London 2012 Olympics Keshi reads the riot act: Nigeria must win Gold---Supporters Club says no automatic shirt for Eagles by Rasheed Adewuyi
to educate Nigerians in London and the United Kingdom in general the method we are going to use in cheering our Athletes during the Olympic proper’’. Ladipo added.
The Nigeria Football and other sports supporters club are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the national Olympic football team, and the athletes receive all the necessary support when the 2012 Olympic commence in London next summer. Ahead of the world’s biggest sporting event, the Nigeria sports supporters clubs have started a massive campaign
to give all the country’s flag bearers and the Dream team V a vociferous support should they qualify for the football event. In a telephone interview with our correspondent, the president of the Association Dr, Rafiu Ladipo, disclosed that arrangement are in top gear to mobilize Nigerians residing in London to come out, in mass and cheer the athletes to victory; We are going
He stated that the Association had begun rehearsal of all the songs and the choreography that will interpret all the activities of his members during the Games. When asked how the supporters’ club will carry out support in venues where drums and noise are not allowed he simply said his member are fully prepared to comply with rules and regulations guiding fans watching such events. Please turn to page 3
NBA Draft 2011 RESULTS: Great Pick Or Bust? by Sunday Olorunshola
Photo by AP Photo/Rob Griffith
The newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, has declared that players would be selected based on their performance before any international competition. Keshi, who dropped this bombshell in Abuja while addressing journalists recently said he will not condole any act of indiscipline from his players in his bid to build a formidable team for the future. ‘‘discipline is the key to success, and if we want to get to the promise land, we all including the leaders must show a good example, and this is why I want to instill discipline on my players. He said. Keshi, explained that a meeting would be held between the newly appointed technical crew and the players after the team’s friendly’s against Bostwana and Zambia to inform them of the latest development. When asked about Obi Mikel, who declined to train on artificial turf ahead of the friendly’s Keshi said ‘‘there was
confirmation from Chelsea’s medical team that Mkel has sustained a back injury, and that was why I excused him.’’
The NBA Draft had a definite international flair this year with four of the first seven picks from overseas and five of the first seven from a foreign country. In all, nine players with foreign ties were drafted in the first round and another eight in the second round. 28 percent of all draft picks were either international players or players with foreign birth certificates. Although many of these players, particularly those drafted in the mid-to-late second round, will likely
never see an NBA floor, it is an interesting trend. It’s something USA early eligibles should consider as they decide whether to enter the draft. With that in mind we’ll look at some of the international draft picks and how we feel about them. Jan Vesely (#6, Washington Wizards). Vesely is a very athletic combo-forward with size who will get down the floor for John Wall’s passes.
Though the former Togolese national team coach said he does not want to promise Nigerian anything at the moment but stated that will try his best to bring back the lost glory to the country’s football. It would be recalled that sacked coach. Samson Siasia was castigated by some pundits and football fans for being too harsh on West Bromich Albion striker, Ozaze Odemwengie and the Super Eagle first choice goalkeeper Vincent Eyeama for breaking camp rules. Keshi also reiterated his promise to give homebased players who prove themselves in the local league the nod to play for their fatherland without hesitation adding that the local league needs to be rebranded.
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Tiger Woods At Australian Open: Round 3 Troubles Drop Tiger Back In Pack by Sunday Olorunshola
SYDNEY -- in the lead for the first time all year, Tiger Woods got the same result as his last time atop the leader board.
He couldn’t break par.Woods bogeyed his first three holes Saturday in the Australian Open, and it didn’t get much better from there. He managed only two birdies on a good day for scoring, shot 3-over 75 and went from a one-shot lead to six shots behind John Senden. It was only the third time since Woods’ last win two years ago that he had at least a share of the lead after a round. And it was the third time he was over par. This round made him a long shot to end the longest drought of his career. Only once has he won a tournament when trailing by six shots or more going into the final round, and that was nearly 14 years ago in Thailand. Senden, who won the Australian Open five years ago at Royal Sydney, birdied his last two holes to finish off a 9-under 63, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Day going into Sunday at The Lakes. Day celebrated his 24th birthday with a 68, giving him a shot at winning in his first trip home to Australia in nearly five years. Greg Chalmers had a 67 and was two shots behind, followed by Nick O’Hern (66) and Nick Watney (68), one of eight Americans, who came to the Australian Open to get ready for the Presidents Cup next week at Royal Melbourne.
