Ese Brume, Anuoluwapo win 2019 Nigerian Sports Award

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope It was a glorious and celebratory night for the duo of Africa badminton champion, Opeyori Anuoluwapo, and fast rising sprint sensation, Ese Brume, as they won big at the 8th edition of Nigerian Sports Award, even as the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, has assured the organizer of the award of the Ministry’s readiness to partner with it to make subsequent editions of the award more glamorous and successful. Dare gave the remarks at the award ceremony held at the weekend at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. The Minister, who expressed delight at the rising profile of the award, noted that he is quite impressed with the organizer for sustaining the platform created to celebrate sport men and women till date. According to him, the award has significantly impacted the sports community having rewarded outstanding Nigerian athletes and offered needed motivation for youths to discover their talents and direct their passion towards sports. At the award ceremony, Anuoluwapo carted home with coveted crowns in two different categories of the award beating other strong contenders to become the 2019 Rackets Person of the Year and Sportsman of the Year, while Brume got rewarded with her sterling performance for the year by emerging both as Athletics star of the Year as well as Sportswoman of the Year categories. Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, emerged footballer of the year, beating off competition from Super Eagles teammate, Samuel Chukwueze, and Super Falcons captain, Asisat Oshoala. D’Tigress captain, Evelyn Akhator, maintained her winning streak as she once again picked up the Basketball Person of the Year award category, beating the duo of Ezinne Kalu and Josh Okogie, while D’Tigress were rewarded with the award of the Team of the Year category following their superlative performance at AfroBasketball Championship and its subsequent qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic. While Emmanuel Appah and Bose Omolayo won the Individual Sports Award of the Year and Para Sport Person of the Year respectively, Farouk Yusuf went home with the Team Sports Person of the Year. Coach of the Under 19 Handball Team, Christopher Nwadei, and Sam Ocheho were both rewarded for their stewardship in sports by winning the sports administrator of the year and Coach of the Year respectively. Folashade Lawal picked up the discovery of the year award, while Odunayo Adekuruoye retained the title by emerging wrestler of the year for the second year running.Tags: Sunday Darelast_img read more

Rodgers admits defensive issues

first_img Press Association While the misfiring Balotelli, with just one goal in 10 appearances, is creating a cause for concern up front in the continued absence of Daniel Sturridge, the real worries are at the other end of the field. The introduction of £20million centre-half Dejan Lovren and £12million left-back Alberto Moreno appears to have had no effect on the Reds’ vulnerability, particularly in the air, but Rodgers insists it is an issue which is relative to the whole team. “Defensively we need to be better as a team, not just the defence and goalkeeper,” he said ahead of the visit of Hull. “We all pride ourselves on clean sheets but we need to be more competitive and aggressive in those moments as a team. “That was the disappointment against Real Madrid (a 3-0 defeat on Wednesday) and also with the goals we have conceded – a large number of them have been soft and it is our job to improve that quickly. “We need to work harder and make it better. We need to reinforce key principles in that organisation and then it’s you as a player on the field showing that competitive spirit. “The great competitors don’t get done so easily in those situations and that’s something we need to improve upon.” Balotelli is likely to keep his place for the visit of Hull as Rodgers has limited options up front. Under-fire striker Mario Balotelli’s spell in the headlines has helped deflect attention from Liverpool’s real problem but manager Brendan Rodgers knows that is something which cannot be ignored. The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 matches and a summer overhaul of the defence has not rectified an increasingly worrying issue. This season Liverpool have conceded 19 times, two more than they have scored, and a weakness at crosses and set-pieces has contributed to some inconsistent performances and indifferent results. The 24-year-old has scored just once in 10 appearances but with Sturridge still sidelined by a calf problem the Italy international will probably start ahead of Rickie Lambert. Midfielder Adam Lallana is pushing for a starting place after impressing as a substitute in the midweek defeat to Real Madrid. Injuries have hit Hull hard in the past week, meaning big changes for the trip. Third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is in line for only his second Premier League start with Allan McGregor (shoulder) and Steve Harper (bicep) both out, while striker Nikica Jelavic (knee) and centre-back Michael Dawson (ankle) are both missing for at least a month. Left-back Andy Robertson has a knock that is set to keep him out too, but Tom Huddlestone should be fine to play through discomfort for the third game in a row. Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Balotelli may not have been too far wrong with his famous ‘why always me?’ statement, claiming the striker has been treated as a “whipping boy” by his critics. Balotelli has been a divisive figure wherever he has plied his trade, from Manchester to Milan, and that is no different now he is with Liverpool. He has endured a slow start to his Reds career, scoring just once in 10 appearances following his £16million summer move. The Italy international was placed firmly in the spotlight after the 3-0 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid, with manager Brendan Rodgers apparently among those unimpressed with his decision to swap shirts with Pepe at half-time. But with Hull heading to Anfield on Saturday, Bruce spoke of his sympathy for Balotelli, who once celebrated a goal in the Manchester derby by unveiling a t-shirt with the slogan ‘why always me?’. “It’s not for me to comment on other people’s players but from the outside he seems to be the whipping boy at the moment,” said the Tigers boss. “That’s always a bit unfair. There’s always a scapegoat and he seems to be the one at the minute that the media are on to, and everyone else too. “I think it’s a bit unfair on the lad. “There’s always one that people pick on. I suppose the changing of the strip (didn’t help) but I thought he did okay in that game. “There’s lots been made of the changing of shirts but we’ve seen it for years haven’t we? “It’s maybe not in our DNA in the English leagues but abroad they all do it and they think it’s nothing.” last_img read more

Syracuse seniors kickstart blowout win against Colgate ahead of NCAA tournament

first_imgBefore Syracuse buried Colgate 19-6 on Saturday, the team honored its nine seniors with a pregame Senior Day ceremony.The Orange formed two lines in front of the tunnel by its bench, and each senior walked through with family escorting them to handshakes from head coach John Desko, athletic director Daryl Gross and lastly, director of operations Roy Simmons III.By the time seniors and parents posed for a group shot between the 30- and 40-yard line, Dominic Lamolinara, Derek Maltz, Matt Harris, Drew Jenkins, Billy Ward, Pat Powderly, Kyle Henry, Scott Loy and Chris Daddio had walked through the line as a prelude to an easy victory at the Carrie Dome.Every senior saw time but Powderly, who sported a blue jump suit and sat with an injury.“It was weird,” said Lamolinara before starting in goal. “But it was a great feeling going out with a group of guys that I’ve gotten so close with.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Other than that it was just a game and I’m glad we came out with the win.”The seniors made the most of their final regular-season home game.Daddio jumpstarted Syracuse by winning 10-of-15 first-half faceoffs — and 15-of-21 overall — before being pulled for Mike Iacono in the third quarter. Lamolinara allowed three goals in the first two frames. Harris and Jenkins were key cogs in a defensive effort that held Colgate to just six goals and none in the third. Loy netted a goal to push the Orange ahead 17-3 just before the fourth.And even Henry, a reserve attack that has seldom seen the field this season, got some playing time when Desko rolled out his bench for the last 18 minutes of play.Syracuse will have a quick turnaround before gearing up for NCAA tournament play beginning next weekend. This senior class has yet to capture a national title, and had one last chance to celebrate before making that final run.Said Daddio: “It was a good feeling, it’s nice to win on Senior Day.” Comments Published on May 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more