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Team Nigeria Finishes Ninth as Australia Wins 2018 C’wealth Games

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first_imgBy Femi SolajaAt the end of 2018 Commonwealth Games  yesterday in Gold Coast , Australia, Team Nigeria won nine gold, nine silver and six bronze medals to finish ninth on the overall medals table.The feat though achieved through personal efforts of most Team Nigeria athletes, was a spot below the eighth placement at the Glasgow Games four years ago when we won 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals.Aruna Quadri won Team Nigeria’s last medal at the 2018 Games edition  after clinching silver in the men’s  table tennis singles event, losing to Ning Gao of Singapore on Sunday morning.South Africa emerged Africa’s best team as they finished in the sixth position with 13 gold, 11 silver, 13 bronze medals.Kenya were 14th with four gold, seven silver, six bronze, Uganda 15th with three gold, one silver, two bronze, Botswana occupied the 16th position on three gold, one silver, one bronze and Namibia with two gold ended in the 19th position.Cameroon who had one silver and two bronze finished in the 32nd position, Mauritius were in joint-34th position with one silver while Ghana and Seychelles who only won one bronze, were joint-39th in the medal table.Hosts Australia, were the overall winners at this year’s games after amassing 80 gold, 59 silver, 59 bronze to bring their medals total to 198.England who were champions at the 2014 edition, came second with 45 gold, 45 silver, 46 bronze, India clinched third spot with 26 gold, 20 silver, 20 bronze.Canada came fourth with 15 gold, 40 silver, 27 bronze and New Zealand finished fifth after securing 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals.Meanwhile the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, commended the team for not just doing the nation proud but better the performance at the last edition in Glasgow. “ I thank you very much for making us proud. We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow. How many sports we competed in and how much money was voted? These are the factors which will confirm whether we have done better here or not. From the average knowledge of what I have, we have done better here than what we did in Glasgow.”The Minister also announced that arrangements to host those available back in Nigeria has been put in place.“This will enable us to interface, interact, cross pollinate ideas and enjoy ourselves. I don’t want us to access our success with medals. We should assess our success by participation and the way we conducted ourselves during the Games.It is also time to begin to invest in our athletes if we want to do well in sports,” he remarked. The next edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022, will be hosted in Birmingham, England, from July 27 to August 7.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse’s comeback falls short in 62-58 loss to No. 7 Louisville

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first_imgWith a one-point lead, the ball and less than three minutes remaining, it looked as if Syracuse’s fourth-quarter comeback was going to result in its marquee win of the season against No. 7 Louisville.The Orange had been in this position before against ranked opponents away from home — they held fourth-quarter leads over then-No. 24 Michigan on Dec. 5 and then-No. 22 West Virginia on Dec. 22. But in both games, SU’s offensive possessions in the final minute were sloppy and the opportunity to add a ranked win to its résumé slipped away. On Sunday, it was Syracuse’s (6-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lack of aggression off a missed free throw that kept it from recording its biggest win of the season. With 30 seconds left and up by one, Louisville’s Elizabeth Balogun missed two free throws but got her own rebound after the second one and laid it in. On the ensuing possession, Kiara Lewis’ layup was blocked and grabbed by Balogun, who was fouled and sunk a free throw secure a 62-58 victory for Louisville (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The Orange have one win in six tries against ranked opponents this season. In three of its five losses, SU held a lead with less than three minutes left in the game.In a season full of slow starts, SU came out firing on Sunday. Digna Strautmane and Lewis made sure Syracuse didn’t replicate its six-point first quarter last weekend against West Virginia. The duo combined for 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the first quarter to give the Orange a one-point advantage after the first frame. Louisville’s Jazmine Jones provided the spark for the home team, finding pockets of space in SU’s zone and sinking four jumpers in the opening period. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s smart ball movement and shot selection in the first quarter disappeared in the second. They made just one field goal and scored seven points in the first nine minutes of the second quarter. Emily Engstler drilled a hook shot and 3-pointer in the final minute of the half to bring SU’s second-quarter tally to double-digits and the Cardinals’ lead to one. Syracuse’s strong perimeter defense held Dana Evans and Kylee Shook — two of Louisville’s three leading scorers — scoreless in the first half. In the third quarter, though, the Orange focused on closing down Jones, who logged 18 first-half points, allowing Evans and Shook to get open looks from behind the arc. They each sunk one to extend Louisville’s lead to as big as 11. SU’s jumpers weren’t falling so it started driving to the hoop, proving effective when Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi converted an and-one and Gabrielle Cooper took two trips to the line. That whittled the Cardinals’ lead down to seven heading into the fourth.SU clawed back to tie the game at 54 after freshman Teisha Hyman bottomed three 3s before the under-five minute media timeout. When Lewis and Amaya Finklea-Guity made a jumper and layup, the Orange had a one-point lead with two-and-a-half minutes remaining, their first lead since the midway point of the second quarter.But SU’s lack of concentration on defense and inability to execute on offense doomed it in the final two minutes, and soon it ran out of time. Syracuse didn’t have a free-throw attempt in the fourth quarter while the Cardinals had eight, six of which came in the final minute and 20 seconds. Comments Published on December 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more