Okocha, Kanu, Babangida Appointed as Scouts, Motivation Figures for Eagles

first_img“Okocha, Kanu and Babangida served Nigeria meritoriously as players and we believe they have the capacity to excel in this particular assignment. They will also serve as role models for our young team in Egypt,” Dr Sanusi announced yesterday.Okocha was a key member of the much-fancied Golden Generation, which qualified Nigeria for her first FIFA World Cup finals, won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time on away soil and impressed in reaching the Round of 16 at Nigeria’s debut in the World Cup in 1994. The team was named the second most entertaining team of the finals behind champions Brazil.The flamboyant midfielder also captained the Super Eagles to the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, where he was named Player of the Tournament. He played in three FIFA World Cup finals for Nigeria.Kanu narrowly missed the cut for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but captained the Nigeria Under-23 team to win Africa’s first Olympic football gold in Atlanta, USA in 1996 and was a member of the squad that finished as runners-up in the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations. He also played in three FIFA World Cup finals for Nigeria.Babangida was Nigeria’s alternate player at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but featured at the 1998 finals in France where he scored Nigeria’s only goal in the Round of 16 defeat to Denmark. He was also a member of the squad that finished as runners-up in the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, and is currently President of the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) – the globally–recognised body of Nigerian players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2019The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ captains Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu, as well as former star winger Tijani Babangida as scouts and motivational figures for Nigeria’s campaign at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt this summer.According to NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, the three legends will monitor the activities of the Super Eagles’ opponents leading to the finals in Egypt and report to Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr, and will continue their assignment in Egypt during the championship. L-R: Marketing Manager, Brian Munro Ltd, Abayomi Ajao; Award winner and Managing Director, SKG Pharma, Okey Akpa; and National Sales Manager, Brian Munro Ltd, Paul Omekwe, during the Campari Distributors Award/Prize Giving dinner in Lagoslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, February 2, 2016•8:07 a.m. Brian K. Larzelere, 40, Avery, Texas was issued a notice to appear for speeding 58 mph in a 40 mph zone.•2:24 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500  block N. Jefferson, Wellington by known subjects.•4:17 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 1000  block S. C, Wellington by known suspect(s).•4:45 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block S. Plum, Wellington.•5:22 p.m. Non-Injury accident at U.S. 160 and Boundary, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Carol S. Brown, 71, Wellington and Rustan K. Carpenter, 38, Oxford.•5:22 p.m. Carol S. Brown, 71, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for failure to yield right of way.•7:59 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•9:06 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and defective headlight in the 1900 block N. A, Wellington.•9:15 p.m. Charles B. Slater, 67, Wichita, was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended and defective headlight.•10:37 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 2000  block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

Explaining the virtual MLB fans in the stands during games on Fox this season

first_imgYou can see virtual fans in the stands at MLB games on Fox this season for the same reason you can so easily tell when a football player reaches a first down. This is just another visual enhancement using broadcast technology.”The execution of it is very similar to the (yellow) first-and-10 line in football,” Brad Zager, FOX Sports’ executive producer and head of production, told Sporting News. “The same way you see the sponsorship behind home plate on a national broadcast on that green screen, we’ve kind of (taken) bits and pieces of all the ways we’ve enhanced broadcasts and brought them together to try to get it to work for a virtual crowd.” Of course, this wasn’t some deeply rooted idea Fox has been exploring for years. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the network to think and move quickly as it became evident Fox would need to broadcast MLB games without fans in the stands.MORE: SN’s predictions for shortened MLB seasonZager said the installment of the technology that would allow Fox to show virtual fans in the stands at MLB games was a process that played out quicker than any other project he has overseen at the network. It began in the spring shortly after the coronavirus outbreak shut down live sports globally, right before the 2020 MLB season was originally scheduled to start.The deadline was fluid, but Fox had been aiming to have the product ready by mid-summer. The network got it optimized just in time for its first MLB presentations in what will be an abbreviated 2020 season.”We feel like the crowd — the audio the crowd provides — is a big part of watching a sporting event on television,” Zager said. “We wanted to figure out how to do that with all of the technology that was out there.”Virtual fans at MLB games: How it worksAs Zager noted in comparing the virtual fans to the yellow first-and-10 line viewers see on the field during football broadcasts, this is simply an evolution of that kind of visual technology.In fact, the same company that handles the first-and-10 line for Fox’s football broadcasts, SMT, is helping produce the virtual fans.SMT is one of three companies working with Fox to bring virtual fans to its MLB broadcasts. SMT handles the tracking and calibration of the four cameras (high home, center field, high first and high third) that will have virtual fan capability.Silver Spoon Animation, though, is doing most of the heavy lifting. The company is handling all of the on-site tech and operation as well as the creative. The software for Fox’s virtual fan project is provided by Pixatope.No fans? Not on FOX Sports.Thousands of virtual fans will attend FOX’s MLB games this Saturday. pic.twitter.com/z9oQU0rYuC— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 23, 2020″The secret sauce here was being able to make it look as authentic as possible in a stadium, in a 360-degree environment with every stadium being different,” Zager explained, adding that the most difficult aspect of the project was having to start the concept from scratch amid the pandemic. “How do we build this crowd? How do we give it enough depth and life to it to make it worth it to add to a Major League Baseball broadcast? So all those things in a very short amount of time.”The first round that we saw was not something that we would have been comfortable airing. So it was really coming up with all the different pieces, making sure that people could feel or enhance it the way a crowd normally enhances a broadcast.”Fox has plenty of control over the virtual fans. It can both add and take away fans during a broadcast. For example, if a game becomes a blowout, the network can make it appear as though people have left the stadium to beat the traffic.Fox also can determine how many of the virtual fans are supporters of the home or away team based on the colors of their gear.The crowd noise audio in Fox’s MLB broadcasts is the same audio the players hear. MLB is borrowing sound from Sony’s “MLB The Show” video game and piping it into stadium PA systems, so Fox’s mics are simply picking up that sound and enhancing it. The network has done this for its MLS broadcasts this year, too.The future of virtual fans in the standsZager said Fox plans to have virtual fans in the stands for all of its MLB broadcasts this season, playoffs included. He also thinks the network will grow its capabilities in terms of the control it has with the virtual fans: “What we launch with won’t be what we have when we get closer to the postseason.” Because baseball presents unique challenges with so many different stadiums and so many camera angles, the hard part is out of the way, so Fox could easily implement virtual fans for its broadcasts of other sports in the future.The obvious next possible step is football. Zager said Fox has been in communication with the NFL, and the network and the league “will figure out what makes the most sense” for broadcasts when the time comes.NFL attendance policies for the upcoming season are fluid and will vary team-to-team. But if NFL games are played without any fans in the stands, Zager “could definitely see (virtual fans) rolling out in the NFL.”last_img read more

