St Nic stands King George ground

first_img Aidan O’Brien’s multiple Group One winner has made the frame behind Nathaniel and Danedream in the last two runnings and was last seen lifting his third Coronation Cup at Epsom, but jockey Joseph O’Brien is praying the rain stays away. He said: “The quicker the ground the better for my horse. On good to firm, quick ground I’d be very happy. If it got much slower than good, I’d have a little worry.” St Nicholas Abbey’s stablemates Chamonix and Ernest Hemingway are also in the reckoning, and Jim Bolger has Irish Derby hero Trading Leather among the 11 confirmations. As expected, Hillstar has been supplemented for the race. Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old claimed the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last month and owner Sir Evelyn de Rothschild has stumped up the required £75,000 to add him to the field for the midsummer highlight. Corine Barande-Barbe’s French superstar Cirrus Des Aigles is set to be joined on the trip across the Channel by compatriot Very Nice Name, as well as Andreas Wohler’s German raider Novellist. Roger Varian is anticipating a bold bid from Ektihaam, who won the Buckhounds Stakes over the course and distance before slipping up in the Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting. “He’s just had routine exercise, he’s had a couple of canters, and he’ll do stronger work tomorrow. I’m happy with how he is, he’s moving well and he looks great,” the Newmarket trainer told At The Races. “To have a horse going who is a genuine contender is really exciting. It’s a huge race, one of the top races in Europe, and to be involved is massive for me.” The field is completed by Universal and Red Cadeaux. St Nicholas Abbey is set for a third crack at the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Barcelona agree Vermaelen deal

first_imgBarcelona have agreed a deal with Arsenal to sign Thomas Vermaelen on a five-year contract. The fee is undisclosed for a player who had been club captain for the Barclays Premier League side for the past two seasons but was frequently on the bench last term, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny the first-choice pairing at centre-back. He made only 13 starts in all competitions and 21 appearances in total for Arsenal during the campaign, which concluded with him being an unused substitute in the Gunners’ FA Cup final victory over Hull as they collected their first trophy in nine years. Vermaelen was initially an integral part of the London club’s defence after signing from Ajax in 2009, but form and fitness have subsequently put his starting spot in jeopardy. He has played 150 times for Arsenal overall in five seasons, scoring 15 goals. Vermaelen had been linked with Manchester United, but it is understood that Arsenal proposed a swap deal which the Red Devils were not prepared to do. While indicating on Thursday that United were among the clubs to have made an offer for Vermaelen, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also said he would prefer any sale to be made to an overseas side. Barcelona said Vermaelen will sign his contract on Sunday before having a photograph session with the media on the Nou Camp turf. He will then be officially presented as the Catalan club’s player at a press conference. The news that the 28-year-old Belgium defender is to make the switch was announced by both clubs on Saturday evening. Arsenal confirmed Vermaelen passed his medical in Barcelona earlier that day, adding that his transfer is “subject to the completion of the normal regulatory process”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dimitri Payet’s ‘magic’ return fills Slaven Bilic with confidence

first_img West Ham’s comeback victory, which sees them move above Manchester United into fifth in the table, was dampened by yet another injury to Andy Carroll. The 27-year-old limped off after just 12 minutes with a hamstring problem, but Bilic hopes the injury is not too bad. “It is a really bad situation for us,” Bilic added. “After the Liverpool win I said that he is back, he looked sharp, he looked strong and he was covering the whole pitch and terrorising the defence. “So, it is a blow but he has been working really hard. Maybe or hopefully it is not that long. Maybe it is going to be a couple of weeks but we need him. “He is disappointed because he knows he is back but if we have to choose between a knee and hamstring injury it is better to have a hamstring injury.” Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe rued a poor display by his team. “It was not our best performance, especially in the second half,” he said. “It is disappointing because we had enough chances in the first half to be more than one goal up and the quality of the free-kicks has changed the complexion of the game.” Seven minutes later he teed up Enner Valencia before the Ecuadorian scored a brilliant free-kick of his own to secure West Ham’s third league win in as many games. “It was a team win but Payet made the difference,” said Bilic. “West Ham fans love that kind of player with a bit of magic and he has got more than a bit. “What I admire most is his character, because that is what all true champions have got. When he makes a mistake – and I am talking about training here – he is crazy and angry at himself and that is what is makes him a leader.” Payet joined West Ham from Marseille in an £11million move in the summer and immediately impressed before sustaining a knee injury at Everton on November 7. “I don’t know why people are that surprised because he came from Marseille, and Marseille is one of the biggest clubs in Europe and he was doing similar things there,” Bilic added. “Maybe we give him more responsibility and more confidence and he is enjoying it and we are enjoying him big time. “But it is not only about his quality. He is deciding games, he is keeping the ball and he is doing the things which are very hard in football. “He is taking the whole team 20 yards up the pitch without kicking the ball and that is important. He is also making all the players around him better.” Slaven Bilic hailed a magical display by Dimitri Payet after the France international inspired West Ham’s comeback victory at Bournemouth on Tuesday night. The Hammers were trailing at the interval after Harry Arter scored his first Barclays Premier League goal. But Payet, making his first start for West Ham in more than two months following a knee injury, pulled his side level after 67 minutes with a magnificent free-kick. Press Associationlast_img read more

