Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to take his first win of the year and move into a share of the championship lead.Hamilton’s victory, in a race enlivened by a wet start and some terrific wheel-to-wheel battles, ties him with first-race winner Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.Vettel was second, hardening impressions that 2017 will be a fight between the two multiple champions.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen moved up from 16th on the grid to finish third.The grand prix could have swung in favour of either Hamilton or Vettel depending on how events had played out.In the end, fate decided for Hamilton, who was able to control the race from the front throughout and respond to his pursuers, who were always kept well out of arm’s length.Vettel had to fight back after losing out on strategy in a chaotic opening, which kept the shape of the race in doubt through a series of incidents and accidents.Verstappen further heightened his already burgeoning reputation as one of F1’s most exciting drivers with a strong performance to challenge Hamilton early on.The Dutchman, up from 16th to seventh on the first lap, took the final podium spot, but was under pressure in the closing laps from his more measured team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who Verstappen had overtaken impressively in the early stages.Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas had a chastening day, spinning behind the safety car in the early stages and dropping back to 12th, from which he recovered to finish sixth, behind the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.And there was cruel luck for Fernando Alonso, who drove a strong opening lap to have the uncompetitive McLaren-Honda up into eighth place, ran seventh for much of the race and was on course to finish there when his driveshaft failed shortly after half distance.The race could have turned out very differently had it not been for a key moment on lap four.After a wet start, Hamilton led the opening lap from Vettel and Bottas but the deployment of the virtual safety car following a crash by Williams rookie Lance Stroll, punted off by Force India’s Sergio Perez, prompted Vettel and most of the midfield runners to pit for dry tyres on lap two.The decision dropped Vettel to sixth but with all the runners ahead of him still on the grooved intermediate tyres on a rapidly drying track.The four-time champion was now in a strong position, and poised to take the lead when Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Verstappen pitted.But Hamilton and the others were saved by a crash by Sauber’s Antonio Giovinazzi, the Italian losing it at the last corner, just as he had in qualifying on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Chairman of the Lagos State Branch of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Debo Oshundun, has said the upcoming Lagos Media Marathon scheduled for May 1 is not exclusive to only journalists.Speaking at the weekend in Lagos, Oshundun who is the Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee said the Lagos Media Marathon though being spearheaded by journalists was opened to every member of the public to participate and have fun.He explained that just like there is the Aviation Marathon in Singapore that is organised by stakeholders in the aviation industry but its open to every runner and Comrade Marathon organised by miners in South Africa and participation is usually for everybody. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Lagos Media Marathon is a 10km and 5km road race that is open to participants outside the media industry. “It is necessary we make this clarification because some erroneously think that the Lagos Media Marathon is only for journalists, it is for everybody, everybody across Nigeria and beyond are all welcomed to be part of the race” the Lagos SWAN chairman stated.“The only difference is that while journalists and students will not be paying any registration fees, other members of the general public will be paying a token of N3, 000 to participate in the Lagos Media Marathon”According to Oshundun, with the N3, 000 registration fee, participants are guaranteed a quality goodie bag, quality running kits as well as medal among other things.Oshundun also announced that the registration for the Lagos Media Marathon will officially take off on Friday, March 1.“The registration will begin on March 1st on our website lagosmediamarathon.com where people can pay and be entered immediately. Physical forms will also be made available at various centers that would be announced soon,” he added.Already, organisers have stated that they are expecting over 30,000 runners in this inaugural edition of the Lagos Media Marathon.
