integrity and that is what is required in doping matters and we at Okpekpe want honour and integrity to continue to be our watchword.“We will be sending Dr Amao’s name to the IAAF as well as the kind of sampling materials (urine kits) that will be used with the expiry date and the mode of transporting it to a WADA-accredited laboratory,” Esan further said and revealed that materials needed for a successful doping control have been secured.“We have a doping station built in Okpekpe for the race. This is where the sample collection session will be conducted by doping control officers who have been trained and authorized by the Nigeria anti-doping agency with delegated responsibility for the on-site management of sample collection session.”Esan also revealed that testing kits needed for effective anti-doping in accordance with IAAF anti-doping rules have arrived.“We are ready for the race and those who qualified to be called elite athletes based on the times they have returned in the last 24 months are the ones open to testing. Those running for fun or charity are excluded. We have also advised athletes with illnesses or conditions that require the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) with the relevant agency before coming for the race,” said Esan.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is one of two road races in Nigeria certified by the IAAF and the only one recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).The race holds on Saturday May 12,2018 in Okpekpe, Etsako East local Government Area of Edo State and it is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have announced Dr Akin Amao will continue in his position as the head of the anti-doping unit of the sixth edition of the race scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 12,2018 in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.Amao, one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners and former head of the Medical Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Sports was in-charge of the doping control of the fourth and fifth editions of the race in 2016 and 2017 and has been retained for this year’s event.“We are delighted to announce that Dr Amao will continue in his role as the head of the anti-doping unit of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race. With the elevation of the race to a silver label status, the first of its kind in Nigeria nay West Africa, it is only necessary we retain the best hands that earned us the elevated status and Dr Amao is one of them,” said Dare Esan, spokesman for the race who has covered as many as eight IAAF World Championships in athletics and the Olympic Games.last_img read more

first_imgThree-time VAT Wonder Goal Award winner, Emeka Ogbugh has revealed that supporting charity work is a motivation that spurs him to put in the extra work that has seen him win the award in three consecutive seasons of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Ogbugh won the award in the 2015/16 NPFL season with Heartland FC of Owerri and in 2016/17 with his current club, Rivers United. Last Sunday, he was presented the ceremonial cheque for winning the award for Match-day 15 after securing over 51 percent of the votes in a poll that fielded four other players.Speaking to on the award that was presented by Rivers State Coordinator of Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Mr. Joel Nwakpo, Ogbugh was of the opinion that the innovative award is one every player in the league would love to win. In his words, “Basically, every Nigerian league player wants to score spectacular goals and if you’re trying to score such goals, you have to try to score on a weekly basis. So I think that innovation is very good and coupled with the fact that you’re going to give some of the money to charity, it makes you to work very hard so you can give back to the society too”.Ogbugh’s goal for Rivers United was a hit from outside the 18 yard box and he gave an insight into how he developed the hard hitting goal scoring skills, tracing it to his years at a football academy in Owerri where the coach made him practice hitting set pieces.“Yeah, in my academy back in those days, my coach will normally, before every training session set balls for me to be striking them to goal, so that’s how I inculcated that habit of scoring free kicks and hitting shots from outside the 18-yard box.On his reaction to receiving the news of his emerging the winner, the Imo State University graduate said it brought some excitement to him. He praised other nominees and described their goals as equally good.“I am very excited. I feel honoured to have won the award in three consecutive seasons. I think it shows that hard work actually pays. All the goals were good so to be singled out, you have to feel honoured”, remarked Ogbugh who was part of the Nigerian squad that won silver at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco earlier in the year.On the impact of the national team outing, Ogbugh said it has helped him in confidence building and gave the credit to Coach Salisu Yusuf.