Nigeria reclaims World Scrabble glory

first_imgRelatedPosts Jighere tops 2017 WESPA championships qualifiers list Nigeria has reclaimed the team title at the WESPAC World Scrabble Championship in Goa, India.A team of 11 Scrabble players captained by the African Champion Moses Peter achieved the feat, edging out Malaysia with a mean total 22.36.Nigeria won 214 games, losing 142 over the three-day event.Reflecting on the victory, National Coach Tony Ikolo attributed victory to hard work and serious preparation by the team: “For the last few months we had been preparing for the Indian tournament. My players were remarkable sacrificing so much to ensure that we remain the world’s best.”Meanwhile, Nigel Richards of New Zealand – the greatest Scrabble player of all time – won the singles title to become the world champion again beating Jesse Day of the United States 4-3 in the final match up.Richards – a multiple world champion in both English and French lexicons – is also the holder of another Scrabble “major”, the coveted King’s Cup that was held in Bangkok, Thailand in July.He is now the undisputed world champion having taken the two recognised world title events – the MSA World Scrabble Championship in England last year and now the World English Scrabble Players’ Association title.Jesse Day had led 3-2 in the best of seven final but Richards won the last two games to take the title.Nigel sealed the win in Goa with a “nine-timer” avoiders that netted him 167 points and an unassailable lead.Nigeria’s best performer came from 23-year-old Enoch Nwali who finished fifth overall. The other player in the top ten was Ben Quickpen.Tags: Tony Ikololast_img read more

2020-21 Premier League, La Liga, Serie A: DStv, GOtv present heart racing matches

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoyed three terrific seasons of football in the 2019-20 Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.All three leagues made a successful return from pandemic-enforced breaks and reminded us of how central football is to our lives. SuperSport is your #HomeOfFootball and the only place to enjoy truly unrivalled coverage of “The Beautiful Game” from all around the world.It’s also the only place to get English commentary on Spain’s La Liga.With a New Football Season for 2020-21 just around the corner, we take a closer look at the match-ups in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A which will get our blood pumping through another thrilling campaign of “The Beautiful Game”.Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City These two teams have dominated the Premier League in the past three seasons and there is no reason that should not continue to be the case. Liverpool’s incredible start to the 2019-20 campaign broke the spirit of Manchester City, but manager Pep Guardiola will be determined to return the Citizens back to the summit of the log and win his battle of wits against the Reds’ Jurgen Klopp.Manchester United v Leeds United Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years absence and if one were to ask any of their fans which matches they are most looking forward to, it will be the clashes with Manchester United in the Yorkshire v Lancashire (War of the Roses) rivalry. The last competitive meeting of the teams brought a shock 1-0 win for Leeds in an FA Cup clash back in January 2009 – you can bet fans of the Whites will still be rubbing that in the faces of their Red Devils counterparts. Chelsea v Arsenal Not only a London derby and the match-up for the FA Cup final earlier this month, but Chelsea and Arsenal are two teams managed by former players – Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta respectively – which are looking to step up toward Premier League title contention… or at least to be the ‘best of the rest’ behind the dominant pair of Liverpool and Manchester City. The Blues and the Gunners almost always produce dramatic clashes and their rivalry is set to run strong in the 2020-21 season.La Liga Barcelona v Real Madrid After Real Madrid dethroned Barcelona and ended the Catalan club’s recent dominance of La Liga, you can bet this rivalry will step up even further in 2020-21. The clubs’ fortunes will be very much dependent on their transfer market work in the offseason, with Barca in need of reinforcements to bolster a thin squad, while Real could do with some fresh legs to back up key players such as Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, who are all into their 30s. Los Blancos defeated Barca 2-0 in the last ‘El Clasico’ and the teams’ meetings will again be vital in determining the title race.Sevilla v Real Betis The Seville Derby, which brought back football to Spain post lockdown in June, remains an absolute highlight of the calendar, even though the clubs seem to be on very different trajectories. Sevilla have qualified for the UEFA Champions League under Julen Lopetegui and are angling to join Atletico Madrid as legitimate challengers to Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Betis finished just five points above the relegation zone. Yet the good news for Los Verdiblancos is the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as manager, with the Chilean hoping to restore the Beticos to a loftier position on the log.Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao The classic Basque Derby is set to be played at least three times in the 2020-21 season, as the two scheduled La Liga clashes between the teams will be joined by the Copa del Rey final – which has been delayed indefinitely in the hopes that it can be played in front of at least some fans, if not a full capacity, at Estadio de la Cartuja in Seville. Sociedad finished higher up the log (sixth to Athletic’s 11th) and took four points off their Basque rivals in league meetings last season, which will surely fire up Bilbao to hit back in 2020-21.Serie A Juventus v Atalanta While Juventus racked up a ninth straight Serie A title in 2019-20, they will be looking nervously over their shoulder at the growing strength of the chasing pack – especially Atalanta, whose relentlessly attacking style of football has propelled them into a position where they are considered legitimate challengers for next season’s title. “Juventus have the Scudetto, they’re not going to let it go. But we deserved to win when we last played against them [2-2 draw in July],” warned La Dea manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Internazionale v Milan The classic Inter v Milan rivalry is set to burn as bright as ever in the 2020-21 Serie A season, with the Nerazzurri looking to further strengthen and challenge Juventus for the title, while the Rossoneri have made a massive improvement under manager Stefano Pioli and their exciting young team will be eager to establish themselves as the best in the city of Milan. Inter have bossed the Derby della Madonnina in recent seasons (four straight Serie A wins through 2018-19 and 2019-20) but may find the going tougher this time around.Roma v Lazio The Derby della Capitale remains one of the most fiercely contested rivalries in Serie A, and has even more added spice now that Lazio have risen to become one of the leading teams – though the added burden of UEFA Champions League next season will further stretch a squad which had its depth found wanting post lockdown. Roma, meanwhile, seem uncertain of their identity under manager Paulo Fonseca, but have a promising crop of youngsters coming through, led by the outstanding Nicolo Zaniolo.Tags: DSTVGoTVLa LigaPremier LeagueSerie ASupersportlast_img read more

