Giroud may be facing an extended spell on the sidelines after sustaining the damage in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton, just seconds after heading the equaliser. The 27-year-old Frenchman has undergone two scans and is due to see a specialist on Wednesday who will provide a time frame for his rehabilitation. Press Association Sanchez was substituted at half-time at Goodison Park following an ineffective 45 minutes as the focal point of Arsenal’s attack. Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell are also options, although it is Sanogo, who missed out against Everton because of a hamstring injury, who is most likely to start. Wenger, who ruled out Podolski leaving in the transfer window, is confident he has the options to cover for Giroud’s absence in the second leg of the qualifier at the Emirates Stadium. “Yes of course, why should I not have that confidence?” Wenger said. “Nobody can image that when one player is missing, no matter how big the player is, the team can’t win a game any more.” The first leg finished in a goalless draw in Istanbul and while Arsenal are heavy favourites to defeat the Turkish club, Wenger knows anything is possible. “For us the Champions League is very important. We want to play at the top level, at international level,” Wenger said. “It’s a very important game, more on the sporting side than the financial side. “Nothing is unthinkable – it (not qualifying for the group stage) has happened to 99 per cent of all the big clubs in Europe. “But we want to be in there and we think we have the potential to do it. The task is clear and we know we can do it. So let’s do it. “Experience plays a big part. We have big experience of playing in the Champions League and in highly pressurised games. We can use that. “But what’s more important is putting in a good, strong performance. “I’m confident this group is mentally prepared and ready for the fight.” Slaven Bilic is backing his Besiktas team to flourish despite his touchline ban as he plots a famous victory over Arsenal. Bilic will be missing from the Turks’ dugout for the Champions League second-leg qualifier after being sent to the stands for arguing with referee Milorad Mazic in Istanbul. “It’s not ideal of course. I regret it and would love to be down there with the boys,” the Besiktas boss said. “But I don’t see a huge problem in it. We have prepared our gameplan and I have a big belief in my assistants and they’ll do the job there.” Arsenal are favourites to secure a 17th successive campaign in the group stage of the Champions League but Bilic insists Besiktas have been flooded with self-belief after holding the Gunners to a stalemate at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. “We know it will be a massive game for us and after Istanbul it became big for them. A goalless draw was a positive result,” Bilic said. “We showed in our performance in the first leg that we’re capable of giving them a game. “We played well and weren’t totally happy with the result. We deserved to win. “But still the result is very positive and we’re full of hope for the second leg, although we know we’re playing one of the biggest clubs in the world on their home soil. “But we are full of confidence, especially after the first game. We have a dream and we’ll do everything to fulfil it. “Before the game maybe our players doubted a little bit because they haven’t played so much against the big guns, but after the game we’re very confident. “We have a good team that is full of energy and playing for each other and trying to play good football. “Of course we are not the favourites, they are the favourites. They are Arsenal, but we hope to show we also are a good side. “I truly believe we have a chance against Arsenal and can give them a good game.” Manager Arsene Wenger refused to speculate on the extent of the damage amid reports that Giroud has broken a bone and could be out for two to three months. “Olivier will not play against Besiktas. He will see a specialist and afterwards we will make an announcement as to how long he’ll be out,” Wenger said. “It can be (long term), we’ll see. I don’t know (if it’s broken). It’s sad for us, but for the moment we are focused on the game.” The loss of Giroud has robbed Arsenal of their first-choice striker as they seek to secure a 17th successive season in the group stage of the Champions League. Wenger may now be forced into the transfer market in search of a replacement if the Gunners’ worst fears are realised and Giroud faces an extended spell on the sidelines. When asked if his absence would impact on transfers, Wenger replied: “I don’t know. We are 24 hours from a big game and our focus is more on that than the transfer window. “I’ve learnt one thing in our job – you say nothing categorically.” Summer signing Alexis Sanchez could operate as the lone striker against Besiktas, although doubts have been raised over his ability to perform the role. Arsenal are waiting to discover the severity of Olivier Giroud’s foot injury but are already resigned to being without him for their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas on Wednesday night.
