CBN Open: Babalola Battles Emmanuel for Final Ticket

first_imgEmmanuel, who was a finalist in 2016 was in top form as he coasted to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Emmanuel Idoko.The other semifinal match will see Joseph Imeh take on Emmanuel Sunday with Imeh ending the great run of youngster Christopher Bulus of the Aces Tennis Academy 6-3, 6-2 while Sunday edged 2015 winner Thomas Otu in a thrilling 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) match that lasted over two hours.In the women’s singles, prime seed, Christie Agugbom coasted to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Omolayo Bamidele, a wildcard entrant and will face a familiar foe in Sarah Adegoke, the fourth seed triumphed over Aanu Aiyegbusi 6-1, 6-1.Second- seeded Blessing Samuel, a 6-2, 6-4 victor over Angel McLeod is to confront kid sensation, Marylove Edward, whose powerful hits were too much for Deborah Gbadamosi to contend with in a one- sided match that ended 6-1, 6-0.The 11-year-old was on a short training programme at the prestigious IMG Tennis Academy in the United States before this tournament and has been the surprise element here. Her great form will come under huge scrutiny against Abuja-based Samuel.The final of the tournament which featured over 300 players is slated for saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five-time winner, Abdulmumuni Babalola thursday set up a semifinal showdown with Spain-based Sylvester Emmanuel as the 39th Central Bank of Nigeria Tennis Championship reaches its home-stretch in Lagos.Babalola, who was recently elected as players’ representative on the incoming board of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), dispatched Nonso Madueke 6-3, 6-2 and is expected to face his biggest test today in the last-four clash with Emmanuel. The later is Nigeria’s number one tennis player according to the latest NTF rankings.last_img read more

New ‘Harry Potter’ hub connects the series to fans amid COVID-19

first_imgHarry Potter At Home is here to help. A new hub within the main Wizarding World website, Harry Potter At Home provides quizzes, articles and crafting activities that allow novice and veteran readers to explore Harry’s world in a new way. The website also provides quizzes on the first book, the game of Quidditch and professors at Hogwarts. Rest assured, these quizzes are much easier than the ones in your business class. (Photo courtesy of J.K. Rowling) Of course, no “Harry Potter” website would be complete without a Sorting Hat quiz, which reveals the Hogwarts House you’d be sorted into based on your personality. The quiz itself offers thorough and thought-provoking questions in order to get to the core of your personality. To take the quiz, create a Pottermore account. With it, you’ll have access to even more “Harry Potter”-related activities such as discovering your wand and your Patronus. Although the website is geared toward children, the simplicity of the content allows “Harry Potter” to be accessible to people of all ages. Harry Potter At Home has a number of informational articles for first-time readers. They are introduced to 10 essential words to know when reading the books, including “muggle” and “Quidditch.” Another article introduces readers to the series’ three protagonists: Harry, Ron and Hermione.  For those of you who haven’t read the “Harry Potter” books — and I can’t even believe that there are people who haven’t — now is the perfect time for you to immerse yourself in the wizarding world.  Beyond articles and quizzes, the hub provides arts and crafts activities related to the books, which new and old readers are guaranteed to enjoy. Channel your inner Molly Weasley and knit your own Weasley scarf or create your own Marauder’s Map in the likes of its creators, Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs, with easy-to-follow instructional videos. There’s also a number of mind-stimulating puzzles available, ranging from a Wizarding World crossword to a Triwizard Tournament Word Search.  “Harry Potter” gives people of all ages, new readers and old, a little extra magic in their lives during this quarantine season. Outside of the website, Audible is giving out a free audiobook version of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” narrated by Stephen Fry, who the website confirms “does an excellent Dumbledore.” In addition, all eight “Harry Potter” movies are available to watch on Syfy and USA Network’s official websites. You can also tune in to the “Harry Potter Book Club” podcast on Apple Podcasts, where you’ll listen to six friends’ journey through the books together and discuss the “literary, philosophical, religious, and socio-cultural dimensions of J. K. Rowling’s modern classic.” last_img read more

