RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FG sensitises stakeholders on safe school reopening template Osinbajo engages APC Social Media Influencers on hate speech The Federal Government has foreclosed any involvement in the novelty boxing match, Guinness World Boxing Project, being promoted by former World Cruiserweight Champion, Bash Ali, with assertion that the proposed bout falls under the purview of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control, being a professional category that is purely a business concern.The government distanced itself from the fight in a series of documents and correspondence with Bash Ali, who has now been informed through his lawyer, B.O. Nafagha & Co, to refrain from acts that interfere with the activities of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, where the former World Cruiserweight Champion has been pressuring officials to endorse the fight. Ali has now lost the ability to coerce the Ministry into supporting the novelty bout as it was found to have acted on instruction from the Presidency, which had directed that it should not interfere in a matter over which another organization has jurisdiction.The situation has been made worse recently when the boxer showed up at the Ministry with a bag that he claimed contained N2 million, which he said was the balance left from a N15 million out of court settlement after paying his lawyers.Ali was advised to use the Remita platform if he was interested in making refunds to the government in line with the Treasury Single Account practice.A letter written to Ali’s lawyer read: “The Ministry under the directive of Mr. President in a letter, dated 10th March, 2020 made it clear that it is not the proper platform for your client to realize his pet project.“And as a final note I am directed to advise your client to restrain from engaging in any act capable of creating a difficult atmosphere for the Ministry and its staff to carry out their functions.” Tags: Federal GovernmentNigerian Boxing Board of ControlWorld Cruiserweight
Associated Press NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEHeat outlast Bucks for 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler bailed out the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee. The Heat squandered a six-point lead in the closing seconds before Butler drained two free throws with no time left to give Miami a 116-114 triumph over the top-seeded Bucks. The foul shots give the Heat a 2-0 lead in the series.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 23 points, Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) added 17 off the bench and Jae Crowder had 16 for the Heat. The 2018 women’s champ reached the third round as Noami Osaka defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-2. The fourth-seeded Osaka committed only 11 unforced errors.Unseeded Americans Ann Li and Shelby Rogers have pulled off upset victories. Li beat No. 13-seeded Alison Riske in a matchup between Pennsylvanians, 6-0, 6-3. Rogers beat No. 11-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1.Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and No. 5 Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) each needed four sets to win their second-round matches at the U.S. Open. Djokovic dropped his opening set before advancing with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kyle Edmund. American Brandon Nakashima gave Zverev fits for two sets before the German prevailed, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.Other winners on the men’s side include seventh seed David Goffin and No. 19 Taylor Fritz. No. 13 Cristian Garin was knocked out in five after winning his first two sets.Over in the women’s bracket, sixth seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah) and No. 8 Petra Martic moved into the third round, as did No. 17 Angelique Kerber. Both fines stemmed from actions in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series, which the Clippers won to eliminate the Mavericks.NHL-NEWSAllen goes from Blues to HabsUNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have acquired goaltending insurance for Carey Price.The St. Louis Blues have traded goaltender Jake Allen to the Canadiens, along with a 2022 seventh-round pick. The Blues receive third- and seventh-round picks in this year’s draft. The man called “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” has died at age 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame said he passed away Monday following complications from dementia and COVID-19.Seaver was selected by the Mets in a special draft in 1966 after his contract with the Braves was nullified by Major League Baseball. He spent just one year in the minors and won the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year with a 16-13 record and 2.76 ERA for the last-place Mets.Seaver won the Cy Young three times, all with the Mets. He remains the franchise leader in most career categories, including 198 victories, 2,541 strikeouts.Seaver was the first pitcher in major league history with eight consecutive seasons of at least 200 strikeouts. He also was a 20-game winner in 1969, ’71, ’72, 75, and ’77.Seaver finished his Hall of Fame career with a 311-205 record, a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and 231 complete games. MLB-SCHEDULERockies cool off GiantsUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are leaving Denver with only a split of their two-game series despite scoring 29 runs.The Colorado Rockies avenged Tuesday’s 23-5 loss by rallying for five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Giants, 9-6. Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR’) laced a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, two days after being acquired from the Red Sox.Garrett Hampson hit his third homer in two days and Sam Hilliard also went deep for the Rockies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OBIT-SEAVERHall of Famer Tom Seaver diesUNDATED (AP) — Tom Seaver was so good, he was given two nicknames. Bengals extend MixonUNDATED (AP) — Bengals running back Joe Mixon has signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension through the 2024 season. Mixon has emerged as one of the NFL’s top running backs, running for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. The Bengals drafted Mixon in the second round in 2017 out of Oklahoma, where he was suspended for punching a woman in the face. The Bengals drew a backlash with the choice, prompting owner Mike Brown to acknowledge they were “taking a risk” on Mixon because he’s so talented.In other NFL news:— Coach Ron Rivera announced that Dwayne Haskins will be Washington’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Haskins got the nod over Kyle Allen and Alex Smith. Update on the latest sports September 2, 2020 — Chargers safety Derwin James will miss the season after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. James had surgery on Tuesday after he sustained the injury during a scrimmage on Sunday. NCAA-FURLOUGHSMemo: NCAA to furlough its entire staff for 3-8 weeksUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will furlough its entire Indianapolis-based staff of about 600 employees for three to eight weeks in a cost-saving move. A memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press was sent by NCAA President Mark Emmert to the association’s more than 1,200 member schools Wednesday. Starting Sept. 21 through the end of January 2021, all national office staff will be subjected to a mandatory three-week furlough. Some staff will be furloughed for up to eight weeks. — Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) homered and Hyun Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn ree-OO’) pitched six solid innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Marlins. Miami rookie Sixto Sanchez had thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings until Gurriel belted a two-run shot for a 2-0 lead in the fifth. — The Reds picked up a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Joey Votto’s (VAH’-tohz) RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Redbirds were leading 3-1 and in line for a three-game sweep until Tucker Barnhardt smacked a two-run homer in the fifth.— Michael Conforto was 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Mets whipped the Orioles, 9-4 to halt a five-game losing streak. Mets slugger Pete Alonso also homered, the fifth ever to reach the second deck in left field at Camden Yards. MLB-NEWSChapman suspended for throwing near Brosseau’s head UNDATED (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is available to pitch tonight after appealing his three-game suspension.Chapman was punished by Major League Baseball for buzzing a fastball at the head of Tampa Bay pinch-hitter Michael Brosseau on Tuesday. Brosseau eventually fanned for the final out of the game before jawing with the Yankees, leading both benches to empty. Chapman says the pitch wasn’t intentional.Both teams are without their manager tonight. Yankees skipper Aaron Boone and Rays bench boss Kevin Cash received one-game bans for their roles in Tuesday’s incident.Elsewhere in the majors:— The Pirates will celebrate Roberto Clemente when the entire team dons his No. 21 on Sept. 9 against the White Sox. The Hall of Fame outfielder collected 3,000 hits during his 18-year career. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 at age 38 while attempting to bring humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. In other tennis news:— A three-day exhibition tennis tournament ahead of next year’s Australian Open has been canceled due to expected COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. The Kooyong Classic was to be held in the week before the January 18 to 31 Australian Open.NBA-MAVERICKS-CLIPPERS FINESClippers’ Morris, Mavs’ Doncic fined for actions in Game 6LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Morris of the Los Angeles Clippers has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) of the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic has been penalized $15,000 for throwing the ball at a referee. The move clears $4.35 million of salary-cap space for the Blues and also signals that Jordan Binnington is the starting goalie of the present and future. He backstopped the Blues to the Cup last year. The extra cap room might be enough for the Blues to re-sign top defenseman and Stanley Cup-winning captain Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh), who is set to be a free agent this fall. Also on ice:— Todd Reirden is back with the Penguins as an assistant coach just a week after being fired as head coach of the Capitals. Reirden served as an assistant under Dan Byslma (BYLZ’-mah) from 2010-14 before leaving to join the Capitals. The Penguins also hired Mike Vellucci as an assistant after he spent last season as GM and head coach of Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.NFL-NEWS Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but he also committed the foul that sent Butler to the line. Khris Middleton scored 23 points for Milwaukee, the last three of those coming when Dragic was called for fouling him with 4.3 seconds left.TENNIS-US OPENKerber gets past uncertainty, advances at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah) has become the first top-seeded woman to be ousted in the second round of the U.S. Open since 2008.Pliskova failed to convert two set points in the second set and was knocked out by Caroline Garcia, 6-1, 7-6. The Giants took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, hours after banging out 27 hits.San Francisco lost for just the fourth time in 14 games.Elsewhere around the majors:— Adam Duvall slammed three home runs and drove in five to lead the Braves past the Red Sox, 7-5. Marcell Ozuna’s (oh-ZOO’-nuhz) solo blast broke a 5-5 deadlock in the seventh.— Zack Wheeler tossed three-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings, and Jay Bruce hit a solo homer in the Phillies’ eighth win in nine games, 3-0 over the Nationals. Neil Walker was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Phils, who handed the defending champs their fifth consecutive loss and dropped the Nats to 12-22.