D’Tigers Jet out for 3×3 FIBA World Cup

first_imgThe senior men’s national 3×3 basketball team left Nigeria yesterday for the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup holding in Philippines between June 8 and 12.The four-man team departed from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport aboard a Qatar Airways flight. It was led by the Director of 3×3 Nigeria, Frank Jituboh.The players for the competition include; Azuoma Dike, David Godwin and Lucky Subel all from Kano Pillars Basketball Club and captain, Yahaya Abdul. The captain expressed optimism that Nigeria, the current African champions can make an impression despite making their world cup debut.“We have been in camp in Abuja for the last 3 weeks and we are prepared for the task ahead. We are in high spirit and ready to bring more honor to Nigeria.”Yahaya said the experience they garnered in Togo during the FIBA Africa 3 Championship where they defeated Congo in the finals to win the title has prepared them for the challenges ahead in Manila, Philippines.Jituboh thanked the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) under the leadership of Ahmadu Musa Kida for total support given to the team.“Kida was the first person who saw the 3×3 vision and decided to invest in it through his AMK foundation when he was not even the President. I am not surprised that as the president of NBBF, he has continued to support the latest basketball format which has continued to grow.”The team is in Group D alongside Ukraine, Croatia, Jordan and Latvia.They are expected to play two matches against Ukraine and Croatia while on Sunday, it will be an encounter against Jordan and Latvia to determine their quarter final fate.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC’s losing skid reaches four games with road upset in Santa Clara

first_imgSenior captain Bennie Boatwright watched a lot of film on Santa Clara before Tuesday’s matchup at Leavey Center. He wasn’t prepared for the onslaught that awaited them.“I’ve never seen them play this well,” Boatwright said.If USC thought it could waltz into Santa Clara for a much-needed win to snap out of a three-game losing skid, then it received much more than it bargained for. Instead of an expected easy win against an inferior WCC opponent, the Trojans fell in double overtime, 102-92, for their fourth straight loss.Andy Enfield, in a game in during the 2016 season. USC’s head coach is searching for answers after it fell to Santa Clara on Tuesday for its fourth straight loss – Daily Trojan file photo.USC had not lost to Santa Clara since 1984. More importantly, the loss continued a disturbing trend of defeats that has head coach Andy Enfield searching for answers as the Trojans fall below .500 for the first time this season.“I don’t know what to say anymore,” Enfield said.Not many of the 2,226 in attendance did, either, as they watched a Santa Clara team down to its third string center and with seven scholarship players available dominate USC early on and hold off several runs by the Trojans to pull out a double-overtime victory. Though the Trojans were shorthanded themselves, with eight scholarship players available — and freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. not making the trip due to a quad contusion —  they still had a clear talent advantage on a Broncos squad that had not beaten anyone of consequence before Tuesday.“I’m the head coach and it’s on me,” Enfield said. “I have to figure this out and my staff. There’s only one person to blame for this loss and that’s me.”Defensive lapses felled the Trojans late, as they had leads in the final seconds of both regulation and the first overtime. With both Boatwright and junior forward Nick Rakocevic fouled out, USC was outscored 13-3 in double overtime. Santa Clara scored the game’s final 6 points to pull away.USC trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, but rallied to take an 80-79 lead on a layup by junior guard Jonah Mathews with 24 seconds left in regulation. But sophomore forward Jordan Usher lost track of his man on the ensuing Santa Clara possession, resulting in a foul and overtime after Santa Clara’s Josip Vrankic split two free throws.In overtime, redshirt senior guard Shaqquan Aaron made a pair of foul shots to put USC ahead 89-87 with 11 seconds to play, but Santa Clara’s Trey Wertz drove right past redshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton for a game-tying layup to force double overtime.“All of our guys have had equal opportunity to step up and make plays,” Enfield said, “so it is frustrating because we have some veteran guys on this team who have made crucial mistakes on offense and defense, especially in important parts of the game when the other team goes on runs.”Wertz led all scorers with 28 points, and accounted for 11 of Santa Clara’s 13 points in double overtime. Usher had 22 points to lead the Trojans, while Mathews chipped in 20 points.USC once again started off poorly, missing its first eight shots attempts and seven 3-point shots. The Trojans shot 38.7 percent from the field in the first half, while the Broncos were at nearly 60 percent and jumped out to a 42-31 lead at halftime. Against Oklahoma on Saturday, the Trojans began the game shooting 1-of-9 from the field.“It’s a common thing,” Boatwright said. “We do it every single game. We come out slow and we have to claw our way back.”Enfield hinted at potentially making changes to the starting lineup, and called out his veterans for the sluggish openings.“In our starting lineup, we have some guys who’ve been around a lot, and that shouldn’t happen,” he said.Though the Trojans came to life in the second half, shooting nearly 50 percent, the hole they dug themselves in the first half was too deep to climb out of. And they were not going to win, according to Enfield, shooting 5-of-28 from the 3-point line. If USC’s previous three losses — which came by an average of 19 points — were not wake-up calls, losing to a team picked to finish second-to-last in the WCC this season serves as the fire alarm going off, if the Trojans want any hope of a successful 2018-2019 campaign.“We’ve got to figure out how to put our guys in position to win games,” Enfield said. “We’ll keep at it.”last_img read more

Salman was not laid back during Sultan: Ali Abbas Zafar

first_imgMumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) Salman Khan is often known for his laid back and relaxed attitude but surprisingly director Ali Abbas Zafar says the superstar was completely dedicated while working on “Sultan”.”He (Salman) was not laid back at all. On paper he knew he cant afford to be laid back as he had to work hard for this film as he is racing against a steam engine…In wrestling, weight goes up and down. Physically, this film has been very challenging,” Ali told PTI.Even after going through the grueling training sessions and workouts in the gym, according to Ali, the 50-year-old actor never complained.”Only on hard days he used to say can I have an ice cream… But the day he was done he had four ice creams,” Ali added.The “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star had to alter his weight from 100 kgs and then as per the instructions of Ali, he came down to 90 kgs and then to 82 kgs.”At the age of 50 to do all this within six to eight months takes a lot of hard work. Even when he was not working on sets he had to train for four hours. This is phenomenal for an actor enjoying such stardom,” he said.Apparently “Sultan” is the first sports film that Salman has done in his career.”This is Salmans first sports film and you do make some changes keeping his personality in mind. We wanted to make “Sultan” with him only. Whatever changes happened, it happened on the sets not on script level,” he said.advertisement”His understanding and experience helped us to make a better film. He did small changes and not the big things,” he added.The “Dabangg” Khan loves to flaunt his chiseled body on screen and “Sultan” required him to wear “langots”, considering the fact that he plays a wrestler.The “Gunday” helmer reveals that Salman was initially shy to wear a langot.”He is a very shy guy. He is very conscious about his body. He is the poster boy for everyone in the gym. Salman Khan is the bible of body building,” he added. (MORE) PTI KKP DK SHD RYSlast_img read more