N1m up for Grabs as Motorsport Debuts Oct. 6 in Lagos

first_imgThe winner of the maiden Motorsport Auto Fiesta Championship will get N1million, organisers of the event have announced.Motorsport Auto Fiesta Championship will take place on October 6 at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos.The event aimed at diversifying sports in the country and will also put Nigeria on the global map, the Chief Executive officer of FAME, Charles Farimoyo stated. Farimoyo told a media conference ahead of Sunday’s event that they hope to make the event which the Federation International Automobile are partners, a national event that will be staged annually across the country.“There is just another element of sport which is the richest. The Formula 1 is just part of it,” Farimoyo said.“However, we want to make Nigeria a prominent country in Motorsport and entertainment.“This year’s event features the Goal card championship, Motor bikes championship and cars.”“One of the aims of introducing Motorsport auto fiesta to the country is for development and to boost economic and tourism potentials.“The benefits of a Motorsport auto fiesta in Lagos outweigh what we are expected to spend on the staging of that motor racing competition. It is expected that at least jobs, both skilled and unskilled, would be created.”Farimoyo also added that winners in various categories will take home between N250,000 and N1million respectively.The event starts from 12noon on Sunday while registration and enquiries will be this Friday at the TBS Arcade.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NCAA rule changes: Agents for ‘elite’ prospects, back to school after the draft and independent investigations

