Month: September 2020

County Board backs Ryan stance

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA The Tipperary County Board has given its full backing to Senior Hurling manager Michael Ryan.It comes after All Star Cathal Barrett was dropped from the panel for disciplinary reasons.The Holycross-Ballycahill clubman was injured in the Premier’s Munster Championship defeat to Cork and already facing a six week layoff. However the County Board confirmed last night that Michael Ryan had removed him from the panel completely.Chairman Michael Bourke says the manager has the full support of the County Board.Meanwhile County Board secretary Tim Floyd says he doesn’t see this as the end of Cathal Barrett’s inter-county career.last_img read more

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Camogie girls have must-win game on Saturday

first_imgTipp camogie players have a must win game on Saturday afternoon – in their All Ireland Championship Group.They face Wexford in Innovate Wexford Park.A loss at home against Cork, and a loss 2 weeks ago in Semple Stadium to Limerick mean winning this game is necessary for the girls to progress from their group. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Tipp dual star Rosisin Howard says they’re disappointed with how they performed against Limerick, but they’ll do whatever it takes to win against Wexford this week…Throw in is at 3:45 on Saturday, and Tipp FM will have updates across the afternoon.last_img read more

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Tipp facing brace of tough challenges

first_imgTipp senior footballers aren’t even considering promotion as a possibility at this stage of the National Football League.They travel to Down this weekend in the penultimate game of the league group stages, with a trip to table toppers Cavan a week later.Liam Kearns says Down have been unlucky with their results so far and they’ll make for tough opposition for the Premier. Speaking following Tipp’s victory over Louth, he said the next 2 games up north will be massive tests.last_img

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2nd Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival Begins

first_imgOver 12,000 athletes from primary and secondary schools across the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State are expected to feature at the 2nd Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival for primary and secondary school pupils and students starting today through March 11, 2018.The event which will feature 23 sports for secondary schools and 14 for primary schools is expected to be declared open by the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel while Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung will be in attendance as a Special Guest.This edition of the Games has a prize money of N18million up for grabs for the first three positions.Governor Emmanuel is expected to light the festival torch and watch activities including the opening ceremony of the games.Meanwhile, athletes have arrived camp in preparation for the games and the provision of facilities by the Main Organising Committee for the games have been excellent as athletes expressed happiness on the welfare given to them. The opening ceremony will feature callisthenic displays, musical performance, relay races and parade of the 2017 team Akwa Ibom contingent to the 2017 National Youth Games in Ilorin Kwara State where Akwa Ibom State placed second overall.The ceremony will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Rohr: Eagles Have Learnt Lessons from Defeat in London

first_imgThe game was a dress rehearsal for Nigeria’s opening Group D match against Croatia, who play a similar style of football with the Serbs.Coming just four days after the Super Eagles defeated Poland in their first warm up game in Wroclaw last Friday, the Franco-German gaffer insisted his wards have no reason to fret as no football team in the world wins all their games.Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye revealed wednesday that Rohr rather commended the players for their efforts in the London friendly.“Rohr commended the boys and urged them not to drop their heads because no football team in the world wins all their games,” Ibitoye stressed yesterday.“The coach told the team they should learn from this defeat but not suck, but rather go back to their clubs and keep fighting.“He said what was most important after such a loss is how you react, he said we have to bounce back.”The Serbia loss was only the second in 14 games for the Eagles under Rohr’s watch.Installed 20 months ago as Eagles coach, Rohr has won eight matches and drawn four.Meanwhile, scorer of the two goals against Nigeria during the friendly, Mitrovic said yesterday that the Serbia national team fully deserved the win against Nigeria because they did everything their coach told them to do.“Two goals, I scored another which was not counted but it’s the team that is more important,” Mitrovic told reporters after the game.“It was a good match and good result for us. We played well and won which is the important thing for us. We did everything the coach asked us to do. We dominated the game and had total control.” We were the better team and we deserved to win the game. Now, we go back to our clubs and we are all eager to re-assemble again because we know what is expected in Russia,” Mitrovic stressed.After the 1-0 victory over Poland last Friday and this defeat to Serbia on Tuesday, Eagles next game in the pre-FIFA World Cup build-up is the send forth match against Democratic Republic of Congo in Nigeria on Monday, 28th May, to be followed by a prestige game against England’s Three Lions at Wembley five days later.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES FALLOUTTechnical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, insisted wednesday that his wards have picked up valuable lessons from the 2-0 loss to Serbia in the international friendly played at The Hive Stadium in London on Tuesday night.Two second half goals from Fulham forward, Aleksandar Mitrovic, gave the Serbs victory on the night the three-time African champions were bereft in every department of the friendly.last_img read more

