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Emmanuel, Otu Make Winning Start as Atseye Crashes

first_imgNonso Madueke was among those that earned passage to the second round after beating John Otu 6-1, 6-4 and he is joined by Albert Bikom who conquered Ibrahim Badamasi 6-4, 7-5. Joseph Imeh came from a set down to beat Monday Igbinovia 3-6, 5-3 rtd.Youngster, Chritopher Bulus of Aces Tennis continued his impressive showing by beating Shehu Adamu 7-6, 5-1 rtd to earn a passage to the second round.He played four qualifying tournaments before reaching this stage and he looks good to cause one or two upsets. Christopher Edward also joined the second round train with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Ikilil Sani-Waziri.In the women’s singles, Christy Nwankwo defeated Pauline Ebijimi 6-3, 6-2 while Loveth Donatus dumped Colleen Orji 6-2, 6-2.Meanwhile, men’s top seed, Moses Michael has expressed desire to win the tournament after losing the final last year.The reigning Central Bank of Nigeria Open champion is scheduled to shift base to the US in February where he will be schooling till 2021 and he declared he wants to add the Dala title to his profile.“I’m looking forward to go a step better this time. Winning the tournament would be a just reward for my efforts this year because I trained harder than I used to,” the Tombim-sponsored player stated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champion, Sylvester Emmanuel began his quest to retain the men’s singles title at the 2016 Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship holding at the Kano Tennis Club with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Tochukwu Ezeh.His elder brother, Sunday Emmanuel, who won the title in 2013 before switching base to the US, where he spent over a year also secured an easy 6-0, 6-2 first round win over Dauda Ayuba.However, there was a major upset in the men’s singles on Tuesday as 2014 CBN Open champion, Henry Atseye was knocked out by Emmanuel Idoko who triumphed 6-3, 6-3.Unlike Atseye, Thomas Out, who won the CBN top prize in 2015 progressed to the second round by beating Idris Aiyu 6-4, 6-4.last_img read more

L.A. Clippers at risk of repeating playoff history against San Antonio

first_imgWe’ve been reading this script now for what, four straight seasons?Same cast, essentially.And thus far, the same tired, predictable script.Do we really expect someone to swoop in with a major re-write and alter the ending we all know is coming?We’d like to believe.We’d want to have hope.But after four years of the same ol’ same ol’ don’t expect me to hold out hope.So this is your moment, Clippers. The stage is perfectly set to reverse course and restore our fading faith the current core can lift this franchise to another level.Otherwise, it’s same story, different season.“It’s a quick turnaround, you have to be prepared to play great game on the road,” Clippers guard J.J. Redick said.Sorry, but I’m hanging with the rest of the non-believers.Still willing to be open minded.But that’s on the Clippers. Not me.And based on the last two games, they are grasping for answers right now.“I think there’s some searching right now,” Redick said.They got smacked in the mouth Friday, and their response was to hang their heads and stop playing.Shocker.Now they face a critically important, essentially must-win situation in Game 4 lest they fall behind 3-1 to the reigning champs.And we’re supposed to believe they have what it takes to meet that challenge?“It feels worse because of the way (Game 3) happened,” Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. “The reality is it’s only 2-1. We win (Game 4) and that’s exactly what we came down here to do.”How?Led by who?Chris Paul’?The guy who scored seven points and turned the ball over six times and had just four assists Friday?Uh, uh. Can’t go there.For all his point guard greatness, every time Paul’s faced this situation he’s come up short.The Clippers put all their eggs in his basket by trading for him four years ago and securing him with a max contract.It was a prudent move for a franchise in desperate need of shock treatment just to shake them into relevancy. Their regular-season fortunes have done a 180 as a result.But it’s meant very little in terms of playoff success.Paul is an MVP candidate flanked by an one of the premier power forwards in the game, the best defensive center in the NBA, an elite sixth man and a top three head coach.Yet here he is again, one loss away from securing a near-certain first-round exit.Blake Griffin?Since dribbling the ball off his leg with the Clippers up two with 10 seconds remaining in Game 2, leading to a pair of Patty Mills free throws to tie the game and eventually a gut-wrenching overtime loss, Griffin has gone AWOL.The Clippers needed their All-Star power forward to offer a sturdy shoulder to carry them Friday, but instead of the game-changing performance required he delivered a pedestrian 14 points and 10 rebounds.And when the Clippers offense sputtered – which too-often results in frustration and defensive indifference – no one among them was willing to get in their face and demand they avoid getting sucked into their predictable cycle.Instead, as Matt Barnes described, it was a collective bunch of hanging heads.The Clippers do the Clippers so well sometimes.A repeat performance will put them in a hole they have little chance to climb out of.“Now it’s our chance to respond,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We just have to go do it.”I’m trying to stay open minded.But it’s hard. SAN ANTONIO – I know, I know, it was only one game.I get it, blowouts happen. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, your shots just aren’t falling and the other team goes white hot and the next thing you know a manageable game gets out of hand.I don’t need to be reminded the Clippers weren’t eliminated in the Game 3 beat down the San Antonio Spurs dropped on them Friday. They simply fell behind two games to one and can draw even with the champs win a Game 4 victory on Sunday.It isn’t officially time to worry. Or write them off.Common sense is screaming at me, reminding me.It was just one loss.Blah, blah, blah.Heard it all before.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more