“Actually, playing for the national team has helped me, especially, playing under Coach Salisu Yusuf at CHAN. He helped build my confidence more and also advised me on the skills and techniques to use on the pitch. I think all that has helped me more coming back to the league”, concluded Ogbugh who nominated Compassion Centre in Port Harcourt as the charity organisation to benefit from his N150,000 prize moneyShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgGerman clubs have been scouring England for the most exciting talents and they are eager to add Adedoyin to their ranks next season but face competition from Belgian and Dutch clubs who have also expressed an interest in the Lagos-born player.Some of the interested clubs wish to take him on loan with an option to buy included in the deal.It remains to be seen if the Toffees hierarchy will sanction Adedoyin’s loan move to a foreign club as their teenage players are usually prevented from leaving the club.The 18-year-old joined Everton at the age of 10 and notched up 21 goals in 35 appearances in the U-18 Premier League over the last two seasons.Everton have a youngster heading to the U-20 World Cup in Poland. Korede Adedoyin is on his way to join up with the young Flying Eagles side.The coaching crew of the Nigeria U-20 team to Poland decided to add Adedoyin in the Flying Eagles team after struggling for goals from their strikers in warm-up games.The 18-year-old was in fine form for Everton’s U-18s last season. He has scored 13 goals in 21 games and looks like being a top talent going forward for the Toffees. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In spite of Nigeria’s lacklustre performance at the U-20 World Cup in Poland, Everton of England prodigy, Korede Adedoyin is still attracting offers from Dutch, German, Belgian clubs Several European clubs have started negotiations with Premier League side Everton over a loan deal for former Nigerian U-20 invitee Korede Adedoyin.The exciting winger has agreed on terms with The Toffees over a new contract though nothing has been signed yet, and an official announcement is expected to be made in the coming days. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Korede Adedoyin of Everton during the FA Youth Cup match between Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park on February 12, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Everton FC via Getty Images)last_img read more

first_imgFormer Nigeria international Victor Moses has been allocated his preferred shirt number 11 at Fenerbahce ahead of the 2019-2020 season.In the second half of last season, the winger wore the number 8 kit following his 18-month loan move from Chelsea.Moses who has switched shirt number from 8 to 11 and wore the number in pre-season games against Boluspor, Bursaspor, Wolfsburg, Hertha BSC and Bayern Munich. Turkey international Mehmet Ekici wore the number 11 on the back of his shirt for Fernabahce last season but he is now in the possession of the number 8 kit worn by the Nigerian last season.Although Moses is predominantly a right-winger, his preferred jersey number is 11 and he played with the number during his time with the Super Eagles, Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic.The 28-year-old played with the number 12 at Liverpool, wore the number 13 and 20 jerseys at Stoke City and West Ham respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 12th August, 2020 08:05 IST Written Bycenter_img SEOUL, South Korea — A Korean boxer who knew he didn’t deserve his gold raised the hand of an American who felt cheated, and with that noble gesture of sportsmanship ended an Olympics that will be remembered, sadly, for its scandals.So many athletes came and did so well – the Soviet gymnastic whizzes and men’s basketball team, East German swimming star Kristin Otto, Americans Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Jim Abbott, Carl Lewis, Florence Griffith Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.These Games overcame the fear of terrorism and civil unrest and brought together nearly 10,000 athletes from 160 countries in stadiums, arenas and pools as fine as ever seen.The Soviets reigned again with 55 golds, followed by East Germany’s 37 and the United States’ 36. Host South Korea rose to No. 1 in Asia, and fourth in the world with 12 golds.As always, though, the medals meant much less than the memories the athletes and fans took away with them.There were glorious moments, from an opening ceremony with exotic dancers and parachutists to a closing with hugs and tears, fireworks and dances, and the mascots of Seoul and Barcelona, the site of the 1992 Games, floating together into the starry night.Yet, the highest moment of the Games – Ben Johnson rocketing to victory over Lewis in a 100-meter dash world record – led to the deepest pain when the Canadian was caught cheating with muscle-building anabolic steroids.Twenty years from now, when most of the records set in Seoul are broken, the impact of Johnson’s disgrace will still be felt if athletes and trainers heed the events here and end doping.