AFN’s Technical Director Recalled from World Championships, Faces Probe

first_imgAlthough both sprinters were later reinstated to the championships’ 200m following Nigeria’s appeal on why both athletes made ‘No Show’ in the 100m heat on Friday, THISDAY learnt that Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, wants the matter investigated over glaring administrative lapses and violation of IAAF rules and regulations.Both athletes had informed the AFN that they would not be running in the blue ribband race in order for them to concentrate on the longer sprint where their chances of podium placement was greater.But the minister who was reported to have followed developments in Doha till the early hours of Sunday morning was said to have ordered the recall of the TD and probably start immediate investigation to establish the extent of  negligence and administrative lapses that have brought international embarrassment to the country.IAAF rules state that, unless they’re injured or sick, athletes who withdraw after a certain deadline become ineligible for the rest of the championships.Okagbare later on Saturday told Associated Press that both she and Oduduru repeatedly told the AFN leadership that they had no plans to run in the 100.“It’s not the first time they’ve done a thing like this,” she said. “They deal with the African Games and national championships, but this is not Africa. We’re not running at national championships.“People here take the rules seriously and we keep bending them. It’s wrong. It’s incompetency. I feel like they’re wasting my World Championships. I don’t know how many more I have. I’m 30,” Okagbare stressed in the chat with the French wire agency at the Championship in Doha.Oduduru ran 20.40 in the heat to qualify as one of the three fastest losers that made in to the semi final. The time was a far cry from his PB of 19.76 that gave him the 2019 NCAA 200m crown.Following her reinstatement yesterday, Okagbare is to open her chase for medal in Doha in the 200m this morning. Divine-Oduduru *Oduduru qualifies for 200m s’final, Okagbare back for the longer sprintDuro IkhazuagbeFollowing the poor handling of the beef between double Commonwealth Games sprint champion Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) leading to the initial disqualification of the two medals hopefuls from the 200m of the ongoing IAAF World Championships, the Technical Director of the federation, Sunday Adeleye, has been recalled home from Doha, Qatar.center_img Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Day Two – Men’s Amateur: England duo hit Route 66 on way to match play

first_img England colleagues Joe Long and Callum Farr hit Route 66 to motor into the last 64 of the English Men’s Amateur Championship.Gloucestershire’s Long and Farr, from Northamptonshire, carded course record scores on the Bracken at Woodhall Spa to make the knockout stages of the England Golf event.Boyce Hill golfer Jack Dyer also followed them in with a six under par round to join the duo in the record books and the match play stages after day two of the stroke play qualifying event.Long’s 36-hole total of nine-under par saw him lead the field by three shots and he will go into the match play as top seed.Farr’s 66 helped him recover from an opening round 79 on the Hotchkin which left him facing an early exit from the tournament.His two-round total of level par allowed him to comfortably make the cut which came at +4.Long admitted: “I didn’t know what the course record was, but it’s always nice to hear what you’ve achieved after playing well.“I managed to get the record at Royal Johannesburg when I was in South Africa over the winter with England too.“I’ve been playing consistently going into the championships and just hitting my driver so well.“My confidence is high so we’ll see where it takes me over the coming days.”The competition for silverware over the next four days promises to be as hot as the weather with a host of top names in contention to go all the way to Sunday’s 36-hole final.The 2019 Brabazon winner Ben Schmidt has been joined by England colleagues Arron Edwards-Hill, Robin Williams, Sam Broadhurst, Max Martin, Matty Lamb  and Sam Bairstow.Bairstow’s six-under par round of 67 on the Hotchkin course was particularly impressive on a day when the wind continued to blow and make the slick greens tricky to negotiate.However, it’s not just the young guns who are impressing this week.A man with local knowledge – Woodhall Spa’s recently-crowned club champion, Paul Wharton –  has also made the knockout rounds.Wharton is included the field for next week’s English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship – also being held on his home track. 29 Jul 2020 Day Two – Men’s Amateur: England duo hit Route 66 on way to match play last_img read more

