FIFA gives Nigeria last chance to avoid ban

first_imgFIFA says it is giving Nigeria one last chance to avoid a “lengthy” ban that would prevent the reigning champion from defending its title at next year’s African Cup of Nations.FIFA wants a court order nullifying recent Nigeria Football Federation elections to be rescinded, regarding it as government interference in football, which isn’t allowed under the world body’s rules.FIFA says Nigeria has until midday Friday Nigerian time to prove that the court order has been withdrawn and the NFF is able to work “without any hindrance.” If Nigeria doesn’t comply, FIFA says it will be banned from international football at least until FIFA’s Congress in May next year.That would mean Nigeria is thrown out of the ongoing qualifying competition for the tournament in January and February.last_img read more

NBA releases schedule for season restart in Orlando

first_imgGames will start as early as 1 p.m. ET on weekdays, 12:30 on weekends and ending with 9 p.m. ET starts.MORE: 16 out of 302 NBA players test positive for coronavirusHere are the schedules for the 22 teams:Boston Celticsvs. Milwaukee Bucks: Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Sunday, Aug. 2 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Miami Heat: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Wednesday Aug. 5 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Toronto Raptors: Friday, Aug. 7 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Orlando Magic: Sunday, Aug. 9 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Washington Wizards: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Brooklyn Netsvs. Orlando Magic: Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Washington Wizards: Sunday, Aug. 2 (2 p.m. ET)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Boston Celtics: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Sacramento Kings: Friday, Aug. 7 (5 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Orlando Magic: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (1 p.m. ET)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Dallas Mavericksvs. Houston Rockets: Friday, July 31 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Phoenix Suns: Sunday, Aug. 2 (9 p.m. ET)vs. Sacramento Kings: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Utah Jazz: Monday, Aug. 10 (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Phoenix Suns: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Denver Nuggetsvs. Miami Heat: Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Utah Jazz: Saturday, Aug. 8 (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Monday, Aug. 10 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. LA Clippers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Toronto Raptors: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Houston Rocketsvs. Dallas Mavericks: Friday, July 31 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Sunday, Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Sacramento Kings: Sunday, Aug. 9 (8 p.m. ET)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Indiana Pacers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Indiana Pacersvs. Philadelphia 76ers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (7 p.m. ET)vs. Washington Wizards: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Orlando Magic: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6 p.m. ET)vs. Phoenix Suns: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Miami Heat: Monday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Houston Rockets: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Miami Heat: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)LA Clippersvs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Saturday, Aug. 1 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Phoenix Suns: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Thursday, Aug. 6 (6:30 ET, TNT)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (1 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Sunday, Aug. 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Denver Nuggets: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Los Angeles Lakersvs. LA Clippers: Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Toronto Raptors: Saturday, Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Utah Jazz: Monday, Aug. 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Houston Rockets: Thursday, Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Indiana Pacers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Denver Nuggets: Monday, Aug. 10 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Sacramento Kings: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Memphis Grizzliesvs. Portland Trail Blazers: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Sunday, Aug. 2 (4 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Monday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Utah Jazz: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday, Aug. 7 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Toronto Raptors: Sunday, Aug. 9 (2 p.m. ET)vs. Boston Celtics: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Miami Heatvs. Denver Nuggets: Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Toronto Raptors: Monday, Aug. 3 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Boston Celtics: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Phoenix Suns: Saturday, Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)vs. Indiana Pacers: Monday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Indiana Pacers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Milwaukee Bucksvs. Boston Celtics: Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Houston Rockets: Sunday, Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Miami Heat: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Toronto Raptors: Monday, Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Washington Wizards: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)New Orleans Pelicansvs. Utah Jazz: Thursday, July 30 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. LA Clippers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Monday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Sacramento Kings: Thursday, Aug. 6 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Washington Wizards: Friday, Aug. 7 (8 p.m. ET)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Sacramento Kings: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Orlando Magic: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Oklahoma City Thundervs. Utah Jazz: Saturday, Aug. 1 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Denver Nuggets: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Friday, Aug. 7 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Washington Wizards: Sunday, Aug. 9 (12:30 p.m. ET)vs. Phoenix Suns: Monday, Aug. 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Miami Heat: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Orlando Magicvs. Brooklyn Nets: Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Sacramento Kings: Sunday, Aug. 2 (6 p.m. ET)vs. Indiana Pacers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6 p.m. ET)vs. Toronto Raptors: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Friday, Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Boston Celtics: Sunday, Aug. 9 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (1 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Philadelphia 76ersvs. Indiana Pacers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (7 p.m. ET)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Monday, Aug. 3 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Washington Wizards: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Orlando Magic: Friday, Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Phoenix Suns: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Toronto Raptors: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Houston Rockets: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Phoenix Sunsvs. Washington Wizards: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Sunday, Aug. 2 (9 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Indiana Pacers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Miami Heat: Saturday, Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Monday, Aug. 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Portland Trail Blazersvs. Memphis Grizzlies: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Boston Celtics: Sunday, Aug. 2 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Houston Rockets: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Denver Nuggets: Thursday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (1 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Sacramento Kingsvs. San Antonio Spurs: Friday, July 31 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Orlando Magic: Sunday, Aug. 2 (6 p.m. ET)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, Aug. 6 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Friday, Aug. 7 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Houston Rockets: Sunday, Aug. 9 (8 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)San Antonio Spursvs. Sacramento Kings: Friday, July 31 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Sunday, Aug. 2 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Monday, Aug. 3 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Denver Nuggets: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Utah Jazz: Friday, Aug. 7 (1 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Houston Rockets: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Utah Jazz: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Toronto Raptorsvs. Los Angeles Lakers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Miami Heat: Monday, Aug. 3 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Orlando Magic: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Boston Celtics: Friday, Aug. 7 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Sunday, Aug. 9 (2 p.m. ET)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Monday, Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Denver Nuggets: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Utah Jazzvs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, July 30 (6:30 ET, TNT)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Saturday, Aug. 1 (3:30 ET, ESPN)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Monday, Aug. 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Friday, Aug. 7 (1 p.m. ET)vs. Denver Nuggets: Saturday, Aug. 8 (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Monday, Aug. 10 (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Washington Wizardsvs. Phoenix Suns: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Sunday, Aug. 2 (2 p.m. ET)vs. Indiana Pacers: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Friday, Aug. 7 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Sunday, Aug. 9 (12:30 p.m. ET)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET)vs. Boston Celtics: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD) The NBA officially revealed its schedule for the resumption of the 2019-20 season following the coronavirus-enforced break, and opening night features a star rookie and a marquee matchup. Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face the Utah Jazz at the Disney World complex near Orlando at 6:30 p.m. ET on July 30 in the first game of the resumed season, which will consist of a 22-team format. The second game of the nationally televised doubleheader, at 9 p.m. ET, has LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers facing Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers.MORE: Key dates for the NBA’s restartThe opening game will come more than four months after the season was paused on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert became the first player in the league to test positive for COVID-19.On Friday, the league officially completed talks with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on the terms for restarting the season, paving the way for the 88-game schedule of what are being called seeding games between 22 teams to be released. Who has the toughest road to the NBA Playoffs? #WholeNewGameWestern Conference Opponents pic.twitter.com/4e4Fw0cBUT— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020Eastern Conference Opponents #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/J5uHbKiYuy— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020″We’re coming back because sports matter in our society,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “They bring people together when they need it most.”Each team will play eight “seeding” games that will take place in a 16-day span before ending on August 14.The league will then begin a typical playoff format with the NBA Finals set to begin September 30 and ending no later than October 13. Excluding the opening night of the restart, there will be between four to seven games each day spread across three different courts. last_img read more

