Cricket News Ravi Shastri set to write fresh application for Head Coach role?

first_imgNew Delhi : The BCCI will soon invite fresh applications for the Indian cricket team’s support staff, including the head coach, and incumbent Ravi Shastri will need to reapply once his contract expires after next month’s tour of the West Indies. The support staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3. All of them can reapply but the team is set to have a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart respectively following India’s semifinal exit in the World Cup.After the West Indies tour, India’s home season kicks off with the series against South Africa beginning September 15.  Shastri was appointed India chief coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble’s tenure ended prematurely in controversial circumstances.The 57-year-old was also India’s director of cricket from August 2014 to June 2016. However, India have not won a major ICC event under his guidance though the team did make history by winning a maiden Test series in Australia earlier this year.”The job openings will put be up on our website in a day or two. Besides the support staff, fresh applications will also be invited for the post of team manager,” a BCCI official told PTI. Former Tamil Nadu captain Sunil Subramanian was appointed team manager in 2017 on a year-contract but he got an extension.It was the first time that the BCCI had followed a transparent procedure for hiring the team manger, in accordance with the Lodha committee recommendations. For all positions, the BCCI has done away with direct appointment and follows a proper recruitment process. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Nationals catcher Castillo opts out of playing

first_img Associated Press July 3, 2020 Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July.Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A third Washington Nationals player has decided to opt out of playing this Major League Baseball season because of concerns about the novel coronavirus. Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: and The Latest: Nationals catcher Castillo opts out of playing Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021. If they opt out, their status as season-ticket holders and their existing seats and ticket packages will remain in place for next season.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Baltic News Service reported the new date. Manager Dave Martinez said depth catcher Welington Castillo was uncomfortable playing because he has young children. He joins first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross among those deciding not to play for the defending World Series champions.The 33-year-old Castillo played last season for the Chicago White Sox and then joined the Nationals as a backup option.___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates.Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday. Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled.Lafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.last_img read more

Double trouble as Turbo football semi-finals kick off tonight

first_imgTWO sets of highly anticipated matchups are set for the Ministry of Education ground on CARIFESTA Avenue when the Turbo knock-out football tournament gets going tonight.The semi-final stage of the tournament will take place from 18:30hrs when Pouderoyen play Fruta Conquerors U-20.The only remaining Youth team in the competition, Fruta Conquerors, will have a lot of pressure on their shoulders.The Youth side will be eager to show that they have not been ‘a flash in the pan’ against the more seasoned Pouderoyen side.Still, the proverbial veterans will have to use their experience in taking on the hot-blooded youngsters.The second game of the tournament is also expected to be a fire-cracker when Northern Rangers take on Georgetown Football Club (GFC).Northern Rangers have been playing eve-catching football throughout the tournament and while many feel that they were ‘lucky’ to get out of the quarter-finals on penalty, they will have a point to prove.They will be hot to prove themselves against a youthful GFC side who have had a mixed bag for 2019.Several tournaments may have eluded them but the GFC side are definitely gunning for the crown.  Which-ever teams make to the final they will start the year on a positive note.last_img read more

Hitting home: After controversial exit from Iowa, Coker finds fresh start at Stony Brook