According to the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), the inclusion of Mati in the team became necessary in order to expose the youngster to international competition tournament at senior level.The Ondo State-born southpaw believes he has the capacity to step into the shoes of Aruna Quadri, whom he described as a role model to young players in the country.Quadri as the defending champion of the ITTF Africa Cup will be aiming to retain his title amidst the array of stars coming to Lagos for the three-day tournament. Nigeria as host is expected to present four male and four female players while other participating nations will registered two male and two male for the tournament.Winners in the men and women singles event will represent Africa at the ITTF Men and Women World Cups in China later in the year.For the female team, Edem Offiong who is the highest ranked Nigeria in the world will lead the team. Others are Germany-based Olufunke Oshonaike, Ajoke Ojomu while national female champion, Fatimo Bello completed the four-man list for women.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African cadet champion, Taiwo Mati is the surprise inclusion in Team Nigeria for the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup which serves off on August 3 through August 5 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.Mati, who also emerged as the best male player at the All Africa Games trials was at the weekend crowned the national U-21 champion, will be making his senior international debut at the continental showpiece which is the qualifying tournament for the 2019 ITTF World Cups.The five-man team will be led by African champion Aruna Quadri while others are Bode Abiodun, Segun Toriola and Olajide Omotayo.
Wisconsin never should have needed a hero. But when the moment came, Justin Schultz delivered and got a couple of monkeys off the men’s hockey team’s back in what head coach Mike Eaves called a “wacky” game.Schultz’s goal with eight seconds left in overtime gave UW a 6-5 win over Canisius, completing a sweep of the Golden Griffins. Maybe more importantly, it ended a colossal 26-game winless streak in overtime for the Badgers, who were 0-8-18 entering the night. The last time UW won an overtime game was March 17, 2007.“Both [assistant coach Bill Butters] Billy and [assistant coach Gary Shuchuk] Shuey brought that to my attention on the bench,” Eaves said with a laugh. “More than anything, it’s the win. It’s about getting that 14th win for us.”With the Badgers on the power play, Canisius seemed to have UW pinned in its own end with time running down. But Wisconsin got the puck up ice to Craig Smith, who passed to Jake Gardiner. Gardiner found Schultz on the backdoor with a pass and the sophomore needed just to get a stick on the puck to put it past Canisius goaltender Dan Morrison.“I knew right when [Gardiner] got it, I knew he would see me – he always does,” Schultz said of the play. “It was a perfect pass and I just had to put it in an open net.”The elation of the win overruled the fact Wisconsin at one point had a 3-0 lead. And later, a 4-3 lead.But after Patrick Johnson and Jordy Murray took penalties to give Canisius 38 seconds of five-on-three, the Golden Griffins made sure to capitalize, scoring on both penalties to take a 5-4 lead with just over five minutes to play.It took just 35 seconds for Wisconsin to respond, with Gardiner flipping the puck from the wing up and over to Smith in the slot, who got a stick on it to tie the game at 5-5.The game didn’t initially look like it would be so close. Canisius didn’t register its first shot on goal until 11:40 of the first period and UW outshot the Golden Griffins 10-3 in the period, dominating despite neither team scoring.But the floodgates opened in the second period, as UW built a 3-0 lead. In a span of four minutes in the second period, the Golden Griffins gave up three goals and two penalties.Craig Johnson started the scoring at 4:06 with a shot from the right circle that was tipped by a defenseman and went in past Morrison. UW would add another as Gardiner executed a great one-two pass with Derek Lee, and Gardiner finished with a shot from the inside edge of the left circle to make it 2-0 UW.Smith would skate in and around three defenders while firing a shot from the slot to give the Badgers a three-goal lead at 7:56.But five minutes later, a UW five-on-two rush would end in a blocked shot and a Canisius rush the other way. Badgers goaltender Brett Bennett faced two Golden Griffins, with Taylor Law making a nice move to the backhand to cut the lead to 3-1.Scott Jenks scored to draw Canisius to within 3-2 as the second period ended, and just 2:27 into the third Ryan Bohrer made it 3-3.