RelatedPosts 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 The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the leadership of the Minister, Sunday Dare, has supported coach Kadiri Ikhana with a sum of money.It could be recalled that coach Ikhana came to Abuja some months ago for medical treatment, which included surgery and had cried out for help. Speaking on the gesture, Dare said: “Coach Kadiri Ikhana is an ex-international of note, he served the country, he was part of the historic team in 1980 and a one time Super Falcons coach.“He brought smiles to the faces of football loving Nigerians when he became the first Nigerian coach to win the CAF Champions League trophy.“I heard his plea for assistance and I sent one of my aides to him while he was in the hospital to ascertain the level of assistance required by the coach. What better way to show support than to foot part of his medical bills? That’s what we have done.“Like I have always maintained, the welfare of athletes, ex-internationals and that of those who still represent us remain our priority and we will continue to be on the lookout to assist in anyway we can. We wish Coach Kadiri Ikhana a quick recovery.”The renowned soccer coach was part of the Nigerian team to the 1980 Nations Cup, the first set of players (Green Eagles) to win Nations Cup for the country in the year 1980. He also won the CAF Championships league with Enyimba Football Club of Aba in 2003.Tags: Kadiri Ikhanamedical billsSunday Dare
In his second tournament as a professional, Paul Dunne will be looking to follow-up on his impressive performance at the Dunhill Championship last week as he’s among the early starters today at Woburn.Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Darren Clare are also in this week’s field.Graeme McDowell is another early starter this morning – after a disappointing 2015, the Ulsterman says he’s already firmly focused on next year.
Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “He actually, in all seriousness, is close,” Rivers said. “I haven’t said that all year, so that’s good. I would say in the next hopefully couple weeks, he’ll be back, which is nice for us.”Mbah a Moute rejoined the Clippers this summer on a one-year, $4.32 million contract following one season in Houston.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates MOTORINGThe gearheads next door at the L.A. Auto Show might appreciate the get-up-and-go on the Clippers’ roster that took on the Miami Heat on Saturday night at Staples Center.“We have a few high-motor guys,” assistant coach Rex Kalamian said. “Montrezl (Harrell), Pat Beverley, Avery Bradley — we have a few guys that bring it every single day, every game. And your team definitely picks up on that.”Think, maybe, of a Dodge Challenger or a Ford Mustang — or Kevin Garnett or Russell Westbrook.Kalamian does.“I was fortunate enough to be around Russell Westbrook for six years, and I saw his influence on a team because every practice and every game, he was prepared to play his hardest,” said Kalamian, who joined the Clippers this season after spending three seasons working as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors, and before that in Philadelphia, Denver, Minnesota, Sacramento and, yes, Oklahoma City.“Even going back to Kevin Garnett, who I was with in Minnesota, watching those types of players prepare to practice and play is impressive.“I would say that our three guys, and maybe even a few more on our team, have that type of energy,” Kalamian added. “They just love to play basketball and whether it’s a practice day or a game day, they come out and they prepare to play their hardest and I think that other guys pick up on that.”TRAVELINGThere’s keeping your feet moving — and there’s the NBA schedule.The Clippers are in the thick of it. For 17 consecutive games — from Nov. 15-Dec. 17 — they won’t have played consecutive games in the same arena.It’s all part of the job, Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari said.“It’s the NBA season, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” he said at Friday’s practice, as the Clippers regrouped after returning from a 2-2 road trip. “It could be two days, back-to-back, one day … you’ve just to focus on the next game.“The schedule can be nice sometimes, sometimes it’s not nice, but it’s just the NBA season.” LOS ANGELES — As his teammates cleared out after shootaround Saturday morning, Luc Mbah a Moute made his way out onto the floor and started putting up shots.After being sidelined since the fifth game of the season with a sore left knee, Mbah a Moute is close to playing again, said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers — after being reminded who “Luc” was.“Luc who?” Rivers joked. “I haven’t seen him in a while, so …”Rivers said he didn’t expect Mbah a Moute to be ready in the next seven days but possibly in the next couple weeks. His return, whenever it happens, should improve the Clippers’ defense, Rivers said. They currently have the 14th defensive rating in the NBA, allowing opponents to score 107.8 points per 100 possessions.