240 players from 57 countries for Lagos Open Tennis

first_imgRelatedPosts Sanwo-Olu celebrates Sen. Tinubu at 60 Breaking: Sanwo-Olu okays full reopening of churches, mosques, cinemas, gyms Tinubu greets Lagos Deputy Governor at 56 Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos, is set to play host to no fewer than 240 players from 57 countries in this year’s Lagos Open Tennis Championship.The championship will hold at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos from October 7 to 20.The Lagos Open, which before 2018 edition was known as the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis, is organised annually to celebrate the sitting Governor of Lagos State since the government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This year’s, the 19th edition, will be the first in the government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu.The 240 players, according to the International Tennis Federation, include 133 who will compete in the men’s singles and doubles events, while 107 players will play in the women’s singles and doubles during the ITF World Tour in Lagos, one of the emerging mega cities of the world.Twenty-eight-year-old Japanese, Shuichi Sekiguchi, is the highest ranked player in the men’s category. He is ranked 286 on the ATP world ranking, followed by Tunisian, Skander Mansouri, who is on number 341 and French Tom Jomby (404). Jomby is a regular face in the Lagos Open as well as compatriot Calvin Hemery (561). Zimbabwe’s Benjamin Lock (471) and Takanyi Garanganga  (623) are making a return to Lagos.The highest ranked Nigeria men player in this year’s competition is Joseph Imeh Ubon, who is ranked 1,537 and followed by Sylvester Emmanuel (1897).Italian Giulia Gatto-Monticone is leading the women’s players to the 19th Lagos Open Tennis. She is 161 on WTA world ranking, followed by Aleksandrina Naydenova from Bulgaria (218) and Amandine Hesse from France (236) making the top three.A good number of the women players are returning to Lagos this year. They include Valeriya Strakhova (384) from Ukraine, Julia Terziyska (427) from Bulgaria (427), Austrian Melanie Klaffner (612) and American Alexandra Riley (1126), Israeli Ester Masuri and Nigerian-born American, Adesuwa Osabuohien.Some of the registered Nigerian women players are Barakat Oyinlomo Quadre, Sarah Adegoke, Blessing Anuna, Aanu Ayegbusi and Blessing Samuel.Some of the countries where the players will be coming to Lagos include USA, France, Britain, Canada, Russia, Australia, Austria, Mexico, Germany, Ukraine, India, Italy, Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and host, Nigeria.A total prize of $100,000 is at stake in the two weeks event in the men ($50,000) and women ($50,000).Tags: Babajide Sanwo-OluLagos Lawn Tennis Clublast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Odisha thrash Assam by 9 wickets

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam suffered huge 9 wickets loss, that too within two and half days, against Odisha in the Ranji Trophy tie at the ACA Stadium here today. It was the first loss for Assam in the season.Starting from their overnight score 60-4 Assam today lost wickets on regular intervals and finally bowled out 132 in their second innings. Except Sibsankar Roy no other batter were able to stay on the wicket too longThe fate of the game was almost written on the wall when Assam, started their second innings with arrears of 119 runs, finished the second day at 60-4. Captain Amit Sinha, who remained not out yesterday, departed first this morning. He scored only 7. Thereafter Assam lost wicket on regular basis in the morning and finally got out 132 in the second innings. However, Sibsankar fought bravely and tried alone to stretch the innings. He completed half century today before got out on 56. The left hander altogether faced 124 balls in the innings and hit seven boundaries. Only Ranjit Mali gave little accompany to him and the duo added 35 runs on the eighth wicket partnership which helped the team to earn slender 14 runs lead.Apart from Sibsankar only two other batsmen- Rishav Das (15) and Ranjeet Mali (11) were able to score double-figure runs in the second innings.Among the bowlers of Odisha, Rajesh Mohanty came out with best figure. The young pacer picked up three wickets yesterday and added another three-Amit, Ranjit Mali and Rahul Singh (0)-to finish the match 11-86. Romario Sharma (7) was the other batsman who got out today.Odisha took 3.3 overs to score the required runs losing a single wicket which was collected by Mukhtar Hussain.Assam coach Zakaria Zuffri after the match said, “The performance is very frustrating and we as a team has to show more of character and professionalism in the coming matches.”On the other hand Odisha coach Rashmi Ranjan Parida was surprised to see that the match ended so early. He also praised his team’s young pacer Rajesh Mohanty and Assam batsman Riyan Parag.”Both are prospective’ said the coach. Also Read: Sports newslast_img read more

