first_imgWhen the Indianapolis Indians opened their baseball season this spring, it was the 20th year for the new downtown Victory Field.  Victory Field has the reputation of being one of the most fan-friendly ball parks in minor league baseball.  A lot of people enjoy sitting beyond the outfield wall on the grass with their families as they take in a relatively inexpensive outing.Indianapolis has long been the center for all sports with baseball taking a backseat to none.  Long before the Colts or Pacers came to Indianapolis, there were many amateur ball parks near the downtown area.  Because of shifting populations most of these parks have moved to the suburbs but Victory Field sits right downtown along with the major sports facilities.  Since the Reds are not having a good season this year, why not take in an Indian game?last_img read more

first_imgPopularly known as RMD, Richard Mofe-Damijo was born July 6, 1961. He is a Nigerian journalist, actor, politician and lawyer. He was the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, between 2009 and 2015.Mofe-Damijo who was born in Warri, Delta State, attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin where he studied Theatre Arts.RMD has featured in several top-notch soaps and films such as Ripples, Out of Bounds, Three Wise Men, Oloibiri and Hush.A multiple award winner, RMD in 2005, won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards. He is the face of Globacom’s powerful television commercials which celebrated the company’s ground-breaking launch of Nigeria’s first nationwide mobile 4G LTE network.Mimi Fawaz and Richard Mofe-Damijo will complement the glamorous event known as the Oscars of African football and scheduled for the night on 5th January, 2017 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sports journalist, premium show host and presenter of Sports 360 on Vox Africa, Mimi Fawaz and Nollywood legend, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) have been confirmed as the official comperes of the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards.A graduate of City University of London, Mimi who is half-Nigerian (her mother is from Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria) and half-Lebanese, has worked for CNN, ESPN and ITV Television networks.Described as the ‘driving force behind UK’s first original African football show’, Mimi has successfully carved a niche for herself in a field dominated by men.Mimi is delighted by the opportunity extended to her to host the show and has promised Africa and the rest of the world a spectacular delivery.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Syracuse played 25 games before losing last year. That was how three players in the Orange’s current rotation started off their SU playing career.But this season’s crop of newcomers, both of which are starters, competed in just two games before experiencing their first college loss.To junior guard Trevor Cooney, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.“We’re not used to losing, especially this early in the season, but I think it was good for us to not only lose but kind of get killed,” Cooney said on Friday, a day after SU’s 14-point loss to California. “You learn mostly when you lose. You don’t really learn when you’re winning.“I think it was good for us to be down and play the next game, play the next day.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA far cry from last year’s exhilarating 25-0 start, this Orange team is the first one in 11 years to lose in the first three games of the regular season. It’s fallen out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since 2009. But the SU players looked optimistically at what their loss to the Golden Bears on Thursday, and SU’s subsequent bounce-back win over Iowa on Friday, taught the team.Syracuse (3-1) will begin to employ that perspective when it reverts back to facing lower-level nonconference competition, and hosts Loyola (2-2) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday.“Every game will help this team, every time they play. These games certainly helped us,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… But we just need time — I hope it’s not too much time — to get better. And I think we can do that. There’s a lot of work to be done in these next few weeks.”Freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph said he caught himself taking in the Madison Square Garden environment too often during the first half of Thursday’s game. The next time out, he made it a point to keep his concentration on the court.He’ll have to apply that same focus when the Orange travels to raucous atmospheres like Michigan on Dec. 2, Villanova on Dec. 20, and the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments, and he knows it.With his redirected focus, Joseph picked up his assist-to-turnover ratio from Thursday to Friday. He contributed to the Orange’s improved offensive showing as it grinded out a win over Iowa a night after a listless shooting performance against Cal.“Everything’s a learning process for all of us in these games,” Joseph said. “This was a huge experience, being in such a tight situation, everybody had to rally together.”When the Orange entered last year’s NCAA tournament, six out of seven players in its crunch-time rotation had played in an NCAA tournament game before — and the outlier was “unusual” point guard Tyler Ennis, as Boeheim described him Thursday.This year’s team doesn’t have that much experience in big games.But with a more rigorous nonconference slate than SU teams of the recent past, the Orange expects to be better suited than its youth would indicate.Said junior forward Michael Gbinije: “We’re going to have a long season. We’re going to have some more close games down the road and we’ve just got to be ready for them.” Comments Published on November 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgTwo former executives of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the chief executive of a rave promotion company were arrested Thursday. Though the charges were not immediately disclosed, attorneys said they believed the criminal counts are for conspiracy regarding the stadium’s operation, according to the Associated Press.Financial ruin · The university is in talks with the nearly bankrupt Coliseum Commission to negotiate a 50-year master lease. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanAuthorities arrested Patrick Lynch, former Coliseum general manager; Todd DeStefano, former Coliseum events manager; and Reza Gerami, chief executive of Go Ventures, Thursday morning.The Chief of Staff for City Councilman Bernard C. Parks said the councilman, a member of the Coliseum commission, was not surprised by the arrests.“It’s unfortunate,” Chief of Staff Bernard C. Parks Jr. said. “But it’s pretty predictable, having followed this now for a year and knowing the different law enforcement agencies that were involved. He knew this day was coming.”The venue’s financial activity has been the subject of scandal for more than a year. In November, the Coliseum Commission sued Lynch and DeStefano, alleging that they had mishandled funds and siphoned money for personal gain. The suit also named rave promoters Go Ventures and Insomniac Events.Parks Jr. said there is no connection between the charges filed and USC’s negotiations with the Coliseum Commission for a master lease.“I know there have been some people trying to draw a parallel line between these two events, but it’s really apples and oranges,” Parks Jr. said. “I don’t think you can hand over a public facility for free based on the negligence of a couple employees at the Coliseum. One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other.”In addition to Thursday’s arrests, a lawyer for Insomniac Events, which has worked with the Coliseum, said the company expects its chief executive to be arrested as well, but is confident that the charges levied against him are invalid, according to the Los Angeles Times.Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, whose office is currently investigating and auditing the operation’s finances, said the arrests signify the need for reform.“We must demand zero tolerance when it comes to allegations of public corruption, wasteful spending, fraudulent activity and abuse of city resources,” Greuel said in a statement. “[Thursday’s] arrests are indicative of the need for bold changes at the Coliseum.”last_img read more