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Marcus Coker opened the front door of his Beltsville, Md., home and walked inside. After two years at Iowa — more than 900 miles away from his mother — Coker now has the chance to see her on a regular basis.Since transferring to Stony Brook in January, Coker has visited home more than 10 times, often without telling his mother, Tammy Money, in advance.“That’s one of the best surprises ever, to see your kid walk through the door,” Money said.Coker transferred to Stony Brook after he was suspended for the Insight Bowl following an accusation that he sexually abused a woman. By joining the Seawolves, Coker brings big-time experience from playing in one of the nation’s top conferences. He’s given a significant boost to Stony Brook’s run-heavy offense, which Syracuse will try to contain Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.After emerging as the second-leading rusher in the Big Ten in 2011, Coker’s season and life took a dramatic twist on Oct. 28, when Iowa’s athletic department was informed of the accusation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCoker was not charged, and the case was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to take criminal action. But 10 days before the team’s bowl game — after the case was dropped — the university suspended Coker for violating the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.His future with the Hawkeyes was in question. He withdrew from Iowa in January, and the direction of his college career was uncertain. Coker began to explore other options, meeting with the Stony Brook coaching staff later that month.He quickly decided to transfer to the Football Championship Series school, which allowed him to play right away rather than sitting out a season under NCAA transfer rules.“He chose Stony Brook because he felt like it was the right fit,” Money said. “He really wanted to get right back into the swing of things, and that’s what Stony Brook was offering him.”Coker has excelled in his first two games at SBU, playing in front of family. He rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns as part of the team’s high-powered running attack, and he’ll look to continue his hot start this weekend against the Orange.Head coach Chuck Priore said Coker developed a connection with the players and the campus community during his official visit.After much deliberation, Coker officially decided to transfer to be closer to home and to his mother. The running back was also intrigued by Stony Brook’s offense, which piled up 3,475 rushing yards in 2011.“It’s just a downhill, hard type of offense,” Coker said.Coker has helped the Seawolves total 822 rushing yards through their first two games. He is already an integral part of SBU’s offense, just as he was at Iowa.Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said he expects Coker to continue to excel at Stony Brook.“What he brought to our team last year was just outstanding play,” Ferentz said during the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference on Sept. 4. “He’s a tough, competitive guy. He’s a strong runner and a great young man.”Marcus honed his running skills at DeMatha Catholic High School, where he played under coach Bill McGregor. McGregor recalls Coker as a strong player with great speed and toughness.With Coker lining up in the backfield, McGregor was able to be creative with his play calling.In one particular game, DeMatha was down three points with one minute remaining. McGregor ran a draw play for Coker, who took it 70 yards for a touchdown to win the game.“That’s the kind of young man he was,” McGregor said. “You could always count on Marcus to make the big play for us, and he always did.“I know he had some trouble at Iowa, but he’s a very, very fine young man.”And now, his mother can support Coker on a weekly basis in person. Money only attended three of his games at Iowa in his two seasons with the Hawkeyes.She watched her son on TV as he rushed for 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011.Now, she drives more than four hours from Beltsville, Md., to Stony Brook, N.Y., to see him play, but she doesn’t go alone. Money was one of 16 family members to watch Coker play his first game as a member of the Seawolves against Central Connecticut on Sept. 1.“It just felt totally right,” Money said. “We missed being at games live. We always watched him play on television when he was at Iowa, but to be there in person is amazing.”Priore said the opportunity for Coker to be closer to his family was an important factor in his decision to transfer.“They’re a very close family, and the family loves football,” Priore said. “I think he loves to have the opportunity to have them here each and every week.”Coker appreciates having the chance to play in front of his mom and the rest of his family.“My mom’s my best friend,” he said. “She used to go to all my practices and games. Now she’ll be able to come out to all the games, and that’s important for her, too.”Money said he has made the transition smoothly and enjoys the culture of Stony Brook football. His teammates have embraced him as part of the family already.Coker appreciates spending more time with his mother at home and having her in the stands at every home game.“I think he loves Stony Brook. He seems to be really happy at Stony Brook,” Money said. “We’re really happy with him here. He loves being able to come home when he wants to.” Comments Published on September 12, 2012 at 3:02 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Chancellor Kent Syverud responds to NCAA sanctions imposed on Syracuse University in email