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first_imgRafael Bejarano40108425%55%$402,548 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FINISH LINES: Taris, impressive winner of the Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 7, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 49.40 for the Grade I Vanity Mile June 4 and a potential meeting with champions Beholder and Stellar Wind. “It was her first breeze back since she raced and it was perfect,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. The millionaire daughter of Flatter doesn’t have to carry her track around with her. She has won eight of 13 career starts, seven of them at different tracks: Aqueduct, Laurel, Presque Isle Downs, Keeneland, Del Mar, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita . . . Flavien Prat, tied for fourth in Santa Anita’s standings through nine days, rides at Pimlico today . . . Agent Tony Matos has Martin Garcia booked on Cyrus Alexander for Jerry Hollendorfer in the Lone Star Handicap on Memorial Day, May 30. Garcia ranks second nationally percentage-wise in stakes wins this year at 27 (11 stakes wins from 42 mounts), behind Jose Ortiz‘s 30 percent . . . John Sadler plans to enter both Royal Heroine runner-up Elektrum and Royal Heroine winner Nancy From Nairobi in the Grade I Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf Memorial Day, May 30. Fanticola, third in the Royal Heroine after setting the pace as is her wont, also goes in the Gamely for Phil D’Amato under regular rider Joe Talamo . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 26, 9:30 a.m. at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only web cast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (web cast). The meeting agenda and supporting package of materials also are available on the CHRB website . . . The Outlaw Jose Barnes: The 20-year-old apprentice rider from South Africa, Jose Barnes, pronounces his first name “JOE-zee,” not “HO-say.” . . . On Sunday, Santa Anita presents the Cal Rods Car Show, a free Infield event featuring some of the finest classics in the San Gabriel Valley for the 10th straight year. First post time is 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. WRITER, HANDICAPPER WEINBAUM DEAD AT 64(From Daily Racing Form)Larry Weinbaum, a retired sportswriter and handicapper for several Southern California newspapers, died on Wednesday after a lengthy illness related to complications from a stroke, according to a close friend, public handicapper Bob Ike.Weinbaum was 64.A native of New York, Weinbaum lived in Southern California for much of his adult life. He earned a master’s degree in journalism at San Diego State and later worked for newspapers in Vista and Escondido in San Diego County, Ike said.Weinbaum wrote about the San Diego Padres of Major League baseball and the San Diego Clippers of the NBA before the team moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s.An avid racing fan, Weinbaum became a public handicapper for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Orange County Register and Riverside Press Enterprise.No services were planned as of Thursday. Weinbaum is survived by a sister, Linda. Edward Freeman631150%83%$84,865 Brayan Pena2021410%35%$47,725 SECOND SUMMER TRIES CALIFORNIAN DIRT            Second Summer has found his best form on the main track.After running in five straight turf races and showing only a maiden victory, trainer Peter Eurton transferred the gelded son of 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird to the main track where he was second first out and has won his last two.Sunday, he makes his second stakes start, this in the Grade II Californian Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.“He’s found the dirt quite to his liking, compared to the turf,” Eurton said. “He wasn’t making any kind of run in his last few on grass. I started to feel like he preferred some (turf courses) on the circuit but not others. He worked so well on dirt, we decided to try it.”The Californian, race nine of 10: Crittenden, Flavien Prat; Lieutenant Colonel, Rafael Bejarano; Second Summer, Mario Gutierrez; Point Piper, Martin Garcia; El Huerfano, Victor Espinoza; Follow Me Crev, Alonso Quinonez; and Hard Aces, Abel Lezcano. Patrick Gallagher730043%43%$70,635 Peter Eurton920122%33%$45,900 (Current Through Thursday, May 19) Flavien Prat2972424%45%$319,040 Jack Carava722029%57%$49,190 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tiago Pereira373798%51%$147,263 Fernando Perez2132214%33%$127,365 SNOW CHIEF GAINED REDEMPTION IN 1986 PREAKNESS            It’s been three decades since Alex Solis won his only Triple Crown race in a Hall of Fame career that began in 1982.It was in 1986 when the native of Panama rode Snow Chief to victory in the Preakness, after the California-bred had finished 11th as the favorite behind Ferdinand and Bill Shoemaker in the Run for the Roses.Solis remembers the Preakness triumph like it was yesterday.