Infantino to talk and party in southern Africa, visit East Africa

first_imgChiyangwa, recently elected head of southern Africa football umbrella football body COSAFA, has come under fire over his birthday celebrations.CAF president Issa Hayatou has condemned the Zimbabwean for inviting to the party various non-COSAFA African officials who will be in Johannesburg.Chiyangwa is campaign manager for Ahmad Ahmad, a former Malagasy government minister who is challenging Hayatou on March 16 for the CAF presidency.Hayatou, who has ruled CAF for 29 years, reportedly believes the party is a front and the real purpose is to rally support for Ahmad.The Cameroonian, who is seeking an eighth four-year term as head of the Cairo-based organisation, has been challenged for the post only twice.He crushed Angolan Armando Machado and Botswanan Ismael Bhamjee in elections, but seems to view Ahmad as a more serious threat.CAF did not support Infantino in the 2016 FIFA elections, publicly backing Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa instead.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be in South Africa and Zimbabwe this week to meet African football bosses and attend a birthday party. He will also visit Uganda and Rwanda.He has invited all 54 African national football association presidents to Johannesburg for two days of meetings, starting Tuesday.The 46-year-old Swiss-Italian leaves for Harare Thursday to attend the birthday party of Zimbabwe football chief Philip Chiyangwa.Organisers of the two-day summit said Infantino will explain changes to the global game, including expanding the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026.African officials have long argued for more than the five World Cup places they compete for, even though teams representing the continent consistently underperform.No African team has reached the semi-finals and the first time two nations from the continent reached the knockout phase was in Brazil three years ago.Under the 48-team format, there has been media speculation that Africa could get up to nine slots.last_img read more

Jones could be the first Black player ever taken No. 1 in the NHL draft

first_imgPortland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones (3) celebrates his goal with teammate Nicolas Petan (19) during the second period of Memorial Cup final hockey game against the Halifax Mooseheads in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jones, the son of former NBA basketball player Ronald “Popeye” Jones, is likely to be No. 1 pick in the NHL draft, which will be held in Newark, N.J., on June 30. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Derek Mortensen, File)by Dan GelstonAP Sports WriterBy chance, Ronald “Popeye” Jones bumped into Joe Sakic in the weight room of the arena in Denver way back when.It shouldn’t have been a big deal. After all, Jones’ Denver Nuggets and Sakic’s Colorado Avalanche shared the Pepsi Center.Jones, a 6-foot-8 power forward, had more than casual conversation in mind for their first meeting almost 13 years ago, though. He told Sakic, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, that he had two young boys who wanted to play hockey and no clue how to help them.“He looked at me all the way up and into my eyes,” Jones said. “He saw how big I was. He said, ‘He’s going to be huge. Make sure he knows how to skate.’”So Jones signed up his boys, including youngest, Seth, for skating lessons. Sakic’s small piece of advice turned around one boy’s direction.Now, it’s Seth’s turn to return the favor for an organization.The 18-year-old Jones has grown into one of the top prospects in hockey and is the consensus No. 1 pick in the NHL draft later this month.That pick belongs to the Avalanche — now led by Sakic, the team’s former captain who was recently promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations.“All the goals he’s set as a hockey player,” Popeye said, “he’s been able to accomplish.”How’s that for a proud pop?Popeye, Seth’s mother and other friends and relatives will attend the June 30 draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Popeye worked last season as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets and lives about 20 minutes from the draft site.Dad was a second-round pick, 41st overall. Seth could be the first Black player ever taken No. 1 in the NHL draft.“I’m trying to embrace it,” Seth said. “It’s going to be fun in New Jersey, for sure. I can’t wait to share those experiences with my family.”It may be a pretty big family reunion in Denver. Jones’ older brother, Justin, also played hockey and they all got along with Patrick Roy’s family as they grew up. The Roys and Joneses were close and spent time at each other’s houses, in fact. And it just so happens that Roy — a former goaltender who also won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche — was just hired to coach Colorado after the rebuilding franchise missed the playoffs.“Jones is a heck of a player,” Roy said. “No matter what the decision for our organization — are we going to keep first overall, are we going to move first overall, whatever we’re going to do, we know that the team that picks first, second or third are going to get three outstanding players.”Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are expected to go 1-2-3 in the draft. The Florida Panthers hold the second draft pick and the Tampa Bay Lightning are No. 3.Based on talent and need, Jones shouldn’t drop past the Avalanche. The 6-foot-4, 206-pound defenseman met with members of the Avalanche scouting team last month before moving on to the NHL draft combine in Toronto.He would become the first American picked No. 1 since Chicago’s Patrick Kane in 2007 and seventh overall. In a sport where the majority percentage of players are White, it’s that slice of history he would make as the first Black selected No. 1 — topping Evander Kane, picked fourth 2009 — that means so much to both of them.“I don’t think about it too much,” Seth said. “Hopefully, I can encourage young African-Americans to play hockey and try it when they’re at a young age. It’s definitely a White-dominated sport. But there are a lot more that are starting to play.”Kane, Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla, Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds and Washington’s Joel Ward are among the more prominent Black players in the NHL. Ward was the victim of a series of racist tweets during last year’s playoffs after scoring the winning goal in Game 7 against Boston. During a preseason game last year, a fan threw a banana on the ice at Simmonds. Those are gloomy signs that, unlike the other big three sports, tolerance is a still a problem.last_img read more

