3rd Mutual Benefits National Badminton C/ship: Adesokan, Opeyori Emerge Champions

first_imgThe curtains were drawn on the 3rd Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championship at the Mutual Benefit / Police College Badminton Complex in the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos on Saturday, 12 October 2019.The first Final in the Women’s Doubles event produced a brand new set of winners with Kwara State’s duo of Zainab Damilola Alabi and Sofiyat Arinola Obanishola outclassing Ogun State’s pair of Nigeria and Africa’s number one Women’s Singles player, Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan and her partner, Asisat Ogunkanbi to take home the gold medal.The Mixed Doubles event further confirmed the ratings of current Nigeria number one ranked pair and real-life married couple Eneojo Joseph Abah and wife, Peace who pipped FCT’s pair of Yunusa Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu 2-0 to add to their collection of Mixed Doubles gold medals.Women’s singles champion Dorcas Adesokan; Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Chairman, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi; BFN President Francis Orbih Esq.; Men’s singles champion Anuoluwapo OpeyoriThe Men’s Singles event saw a reversal in outcomes from last year’s 2nd Edition’s as Nigeria and Africa’s number one ranked male singles player, Anuoluwapo Opeyori defeated his fiercest rival and fellow Lagosian, Godwin Olufua who’s ranked number two in Nigeria and three in Africa.The Men’s Doubles Finals saw Nigeria’s and Africa’s number one ranked pair Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofua of Lagos State win 2-1 over Eneojo Joseph Abah (Rivers) and Isaac Murphy Minaphee (Taraba) to retain their gold from last year.In the Women’s Singles event, the reigning Queen of African Badminton, Nigeria’s and Africa’s number one, Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan of Ogun State maintained her stranglehold on the title she’s held from the tournament’s inception be dispatching Ruth Chinenye Ibere of Katsina State in the final.Speaking at the end of the tournament, the Chairman of Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, the sponsors of the event, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi congratulated all the athletes in attendance, and the Board of the BFN under the able leadership of Francis Orbih, Esq., for it’s “hard work, resilience and consistency.”Delivering his speech, the President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih, Esq., expressed his board’s gratitude and appreciation to the sponsors of the event, especially the Chairman of the Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc for keeping to their word of making the event an annual one.Awards of recognition and appreciation were given out.RelatedBadminton Nigeria wins Zambia InternationalDecember 4, 2018In “Nigeria”National Badminton Championship Ready To Serve OffNovember 12, 2018In “AFCON Insider”Badminton: Olympics Qualification Top Priority As BFN Unveils 2020 ProgrammeJanuary 9, 2020In “Badminton”last_img read more

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Commentary: Auburn WR Smith big play waiting to happen

first_imgJunior college transfer Jason Smith may become X-factor in Auburn passing game.Junior college transfer Jason Smith may become X-factor in Auburn passing game.AUBURN — Penalty flags tend to erase memories.So Jeremy Johnson’s long touchdown pass to Jason Smith against Louisville was wiped off the scoreboard because of a holding call and likely forgotten by now, but the play showed just how explosive the junior college transfer can be.“He’s electric,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “When he’s got the ball in his hands, he can really do something and I think he made an unbelievable route. At the top of the route, leaned it. Just kept running through the football. He is a guy that’s getting more and more comfortable in the offense and so definitely, we’ll see more Jason Smith each game.”Duke Williams is Auburn’s go-to target, Ricardo Louis had the best performance of any Auburn receiver Saturday, but Smith could be the X-factor in the Tigers’ passing game. He is Auburn’s fastest receiver, shifty and has the burst to separate from defenders as he showed on the deep pass from Johnson.“He’s a great wide receiver,” Auburn senior linebacker Justin Garrett said. “Works hard. Goes 100 mph. Goes all out on every single play. When he gets his opportunity, I know he’ll shine.”A quarterback in high school and at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Smith was rated 11th on NFL.com’s Top 15 impact transfers for the 2015 season. The sophomore receiver didn’t make a big splash in his Auburn debut — one catch for seven yards – Saturday, but his speed and Johnson’s big arm are capable of connecting on big plays this season.“It’s just (a matter of) waiting on the right play call going against the right defenses for him to get his shot,” Garrett added.Smith’s quarterback days apparently aren’t done, either.Malzahn said he may have a “package” for Smith. You got to think he already has. So this may be a case of just reworking it to get it ready for a game. Smith is not a threat to replace Johnson despite the three interceptions Johnson threw Saturday, but he’s more in the mold of Nick Marshall and can bring back that dual-threat QB element in the offense, even if it’s in a sample size.“He’s comfortable there, but it’s kind of that balance,” Malzahn said. “We’d like his role to be bigger in the receiver position. So it’s kind of that balance you’ve got to figure out what is best to do, but as a the season goes on, he gives you a lot of flexibility.”Now Malzahn could risk losing Smith running the Wildcat or playing him at quarterback because he’s on the skinny side at 6 feet, 1 inches tall and 180 pounds. So Auburn shouldn’t want to run a heavy dose of Smith behind center, but the Mobile native has a skill set Auburn can utilize in that role.“He could bulk up his frame a little bit and be less susceptible to injuries whether he’s playing quarterback or receiver,” said Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee during spring practice.Louis showed his versatility Saturday with three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown covering 33 yards and 21 yards rushing and a score on just four carries. However, he isn’t nearly as fast and explosive as Smith. I’m sure Malzahn has a play for Smith to run the end around like Louis with an option to pass the ball.The scary part about Smith’s role in the offense is if he can and Johnson can connect on a few deep balls, that will take the top off the defense and open up the middle of the field for Williams. Not that Williams needs any help getting free, but Smith can aid him by being a threat to make a big play downfield.So while Smith didn’t have the desired statistical impact Saturday, he showed on the penalized play what can happen when his speed and Johnson’s big arm connect.last_img read more

