THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed agreement has been reached in principle regarding “a more equitable distribution of revenues” and a shake-up of international cricket schedules.It was reported on Friday that ICC executives had agreed, at a board meeting in Dubai, on proposals for a two-year Test league and 13-team league for one-day internationals.That has now been confirmed in an ICC statement, while world cricket’s governing body also announced yesterday that agreement had been reached in principle regarding constitutional and financial changes – seemingly reducing an imbalance in favour of the ‘Big Three’ nations [India, England and Australia] – and the potential inclusion of new full-member nations.An ICC media release read: “The broader principles that have been agreed include a revised financial distribution ensuring a more equitable distribution of revenues, [and] a revised constitution to reflect good governance, expanding and clarifying of the roles and objectives of the ICC to provide leadership in international cricket.“Further constitutional changes proposed include the potential to include additional full members [Ireland and Afghanistan subject to both meeting membership criteria].“The ICC Board agreed to work collaboratively on the detail of the constitution and model with a view to final sign-off at the April board meeting and submission to the full ICC Council in June.In terms of the proposed structural changes, the statement added: “Progress was made around the future structures of bilateral international cricket with a preferred model identified by the member chief executives for all three formats of the sport.“This framework will now be used to build a more detailed model that incorporates scheduling and accommodates existing agreements to present to the ICC Board for full consideration in April and includes:– A nine-team Test league run over a two-year cycle– The remaining three Test teams to be guaranteed a consistent and confirmed schedule of Test matches against all other teams– A 13-team ODI league run over a three-year period leading into qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023– A regional T20 competition structure to be developed as a pathway to qualification for the ICC World T20“A scheduling summit will now be held in March before a detailed proposal is put to the ICC Board in April.”
Oyebajo, who died on Tuesday, November 7 at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, few weeks to his 71st birthday and was buried yesterday in Lagos, according to Muslim rites.His death occurred barely four months after the passage of Matthew Jacob, the first Director of PGAN.Oyebajo was one of the four Nigerian caddies selected by Chief Anthony Enahoro and sponsored by Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1968 for a professional training in England.The others are Emmanuel Lawrence, Patrick Okpomu and Festus Makelemi.A year later, they formed the PGAN along with their English instructor, John Nosworthy, with Jacob as the administrator. Oyebajo was the Resident Professional at Ikeja Golf Club.Oyebajo captained West African team against Great Britain in the 1970sHe has trained and mentored several golfers and professional golfers across the country.Some of the prominent people he taught the art of golf included the first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson (rtd), Otunba Olusola Adekanola, Senator Akin Odunsi and Regular Professional Gboyega Oyebanji.Known for his uprightness, Oyebajo was at different times a past Captain of the national team, former Head of Caretaker Committee and former Director of PGAN.While reacting to the news of the death yesterday, present Director of the professional Golfersâ€™ Association of Nigeria, Samson Lawal, said Oyebajoâ€™s death was a big shock to the body.â€œJamiu had a strong character and lived his life for golf. His passion and strong leadership qualities were readily available for the association and individual members to tap free. He was perhaps, the most respected member of PGAN. We will miss him dearly,â€ mourned the PGAN director.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaOne of the founding fathers of the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Jamiu Oyebajo is dead.
Delayed by the rain on multiple occasions, the Women of Troy returned to the court seemingly without having missed a step.On Monday afternoon the Women of Troy caputred a rescheduled match against UC Irvine, as strong play from both singles and doubles players allowed the Women of Troy to clinch a victory early.Freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos opened the day with a convincing win in the No. 3 doubles slot with an 8-2 victory over the Anteaters doubles pair of junior Brooke Bartlett and freshman Kristina Smith.The Anteaters captured the second doubles match of the day at the No. 2 slot, but the Women of Troy secured the doubles point after an 8-6 victory by the team of juniors Maria Sanchez and Lyndsay Kinstler.Straight-set victories by No. 39 Ramos, No. 37 Valeria Pulido and No. 18 Danielle Lao secured the victory for the Women of Troy.After No. 8 Maria Sanchez’s victory over the Anteater’s Hammel at the first singles slot, the Women of Troy were well on their way to the eventual 6-1 dominating victory.After their previous matches had been postponed because rain, getting on the court was a welcome return for the Women of Troy.