Just like he did in 2018, Aruna Quadri has again taken his goodwill gestures to a Lagos-based children’s hospice.Barely two days after retaining his ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open title in Lagos with a 13, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-1 result against Austria’s Robert Gardos in the epic final, Quadri was accompanied with his wife, Ganiyat to the home as he donated food items and other materials. An official of Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice based in Surulere, Samuel Ilori, described Quadri’s gesture as commendable, adding the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open champion would be the second sportsman to have visited the home this year after football star, Henry Onyekuru did early this year.“We are very grateful to the Aruna family for remembering this home. This is a private hospice that relies on individual and group donations to sustain itself and with this gesture of Aruna Quadri, he has also given lives to others in need,” the social worker added.During the visit, Quadri toured the home and visited some of the children who are critically ill.In his remarks, the ping-pong star said the gesture was part of his appreciation to God for His goodness to him.“I’m very happy to have continued what we started last year and I give thanks to God for giving me the opportunity and touching my heart to show love to the less-privilege. I’m also very happy for what God has done for me so far this year, so this is a way of showing appreciation to God for His blessings on me and my family. By His grace, I will continue to do this and I pray to God to give me strength and everything that will be needed to keep doing this year after year,” stressed Aruna Quadri.He added: “I love making people happy and giving back as a sacrifice because I believe so much in God and whatever He has blessed us with, it is very important that we give part of it back to the society so that He can bless us more. This is one of the reasons I’m doing this.”The Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice was opened on October 2, 2003 in response to a steadily increasing number of abandoned, orphaned and sick children.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
James Rodriguez will return to Real Madrid’s starting line-up for Sunday’s La Liga game at home to Granada after being out for two months with a broken bone in his foot, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Saturday.The Colombia midfielder, who has had a fine debut season since joining from Monaco in July, sustained the injury in the league game against Sevilla in early February and will come back into the side in place of the suspended Isco.”James is fine and will start the match tomorrow,” Ancelotti told a news conference before adding that midfielder Sami Khedira and full back Dani Carvajal would be rested.The return of James is a welcome boost for the European champions who have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions.After winning last month’s ‘Clasico’ at home to Real 2-1, leaders Barcelona are four points clear of their arch rivals at the top with 10 games left and visit Celta Vigo later on Sunday.Isco’s ban means Ancelotti does not have to decide between him and James in his starting 11. The Spain midfielder is a huge favourite among the fans, already angry at their team’s recent stumble, and if Ancelotti drops him he could be on the receiving of more criticism.Ancelotti said he was confident Real could catch Barca and that the squad was in good shape physically and mentally, with only centre back Pepe sidelined by injury and due back in around a week.”We are convinced everything is still open,” said the Italian.”The team is full of desire and is in very good shape right now,” added Ancelotti who led Real to a record-extending 10th European crown in his first season in charge in 2013-14.”The team is fresh and prepared to fight for all the matches. We are in better physical shape going into this stage of the season than last year.” Real have La Liga games at home to Rayo Vallecano and Eibar before they play at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on April 14.–
That continues, for the fourth straight year, the trend of at least 100 underclassmen declaring early (106 declared in 2018, 103 in 2017 and 107 in 2016).Sporting News tracked each of the top college football underclassmen who will forgo their final seasons of eligibility to leave for the NFL: College football’s bowl season is over, as is the period of time in which draft-eligible underclassmen must decide whether to forgo their remaining eligibility and leave early for the NFL Draft.This year, the NFL confirmed that a record-115 college football underclassmen have been granted eligibility for the 2020 NFL Draft: 99 of whom were granted special eligibility (as they hadn’t yet completed their college degree) and 16 who, despite having eligibility remaining, have already fulfilled their degree requirements. Five are eligible for the draft without the need for special eligibility. MORE: NFL mock draft 2020NFL Draft declaration tracker 2020* Indicates player’s degree requirements have been met** Indicated player does not need special eligibility for NFL DraftAlabama (6)Henry Ruggs III, WRJedrick Wills, OTJerry Jeudy, WRTerrell Lewis, LB*Tua Tagovailoa, QBXavier McKinney, SAppalachian State (1)Darrynton Evans, RBArizona (1)J.J. Taylor, RBArizona State (2)Eno Benjamin, RB*Michael Turk, PArkansas (1)Kamren Curl, SAuburn (3)Arryn Siposs, PNick Coe, DTNoah Igbinoghene, CBBaylor (3)Connor Martin, KGrayland Arnold, SJames Lynch, DEBoise State (2)Curtis Weaver, EDGEEzra Cleveland, OTBoston College (1)AJ Dillon, RBBYUTy’Son Williams, RBCincinnati (1)Michael Warren II, RBColorado (1)Laviska Shenault Jr., WRClemson (3)A.J. Terrell, CBIsaiah Simmons, LB*Tee Higgins, WRFlorida (1)CJ Henderson, CBFlorida Atlantic (1)James Pierre, CBKyle Davis, WR (Davis played in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2019)Florida State (2)Cam Akers, RBStanford Samuels III, DBFresno State (1)Netane Muti, OGGeorgia (5)Andrew Thomas, OTD’Andre Swift, RBIsaiah Wilson, OTJake Fromm, QBSolomon Kindley, GHawaii (1)Cole McDonald, QBIllinois (1)Oluwole Betiku Jr., EDGE*Iowa (4)A.J. Epenesa, DEGeno Stone, SToren Young, RBTristan Wirfs, OLKentucky (1)Lynn Bowden Jr., WRLSU (9)Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RBGrant Delpit, SJacob Phillips, LBJustin Jefferson, WRK’Lavon Chaisson, EDGELloyd Cushenberry III, C*Patrick Queen, LBSaahdiq Charles, OTThaddeus Moss, TELouisiana Tech (1)Amik Robertson, CBLouisville (1)Mekhi Becton, OTMaryland (2)Anthony McFarland, RBJavon Leake, RBMiami (4)DeeJay Dallas, RBJeff Thomas, WRJonathan Garvin, DTTrajan Bandy, CBMichigan (3)Cesar Ruiz, CDonovan Peoples-Jones, WRJosh Uche, LB**Michigan State (2)Cody White, WRJosiah Scott, CBMinnesota (1)Antoine Winfield Jr., SMississippi State (2)Cam Dantzler, CBWillie Gay Jr., LBMissouri (3)Albert Okwuegbunam, TEJordan Elliott, DTTrystan Colon-Castillo, OTMissouri Western State (1)Marcus Brown, DEMonmouthPeter Guerriero, RBNotre Dame (3)Alohi Gilman, S*Cole Kmet, TETony Jones Jr., RB*Ohio State (3)Chase Young, EDGEJeff Okudah, CBJ.K. Dobbins, RBOklahoma (2)CeeDee Lamb, WRKenneth Murray, LB*Oregon State (1)Isaiah Hodgins, WRPenn State (2)KJ Hamler, WRYetur Gross-Matos, DERhode Island (1)Isaiah Coulter, WRRutgers (1)Elorm Lumor, DE*San Diego State (1)Keith Ismael, C*South Carolina (1)Kyle Markway, TESouthern Miss (1)Quez Watkins, WRSouth Florida (1)Darnell Salomon, WRStanford (1)Colby Parkinson, TESyracuse (1)Trishton Jackson, WRTCU (2)Jalen Reagor, WRRoss Blacklock, DTTemple (2)Harrison Hand, CBMatt Hennessy, C*Texas A&M (4)Deb Renfro, SJustin Madubuike, DTKendrick Rogers Jr., WRQuartney Davis, WR*Texas Tech (1)Houston Miller, DL*UCF (1)Gabriel Davis, WRUCLA (2)Darnay Holmes, CB*Devin Asiasi, TEUSC (1)Austin Jackson, OTUtah (2)Javelin Guidry, DBJaylon Johnson, CB*Utah State (2)David Woodward, LBJordan Love, QBUTSA (1)Carlos Strickland, WR**Virginia-Lynchburg (1)Thomas Newman, DBVirginia Tech (2)Dalton Keene, TEDeshawn McClease, RB**Virginia Union (1)Tabyus Taylor, RB*Washington (3)Jacob Eason, QBHunter Bryant, TESalvon Ahmed, RBWest Virginia (1)Kenny Robinson, DBWisconsin (3)Jonathan Taylor, RBQuintez Cephus, WRTabyus Taylor, RBTyler Biadasz, CImportant NFL Draft datesJan. 17: Deadline to declare for the 2020 NFL DraftJan. 18: East-West Shrine Game (St. Petersburg, Fla.)Jan. 21: Full list of approved early entrants presented to all 32 NFL teamsJan. 25: Reese’s Senior Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)Feb. 24-March 2: NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)Apr. 23-25: 2020 NFL Draft (Las Vegas)
Palace Malice , right, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, battles Oxbow, with jockey Gary Stevens up, around the fourth turn in the Belmont Stakes horse race in Elmont, N.Y., Saturday, June 8, 2013. Palace Malice won the race, Oxbow finished second. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)NEW YORK (AP) — Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb.The win gave Todd Pletcher his second Belmont winner in six years, and vindicated the trainer’s support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one win.Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1½ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour. The colt owned by Cot Campbell’s Dogwood Stable won by 3¼ lengths after passing pacesetter Oxbow. Orb made a late move but came up far short and finished third.Palace Malice, ridden by Mike Smith and sent off at odds of 13-1, returned $29.60, $11.20 and $6.70. The colt was one of a record five entries by Pletcher.Incognito was fourth, followed by Revolutionary, the filly Unlimited Budget, Overanalyze, Vyjack, Golden Soul, Will Take Charge, Giant Finish, Midnight Taboo, Freedom Child and Frac Daddy.Oxbow, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, returned $9.90 and $6.10, and Orb, trained by Shug McGaughey, paid $3.30.When Palace Malice moved past Oxbow, Smith said fellow Hall of Famer Stevens looked over at him “like a big brother telling his little brother. ‘You go on with it big boy, you’re moving better than me.’”Last Sunday, Palace Malice put in his final workout before the Belmont, blazing 4 furlongs in 47.40. Pletcher called it one of the most impressive works he’d ever seen. And Palace Malice came through in a big way, earning $600,000 of the $1 million purse and giving Pletcher his third win in a Triple Crown race.The nation’s leading trainer won the 2007 Belmont with the filly Rags to Riches and the 2010 Derby with Super Saver. Smith won his second Belmont, having won aboard Drosselmeyer in 2010.Pletcher’s other four Belmont runners were Revolutionary, Unlimited Budget, Overanalyze and Midnight Taboo.