Trick or Trot Coming Back to Downtown Olympia

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Community Youth ServicesTime to plan for the ultimate in Halloween fun! Community Youth Services is back this fall with its Brighter Futures Run Trick or Trot 5K, set for 9 a.m. on October 15.Photo credit: On the Run EventsWhat sets this fun run/walk/race apart is that it’s all about the season.Festive run “zones” keep the kids going throughout the race. There will be a Scarecrow Land, Pumpkin Patch, Ghosts in the Graveyard and other surprises. All who take part are invited to dress up. Last year featured superheroes, the cast of “Wayne’s World,” pirates, statues, witches, togas and a penguin. Kids 10 and under are free with paying adults.After the run, everyone gets to celebrate. There’s a concert and party on the plaza in front of the Hands on Children’s Museum. Prizes are given for pumpkin carving and costumes. Vendors will be on hand with giveaways and snacks. Plus there’s a raffle ($5 tickets available at the event) for a free overnight stay and $50 dining credit at Lucky Eagle Casino.Photo credit: On the Run EventsWhat’s even better is that all the proceeds from this event go to help youth right here in our community. CYS serves more than 6,000 youth and families in South Sound annually, including those who are homeless, in foster care or at-risk in other ways.The race starts in front of the children’s museum, 414 Jefferson Street NE, in downtown Olympia. To sign up, or learn more, see www.CommunityYouthServices.org.last_img read more

BCCI and franchises enter panic mode as Vivo reportedly backs out of sponsorship

first_imgAdvertisement 32j6pqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vspu3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewny4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2Would you ever consider trying this?😱a6f0Can your students do this? 🌚uRoller skating! Powered by Firework The IPL governing council’s decision to retain Chinese brand Vivo as their sponsor sparked a huge backlash by political parties as well as the general public. Now with only over a month before the commencement of the tournament, it is being reported that Vivo will make its exit. Advertisement According to a report by the Times Of India, one of the eight IPL franchises apparently called the rest of the teams to inform them that the league sponsors are making the exit.The unnamed franchise which is already waging its separate battle against the BCCI with respect to the lost gate money did not consult the BCCI before mentioning it to the other franchises.Advertisement The decision to back out has been easier for Vivo given the severe backlash against them after the Chinese and Indian troops’ battle across the border. The BCCI, who had acknowledged the protests and taken the feelings of the backlash into consideration had claimed that they take the sentiment of the public in all seriousness and were in the midst of finalizing Vivo’s association with the tournament. The board is “miffed” that a franchise jumped the gun to inform a decision that is yet to be finalized.Advertisement “Was it not the franchise’s duty to consult with BCCI first?” ask those in the know.“Vivo is going to have to exit the league this year and that looks certain now. How that happens is going to depend on how BCCI and Vivo negotiate the matter. The company (Vivo) has had its own share of issues and the BCCI has optics to deal with, given the political climate. They have to come to some understanding here because legal options can’t be considered in this case”.Vivo’s exit will have a huge impact on franchises and the league alikeA formal decision is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours which has put the franchises in a tough spot and are already demanding compensation.With only more than a month remaining, BCCI’s biggest task would be to find a suitable replacement in the pandemic affected market.“Even if the Board can get a replacement at 50% of the value, it’ll be an achievement. Anything more than that will actually be a shot in the arm. Let’s hope things settle amicably. The IPL has been planned and everything’s set,” according to industry stakeholdersVivo had taken over Pepsi Co as the lead sponsor in a deal that involved Rs 2199 crore. The five-year deal saw the league receive Rs 440 crore from the mobile company.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comRead Also:IPL 2020 set to have COVID replacements and the use of Chinese sponsors Advertisementlast_img read more