“It feels good to be out there [with the rain gone] and to be winning,” Sanchez said. “It’s also a confidence boost.”On Sunday, No. 9 USC (2-0) bounced out to win in its first dual match of the season, knocking out a 6-1 win over the visiting No. 50 Long Beach State 49ers at USC’s Marks Stadium.The Women of Troy opened in doubles play with two blowout wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, and a much closer game at the top singles slot. The Women of Troy eventually completed the sweep to give them their first team point. At the No. 2 doubles slot for USC, senior Sarah Fansler and freshman Valeria Pulido teamed up for an 8-0 triumph over LBSU’s Deborah Armstrong and Anais Dallara. Following their shutout, Lao and sophomore Ramos followed suit with another dominating doubles victory over Sarah Cantlay and Julie Luzar at 8-1.Meanwhile, the No. 1 doubles team, comprised of Kinstler and Sanchez, had a little more trouble closing out LBSU’s No. 58 duo Jaklin Alawi and Rachel Manasse. But by the end of the set, USC outlasted the pair with a 9-8 (6) win.Soon after, USC took five of the six singles matches as four players posted straight-set victories over the 49ers. The nation’s No. 8 player Sanchez set the tone with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Deborah Armstrong at the top singles slot. At the same time, No. 37 Pulido snagged a commanding 6-3, 6-0 win. Juniors Cristala Andrews and Kinstler posted two more singles wins at the No. 5 and 6 positions, respectively, as Andrews topped her opponent 6-4, 6-0 win in her spot and Kinstler beat Anna Jeczimionka 6-2, 6-4.In a three-set match, USC’s No. 39 Ramos triumphed to take the sixth singles point for her team, posting a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 win over Alawi. Last up was Fansler, who fell 2-6, 2-6 to Dallara, giving the 49ers their only team point of the day.The Women of Troy will be staying at home as they host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Kick-Off Weekend starting Friday against San Diego and then will play either in the consolation or championship game against either LSU or Auburn the next day. After this weekend’s action, however, two matches in two days shouldn’t be a problem for the Women of Troy.“These two matches gave us a little bit of momentum and confidence for our upcoming matches this weekend,” Ramos said. “They were good practice for us to compete under pressure, but it’s only getting tougher as we get further along in season.”
Back from another weekend on the road, the Wisconsin volleyball team leveled out its conference road record to 2-2 after losing in three sets to No. 3 Nebraska Friday and beating a tough Iowa team in a five-set battle Saturday.Despite the split, head coach Pete Waite, whose team now sits at 15-6 overall, and 3-5 in Big Ten play, was happy with the team’s play and its ability to bounce back.“We saw some good things coming off the loss, rebounded with a win at Iowa, so I thought that was good,” Waite said at his press conference Monday.On Friday, the Cornhuskers (14-2, 6-1 Big Ten) demonstrated why they are the third-ranked team in the nation, as they swept the unranked Badgers. The close defeat that Wisconsin suffered in the first-set (25-22) seemed to carry over into the second, as Wisconsin found themselves down early 9-1.Although the Badgers tried to battle back, the early deficit proved too large to overcome as they lost the second set 25-15. The third set was not any different, as the Cornhuskers closed out the Badgers 25-20.The game against the Cornhuskers marked the fifth time in six games where Wisconsin has faced a ranked team.“I think Big Ten conference play is tough,” Waite said. “We have a lot of ranked teams every weekend.”Despite the tough schedule, Wisconsin bounced back to beat Iowa (10-11, 2-6) with strong individual performances and a dominant fifth set. After battling back and forth all night, the fifth set opened with a 3-3 tie until the Badgers began to take over, opening up a 9-3 lead off five-straight serves from sophomore setter Courtney Thomas.The Badgers closed out the set 15-10, as sophomore outside hitter Ellen Chapman recorded her 20th kill of the night. Strong play from senior Mary Ording also played a key role in the win over a stingy Hawkeyes team.Waite commented on the importance of such strong individual performances. “Ellen Chapman is doing some very good things for us on the outside,” he said. “Courtney Thomas had a great day on Sunday, Mary Ording in the middle, who you know we put there just this fall really came on this weekend with her offense, so that was really good.”The Badgers will be looking for their top players to come through as they look ahead to playing at Minnesota (15-4, 6-2) Wednesday and hosting Indiana (8-12, 0-8) Friday.Although the Badgers won’t be fighting for an axe against the Gophers, they will be hoping to win the border battle as they face a top 10 team whose new head coach, Hugh McCutcheon, recently served as the U.S. women’s national team coach at the London Olympics. “He’s in there and he’s doing a good job already,” Waite said of McCutcheon. “But the program is already well established … Minnesota is very, very strong so it’s going to be a tough environment up there but we’ll be ready to go.”After the tough road game, Wisconsin will be hoping to win one at home against a struggling Indiana team. The Badgers will have to work hard to contain junior outside hitter Jordan Haverly, who has led the Hoosiers’ offense for the last two seasons.Friday also marks the breast cancer awareness match, which holds very important significance to this Wisconsin team.“It’s something that is big for our players every year,” Waite said. “They actually talk about it well ahead of time and we often have a guest that sits behind our bench for that match. It’s just so important to raise awareness for everyone and such an important topic for women everywhere. So it’s a big night for us, for the match and for the breast cancer awareness.”The Badgers have now played half of their conference season and UW’s head coach says they have continued to progress as a team. “Overall I think we’re very high in blocking and defense in the conference,” Waite said. “For us in blocking the last few years we’ve been up there in the top half of the conference and now we’re leading the conference so I think that’s really good progress.”
