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Adamawa Beats Lagos In Milo Basketball Tourney

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Murtala Muhammed
College, Adamawa has defeated Ilupeju Grammar School, Lagos, 33-25 in the Boys’ category at the ongoing Nestle Basketball Milo Secondary School Championship in Lagos.
The defeat handed to the Lagos representatives sank their hopes in the championship, having lost to St. Augustine’s Seminary, Ezamgbo, Ebonyi, 38-40 on Tuesday night.
Coach Dosu Mensah of the Lagos team told newsmen that his team failed to play to instructions and said the loss was regrettable.
‘’It is a sad loss, we thought we could bounce back from the defeat we had in our first game to St Augustine.
‘’However, I hold no player responsible, but it is the collective fault of the team, we did not get our shots right and failed woefully in our defence.
‘’A lot of hope was on us to emulate what International School, Akoka, Lagos did, having won the 2013 edition; unfortunately we are out at the preliminary stage,’’Mensah said.
Coach Timism Dickson of Adamawa told newsmen that his team played well and were obviously the better side to win.
‘’I am proud of my team, this is their first time in the championship and they lived up to expectation.
‘’They were fantastic and proved the hard work that we put into training prior to the competition, we hope to continue this way in our next match,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the defending champions in the Girls’ category, St Jude Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Bayelsa, continued their good run in the competition by winning their second game.
St Jude Girls defeated Jesus College, Oturkpo, Benue, 24-19
to book their semi-final ticket in the competition, having defeated Westend Mixed Secondary School, Delta, 14-11 in their first group game.
Yejide Girls Grammar School, Ibadan, playing their second group game, also beat Government Secondary School, Adamawa, 34-15 to book their semi-final ticket, having defeated CAC Grammar School, Ondo, 26-18.
Action continues on Thursday, Dec. 4 as the preliminary stage ends with representative of Benue playing Delta, and Adamawa playing Ondo in the Girls’ category.
In the Boys’ category, Edo will play Delta while Adamawa will play Ebonyi.
The 16th edition of the Nestle Milo Basketball Championship is holding at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, with 12 secondary schools competing for honours.

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Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020

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Blessing Okagbare, yesterday started her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the National Trials.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 National Trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m against highly rated Grace Nwokocha
Okagbare, the 8th time national champions is the favourite to win the event again, but Grace Nwokocha remains one of her biggest threats.
The American-based track queen won the championship from 2009 to 2014 and returned to win the 2016 edition after missing out in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her winning streak and go to the Olympics in high spirits.
Apart from the 100m finals expected to take place in the afternoon, there will be shotput men final with all eyes on  Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.

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LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has announced it would be holding a lucrative Athletics Meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli, who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship, made the disclosure on Wednes-day even as he revealed that arrangements were in top gear to have an elite cast of athletes in the one-day meet.
According to Alli, the Lagos Open Athletics Championship will simultaneously serve as a qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
“This is another fantastic window for those seeking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those seeking quality competition to stay in shape for the Olympics,” Alli said.
“The Lagos State Athletics Association, which is one of the most vibrant in the country, is out to organise a world-class event that would be the talk of the town as we count down to Tokyo,”  he added.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship include, the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and 100 meters.
There would also be quality action in the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as  4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been pencilled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Champion-ship.
Organisers have assured that the top three finishers across all the events will receive handsome prizes for their efforts.

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S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 2-0 to world champions, USA, in their final Group game at the 2021 Summer Series in Texas, USA.
The result means the African champions failed to win any of their three matches at the invitational tourna-ment, drawing one and losing the other two.
Kristen Press gave the Americans the lead on the stroke of half time, and before Lyn Williams killed Falcons hope of getting a draw with the second goal on the dot of 90 minutes.
With the victory, the world number one has now gone 42 games without tasting a defeat .As for the Falcons, the aim of participating in the Summer Series was to prepare them for a crucial 2022 African Women’s Champion-ship eliminator against perennial rivals, Ghana in October.
The African Women’s Championship will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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