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Morata Close to Joining Atletico on Loan

first_img“I’ve spent days waiting for this,” Morata told reporters in Spain.The 26-year-old signed a five-year contract when he joined Chelsea for a then club record £60m fee in July 2017.Chelsea have since broken their transfer record by spending £71m keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.Morata has made 47 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 16 times. His last start was against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on 5 January.“The past is the past, and it cannot be changed, and I’m very proud of it,” added Morata, who was at Atletico as a youngster before signing for city rivals Real.“I am looking forward to everything being completed so I can start training with my team-mates.“I began my career at Atletico and the people who know where I come from and know my history know what this means for me.”Atletico Madrid, who are second in the La Liga table, have allowed Portugal winger Gelson Martins, 23, to join Ligue 1 Monaco on loan until the end of the season Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata said on Sunday he had passed a medical at Atletico Madrid and is “looking forward” to returning to Spain.According to reports, Morata is to sign an 18-month loan deal in the Spanish capital – 18 months after leaving Real Madrid for Chelsea.His imminent departure follows the arrival of Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan to Chelsea. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Korda Wins to Join Family’s ‘ Korda Slam’

first_imgHer sister Jessica also won the golf Australian Open in 2012 while her brother Sebastian won the tennis junior singles title last year.The 20-year-old took a three-shot lead into the final round at The Grange and shot a five-under-par 67 to win.England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff finished in a tie for eighth on nine under.Korda was born six months after her father won the Australian Open in Melbourne, the Czech’s only Grand Slam title.At the start of the week she said she felt “so left out” when her family discussed their Australian titles and when she completed her own victory she celebrated with her father’s trademark scissor kick.“I’m finally a part of the club,” Korda said.“I mean this win was really special for my family.“I think there’s something in the air here, we love coming down under.“I just got off the phone with my dad and he said, ‘Well, congratulations, you’re part of the Korda Slam now’.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram American Nelly Korda continued her family’s remarkable success in Australia by winning the Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide.Korda finished on 17 under par, two clear of South Korea’s Ko Jin-young.Korda is the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda who won the 1998 Australian Open men’s singles title.last_img read more

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Defending The Goalpost of Sports