“There have been high points and some low points, and the most important low point was Ben Johnson,” Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, said Monday. “That was indeed a blow.”Catching Johnson, however, and expelling him along with nine other athletes with positive drug tests was an indication, Samaranch said, that “we have won the battle against doping.”Lessons for the future also could be learned from the strange and appalling things that went on at the boxing ring, from an American fighter missing his bus and his bout, to Korean coaches pummeling a referee, and judges losing sight of honesty.Three golds, three silvers and two bronzes were quite a haul for the U.S. boxers, but they weren’t enough to wipe out the bitterness of a decision Sunday against 19-year-old Roy Jones in the 156-pound final against Korea’s Park Si-hun.Jones peppered Park’s face with rights and left hooks for three rounds, forced him to one standing 8-count and could have gotten three others that would have ended the fight in the ring. Instead, the decision went to the judges and the result was astonishing – to the fighters, the coaches and even to many Koreans.The Soviet and Hungarian judges scored it 60-56, a huge spread, in favor of Jones. The judges from Uruguay and Morocco scored it 59-58 for Park, and the judge from Uganda had it 59-59, with a plus mark for the Korean that gave him the gold.On the victory platform, the gold around Park’s neck and the silver on Jones’, the Korean raised the American’s hand for the crowd. Here, the gesture said, is the real winner.“I thought I lost the fight,” Park said. “I might have won the gold medal thanks to the advantage of a home ring.”Jones, little soothed by his award afterward from the International Amateur Boxing Association as the outstanding fighter of the tournament, charged the judges with robbing him of his gold and his dream and said he was giving up plans for a professional career.Samaranch said Monday the IOC will study whether boxing should be continued in the Olympics because of the hazards in the sport and the problems of officiating.“We are really not happy with the way judges and officials are acting,” he said. “We take the problem very seriously.”A much more serious problem for the United States – a rising tide of anti-American sentiment – was exacerbated at the Games by the coverage of NBC, the arrest of several American athletes and the perceived rudeness of the U.S. team at the opening ceremony.The Soviets, meanwhile, cultivated friendship by bringing in the Bolshoi Ballet, the Moscow Philharmonic, films, a photo exhibit and copies of the Communist Party newspaper Pravda.The announcement of an unprecedented sports exchange program between South Korea and the Soviet Union and the arrival of the first Soviet diplomats since World War II also warmed relations.Soviet athletes, as they did in Calgary during the Winter Games, made a special effort to meet with local people. American athletes tended to isolate themselves.All those differences became apparent at the sporting events, where Koreans often cheered louder for the Soviets or East Germans than they did for Americans, despite a close 40-year relationship with the United States.The ongoing student protests, aimed in part at kicking out the 42,000 U.S. troops in South Korea, never threatened the Olympics and didn’t gain more support during the Games, but they showed a darker side of the feelings expressed in the arenas.NBC left Seoul richer in the pockets but poorer in reputation. Viewers complained about too many commercials and taped features, and frequent shifts from one event to another. In South Korea, the network was accused of anti-Korean reporting and insensitivity to the local culture.NBC spent $$440 million broadcasting the Games, and a network source said its profits could be as high as $$80 million.In a whirl of races and scandals and a blur of tears, happy and sad, the Olympics slipped from summer to fall. They were the most expensive and biggest ever.The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee says it made a $$349 million profit on the Games. Four years ago, the Los Angeles Games earned a $$225 million profit.Some athletes left Monday with medals, others with only souvenirs. Some will get rich off these Games, others will struggle.East German swimmer Kristin Otto, the first woman ever to win six gold medals in one Olympics, received a gold crown from local newspapers Monday as most valuable player of the Seoul Games.The Paek Sang crown, made of 20-karat gold and designed after the headgear of ancient Korean warriors, cost $$11,000, its donors said. Although it was not an official IOC award, the winner was chosen by a panel of four IOC members.Greg Louganis’ diving career ended with his second pair of gold medals in the springboard and platform events, and he says he’s off to begin an acting career.Perhaps his first film should be his own life story, beginning with a troubled youth and teen-age bout with alcoholism and ending with his dives in Seoul after hitting his head on the springboard.Louganis said he talked with his coach about quitting after hitting the board and opening a cut that needed five stitches to close.