7 things about Mohamed Elneny

first_imgArsenal have signed midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basle. As well as having played in England, Elneny will be no stranger to Premier League clubs. While at Basle he faced Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea in European competition during the last three years. Elneny particularly shone in a 2-2 Europa League draw with Spurs in 2013, a quarter-final tie which the Swiss outfit won on penalties. 6 Egyptian introduction Having been deemed not good enough for El Ahly, where he had played at several youth levels, Elneny’s introduction to Egyptian league football came when he joined Cairo-based side Arab Contractors – known locally as El Mokawloon. 7 Title pedigree Despite being only 23, Elneny would bring more championship-winning experience to the Arsenal squad having lifted three successive Swiss Super League titles at Basle. Here, Press Association Sport’s Mark Bryans looks at seven things you may not know about the Egypt international. 1 Full name While it is unlikely you would get it printed on your replica shirt, Elneny’s full name is Mohamed Naser Elsayed Elneny. 2 Shirt number And, talking of shirts, he will not be able to retain the number 33 jersey he sported for Basle as that is the squad number of goalkeeper Petr Cech at the Emirates Stadium. 3 International debut Elneny’s first international goal for Egypt came on English soil at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium – opening the scoring in the 2-2 friendly draw with Jamaica in June 2014. 4 Olympic star The 23-year-old had already experienced football in the capital, having played in all four of Egypt’s matches at the London 2012 Olympic Games as Hany Ramzy’s side reached the quarter-finals before losing 3-0 to Japan. 5 English opposition Press Associationlast_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018, Day 2: India’s complete Schedule, Timings, Live Coverage, and all details

