RelatedPosts Oyo: Only 7,000 out of 67,000 applicants for teaching job scored 50% in CBT Makinde: Alternative Project Funding Approach working for Oyo State Makinde installs new Alamodu of Ago-Amodu The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation has appointed the Chairman of Oyo State Table Tennis Association, Dr. Adesoji Adetayo, as the Technical Director of the federation.In a letter signed by the Secretary General of NTTF, Chimezie Asiegbu, the approval of the appointment was ratified after the board meeting, while it received the final nod from the NTTF President, Ishaku Tikon. According to the statement, Dr. Adetayo’s appointment is based on his immense contribution to the sport at state and national levels coupled with his vast knowledge of the game.“By this appointment, you are the technical head of the federation and you are to advise the board on technical matters concerning the federation. The appointment is with immediate effect which will last throughout the life span of the present board,” said Asiegbu.He added: “As the chairman of the Oyo State Table Tennis Association, Dr. Adetayo has brought vibrancy to the sport with several talents emerging from the state including Aruna Quadri and Usman Okanlawon who is African cadet champion. His knowledge of table tennis cannot be underestimated as he has been making input to national team.“His vast knowledge also came to fore when Nigeria defeated Egypt in the team event of the 2018 African Championship in Mauritius and he also emerged as champion in the veteran tournament.”As Technical Director, Dr. Adetayo is expected to help in the selection of players and coaches for major tournaments as well as oversee the national tournaments with the aim of unearth and grooming talents. In his response, Adetayo said he would justify the confidence reposed on him to contribute to the growth of the game with special attention to talent identification across the country with the aim to groom players that will match the records set by the likes of Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri.Tags: Adesoji AdetayoChimezie AsiegbuIshaku TikonNTTFOyo State
Photo: © pixabay.com Tipperary’s Rachael Blackmore has become the first female jockey to claim the conditional riders title in her first full season as a professional.The 26 year old is one of the outstanding talents in Irish racing at present with 32 victories so far this seasonThe Killenaule native says she has a lot of people to thank for her success. Meanwhile, the jump season finale gets underway today as the Punchestown Festival starts in County Kildare.The first is off at 3.40pm.
Eager to show everyone why it’s too early to panic, the Dodgers bullpen loaded up a couple of gallons of gasoline, doused the pitching mound with it at Dodgers Stadium, threw in a couple of sticks of dynamite and lit a match.And KA-BOOM went Opening Day against the Arizona Diamondbacks on an otherwise glorious April afternoon Tuesday in Los Angeles.Forget panic, how about straight up hysteria?You can talk all you want about small sample sizes, but eight games into the season the Dodgers bullpen hasn’t been able to hold a lead or maintain a tie score in four of them. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hence their 4-4 record after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Arizona in front of a sellout crowd at Chavez Ravine.So let the worrying commence.“We have to pick it up, collectively as a group and myself included in that,” said Chris Hatcher, a central figure in the early struggles after grooving a 3-0 belt-high fastball to Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt for a booming eighth-inning home run and a 2-1 Arizona lead.Hatcher, you’ll remember, came on in relief of rookie Ross Stripling’s no-hit bid in the eighth inning last Friday against the Giants and promptly gave up a game-tying two-run home run in an eventual 3-2 Giants victory.It was more of the same Tuesday during another Dodgers’ bullpen implosion, this one a three-inning, three-pitcher, four-run nosedive in which another six scoreless innings from Dodgers rookie Kenta Maede went for naught. Maeda has now tossed 12 scoreless innings over two starts, but all he had for the effort Tuesday was handshakes and pats on the back. Thanks to a bullpen that is about as trustworthy as a Donald Trump stump speech.“This roller coaster has to stop. We have to start putting up some zeros,” Hatcher said, solemnly.The question is, are they really capable of consistently doing that over the course of a long season after showing precious few signs they can a week into the season?Dodgers first-year manager Dave Roberts continues to preach patience, insisting he isn’t contemplating any changes. But he didn’t sound all that convincing.