“We walked and discussed all the things we had gone through to get there,” he said. “I decided to stay in, and I’m glad I did.”Image credits: AP COMMENT LIVE TV Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 08:06 IST AP WAS THERE: 1988 Seoul Olympics SEOUL, South Korea — A Korean boxer who knew he didn’t deserve his gold raised the hand of an American who felt cheated, and with that noble gesture of sportsmanship ended an Olympics that will be remembered, sadly, for its scandalslast_img read more

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By 1 month ago Dwayne Johnson suggests Washington Ballers as new name for Washington Football Team Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer in the neck, the coach told ESPN on Thursday. The 58-year-old shared the news with the team, confirming that the cancer “is in its early stages and is considered very treatable and curable.”Ron Rivera says the diagnosis changes nothing and that he still plans to coach Washington this season.  FOLLOW US 1 month ago Washington Football Team: Fans hilariously mock Dan Snyder’s “lack of creativity” Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 10:47 IST Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera Diagnosed With Cancer In The Neck Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of the neck. Rivera plans to continue coaching this season. Sujay Chakraborty WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV 1 month ago Exeter Chiefs to spend more than £1 million for Washington Redskins-like rebrand 3 weeks ago Mike Tyson declares himself “the best ever” as he sweats it out ahead of Roy Jones fight Also Read | Florida’s Carter Dedicates Season To Virus Victims, FightersWashington Football Team HC Rivera discusses plans to continue coaching after cancer diagnosisThe former Carolina Panthers coach told ESPN that the doctors have encouraged him to keep coaching if he feels strong enough, which Rivera believes he does. Rivera further noted that the Washington Football Team has a backup plan in case he is unable to continue.While the head coach did not get into details, current Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio could be the likely candidate to take over the reins, if needed. Del Rio, 57, served as the head coach of Jacksonville Jaguars between 2003 and 2011 and Oakland Raiders between 2015 and 2017. Del Rio joined Washington alongside Ron Rivera in January of this year. Also Read | Fox Says Brennaman Won’t Announce NFL Games After SlurSince his appointment as the head coach of the Washington Football Team, Ron Rivera has overseen a period of transition at the franchise. The organisation was forced to drop its controversial ‘Redskins’ nickname after pressure from sponsors, fans and political groups reached its pinnacle. The experienced NFL coach has reportedly been a key figure in trying to keep the football matters separate from the off-field issues. If reports are to be believed, Rivera will have a role in helping decide the new team name and mascot for the franchise. Having played for the Chicago Bears between 1984 and 1992, Rivera started as a defensive quality control coach at the Bears before quickly moving to other coaching endeavours at teams like Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers (now LA Chargers). His first and only head coach job came with the Carolina Panthers, where he spent nine years. The 58-year-old led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after going 15-1 during the 2015 regular season. While the Panthers were eventually beaten in Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos, Rivera picked up NFL Coach of the Year award, his second in three years, that season. Rivera left the Panthers with a 76-63-1 (win-loss-tie) record, reaching the playoff four times in nine seasons. On January 1, 2020, Rivera became the 30th coach of the Washington Football Team. Also Read | Falcons’ Neal, Back From Achilles Injury, Feels 100 PercentAlso Read | Chiefs To Prohibit Native American Imagery At Arrowhead(Image Credits: AP) 2 weeks ago Ex-Washington RB Derrius Guice accused of sexual assault by two former LSU students COMMENT WE RECOMMEND First Published: 21st August, 2020 10:47 ISTlast_img read more