du Plessis, Miller smash tons as S. Africa thump Sri Lanka

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA inningsH. Amla lbw b Lakmal 15Q. de Kock c Lakmal b D. de Silva 17F. du Plessis c K. Mendis b N. Kulasekara 105A. de Villiers c Chandimal b Sandakan 3 J. Duminy c D. de Silva b Pathirana 11D. Miller not out 117C. Morris c K. Mendis b Lakmal 26W. Parnell not out 2Extras: (lb-5, w-6) 11Total: (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 307Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-65, 3-71, 4-108, 5-225, 6-285.Bowling: N. Kulasekara 10-0-76-1 (w-1), S. Lakmal 7-0-54-2 (w-3), D. de Silva 8-0-42-1, C. de Silva 4-0-23-0, L. Sandakan 10-0-51-1 (w-1), S. Pathirana 4-0-19-1, A. Gunaratne 7- -0-37-0.SRI LANKA inningsN. Dickwella c du Plessis b Parnell 25U. Tharanga c de Villiers b Parnell 26K. Mendis c du Plessis b Phehlukwayo 20D. Chandimal c de Kock b Morris 36D. de Silva stp. de Kock b Tahir 1A. Gunaratne run-out (Duminy) 18C. de Silva c sub. b Duminy 14S. Pathirana c Parnell b Duminy 26N. Kulasekara c du Plessis b Rabada 12S. Lakmal not out 2L. Sandakan lbw b Tahir 0Extras: (lb-1, w-5) 6Total: (all out, 37.5 overs) 186Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-52, 3-74, 4-75, 5-119, 6-132, 7-152, 8-181, 9-184.Bowling: K. Rabada 8-0-47-1 (w-3), W. Parnell 6-0-34-2, C. Morris 6-0-27-1, I. Tahir 8.5-1-26-2 (w-1), A. Phehlukwayo 4-0-21-1 (w-1), J. Duminy 5-0-30-2. (REUTERS) – Faf du Plessis and David Miller struck centuries as South Africa cruised to an emphatic 121-run victory over wilting Sri Lanka in the second one-day International in Durban yesterday.Sent in to bat by the touring side, South Africa posted 307 for six in their 50 overs before restricting Sri Lanka to 186 all out from 37.5 overs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.It was an eighth ODI victory in a row for South Africa and an 11th win in succession at home as they showed form in the build-up to the Champions Trophy in England in June.Their innings was built around tons for du Plessis (105 from 120 balls) and the more explosive Miller (117 not out from 98 balls) as the pair put on 117 for the fifth wicket having come together with the home side teetering at 108 for four.Miller struck six sixes and was particularly severe on the Sri Lankan seamers as he blasted a second unbeaten ODI century in three innings and a fourth ton of his career.Sri Lanka made a spirited start to their chase, but when they lost openers Niroshan Dickwella (25) and Upul Tharanga (26) to brilliant catches by du Plessis and AB de Villiers respectively, both off the bowling of left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell, it became a procession of wickets.du Plessis leapt at cover to grab the ball one-handed well above his head while de Villiers sprinted towards the boundary and dived to grab the ball out of the warm Durban sky as it threatened to fall to safety.Leg-spinner Imran Tahir (2-26 in 8.5 overs) was again the pick of the home bowlers.The third one-dayer will be played at The Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday.last_img read more