“Coming into the year, we kept thinking, especially end of the games, having Avery (Bradley) and Luc and Pat (Beverley) on the final possession, defensively, you like your chances.“(Mbah a Moute) is just another shut-down guy. It’s nice when you don’t have to scheme, when you just say, ‘Hey, Luc, guard that guy, Avery guard that guy…’ Then it makes the other three guys better defensive players. Without that, you scheme more, and I don’t think any coach wants to scheme. You’d rather just have five guys guarding five guys and playing defense, but you know you can’t do that. We’ve got to have some of the offensive guys who aren’t great defensive guys on the floor, and you have to cover for them. Luc would help that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
So how likely will another change come?“Probably so,” Scott said. Which players will that involve?Bryant’s starting position will only become up for grabs whenever he needs rest. Wayne Ellington has taken that spot, averaging 10.6 points on 41 percent shooting in eight starts, seven of which coincided with Bryant’s absence. Jeremy Lin may start at point guard only if Price’s injury persists. Although Price has only averaged 5.5 points on 36.1 percent shooting, 3.8 assists and 1.2 turnovers, Scott has praised Price’s defense and hustle. Meanwhile, Lin has averaged 10.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting, 4.4 assists and 2.8 turnovers per game. Lin failed to provide a compelling case to move back to the starting lineup, posting six points on 3-of-10 shooting, three assists and three turnovers in Friday’s loss in Utah. The Lakers may make changes to their starting lineup. But where?The Lakers currently list Kobe Bryant (rest) and Ronnie Price (right elbow) as doubtful to play in Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns (24-18) at U.S. Airways Center. But the Lakers (12-29) had the day off Saturday after playing in a set of back-to-back losses on Thursday to Cleveland and Friday in Utah. They will then practice today, which will provide a clearer picture on the team’s health. Bryant had only missed Friday’s game in Utah as part of Byron Scott’s new quest to sit the Lakers’ 36-year-old star in one game of back-to-back sets. Price’s absence against the Jazz stemmed from a aggravated right elbow injury. Scott also sounded open toward shuffling the lineup for various reasons. The Lakers approach the halfway mark of the NBA season with the league’s fourth-worst record. He has also pledged he would evaluate his starting group after every 15-20 games. “I’m not too worried about that,” Lin said about starting. “The thought will occur here or there. I’m definitely human. But it just gets back to keeping the script the same every single night with what do I do, what is my approach and how do I play.” Scott had also taken away Carlos Boozer’s power forward spot in favor of Ed Davis. Does Boozer reclaim that position considering Scott believes he has “had one bad game in the last two or three weeks?” Or will things stay status quo with Davis and Jordan Hill as starters, while Boozer and newly emerged rookie center Tarik Black come off the bench?The Lakers’ small forward position seems just as firm.Wesley Johnson has started 38 games at small forward over Nick Young because Scott likes Johnson’s defensive versatility and Young’s scoring to bolster the bench. Even when Johnson missed three games last week because of a strained right hip flexor, Ryan Kelly took that spot. With Young’s recent cold shooting streak, Scott’s likelihood to reward him with a starting role seems unfounded. Still, considering the Lakers’ personnel and injuries, all of this talk about change might just end up as things staying status quo. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Backed up by a full band, Thomas, Colin, Sean and Craig will help us say goodbye to winter.Tickets go on sale Friday February 20, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Moose FM 9924 101 avenue in Fort St. John or by calling 1-250-787-7100. You will also be able to buy them online at www.moosefm.ca. Tickets will be only $40 no matter where you sit in the Lido Theatre.Plus as a special bonus for listeners who’ve downloaded the Moose FM app, you can buy tickets right now inside the app. Download the app from your phone’s app store and you can buy the tickets before anyone else.- Advertisement -You’ll hear hits like “I wish she was mine” and “What my heart don’t know” from Colin Amey, “Zero to Sixty” and “I’d say it again” from Thomas Wade, “Ready to Roll” and “Better than that” from Craig Moritz and “Catalina Sunrise” and “One kiss” from you from Sean Hogan.C&V Trailer Sales presents the Spring Break-up Party April 11 at the Lido Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale Friday February 20 at 10 a.m. or right now in the Moose FM App.