“I just got off to an awful start,” Woods said. “The round should have been an easy 71, no problem. I played the par 5s bed. I didn’t take care of 13. However, if I take care of the par 5s and make a couple of putts, it’s a 1 or 2 under round. Nevertheless, I made nothing today.” In the lead for the first time since the final round of the Chevron World Challenge last year, it didn’t take long for him to start chasing. Woods hit two good shots, but the approach was a yard long and tumbled off the side of the green to leave him a tough chip that he conservatively put 15 feet by the hole. Then came an approach from the adjacent fairway at No. 2 that went over the back of the green and left another challenging pitch that he put 30 feet by the hole. The third bogey came from a poor pitch from short of the third hole that ran 15 feet long.
Woods followed with a 7-foot birdie on the fourth, but settled into a routine of fairways, greens and two-putt pars that on this day caused him to lose ground with the leaders. Scoring is better on the back nine, but that’s where Woods fell apart. After missing a short birdie on the 10th, he hooked his drive on No. 11 that rattled around a portable toilet and settled under a pine. Looking for a way out, Woods said to photographers crowded by his line, “Can you get the hell out of the way?” There wasn’t noticeable anger in his voice, but it showed his frustration in the round. He chipped from under the tree, through a patch of sand and next to a crushed beer can where the gallery had been sitting. Then, he hooked a fairway metal into the gallery, pitched on to about 45 feet and settled for bogey.
That was followed by a pulled iron shot into a bunker on No. 12 for another bogey, and his luck got worse on the 13th when he tried to drive the green, and his flop shot went just long enough that it sat atop a hill over the green instead of running back down the slope within easy birdie range. Woods closed with a 73 at the Chevron World Challenge last year, losing a four-shot lead to Graeme McDowell, who beat him in a playoff. Before that, Woods was tied with Vaughn Taylor in the opening round of The Barclays in 2010, then shot 73 in the second round. I asked if he were disappointed, Woods replied, “Well. 75s are never exciting.” He wasn’t giving up on his chances to win for the first time since the Australian Masters two years ago in Melbourne. “I need to play well on that front nine. Anything can
happen on the back nine,” Woods said. “If I can just play a good, solid front nine and get things going on the back nine, they have some easy holes on the back nine. If I can shoot some low scores, I’ll be right there.” Senden was the odd man out when International captain Greg Norman made his two picks for the Presidents Cup. He went with Aaron Baddeley, based on his play in the Tour Championship. Senden still put himself in the position to make this a great trip home.
“Today was moving day and there is a long way to go,” he said. “Shooting 9 under, you don’t do that very often, and you have to take it when you can get it and put yourself in a good spot.”
Nigeria must win Gold-Supporters Club from page 1
Trinity Sport News scooped that the Supporters club in conjunction with the London Chairman Mr. Segun Bello will be inviting interested London based Nigerians to be part of this plan tagged operation ‘’Nigeria
must win Gold’’. Dr Ladipo declined to mention the number of members that is likely to come to London for the Games but Trinity Sport News gathered that about five hundred, members are likely to make it to London next summer... The Association which was known as the Nigeria Football supporters’ club was named the best at the end of the U.S.A 94 World cup because of its brilliant performance. Meanwhile, the Association may face an uphill task in securing visas for its members before the Games following the strict immigration law in the United Kingdom at the moment.
Jonathan Papelbon To Phillies: Former Red Sox Closer Reportedly Agrees To $50 Million Deal
A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Phillies and Papelbon have agreed to a $50 million, four-year contract that’s the largest ever for a reliever. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not yet been announced and is subject to Papelbon passing a physical. Papelbon, who turns 31 on Nov. 23, had 219 saves over seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox, including 31 this year, when he made $12 million. He will replace Ryan Madson, who also is a free agent. The previous high for relievers had been $47 million, with B.J. Ryan agreeing to a five-year contract with Toronto before the 2006 season and Joe Nathan getting a four-year deal from Minnesota in March 2008. Papelbon’s deal includes an option for 2016 that could become guaranteed based on games finished and would make the deal worth $63 million over five seasons. Madson’s agent, Scott Boras, and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. were close to a $44 million, four-year deal on Monday. However, the person familiar with Papelbon’s deal said Amaro told Boras the following day that teams President Dave Montgomery wouldn’t approve the deal. That offer included a vesting option that would have taken the con-
tract to $57 million over five years.
The Phillies have long been opposed to giving pitchers contracts beyond three years. They made an exception last year when they signed lefthander Cliff Lee to a $120 million, five-year deal. The right-handed Papelbon, a four-time All-Star, helped the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series title. He donned a kilt and danced his trademark Irish jig at the championship celebration. Papelbon can do whatever he likes if he can help the Phillies secure another World Series title. Philadelphia has won five straight NL East titles and is seeking its second series victory since 2008. The Phillies lost in the World Series to the New York Yankees in 2009, were eliminated in the NLCS in 2010 and got knocked out in the NL division series this year. Madson was outstanding in his first year as the team’s closer, converting 32 of 34 chances. He was Brad
Lidge’s set up man for the previous three years, and spent his first nine seasons in Philadelphia. Madson was 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA, and 52 saves in 491 career games, including 18 starts.