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2015 at 1:21 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Shortly after the NCAA announced its sanctions on Syracuse University, Chancellor Kent Syverud issued his own response to the penalties in an email. The full email can be seen below.March 6, 2015Dear Members of the University Community:I am writing to update you on the outcome of Syracuse University’s case before the NCAA.The University initially self-reported potential violations to the NCAA in May 2007 and submitted its written self-report in October 2010–after conducting an internal investigation for three years and five months. The NCAA conducted its own review and 11 months later in 2011 issued a Notice of Allegations, essentially confirming the self-report. While the University was in the process of responding to the Notice of Allegations, a subsequent violation occurred prompting a joint investigation beginning in February 2012. That investigation lasted more than 24 months and concluded with an amended Notice of Allegations in May 2014.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textToday the University received the NCAA Committee on Infractions report.We believe the NCAA’s investigation of Syracuse University has taken longer than any other investigation in NCAA history. The entire process has taken close to eight years and involved a review of conduct dating back to 2001. By comparison, the investigation into the fixing of the 1919 World Series took two months and the 2007 investigation of steroid use in baseball took 21 months.The University and the NCAA devoted massive resources to this process. Hundreds of thousands of documents were reviewed, hundreds of interviews were conducted, and thousands of hours of human capital were expended.Syracuse University cooperated throughout the investigation, and its length is a product of decisions we made separately and together. Nevertheless, when I became Chancellor in 2014, I concluded that the process had gone on long enough, and it needed to reach a prompt conclusion. We have worked hard with the NCAA during the last year to complete this matter, and we have done so.Syracuse University did not and does not agree with all the conclusions reached by the NCAA, including some of the findings and penalties included in today’s report. However, we take the report and the issues it identifies very seriously, particularly those that involve academic integrity and the overall well-being of student-athletes. Syracuse University regrets, and does not dispute, that the following significant violations cited by the NCAA occurred:Local YMCAThe University discovered that in 2004-2005, two men’s basketball and three football student-athletes received a combined total of $8,335, provided by a part-time local YMCA employee who qualified under NCAA rules as a University athletics “booster.” These monies were purportedly for work done at the YMCA, such as refereeing youth basketball games. Regardless, these monies were prohibited “extra benefits” under NCAA rules, and although these payments were isolated to one individual booster, they never should have occurred. In addition, three of these student-athletes received academic credit in the same course for internships at the YMCA they failed to complete. The University rescinded the credit.Drug Education and Deterrence ProgramThe University’s voluntarily-adopted Drug Education and Deterrence Program has been in place for many years, distinguishing our University from those that elect to have no drug testing or rehabilitation program for their student-athletes. Although the NCAA does not require colleges and universities to have a testing program, if one is adopted, a school must follow its terms. The University reported to the NCAA that from 2001 to early 2009 it at times failed to follow the written terms of the program with respect to student-athletes who tested positive for use of marijuana. Although these failures largely were the result of an unnecessarily complicated testing policy and did not involve performance-enhancing drugs, they constitute an NCAA violation, which the University accepts.Academic Integrity MattersThe University reported that in January 2012, a men’s basketball student-athlete committed academic misconduct. The misconduct occurred when the student-athlete submitted a paper in a course he already passed in an effort to improve his course grade and restore NCAA eligibility. The ability to improve a previous grade is open to all Syracuse University students. The paper was prepared with assistance from two (now former) athletics employees, both of whom were aware their actions were improper and wrong. Their actions, done in secret, went against clear instructions that the student-athlete needed to complete the assignment on his own, and constituted a clear violation of both University academic integrity policy and NCAA rules. The University has acknowledged the now-former staff members’ wrongful conduct and accepts responsibility for their actions. While reviewing this matter, the University found information suggesting these same two individuals, and one tutor, may have assisted three other student-athletes with some academic assignments. Detailed information was submitted through the University’s faculty-led academic integrity process. In each case, faculty failed to find evidence supporting a violation. NCAA bylaws dictate that they must accept an institution’s academic integrity determinations. Notwithstanding, the NCAA determined the same conduct constituted an “extra benefit” to these student-athletes. The University disagrees with the NCAA’s position.These mistakes must never happen again. That is why beginning in 2009, the University strengthened its policies and reformed a range of student-athlete support services. These proactive steps include:Fundamentally restructuring the entire student-athlete academic support office, which now reports solely to Academic Affairs, in lieu of jointly to the Athletics Department;Creating a new Assistant Provost for Student-Athlete Development and more than doubling the number of full-time academic support staff for our student-athletes;Redesigning the University’s voluntary Drug Education and Deterrence Program for student-athletes, consistent with best practices and peer institutions;Establishing an Athletics Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees, that oversees the athletics department and receives reports of athletics issues, including compliance matters;Creating an Athletics Compliance Oversight Committee that includes the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative and a representative from Academic Affairs. This committee reviews the status of athletic compliance initiatives and monitors compliance;Assigning oversight of the Office of Athletics Compliance to the University General Counsel;Implementing new and wide-ranging enhanced compliance training programs for all student-athletes and coaches focused on NCAA, ACC and University rules and policies;Taking action to separate employment with two former athletics staff members found to have been involved in academic misconduct andDisassociating non-SU affiliated persons responsible for, or involved in, violations.In addition to these important changes, the University already self-imposed a series of significant penalties that include:A one-year ban from 2014-15 post-season competition for men’s basketball;A voluntary, two-year term of probation for the Department of Athletics;Elimination of one scholarship for men’s basketball for the 2015-2016 season;Elimination of a men’s basketball off-campus recruiter for six months during 2015-2016;Vacation of 24 men’s basketball wins (15 in 2004-05 and 9 in 2011-12) andVacation of 11 football wins: (6 in 2004-05; 1 in 2005-06; 4 in 2006-07).To learn more about the NCAA Investigation, visit the University recognizes the seriousness of the violations it has acknowledged, it respectfully disagrees with certain findings of the Committee. Specifically, the University strongly disagrees that it failed to maintain institutional control over its athletics programs, or that Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Boeheim has taken actions that justify a finding that he was responsible for the rules violations.The University is considering whether it will appeal certain portions of the decision. Coach Boeheim may choose to appeal the portions of the decision that impact him personally. Should he decide to do so, we would support him in this step.Some may not agree with Syracuse University’s positions on these important issues. However, we hope everyone will agree that eight years is too long for an investigation and that a more expeditious and less costly process would be beneficial to student-athletes, public confidence in the NCAA enforcement process, and major intercollegiate athletics in general.As we move forward, we can celebrate the many positive changes we have made, the academic success of our student-athletes, and the scholarly achievements of each one of our 21,000 students. As we do, I am confident every part of our University will continue to flourish in the years ahead. Commentslast_img read more