“We talked about it in the locker room a little bit, we got up three and we might have just relaxed a little bit,” forward Keegan Meuer, who scored later for a temporary 4-3 lead, said. “Give credit to them, they did what they needed to do, they weren’t pretty goals, I think they were all deflections, but give credit to them.”It was a rough night for Bennett, who made his first start since November. Most of the goals scored on him were tips and redirections, leaving him with little he could do.“It was a tough night, definitely,” Bennett said. “Sometimes nights like that happen, pucks get deflected, that’s part of being a goaltender.”The sweep let Wisconsin roll up a seven-game winning streak as the Badgers finished their regular season non-conference play. Since being swept at home by Minnesota-Duluth, Wisconsin is 8-1-1 with three consecutive sweeps and is 14-7-3 on the season.UW looks to be on a roll and after two wins which Eaves characterized as showing mental toughness. He believes the Badgers can take away a lot as they head into the last 14 games of WCHA play.“You’ve heard us talk before about the fact that every game is a riddle and there’s no textbook answers,” he said. “Well the riddle of tonight was how to figure out how to win this game that was wild and wacky, and we figured out the riddle tonight.“And we can take that experience and put it in our hip pocket.”
CHICAGO – In a room full of about 48 football players and head coaches, there is no shortage of confidence. Each player is incredibly hopeful about the upcoming season, never willing to admit nerves about their chances, especially in rivalry matchups.The Big Ten is riddled with rivalries, but perhaps the newest one is between two teams that sit atop the conference – Wisconsin and Michigan State.In what are quickly becoming go-to replay games, the 2011 MSU-UW games are fairly easy to watch on repeat. And while players from both teams admit they’ll watch those games over and over, they tend to look away when things start to turn sour.“I feel like it’s on every day, the Big Ten Championship or the one before it,” Wisconsin offensive lineman Ricky Wagner said. “I sometimes watch them just a little bit … sometimes I look away.”With so much to discuss within the Big Ten, the burgeoning rivalry between Bucky and Sparty has been one of several much-discussed topics.After an unbelievable Hail Mary finish in the regular season matchup, followed by a rematch in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game just as intense as the first game – and with opposite outcomes – there’s no real reason why the rivalry shouldn’t be growing.“The reason we’ve had such a rivalry with Wisconsin is not only have they been close games that we play with them, but they’ve been games that mean a lot,” MSU senior linebacker Will Compton said. “… You remember the Big Ten Championship, you remember the Hail Mary pass. You always think, ‘Oh, that was against Wisconsin,’ so they’re always in you’re head … it’s been a great tradition here the last couple of years.”Unlike most rivalries where mutual hate is a common theme, respect is what defines the Michigan State-Wisconsin matchup.“The thing about Wisconsin is I respect them a lot as a team and I have a lot of people I do know at Wisconsin that I am affiliated with,” MSU senior linebacker Chris Norman said. “I have the utmost respect for their program and what those guys do and what they represent. That being said, it does change once you get on the field, especially because you want to win. But I’ve got a lot of love for Wisconsin.”Wisconsin running back Montee Ball echoed Norman’s statement and immediately noted how strong its defense is as well.This season, the Badgers welcome the Spartans into Camp Randall Oct. 27 in what is already a highly-anticipated affair.“I know the next time we play Wisconsin I’m going to have an extra edge about me and I know they are going to have the same extra edge as well,” Norman said.All eyes on RickyAt Wisconsin, there might as well be a factory line producing offensive lineman, ready made for the Outland Trophy and a first round draft pick. This year’s big guy? Senior Ricky Wagner.Describing the 6-foot-6, 322 pound left tackle reserved or shy is an understatement. And while he’s not as vocal as his fellow spotlighted teammate Ball, Wagner isn’t worried about the new publicity he’s receiving.“I really don’t have any pressure on me,” Wagner said. “It might seem like I do, but I don’t feel it at all.