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $6.9 Million For Intercity…

first_imgFacebook160Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United State Department of TransportationThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a $6.9 million grant award to Intercity Transit in Olympia, Washington, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020. Intercity Transit will use the grant funds for operating assistance, paratransit service, preventive maintenance, project administration, security services and security equipment in order to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 public health emergency. See FTA’s apportionment tables for the totals apportioned to each area. (This funding is based on the agency’s current request and may not represent the full amount the agency will receive.)“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who continue to depend on them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.“We know that many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies of all sizes providing essential travel and supporting transit workers across the country who are unable to work because of the public health emergency.”In addition to the CARES Act funding, FTA issued a Safety Advisory that prompts transit agencies to develop and implement policies and procedures regarding face coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, physical separation, and hand hygiene consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance.  CARES Act funding can be used to cover 100 percent of these costs.last_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP AND NBC SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCE 2015 “BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SeRies: Win and you’re in” SCHEDULE

first_imgLongines Test S. Fleur De Lis Saturday , July 4NBCBelmont OaksBelmont ParkF/M Turf Saturday, Aug. 8NBCWhitney H.Saratoga RacecourseClassic Putting the spotlight on premier racetracks across the country, the 2015 television series begins with qualifying races on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6 from Belmont Park, in the Metropolitan Handicap and the Ogden Phipps. 2:30-5 p.m. Distaff Turf In the summer, the series jumps from coast to coast with Classic qualifiers at Santa Anita for the Gold Cup and then back east to Monmouth Park for the William Hill Haskell Invitational, won by last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern. In August, there will be three programs from historic Saratoga, including the Whitney, Travers Stakes and The Woodward.  The series travels back to Belmont Park in the fall for The Jockey Club Gold, and concludes at this year’s Breeders’ Cup host site, Keeneland, for the Shadwell Turf Mile and Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, among others. TBD Stakes “We are excited to present our second series of Breeders’ Cup Challenge telecasts, which will help to build interest as we move from the Triple Crown races through the summer and on to the eagerly-anticipated Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the fall,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC and NBCSN. “Our 2015 season with NBC Sports Group continues a very successful expanded network partnership with the Challenge series designed to showcase the highest quality races from some of the nation’s premier racetracks” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO.  “The broad exposure of the “Win and You’re In” series combined with our digital marketing initiatives give us a great opportunity to provide fans with a clear path to the Championships and enhance the Breeders’ Cup brand.” NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup will be streamed on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports Live Extra app on mobile and tablet devices. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. Suburban The complete 2015 Breeders’ Cup Challenge schedule will be released later this week. Shadwell Mile NEW YORK (April 9, 2015) – The Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group today announced the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In”™ television schedule featuring 18 of the best Challenge races leading to the World Championships from top racetracks across the United States. All races will be broadcast by NBC Sports Group and will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign. Spinaway S. 8-9 p.m. 5-6 p.m. 5-6 p.m. Saturday, June 6NBCSNMetropolitan Handicap Belmont ParkDirt Mile Sunday, Oct. 4NBCDixiana Bourbon S.Keeneland Race CourseJuvenile Turf 10 LIVE PROGRAMS FEATURING TOP QUALIFYING RACES FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE ENHANCED BY MULTI-MEDIA MARKETING PLATFORM To support the new Challenge Series, the Breeders’ Cup will be launching a multi-channel marketing effort that will aim to attract new fans to the telecasts and sport.Other Challenge platform assets include:A dedicated Challenge Series website with unique content and a team of writers, producers and experts, including NBC Sports Group personality Randy Moss, focusing on racing, lifestyle