Winston, No. 11 Florida State drub Pitt 41-13

first_imgFlorida State running back James Wilder (32) tumbles over Pittsburgh linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) as linebacker Todd Thomas (8) pursues in the second quarter of the NCAA college football game, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — One thing is for certain after Jameis Winston’s electric debut for No. 11 Florida State, his blocking could use some work.Other than that, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher is going to have a tough time critiquing his freshman quarterback’s performance in Monday night’s 41-13 romp over Pittsburgh.He’s also going to have a tough time tamping down the hype after Winston turned Pitt’s ACC debut into his own coming out party. Winston completed 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns while adding another on the ground and sending a message he’s every bit as good as advertised.“It’s one ballgame, guys,” Fisher said. “He played one game, but he did a great job.”That’s putting it mildly. When Winston wasn’t picking apart the Panthers, he was running in between the tackles, converting the usual first-and-28 or running interference for running back Devonta Freeman. Winston found himself lead blocking for Freeman during a second quarter run but whiffed, a rare miscue on an otherwise sublime night.“I wasn’t surprised,” cornerback LaMarcus Joyner said. “I told him pregame you go against the best every day … and the way you rip us apart sometimes in scrimmages, we know you can do it against anyone in the nation.”You won’t find Pitt arguing. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) smiles on the sidlines as time winds down in the fourth quarter against Pitt on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) The Panthers had been pointing to their ACC opener from the moment the program announced it was leaving the decaying Big East nearly two years ago. Instead, it served as the backdrop for a coming out party that will certainly fuel comparisons to Johnny Manziel’s unlikely rise to folk hero and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M last fall.“I was certainly impressed with him,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. “He did a good job of making plays and extending plays.”Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score and Nick O’Leary hauled in three touchdown passes for Florida State, but the night belonged to the athletic 6-foot-4, 227-pound kid from Hueytown, Ala., that certainly looked at home in front of a national audience in a stadium that also houses the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.“It’s Monday Night Football,” Winston said. “We come in and play Monday Night Football in a pro stadium? I was so pumped for that.”Looked like it.Winston won the starting job during training camp, edging out Jacob Coker to become just the third freshman to start a season opener for the Seminoles.Don’t plan on him giving up the gig anytime soon.A star outfielder on the school baseball team, Winston is considered the latest in a line of two-sport threats at Florida State, a list that includes Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.Ward, however, didn’t become a star until he finally cracked the starting lineup as a junior. Winston appears to already be there one game into his career. He connected on his first 11 passes, missing on his 12th when wide receiver Kenny Shaw couldn’t quite get his right foot all the way inbounds.“I was confident I got it in,” Shaw said with a laugh. “I’m used to the refs not being on our side.”Winston’s only other incompletion came while he escaped pressure late in the third quarter. By then the Seminoles were in command 31-13 after Winston spent three quarters serving up what the Seminoles hope is an appetizer of things to come as they battle Clemson for ACC supremacy.It’s a spot the Panthers hope to be in one day. Just not quite yet.Pitt quarterback Tom Savage passed for 201 yards and a touchdown for Pitt but also threw two interceptions.Or, as many interceptions as Winston had incompletions.Pitt’s defense, which ranked 17th in the country last season, appeared unsure on how to stop him. Wary of the speed of Florida State’s wide receivers, the Panthers gave Greene and company plenty of room to maneuver.Too much, as it turned out. Way too much. For all of Winston’s precision, often he was throwing to teammates who didn’t have anybody in dressed in blue within arm’s reach.“We never made them uncomfortable,” Chryst said. “Give them credit. We’ve got to tackle better, but they ran through our tackles.”And right into the conversation of national title contender behind a quarterback who will not be satisfied even after putting on a memorable show.“He’s very critical of himself,” Fisher said of Winston. “He’s very tough on himself. When you get on him he responds in a positive way like ‘I’m going to show you.’ That’s why he had success tonight.”___Follow Will Graves at read more