SWAN hails Onyali’s appointment as SA to sports minister

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Anambra chapter, on Monday has hailed the appointment of Mary Onyali as Special Adviser to the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare.In a letter of congratulations signed by Anthony Oji and Chimezie Anaso, Chairman and Secretary of the chapter, SWAN described Onyali as one of Nigeria’s greatest in sports with over 20 years of meritorious service.It expressed confidence in Onyali’s ability to positively complement the efforts of the minister toward sports development in the country.“We wish to say that the appointment can be best described as a square peg in a square hole as Onyali remains one of the best Nigeria has produced in sprints during the over 20 meritorious years of burning the tracks and even in retirement.“We have no doubt that the well-informed appointment will add great value to the determination of the minister to turn around the fortune of sports and place it on the pedestal which genuine lovers of sports want it to be.“SWAN in Anambra identify with Onyali on this appointment and wish to remind her that as Sports Ambassador of Anambra, the Light of the Nation, you have no other option than to beam your light of excellence and help the minister to succeed,” it stated.SWAN urged the minister to remain focused and not be distracted in his quest to take sports to greater height in Nigeria.“To our able Sports Minister, we congratulate you for your informed decision in making the appointment and urge you to remain focused.“We encourage you to continue to go for the best in sports that will assist you achieve the target you have set for yourself and Nigeria and not be distracted by fifth columnists,” it added. Tags: Mary OnyaliSunday DareSWANlast_img read more

Men’s golf: Strong finishes from Jordan Hahn, Griffin Barela bring optimism entering final month of season

first_imgComing off their first team title since 2015 at the Pinetree Intercollegiate, the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team has been a middle-of-the-pack squad for most of the season. The Pinetree played to the likes of senior Jordan Hahn, who led the Badgers by tying for first place individually. Hahn got red hot on his back nine, carding four birdies and joining teammate Griffin Barela to become the second Badger in under a year to tie for first in a tournament.Three other Badgers, including Barela, finished in the top 10, solidifying a dominant five-stroke team victory. Most recently, the team traveled to Awendaw, South Carolina, to compete at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Golf Club. The Badgers’ starting five consisted of freshman Cameron Frazier, sophomores Barela and Sam Anderson, junior Pete Kuhl and Hahn, the team’s steady leader. Men’s Golf: Badgers look forward to spring season with high ambitionsAfter a 10th place finish in last year’s Big Ten championships lead by a top 10 individual performance from then Read…Head Coach Michael Burcin noted before the trip that Barela and Hahn continue to be the leaders of the team. In their previous tournament, Barela’s strong weekend finish brought him to tie at sixth on the leaderboard at the Mission-Inn Spring Spectacular down in Florida. His personal efforts brought Wisconsin up to a respectable ninth-place finish.At the Hootie, the Badgers finished at 7-over par, which ranked 13th out of the 15 teams that participated in the tournament. Barela carded two rounds under par, both times shooting a 69. His final round propelled him to finish tied for 13th place. Joining him in the top-25 was Hahn, who finished the tournament at 1-under par, giving him his seventh top-25 finish of the season. The Badgers will look to get back on top when they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Boilermaker Invitational in two weeks.last_img read more

Women’s basketball looks to build on momentum

first_imgWSU will look to senior forward Borislava Hristova to produce in the paint. Hristova currently leads the team with an average of 19.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The USC women’s basketball team will begin its season series against Washington State Friday at Galen Center.  “[We focused on] keeping it at that standard [and] not letting it slide back down to how it was previously,” Overbeck said. “We had a really good week leading up to UCLA, and so keeping that foot-on-the-pedal type of mentality and mindset in every single week no matter who we play [is important].” Senior forward Kayla Overbeck is expected to play a big role as well in Friday night’s game. At practice Wednesday, Overbeck was adamant about not underestimating the Cougars. USC is averaging 39.9 rebounds per game and had a dominant 52-rebound showing last week, and if the team wants to continue the trend, it’ll need Pili and Overbeck to box out the Cougars aggressively.  WSU’s veteran squad will match up against a young USC team. Hristova will play against Pac-12 Freshman of the Week forward Alissa Pili, whose career-high 17-rebound performance against UCLA Friday proved pivotal in a tight win for the Trojans. The Trojans have made improvements in their defensive effort — a focus of head coach Mark Trakh since repeated losses that resulted from scoring streaks by opponents early on in games. After a double-overtime 70-68 win against rival No. 10 UCLA that broke the Bruins’ five-game losing streak, the Trojans are looking to carry their momentum into the rest of conference play.  “Offensively or defensively, they got to be on their game,” Trakh said. “We were on our game, but now are we going to continue it? Have we learned how to play hard? We’ll see this weekend.” Senior guard Chanelle Molina figures to lead WSU’s 3-point shooting effort as she is shootng 42.2% from beyond the arc this season. She has made 43 3-pointers this year, a team high. The game against WSU also marks the end of a January home stretch for USC. After Friday night’s game, USC will face off against Washington before a three-and-a-half-week hiatus from Galen Center.  As the Trojans approach the halfway mark in conference play, these matchups will be crucial in digging the Trojans out of 11th place in the conference. USC will tip off at Galen Center against the Cougars Friday at 7 p.m. USC leads WSU 50-18 in the all-time series and has won its last four games against the Cougars. However, WSU currently has a one-game edge over the Trojans in the Pac-12 with wins over California and Washington.  Freshman forward Alissa Pili recorded a double-double in USC’s victory over UCLA at home. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) “I just play for my team and to win,” Pili said. “Honestly, my individual goal is not as big as what I want to achieve with my whole team and just our success winning this season.”last_img read more