“I want to be the best O-lineman in the nation. I think that’s everybody’s goal playing the position, but I really think I can accomplish that if I just keep doing what I’ve been doing.”Now the veteran leader of the offensive line, Wagner said the main focus this off season has been getting the younger guys up to speed and, in his opinion, things have been going well.A more mature defenseRepresenting Wisconsin’s defense at the Big Ten Media Days, senior linebacker Mike Taylor spoke highly of the upcoming season – even in the face of the recent loss of defensive lineman Jordan Kohout, who recently ended his football career due to medical issues.“On defense we should be pretty good, maybe the best we’ve had in awhile,” Taylor said. “Then again that’s just talk, you’ve got to wait until the season starts … we’re a little older this year on defense … I’ve played with all these guys, we’re almost the same age, you just build this bond and trust to each other that you want to play for each other.”Last season Taylor led the defense with 150 tackles. Fellow linebacker, junior Chris Borland wasn’t far behind with 143. The duo are expected to be just as potent in 2012, but when asked about it, Taylor immediately began speaking about another linebacker – junior Ethan Armstrong.“This summer, just because me and Ethan Armstrong had the same hip surgery, we’ve been around each other a lot and kind of built a pretty good relationship,” Taylor said. “I’m not saying he’s going to be the other linebacker. I’m not saying I’m going to be. Going into the year, it’s a blank slate for everyone.”Overall, Taylor was extremely positive about what his defense is capable of in the upcoming season, especially with their game-experience, but remained cautious, noting they still have to play a game first.Kelly is a senior majoring in journalism. What are you worries concerning the 2012 Badgers? Let her know @kellymerickson.
On Sunday, Las Vegas dubbed redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, with USC’s signal caller opening as a 5-1 frontrunner at multiple sportsbooks.The announcement surprised few, especially around the campus that Darnold captivated last fall. Darnold had been the Heisman favorite for months on online betting sites (alas, I missed my chance to place a wager on him when he was a 9-1 underdog behind Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield), and he simply never seemed to share the field with any quarterback of his caliber during his debut campaign. Why wouldn’t he be the favorite — and perhaps a heavy one at that?But pressure obviously comes with the spotlight, and more often than not, it’s actually a bad omen to open as the odds-on Heisman frontrunner. Remember Leonard Fournette’s 2016 season? Or Trevonne Boykin’s 2015 campaign? Me neither.This is usually the moment I like to engage my sports-fan defense mechanism and become a relentless pessimist — you can’t disappoint me if I set the bar low enough. Instinctively, I want to remind everyone about 2012, when preseason No. 1 USC and Heisman favorite Matt Barkley were touted to win it all before finishing unranked at 7-6 in a reeking dumpster fire of a season. I want to scream that high expectations haven’t done any good for the Trojans in recent years and that the hype is setting a stacked squad up for failure.But I can’t do that for this year’s team (next year’s?) without feeling like a hypocrite. No matter how hard I try to brace myself for disappointment, I can’t help being pumped for the fall. I don’t want to jinx the Trojans (I probably just did), but they feel invincible. Ever since Darnold made his home debut against Arizona State last October, USC has looked like the best team in the nation — and the Trojans proved it in their miraculous Rose Bowl victory over No. 5 Penn State, who had beaten the likes of Ohio State and Wisconsin during the regular season.More importantly, however, nothing ever seemed to get to Darnold last season. Nothing. And that is a trend that must continue if he is to win the Heisman and lead the Trojans to glory next year. Darnold lost his first career start at Utah but bounced back immediately, pummeling the Sun Devils one week later. He delivered an upset win in Seattle over No. 4 Washington and followed that up with rivalry wins over UCLA and Notre Dame. Then he led the Rose Bowl comeback.All the while, Darnold remained unfathomably unflappable. Whether he suffered a strip-sack or completed a 50-yard bomb, the reaction was the same: jog over to the sidelines to talk it over with head coach Clay Helton — mixing in a few high-fives after the positive plays. Throw a pick? Jog to the sidelines. Touchdown? Jog to the sidelines. Complete a pass left-handed and between-the-legs while rolling out against the grain? Jog to the sidelines (probably).My limited interactions with Darnold haven’t suggested anything