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British baby Charlie Gard dies, was center of legal battle

first_imgFILE- In this file photo dated Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Connie Yates, mother of critically ill baby with a rare genetic disease Charlie Gard arrives at the Royal Court of Justice in London. British media are reporting a family announcement that 11-month old Charlie Gard, has died Friday July 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE) LONDON | Charlie Gard, the critically ill British baby at the center of a contentious legal battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump, died Friday, according to a family spokeswoman. He would have turned 1 next week.Charlie suffered from a rare genetic disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which caused brain damage and left him unable to breathe unaided.His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, raised more than 1.3 million pounds ($1.7 million) to take him to the United States for an experimental medical therapy they believed could prolong his life. But Charlie’s doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London objected, saying the treatment wouldn’t help and might cause him to suffer. The dispute ended up in court.Charlie’s case became a flashpoint for debates on the rights of both children and parents, on health-care funding, medical interventions, the responsibilities of hospitals and medical workers and the role of the state.Alison Smith-Squire, a family spokeswoman, confirmed to The Associated Press that Charlie died Friday but no further details were released. In a statement, Yates was quoted as saying “our beautiful little boy has gone, we’re so proud of him.”After months of legal battles, High Court Judge Nicholas Francis ruled Thursday that Charlie should be transferred to a hospice and taken off life support after his parents and the hospital that had been treating him failed to agree on an end-of-life care plan for the infant.Under British law, it is common for courts to intervene when parents and doctors disagree on the treatment of a child. In such cases, the rights of the child take primacy over the parents’ right to decide what’s best for their offspring. The principle applies even in cases where parents have an alternative point of view, such as when religious beliefs prohibit blood transfusions.The case made it all the way to Britain’s Supreme Court as Charlie’s parents refused to accept decisions by a series of judges who backed Great Ormond Street. But the Supreme Court agreed with the lower courts, saying it was in Charlie’s best interests that he be allowed to die.The case caught the attention of Trump and the pope after the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene. The two leaders sent tweets of support for Charlie and his parents, triggering a surge of grassroots action, including a number of U.S. right-to-life activists who flew to London to support Charlie’s parents.The hospital reported that its doctors and nurses were receiving serious threats over Charlie’s case and London police were investigating.The intervention of two of the world’s most powerful men made the case a talking point for the planet. Images of Charlie hooked to a tube while dozing peacefully in a star-flecked navy blue onesie graced websites, newspapers and television news programs.Medical ethicist Arthur Caplan said the case shows how the medical profession is struggling to adjust to the age of social media, which puts the general public in the middle of decisions that in the past would have been private issues for doctors and the family.“I do think that in an era of social media, it is possible to rally huge numbers of people to your cause,” said Caplan, of New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “The medical ethics have not caught up.”The heated commentary prompted Judge Francis to criticize the effects of social media and those “who know almost nothing about this case but who feel entitled to express opinions.”But in the end, the increased attention did little for Charlie.While offers of help from the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu children’s hospital in Rome and doctors at Columbia University Medical Center in New York were enough to reopen the case, the High Court ultimately decided the proposed treatment wouldn’t help Charlie. His parents gave up their fight on Monday after scans showed that Charlie’s muscles had deteriorated so much that the damage was irreversible.“Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you,” his parents wrote when they announced their decision. “We had the chance but we weren’t allowed to give you that chance.“Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight, our beautiful little boy.” FILE – In this file photo dated Monday, July 24, 2017, Chris Gard, the father of critically ill baby Charlie Gard reads a statement next to mother Connie Yates, right, at the end of their case at the High Court in London. British media are reporting a family announcement that 11-month old Charlie Gard, has died Friday July 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)last_img read more

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