James Wren-Gilkes should be properly honoured – Hutson

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyPRESIDENT of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson will be making a plea to recently-named Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr, for his People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government, to do right by recognising current National 200m record-holder, James Wren-Gilkes. James Wren-Gilkes, the man who many still believe would have won gold in the men’s 200m at the 1976 Olympic Games, was never shy about speaking on his disappointment at not being able to win what would have been Guyana’s first medal at an Olympic Games.Gilkes, now 67, had his hopes crushed when former President Forbes Burnham decided to be one of the 29 countries, mostly African, that boycotted the Montreal Games when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to ban New Zealand, after the New Zealand National Rugby team had toured South Africa earlier in 1976 in defiance of the United Nations’ calls for a sporting embargo.According to Hutson, the one thing that is not being spoken of was that Gilkes, at the time of Guyana boycotting the 1976 Olympics, was in line to sign an endorsement deal with one of the leading athletics brand and the shun had financial ramifications for the Guyanese sprinter. Hutson, who made the comments while appearing on NCN’s Sports Magazine, hosted by veteran journalist Edwin Seeraj, said while Gilkes, during the last hosting of the Aliann Pompey Invitational in Guyana, was honoured along with other Olympians by the Guyana Olympics Association (GOA), the former Fisk University standout is worthy of a higher recognition.Hutson, whose AAG met with Minister Ramson last week during the Minister’s interaction of sports associations and federations, said soon, the local governing body for track and field in Guyana, will be making a formal pitch to the Government on Gilkes’ behalf.At the 1976 Olympic Games, after Guyana did not participate, Gilkes could have only watched in tears as Jamaica’s Donald Quarrie win gold in the men’s 200m.Quarrie, whom Gilkes usually defeated in the distance, ran 20.23 seconds to win ahead of Americans Millard Hampton (20.29s) and Dwayne Evans (20.43s).Gilkes’ time of 20.14 seconds in the 200 metres, ran in 1978 in Berlin, German, still stands as Guyana’s National record.Gilkes won gold at the 1975 Pan Am Games in Mexico City, running 20.43 seconds ahead of the USA’s Larry Brown (20.69s) and current president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association, from The Bahamas, Mike Sands (20.98s).Cuba’s 1980 Olympics 100m silver medallist, Silvio Leonard, had the better of Gilkes in the 1979 Pan Am Games in the 200m at the event that year, running 20.37 seconds, relegating the Guyana to silver (20.43s) and American Don Coleman to third (20.56s).At the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada, Allan Wells, who went on to win gold (100m) and silver (200m) for England at the 1980 Olympic Games, finished first ahead of Gilkes in the 200m.Wells ran 20.12 seconds to narrowly defeat Gilkes, who had clocked 20.18 seconds. Jamaica’s Colin Bradford was third (20.43s).Competing at the Weltklasse Zürich, in Switzerland, which fell under the IAAF Golden Sprints, Gilkes, in 1979, took bronze in the men’s 200m. The event is by invitation only and featured only the world’s top elite athletics.Gilkes was also a standout athlete at Fisk University and the University of Southern California (USC)  and as of 2012, he was still ranked in the top 10 all-time performers for the USC Trojans at 100m and 200m.last_img read more