different. He exudes a love for football throughout conversation, but in a way, he also appears more excited about playing pickup basketball with his teammates during the offseason. When my co-editor Julia Poe was fortunate enough to share a meal with the Darnold family last month, she saw what the Trojan quarterback has been since childhood: a natural-born athlete who just wants to have fun with the ball in his hands, whether it’s on the court or the gridiron on Saturdays.That is what makes me so confident about the coming season. How can Darnold buckle under pressure when he looks completely oblivious to it in the first place? Even as his celebrity grows, he has shown no signs of becoming weary of the media scrutiny, nor is he basking in it. He remains soft-spoken and even-keel, despite being touted as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft as a teenager. Very few young players in Darnold’s circumstances have been able to avoid the pitfalls of superstardom, especially in a city like Los Angeles that is so focused on the creation of celebrities. Yet he has. Perhaps that is the final piece that will finally allow the Trojans to rise to high expectations after the dark days of the post-Pete Carroll era.It may seem silly to derive so much hope from intangibles — especially since USC’s glory years under Carroll came with Hollywood glitz and glamour. But we’ve seen plenty of very tangible talents on campus, from Leonard Williams to Adoree’ Jackson, and plenty of personality, be it in coaches such as Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian or in players like JuJu Smith-Schuster. While exciting at times, all of those people departed the program without the ultimate currency in Trojan lore: a national championship. Darnold certainly has the talent, but it may be his borderline-bizarre understatedness that ultimately puts him above other Trojan legends of the past.All of this is to say: If there is one player who can overcome the jinx of being preseason Heisman favorite, it’s Darnold. In addition to his unquestionable talent (which all Heisman contenders possess), Darnold has also shown the humility and focus you rarely see from an anonymous college freshman turned national sensation. He could very well add the Heisman to his decorated trophy cabinet next December — and he may add a National Championship a few weeks after that.You probably won’t hear him say anything about it, though.Ollie Jung is junior studying print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Jung Money,” runs on Thursdays.
The planned merger of daily fantasy sports leaders DraftKings and FanDuel is on hold, after the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday it would file a complaint to block the merger on grounds it violates antitrust laws.The complaint, which will be filed jointly with the office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, alleges the merged company would control more than 90 percent of the daily fantasy sports market, thus potentially representing a monopoly.“This merger would deprive customers of the substantial benefits of direct competition between DraftKings and FanDuel,” Tad Lipsky, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, said in a statement. “The FTC is committed to the preservation of competitive markets, which offer consumers the best opportunity to obtain innovative products and services at the most favorable prices and terms consistent with the provision of competitive returns to efficient producers.”In a joint statement responding to the FTC’s announcement, DraftKings and FanDuel expressed disappointment in the decision, noting the two companies “continue to believe that a merger is in the best interests of our players, our companies, our employees and the fantasy sports industry.” DraftKings and FanDuel will “consider all options” in response to the FTC’s complaint. For the time being, the companies will remain separate.An administrative trial is set for Nov. 21. Any hopes of a merger are highly unlikely before the NFL season, which has long been the daily fantasy industry’s most lucrative time of year.Once bitter rivals jockeying for position atop a nascent, booming industry, DraftKings and FanDuel announced their intentions to merge in November, with few details of how such a merger might work. In spite of tensions between their CEOs, a deal was brokered after the two companies found themselves bogged down in a slew of expensive, state-by-state legal battles.Yet as both settled their once-profound differences to preserve a future as the industry’s leader, antitrust concerns always loomed.The FTC complaint also raises further questions about the future of daily