Photo by Lynne Ward A group of about 75 women gathered for a cocktail party Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Rumson home of Diane Gooch to show their support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Committee members are, from left, hostess Diane Gooch, Lisa Soderstrom, Kathy Donnelly, Naila Busacca, Geri Skirkanich, B.J. Henderson, Lynn McCabe-Tauro and Lynne Mangini.
The bottom of the hill looked more like the area two weeks after closing than opening day. I stepped into my skis with careful route finding through the mud patches arrived at the bottom of the Elk Chair.It was wet. It was sloppy.Almost to the top of the chair, snow started mixing with the rain. The air became distinctly colder. There was hope.Off the Elk, I dropped to skier’s left down the little pitch and picked my way through fist-sized rocks littering the surface. At the Bear and open ditch crossed the run. Most folks managed to pop over. A couple didn’t.Almost immediately on the Bear it switched completely over to snow. By the summit off-load, the hill was full-on winter–a whiteout of swirling snow and fog.As I of-loaded, I realized my annual gradual 200 yard first of the season balancing stretch was not in the cards. The snow was broken and piled high between where skiers passed. The upper layer was distinctly dryer than the lower layers exposed by the traffic. My first few turns were arm fallers.Chill. And speed up.”I loosened a bit, thought about staying centered on my foot, feeling the whole foot. I pushed my knees into the turn and found an even speed that kept my skis out of the glop below the surface.Boom. I was skiing. Turning left and right. All was good.So this year, when you drop of the lift for that first run, think simple. Think bottom of your foot. Ski evenly on your foot, clearly feeling the ball of your foot.Feel your socks.Feel the front of your boot.Point your knees; both of them, into the turns and let your knees guide your skis.And most of all, gain a little speed and power through the clumps of snow. Don’t be afraid of speed. In early season snow. Speed is your friend. Keep turning and keep your speed constant.It’s here. Happy New Year to all.Keith Liggett is a Fernie-based skier and writer. This year the first day of the year appeared brutal. At my house it was raining heavily. Clouds obscured the top of the mountain. And maybe snow showers? It was opening day, and there was nothing to do but try it. The opening weeks of the ski season across our mountains show a smattering of areas opening in early December with this last pulse of moisture and cold bringing snow enabling the lifts to crank up at the few remaining closed. For me the New Year’s Day is that first day on the hill.That event passes on the old and the rings in the new.Over the years I’ve developed a little routine to quickly get me comfortable and centered on my skis. After dropping off the lift, there is always that moment of looking at the mountains around, the valley below and wondering at this absurd sport of sliding down a slick snow covered hill, Then putting doubts aside, I find a moderate slope. Starting with a gliding wedge, the beginner turn, I crank out a few turns. I feel the bottom of the ski. I feel the ball of my foot.I press my shin into my boot just a little bit and point my knee into the turn. Gradually, I speed up the turns and voila, I am skiing.Simple.A few years ago the day turned a little sideways. , I kept trying to ski anyplace before a Whistler trip, but nothing worked out. I was scheduled into heli-skiing the first couple of days at Whistler and my first run that year was off the top of some name-forgotten peak 60 clicks north of the Village.The summit was not much bigger than needed to land the chopper and off load the skier. And the slopes off the summit appeared Chugash-like. I survived, although for the first few turns I seriously wondered, “Do you remember how to turn?”I let it go and all went well.