Scholars analyze effect of unprecedented Trump win

first_imgMore than 100 students gathered at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center to discuss the victory of  Donald Trump in the presidential election and its impact on the future of the United States on Wednesday evening.“What Comes Next,” co-hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Office of the Provost, was led by a panel of USC professors and faculty members who addressed some of the key issues witnessed during the election and highlight possible changes Americans can anticipate in the near future. The event aimed to enable faculty and students to collectively digest the outcome of the election in a respectful and safe environment. Panelists included Dan Schnur, the director of the Unruh Institute, Camille Gear-Rich, the associate provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Social Sciences, Niels Frenzen, the director of the Immigration Clinic at the USC Gould School of Law and Clare Pastore, a law professor at USC.Schnur stressed the importance of having students feel comfortable participating in the sensitive discourse and encouraged students to ask questions to the ideologically diverse panel members. “While most of us are not in the position to sign or veto legislation in Washington, D.C., it seems to me that the real impact is not what happens in Washington, but what happens in neighborhoods, communities and campuses,” Schnur said. “Perhaps we really do have a vital role to play.” Gear-Rich pointed out that though many USC students had voiced their concern and surprise over Trump’s victory, the discussion was created to offer guidance and reassurance to those who felt disillusioned by the outcome of the election. “One of the most important things we can do tonight is to deal with the issues head on, think about issues in terms of their policy implications and look at the issues with a very sharp lens with careful way of talking to each other,” Gear-Rich said. Students were reminded that the United States has faced controversial problems in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Schnur said, working together to find common ground was a priority for all Americans. More importantly, the panel emphasized how conversations similar to this one are necessary in order to bring different political and social outcomes in the future. Furthermore, Schnur said that people should focus more on the actual policies and political agendas of U.S. politicians, rather than the personalities of the leaders. “Although personality could be captivating, the role of public policy is worth our primary consideration,” Schnur said. Frenzen discussed the fear many immigrant communities are currently experiencing due to Trump’s statements that he would deport undocumented immigrants living in the United States. He also voiced his concern over the possibility that Trump may eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, which would leave the 700,000 people who were granted work permits under this provision at a disadvantage. Frenzen also reminded the audience that nonviolent protests have previously had a tremendous and effective impact in U.S. policymaking. He used the 2006 L.A. immigration reform protests as an example, describing how half a million Americans gathered in the city to oppose the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.As the panel went on, one student expressed her concerns about the polarized nature of the media, while another asked about the problems America faces when it comes to using and generating renewable and nonrenewable energy. Some of the other issues brought up had to do with health care policy, the state of the environment and stock market prices. The panel ended on an optimistic note, with Schnur stressing the advantages of technological improvements that enable people to communicate regardless of their socioeconomic and ideological background. The panel agreed that technology empowers people to voice their ideas and live as open-minded individuals. “Not only can we talk back to power, but more importantly, technology means that we can communicate horizontally with each other,” Schnur said.last_img read more