Popular Book Sale Expands Its Reach to Further Benefit Homeless

first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Olympia Unitarian Universalist CongregationHow do you move over 10,000 used books donated from the community to one building for a giant book sale? It takes enthusiastic volunteers and a good cause.  Books, Brownies and Beans is one of the largest one-day used book sales in the South Sound. Now in its 14th, year, this popular used book sale is organized by the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC). Over the years it has raised a total of almost $80,000 to benefit the homeless.“This year we are broadening our efforts in order to contribute to more organizations out there helping the homeless,” said Sally Brennard, of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Past sales benefitted Out of the Woods homeless shelter at the OUUC. This year proceeds from the sale will go to additional organizations, like Sidewalk, Community Youth Services, Quixote Village and Interfaith Works’ overnight shelter and warming center.Books, Brownies and Beans has gained a loyal following of serious and casual book enthusiasts who appreciate the huge selection of books at bargain prices. Books come from every corner of the literary world, from Pulitzer Prize winners to textbooks and everything in between. There is also a café selling a selection of fresh baked brownies, hot beverages, plus other treats. Live music plays throughout the day provided by a talented collection of musicians who rotate through.“The best thing about this sales is how the community comes together to make it happen. We’ve got more than 100 volunteers who collect, sort, and stack the thousands of books that are donated. And of course we’ve got the book lovers who line up early in the morning to buy the books. And the money goes to a great cause. It’s win, win, win,” said Mark Swanson, of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation.In 2016, during a remodel of the church, the sale was conducted online only. There were concerns among organizers that the missed year would affect the donations and turnout for the following year. “But nope,” said Linda Crabtree, a past organizer. “The next year the whole doggone building was covered with books and people were lined up before our doors even opened – and it was 18°F out!” she added.Books, Brownies and Beans takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502. There is no entrance fee and visitors are encouraged to bring their own tote bags.last_img read more