first_imgToday, wars and the battlements of war are no longer fought with bayonets, grenades or blunderbusses. Wars no longer take years to prosecute. Some wars between, and among countries these days take place on a battlefield with some 11 men or women. Depending on the circumstances, these wars last only 90 minutes, with zero bloodshed and any one of the debutantes that clinches victory takes all the spoils and gets a garland of prestige recognized internationally. Perhaps this is why most countries prepare for a sport competition like football or the Olympics the way they prepare for war – hefty budgets are made available for the deployment of men and materials.In Nigeria, sport and especially football is more than just ‘warfare’. It is that one thing known to emulsify the separate aspirations, visions and goals of more than 350 ethnic tribes. Urhobo, Isoko, Tiv, Ibo, Hausa or Yoruba all speak footballque – a lingua franca known only to Nigerians. Our locus classicus is that when you play against Nigeria, you play against 140 million people instead of the regular 11. In 1967 during Nigeria’s brutal civil war, both sides called a two-day armistice just so that they could watch Pele play an exhibition match. Therefore, because of its ability to market goods and services, lift the soul of a nation and confer governments with a modicum of legality and legitimacy, everyone is eager to use it as driver of their aspirations.Loving football and sport is not entirely a Nigerian thing. Globally, football is a veritable money-spinner. According to the BBC, ‘the big five European leagues generated a record €14.7bn (£12.6bn) in revenue in 2016-17, a 9% annual increase, according to new figures from Deloitte. It says the European football market is now worth some €25.5bn (£21.9bn).The English Premier League was the market leader, with record revenue of £4.5bn, as each of the 20 clubs set their own annual revenue record’.Daniel Kahneman in Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) says of executives that they too easily fall victim to the planning fallacy wherein they make decisions based on delusional optimism rather than on weighting of gains, losses, and probabilities. And that perhaps is why people that are trusted with the management of this significant aspect of our lives often betray that trust. First, it was Joseph Blatter, 8th FIFA President, now serving a six-year ban over allegations that he enriched himself with FIFA’s monies. After Blatter, we heard it was the turn of one of our heroes, Michel Platini. Reports had it that as EUFA president, Platini got the boot from football over ethics violations.But the tendency for delusional optimism in sports administration in Africa (euphemism for outright pilfering of public funds), is common as well. Again, it was with Isa Hayatou, the man who once ran African football at the highest levels and who also went down on accusations that he was involved in the illegal sale of exclusive rights of broadcasting and sponsorship. Shortly after Hayatou, a sting operation nailed Nigerian coach, Salisu Yusuf. He was caught on camera asking for money from supposedly football agents before featuring certain football players. And prior to the banning of former Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia for receiving bribes to fix matches, the financial mess currently ravaging the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) had persisted for a long time.If at this point Nigeria has been blind to the obvious, she must not remain blind to her blindness. If the fight against corruption must be total and comprehensive, no effort must be spared to put in motion a machinery for sanitizing this aspect of our lives that brings succor to Nigerians in their daily struggle to eke a living. While Nigerians pay to support the growth and development of football and sports in Nigeria, there are individuals out there reaping from this goodwill and patronage. ANEEJ as an anti-corruption organisation working for an Africa without poverty will continue to collaborate with stakeholders and relevant institutions to bring a measure of sanity to football and all sports activities which bring Nigerians together.––Rev Ugolor is executive director, ANEEJQuoteBecause of its ability to market goods and services, lift the soul of a nation and confer governments with a modicum of legality and legitimacy, everyone is eager to use sports as driver of their aspirationsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram David Ugolor canvasses a measure of sanity in sports administrationTowards the dawn of the millennium while the component units of the universe were taking quantum leaps into space and investing massively in research for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) Nigeria was in the throes of regular and consistent assault by the purveyors of corruption and large-scale theft of public funds. The records are there that around $148 billion is stolen annually from Africa by politically exposed persons, multinational corporations, the business elite and civil servants with the complicity of banking and property industries in Europe, North America and elsewhere. Estimates indicate that Nigeria lost about $40 billion as illicit financial flows between 2001 and 2010 alone. Transparency International (TI), recently ranked Nigeria 144th out of 180 countries in its 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The country, according to the CPI, scored 27 out of 100, a figure lower than the average in the sub-Saharan region.There have been many attempts to take corruption head on, and this has been at the behest of regular organs of government and at non-government divides. At both divides, the attention has been mostly on that popular triumvirate of conspiracy – the big politicians, the multinationals, the banks and lawyers who assist to launder these monies. However, let us pause and consider the fact that apart from this network of politically exposed persons and institutions, there is yet another spectre in the shadows, sports administrators in Nigeria, who are quietly exploiting our passion for sport and football glory for their pockets. Sunday Darelast_img read more

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European Tour golf heading to Cyprus for 1st time