Ice girls bring spirit to hockey games

first_imgAt 4:15 a.m, the cars roll in, the squad jumps in and the day begins for the Ice Girls, a spirit squad for the USC Ice Hockey team.The Ice Girls were founded during the 2010-2011 hockey season by members of the University’s figure skating club who wanted to combine their passion for figure skating with the sport they could cheer for — hockey.“If you take the LA Kings Ice Crew and then the Song Girls and make them into one [that’s us,]” said co-president of the Ice Girls, Devon Bowman.The Ice Girls serve as the spirit crew for all home hockey games.  The team energizes and interacts with fans at the game.  Though they don’t lead the crowd in any cheers, the girls help maintain crowd enthusiasm throughout the game.The girls also perform in between periods during the games.  The team has two routines and is currently working on a third to add to their repertoire.The Ice Girls have been managed from their start by coach and former USC student Michelle Hanabusa.  Hanabusa is responsible for choreographing all of the game routines for the girls.In addition to the performances, the team also “sweeps” the ice, a service to the teams playing in which, during a stoppage of play in the period, the girls shovel loose ice and remove it from the rink.“Our main goal is to help figure skaters continue their figure skating training in college and then also to support the boys on the team,” Bowman said.The Ice Girls practice twice a week, once on the ice and once off the ice.  Their off-ice practice consists of practicing their choreography and dance routines.Then, on Thursday morning, the girls travel to The Rinks Anaheim Ice in Anaheim for their 5 a.m. on-ice practice.“We’re all together at 4 a.m, and you become close and really learn a lot about the other girls on the team,” Bowman said.  “It’s so early, but it’s so fun.”Bowman said one of her favorite things about Ice Girls is the breakfast burrito stops the girls frequently make on their way back to school in the mornings.In addition to the hockey games, the Ice Girls have another major commitment: the holiday show they put on in the L.A. Live outdoor rink every December.  This provides the girls with an opportunity to perform under a different premise than their usual game routine.The team also develops a special holiday routine for the show.Girls have the opportunity to participate in duets or solo performances that are geared more toward their figure skating background, which is often missing from the game atmosphere.While skating experience is not required, most of the girls on the team have extensive figure skating backgrounds, and many have competed at the national and international level.This year, the team added a competition aspect to the program as a USC recreational sport. The Ice Girls qualify as a fourth tier group in their first year as a rec sport and do not receive any funding, but hope to move up to tier three next year.For their competition, the squad will be competing in the Pacific Coast regional section.  There are normally three competitions the team would need to compete in to qualify for the next level of competition, but for monetary reasons the team will only be participating in one competition in late January.“As Ice Girls has evolved, we have become more figure skating-based,” Bowman said.  “But it’s not just about figure skating ability. It’s also about personality, tenaciousness and love for hockey.”The Ice Girls bring together girls from all backgrounds and majors at USC to join together in something that they are all passionate about.“It’s given me the opportunity to pursue something that I love to do at a university that I love,” Bowman said.Not only do the girls enjoy the family they have discovered among themselves, they enjoy rooting the hockey team on for who they are both on and off the ice.“We’re all pretty close. The hockey guys are all super outgoing and fun to be around so we try to do events with them,” Bowman said.  “We do ice cream socials with them and broomball.  It’s definitely a family.”The Ice Girls will be in action for their holiday show on Sunday, Dec. 6, and will be cheering for the hockey team through the end of their season in late January.last_img read more