Carol Folt, the chancellor of UNC Chapel Hill, will begin her presidential duties on July 1, after Interim President Wanda Austin leaves her position. (Photo from USC News) Folt resigned from her position in January 2019. The decision came one day after she approved the removal of a Confederate statue on campus that many students deemed racist. Folt, who is entering USC amid several scandals and lawsuits against the University, will serve as the first female president in USC’s 139-year history. She will replace Interim President Wanda Austin, who was appointed last August. The University announced the decision to appoint Folt in an email to the USC community Wednesday. At a press conference, Folt said she, along with others she spoke with at USC, are ready and willing to create change at the University. “It is the greatest privilege in the world to be a first,” Folt said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “You carry this amazing opportunity to talk about it. But truth: no first comes without thousands of people. I just look at what [Austin’s] done, and I am the beneficiary of all that.” Caruso said he hopes that Folt looks to the search committee as an advisory group as she transitions into her new role as head of the University. Undergraduate Student Government President Debbie Lee said she believes Folt’s previous experience with controversies at UNC will prepare her to take on the role of USC president. Graduate Student Government Vice President of Programming Kris Coombs, Jr. said he is interested in seeing how Folt will work to rebuild trust within the USC community. Folt, a biologist with extensive experience in higher education, will begin her duties July 1. Before coming to UNC, Folt served at Dartmouth University for 30 years as a faculty member, provost and interim president for the school. In a statement to the USC community, Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso said Folt is a leader who will guide the University with students, faculty and staff in mind. During her six years as chancellor of North Carolina’s flagship university, Folt faced multiple high-profile controversies. She assumed the position following national news of a long-running academic fraud scheme involving student athletes whose course schedules included classes — which never met in person — to help them fit the academic requirements for playing. Folt was selected by the 23-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee comprising Caruso, Austin, Academic Senate President Yaniv Bar-Cohen, members of the Board of Trustees and faculty, along with search firms Isaacson Miller and Heidrick & Struggles. The committee was formed in August. Folt dealt with multiple internal and NCAA investigations of the athletics scandal and terminated faculty members involved in the incidents. She said her experiences at UNC have prepared her to effect change at USC. Folt said the decision to remove the base of a Confederate monument at UNC has given her peace of mind, and situations involving history and nomenclature are often nuanced. Austin recently created the University Task Force on Nomenclature to create a process for students concerned with building names and monuments to submit their concerns. “There was so much diversity on the search committee, and I was actually very worried about it in the beginning, because to have 23 people all get aligned, and if you looked at the criteria, it was a long set of criteria,” Caruso said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “There was a great sense of camaraderie, there was a great sense of transparency, everybody shared information, everybody had healthy discussions, everybody had a different point of view. At the end of the day, it was unanimous.” “The last three were all exceptional,” Caruso said in the interview. “Obviously, [Folt] stood out for a number of reasons but all [were] really exceptional. And then we had a half-day session to make a decision, and it was unanimous on [Folt].” “Sometimes when you have challenges, you are in the best position to make change,” Folt said at the press conference. “I haven’t heard any voice of complacency … No one is saying, ‘Everything is perfect, don’t tell us we have to change.’” Daniel Hahm contributed to this report. “I feel the president needs to have at least one person whose job it is to look at the president and say, ‘I don’t think this is benefitting students,’” Mark Malan, a member of the Staff Assembly and an accounting technician in the Provost’s Office, said at the forum. “Because I don’t think Nikias had that.” “I believe so deeply in what [USC] has done and what it can do,” Folt said at the press conference. “I also have learned that you take on challenges by never forgetting your bigger mission and the good things that happen. It’s that pairing that I think brings the vibrancy. If we have no challenges, it just means no one’s finding [them].” “I think it’s evident that she has a clear understanding of what’s ethically right, and I think just from hearing a very small glimpse of who she is and what she’s done and what she stands for, it makes me excited to know that she’s going to be leading us,” Lee said. USC community members have called for increased transparency and accountability from the University in light of recent controversies. At an open University Forum Tuesday, several members of the USC community spoke out about what they hope to see in the next leader of the University. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee hosted three listening sessions since September to gauge which values and qualities students, faculty and staff wanted to see in USC’s next president. According to the search committee website, many expected the next president to have cultural competency and experience running a large institution. Those who participated in the sessions said the University needs to increase its transparency and commitment to students. At the press conference Wednesday, Folt said she has listened to these town halls to prepare for the position. In addition to the college admissions scheme and the class action lawsuit against former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who was accused of years of sexual misconduct, Folt will assume the responsibility of handling a suit against a former campus doctor who allegedly sexually assaulted over 20 male students, and a class action suit against the University alleging unfair admissions processes in light of the bribery scandal. At the press conference, Folt said she accepted the position because she wanted to help the University work toward change following the recent turmoil. “Honesty, accountability, candor. If the community wants that, we are already so far ahead,” Folt said. “That gives me the chance to come in and take actions that get us there.” Caruso said Folt was selected from a list of 100 potential candidates, which was narrowed down to three primary candidates during the search process. “There’s been a lot of concern given everything the University has been through, so I am optimistic that she’ll know what to do,” Coombs said. “It will be difficult since there’s so many of us, but that’ll be nice to be able to watch her and see how she takes leadership in a different direction.” Carol Folt, the former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named USC’s 12th president following a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees, the University announced Wednesday. “As I have come to know Dr. Folt and how she thinks, it is clear that USC has chosen a brilliant, principled leader with clarity of purpose and integrity to lead the university forward and upward,” Caruso said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Ours was a global search, and we spoke to over a hundred diverse and world-class candidates.”
