Also victorious was Sunday Chinedu who survived an early scare from hard fighting Emmanuel Ameh before dropping him 2-6,6-2, 10-3 in what could best be described as the longest match of the tournament so far.The victory now brings Sunday Chinedu face to face with Musa Emmanuel in one of the two Semi-final matches. Musa cruised ahead as Happy Agbi 3-2 retired yesterday.The second semi-finals will see top seed, Silas Isaac battling it out with Michael Nekepeme.In the women singles’ category, top seed, Neme Yakubu will be up against Bright Emmanuel in the first semi-finals that will pave way for the second semis between tournament Number 2 seed, Sarah Musa and Mariam Jimoh who sent Justina Emmanuel packing in two straight sets 4-2, 4-1 to pick her semi-final ticket.All the semi-final matches would be played today ahead of Saturday’s grand finale which will hold at the Centre Court of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Meanwhile, The authorities of the Lagos State Tennis Association have commended the Adeyemi-Bero family for the continuous sponsorship of the championship which is in it’s 4th edition.Secretary General of the Lagos State Tennis Association, Hajjia Zainab Adegesin who made the commendation after yesterday’s quarter-final games, reasoned that the tournament will not only help in developing tennis from the grassroots but will also assist in discovering feature tennis talents in the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was indeed the best of Junior tennis thursday as top seed of the boys singles category of the on-going 4th Chief Joseph Omotosho Adeyemi-Bero U-14 boys and Girls Junior Tennis Tournament, Silas Isaac, stroked his way into the semi-finals.He defeated Bode Lawal in two straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in one of the quarter-final matches decided at the Centre Court of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.Benjamin Jeremiah lost 2-6, 5-7 to Michael Nekepeme in another quarter-final encounter decided at same Court one.
No USC fan wants to relive last weekend’s embarrassment in Eugene.The Trojans were outworked, outhustled and outplayed. USC needs a small-scale game like this Saturday’s in Tempe, Ariz. to regain its skills, swagger and dominant attitude.If the Trojans recover their form, there’s no doubt they would love a rematch with Oregon at the end of the season. Too bad it won’t happen.Yet, after Oregon restored competition in the Pac-10 last weekend, this much has become clear: the Pac-10 needs to expand to 12 teams. This isn’t solely for USC’s sake, but for the sake of the conference in general.From a competitive standpoint, it makes sense. Two extra teams would give the hypothetical Pac-12 the ability to split into two divisions. Teams would no longer play a nine-game conference schedule, but rather eight games — giving them the opportunity to schedule a weaker non-conference foe.This is what Florida does when they schedule powerhouses such as Charleston Southern. In an informal poll conducted this summer by ESPN.com’s Ted Miller, Pac-10 coaches voted 6-4 against the current round-robin scheduling in favor of a new format. So the coaches are on board.This format would also allow the Pac-12 to play a championship game. Teams that are tied at the top of the conference, or that had one or two losses, would be able to go head-to-head in a dramatic and meaningful late-season battle.This would not only give the conference more exposure — which it desperately needs as everyone annually views the Pac-10 as an inferior BCS conference — but it would give the teams an extra shot to play for the BCS championship game.If this were the case, USC could theoretically play Oregon again in a month’s time. If both teams win out to that game, they will likely be in the top seven and the winner will get a big resumé boost for the championship game.In fact, a scenario like this is playing out right now in the SEC. No. 9 LSU plays No. 3 Alabama tomorrow. If LSU beats the Crimson Tide and wins the rest of its games, the Tigers will have a rematch with Florida, a team they lost to earlier this season, in the SEC Championship Game.It will be hard turning down the winner of that game for the BCS title match.But who would be the other two teams to include in the Pac-12?The first two obvious choices would be Boise State and Utah. Both teams have played in BCS bowls recently and have high caliber football programs.By joining the Pac-10, Boise State would be able to boost its profile because it no longer would be playing against Tulsa or Fresno State.It would silence the critics who claim that the Broncos play an easy schedule and don’t belong in the BCS championship game. Plus, it would be cool to see the Trojans play on a blue field.Utah is a solid choice too. The Utes have two BCS bowl victories under their belt, which is more than any Pac-10 team not named USC. They have good talent, recruit in California (see former No. 1 NFL Draft pick Alex Smith) and, for TV’s sake, sit in the 35th largest