Papelbon, a starter in the minor leagues, has converted 88.3 percent of his save opportunities to go with a 23-19 record and a 2.33 ERA in
396 career appearances. He had a career-high 41 saves in 2008. Signing a closer and re-signing former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins were Philadelphia’s top two offseason priorities. Rollins, a three-time All-Star shortstop, wants to return to the Phillies and the team wants to bring him back at the right price.
Papelbon is a Type A free agent, meaning the Phillies will have to forfeit their first draft pick in the next year’s amateur draft to Boston – unless that rule changes in the new collective-bargaining agreement. Papelbon, the first major free-agent signing this year, is the first player to leave the Red Sox in a turbulent off season that began with the departure of manager Terry Francona and was followed by general manager Theo Epstein going to the Chicago Cubs. David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, J.D. Drew, Tim Wakefield and Erik Bedard also are free agents. “Pap has worked extremely hard to put
himself in this position,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. “We knew he was going to be in demand. We knew teams in a position to win would have an interest, and Philadelphia is one of those teams.”
Papelbon blew a save on the final day of the regular season to complete Boston’s monumental collapse that led to all those changes. The Red Sox led the AL East for much of the season and held a ninegame lead over Tampa Bay in the wild-card race on the morning of Sept. 4. Even so, Boston went to 7-20 in September to blow the lead and miss the playoffs entirely. Papelbon was one strike away from securing a win against the Orioles in the final game before giving up two runs in Baltimore’s 4-3 win. AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum in New York and Jimmy Golen in Boston contributed to this report
BIG BLOW ON SAMSON SIASIA AND THE NFF BOARD by Rasheed Adewuyi
A palpable tension has enveloped the secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] following the purported plan of the Federal Government and the Sports Ministry to dissolve the NFF board. Sources close to the Sports Ministry informed Mytrinity Sport News that after the dismal outing of the Super Eagles at the recently concluded African cup of Nation’s qualifiers, the sports minister
Mr. Yusuf Sulaiman berated the NFF board and the national team coach Samson Siasia for the lack lustre performance and has started working on replacing them with capable hands. ‘’’the minister is not happy that the Super Eagles were bundled out of the Nations cup and want all the people responsible out of the soccer
governing board immediately’’ our source hinted. Mytrinity sport News understand that the Minister is bent on flushing out the bad eggs out of the glass house in Abuja before the 2014 World cup qualifier slated for Brazil kicks off next year to avert a repeat of what happened during the African cup of Nation qualifiers. To ensure that everyone who take part in the National team nations cup
ouster got a fair trial, the technical committee of the NFF has been saddled with the responsibility of investigating how and why the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Africa biggest football fiesta to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. After which other stake holders in the NFF would be dealt with.
The technical committee after a marathon meeting with Samson Siasia has forwarded his recommendations to the NFF board that had since sent a copy to the sports minister for endorsement. Our source also added that the board members is divided over the future of samson Siasia, while some want the Bayelsa state born tactician
to be given second-chance others argued that he should be shown the exit door. ‘’there is no unity among the members concerning Siasia’s case because those who felt he failed for crashing out at that premature stage said he should be sacked as others are clamoring for him to continue’’. said the source.
Reports reaching us indicate that all the board members is doing everything possible to keep their jobs by lobbying top ministry officials to convince the minister to give them another chance to correct all the lapses observed before and during the Nations cup, Olympic and all other African Games qualifiers.
Martin Kaymer Wins WGC Champions Title Martin Kaymer put in a brilliant display
to clinch his first World Golf Championship victory with a back nine of 29 in a nine-under-par closing 63. Sweden’s Fredrick Jacobson was the front runner going into the final day, but Kaymer put in a wonderful display of putting, turning a five-shot overnight deficit into a threestroke win after collecting three birdies in his remaining 12 holes. It was a fascinating performance from the former world number one. Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy had to share the fourth place, even though the Northern Irishman did threaten after a 69 and looked to be on track to catch the eventual winner. However, Kaymer proved too strong on this occasion and McIlroy petered out at the finish. Lee Westwood will also be frustrated, ending with three-over-par 75, dropping him
to 13th position. Kaymer will be extremely happy to have clinched his 10th European Tour victory and looks at a good bet to push on from here.