For Kansas fans, 2003 national title loss to Syracuse still stings

first_img Published on April 2, 2018 at 9:58 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 The name wasn’t coming to Bill Geiger, a longtime Kansas fan. Which Syracuse guard hit all of those 3-pointers for Syracuse back in the 2003 national championship? There were six of them, all in the first half.Geiger knew that because he sat at the Superdome in New Orleans right on the baseline, not far from where most of the 3s originated. He watched as Syracuse bounded to an 18-point lead, backed mostly by a guard unbeknownst to most of the Kansas faithful.“Your star was (Carmelo) Anthony, but he wasn’t the kid who beat us,” Geiger said. “The freshman who hit all of those 3s did. One after the other. What was his name?”A few seconds passed and Geiger had an epiphany: “McNamara! McNamara killed us!”Gerry McNamara, the Syracuse freshman point guard, led the Orange to an 81-78 win over Kansas, delivering the program its lone national title. Fifteen years later, the game lives on for Kansas fans. Losing March Madness games casts a long shadow, especially when they come in the form of a title game loss. The 2018 national championship game was Monday night, leaving one side to go home unsatisfied. Last week, devout Kansas fans recalled the 2003 national title game loss to Syracuse. For many, the loss still stings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven though the Jayhawks had a dominant 2017-18 season, ending with a Final Four loss to Villanova, fans still resented the 2003 loss to Syracuse. On the night KU beat Duke to advance to the Final Four, excitement filled the air in Omaha, Nebraska. The Jayhawks were 30-7 and off to their 15th Final Four in program history. They have made three Final Fours since losing to SU in 2003. Yet when recalling the 2003 loss, KU fans were awash with renewed frustration.Geiger said he has attended just about every KU game since he was a kid in the 1950s. He recalled with detail how McNamara’s 3s put the Jayhawks at an early deficit. He didn’t forget that KU forward Nick Collison went 3-for-10 from the free-throw line. And he remembers the thrill of the final seconds, his heart racing as Hakim Warrick blocked Michael Lee’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer.“We’ve never really gotten even for that one loss in New Orleans,” said Geiger, a 1965 graduate of KU.A few feet from him, one Kansas fan said of the game, “I don’t remember losses,” with a bitterness in his voice.When longtime KU fan Jeff Twist recalled the game, he was slightly disgusted. He watched in front of his TV at his Boulder, Colorado, home. He singled out Anthony, who scored 20 points in the title game and was named Most Outstanding Player. He said the Jayhawks have never gotten revenge on the game. He wanted SU to beat Duke in the Sweet 16 so that KU would be the team to end Syracuse’s improbable run.“Oh yeah, still bitter,” Twist said. “I hated Syracuse ever since then. That was brutal when they knocked us out.”MORE FROM THE SERIES:Craig Forth continues lifelong desire to include and educate as school principal Comments Highlights of that game have cropped up in a variety of montages played at NCAA Tournament sites, including in Detroit and Omaha. One sequence includes McNamara and Anthony. When the footage showed at SU’s Round of 32 game in Detroit, a contingent of Syracuse fans cheered.Before the 2003 title game, SU head coach Jim Boeheim had been to a pair of Final Fours already and finished runner-up each time (1987, 1996). Then-Kansas head coach Roy Williams had reached the Final Four on four occasions. After the game, Boeheim shook hands with Williams, who said: “Jimmy, I’m really sad, but I’m really happy for you.” To which Boeheim responded, “Thank you, but you’re going to get one, too.”That was Williams’ last game at KU, as he left for North Carolina and has been there ever since.In the dying seconds of the 2003 title game, Kansas had a chance to tie after Warrick missed a pair of free throws. But Warrick blocked Lee’s shot with 0.7 seconds remaining on the game clock, and Syracuse avenged a second-round loss to Kansas two years earlier. “The Block” has lived on in Syracuse lore, as Lee was a strong 3-point shooter and a made 3-pointer would have sent the game into overtime.“I thought Lee was going to make that last shot from the corner, but Warrick blocked that shot. He got him with his elbow!” said Frank Burris, a Kansas fan.“I got all ball,” Warrick wrote in 2015 for The Players Tribune. Seconds later in the 2003 game, Syracuse players created a mosh pit near centercourt.Burris was munching on a Reuben sandwich across from the CenturyLink Center the day of Kansas’ Elite Eight matchup. The KU graduate and his friends were enjoying KU’s run. But the more he and his friends thought about the game, the more frustration settled in.“An unheralded freshman nobody knew anything about hit seven 3s first half,” said John Moore, a Kansas season-ticket holder. “We were tired. We ran out of gas. I remember our guys bending over holding their shorts, sweat dripping off their face.”“We couldn’t make a damn free throw!” Burris interjected.“I felt like I wanted to throw up,” John said. “It was a Final Four we could have won, should have won. Still bitter.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

O’Riordan bound for AFL trials in Oz

first_imgO’Riordan – who also featured for the counties Under 21 hurlers this season – starred as Tipp reached the Under 21 All Ireland football final.The 19 year old from JK Brackens said it is an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.He’ll be joined at the trials by Kilkenny underage star Daragh Joyce.last_img

Great Thanksgiving Banquet and Street Outreach to Feed the Homeless on…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The Miami Rescue Mission |Broward Outreach Centers and over 400 volunteers will provide over 2,500 traditional Thanksgiving meals for the homeless and hungry of Miami-Dade and Broward County at The Great Thanksgiving Banquet on November 28.Clothes and hygiene products will be given to those in need as well as services such as haircuts, medical education and checkups. Intake tables with program information will also be available for those who want off the streets.The events will take place at two locations: the Miami Campus at 2020 NW 1 Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 and the Hollywood Campus at 2056 Scott Street, Hollywood, FL 33020.The Miami campus will have guest speaker, Pastor Kelon Duke from New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church. Johnson and Wales University Culinary Students are preparing over 100 turkeys and Girl Scouts Troop # 918 is donating all the pies that will be served.The Hollywood campus will have Pastor Eddie Vega from Fuel Life Church as their guest speaker. Rita Verros, TV Host/Producer on Coral Gables Television will be the MC of the event with entertainment by Scott Evans Productions. The Hollywood campus is going to have a health corner run by the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing Students & Miami Chapter of Black Nurses Association. There will also be clothing and hygiene giveaways for those in attendance, plus have haircuts for those in need of one.Rev. Ron Brummitt, President of Miami Rescue Mission |Broward Outreach Centers, said of the festivities, “I am so excited that we are able to provide a great meal to the homeless and needy families of South Florida on our campuses. Thanksgiving is a time to realize what you have in this world and realize how you can make the world of someone else a little bit better.”The Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers collectively known as the Caring Place knows that Thanksgiving is a time of celebration and is eager to help provide a festive atmosphere to the homeless and hungry of South Florida.last_img read more