first_imgIt’s effective immediately for college players, who can hire an agent after a season, pending an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. All agents will be certified by the NCAA.For high school recruits, the NCAA has also expanded on official visits, allowing a player to take up to 15. The visits breakdown like this: five between Aug. 1 to the end of an athlete’s junior year of high school, five from the end of junior year to Oct. 15 after graduation, then five more from then to the end of their college eligibility. This is effective Aug. 15, 2018. On the draft front, college players who declared early from 2016-18 all had until 10 days after the combine to withdraw from the draft. The new rules allow players to stay in the draft, and if they are not picked, return to school. This rule will become effective when the NBA changes rules making college returnees ineligible until the completion of their next collegiate season. Athletes will be required to go to the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee before entering the draft early.Lastly, if a men’s or women’s basketball player does leave for the pros early but returns to the same school to finish their degree, the school is now obligated to pay for “tuition, fees and books” for that athlete.Cleaning up the recruiting trailEffective January 2019, the NCAA will more strictly and rigorously certify basketball-related events for high schoolers. Criteria for certification and administration of certification will be handled in-house by the NCAA.With these tighter restrictions, there will be fewer non-high school related basketball events for coaches to attend, so the NCAA has tweaked the recruiting calendar. The new rules will allow college coaches to attend more high school-sanctioned events.Added to the calendar are four-day periods, Monday through Thursday, in April; the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp in June; a choice of two events the last two weekends in June, if the events have National Federation of State High School Associations approval, organized by groups affiliated with high schools and takes place at a middle school, high school or college and lastly, coaches can attend one weekend youth basketball event in early July.Still, the limits on days (130) an individual coach can recruit remain. Coaches will also be able to attend a new collaborative event in late July in the NCAA youth development camps. All this goes into effect in April 2019.In a move for transparency, coaches and athletics staff are also mandated to disclose basketball-related income greater than $600 not coming from their university.One of the biggest moves, which touches on the very crux of the FBI’s corruption and fraud investigation, is the NCAA is pursuing agreements with apparel companies. The deals are about “expectations for accountability and transparency regarding their involvement in youth basketball.”The NCAA is hoping in the agreements to have requirements that the apparel companies make annual disclosures, remain NCAA certified and report any potential violations.Investigation, enforcement, accountabilityAs part of the omnibus of new rules, coaches and university presidents, as terms of employment, must commit contractually to cooperate fully with investigations. This applies to contracts and appointments on or after Aug. 8, 2018. Penalties will be effective in February 2019.In this instance, full cooperation means “reporting violations in a timely manner; sharing all knowledge and documents requested in a timely manner; providing access to all electronic devices, social media and other technology; and maintaining confidentiality.”The NCAA is also holding university presidents and chancellors “personally accountable” for the failings of their athletic departments. That goes into effect in August 2019 for Division I.“College or university presidents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of the people involved in their athletics programs,” said Bud Peterson, Georgia Tech President and Chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, on Wednesday’s teleconference.Further, the NCAA has tweaked the investigation process in an effort to create more efficient and fair outcomes. Primarily, the NCAA has created an independent investigation unit. Facebook Twitter Google+ The NCAA Board of Governors released an array of new rules pertaining to college basketball Wednesday afternoon. The rule changes are a response to the recommendations of the Commission on College Basketball, or “Rice Commission” — created in response to the 2017 FBI investigation into corruption in college hoops to investigate the causes of the corruption and offer recommendations to fixing it.NCAA President Mark Emmert said on a teleconference with the NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday: “The boards have now adopted the recommendations of the Rice Commission, and I couldn’t be more pleased with that outcome. They’re, in general, aimed at eliminating some of the corrosive influences that we’ve seen in college basketball.“We’re trying to strengthen the integrity of the game and strengthen the accountability of all of us that work inside the game. And at the same time, do that in a way that provides student athletes with much more flexibility about their decisions.”The new rules are designed to eliminate or mitigate the factors that led to the corruption scandal and arrests of several coaches that rocked college basketball almost a year ago. Rules range from allowing “elite” high school prospects to hire agents to mandating schools provide scholarships for athletes returning to finish their degree.Here’s a rundown of the changes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore freedom for student-athletesOne of the biggest highlights of the rule changes is also the biggest hit to the NCAA’s veil of amateurism: Allowing “elite” high school and college prospects to hire an agent, though there will be no financial relationship between players and agents outside of some meals and transportation, according to the NCAA. High school prospects will be chosen as “elite” by USA Basketball, the NCAA announced.ESPN’s Jonathan Givony tweeted Wednesday that the NCAA hadn’t conferred with USA Basketball on this rule. Published on August 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Emmert, on the teleconference, noted that the relationships between the NCAA, NBA and USA Basketball have never been better during his nearly eight-year tenure as NCAA president.There’s another snag: This rule, for high schoolers, at least, won’t be implemented until the NBA and NBA Players Association end the “one-and-done” rule. The process starts with a case being sent to the new Infractions Referral Committee, filled by NCAA officials. If the case is deemed “complex” or serious enough, it will be sent on to the Complex Case Unit.This group, made of independent external investigators and select NCAA enforcement staff, will determine if the case needs more investigation. From there, it will investigate and then pass the case on to the Independent College Sports Adjudication Panel.This panel, made of 15 people with “legal, higher education and/or sports backgrounds who are not affiliated with NCAA member schools or conferences,” will ultimately oversee case hearings and hand down penalties. Only five members sit on a panel per case.In the new investigations process, groups are now allowed to use facts from new sources like courts and government agencies, among others. Also, when a school and the NCAA agree on the facts of a case, there is new framework to work together on resolutions to reduce costs and time.Lastly, the NCAA will be imposing harsher penalties, namely longer suspensions and postseason bans, but also scholarship reductions and reduced revenue sharing for a delinquent school.Senior Staff Writer Matt Liberman contributed reporting. Commentslast_img read more