SB : Freshman Thomas unaffected by burden of replacing Gibbs at 3rd base

first_imgThe pressure has been on the slim shoulders of Carey-Leigh Thomas from the start of the season.By replacing departed senior Hallie Gibbs, who was a top tier hitter for the Orange last year, it’s not all that shocking Thomas feels the heat to perform and prove herself, even as a freshman. But what is surprising is how much she has embraced having the spotlight pointed directly at her.‘Pressure since day one,’ Thomas said. ‘As soon as I got here everyone kept talking about Hallie, and I just kept telling myself, ‘Well, I’m going to go out there and show them that I can compete with Hallie or at least hold third base down as best as I can.’ I love the pressure, though.’Thomas has shown how little she minds being put under a microscope with the way she’s gone about her business, which has impressed teammates and coaches. The third baseman is next in line to replace Gibbs at the hot corner, a senior who last year terrorized opposing pitching. With all the experienced talent Syracuse is returning, Gibbs was the hole in SU’s lineup. That’s where Thomas enters the equation. She has the privilege and burden of taking over for the power hitter.Thomas will have another chance to impress teammates this weekend when Syracuse (3-2) plays in the Cathedral Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Orange will play a loaded schedule, going up against Pacific at 8:30 p.m. Friday followed by Northwestern at 11 p.m. On Saturday, SU will play UC Davis and No. 16 Arizona before playing its final game against No. 5 UCLA on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn her senior campaign, Gibbs was a force with a .327 batting average and was the team leader in walks, doubles, total bases, home runs and a startling 65 RBI. Those runs batted in were 22 more than any other Orange player.Teammate and a slugger in her own respect, sophomore Jasmine Watson knows the production from Gibbs can’t be duplicated.‘Having Carrie at third I guess is kind of filling her shoes,’ Watson said. ‘No one is going to be like Hallie, though. Hallie is Hallie. But we can try to get someone to be just as great, but it’s going to be tough.’But if there’s one player who doesn’t mind continuing the trend of quality third basemen for Syracuse, Thomas seems to be that player. As much as her mentality has helped her, it’s matched by the physical tools Thomas has.SU head coach Leigh Ross said Thomas is one of the strongest, most natural athletes she has had the chance to coach while at SU. And for all the talent she has, Thomas wasn’t on anyone’s recruiting list, including SU. It was actually Thomas who pursued Ross and Syracuse.Ross receives multiple emails from prospective players daily but rarely do many stand out. Thomas’ email is one that set itself apart from the others.Among the things that caught Ross’ eye was the Ontario native’s experience on the Canadian junior women’s national team — the same national program senior pitcher Jenna Caira is a part of. Caira, who saw Thomas play, also put in a good word for her.Thomas was shocked at how fast Ross responded.‘We knew she was a quality kid,’ Ross said. ‘We knew that we weren’t getting just a kid that liked Syracuse and wanted to come to school here.’And Thomas is able to attend SU free of charge as a result of her roots.Thomas is on a scholarship called the Haudenosaunee Promise. The scholarship is eligible for Native Americans who are from one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee. Although Thomas admittedly doesn’t know much about the scholarship, she does know she ‘comes here for free and I qualified for it.’It’s become a perfect situation for Thomas, who wanted to go to SU. It’s a fortunate situation for the Orange, who needed a third baseman.But Ross doesn’t want Thomas to feel too much pressure living up to Gibbs. She said it’d be unfair to compare a senior’s production to a freshman still feeling her way around a new position at the hot corner and at the plate against NCAA competition.‘It’s hard to remember that they’re just freshmen,’ Ross said. ‘Here’s this kid that’s so talented and you see out there everyday, and it’s hard to remember she’s just a freshman.’  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Kessler and Vainuku play in Senior Bowl

