D’Tigress Champions of 2017 Afrobasket

first_imgThis second quarter rally would eventually define the outcome of the match as D’Tigress established a lead and never looked back. Nigeria won the third quarter 15-7 and capped it with a 17-13 hold out at the championship buzzer.In so doing, they have set the pace for the men’s football team, the Super Eagles who must be turbo-charged as they confront Cameroon in twin destiny-shaping encounters in the next nine days.On their way to wearing the continental crown, D’Tigress played eight matches and won all. D’Tigress booked the first FIBA World Cup ticket from the African zone after advancing to the finals of the Afrobasket with the defeat of  host-Mali in a hard fought semi-final game by 48points to 47.It was Mali’s Tirera Meiya that led the scorer’s chat with 15points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds but  it was not enough to upset a more technically balanced Sam Vincent led side who shared the scoring responsibility on the night.D’Tigress co-captain, Kalu Ezinne steered the battle charge against the host scoring 11points, 6 assists and catching 4 rebounds while Nyingifa Atonye contributed 11 points, 2 assists and 4 rebounds to cap an unforgettable win.The last time D’Tigress won the tournament was in 2005 in Abuja when Nigeria hosted the 17th edition of the tournament. Nigeria won her first women Afrobasket title in 2003.D’TIGRESS’ ROAD TO TITLE80-69 Mozambique84-47 DR Congo106-72 Egypt106-33 Guinea58-54 Senegal98-43 Ivory cost48-47 Mali65-48 Senegal Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defeats Senegal 65-48 to win third African titleNigeria’s women basketball team, D’Tigress last night emerged African champions for the first time in 12 years at 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket Tournament in Bamako, Mali.The Nigerian side defeated Senegal 65-48 last night to become the new African champions and heading for the World Cup in Spain as the undisputed continental leaders.The Senegalese took the early lead winning the first quarter 18-12. But before their supporters could believe in a huge win, Nigeria fought back and won the second quarter at 21-10.last_img read more

The Chosen One: Upcoming professional championships up for grabs

first_imgVegas built a team based on all-around decent players who were underrated or didn’t quite fit in with their past clubs. Collectively, those players created a formidable contender. Thomas has only one major win under his belt: the 2017 PGA Championship. He had historically good — not great —  outings at all majors, but he has seen steady improvement in the standings each year. At the end of the day, however, I think LeBron and his crew will overcome those obstacles and prove they are the best team in the league come June. This year, the Golden Knights are once again sitting atop the Pacific Division thanks to their offensive firepower from players like wingers Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty, and they are currently on a six-game win streak. Thomas is coming off a phenomenal season, during which he placed third in the FedEx Cup standings. At 26 years old, Thomas is nearing the prime of his career, so I expect him to have another big season on tour in 2020.  The Masters: Justin Thomas  With Tiger Woods playing inconsistently and Brooks Koepka returning from injury, I think Thomas has a prime opportunity to steal the Masters early in the PGA season. On paper, the Lakers have everything they need to win a title. They have superstars, shooters, hustlers, rebounders and defensive stoppers. But in reality, it seems like the team has relied a little too much on star duo.  We’ve already seen major sporting events in 2020 like the College Football Playoff and the Super Bowl, but aside from football, we still have a year full of championships to win in every sport, at every level. This week, I will make my predictions for the winners of the most high-profile remaining American sporting events this year — except for the upcoming March Madness, which I’ll dive into deeper in a couple of weeks. However, the Braves will have no easy path to the World Series, as a number of other prominent teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees will be hungry for titles of their own. It’s going to take a complete and flawless postseason with minimal injuries, but I think the Braves have what it takes to win it all this October. From a pitching standpoint, the Braves are once again stacked with a deep and trustworthy rotation, including Mike Soroka and Cole Hamels, and even bolstered their bullpen to give them depth at all positions. NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers  The Lakers have been Finals contenders since the day they acquired Anthony Davis, and so far, the Lake Show has lived up to the hype. With the second-best record in the league, the Lakers have looked formidable thanks to the duo of Davis and LeBron James, both of whom have put up highly impressive stats this season. The one major area of concern will be L.A.’s role players: The Lakers need players like guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso and Danny Green and forward JaVale McGee to play at an extremely high level to provide the necessary support for Davis and James. Founded just a couple of seasons ago, the Golden Knights have quickly emerged as one of the NHL’s most exciting teams. The Golden Knights started out their first season with a bang by making it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Last year, they had another solid season where they made the playoffs but were quickly eliminated by the San Jose Sharks. World Series: Atlanta Braves  One key player that has contributed to the Braves’ resurgence has been young outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., who has put up massive numbers in his two MLB seasons. He and first baseman Freddie Freeman’s firepower should spearhead another deadly Braves offense this year.  In addition, the Lakers will have to deal with other stacked rosters like the hometown rival Los Angeles Clippers, led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, as well as the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA’s best record. The Braves suffered through the rebuilding process for several years, but recently, the team has taken major strides. Last season, the Braves finished first in the National League East in front of the eventual World Series winners, the Washington Nationals, but they made a quick playoff exit after losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. Thomas is currently first in the FedEx Cup standings, first in top-10 finishes and fourth in scoring average. Stats like these allude to my prediction that this is the year Thomas takes his game to the next level and finally pulls out another major win. Defensively, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been outstanding. Other than him, however, stopping the puck has been an area of concern for the team. The Golden Knights might not have the most stacked team on paper compared to teams like the Boston Bruins or the Washington Capitals, but they will have to find ways to overcome those giants in the playoffs, and I believe they will. Stanley Cup: Vegas Golden Knights Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Chosen One,” runs every other Thursday.last_img read more

