Rivers Hoopers drawn in Nile Conference of Basketball Africa League

first_imgNigeria’s representative at the inaugural edition of the Basketball Africa League, Rivers Hoopers have been drawn in the Nile Conference alongside Zamalek of Egypt, Union Sportive Monastirienne of Tunisia, Mozambique’s Ferroviario de Maputo, Forces Armes et Police Basketball (FAP) of Cameroon and Patriots Basketball Club of Rwanda. Each team will play the five opponents in their Conference in three different cities once. The top four teams in each Conference will advance to the single-elimination playoffs in Rwanda scheduled for May. Rivers Hoopers will play their five games in Tunisia, Egypt and Lagos. Meanwhile, official kit sponsors of the BAL Nike and Jordan unveiled jerseys for the teams during the NBA All Star Weekend held on 15 February, 2020 in Chicago. Hoopers and five other teams will be kitted by Nike while the other six will be kitted by Jordan. The two kit sponsors will provide the teams with jerseys, warm up apparel, socks and practice gear. Rivers Hoopers have since intensified training as they get set to participate in the inaugural Basketball Africa League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Games in the Nile Conference will tip-off on March 20 in Monastir, Tunisia. Rivers Hoopers are among 12 teams from 12 African countries that will compete in this year’s Basketball Africa League. Champions from national leagues in six countries – Nigeria, Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia were guaranteed a spot in the inaugural BAL season while the remaining six teams from Cameroon, Rwanda, Madagascar, Mali, Algeria and Mozambique secured their tickets through qualifying tournament. The 12 teams have been drawn into two Conferences with six teams in each group – Sahara Conference and Nile Conference. While games in the Nile Conference will tip off on March 20, action in the Sahara Conference will dunk off a week earlier on March 13 in Dakar.Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever Bought5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Hughton calls for calm and belief

first_img “Whatever it takes, it takes, so we just want to be getting the results we need.” Club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who has yet to score since the opening day, could be back in contention after a knee injury, while Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass (wrist) should also be involved. However, the timeframe for Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer’s hamstring problem remains to be determined. Wes Hoolahan had put Norwich ahead at Aston Villa and his somewhat muted goal celebration against the club who tried to sign him in January drew criticism. Hughton feels the issue has been dealt with following direct talks with the Republic of Ireland international. “I know things that have been said, but having spoken to him I am very clear and confident that there was absolutely nothing meant in it,” Hughton said. “This is a lad who has had a tougher time here (this season), he has not played the games he would have liked, consequently he has not been able to score the amount of goals he would have liked, it is probably one that you almost forget how to celebrate. “I genuinely feel that if he has upset anybody or anybody has taken it the wrong way, Wes is certainly the first one to apologise or hold his hand up. “What he did do, and it is important that everybody recognises the support we have, I certainly saw him go over to our support to show his appreciation at the end.” Press Association Norwich manager Chris Hughton has called for everyone to stay calm as he plots a steady course towards Barclays Premier League survival over the final 10 matches. The Canaries were stuffed 4-1 at Aston Villa last weekend, despite taking an early lead, and are now once again looking anxiously over their shoulders. Norwich’s need to fast close in on the 40 points barrier is made more urgent by a final four fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. However, after overseeing last season’s nervy run-in which eventually ended in the relative security of 11th place, Hughton intends to stay very much focused on the job in hand as he prepares his side for the visit of Stoke. “Certainly last season, one thing which we did learn from that period is that you have to remain calm because there becomes a lot of pressure on everybody,” said Hughton, whose side are four points clear of 18th-placed Sunderland, but having played two more matches. “Last season up until three games to go, there was something like seven teams who mathematically could go down. “We find ourselves at this moment in with a group of arguably some 10 teams, so it is important you stick to your principles and keep your calm and belief through that period of time.” Asked if he remained confident he could keep Norwich in the Premier League, Hughton said: “Yes, and there is not anyone here who thinks any different. “We have not had the consistency we would have liked, but we are around a group of teams who are similar. “We have to look after our own business to get the results we need to make life a bit more comfortable for us. “I don’t know how many points we will need and at this stage of the season you probably don’t want to be. last_img read more

Zion Williamson’s family received $400,000 payment before he went to Duke, says affidavit

first_imgThe plaintiff, Williamson’s former marketing agent Gina Ford of Prime Marketing Sports, is attempting to prove Williamson was ineligible to play NCAA basketball and therefore unable to explain breaking his contract with her company by pointing to a North Carolina law protecting amateur athletes. In other words, she claims Williamson forfeited his amateur status by accepting money.“It was further my understanding that to secure the verbal commitment from Lee Anderson [acting on behalf of Zion Williamson and the Williamson family] to have Zion sign with ‘MMG,’ Lee Anderson had demanded, and Duric paid, some $400,000 to Lee Anderson and Chubby Wells,” wrote Kreiss in the legal document. NEW: Donald Kreiss affidavit offered by Gina Ford claims that Zion Williamson agreed to pay Slavko Duric between $7-10 million to relinquish exclusive marketing rights in favor of CAA, conditioned on him keeping the $400K loan a “secret” and “shredding” all records of both Ks. pic.twitter.com/6UpLHaTF8V— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) July 9, 2020MORE: Background details of the Zion Williamson lawsuitWilliamson’s attorney denied the affidavit claim to The Athletic on Thursday and noted the ID attached to Williamson in the filing did not match up with his measurements.“This is a desperate and irresponsible attempt to smear Mr. Williamson at the very time he has the opportunity to live his dream of playing professional basketball,” said attorney Jeffrey S. Klein.This is the “Letter of Declatation” that Zion Williamson and his stepfather supposedly signed in Dec. 2019 acknowledging the $400K loan made by Slavko Duric in Oct. 2018 (when still enrolled in Duke), along with his driver’s license for authentication.Real or fake?You decide. pic.twitter.com/lVcKvzxgV4— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) July 9, 2020 The marketing agency Zion Williamson left shortly before beginning his NBA career is suing him for $100 million and levying serious allegations about compensation he received as an amateur athlete, which would have deemed him ineligible to play for Duke.On Thursday, an affidavit signed by a man named Donald Kreiss, who purportedly worked as a middleman between Maximum Management Group and Williamson, alleged Williamson received $400,000 in exchange for a verbal commitment to sign with the Canadian firm.last_img read more