first_imgFor the majority of the USC football team, the 2015 college football season ended on Dec. 30, 2015, with the Trojans 23-21 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2015 National Funding Holiday Bowl.For seniors Cody Kessler and Soma Vainuku, however, their seasons ended with their participation in the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday.The Senior Bowl, established in 1950, was originally played in Jacksonville, Florida before being moved to its current location at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Alabama.With the college football national championship happening weeks prior and the Super Bowl always happening a week later, the annual contest allows college football’s best senior players to showcase their talents.The two teams, the North and the South, are coached by a chosen NFL coaching staff and feature athletes at the top of their athletic prowess.Before the game on Saturday, Kessler illustrated in an interview with the Los Angeles Times the expectations involved in not only the Senior Bowl’s practices, but also the game itself.“They want to see how you can practice in an NFL practice, in an NFL system and then, obviously, how you play when you get guys out there,” Kessler said. “It’s been a really good three days, and now you get to go out there and play against another team and get live reps.”Kessler and Vainuku aren’t the only Trojans to have been awarded the honor of Senior Bowl participants. In fact, 83 Trojans have graced the field of the Senior Bowl, including former Trojan linebackers Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga, running back Frank Gifford and defensive back Shareece Wright.Past Trojan receiver and current NFL Hall of Fame member Lynn Swann was elected by the fans to the All-Time Senior Bowl Team.In terms of quarterbacks, Kessler joins USC alums Kyle Wachholtz, Carson Palmer and John David Booty, while Vainuku is the first Trojan to attend the Senior Bowl as a designated fullback.In this year’s battle for Senior Bowl supremacy, the North featured playmakers such as Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller, Arizona State running back D.J. Foster and Notre Dame defensive lineman Sheldon Day, while the South’s roster was highlighted by Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman and Alabama quarterback Jake Coker.Kessler was among four quarterbacks and 12 Pac-12 players chosen to represent the North team, while Vainuku was the North’s lone fullback.Kessler also stated how he has adjusted to new professional-level coaching and his approach to improvement.“I got a lot of great pointers,” Kessler said. “It’s been a really cool week to be able to hear their terminology and how they explain things. And then you watch film the way they watch and they explain everything. It has been great for me. I’m trying to take everything in.”In the contest, Kessler completed just four of his 10 pass attempts for 45 yards, ranking third on the squad in total yardage behind Louisiana Tech’s Jeff Driskel and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, out of the FCS. Fellow Pac-12 QB Kevin Hogan went three of four for just 41 yards, while rushing for an eight-yard gain.Vainuku, on the other hand, failed to reach the stats sheet as he was utilized for primarily blocking purposes.Although the North lost the affair 27-16, Kessler led a 15-play, 80-yard drive which resulted in one of his overall 10 rushing yards going for a touchdown.The game’s MVP Honors were awarded to Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott for his 13 yards rushing, 61 yards and one touchdown on 7-of-10 passing.Other names that impressed were Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett and Southeastern Missouri State wide receiver Paul McRoberts, who caught three passes for 58 yards and four passes for 46 yards and a touchdown, respectively.Looking at Vainuku and Kessler’s draft prospects, both are certainly in good position. The position of the selections, however, will become clearer as pre-combine workouts take place.In response to scouts and potential NFL teams, Vainuku reaffirmed his commitment to working hard and proving teams wrong.“I’m willing to get in there and work my butt off to show them that if they draft me,” Vainuku said. “Their number is not wasted.”Vainuku sits as the fifth-best fullback on CBS Sports, projected to be selected in the seventh round overall behind fullbacks such as Kansas State’s Glenn Gronkowski and Wisconsin’s Derek Watt, brothers of NFL stars Rob Gronkowski and J.J. Watt, respectively.Meanwhile, Cody Kessler currently ranks as the 12th-best quarterback on the board, falling to the sixth or seventh rounds in the draft.The futures of the former Trojans are bright, however, with three months of preparation and examinations left until the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago, Illinois.last_img read more

Wenger May Rest Players at Old Trafford Swansong

first_imgHe said: “We had big matches, big fights, so thank you so much for that. Regret? Little negative episodes, yes I do.“There were little things where it would be obviously better without them – you know, some gestures, some words, it would obviously be better without it. I feel better now without it, no doubts about it.”United have a strong team to choose from as Antonio Valencia has overcome a muscle complaint sustained in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham. For Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s recovery comes a little too late to face the club he left in January, while Mohemed Elneny is also sidelined with ligament damage.Santi Cazorla was pictured warming up on the pitch at the Emirates ahead of their 1-1 draw with Atletico on Thursday, but is still some way from being fit to play.Manchester United are unbeaten in 10 home league matches against Arsenal (W7 D3), their longest run since March 1961 (17 games). In all competitions, Arsenal have lost 13 of their last 18 away visits to Old Trafford (W2 D3), although only one of those defeats has been in the last four visits (W1 D2).The Red Devils haven’t completed a league double over the Gunners since the 2011-12 campaign – the last Man Utd manager other than Sir Alex Ferguson to achieve this was Ron Atkinson in the 1984-85 campaign.This will be the 19th meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger in all competitions – Mourinho didn’t lose any of the first 13 (W6 D7) but has lost two of the last five (W2 D1). However, he’s never lost at home against Wenger in seven matches (W4 D3).The Gunners have already lost nine Premier League away games this season – they last reached double figures for away defeats in a 38-game season back in 1989-90 (10). Indeed, Arsenal have lost their last five on the road in the Premier League – they’ve not lost six in a row in the top-flight since a run of seven in January 1966.This will be Arsene Wenger’s last visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager – he lost his first ever match with the Gunners at the ground (0-1 in November 1996) while it was also the venue of his joint-heaviest league defeat at Arsenal (2-8 in August 2011).Alexis Sanchez could become the first player to score both for and against the same team in the same Premier League season since Wilfried Bony in 2014-15 (who scored for and against both Swansea and Man City).Danny Welbeck has scored on both of his visits to Old Trafford for Arsenal in all competitions – no Arsenal player has scored away at Man Utd more under Arsene Wenger (Emmanuel Adebayor and Sylvain Wiltord also two).After a run of just one goal in 11 Premier League games, Alexandre Lacazette has now scored four in his last four, including a brace last time out vs West Ham.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsene Wenger may be tempted to rest several key players on his final visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager today. The Gunners boss has the prospect of a Europa League semi-final second leg at Atletico Madrid to contend with on Thursday, with extra pressure on his side after they were held to a late draw on Thursday night.It will be Wenger’s final visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal boss, with the end of his 22-year reign in north London now in sight next month.Old adversary Jose Mourinho, who the Frenchman has faced 18 times as manager, previously called him a “voyeur” and “specialist in failure” as the two exchanged verbal insults ahead of previous encounters. But the Manchester United manager, who last week called Wenger a friend, said he now regretted the comments.last_img read more