fantasy sports in California. While Becerra has not issued an official stance on the industry’s legality in the state, his inclusion in the complaint’s filing is a sign the attorney general’s office could pose a serious obstacle for the industry in one of its most crucial states. California’s previous attorney general, Kamala Harris, was mum on daily fantasy’s legality, before she was elected to the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. The California State Assembly unanimously passed a DFS bill in January. Since, the bill has been dormant, with little word on whether it will be revived in 2017.The daily fantasy industry has faced its fair share of obstacles the past two years. Thirteen states have legalized daily fantasy sports contests. But many more challenges, not limited to the FTC’s complaint, lie ahead. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Drivers Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell met with NASCAR on Saturday to clear the air after they were summoned to discuss the heated fight that took place after the first round of the qualifying session on Friday.Suarez and McDowell explained that the meeting wasn’t a big deal and NASCAR officials just wanted to make sure the “animosity” wouldn’t carry over to the track during Saturday’s practice or Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. “If I wanted to wreck him I would have done that yesterday,” Suarez said, per ESPN . “That’s not my style. I wouldn’t use my race car as a weapon.”Suarez explained, however, his relationship with McDowell hasn’t been fixed yet. Related News ICYMI: @Daniel_SuarezG , @Mc_Driver get physical on pit road during #BuschPole qualifying.Details: https://t.co/5ZPKRkUd6X pic.twitter.com/Ooco22raap— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 9, 2019Suarez approached McDowell to discuss an on-track dispute when the physical altercation broke out. Suarez was frustrated because he wasn’t able to get past McDowell, and he thought McDowell kept him from running an unhindered lap, which resulted in a 28th starting spot for Suarez. McDowell, who will start right next to Suarez in 27th, initiated contact and then the two started to throw punches before they were separated by several crew members.”It’s an emotional sport. We both have a lot on the line,” McDowell said. “We’re trying to do the best we can for our partners and teams, and emotions come out. That’s what racing is all about. What it’s always been about.” “I’m not ready to fix something like that,” Suarez said. “I just made my point clear, why I was mad. He had his point. I don’t think it’s as good as mine. But I mean, we’re not going to fight each other. But we’re not best buddies, either.” NASCAR drivers react to Daniel Suarez, Michael McDowell scuffle
The goalkeeper of English Hull City Eldin Jakupović expressed his wish to play for the representation of B&H.Jakupović, during a conversation with BHDINFODESK from Birmingam, did not hide his desire to intensify the competition for the goalkeeper position of the B&H representation.“It would be a great honor to play for B&H. I know that Begović is undisputed, but I think a fair competition is always welcomed”, said Jakupović.He stated that he has never refused to be part of the B&H team, although as he says, in public such an image of him was created. He added that he has never been called from B&H and that is the reason that he has accepted the Swedish offer to play a friendly match against Cyprus. I have not played in official matches and like Hajrović, I can easily change the sports citizenship”, said Jakupović.(Source: Fena)
The best of the native bred three-year-old fillies will hold centre stage at Caymanas Park today in the 77th running of the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres and given the presence of a top heavy favourite in NUCLEAR AFFAIR, victory for her should be a mere formality.Offering a total purse of $3 million, this the season’s third classic has attracted 10 starters, including the first eight past the post in the April 9 Post to Post 1000 Guineas, which saw the howling favourite, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, powering home by 9 1/4 lengths from A THOUSAND STARS and SORRENTINO’S STAR in a fast 1:39.2 for a mile.NUCLEAR AFFAIR was then ridden by three-time champion, Dane Nelson, who left the island last week for another riding stint in Canada. Her connections have called up big-race jockey Shane Ellis, the reigning champion, to replace Nelson, who will be back to ride her in the derby.Unbeaten in three starts this season, NUCLEAR AFFAIR has already stamped herself as an exceptional three-year-old filly and Subratie is looking