Freshman sprinter Eunice Boateng makes impact after coming from Canada in January

first_img Published on February 13, 2018 at 10:22 pm Contact Eric: Facebook Twitter Google+ At first, Syracuse’s Eunice Boateng didn’t realize she could take her sprinting career to the next level. She knew she had natural ability, but didn’t think putting in the training would be worth it.“It was my high school coach who told me like, ‘You have a lot of talent, I don’t understand why you’re wasting it,’” Boateng recalls. “I kind of had to rely on others to let me know what potential I had. Honestly, I didn’t realize it myself.”Upon arriving on campus in January, the freshman’s performance has foreshadowed a bright future. Boateng won the 60-meter dash at the Dr. Sander Invitational Armory Challenge on Jan. 26 with a time of 7.53 seconds. On Feb. 3, she placed third in the 200-meter dash at the Boston University Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational.SU assistant coach Dave Hegland, who works specifically with sprinters, said he has been impressed so far, especially considering Boateng is a mid-year enrollee and had to adjust quickly.“I think that’s sometimes a tough spot for somebody to be in,” he said. “She’s adjusted really well. I’ve been very impressed by her maturity and she’s had some great performances.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoateng, from Ajax, Ontario, is one of four Canadian female runners Syracuse has on the roster this season. Bowerman Watch List candidate Justyn Knight is the lone Canadian on the men’s side.Hegland said Toronto is usually a good area for Syracuse to gain recruits.“Obviously it’s pretty close for us,” he said. “If (Canadian runners) want to come to the NCAA, Syracuse is probably the closest Power-5 option for them.”Boateng had previously committed to the University of Windsor in Canada before looking into better opportunities that arose, part of the reason she joined Syracuse late. Boateng cited other Canadian runners such as Tia Thevenin and Ebhani Blackwood as reasons Syracuse caught her attention.“I was like OK, some Canadians are coming here,’” she said. “Especially the people who are really well-known and high-ranked in Canada. Then it must be a good school.”Boateng also said track does not get as much attention north of the border where sports aren’t as well funded. She felt she needed to change her environment in order to become a better runner.Despite not seeing her own potential in high school, Boateng’s drive and desire to do well now helps her stand out, Hegland said.“Her work ethic is really great,” fellow sprinter Kadejhia Sellers said. “She’s just a great athlete overall. She’s well-rounded.”Adjusting to a completely new atmosphere has been difficult, Boateng said, but the team has guided her. She said older teammates, like Sellers, are people she has turned to for help along with her coaches.Getting a chance to run in the 2017 Pan American U20 Championships last July helped Boateng realize what she could become. She finished sixth in the 100-meter dash and won a bronze medal in the 4×100 relay. And Boateng thinks the race is one of the reasons she was recruited by SU.“It was a really fun experience,” Boateng said. “You meet a lot of different people and you kind of get to know yourself better. You kind of see that you’re not different than everybody else who is high-ranked, doing well, like you could get on that level if you really work hard.” Commentslast_img read more

