The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Hon. Charles Udoh, has dismissed media reports that five football fans were feared to have died following a stampede at one of the gates of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo during the Nigeria versus Zambia World Cup qualifier last Saturday.Speaking in Uyo yesterday, the commissioner said reports of death during the World Cup match were far from what transpired at the stadium.â€œI wish to categorically state that the said report is false and tainted with malice,â€ observed the Udoh.He however admitted that there was a rush by spectators; who arrived the venue after the match had started, trying to gain entrance into the stadium which led to a few of them sustaining minor injuries.Â Â â€œThere were nine people injured during the incident and all of them were taken to the hospital for treatment while no life was lost. The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer and the Commissioner for Health confirmed this,â€ the commissioner stressed.Udoh insisted that the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium is probably the best maintained sporting facility in Nigeria today and has no history of poor crowd control as posited in the report.Â Â â€œIt is on record that Akwa Ibom State is reputed as being; not only a peaceful state but a safe and secure state with credible leadership which is one of the reasons why the state has; in the last 18 months, been listed by the National Bureau of Statistics as the second largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination in Nigeria.Â â€œWe are dismayed that such a report; which has a high potency of painting a negative picture of not only Akwa Ibom but Nigeria as country, was published without verifying the facts. It is instructive to note that the Nigeria vs Zambia match was a FIFA organised match and mischievous insinuations as contained in the said report could easily lead to Nigeria being sanctioned,â€ concludes the commissioner.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
After spending spring break playing on the sands of Queen’s Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, the No. 3-ranked USC beach volleyball team (9-2) is back in action on the mainland when they host No. 6-ranked Long Beach State (2-5) and No. 19-ranked Cal (7-4) Tuesday at Merle Norman Stadium. First serve against the 49ers will begin at 12:30 p.m., while the match against the Bears will follow at approximately 2 p.m.Starting out the season ranked atop the AVCA National Poll, a pair of tight 3-2 losses to Pepperdine and Florida State in a span of six days pushed USC back to sit at third overall in the nation. However, the Women of Troy seem to have regained their stride after a successful trip to the Islands, in which they posted four straight victories over tournament host and No. 5-ranked Hawaii and No. 15-ranked Nebraska to win the Hawaii Invitational.USC defeated both schools twice over the weekend as part of the four-team tournament, recording a pair of 4-1 victories over the Rainbow Wahine and the Cornhuskers on Thursday. In Saturday’s rematches, the Women of Troy put up a clean 5-0 sweep over Nebraska in the morning and capped the evening off with a 3-2 win over the host school. With the victories, the Women of Troy extended their winning streak to five dual matches in a row.In addition to winning the team tournament, the Women of Troy also produced a trio of champions in the Hawaii Invitational Pairs Tournament. USC’s top six teams dominated the field as all three championship matches in each flight were made up of USC pairs.In the gold bracket, the No. 1-pair of juniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes defeated teammates and the No. 2-pair of junior Sophie Bukovec and senior Alexa Strange, 21-15, 21-19. The silver bracket final saw No. 3-pair of juniors Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler outlast underclassmen and the No. 4-pair of sophomore Jenna Belton and freshman Abril Bustamante in three, 21-15, 19-21, 15-9, while the bronze bracket final had the No. 5-pair of sophomore Jo Kremer and senior Zoe Nightingale win over the No. 6-pair of sophomore Terese Cannon and freshman Katrina Kernochan in two sets, 21-15, 21-18. Furthermore, the bronze flight had freshman Becca Dunn and senior Emily Young win the fifth-place consolation match as USC’s seventh pair. Overall, USC went 16-4 on the day, with three of those losses coming at the hands of other Women of Troy pairs.After spending time on the island, the Women of Troy are now back in Los Angeles ready to face two in-state rivals at Merle Norman Stadium. USC will start with some familiar faces across the net in No. 6-ranked LBSU. Having defeated the 49ers once already this season, the Women of Troy have the upper hand playing at home. However, Long Beach State is one of just two programs in the country that own a winning record against USC all-time, albeit a slim 5-4 margin. The teams’ last meeting was back on March 6 at Zuma Beach for the Pepperdine Kick-Off, where the Women of Troy had to rely on Martin and Wheeler to win in 3 sets and seal the exciting 3-2 victory.The No. 19-ranked Cal Bears also come to Troy with a four-match winning streak. Tuesday will mark just the second all-time meeting between the two Pac-12 foes, with the last meeting going in USC’s favor by way of a 5-0 sweep over the Bears. Both matches on Tuesday will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
Meanwhile, in the Clippers’ past four games – all losses – they’ve been allowing an average of 120 points per game, 5.3 points more than their season average, while getting outscored by 12.5 points.“You catch teams at different times of the year,” said Rivers, in his 20th season as a head coach. “You catch them at one point when they’re playing poorly or when they’re playing well, (and) when you play a team that’s playing well, you have to play great to beat them.“And right now, (the Warriors) are playing really well, so we’re going to have to play well to beat them.“But we can.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That will require better ball movement and efficiency on offense and improved trust and execution on defense, Rivers said, adding he envisions fewer staggered minutes for defensive-minded guards Avery Bradley and Patrick Beverley, the latter of whom has been coming off the bench for most the season.“We’ve proven we can score on most nights,” Rivers said. “Although I don’t think the last three or four games we’ve been good offensively either. We’re scoring points, but not the way we should score, not efficiently.