beyond the Oaks to the June 25 derby where she will come face to face with the colts.GLORIOUS UNCERTAINTY”She has everything in her favour today, having beaten seven of her opponents in the Guineas. But she still has to go out there and execute for racing is a sport of glorious uncertainty,” said Subratie, who is seeking his first Oaks win, having finished second with the 99-1 outsider ZACAPA some years ago.”She has done everything asked of her this season and I was particularly pleased with how she carried herself at exercise last Sunday morning in a six-furlong gallop, looking pretty easy in 1:14.4.”Nuclear Affair can do anything … she can run with the pace or come from behind if the situation demands and I am confident she will deliver for her deserving owner Michros,” he added.”It is only left to be seen whether my other runner, Golden Glory, can complete the exacta after finishing fifth in the Guineas. She did not have much luck in running, however, and my hope is that she can beat the runner-up, A Thousand Stars, and the third horse, Sorrentino’s Star, for second, with Ameth Robles who rode Zacapa taking the ride,” said the second generation trainer.For me, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair, bred by her owner, is so much better than her opponents that it will take an act of God to deny her today.The Wayne DaCosta-trained A THOUSAND STARS, a fast improving sort, should follow her home, again.Other firm fancies on the 12-race programme are CAMPESINO to repeat in the third race for open allowance horses; last year’s Oaks winner, MOM’S STUDENT, in the fourth; SOUND OF MIRACLE in the fifth; RUNAWAY GAL in the sixth for the Ricochet Cup; PROLIFIC PRINCESS in the seventh; and LORD EQUUS in the ninth.
Relatives and friends of Papa Walker, 24, are asking how he hanged himself last Tuesday, while he was detained on a charge of ‘disorderly conduct’ at the New Kru Town Police Depot, near Monrovia.An Investigation conducted by the Daily Observer revealed that Papa Walker allegedly assaulted his sister, whose identity could not be verified, following an altercation over child support fees with his eleven-month old son’s mother, who is also yet to be identified.The deceased’s brother, Benjamin Walker, told the Daily Observer that Papa Walker and his girlfriend had a serious misunderstanding Monday night about financial assistance to take care of the child.“The girl and my brother argued about the money and after much argument back and forth he agreed to find some money for her on Tuesday.“That night my brother was so angry that my sister (not named), got on the girl’s side,” Benjamin Walker said.He explained that Papa Walker, a motorbike rider, “jumped on our sister and I intervened to separate them.”He said the unidentified sister returned on Tuesday morning to their Karpeh Street residence, along with an officer of the Liberia National Police, assigned at the New Kru Depot.“My brother was asked to go to the police station and when he got there he was detained,” he said.While efforts were being made to secure his release, we got the news in the afternoon that my brother had hanged himself in the cell.”The news of the alleged suicide took the Borough of New Kru Town by storm and it drew hundreds of residents, mostly young people, to the police depot.Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police withdrew officers assigned at the Depot and replaced them with a contingent of officers who took positions around the Police Depot, asking bystanders to leave.The incident of suicide is not common in the Borough, according to residents who spoke to the Daily Observer.“While we are confused as to how this boy could hang himself in a police cell, this sad story is a case involving a young father who found it difficult to provide financial support to his child,” an elder said.Another resident, a mother of five, told the Daily Observer that “unlike before, motor bike riders are now restricted to communities and the young riders don’t earn much money and this has led to such a tragedy.”Slum communities, like New Kru Town, West Point and Clara Town, (all in Monrovia) are filled with stories of young fathers who are unable to provide for their children due to lack of economic empowerment.“This is one of the challenges facing the Liberian government,” said a former student of D. Twe Memorial High School, who did not want to identified.Parents in New Kru Town are worried that what began with the need for financial support for a child sadly culminated in the death of a young man that his brother, Benjamin told the Daily Observer was a “hustler who was fighting hard to survive.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)