AFCON 2013: Preview of Ghana vs DR Congo

first_imgAfter an unexciting opening day of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which failed to deliver any goals, Ghana might get the competition’s first goal on Sunday when they take on DR Congo.Kick off is at 15:00 (17:00GMT)The start to the competition on Saturday ended goalless as Angola and Morocco drew 0-0 while hosts South Africa and Cape Verde produced a similar scoreline, all in Group A.However, attention turns to Group B where the Black Stars, led by Asamoah Gyan meet the Leopards at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth in the first match.Ghana have had a good build up to the finals but Gyan is not getting ahead of himself.“When we win our first game it’s a very good start for the team,” said Ghana captain. “I cannot predict that we will win [the Cup], but we must qualify from the group stages, and then we can start thinking about winning the cup.”The Congolese have had an uneasy build-up after players refused to train on Thursday and Friday in order to force bonus payments for coaching staff that had not been paid for their participation in the tournament.But with an experienced Nations Cup campaigner, coach Claude Le Roy in the seat, the Leopards are expected to turn up fighting.Mali will take on Niger in the second game of the day.last_img read more

Wenger: I don’t need RVP

first_imgArsene Wenger is not interested in taking Robin van Persie back to Arsenal, according to reports.The Dutchman moved to Manchester United from the Emirates last season after questioning the Gunners’ ambition, but could be heading out of Old Trafford in the summer after reportedly growing disillusioned with life under David Moyes.Van Persie won the title in his first season at United with Sir Alex Ferguson, but the 30-year-old has struggled with injuries following the Scot’s retirement and the Red Devils have seen their trophy hopes extinguished as a result.Reports have claimed that Arsenal are willing to take Van Persie back to north London,which he still considers home, but the Daily Mirror claim Wenger is not willing to entertain the idea of taking the striker back.last_img

MLB Playoffs: What to watch for with the Los Angeles Dodgers

first_img3. Batting with the bases loaded. In one of baseball’s great statistical anomalies, no team had a higher batting average this season with runners in scoring position (.286), or a lower batting average with the bases loaded (.191), than the Dodgers. What’s more, they drove in more runs with the bases empty (67) than with the bases loaded (61). Will the Cardinals automatically issue intentional walks with runners at second and third? Maddeningly consistent, the Dodgers never spent a day under .500. They climbed steadily back from 10 games out of first place in early June, mainly because pitchers Clayton Kershaw (21-3), Zack Greinke (17-8) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7) were able to prevent any prolonged skids. Those three can start almost every game from here on out, backed by a lineup that hit its stride in September (.295/.355/.472). Ryu’s left shoulder is the only serious health concern; otherwise the club appears to be peaking at the right time. The Dodgers have home-field advantage over the Cardinals, whom they beat in three of four games at Dodger Stadium in June.WHAT TO WATCH FOR1. Managing the bullpen. Until steady closer Kenley Jansen got the ball, the middle innings skewed adventurous at times. Brian Wilson never showed the same combination of velocity and movement he had a year ago; the eighth inning was often a mix-and-match ordeal among Wilson, Brandon League and J.P. Howell. Who pitches the seventh inning is anybody’s guess. Don’t be surprised if Don Mattingly gives his starters a longer leash than in the regular season.2. Hanley Ramirez’s revenge. He was hit in the ribs by a pitch early in last year’s National League Championship Series and never had the chance to be a factor against the Cardinals. In the Dodgers’ most recent game against the Cardinals in July, he was hit twice. Ramirez might have more fuel for motivation than any of his teammates, but can he stay healthy enough to be on the field the entire series? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more