No. 12 Syracuse (8-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) plays it’s first Top 15 matchup in 21 years on Saturday against No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0). The Orange and Irish are set for kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Our beat writers predict their winner in Saturday’s matchup below. Andrew Graham (8-2)Notre Dame’s uniformsNotre Dame 38, Syracuse 27AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 12 Syracuse has exceeded, I think, every realistic expectation to be had. A blemish at Pittsburgh is the difference from a Top 10 spot, currently. So Dino Babers is right that this weekend’s game is a “freebie.” No one had any realistic expectation that SU could beat No. 3 Notre Dame before the season, so the fact that there’s a chance now speaks to something. But it’s a good thing this one is a freebie, because the undefeated Irish, save for a bad first half against Pitt, have played near-perfect football this season. With quarterback Ian Book back in the lineup, UND’s offense will hum along and the defense will make few, if any, mistakes. That’s what playoff teams do, and that’ll be too much for Syracuse to overcome. Matt Liberman (8-2)Happy New YearsSyracuse 31, Notre Dame 28As Andrew mentioned, Syracuse would be a Top 10 team if it weren’t for one blip against Pittsburgh, a team that I think would probably be ranked seventh in the nation. This Syracuse team is good, but not that good. That said, under Dino Babers, Syracuse typically plays to the level of its opponent, as it did earlier this season in Death Valley against Clemson. Plus in recent years, Notre Dame has always had one game every season where the wheels fall off. I think this could be that game. I think if Syracuse can come out and defend the run well on the first three possessions and looks to spread the ball out on offense, this is certainly a winnable game. SU gets the job done and catapults into the Top 10. Josh Schafer (9-1)Close only counts in horseshoes Notre Dame 41, Syracuse 31Syracuse enters Saturday’s matchup against No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium 8-2 and ranked 12th in the College Football Playoff. In August, that statement would’ve seemed laughable. But make no mistake about Syracuse’s Top 10 offense, special teams and top-tier pass rush have legitimized the Orange. Syracuse hasn’t slipped since Week 6 at Pittsburgh and this weekend will be no different. Notre Dame is simply a better, more well-rounded and battle-tested team than Syracuse. The Orange can battle with the Irish for most of the game but if Notre Dame’s defense gets the few stops the number says it should, Syracuse’s defense will likely struggle to answer. In year’s past and earlier this season, when Syracuse has played higher ranked opponents close on the road, the fourth quarter has done in the Orange. Notre Dame, like those other highly ranked opponents, is deeper and can cycle in more players than Syracuse. In a war of attrition, that’s what wins the Irish the game in the fourth quarter. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm
The stadium redevelopment is due to be complete by next July but Chairman Ger Lane says it won’t be done in time for the provincial quarter-final with the Premier.A date, venue and throw-in for the tie will be decided at a later date by the Munster Council.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene will host Ghana’s Black Stars at a dinner on Thursday before facing off with Sudan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan in Kumasi on Sunday, footy-Ghana.com understands.The dinner date which is scheduled for the seat and official residence of the Asantehene, the Manhyia Palace will have the entire Black Stars team and handlers at the event.During the 2013 Afcon, the overlord of the Asante kingdom was supposed to visit the Black Stars in Nelspruit ahead of the semi-finals clash with Burkina Faso in fulfilment of a promise made them but their busy schedule which included the visit of the vice-president of Ghana curtailed the visit.The Black Stars will now have the opportunity to dine with their number one supporter on the soil of the venue of Sunday’s match.The Asantehene earlier visited the team ahead of their first game in this World Cup qualifying campaign and they went on thrash Lesotho 7-0 in June last year.
Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaWhich of the 13 loaned sculptures along Percival Landing do you think belongs in the City’s permanent collection? Cast your vote and be a part of the decision!The sculpture with the most votes will be purchased by the City at the completion of the year-long exhibition. Voters must personally visit all 13 sculptures, and completed ballots must be submitted in person at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW (conveniently located right next to Percival Landing), or received by mail by August 31, 2014. Ballots are available at The Olympia Center and along Percival Landing next to the sculptures.Since 2011, loaned sculptures by local and regional artists have been on display at Olympia’s Percival Landing. A community vote is held, and the sculpture that receives the most votes is purchased for permanent display at another location within the City.