and human interest features from some of the country’s most iconic racetracks. http://challenge.breederscup.com/The Breeders’ Cup Million Dollar Finish fantasy game, a national consumer promotion that will allow fans to play along at home during each show to win great prizes.Below is the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win And You’re In” schedule on NBC and NBCSN. Breeders’ Cup Challenge races are listed in bold. Distaff The series continues the following Saturday evening, June 13, on NBCSN with the live telecast of the newest race to the televised series, the Stephen Foster Handicap from Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8 mile Foster will be the first of five televised  automatic qualifiers for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, North America’s richest race, shown on the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series” this year. 5-6 p.m. In addition, several NBC Sports Regional Networks will present replays of select races after their initial airings on NBC and NBCSN. Juddmonte Spinster S. TBD 8:30-10 p.m. Ogden Phipps H.Belmont ParkDistaff Jockey Club Gold CupBelmont ParkClassic Six of the 10 series telecasts will be broadcast on NBC and four will be televised on NBCSN. 5-6 p.m. Summer at Saratoga Saturday, Aug. 29NBCTravers S.Saratoga RacecourseClassic Division TBD 5-6 p.m. TBD Stakes 4-6 p.m. Summer at Saratoga F/M Sprint Division Sunday, Aug. 2NBCWilliam Hill Haskell InvitationalMonmouth ParkClassic Summer at Saratoga Saturday, Oct. 3NBCClaiborne Breeders’ FuturityKeeneland RacecourseJuvenile Saturday, June 27NBCSNThe Gold Cup at Santa AnitaSanta Anita ParkClassic The expanded NBC Sports partnership includes multiplatform rights to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races, which will also be featured on NBC’s digital and mobile applications. Juvenile Fillies Classic Breeders’ Cup Challenge at Churchill Downs Sword Dancer Date/Time (ET)NetworkEventTrackChallenge/Division Mile The “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In”™, now in its second year, consists of 10 telecasts on NBC and NBCSN and features 18 “Win And You’re In” races. Winners of these highly prestigious races, which offer more than $13 million in purses and awards, automatically qualify for a spot in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. (Oct. 30-31). Saturday, June 13NBCSNStephen FosterChurchill DownsClassic 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5NBCSNWoodward S.Saratoga RacecourseClassic Division TBD Challenge Stakes Last November, Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group announced a 10-year agreement in which the World Championships will be televised by NBC and NBCSN through 2025. About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade 1 races and purses and awards totaling $26 million  will be held October 30-31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube About NBC Sports GroupWhen the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more. NBCUniversal Media, LLC is not a sponsor of the Million Dollar Finish promotion.last_img read more

IRISH-BRED SEPTEMBER STARS IMPRESSIVE IN U.S. DEBUT AS SHE TAKES $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY ONE LENGTH UNDER STEVENS; TRAINED BY GALLAGHER, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.16

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2017)–A bit rank early, Irish-bred September Stars leveled off when it counted under Gary Stevens, as she took Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a measured length while getting a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.16.  Idle since well beaten in England on Sept. 23, September Stars is trained by Paddy Gallagher.Breaking from the rail in a field of six older fillies and mares, September Stars, a 4-year-old filly, was a handful with Stevens under the wire the first time, but settled some down the backstretch.  A close fourth behind a three-horse spread turning for home, Stevens angled to the rail furlong out and September Stars rocketed to the lead and won in-hand late over Mrs. Norris, who had first run on her turning for home.“I saw that she had pulled some in her races over there (England),” said Stevens.  “Wow…she’s got some gears.”Off at 5-1, September Stars paid $13.40, $6.60 and $3.80.  Owned by Andrew Rosen and Edward Easton, she picked up $33,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $49,201.  She now has three wins from nine career starts.“She had trained nice,” said Gallagher, himself born and bred on the Emerald Isle.  “A mile and one eighth looks like a really good distance for her.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Mrs. Norris, who finished 2 ½ lengths in front of Sweet Dragon Fly, was off at 6-1 and paid $5.60 and $3.40.English-bred Sweet Dragon Fly, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, was off at 9-1 and paid $5.00 to show.Heavily favored at even money, Radiantly, who was ridden by Brice Blanc, was done three furlongs from home and finished fifth.Fractions on the race were 23.61, 48.25, 1:12.66 and 1:36.89.last_img read more