Ryan eyes Big Ten title

first_imgHead coach Bo Ryan and the rest of the UW Athletic Department will be honoring the 2002 Wisconsin Big Ten Championship team at halftime of the Penn State game Feb. 19.[/media-credit]The Badgers (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) have all the motivation they need to win the Big Ten regular season title after a 68-61 overtime road win Thursday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Minneapolis.Wisconsin was able to open up a considerable lead against its archrival in Thursday’s contest before letting up in the second half and winning 68-61 in overtime.With the Badgers’ inconsistency on the offensive side of the ball, junior forward Ryan Evans ignited the team by posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 11 boards against the Gophers.Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said at his Monday press conference that he has no problem pushing his team to work hard as it pursues the Big Ten title. The Badgers aren’t forgetting that they lay just one game behind Ohio State in the top spot in the conference standings and don’t need any extra motivation.“When you compete in a sport, and you have to talk to guys about winning, that’s a sad state of affairs,” Ryan said. “The only thing that’s important is the next one, and, that we have control over or that we can prepare for.”Wisconsin’s next game is Feb. 16 at Michigan State, the first meeting between the two teams since the Badgers’ heartbreaking overtime loss to the Spartans Jan. 3. Wisconsin shot 33.3 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from 3-point land in the first matchup before losing on a video review that concluded Evans didn’t get his buzzer-beater off in time.Although Ryan didn’t watch Michigan State’s road victory over then-No. 3 Ohio State over the weekend, he knows the Spartans have a nose for rebounding the ball. The Badgers were outrebounded by eight against the Spartans back in January.Wisconsin’s front line will have a difficult time containing Michigan State big man Draymond Green. The senior leads the Big Ten in rebounding with 11.3 per game against Big Ten opponents. He also puts up 14.6 points and is the only player in the Big Ten to average a double-double in conference play.“Our guys are making strides. It’s an area you can always improve on,” Ryan said, when asked about his own team’s rebounding. “Sometimes the ball just bounces three inches farther or three inches shorter.”After the trip to East Lansing, Wisconsin heads home to play Penn State at the Kohl Center. Members of the 2002 Big Ten Championship team will be present as they commemorate the 10th anniversary of the title.The Big Ten Championship in 2002 was Ryan’s first year as UW head coach, and he led his team to a 19-13 overall record, including an 11-5 finish in the Big Ten, to win a share of the regular season title.Plagued by injuries, transfers and only seven scholarship players, Ryan had his hands full in his first season in Madison.“They just worked; we stole a couple of games on the road with a couple of one-point games,” he said.Ryan mentioned that 2002 was the year that Ohio State was scheduled to play four games in a row on the road. Ryan suggested to Big Ten officials that no team should compete in more than two consecutive road games, but the policy passed despite the initial controversy.The Buckeyes remained a contender in the Big Ten in 2002, but that stretch of road games allowed Wisconsin to climb to the top of the standings.“Ohio State took a few bumps in there and made the rest of us look human,” Ryan said. “We caught a few breaks, but you make your breaks. The guys competed hard.”In 2003, Ryan won his second consecutive regular season Big Ten championship, but the second time around he earned sole possession of the title.This was the first time Wisconsin had won the regular season championship outright in 56 years. It was also a year in which the Badgers posted a record number of overall wins (25) while reaching the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.The current Badgers are hoping they can rise to the top of the Big Ten this year. With only six games left in the regular season, Wisconsin would be supporting its own cause by knocking off a tough Michigan State squad on the road Thursday.last_img read more