television market.Unfortunately, that might be the problem. College football is all about ratings and money these days, and university presidents and athletic directors aren’t so quick to add the two teams.It would just be two more teams with which to share revenue, and Boise and Salt Lake City aren’t exactly the television hot spots that would give the Pac-12 more exposure or money from TV deals.Last year, USC had the same win-loss record as the two teams playing for the BCS national championship, Florida and Oklahoma, yet after its loss to Oregon State, USC was never considered a true contender for the title match. If the Trojans played Cal, Boise State and Utah to compliment Ohio State and a conference title game, there’s a good chance USC would’ve gone the route of LSU two years ago.Remember that? In 2007, No. 5 LSU played No. 14 Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. After the victory, LSU jumped all the way up to No. 2, while idle and fellow two-loss team USC stayed below the Tigers. LSU played in and won the BCS title game.Expanding the Pac-10 by two more teams would no doubt bring more national intrigue and prestige to the conference. If it had been the Pac-12 from the start, the one-loss USC teams in recent past that made an annual tradition out of pummeling Big Ten opponents would definitely have had a better shot at reaching the national title game and proving to the country that the Pac-10 is reputable.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Kenny at email@example.com.
In a bid to lure Indian MICE, weddings and luxury travellers and to educate travel trade about the new and exciting destinations, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), recently conducted a two-city roadshow, Chennai and Bengaluru in India. With their primary focus on the MICE and wedding industry, BTEA flew in with a delegation of Bahrain Tourism officials, as well as Bahrain’s leading hotels and destination management companies.Speaking exclusively to Travel News Digest on the sidelines of the roadshow, Yousef Mohammed Alkhan, Director of Tourism Marketing & Promotion, BTEA quipped, “We were delighted to receive such a great response in both the cities. The purpose of this roadshow was to increase awareness and visibility of the destination amongst the travel agents in these cities by providing them all the information and support directly from our partners.” Speaking on the target segment of the travellers, Alkhan said, “Our primary focus is on the MICE and wedding market. India has a huge potential in both the markets and we are looking to capitalise by organising roadshows and educating the travel trade. We have luxury hotels, convention centres to fulfil the demands of our guests. We are more than happy welcome to invite them and explore the hospitality of Bahrain.” “All the travel agents and tourism professionals were provided with the latest information and updates on Bahrain’s touristic offerings through presentation followed by B2B sessions. We hope this roadshow will give a positive result in terms of increase in arrivals to Bahrain from India,” Alkhan concluded. Various industry partners from Bahrain Tourism and hospitality entities joined the roadshow to promote the country’s unique hospitality services and attractions including; Gulf Air, The Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Novotel Hotels & Resorts, Elite Hospitality Group, Lagoona Beach Resort and destination management companies including; Go Gosaibi Travels, Mathias Tourism, Lets Go Bahrain, Farhat International Tours & Travels and Bahrain International Travel.Speaking about the roadshow, Sunil Mathapati, Country Manager, BTEA said, “We want to create the awareness in other markets in India, and Chennai and Bengaluru become the biggest source markets to promote Bahrain as a tourist destination. Bahrain being just four hours from India becomes an apt tourist destination.”Mathapati confirmed that India is one of the important markets for Bahrain tourism and currently the destination is focused on MICE and wedding travellers from the country. “This roadshow would make the travel agents/tour operators informed about the offerings of a new destination and how they can package it for their customers. Bahrain also offers islands, beaches, and desert areas as top locations in order to tap growing MICE and wedding market. There are confirmed seven weddings from India between November 2018 and April 2019 in Bahrain,” he added. Mathapati also showcased top family, MICE and wedding destination across Bahrain in a presentation. Qal’at Al-Bahrain, Bahrain National Museum and Al-Fatah Mosque were amongst the destinations presented during the roadshow. Apparently, the country will organise Formula One Grand Prix also known as Gulf Air Formula One Grand Prix from March 29 to 31, 2019 at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The roadshow was in line with the BTEA’s strategy to promote the destination and country’s tourism sector under the slogan of ‘Ours.Yours.’.