Bendel Insurance FC Holds Thanksgiving Mass to Celebrate Promotion


first_img“For the good fight you fought, God has uplifted you and you must try not to neglect Him. In all you do, God must be number one; do not seek power outside Him,” the Reverend said.Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Godwin Dudu-Orumen, said the club held the thanksgiving service to give thanks to God for his kindness and mercy.“What God has done for us is wonderful. Bendel Insurance is a way of life and for nearly 12 years, we were at the lower division, but by God’s Grace, we have returned to the Premier League. We know that it is because of God’s power that we are where we are now,” the chairman said.Bendel Insurance will play their first home game in the topflight today in Benin City against Kwara United.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Management and players of Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin held a Thanksgiving Mass at the St Paul’s Catholic Church, in Benin City, to celebrate the team’s promotion to the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL).The club, on the back of unprecedented support from the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, gained promotion to the Nigeria Premier Football League after 11 years in the lower division.In his sermon during the service that was also attended by officials of the state government, Reverend Pascal Omono, said it was important to always thank God for his blessings, admonishing members of the football club not to neglect God as he saw them through to the Premier Football League.last_img read more

Florida Surpasses 100,00 COVID-19 Cases


first_imgThe percent of positive COVID-19 cases in Florida. (Florida Department of Health) Florida is now the seventh state to pass six digits, following New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and Massachusetts. Cases have skyrocketed in Florida in the past week after many businesses reopened. Monday’s total was the lowest daily rate of new cases in six days after topping out at 4,049 on Saturday. As the outbreak spread, Florida reached 50,000 cases within nine weeks, then another four weeks and one day to hit 100,000, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Over 3,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida. As concerns grow about the reopening of businesses amid the spike, DeSantis has reiterated that Florida will not reverse its reopening. On Monday, Florida reached another COVID-19 milestone, becoming the seventh state in America to surpass 100,000 confirmed cases. Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at Florida International University last week, said that younger people are testing positive for the virus and showing less severe symptoms. The Florida Department of Public Health confirmed 2,926 new cases on Monday, to bring the states total to 100,217. The percent positivity for new cases also peaked at 12.27% last week (on Saturday) in comparison to a 6.17% peak in the previous week. “I think the folks that are going into the hospital now, fortunately, are skewing younger with less acuity,” DeSantis said, noting that the median age of people diagnosed with the virus in the state has dropped to 37. “And obviously we want to keep as many people out [of the hospital] as we can.” In the meantime, several cities in Miami-Dade County, including Miami and Miami Beach, have announced that masks are now required in public. Those cities also include Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Aventura, Doral, Key Biscayne, Biscayne Park, Pinecrest, North Miami Beach, West Miami, Miami Shores and El Portal.last_img read more

Angels designate reliever Cody Allen for assignment


first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels bullpen needed a fresh arm Saturday, and the only relievers with options were Ty Buttrey and Justin Anderson, both of whom have been more valuable this season than Allen.Taylor Cole was recalled to take Allen’s spot.“Not an easy decision,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “I know he’s not performed as well as he would have liked, but he was a tremendous teammate and a tremendous professional. It’s not easy giving good people bad news.”Allen had a stretch of 12 innings in which he’d allowed two runs, but then he gave up a pair of homers in a game last week, followed by a four-run performance on Friday night.After that, Allen said: “Either I’m going to get better, or they’re going to find someone else who does. That’s the reality of the game.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The next morning, he didn’t sound surprised at the news. He said he’s been trying to rediscover his mechanics ever since he got to the Angels, continuing a process that began in the middle of last season with the Cleveland Indians. It was complicated by a back injury that cost him some time in April.“I felt like I had came out of the gates throwing the ball really, really well,” said Allen, who didn’t allow a run in his first five games. “Then, you know, went on the IL and that kind of paused things for a minute there. And then pretty much since I’ve come off the IL, it just hasn’t hasn’t been the same. But I’m extremely grateful for everything this organization has done for me in the short time that I’ve been here, you know. They’ve put forth a valiant, valiant effort, and there’s been a lot of people that have cared deeply about my success. And so  that’s greatly appreciated.”Ausmus said Allen “worked his tail off” to try to solve his issues, but “nothing was sticking.”Allen, 30, had been one of baseball’s most consistent closers from 2014-17 with the Indians, becoming that franchise’s all-time saves leader. He struggled last season, with declining fastball velocity and a curveball that didn’t work as had in the past.The Indians allowed him to go and the Angels signed him in January, a move general manager Billy Eppler hoped would give them a closer to top off a bullpen with less experienced arms.Clearly, it didn’t work, and Ausmus said he wasn’t quite sure what Allen needed to fix, but he hoped that he could figure it out.“I hope he rediscovers something and is pitching somewhere else because he’s a good person and I’d like to see him continue his career,” Ausmus said.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After Cody Allen gave up four more runs in his latest difficult outing, he said he knew if he didn’t improve the Angels were going to find someone else.About 12 hours later, they did.The Angels designated Allen for assignment Saturday morning, cutting their losses with their $8.5 million investment. Allen had a 6.26 ERA in 25 games, including allowing six runs in his last two outings.“Carrying around the numbers I’ve been carrying around for a little bit, the organization has a responsibility to put the best product on the field and I just haven’t been that,” Allen said. “There’s a lot of really, really good young arms that are waiting in the wings and that give them some versatility and production.” ALSOJustin Upton was scheduled for a workout at Angel Stadium on Saturday, after which he could be cleared to join the Angels for Monday’s game in Toronto. Upton had two homers among his four hits Friday night for Inland Empire. He was 7 for 21 in six games during his rehab assignment. Upton has missed the entire season so far after suffering a sprained toe just before Opening Day…Tommy La Stella, who was scratched Friday because of forearm tightness, was improved Saturday but still not in the lineup. Ausmus said he hoped La Stella would be available to pinch-hit Saturday and start Sunday…Will Wilson, the Angels’ top pick in the draft, left his first professional game Friday night after jamming his thumb on a head-first slide into second. X-rays were negative.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-2, 3.52) at Rays (RHP Ryne Stanek, 0-1, 2.54), 10:10 a.m., Fox Sports West Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more