Follow Will on Twitter @WillLaws On Tuesday, Steve Sarkisian was introduced as USC’s head football coach at the John McKay Center, ushering in a new era for Trojan football. The introduction comes one day after former interim head coach Ed Orgeron resigned from his position and held an emotional final team meeting.All in the family · With deep ties to USC and the Trojan football program, new head coach Steve Sarkisian returns as USC’s head coach. Sarkisian was one of five finalists interviewed by Athletic Director Pat Haden. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“It’s obviously difficult, but at the end of the day it’s a business,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler said. “I think our team has done a great job of understanding that — especially this year, [since] we’ve had three head coaches in one year … [But] we’re very excited to have a great leader like Coach Sark. I’m excited to get started with him.”Sarkisian, 39, was a quarterbacks coach, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for USC under former head coach Pete Carroll from 2001 to 2003 and 2005 to 2008. Most of that time was spent alongside Lane Kiffin, who was fired from his head coaching position in September and replaced by Orgeron for the remainder of the season.Orgeron guided the Trojans to a 6-2 record to complete the season, headlined by a massive upset of No. 5 Stanford, and gained support from many fans who believed he deserved to have the “interim” tag removed.Athletic Director Pat Haden, however, decided to hire Sarkisian, who helped win five Rose Bowls in his seven years at USC and reconstructed a Washington program that was 0-12 in the season prior to his arrival.“Steve resurrected a moribund program in Washington,” Haden said. “He has relationships with local [high school] coaches, and he knows the Pac-12 and USC.”Sarkisian brought his wife and three children to the press conference, where he declared his passion for USC and seemed at ease with the media horde surrounding him.“To be home, to be the head football coach at USC, is just awesome,” Sarkisian said. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I felt like I had to take advantage of and jump on the first chance I got it.”The Torrance, Calif. native didn’t hold back from explaining his expectations for the program, saying he expected USC to resume competing on a national level immediately.“We are not rebuilding at the University of Southern California,” Sarkisian said. “‘Rebuilding’ is not a word around here. Coach O proved that we can win right now.”Orgeron certainly reinvigorated USC’s fanbase — not to mention, its team — and was offered an assistant head coaching position and pay raise by Haden. But the man affectionately known as “Coach O” chose to pursue a head coaching opportunity in lieu of his success at Troy, and held an emotional meeting with the Trojans on Monday afternoon to inform them of his decision.“I respect his decision; it wasn’t like he abandoned us or left us,” Kessler said. “When he started talking yesterday in the meeting, you could see it in his eyes and his voice that he was beyond crushed.”The team was likewise dismayed, as several players left the McKay Center in tears, feeding the notion that some of the squad’s players who are eligible for the NFL Draft might be encouraged to leave school early in wake of Orgeron’s withdrawal.Some of those knee-jerk, dejected emotions seemed to dissipate after a team meeting with Sarkisian later that night. But only time will tell if the new head coach can convince some of the Trojans’ most talented players to don the cardinal and gold for one more season.“Right now, emotions are high,” said redshirt junior safety Josh Shaw, who said he’s currently leaning toward staying at USC. “Maybe a guy feels like he wants to leave right now. But in two weeks he gets to sit down and talk with Sark and see the new staff, see the new scheme, then he’d probably be encouraged to stay.”For now, the Trojans are looking forward to participating in a yet-to-be-determined bowl game, in which they’ll be coached by offensive coordinator Clay Helton.“We’re gonna go out there and do it for ourselves,” Shaw said. “We worked hard this whole season; we’ve been through a lot. It’s another opportunity for us to go out and have a 10-win season, which is a positive for all we’ve been through this year.”With a permanent head coach in Sarkisian, it seems as though the chaos that has surrounded USC football since the disappointing 7-6 campaign last year might finally be coming to a close.But the program still has plenty of work to do before it can claim a return to national relevance — a charge Sarkisian hopes he’ll be the one to lead.“I came here to win championships,” Sarkisian said. “We’re gonna recruit the kids with the desire, the kids with the character that can embrace that [mentality] and want to do something special here.”