Full name: Martin Kaymer Born: 28 December 1984 (age 26) Düsseldorf, West Germany Height:1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) Weight:74 kg (160 lb; 11.7 st) Nationality:Germany Residence:Mettmann, Germany Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S Source :Wikipedia
NBA Draft 2011 RESULTS: Great Pick Or Bust?
Jonas Valanciunas (#5, Toronto Raptors). Valanciunas likely has the most upside of any pure center in this year’s draft. He needs to get stronger but has the actual skill, can run the floor, has a soft touch outside and is very long (7’6 wingspans) and will block shots. The big gamble is his contract with Lietuvos Rytas and how long it will take him to get out of it. Hopefully, the Raptor front office won’t have to wait two years to see him in a Toronto uniform. If so, the front-office personnel might not be with the team by that point. The latest news is that Toronto may be working a deal to get Valanciunas to the NBA for the 2012-13 season. Bismack Biyombo (#7, Charlotte Bobcats). Whether Biyombo is 19 years old or not, the Bobcats need his defensive presence. I’m not sure, how long he’ll take to develop any semblance of an offensive game, but Biyombo will get his share of offensive put backs with his cat-like quickness on the boards. It seems like Biyombo has the right attitude and character to succeed in the NBA. He certainly has the body to succeed.
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Enes Kanter (#3, Utah Jazz). Most experts had Brandon Knight in the #3 slots. While the Jazz may still need a point guard, Kanter will be a solid center for them as long as they can keep him in Utah. He should be able to contribute with a minimum
Thompson performed in his Cleveland workout. He is quite some time away from contributing offensively, and is not the defensive presence of someone like Biyombo, who was picked at #7. In fact, Biyombo is bigger, stronger, a much bet-
of adjustment time. He was a solid pick for the Jazz. Tristan Thompson (#4, Cleveland Cavaliers). Cleveland surprised everyone with their selection of the Canadian Thompson. They could have traded down 4-6 spots and still have picked Thompson and received something in return for moving down. Regardless of how well
ter rebounder and defender, a better shot-blocker and seems to be more of a leader. So why did Cleveland pick Thompson three slots before Biyombo? Cleveland outsmarted themselves with this pick.
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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT BIG NEWS 5
Wilson Ramos Found: Kidnapped Nationals Catcher Rescued In Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan police rescued Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos on Friday. Two days after he was kidnapped, officials announced. Justice Minister Tareck
El Aissami said on state television that Ramos was "safe and sound" and that he was rescued by police. He said three men were arrested in the kidnapping. Information Minister Andres Izarra initially reported the rescue via Twitter, saying Ramos was "found alive by security forces in a mountainous zone," in the area of Montalban in the central carabobo state. Izarra said it was "a rescue operation by air," which was authorized earlier in the day by President Hugo Chavez. "Ramos free!" said one message on Izarra's account. El Aissami gave few details of the rescue and said police were taking Ramos to his hometown of Valencia, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of Caracas. Ramos' mother celebrated, exclaiming on television: "Thanks to God!" "Thanks to my country, to
my neighbors and to my family, who were supporting us," she said. Shortly afterward, she spoke with her son by phone and said jubilantly: "He's fine." Nationals manager Mike Rizzo hailed the news.
"Though details are limited and we have not yet talked directly with Wilson. We are thrilled with reports that he has been rescued," Rizzo said in a statement. "We greatly appreciate all the prayers and thoughts of all who have joined us in wishing for this conclusion to what have been a nightmarish 48 hours. We are eager to see Wilson and let him know just how many all over the world have been waiting for this news." Armed men seized Ramos at gunpoint Wednesday night outside his home in a working-class neighborhood in Valencia. Authorities said Thursday that they had found a stolen SUV used by the kidnappers abandoned in a nearby town. The abduction was the first known kidnapping of a major-league baseball player in a country that has dozens of players on bigleague rosters in the U.S., and it brought a renewed
focus on worsening violent crime in Venezuela. Security has increasingly become a concern for Venezuelan players and their families as a wave of kidnappings has hit the wealthy as well as the
middle class. Relatives of several Venezuelan major leaguers have previously been kidnapped for ransom, and in two, cases have been killed. Bodyguards typically shadow major leaguers when they return to their homeland to play in Venezuela’s winter baseball league, but it was unclear what precautions, if any. Ramos was taking while at his family’s home. Major League Baseball officials said it was the first kidnapping of a major leaguer that they could recall. Polls consistently say rampant crime is the top worry of Venezuelans. The country has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America, and the vast majority of crimes went unsolved. The number of kidnappings has soared in recent years.