Balele said that the decision to cancel the match contravened the Nigeria National League law that stipulated that teams be given two-week notice in advance before a game can be postponed. He said they were only notified of the postponement of the league 48-hours to the game.Balele vowed that Katsina who are in Group A 1, would defy the order by going to Gombe to play Gombe United in A 2 for the match even if there is nobody in the stadium.He said he could not approach Governor Aminu Masari for money again to honour a replay after tax payers’ money had already been released for the match.“My players are already in Abuja after leaving Katsina. We planned to sleep in Jos on our way to Gombe, and they are saying there is no match because the league is on hold. Why are they changing the rule? We have asked Katsina Government to provide us money to go to Gombe and can’t now go back and ask for another money because the match is cancelled. There will be a day of reckoning, “he raged.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Special Adviser on Sports to Katsina State Governor, Aminu Balele Kurfi, has joined issues with the Nigeria National League for putting off the league till May 28. The action resulted in the cancelling a scheduled fixture between Katsina United and Gombe United.Katsina United were already on transit in Abuja en-route Gombe, when they were told that the fixture billed for this Saturday had been put off.The short notice enraged Balele, who in a fit of anger described the decision as ‘unacceptable’.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDavidson (12-11, 6-5) vs. Saint Bonaventure (17-8, 9-3)Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Saint Bonaventure looks for its sixth straight conference win against Davidson. Saint Bonaventure’s last A10 loss came against the Rhode Island Rams 81-75 on Jan. 25. Davidson easily beat Fordham by 30 at home in its last outing. DID YOU KNOW: Davidson as a team has made 9.3 3-pointers per game this season, which is tops among A10 teams. The Wildcats have averaged 11 3-pointers per game over their last five games.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SBU looks to extend streak vs Davidson February 13, 2020 SQUAD LEADERS: The play-making Kyle Lofton has averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 assists to lead the way for the Bonnies. Dominick Welch is also a key contributor, accounting for 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Wildcats are led by Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who is averaging 14 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists.A10 ADVANCEMENT: The Wildcats have scored 74.4 points per game across 11 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 70.3 per game they managed over 12 non-conference games.CREATING OFFENSE: Gudmundsson has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Davidson field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 27 field goals and 36 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: Davidson is a perfect 10-0 when it holds an opponent to 63 points or fewer. The Wildcats are 2-11 when opponents score more than 63.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Wildcats have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Bonnies. Saint Bonaventure has 55 assists on 88 field goals (62.5 percent) over its past three games while Davidson has assists on 57 of 76 field goals (75 percent) during its past three games. Associated Press
THE GuyanaNRA paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Minister Dr George Norton, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport recently.The Honorary Secretary Ryan Sampson along with Fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud, paid the courtesy call on behalf of the GuyanaNRA and updated the new Sport Minister on the upcoming 150th Anniversary Shoot in October.The status of the preparations of the ranges, the arrival of participants and accommodation and the intensity of the team training were discussed.The minister was also told of the planned Kaieteur Falls tour that the participants have booked and will experience. This formed part of the sports tourism that the Association pushed when the participants were invited.The Honorary Secretary stated that this will contribute directly to the economic aspect of our country’s tourism community.Minister Norton has graciously accepted an invitation from Fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud, to be at the opening ceremony of the Championship, the presentation and the dinner ceremony that will follow.The minister was pleased with the update and further committed on assisting with transportation for the championship. The Fullbore contenders plan to test and train with the recently arrived Hornady ammunition today and tomorrow in preparation for the Championship.