“There’s definitely a point where you got to…” Roberts started, before catching himself. “I’m definitely seeing things (but) I definitely don’t want to be reactionary.”But how long can he stomach this kind of ineptness?For that matter, how much longer can the front office sit on its hands before providing Roberts some help?It would be one thing if this group had a track record of success, but the reality is the bullpen has been an ongoing issue for three years.And patience would be much more understandable had the Dodgers front office done a dramatic makeover and the new pieces just needed time to mesh together.But this bullpen is essentially the same one from last year, and the 2015 version wasn’t a particularly strong one at that.Me, I’m all-in on panic mode.Maybe it’s already time for the Dodgers front office to start thinking about making some changes, a concept they egregiously neglected last winter. First, Pedro Baez surrendered a tying home run to Nick Ahmed with two outs in the seventh inning, obliterating another brilliant six-inning effort by Maeda and sending Dodgers fans reaching for the Maalox.They barely screwed the lid back on before Hatcher served up the booming home run to Goldschmidt. On a 3-0 pitch no less.“I’m not challenging him there,” Hatcher said, insisting he was trying to work above the zone.Instead, he grooved a fat fastball to one of the best power hitters in the game.“That’s a pitch he obviously has to take back,” Roberts said.Hatcher eventually loaded the bases before getting pulled, He departed to a chorus of boos as he slowly made his way to the dugout.“I deserved it,” he said.In the ninth, Louis Coleman gave up two more runs and all of a sudden Arizona led, 4-1, and fans were making the long walk out to the parking lot for a worrisome drive home.In the dugout, a frustrated Roberts could only watch.“Right now, you want to continue to give these guys confidence and give them opportunities,” Roberts said. “I expect to be in a lot of games late. We’re going to need ‘em (the relievers). To have a great season, have a winning season, we’re going to need those guys in the ‘pen.”But will they reward that patience?Eight games into the new season and four blown chances, it’s time to panic about the bullpen.
MORE: Notable Wonderlic test scores from past NFL playersBefore we dive into the actual scores, here’s how Wikipedia describes the Wonderlic:The Wonderlic Personnel Test is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. The Wonderlic is available in 12 different languages and is often used in college, entry level jobs, and team-making efforts. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.The last part of that description is important because many may not realize the test is timed.MORE: Strangest moments in NFL Draft historyWonderlic scores for 2019 NFL Draft classQuarterbacksRyan Finley: 43Gardner Minshew: 42Daniel Jones: 37Easton Stick: 32Clayton Thorson: 32Trace McSorley: 31Will Grier: 30Brett Rypien: 28Jarrett Stidham: 27Drew Lock: 26Tyree Jackson: 25Dwayne Haskins: 25Sean McGuire: 22Kyler Murray: 20You can see Orange Mane’s full list here.Does the Wonderlic test matter?Now that you know the scores, it’s worth knowing if they even matter. In short, it depends on who you ask, but most people respond with “not really.” In a column for Sports Illustrated, Edward Krupat, PhD, wrote the Wonderlic is “an outdated way of thinking about intelligence when it comes to predicting performance on the football field.”NFL MOCK DRAFT: Predicting the full 2019 first round A well-researched article on Medium looked at quarterbacks only and determined there was a minor benefit at this position: “There seems to be a sort of smartness threshold, where the best NFL quarterbacks need to be at least this smart to see success. But once a QB passes that threshold (around a score of 25), their additional smartness has little to no effect on success on the field.”All of the quarterbacks in this draft are mostly above or around that 25 mark.Former NFL scout John Middlekauff said last year regarding the Wonderlic, “everything matters when it comes to quarterbacks.” Every year at the NFL Combine, top prospects take the Wonderlic test. The results of those scores are supposed to remain confidential, but every year they get leaked by someone in the know. This year is no different as several scores have been made public via veteran reporter Bob McGinn.McGinn used to work for the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel, but he currently runs a for-pay website where he provides insight. A user on the message board Orange Mane has listed those scores from McGinn for several players, including most of the notable quarterbacks.