“It was a great race,” said Solis, now 52, and a senior member of the Southern California riding colony along with Hall of Fame mates Gary Stevens, 53, Mike Smith, who turns 51 Aug. 10, and Kent Desormeaux, 46.“I was happy Snow Chief redeemed himself in the Preakness,” Solis said. “His Derby was disappointing, but he proved himself before the Preakness with his win in the Santa Anita Derby and after the Preakness by winning the Jersey Derby.”Snow Chief, trained by Mel Stute, would go on to earn an Eclipse Award as best Three-Year-Old of 1986. He retired as the then all-time Cal-bred money earner with $3,383,210.As for tomorrow’s 141st Preakness at Pimlico, Solis is hopeful Nyquist can continue his unbeaten streak in the second jewel of the Triple Crown at a mile and three-sixteenths.“I think it would be good for racing and I’d be happy for the California connections,” Solis said. “Doug O’Neill and his team have been there before (winning the Derby and Preakness with I’ll Have Another in 2012) and they know what they’re doing.”The Preakness lineup: Cherry Wine, Corey Lanerie, 20-1; Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 3-5; Awesome Speed, Jevian Toledo, 30-1; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 3-1; Lani, Yutaka Take, 30-1; Collected, Javier Castellano, 10-1; Laoban, Florent Geroux, 30-1; Abiding Star, J.D. Acosta, 30-1; Fellowship, Jose Lezcano, 30-1; and Stradivari, John Velazquez, 8-1.First live post time at Santa Anita Preakness Day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. The Paddock Room opens at 7:15 a.m.Post time for the $1.5 million Preakness is 3:45 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. It will air live on NBC-TV and the Horse Racing Radio Network. Martin Garcia2254223%50%$297,670 Michael McCarthy521040%60%$80,845 Mark Glatt1732318%47%$94,101 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke2022010%20%$101,545 David Hofmans520040%40%$79,635 Jerry Hollendorfer2243318%45%$278,075 Joseph Talamo3385724%61%$392,948 Philip D’Amato2485333%67%$415,615 John Sadler2350322%35%$284,105 Matthew Chew421050%75%$41,945 HOLLENDORFER SENDS OUT TRIO IN KONA GOLDVeteran sprint campaigner Sahara Sky, winner of the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap at one mile in 2013, is one of three horses entered by Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s Grade II Kona Gold Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.The other two are Dream Saturday and Wild Dude.Sahara Sky, an eight-year-old full horse owned by Hollendorfer and Kim Lloyd, who races as Sweetwater Stable, was fifth in an overnight sprint at Golden Gate April 23, his first race since finishing fifth in the Grade II San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles July 25, 2015, a span of nine months.“He had a prep race up north and just came down a couple days ago. He looks great,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward of Sahara Sky, a Florida-bred son of Pleasant Tap.Added Hollendorfer on Dream Saturday: “We’ve had him a few months and he’s been training real well.”Sahara Sky, who would benefit from a fast pace, was third in the Kona Gold last year. He has an 8-4-5 record from 25 starts, with earnings of $1,180,238.The Kona Gold, race nine of 11: Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Souper Knight, Abel Lezcano, 20-1; Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Dream Saturday, Mike Smith, 12-1; Subtle Indian, Ramon Vazquez, 5-2; Sahara Sky, Martin Garcia, 8-1; and San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado, 3-1.Cherubim and Kafister were scratched. Richard Baltas1733118%41%$126,198 Edwin Maldonado40117528%58%$346,371 John Brocklebank522040%80%$85,560 Hector O. Palma632050%83%$54,945 THREE DECADES LATER, SOLIS RECALLS PREAKNESSKONA GOLD: ‘SKY’S NOT THE LIMIT’ FOR HOLLENDORFER SECOND SUMMER’S FORM IMPROVES ON MAIN TRACKMANDELLA HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN MIZDIRECTION Richard Mandella1222317%58%$145,075 Steven Miyadi722029%57%$59,435 Mike Puype2041220%35%$141,430 MANDELLA DUO IN RIGHT DIRECTION FOR MIZDIRECTIONRichard Mandella has two entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. He expects solid efforts from both Avenge and Off the Road.Avenge, a four-year-old daughter of War Front, is three for four over the hillside course, winning the restricted Ultra Fleet last May. The Mizdirection will mark her first race since last June 27, when she was sixth after prompting the pace in the Grade III Senorita Stakes at one mile on grass.Off the Road, a five-year-old Brazilian-bred mare, was second in the Grade III Las Cienagas which was taken off the turf and run on the main track due to weather conditions.The Mizdirection lineup: Off the Road, Stewart Elliott, 12-1; So Sweetitiz, Mike Smith, 8-1; Velvet Mesquite, Tyler Baze, 5-1; My Year Is a Day, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Minks Aprise, Alex Solis, 15-1; Miss Double d’Oro, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Home Journey, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Avenge, Flavien Prat, 5-1; and Swift Lady, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2.Revenue Virginius was scratched. Tyler Baze48781215%56%$372,060 Ignacio Puglisi921122%44%$42,313 Santiago Gonzalez4367614%44%$288,493 Martin Pedroza2733411%37%$117,930last_img read more