Today, June 16, is Jamaica Diaspora Day.A study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) on the value of the diaspora to the country has been launched.The study is being jointly undertaken by CaPRI and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI).Diaspora Day is being celebrated by Jamaicans at home and abroad.Acting Director of the Diaspora Affairs Department of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Lincoln Downer, said designation of the day emerged from one of seven resolutions put forward at the first historic Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held in Kingston from June 16-17, 2004.“The Resolution noted that Jamaicans overseas were desirous of maintaining and strengthening their relationship with their homeland, and there was a general consensus that a day should be selected where the achievements of the diaspora would be highlighted and the oneness of the diaspora celebrated,” he said.To formalise the recommendation from the conference, he said the Ministry obtained approval from Cabinet that culminated in the issuance of a proclamation on June 14, 2005 by the then Governor-General, Howard Cooke, for Jamaica Diaspora Day to be celebrated annually on June 16.The Proclamation requested the support of Jamaicans at home and abroad around the activities of the Jamaican diaspora.Launches were held in Jamaica and in specific diaspora locations to mark the inaugural celebration of Diaspora Day.
The incumbent mayor of the City of Miramar, Wayne Messam, 44, was easily reelected for a second term on in that city’s municipal elections on March 12. Messam, who is also contemplating a run as a Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential elections handily won 86.05 percent of the votes over his little known challenger Josue LaRose who received 13.95 percent.Messam, a Jamaican-American, was first elected mayor in 2014, when he defeated then incumbent Mayor Lori Mosely in what regarded as a surprise victory. During his tenure as mayor he has been generally regarded by Miramar residents as “doing an impressive job.” His goal has been to make Miramar, home to one of the largest Caribbean American population in the United States, one of the more progressive cities in the nation. Currently Miramar host more Fortune 500 companies than any other city in Florida, and continues to expand its residential communities.
Swimming has been excluded in the National Sports Authority’s list of 14 sporting disciplines covered under the “non-contact” sports category of disciplines cleared to return to action following President Akufo-Addo’s address on Sunday that announced further easing of restrictions imposed in the month of March as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus in Ghana.The NSA however, stated in a statement that the disciplines cleared to continue their activities will only resume training sessions with competitive sporting events still prohibited.The exclusion of swimming is especially conspicuous because it is believed the chlorine in the pool kills the coronavirus while swimmers compete in different lanes.While football was explicitly mentioned as one of the sports not clear to return, other events like boxing have also been affected by the continuous ban on sporting activities that will last till at least July 31, 2020.However, disciplines such as athletics, golf, tennis, table tennis have all been cleared to return.Full List of Sporting Disciplines cleared to return:AthleticsBadmintonTable TennisTennisGolfPower LiftingWeightliftingCyclingDraughtsPara Sports (Individual non-contact para sports)Rowing and CanoeingHorse RacingBaseball and SoftballSquash
Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina general secretary Adnan Dzemidzic and executive director of the sports sector Elmir Pilav met today in Sarajevo with representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The overriding goal of today’s meeting was to find the best possible solutions due to the current situation caused by the appearance of the coronavirus, so that football players could return to training sessions and to continue competitions organized by the FF BH.The meeting concluded that the start of the training process for footballers will be carefully followed, but only after the competent state and entity authorities have taken decisions to mitigate the measures currently in force due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Training periodisation and preparation plan will be determined in accordance with the recommendations of the competent health institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.A meeting with representatives of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is also planned.