Voting Opens as NSA Unveils Nominees Shortlist

first_imgUnmissable Incentives, organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA), have announced the shortlist of nominees for the 2018 edition of the prestigious sports awards ceremony.At a press briefing held in Lagos wednesday in Lagos, the Chairman of NSA panel, Dr. Kweku Tandoh announced nominees for the different categories including Footballer of the Year, Team Sports Person of the Year, Track & Field Star of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year, Sports Administrator of the Year amongst others.Tandoh who was excited about the massive response of the public towards nominations which opened on Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 and closed Sunday, 7th October, 2018, expressed delight that the award was moving a notch higher considering the number of nominations received this year – over 2 million nominations. Other award categories to be voted for include Racket Sports Person of the Year, Basketball Player Of the Year, Para Sports Person Of The Year, Team of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and Sportsman of the YearTandoh however noted that the remaining four categories of the awards; Journalist of the Year (Radio), Journalist of the Year (Television), Photo Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year (Print) would not be open to public voting but all interested media professionals are required to submit any three works of their published or produced and aired (not more than 90secs) between November 2017 and November 2018. Deadline for all submission in these categories is Sunday, November 4, 2018.Speaking further on the process for selection of the nominees, Tandoh noted that the final selection of nominees were done yesterday by all award panel members after a careful scrutiny of the nominations entries received.“We are quite excited that public interest on the award has grown significantly given the number of nominations received this year for the awards. For us, we have taken time to look at the nominees for the different categories and I can proudly say that the nominees selected for the categories deserve to be winners by all standard,” he said.Speaking on the voting process for this year’s edition of the awards, Executive Director of the Awards Programme, Mr. Kayode Idowu revealed that voting for the shortlisted nominees in all 14 categories of the award opened yesterday, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and will end on Sunday, November 11, 2018The Nigerian Sports Award is the only Nigerian awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of sports men and women, both present and past that have shone brilliantly in the sporting world.The award ceremony for the 2018 Nigerian Sports Awards is scheduled to hold at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suite on Friday, November 16, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Paddy Power nets Shamrock Rovers FC sponsorship

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Paddy Power marketing has confirmed that it has become the official betting partner of Ireland Premier Division football club Shamrock Rovers FC (Tallaght, South Dublin).Shamrock Rovers FC is regarded as Ireland’s most successful football club and has produced a number of Irish full international football players.The partnership will see the Paddy Power brand feature on the Shamrock shirt sleeve, and throughout the pitchside hoardings at the 6,000 capacity Tallaght Stadium.Paddy Power marketing will further support Shamrock Rovers community and social initiatives, as the football club promotes grassroots football within Dublin. Paddy Power, Director of Communications for Paddy Power commented on the partnership:“We are delighted to have signed a partnership with Shamrock Rovers. The Hoops are one of Ireland’s most famous sporting teams and we very much look forward to working with the club to offer its incredible fans unique content and experiences.”“Shamrock Rovers FC is delighted to add another blue chip partner to our portfolio of sponsors, and with Paddy Power we have joined forces with a renowned international brand, the biggest bookmaker in the country,” Shamrock Rovers Chief Executive Brendan Murray added.“Our partnership with Paddy Power will bring innovative content and marketing initiatives to our fans and we look forward to developing a strong relationship with them.” Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more