Senate Farm Bill passes committee — Lake Erie, dairy programs included

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry passed their version of the 2018 Farm Bill on Wednesday, 20-1.Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the Committee, said it’s an important bipartisan effort during a crucial time for Ohio agriculture and natural resources.“This bipartisan bill is good for farmers, good for families, good for taxpayers, good for jobs, and good for Lake Erie,” Brown said. “This bill is a big win for Ohio, and it’s the product of a long, bipartisan process, working with farmers and stakeholders over the past year.”Listen to Sen. Brown’s comments following the vote. Audio Playerhttp://ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/180613_Sherrod-Brown-comments-on-Farm-Bill-passing-committee.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sen. Brown spoke with reporters in a conference call immediately after the vote. He was joined by Dr. Cathann Kress, Dean of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. She commented on the positive movement forward for Ohio agriculture.Known formally as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the legislation can be read in its entirety here.The currently active 2014 Farm Bill is set to expire in September. When a farm bill terminates, some programs cease to operate unless reauthorized, while others, including major commodity programs, revert to permanent, outdated law from the 1940s. These consequences are partially motivating lawmakers towards the fast-approaching finish line later this year.Sen. Brown said there is hope to get a full Senate vote before the Independence Day recess.He outlined several key provisions in the Farm Bill that he helped introduce and secure, including:Brown’s Local Food and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act:This bill would help farmers sell their products directly to consumers, create rural jobs, and invest in local and regional food economies.Provisions from Brown’s water quality improvement bill, the Give Our Resources the Opportunity to Work (GROW) Act:This legislation will improve water quality in Lake Erie and across Ohio by refocusing federal investments to improve water quality and soil health. These efforts will improve federal conservation programs and better support Ohio farmers by reforming the three largest conservation funding programs to protect waterways while expanding access to quality farmland.Provisions that would make improvements to dairy programs in order to better target support for small- and medium-sized producers:The Farm Bill replaces the Margin Protection Program (MPP) with the Dairy Risk Coverage program, which invests an additional $100 million to improve affordability, flexibility, and effectiveness for Ohio dairy farmers.Provisions that protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for hungry families in Ohio:Brown pushed to help protect families in need by helping avoid harmful eligibility changes that would force working families to jump through unnecessary bureaucratic hoops.Sen. Brown remarked how the needs of Ohio farmers and communities, exhibited through roundtables and other meetings in recent months, helped craft the bill’s current state.“That’s why we wanted to do the updated to ARC, that’s why we tackled dairy the way we did — in northwest Ohio, particularly worked on the conservation title and finding ways to entice more farmers to want to do that. We want to help farmers plant to the market, not to the program,” Brown said. “We looked at rural broadband issues in certain parts of the state, especially in southeast Ohio. Young people and entrepreneurs have trouble meeting their challenges of school work or growing their businesses because of lack of broadband.“All of those were part of this bill.”The House version of the Farm Bill, passed committee but was surprisingly voted down on the main floor after a group of conservatives voted against the action, in favor of tackling immigration changes first. The House is set to reconsider the bill later this month.Several farm groups chimed in to the news of the Committee’s vote, including the National Corn Growers Association.