Hundreds of athletes will today converge on the Teslim Balogun Stadium as Rilwan Akanbi and Bose Odusanya begin their title defence in the singles event of the 49th Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup.Akanbi, a member of the national junior team to the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championships held in South Africa will be hoping to retain the title again this year amidst the array of stars competing at the five-day tournament.Like Akanbi, Odusanya whose performance is yet to earn her a call-up to the national team and she has not convince the technical department of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) to be invited to the national camp.Fatimo Bello, 2016 runnerâ€™s up and veteran Tolu Durosimi-Etti will also be gunning for the title being former champions of the competition. For the family of the late business mogul, this yearâ€™s tournament would serve as a prelude to the elaborate 50th anniversary of the tournament which started in 1968.According to Ayodeji Okoya-Thomas, this yearâ€™s marked the third edition of the tournament after the death of their father, while the family expressed appreciation to the Lagos State Government for their unflinching support to the tournament since its inception in 1968..â€œThis is of course will the third after 46 years that is not being addressed by the initiator and sole sponsor of the tournament, Sir Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas. One of his greatest wishes while alive was that the family should continue the sponsorship of the tournament after his demise, we should therefore like to give God all the glory for giving us the ability to continue this noble legacy for the third year running since he was called to glory,â€ Okoya-Thomas said.22 titles will be competed in the cadet, junior and senior categories while the para events will also be part of this yearâ€™s edition.As the longest running competition in Nigeria, the annual Asoju Oba Cup which started in 1968 has produced majority of top players for Nigeria including Atanda Musa and Late Yomi Bankole.The most successful player in the tournament, Oladele Sumbo aka Malawi commended the family for keeping faith with the tournament while urging young players in the state to hone their skills through the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Rick Pitino has won a championship once again.The former Louisville coach led his team, Panathinaikos, to a 79-73 win over PAOK to capture the Greek Cup. Hamidou Diallo wants dunk contest rematch against Zion Williamson Panathinaikos reached the title game after their semifinal opponent, Olympiakos, forfeited the game. Olympiakos, led by former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, didn’t come out to the court in the second half in protest of the officiating. Related News Pitino has been Panathinaikos’ coach since December. It’s his first coaching gig since a recruiting scandal that was investigated by the FBI led to his firing from Louisville in 2017. Greek Cup Championship to Panathinaikos! Awesome group of guys. Truly special men #paobc pic.twitter.com/DCpL7P86u6— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) February 17, 2019Ο Παναθηναϊκός μας είναι Κυπελλούχος Ελλάδας 2019!🏆☘️—-Greek Cup Winners 2019!🏆☘️ pic.twitter.com/2Kx1APMB8e— Panathinaikos BC (@paobcgr) February 17, 2019Former University of Florida and Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes was named the game’s MVP.
The good news for Cooper is the Cowboys should be motivated to make sure both he and Prescott keep playing in Dallas, at least for 2020. The team has roughly $75 million in available cap space, and though Prescott will earn a chunk of that, Cooper is the clear No. 2 priority over Dallas’ other question marks.Dallas also must take into account the intangible factor that is the Prescott-Cooper connection, even as Michael Gallup emerges as another top receiver in coordinator Kellen Moore’s offense. That brings us back to Prescott’s leverage, which he gained after he reportedly turned down a Cowboys contract offer worth $33 million per year and proceeded to play the entire 2019 season at a high level without getting injured.Now, given the financial benefits of the franchise tag for a quarterback unfazed by the lack of a long-term deal, plus the potential of a market-altering contract for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Prescott has no reason to settle for a deal before the tag deadline. He knows he deserves to be compensated as well as if not better than Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, the league’s highest-paid player at $35 million per year. (Given the uncertainty of how a new CBA would impact player contracts, Prescott also might want to push for a shorter-term deal.)That puts pressure on Dallas to give into the QB’s demands if the team wants to make its best-case scenario a reality — getting Prescott locked into a new deal by March 16 and being able to place a tag on Cooper regardless of the results of CBA voting.MORE: Explaining NFL franchise and transition tags The Cowboys are in a tricky spot as the franchise tag deadline and 2020 NFL free agency approach, which means Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper, a couple weeks away from hitting the open market, still doesn’t know whether he’ll remain in Dallas this season and beyond.That might be why Cooper, 25, publicly reminded the world Thursday he wants “to be a Dallas Cowboy for life,” a sentiment he told 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas he thinks about almost every day. “From the time I got here we were able to hit the ground running,” Cooper said Thursday of his relationship with Prescott. “And just from my experience of being in the NFL, I wouldn’t say that that’s a common thing.”From NFL Now: #Cowboys WR Amari Cooper wants to be a Cowboy for Life. And Dallas wants to lock him up. Can they settle on a number? pic.twitter.com/HGZDt8FimA— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2020The Cowboys seem to agree, which is why the player for whom they traded a pair of first-round draft picks in 2018 remains in their plans. Letting such a talented player walk would be off brand for Dallas.This team is still owned by Jerry Jones, after all. “Everything — the facility, I love it here in Frisco (Texas),” Cooper explained. “Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, I mean, you can’t beat it.”Even with the Cowboys facing multiple tough decisions beyond what to do with Cooper, there’s a good chance the receiver will get his wish.COWBOYS OFFSEASON GUIDE:Key free agents, team needs, cap space & moreDallas’ priority, rightfully, is 26-year-old quarterback Dak Prescott, who also is set to hit unrestricted free agency in the absence of a contract extension or a tag. But Prescott has the leverage in contract negotiations with the team, which is bad news for Cooper.One of two things will happen with Prescott before the March 16 deadline for teams to tag players: Either the Cowboys and the QB will reach an agreement on a contract extension, or the team will franchise tag him, likely with an exclusive tender.Cooper should be hoping for the former outcome, but given where things stand in Prescott’s contract talks, the latter is more likely.Among the problems for the Cowboys (and, in turn, for Cooper) is the timing of the NFLPA’s vote on whether to accept or reject the collective bargaining agreement proposal NFL owners approved a couple weeks ago. The players’ voting period ends a day before the tag window closes, and the results of that voting will directly impact how Dallas can handle Prescott and Cooper.CBA proposal rejected: This outcome would make Dallas’ problems go poof, at least temporarily. If there is no new CBA in place, NFL teams will proceed in 2020 through what’s called a “final league year” under the terms of the current CBA. Those terms allow teams in the final league year an ability to apply two tags (both a franchise tag and a transition tag) rather than one or the other. Under this scenario, the Cowboys could simply franchise tag Prescott and transition tag Cooper, keeping them both off the market and buying time for contract extension talks.CBA proposal accepted: This outcome is why it would be understandable if Cooper were to selfishly vote “no” on the CBA proposal. If ratified, the new CBA would be put in place for 2020, and teams would only be allowed to use the franchise tag or the transition tag rather than both. Unless the Cowboys strike a deal with Prescott on an extension before March 16, the QB likely would get the franchise tag, and Cooper would hit free agency. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ea/47/amari-cooper-121018-getty-ftrjpg_1cqsehnti05xp1od16rktttcfk.jpg?t=-1742147201&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8c/7c/amari-cooper-dak-prescott-021220-getty-ftr_srzm49tv8i8k1g1zr1b26l2im.jpg?t=988395312&w=500&quality=80
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