Man Utd transfer target Bruno Fernandes’ outrageous skill to leave opponent for dead in Sporting’s 1-1 draw against Martimo REAL MADRID are in with a shout of signing Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon offered the attacking midfielder around for just £64million.Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both passed up the chance to bring in the Portuguese talent during the English window.3 Fernandes grabbed his first goal of the season on the weekendCredit: AFP or licensors3Neither club met Sporting’s valuation of Fernandes, the Red Devils deciding he wasn’t worth that much due to his mediocre passing statistics.But United could end up helping along a deal for the player to head to Madrid.According to AS, Lisbon have told Real and a number of other teams that he is theirs if they meet the non-negotiable £64m price tag.And Los Blancos will consider a bid if and when they finally become resigned to not signing either Paul Pogba or Neymar.The French midfielder has insisted that he wants a new challenge but United remain staunch in their determination to keep him.Neymar, meanwhile, is still the subject of intense speculation over player-plus-cash deals involving Real and Barcelona.NO DEALSpurs found out just how non-negotiable Sporting’s demands were when reportedly falling short with a £55m bid before the new Premier League season.Likewise, United backed out when scouts judged Fernandes to be wasteful on the ball.Last season saw the 24-year-old clock in a pass completion rate of 75.1 per cent, compared to Pogba’s 82.8 per cent for example.Latest La Liga NewsGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaPicturedKING OF SWINGBale pulls golf pose at training in jibe at critical Real Madrid fansWALKING A FINE LINERonaldo vs Messi ‘not close’ says Lineker as he gushes over Barca iconSET IN HIS WAYSSetien moans that five subs will ruin Barcelona plan of wearing teams downGossip’DEAD’ PAULPogba’s proposed £15m-a-year Real transfer risks wage row after virus pay cutNEY-MBER TWONeymar is second best player in world ahead of Ronaldo, claims ex-Barca chiefTHAT OLD TRICKMessi could leave Barcelona on free via exit clause to allow Old Boys returnGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yet3Nonetheless, Fernandes struck 32 goals in 53 games across all competitions in 2018/19.And Sporting have reportedly asked big-name agent Jorge Mendes to secure them the cash.They have until September 2 to find a buyer, when the European transfer window shuts.
An excited Wilmot Paye at the supreme court following the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)CDC says it vehemently rejects interim govt.The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Sen. George M. Weah and the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai which are awaiting the delayed runoff, have welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision in Liberty Party’s (LP) alleged electoral fraud case.After a ruling granting a writ of prohibition on the run-off election slated to have taken place on Tuesday, the two political parties vying for the presidency said they respect the laws of the land and are prepared to see the country remain on the peace trajectory.Samora Wolokollie, CDC’s deputy campaign spokesperson said his party is law-abiding and will remain patient until the NEC looks into not only the LP’s complaint but all other election-related complaints coming from other political parties and individual candidates.Wolokollie said, however, that the Commission should fast-track the hearing of all the cases in order to remain in the confines of time to avoid an interim government. “We are calling on our partisans and supporters across the country to remain calm. Ours is not to disturb the peace but to closely follow the process to its logical conclusion,” he said.Samora Wolokollie of the CDC speaks to journalists at the Supreme CourtThe runoff will be held and the plan for an interim government by detractors will continue to be vehemently rejected as there is still time to resolve all complaints before the NEC and allow the runoff to go ahead, said Wolokollie.“The maximum time frame set aside for the NEC to look into all election irregularities and fraud cases is 30 days. Also seven days are set aside for any party not satisfied with the outcome of the hearings to file an appeal either to the NEC’s Board of Commissioners or the Supreme Court,” Wolokollie noted, adding that should the Commission surpass 37 days without concluding the handling of cases before it will only be a deliberate attempt to take the country backward.He boasted that the CDC will win the runoff when held at any time. “The majority of the people of this country have resolved to retire the Unity Party. They believe that Senator George M. Weah and his able deputy, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, can take this country forward and change the living conditions of the masses by creating jobs and building infrastructure,” he said.UP Chair Wilmot Paye said the action of the Supreme Court, which granted a permanent stay order on the presidential run-off election is a clear demonstration that the country’s democracy is maturing.“LP’s action is within the confines of the law and to this, we all subscribe. We are together in this even though we are from different political groupings,” he said.Paye noted that the most important thing is not about an individual just winning an election but the credibility of the very electoral process that guarantees said winner the chance to lead.“We are impressed that the LP’s partisans and their sympathizers did not invade the streets with violence and lots of unorthodox actions in demand of justice. In fact, justice is not found just anywhere but at the constituted legal institutions and agencies,” he said.He pointed out that the NEC’s rejection of UP’s intervention in LP’s alleged irregularities and frauds case was an error on the part of the hearing office, but remained confident that UP, who also has a lot of evidence in connection with LP’s complaint, will not rest until it is considered as a party to the suit.The NEC Board of Commissioners on Monday overturned the Commission’s hearing office decision to deny UP’s intervention. They granted the ruling party a chance to participate by presenting the evidence in their possession.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)