After waiting it out, Glazer announced his news on his Fox show shortly after 11 p.m. ET. Rams center Brian Allen was the first known NFL player diagnosed with the coronavirus. It’s relevant news, and Allen is thankfully “on the road to recovery,” according to coach Sean McVay.But the way Glazer handled the situation caught the ire of many, who felt teasing a coronavirus diagnosis for a full day wasn’t a respectable thing to do.Jay Glazer is really good at what he does.But teasing a story for 24 hours about someone being sick like it’s an exciting scoop is wrong on a few levels. And a bit disturbing. https://t.co/cL5NP98XIC— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) April 16, 2020″It will be very big breaking news. I can’t say it yet. I’m telling you I’m breaking big news. Legit big breaking national news tomorrow on the show. It’s not news to make fun of.”I’m glad Allen is OK, but to hype this story up for 24 hours is distasteful. https://t.co/Z4UP5lLRnx— Lauren Campbell (@lalalalaurrrren) April 16, 2020Jay Glazer does a lot of great work to help a lot of people.Openly teasing 24 hours in advance of the announcement of someone having COVID-19 doesn’t exactly seem like the kindest thing to do to the impacted person.All the best to Brian Allen. https://t.co/YQ0ZOkW7HG— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 16, 2020The fact that Jay Glazer actually used someone’s COVID 19 case to grab for ratings is pitiful and he should be ashamed of himself u don’t tell people to tune in for ground breaking news to report someone’s illness.— Chris Madden (@cmadden222) April 16, 2020100%. He used his platform to amass cheap views and clicks. Extremely irresponsible and not taking into consideration that of Brian Allen, the Rams and Brian Allen’s family.— Vancity Raider 🕷️ 2️⃣ Y 🍌 (@RaiderFan604) April 16, 2020Glazer responded to the criticism Thursday during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show.”.@JayGlazer explains his “breaking news” and why he waited for FOX Football Now to divulge a #Rams player testing positive for Covid-19: pic.twitter.com/mwwMDiNoEZ— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) April 16, 2020 Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer is a respected name in the NFL community, but he was criticized heavily Wednesday night for he handled himself this week.On Tuesday, Glazer claimed he had “big, big news” that would make national headlines. But instead of releasing the information as soon as he confirmed it, like most reporters do, he teased it as a ploy to get people to watch his show, which airs at 11 p.m. ET. Some people were immediately skeptical since it’s an odd way of handling “national” news, but people were still intrigued as to what it could be. WHOA. From @jayglazer w/us on @FoxSportsRadio – ‘I am breaking big, big news tomorrow night on Fox Football Now. I mean big, national news tomorrow. I’m not kidding around.’— Jason Smith (@howaboutafresca) April 15, 2020Then Wednesday afternoon comes around and there’s an unconfirmed report of the Vikings and Browns discussing a trade for Odell Beckham. Immediately people thought Glazer’s news was simply this Beckham trade going down.But Glazer shut that down, and once again teased his “big, big news.”The news I have tonight is not transactional news, not a player getting traded or signed. Woke up to seeing y’all going ape-you-know-what guessing what it is. It’s not what you think. Fox Football Now tonight 11 ET/ 8 PT after race— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 15, 2020NFL DRAFT: 7-round mock | Top 100 prospects
AUBREY BRUCE WITH DAN ROONEY (Photo by Thomas Sabol)This weekend I attended the annual NFL Fall-of-Fame game in Canton, Ohio. I have lost count of how many of these “skirmishes” that I have witnessed but this particular “celebration of greatness” was a lot more personal to me.I was humbled because I sat with the fans and watched the game from Section 15, Row RR and believe me it wasn’t my choice to view the game seated among the “common folk” (laugh) but that is what happens at the last minute when one decides to cover the game and no press box credentials are available. (I did receive a post-game locker room credential which to me is another story but I will get to that before I conclude this column.)I would like to begin by providing to you some of the more memorable quotes from a few of the 2013 inductees (not all of them are going to make this column). Here are their names; Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden , Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and finally Warren Sapp.Let’s begin with the colorful and sometimes controversial former Tampa Bay Bucs’ and Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Warren Sapp. “Being the last of 12 that Henrietta Bruce carried around for 9 months, I am surprised that I even made it to the delivery room,” Sapp said. (I, myself, was a seven month baby born in 1953 which in itself is a miracle of survival.) “Being the baby of six kids, you get treated real bad, even by your sisters (laughing). Lisa, you were my protector, my rock. Whenever I need you, baby, you were steady, ready and willing. I love you. Lisa, you were my protector, you taught me how to love and you taught me to fight like hell, and I love you, baby. Punchy, you showed me what another sport was. I still hate baseball (laughing). Arnell, you’re not here with me tonight, and I know you’re at home right now. But you were my first superstar. I watched you run for 348 yards and five touchdowns in a high school football game, and then I went out on the playing field and watched my friend grab a football and say, I’m Arnell Lykes, and we all stopped and said you can’t be Sapp’s brother.”My superstar was Stan (the man) Bruce who purchased my first football from the proceeds from his job at the Davidow factory in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. I have covered the Baltimore Ravens since their late owner Art Modell decided one day at the crack of dusk to give up the catfish of Cleveland and go for the crab cakes of Baltimore. Ogden was the first pick of the Ravens and they really “done good” when they chose him to be the cornerstone of their organization.