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

Surprise! Greinke leaves Dodgers, headed to Diamondbacks

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Greinke, 32, led the major leagues with a 1.66 earned-run average in 2015, and finished as the runner-up to Jake Arrieta for the National League Cy Young Award. He immediately upgrades a Diamondbacks staff that ranked 29th in baseball in innings pitched, 23rd in ERA and 23rd in strikeouts last season.After star left-hander David Price signed with the Boston Red Sox for seven years and $217 million — a contract that became official Friday — Greinke was said to be seeking even more money per year. He certainly got it.Greinke opted out of the final three years and $77 million of his contract with the Dodgers in October. According to one report, his contract with the Diamondbacks also includes an opt-out clause too.His departure leaves the Dodgers with a large void behind Kershaw in their starting rotation. Kershaw and Greinke accounted for 35 wins in 2015; the rest of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers combined to win 29.Because Greinke previously rejected the Dodgers’ qualifying offer (a one-year, $15.8 million contract), Arizona will forfeit the 13th overall pick in the 2016 draft. Every other team, including the Dodgers, moves up one slot. The Dodgers also receive a compensation-round pick and will have three picks among the top 50 next June. From the front office to the clubhouse, the Dodgers badly wanted Zack Greinke back in 2016.But they found their limit Friday when the Arizona Diamondbacks swooped in with a six-year contract worth a reported $206.5 million. That translates to an average annual value of $34.42 million per season – a record for a baseball player and more than the $30.7 million that the Dodgers are paying Clayton Kershaw through 2020.The contract is pending a physical.“We made a very strong offer to retain Zack but clearly he found a deal that fit better for him and his family,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in a statement. “We are now hard at work on our alternatives. We wish Zack, Emily and Bode all the best going forward.”center_img The San Francisco Giants were the Dodgers’ top rival for Greinke until the Diamondbacks jumped in with a serious bid late in the week. While the sight of Greinke in a Giants uniform might have stung Dodger fans more, they’ll see Greinke just as often in one of the eight uniforms the Diamondbacks unveiled Thursday.Arizona will be the opponent in the Dodgers’ home opener on April 12, 2016. The teams play each other 19 times during the regular season.Friedman will arrive at next week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee with a clear need for a No. 2 starter.There are plenty of options in a deep free agent market, with right-handers Mike Leake, Jeff Samardzija, Hisashi Iwakuma and Johnny Cueto among the prominent names still available. Signing Iwakuma or Samardzija would cost the Dodgers a first-round draft pick in addition to their salaries; Cueto or Leake would not.Right-hander Kenta Maeda was recently posted by his Japanese team after winning his country’s equivalent of the Cy Young Award. At 27, he’s the youngest pitcher in the group but would cost his signing team a $20 million posting fee in addition to his salary.The Dodgers also have a relatively deep stash of prospects from which to trade. Now, with Greinke’s salary off the books, they’ll have quite a bit of money to spend too. The Dodgers also have some room to grow: 36 players are on their 40-man roster after pitcher Brooks Brown was outrighted to Triple-A earlier Friday.That the Dodgers were outbid for a 32-year-old free agent shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. General manager Farhan Zaidi said in October that he expected the team would be younger in 2016. Second basemen Howie Kendrick and Chase Utley, and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, are all 32 years or older and poised to leave as free agents too.The winning bidder was a stunner.The Diamondbacks’ Opening Day roster was worth $88.2 million – less than one-third of the Dodgers’ and little more than half of the Giants’. But they gained significant financial clout in February when they signed a television contract worth $1.5 billion.If such a vault into baseball’s upper class rings familiar, it’s because the Dodgers enjoyed a spending spree when they signed a $7 billion megadeal with Time Warner Cable in 2013.Now the shoe is on the other foot. The result, again, is plenty of money in Greinke’s wallet.last_img read more