Angels’ Albert Pujols has injection in knee, goes on 10-day DL

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros That means, if all goes well, he would miss a total of six games, including the Freeway Series against the Dodgers this weekend, and a three-game series against the Houston Astros immediately after the break. Scioscia said Pujols had consulted with the Angels’ medical staff to establish a time for his DL stint. The All-Star break helps minimize the time the 38-year-old slugger will be out of the lineup.“Albert at times has been superhuman,” Scioscia said. “He’s been dealing with a lot of things. And he’s played with them. This has been bothering him for awhile. But he’s really managed to stay in the lineup, playing first base a lot and doing things that are important for the club.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield LOS ANGELES — Angels slugger Albert Pujols will not surpass Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place on baseball’s all-time home run list this weekend at Dodger Stadium.Pujols tied Griffey with his 630th blast on Thursday, his second homer during the Angels’ 11-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners, but the future Hall of Famer was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with what the club described as inflammation in his left knee.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Pujols, who received a platelet-rich plasma injection on Friday, had been dealing with knee pain for “awhile,” according to Manager Mike Scioscia, and was estimated to be about 50 percent in recent days.“Maybe this will get him to a little higher of a percentage and it’s not as taxing,” Scioscia said.The extent of Pujols’ stay on the DL, which spans the All-Star break, is expected to be the minimum 10 days, with a return slated for July 23 against the Chicago White Sox. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img An hour after Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley announced he would retire at the end of the season in a news conference at Dodger Stadium, Mike Trout reflected on the veteran’s career in the visiting clubhouse.Trout, who was raised in New Jersey, rooted for Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies as a teenager and was in attendance when they won the 2008 World Series. In past interviews, Trout described Utley as his favorite player, along with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.“Just the way he played the game,” Trout said. “He played hard every pitch. If it was a big situation, it seemed like he’d come through. And as a fan growing up, you couldn’t ask for more effort or dedication to the game.”Trout has since met and kept in touch with Utley since making his major league debut with the Angels in 2011.“It’s pretty crazy that growing up, watching him, and having the chance to play against him, is pretty cool to me,” Trout said.ALSOThe Angels signed Junichi Tazawa to a minor-league deal. The right-handed relief pitcher had been waived by the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Tazawa was designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins in May after posting a 9.00 ERA in 22 appearances. … Outfielder Jabari Blash was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, while outfielder Michael Hermosillo was optioned. After he was used mostly as a designated hitter in 2017, Pujols has been healthy enough to see more time at first base, where he has been for 48 games, compared to 38 at DH. Pujols has hit .251 this season with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs.This will be his first trip to the DL since 2013, previously his only other stint since signing with the Angels, when he missed the final two months because of a foot injury.In a corresponding move, the Angels recalled Jose Fernandez from Triple-A Salt Lake. Fernandez was in the lineup for Pujols on Friday night against the Dodgers. Pujols did not travel with the team Friday.TROUT ON UTLEY Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Rangers’ Mike Minor unhappy he might be moved: ‘It’s almost like I signed just so they could trade me’

first_img“That’s part of the game. That’s something that, as a player, you have to deal with every year, basically,” Woodward said (via MLB Network on SiriusXM). “As a staff member, all you can do is try to keep (the trade rumors) internal. Try to keep the noise out and say ‘Hey, when things happen, they happen. It’s out of your control. So, we might as well go out there and try to win each game and not worry about that.’ Not have that hanging over us.“But, it is there. I’m not afraid to address it. I’m not going to ignore.”Chris Woodward on @JonMorosi’s report that “Mike Minor is increasingly likely to be traded”:”We’ve got to accept that, and embrace that, and move on with our day.”https://t.co/C5ybqaXqth@Rangers | #Rangers | #TogetherWe pic.twitter.com/Sh91BKwuGY— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) July 17, 2019The Brewers and Phillies are both interested in Minor, according to MLB Network. MLB trade rumors: Phillies have been ‘in contact with every team that has pitching available’ MLB trade rumors: Potential sleeper moves Astros, Yankees, Phillies could make to bolster rotations Mike Minor is not happy his name has surfaced in trade rumors.The 31-year-old starter discussed a recent report that said the Rangers are “increasingly likely” to deal him before the July 31 deadline when he met with reporters Wednesday. “I feel like ever since I signed it’s been a topic,” Minor said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s almost like I signed just so they could trade me.”The left-hander made his first All-Star team earlier this month and is in the middle of a career season. He holds an 8-4 record with a 2.73 ERA in 19 starts so far in 2019. Related News Minor signed a three-year, $28 million deal with Texas in December 2017. He said he also thought he might be moved after the 2018 season. The Rangers entered play Thursday five games out of the second American League wild-card spot with a 50-46 record.“We’ve been playing well all season,” Minor said. “Anytime that we lose a couple games, they’re supposedly ready to deal guys when we have 2 1/2 months left in the season.“I don’t think that it helps when I go home and I have neighbors asking me about it, too.”Rangers manager Chris Woodward said earlier this week the team has to focus on ignoring the speculation. MLB trade rumors: Dodgers could make ‘a strong play’ for Royals reliever Jake Diekmanlast_img read more