NANPF Honours Keshi with Football Training Centre

first_imgLate former captain and coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, is to be honoured by the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) with the establishment of a football and vocational training centre named after him.Secretary General of NANPF, Austin Popo, said in a statement monday that the ground breaking ceremony of the Stephen Keshi Football and Vocational Training Center (SKFVTC) sited in Obazuwa, Edo State, is part of the activities to mark the first National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of NANPF and investiture of patrons scheduled to hold at the Best Western Hotel and the Palace of the Enogie of Obazuwa, respectively. The two-day event will feature a national seminar on community football development preceding the plenary session of the NEC meeting on Thursday, September 22 while the ground breaking ceremony and the investiture of Prince Edun Akenzua (MFR) as grand patron, and other patrons of NANPF will hold on Friday, September 23.The main speaker for the seminar, Mr Gerit Davids from South Africa, is expected to talk on “Club Ownership Structure and Sponsorship Strategies for Community-based Football Clubs (case studies in European and South Africa Football Clubs)” and “Raising Funds via Social Media Activation (the Carling Black Label Case Study in South Africa – Orlando Pirate Vs Kaiser Chiefs).”Dignitaries expected to grace the event includes President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick who will perform the foundation laying of the Keshi Centre and also declare the NANPF NEC meeting open.Other dignitaries are Commissioner of Youth and Sports Edo State, Hon Presley Idiagbonya, President of the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigamaa, while Prince Edun Akenzua (MFR) is designated as host of the event.Dignitaries to be decorated as patrons of NANPF include Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, and Secretary General of the NFF, Dr Sanusi Mohammed. Others are Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, Ahmed Fresh, Abubakar Tijani, Roland Abu, Phillip Shaibu and David Aliyu.The event will be rounded off with a novelty football match between a selected team of NANPF NEC members and Edo State All Stars Football Club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

#Donkomi: Man City set to sign the ‘new Lionel Messi’

first_imgAre Man City set to sign the successor to Lionel Messi’s throne?The Premier League champions are currently in talks with the representatives of Velez Sarsfield player, Thiago Almada, who has been hailed as a future world-beater.A deal for the player is expected to be completed next week with a loan move to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal being mooted.Almada’s reputation is steadily growing in his home nation of Argentina, where he has been dubbed in some quarters as the new Messi.The 18-year-old attacking midfielder played 16 matches last season for Vélez Sarsfield, scoring three goals and assisting two more.His current contract with the club runs until 2022 and it is believed that he has a buyout clause of about £16m.Almada has not yet featured for Argentina’s senior national team but has earned seven caps for the nation’s U-20 side.Man City have already signed Rodri and Angelino this summer as the two-time champions prepare to defend their title.last_img read more

Thunder Bay Theatre has eyes set on new lobby, entrance

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — $55,000 separates the Thunder Bay Theatre from beginning construction on Phase I of their capital campaign, a campaign to completely reconstruct and revamp the venue in five years.For Phase I, the goal is to completely redo the lobby and entrance, creating a more welcoming and open atmosphere. The plan includes refurbishing the floors, removing the office space, moving the box office to the historic cigar humidor within the lobby, bringing back glass windows to let light in, a new entrance, new furniture, and more open space. The whole project will cost $150,000.“It’s dark in here,” said Managing Director Molly Stricker. “It doesn’t make you want to hang out here, and I think for the people who work here and a lot of our high school students, this would be a place of life all the time if it was more inviting.”The campaign is rooted in the Community Foundation For Northeast Michigan. Besser Foundation committed $30,000 to the campaign. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is providing a $40,000 grant. The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan provided a quarterly report with $25,000 worth of donations for Phase I.Funding is coming in strong for the reconstruction. Producing Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock feels very confident heading into the final stretch of fundraising. All eyes lie on the new lobby concept designs soon to be a reality.“We want it to feel and look brand new while still paying an homage to what has come before us,” said Mindock.Mindock’s vision is to incorporate the old with the new. He wants to bring out the historical elements of the former drug store and cigar shop. Mindock also wants to honor the early days of Thunder Bay Theatre when the venue was brand new.“I want everybody to come together and go ‘wow!’ said Mindock. “I remember what this looked like when I was here, and now I’m proud now that I’m here again.”To learn more about the campaign and how to donate, visit the website Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Capital Campaign, Fletcher Street, Lobby, Phase I, Theatre, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending on October 4Next 2 Men are Dead and 1 Alpena Man in Serious Condition Following Crash in Tawas Citylast_img read more