By Greg StutchburyTOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has been used to making history in his six years in charge and he could make a little bit more tomorrow in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against his native New Zealand.The Irish have never advanced past the quarter-finals at the global showpiece, with the clash against the All Blacks at Tokyo Stadium that kicks off at 19:15hrs. (1015 GMT) possibly their best chance to break that curse.Their structured game plan under Schmidt has led to three Six Nations titles, their first series win in Australia in almost 40 years and, more importantly, their first two victories against the All Blacks – a 40-29 victory in 2016 in Chicago then 16-9 last year in Dublin.Both Schmidt and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen have said the recent results would have little influence on what happens tomorrow, but they have given the Irish players belief that the three-time world champions were fallible.“They have had some pretty successful experiences together. There are a number of players within that side who have contributed to a fair bit of history for us,” Schmidt told reporters.“So the accumulation of those experiences together hopefully builds a bit of confidence – because you need to have some belief.“You can’t go out against an All Blacks side and accept that you’re second fiddle. You’ve got to go out and put your best foot forward.”Ireland’s best foot belongs to inside backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, whose tactical kicking will be crucial in turning New Zealand around and putting pressure on their back three.Their ability to control possession also appears to confuse the All Blacks and creates frustration.While they will be without the suspended Bundee Aki, Schmidt selected his strongest possible side, with seven of the forwards that dominated the All Blacks last November in the starting team.Hansen, who is stepping down after the tournament, said he was well aware of early exits, having been an assistant to Graham Henry when they were bundled out by France in the 2007 quarter-finals.That was the All Blacks’ worst finish at the tournament and they have been unbeaten at the World Cup since, winning the titles in 2011 and 2015.He named his strongest possible side available with Brodie Retallick back in the side after he recovered from a shoulder injury.“We have experienced (an early exit) ourselves in ‘07 and there’s no guarantee we won’t experience it again,” Hansen said.“Ireland are in a situation where they haven’t gone past a quarter-final, so they will be doing their darndest not to go home.“We’ll be the same.”
THE DC Jammers Basketball Organisation, through one of their coaches, Clarence Wallerson, said the late Andrew Ifill will be remembered as one of their fiercest competitor whenever they toured Guyana and they held the Guyanese ‘baller’ in high esteem. Ifill was found dead in the washroom at his place of employment, Lifestyles Motors, in Trinidad and Tobago, on October 20.The former national basketball player’s death sent shockwaves through the sport’s fraternity in both the Twin Island Republic and Guyana, since he was considered by many, one of the best forwards to grace the courts in both countries.The DC Jammers, a team from the diaspora that is made up of current and former national players, as well as players who are eligible to represent Guyana, would usually visit the Land of Many Waters to engage the country’s National team in Goodwill series.Fans would pack Cliff Anderson Sports Hall over the years, whenever ‘DC Jammers’ visit, to see Ifill go toe-to-toe with the visitors.“For many years, he gave us all we could handle and kept us (the coaches) up at night trying to figure out how to win a game when he was on the court,” Wallerson said in a release to Chronicle Sport.Wallerson noted that “Andrew (Ifill) was a fierce competitor who matched wits with some of our best professional players, like Antrick and Gordon Klaiber, Glenn Stokes, Dr Lancelot Loncke, Dr Darren Ainsworth, Dexter Martin, Stephen Nurse, Pierre Goddette, Reggie King, and a long list of other DC Jammer competitors.”The DC Jammers coach is hopeful that Ifill will have a hero’s ‘send-off’ since he thinks it’s only fitting that a player who devoted his life to basketball and represented Guyana with distinction, be given a proper farewell.Meanwhile, according to Ifill’s family, his autopsy revealed that the 40-year-old Guyanese, had an embolus – unattached masses (in this case, it was blood) that travel through the blood stream – in his leg.One medical personnel explained that most times these clots are fragments of bigger clots that are formed in the legs. These free unattached clots are now travelling in the blood freely and travelling clots can lodge in the brain and cause a stroke, and in the lungs and cause chest pain and shortness of breath.There are no details at this time with regard to Ifill’s funeral arrangements, but Michael Singh, president of the GABF, said his federation is more than willing and ready to assist in bringing the former basketball player’s body back to Guyana if his family’s plans are to see him return home.