“But what we’re not doing is defense. You have to do both to win, you really do. And if you don’t do both, you better be really good offensively, and we’re not that good.”It’s all fixable with the right kind of effort, guard Lou Williams said after Wednesday’s defeat.“We’ve had some slippage, it happens over the course of a season,” said Williams, the league’s leading bench scorer at 18.7 points per game.“And now senses are going to be heightened because it’s Golden State on Friday. But to us, it’s just another basketball team. We gotta go out there and be prepared to compete.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are ebbing, the Golden State Warriors are flowing, and that’s just the nature of life in the NBA, Coach Doc Rivers said.His team has split a pair of high-drama games this season with the team that has won three of the past four NBA titles, winning in overtime at home and losing on a last-second layup by Steph Curry in Oakland. Recent history won’t be relevant when the teams meet again Friday night at Staples Center in a game ESPN recently added to its broadcast schedule.“We’ve played ’em well,” Rivers acknowledged. “But they’re playing probably the best they’ve played all year, just like Utah’s playing the best it’s played.”Indeed, Utah chalked up its fifth consecutive win when it walloped the Clippers 129-109 Wednesday to nudge them downward into seventh place in the Western Conference standings. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory BOBAN THE MOVIE STARDid you catch a glimpse of the 7-foot-3 “assassin” in the new “John Wick 3: Parabellum” trailer released Thursday?Clippers center Boban Marjanovic has a part in the forthcoming action film, which is set for a May 17 release. The movie’s trailer features a peek at a battle between the title character – a notorious hitman played by Keanu Reeves – and a familiar, sizable adversary.The scene appears to take place in a library, which explains Marjanovic’s tweet Thursday: “Joining the John Wick book club is harder than most people think!!” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum And now the Clippers (24-20) have a high-profile showdown with the West-leading Warriors (31-14), for whom center DeMarcus Cousins will be making his much-anticipated debut following his year-long recovery from a torn Achilles tendon.Golden State has been on a more favorable tear, winning six in a row, and finding another gear in the past four. The Warriors have averaged 138.5 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the field and 47.7 from 3-point range in those past four victories, three of which were against Western Conference opponents. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates
Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s episode of “The Last Dance,” including the air time, channel and episode trailers.What time does ‘The Last Dance’ air today?Episode 5: 9 p.m. ETEpisode 6: 10 p.m. ETEpisodes 5 and 6 of “The Last Dance” will air at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on ESPN on Sunday, May 3. The series’ final four episodes will air May 10 and May 17.What channel is ‘The Last Dance’ on?TV channel: ESPN, ESPN2 (censored version)Live Stream (U.S.): WatchESPN, ESPN appAll episodes of “The Last Dance” will air on ESPN with a censored version simulcast on ESPN2. A live stream is also available in the U.S. on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.’The Last Dance’ Episodes 5-6 trailerThis weekend’s episodes of “The Last Dance” will address several topics, one of which is Jordan’s last game in Madison Square Gardens as a Bull. He scored 42 points while wearing a 14-year-old pair of ‘Chicago’ Air Jordan 1s that were a size too small.”By halftime my feet are bleeding, but I’m having a good game, I don’t want to take them off.”In his final game at MSG as a Bull, MJ put on 14-year-old ‘Chicago’ Air Jordan 1s that were a size too small. He dropped 42. #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/KQMP2G4Ajg— ESPN (@espn) April 28, 2020 Another one of the major topics to be discussed is the marketing revolution of “Air Jordan,” which dominated the 90s and changed the way athletes brand themselves. With everyone cooped up in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary series on Michael Jordan could not have come at a better time, filling older basketball fans with a sense of nostalgia and teaching younger fans about the rise of one of the most iconic athletes of all time.”The Last Dance” has become a must-watch live viewing event, with pretty much everyone except Ken Burns tuning in each Sunday. Last weekend the documentary had everyone on Twitter freaking out about Dennis Rodman and his relationship with Carmen Electra. This weekend’s episodes, based on the trailers, appear to tackle a myriad of topics ranging from Jordan’s marketing revolution to inner-locker room tensions with Horace Grant during the Bulls’ championship run. Is it next Sunday yet? 🐐🐍Episodes 5-6 can’t come soon enough. #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/ouovDTmy20— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 27, 2020If you watch until the end of the above trailer, it also teases the meeting between Jordan and Kobe Bryant, who died tragically in January. Bryant’s interview for the documentary is expected be aired in one of Sunday’s episodes.’The Last Dance’ TV scheduleTwo new episodes of “The Last Dance” will air on ESPN each Sunday until May 17, 2020. The two previous parts of the documentary series can be watched before the new episodes premiere. For example, on Sunday, May 17, Episode 7 and Episode 8 will re-air at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET before the premieres of Episode 9 and Episode 10.Netflix will roll out episodes in similar fashion for international viewers with two new parts hitting the streaming service following the live showings in the U.S.ESPN (United States)DatePartTimeApril 19Episode 19 p.m. ETApril 19Episode 210 p.m. ETApril 26Episode 39 p.m. ETApril 26Episode 410 p.m. ETMay 3Episode 59 p.m. ETMay 3Episode 610 p.m. ETMay 10Episode 79 p.m. ETMay 10Episode 810 p.m. ETMay 17Episode 99 p.m. ETMay 17Episode 1010 p.m. ETNetflix (International)DatePartTimeApril 20Episode 112:01 a.m. PTApril 20Episode 212:01 a.m. PTApril 27Episode 312:01 a.m. PTApril 27Episode 412:01 a.m. PTMay 4Episode 512:01 a.m. PTMay 4Episode 612:01 a.m. PTMay 11Episode 712:01 a.m. PTMay 11Episode 812:01 a.m. PTMay 18Episode 912:01 a.m. PTMay 18Episode 1012:01 a.m. PT