“Today’s Committee action marks another step forward in getting a new farm bill passed and signed into law before the current bill expires, providing some certainty to farmers facing declining commodity prices and the uncertainty caused by trade tariffs and ethanol market disruptions. NCGA commends Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for working together to write a bipartisan bill,” said Kevin Skunes, President of the National Corn Growers Association. “NCGA is pleased to see the bipartisan bill maintains support for a robust crop insurance program, our organization’s top farm bill priority. At the same time, it is very disappointing that provisions attempting to secure a more regionally equitable commodity title and improve the ARC-county program to ensure producers have a viable, market-oriented risk management option were not included in the final bill. We hope there will be opportunities to improve these areas as the bill moves forward.”The American Soybean Association also applauded the passage.“Soy growers and farmers across the country are in need of certainty during this time of low crop prices and volatile conditions affecting export markets,” said ASA Vice President Davie Stephens. “The Senate Committee’s action today takes us one step closer to completing the farm bill this year, providing much needed stability across the countryside.”The National Association of Wheat Growers noted important trade inclusion.“NAWG commends the Senate Agriculture Committee for working together to move the Farm Bill forward and out of Committee. It’s vital for the bill to be reauthorized before the September 30th deadline, so that farmers can have access to these beneficial programs,” said Jimmie Musick, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. “NAWG is pleased that the Committee accepted language to allow trade promotion dollars from Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) to be used in Cuba. Cuba is a growing market for U.S. wheat growers and these programs help strengthen this partnership.”Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa was the lone dissenting vote. His proposal to limit subsidy payments was not added.Other notable inclusions to the 2018 Farm Bill are hemp legalization as well as language that allows funding for a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank, something livestock groups have lobbied for heavily.last_img read more

ISL coaches hail new six Indian player rule

first_img(Eds: Rpt after making a correction in para 3)Kolkata, Nov 12 (PTI) Indian Super Leagues new rule of mandatory six Indian players on the field at all times in a match has been lauded by foreign coaches who said this will help develop local players.Until last season, six foreigners can be on the field but that has been changed to five this season. This meant six Indians will have to be on the field at all times of a match.Englishmen head coaches Teddy Sheringham (ATK) and John Gregory (Chennaiyin FC) said the tweak in rule this year will help the development of Indian players while Jamshedpur FCs Steve Coppell said it would add “extra responsibility on Indian players to perform and develop”.”I think its a good decision to have six Indians on the pitch at all times and it means Indians getting more chances to play and show their skills,” said the Man United legend Sheringham here at the ISL Media Day.”We dont have a marquee signing this year but you will see that we have invested our money in young Indians who will not just come on for 10 minutes but will form an integral part of my squad this season,” explained Gregory.Northeast Uniteds head coach, Portuguese Joao Carlos Pires de Deus was pleasantly surprised with the quality of Indian players he has worked with so far.”You ask me if the Brazilians in my team will produce magic, but what is magic? Its not limited to Brazilians. Even Indian players in our team are very skillful and can produce magic. You see the kid with blonde hair in U-17 World Cup team (Komal Thatal) and he was producing magic. So its not limited to a nationality,” he said.advertisement”Rubbing shoulders with top players has made a huge difference to Indian footballers. You see them play with marquee signings and come up against top class forwards and midfielders and it automatically builds their confidence and the game. The ISL has played a huge role in this development,” said Coppell, who is now into his second season in ISL”The ISL will eventually see a player emerge, someone like the Virat Kohli of Indian football, who will then carry the team in the future and inspire youngsters to play the sport. The development of youngsters is very important for any countrys progress in a sport and this league will help in that,” Delhi Dynamos head coach Miguel Angel Portugal said.The ISL kicks off on November 17 with a high-profile clash between Kerala Blasters and ATK at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more