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 22:32 IST European Tour Golf Heading To Cyprus For 1st Time Back-to-back events will be held in Paphos as part of the tour’s reshaped schedule for 2020, though there will be no fans for the Cyprus Open from Oct. 29-Nov. 1 and the Cyprus Classic from Nov. 5-8. WATCH US LIVE Written Bycenter_img First Published: 28th August, 2020 22:32 IST LIVE TV The European Tour is heading to Cyprus for the first time.Back-to-back events will be held in Paphos as part of the tour’s reshaped schedule for 2020, though there will be no fans for the Cyprus Open from Oct. 29-Nov. 1 and the Cyprus Classic from Nov. 5-8.It continues the tour’s policy of staging successive tournaments in geographical clusters to reduce the need to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Scottish Championship also has been added to the schedule and will take place from Oct. 15-18, extending the tour’s second U.K. Swing to a fourth tournament. The Irish Open, the Scottish Open and the BMW PGA Championship will held in successive weeks before that.The first U.K. Swing, comprising six events, is being completed this week with the U.K. Championship at The Belfry.The tour also said the Turkish Airlines Open and the Nedbank Golf Challenge will not be staged this season.(Image Credit: AP) FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Castro gets big hit after trade, Padres rout Angels 11-4

first_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written By FOLLOW US Last Updated: 3rd September, 2020 14:07 IST Castro Gets Big Hit After Trade, Padres Rout Angels 11-4 Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking two-run double against the team that traded him three days ago, and the San Diego Padres rallied for eight runs in the eighth inning of an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Associated Press Television News center_img LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking two-run double against the team that traded him three days ago, and the San Diego Padres rallied for eight runs in the eighth inning of an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.Castro’s two-out drive to the gap off Ty Buttrey (1-2) made for a memorable debut with the Padres, who acquired the veteran catcher from Los Angeles on Sunday as part of their all-in trade bonanza.Fernando Tatís Jr. then drew a bases-loaded walk, Manny Machado delivered a two-run single and Eric Hosmer hit a 443-foot, three-run homer as the Padres piled on against the Angels’ hapless bullpen to open this interleague series up the I-5 freeway.Jurickson Profar hit a two-run homer and drove in three early runs for San Diego, which has won three straight by a combined 30-6.Mike Trout hit a two-run homer for the Angels, but the Padres won the first on-field meeting between the three-time AL MVP and the 21-year-old Tatís, who might be baseball’s next star of Trout’s magnitude.Albert Pujols had an RBI double for the Angels, who have lost three straight in their hugely disappointing season.The Padres are steaming toward their first playoff berth since 2006, and their reconfigured roster is taking shape after general manager AJ Preller’s flurry of deadline deals.While Castro’s 1-for-4 performance was highlighted by his huge hit, right fielder Greg Allen drew two walks in his Padres debut. The San Diego native was acquired from Cleveland along with hard-throwing right-hander Mike Clevinger, who will make his debut start Thursday in Anaheim.Mitch Moreland had two hits in his second game as San Diego’s designated hitter. Relief pitcher Dan Altavilla was activated Wednesday to join San Diego’s revamped bullpen, which now includes Trevor Rosenthal.Tim Hill (2-0) got two outs in the seventh inning after Dinelson Lamet pitched five-hit ball with six strikeouts into the seventh for San Diego.Trout’s two-run shot in the third was the 298th homer of his career, putting the 29-year-old superstar just one behind Tim Salmon for the Angels’ franchise record.Profar tied it in the fourth with his sixth homer of the season, and added a tying sacrifice fly in the sixth.Justin Upton singled in the fourth and scored on the 667th career double by Pujols, who moved one behind Craig Biggio for the fifth-most in baseball history. Pujols also became the fifth player with 5,900 total bases, joining Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.Julio Teherán yielded three hits and two runs, finally providing what the Angels sought when they signed him as a free agent. Teherán got a late start to summer camp after contracting coronavirus, but appears to be rounding into form.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: OF Wil Myers and reliever Emilio Pagán went on the injured list. Pagán has right biceps inflammation, but manager Jayce Tingler declined to say why Myers is out.Angels: 2B David Fletcher was out of the lineup for the second straight game after rolling his ankle Sunday. Manager Joe Maddon isn’t sure when Fletcher will return. First Published: 3rd September, 2020 14:07 ISTlast_img read more

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