‘Nothing Too Good for Liberia’

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai was visibly impressed at the launching of Cellcom’s latest venture, the long-awaited 4G+LTE network, heralding the company as “always the number one, as far as I am concerned,” and attributing this to many commitments the company has lived up to.The last speaker at the program, his remarks were brief, non-political and full of wisdom. He said he had three things to say. “First,” he told the audience, “Cellcom has told us that nothing is too good for Liberia; and the second thing is that all of us must learn to give Liberia our best.I sometimes wonder why it takes people from outside to give us what is best for us… It is our obligation to give our people the best.” Third, he said, “Confidence in the government: I think all of us should develop that confidence to invest quality in the country.”Cellcom presented a very colorful ceremony at the Monrovia City Hall to launch its new, groundbreaking 4G+LTE network.At the occasion, which brought together several hundred guests from government, business, diplomatic and other sectors, the chairperson of the Board of Commissioners at the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Madam Angelique E. Weeks commended Cellcom for their many valuable services in Liberia’s telecommunication sector.Mme. Weeks said that Cellcom has made a difference by making the average Liberian to have access to communication services at very affordable costs. The LTA boss said while Cellcom has a success story as a GSM company in Liberia, its history could not have been written if its numerous consumers were not supportive of its progress.Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Dr. Federick B. Norkeh recalled that the telecommunication service monopoly was ended by Cellcom in 2004 when the company entered Liberia. “Since then,” he said, “Cellcom has made and continues to make many sacrifices to improve the communication system in the country by bringing in more advanced technological elements such as the 4G+ LTE.”Minister Norkeh said Liberians should move along with the technology as it waits for no man because technology brings employment opportunities and empowers a generation.He called on Liberians to use the opportunity provided by Cellcom and admonished other GSM companies to emulate Cellcom’s example.Cellcom GSM’s Chief Executive Officer, Avishai Marziano, assured Liberians of Cellcom’s commitment to provide affordable products.“This new era forces us at Cellcom to constantly keep pushing forward towards new frontiers with our products and services. We pride ourselves in the ability that we have always had to connect between people, the digital world and real life,” he said.He added, “I am excited about breaking grounds in Liberia again and evolving from a cellular company to a digital communication company and proud to officially launch for the first time ever in Liberia, the next generation of high speed internet…the new 4G+ LTE.”This launch, he said is as a result of a journey embarked on four years ago to develop the best network in the country and strive towards digital inclusion by empowering the internet generation. “We are not only investing in building a network, we are also, and most especially, investing in the Liberian people. We are investing in the future of the youth in Liberia by providing top-of-the-line technology, which will improve education, health care, business, and tourism,” he said.“I am proud to announce that Cellcom is currently the only operator that has an LTE license in Liberia,” Marziano said.“We are set to roll out the 4G+ LTE services in Montserrado County, for a start, before scaling up in other areas outside of the county in the coming months. “The LTE Advanced network will offer peak speeds of up to 155 Mbps, which is 10 times more than the speed offered on our previous technology platform. In effect, we are talking about a network that enables you to download a full movie in high definition in seconds. “4G+ LTE, otherwise known as long term evolution, is the most advanced version of the 4G system for mobile networks. This technology promises to bring significant improvements in data speed and latency to our customers while also contributing to the socio-economic development of the country. “With 4G+ LTE, we will deliver cutting-edge services like tele-medicine, e-banking, virtualization or real-time video streaming that will have an immediate and transformational impact on this society. Our customers will be able to download and upload files faster, as well as, enjoy online-TV and buffer free streaming of audio and video files,” Marziano said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more