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian prodigy Bajrang Punia bagged the gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling category by taking down Daichi Takatani by a score of 11-8 in the final of the 2018 Asian Games on Sunday. But, it was the mixed team of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar, who gave India the first taste of medals in the Asian Games 2018 as they bagged the bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for AsiadsHowever, day 1 witnessed many disappointments also as the two-time Olympic medallist and a massive medallist hopeful for India Sushil Kumar got eliminated from the qualifying rounds.Day 2 of the 2018 Asian Games bring us lots of exciting match-ups as India eye more medals in Asia’s biggest sporting extravaganza.BadmintonWomen’s team quarterfinalsIndia vs Japan (7-30 AM)Men’s team quarterfinalsIndia vs Indonesia (12-30 PM)Wrestling11:00 am – Pooja Dhanda vs Orasa Sookdongyor (Women’s Freestyle 57 kg)11:24 am – Sakshi Malik vs Salinee Srisombat (Women’s Freestyle 62 kg)11.30 am – Sumit Malik vs Parviz Hadibasmanj (Men’s Freestyle 125 kg)11:30 am – Vinesh Phogat vs Sun Yanan (Women’s Freestyle 50 kg)11:48 am – Pinki vs Erdenechimegiin Sumiyaa (Women’s Freestyle 53 kg)KabaddiWomen’s Team Group A – Game 5India vs Thailand (8-10 AM)Men’s Team Group A – Game 5India vs Korea (2-30 PM)HockeyMen’s tournament Pool AIndia vs Indonesia (6-30 PM)TennisMen’s Singles Round of 32 (8-30 AM)India’s Prabhakharan Gunneswaran Prajnesh vs Indonesia’s Fitriadi M RfiqiWong Kong Kit (Hong Kong) vs Ramanathan RamkumarMen’s Doubles Round of 32 (8-30 AM)RM Bopanna, Sharan D vs Indonesia’s Susanto Da, Susanto IANagal S, Ramanathan R vs Nepal’s Bajracharya SB, Bastola AWomen’s Singles Round of 32 (8-30 AM)Gumulya Beatrice (Indonesia) vs Raina Ankita RavinderkrishanThandi Kamran Kaur vs Altansarnai Jargal (Mongolia)Mixed Singles Round of 32 (8-30 AM)To be defined vs Bopanna, Thombare PGWomen’s Doubles Round of 32 (10-30 AM)Khan SM, Suhail U (Pakistan) vs Raina AR, PG ThombareBasketballWomen’s Basketball 5x5Preliminary: Group A – Game 7Unified Korea vs India (8-30 AM)HandballMen’s Handball Main Round: Group 3 – Match 2India vs Malaysia (9-30 AM)Rowing (Heats)Dushyant (7-30 AM)Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh (7 AM)Men’s Quadruple Sculls India (8-30 AM)Women’s Four Heats (8-50 AM)Men’s Lightweight Eight (Heat 2 Start List) India – 8-10 AMSepaktakrawMen’s Team Regu Preliminary Group BIndia vs Iran (7-30 AM)Women’s Team Regu Preliminary Group AIndia vs Lao PDR (10-30 AM)Shooting (Medal event)Trap Women – Qualification – Day 2Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar (6-30 AM)10m Air Rifle Men QualificationRavi Kumar and Deepak Kumar (6 AM)Trap Men Qualification – Day 2Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lakshay (7-30 AM)10m Air Rifle Women QualificationElavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela (8 AM)The above events will be followed by finals.Swimming (Medal Event)Men’s 800m FreestyleAdvait Page – Heat 1 (7-30 AM)Men’s 50m Backstroke Heats – Nataraj Srihari and Mani Arvind (7-52 AM)Men’s 200m Individual Medley Heats – Neel Roy (7-15 AM)Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Heats – India – (8-43 AM)TaekwondoWomen – 53kg – Round of 16 (8-30 AM)Latika Bhandari vs TO-BE-DEFINEDVolleyballMen’s tournament Preliminary: Pool F match 1India vs Hong Kong China (2 PM)WushuMen’s Sanda – 56 kg Round of 16Santosh Kumar vs Wazea Zaid Ali (Yemen) (7-30 AM)Men’s Sanda 60kg Round of 16Sofyan Abdul Haris (Indonesia) vs Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (India)Men’s Sanda 65kg Round of 16Grewal Narender vs Tabugara Clemente JR (Philippines) last_img read more

Syracuse basketball recruiting: 5-star 2017 point guard Quade Green chooses Kentucky over SU

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Class of 2017 point guard Quade Green has chosen Kentucky over Syracuse, he announced Saturday night before a few hundred friends, family and community members in the Neumann-Goretti (Pennsylvania) High School gym. The five-star high school senior selected UK over offers from Syracuse, Duke, Louisville and Villanova, among others.Green signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, but waited until Saturday night to make a formal announcement. His final decision came down to Syracuse and Kentucky, Neumann-Goretti head coach Carl Arrigale said. There was a 39 percent chance he’d pick SU and 52 percent chance he’d pick UK, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predicted. Published on November 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He wants to be the one that says what it is,” Arrigale said Saturday morning. “He feels strongly about both places.”When SU offered Green in summer 2015, following his sophomore year, he was the 43rd-rated prospect by ESPN. Now, he’s rated No. 22 in the class and No. 2 in Pennsylvania. Neumann-Goretti alumni to come to SU include Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine. Dion Waters and Rakeem Christmas have also come from the Philadelphia area.The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Green would have joined forward Oshae Brissett as Syracuse’s second commit from the 2017 class. Brissett, ranked with four stars by ESPN, picked SU last week over Oregon, Memphis and Southern California. That Green did not come to SU means the Orange still has only one commit from the 2017 class.Green liked Syracuse and had a good relationship with SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara, Arrigale told The Daily Orange this summer. Green attended Syracuse’s season opener in the Carrier Dome earlier this month, and he sat courtside at Kentucky’s game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, when UK beat Michigan State by 21.Green would have been Syracuse’s 22nd ESPN Top 100 commit since 2010. In that time, Kentucky has landed the most ESPN Top 100 recruits. The Wildcats’ 36 beats Duke (27), Arizona (25), Syracuse, UCLA and Texas (all three with 21).Next season, Syracuse has five available scholarships if all eligible players return. SU’s guards eligible to play in 2017-18 are Frank Howard and Tyus Battle. The Orange will have 11 scholarships — rather than the typical 13 — as a result of the NCAA’s sanctions against SU.Green’s announcement capped off a Midnight Madness event at the school, where he competed in a 3-point shootout, slam dunk contest and scrimmage before choosing the Wildcats over the Orange. Commentslast_img read more