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Zenith/Delta Principal’s Cup Organisers Applaud Standard of Play

first_imgThe organisers of the just concluded Principal’s Cup Football Competition for all secondary schools in Delta State have applauded the standard exhibited at the annual competition.Marvel International School at the weekend defeated St. Paul College 5-4 on penalties to emerge the winners of the second edition of the competition which was only revived last year courtesy of the partnership between Delta State Government and the sponsors, Zenith Bank.The competition started on November 1 in Asaba with over 700 private and public schools and it ended on March 2 at the Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and top officials of Zenith Bank in attendance. Head of the organising team, Tony Pemu, told newsmen that he was impressed with the skills exhibited by the youngsters at the event.He said: “We are very happy about the performances of the students. So much work was done at the preliminary stage to ensure fair play. We had to stop some desperate schools that fielded ineligible students but the quality is my joy.“From the3 zonal stage, we saw good football from the young lads. We are very happy and we believe the competition will get better.”Pemu showered praises on the sponsors and the government of Delta State for reviving the youth football competition 28 years after being in doldrums.“This competition is one of the best things happening to sports in the state for a long time. It is always good to catch talents young. I commend the state government and Zenith Bank for investing in the youth,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

first_imgWilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 percent.Fury by contrast cleverly picked his moments, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American’s left eye.Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead.But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.Wilder responded with increasingly desperate flurries of big punches, very few of which found their mark.As several former heavyweights had predicted beforehand, the longer the fight went on, the more Fury looked in control.– Fury goes down –However in the ninth round, Wilder finally made his mark, dropping Fury with a short hook that had the fans on their feet.Fury recovered well however and regained his composure to resume where he had left off. With a large contingent of British fans in the audience of 17,698 roaring him on, a victory suddenly seemed within reach.Wilder however suddenly found a devastating combination just when he needed it in the 12th round.A right hand sent Fury rocking backwards towards the deck and a brutal left hand on the way down appeared to be the coup de grace for the challenger.Incredibly however, Fury managed to pick himself up and clear his head to survive the remainder of the round and escape with a draw. Tyson Fury punches Deontay Wilde in the fifth round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Champioinship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTOLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here Saturday after battling to a split decision draw against Britain’s Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle.Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Center.The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113.“I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” said Wilder afterwards. “We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.”Wilder, who remains unbeaten after 41 fights, immediately called for a rematch.“I would love for it to be my next fight,” Wilder said. “Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a great fight and let’s do it again.”Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.“We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” Fury said.“That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that. The world knows I won the fight.”Fury also said he hopes to arrange a rematch.“One hundred percent we’ll do the rematch,” Fury said. “We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset.The 30-year-old “Gypsy King”, who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years through depression, drink and drug problems, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.The American champion struggled to connect cleanly with Fury throughout an absorbing contest, all too often sending huge arcing haymakers whistling past Fury’s head. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Thurston EDC And SPSCC To Collaborate On New Entrepreneurial Center In…

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThe Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) announced today that it has entered into a collaborative agreement with South Puget Sound Community College to establish an entrepreneurial center at the future Rowe Six campus of SPSCC, catalyzing the development and growth of high-wage, high–value, private sector companies in our community.As part of its expansion, SPSCC will be moving the functions of its entire Hawks Prairie Center to the Rowe Six campus, located on Sixth Avenue SE in downtown Lacey. The site consists of five existing office building totaling 100,000-square-feet in Lacey’s Woodland District. In addition, the Thurston EDC will also move its entire operations to the campus, allowing both organizations to capitalize on the strengths of the other to ensure that the highest quality business resources are provided to Thurston County.“The collaborative approach we are taking with SPSCC in creating a synergistic economic development engine will help recruit new investment into Thurston County, and accelerate and retain private sector investment in our region,” said Michael Cade, Executive Director of the Thurston EDC.The concept for this collaboration is the outgrowth of conversations that executive staff at SPSCC and Thurston EDC – along with partner organizations City of Lacey, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Saint Martin’s University and leaders at Joint Base Lewis McCord –  have had on how to best move forward as a community to support cluster sector growth and entrepreneurial growth. The EDC and SPSCC have complimentary long-term objectives to visualize a model for regional economic development, and are actively envisioning the scope of the new facility and its offerings.“The college is excited about this evolution in our partnership with the EDC and delighted at the possibilities for economic growth this will bring the community and the opportunities this will offer students,” said Tim Stokes, president of South Puget Sound Community College.SPSCC is embarking on an $8M renovation of the first building on the Rowe Six property. The renovation of the 50,000 square-foot building is slated to be complete by the end of 2014, with both organizations moving into the space soon thereafter.last_img read more

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