Tipp clubs advance to Munster Junior Cup last eight

first_imgThey booked their place in the next stage by defeating Waterford Hibernians 3-2 in a 5th Round tie at Ozier Park.David Grincell got the Saints’ winner in the dying stages of the game.Nenagh AFC are also through to the last eight courtesy of a 1-0 home win over Killarney Celtic.last_img

Hoffman leads Masters

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM Charley Hoffman is 4 clear at the top of the leader board on 7 under while William Mc Girt is second on 3 under and Lee Westwood third on 2 under.Westwood birdied five holes in a row on the back nine.Westwood will resume alongside Shane Lowry and Sergio Garcia at around ten past three today while Rory McIlroy begins just after half three.© Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy are seven off the lead on level par going into day 2 of the Masters in Augusta.Both had rounds of 72 yesterday.McIlroy says he’s content after recovering from a shaky start.last_img read more

Plenty inter-county GAA action today

first_imgInnovate Wexford Park is set for a sell-out for this evening’s Leinster Senior Hurling semi-final between Wexford and Kilkenny at 7pm.Wexford beat the Cats in the quarter-finals of the League this year and former Galway manager Anthony Cunningham thinks the Models are well equiped to repeat the trick. At 5 – Cork take on Tipperary in the Munster Football semis at Pairc Uí Rinn.Croke Park plays host to the Nicky Rackard, Lory Meagher and Christy Ring hurling Finals.Leitrim take on Warwickshire in the Lory Meagher decider at 1 while Ulster rivals Derry and Armagh square off in the Rackard Final at 3.The winners of the Christy Ring decider between Carlow and Antrim at 5pm will also advance to an All-Ireland qualifier against Laois.last_img read more

Visa Delays Iheanacho, Omeruo As 17 Eagles Land in France

first_imgThe list of 17 players includes the nine who left from Abuja aboard an Air France flight on Tuesday: Ogenyi Onazi, Brown Ideye, Abdullahi Shehu, Umar Aminu, Kingsley Madu, Elderson Echiejile, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Etebo Oghenekaro and Musa Muhammed.There are also England-based goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Germany-based defender Leon Balogun, Arsenal of England’s Alex Iwobi and Belgium-based forward Moses Simon.Morocco-based midfielder Babatunde Michael and Turkey-based Raheem Lawal and Gbenga Arokoyo were being expected last night.South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and Norway-based defender William Troost Ekong are expected today.The team trained yesterday evening, and will train twice today at 9am and at 6pm.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Turkey-based defender, Kenneth Omeruo, have been held back from the Super Eagles camp in France by visa hitch.Super Eagles’ Administrator, Enebi Achor, who confirmed the delay wednesday said that both players are however hopeful of getting their visa latest today to enable them team up with their colleagues training for the double-header friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg tomorrow and next week Tuesday.However, Watford FC of England star forward Odion Ighalo was the first player at Eagles’ camp in France on Tuesday night, but has since been joined by 16 others as the three-time African champions prepare for a friendly international with Mali’s Les Aigles at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen on Friday night.last_img read more

Wheelchair Basketball Ends in Lagos

first_imgA total of six clubs are featuring at the on-going Mini Club Wheelchair Basketball tournament which ends in Lagos on Wednesday May 2, 2018.The teams include; the Old Sokool wheelchair Basketball club, Capital Assurance WBC, Tope-Stadium Ogunyemi WBC, Tarlord Sunset WBC, Living Water Ministry and Fire Wheels WheelChaair Basketball Club.The Secretary General of the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation, Mr. Peter Omagbemi, said the tournament which started last week was not only aimed at discovering new talents that will form the core of the National teams,  but to keep the players who are scattered all over the country busy.Omagbemi whose is executing his first national  assignment as the scribe of the federation, said Nigeria can boast of raising four standing national teams that can challenge any country in world today but such players can never be assessed except through events like this, hence the tournament.Besides, the Secretary also hinted that both the world and the continental bodies would soon kick-start their 2018 activities for countries to participate and Federation want to get prepared in order not to be caught napping in anyway.Omagbemi also called stakeholders in the sport to come together with the sole aim of salvaging the situation through sponsorship of the Federation’s activiies.He begged the corporate world to come to their aid, stressing that the sport is really in need of sponsorship if they must excel beyond their present level in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

AFCON 2019: Mane Dreams Cup Glory as Senegal Battle Uganda…

first_img“For me, the most important thing is to win it with Senegal,” said Mane.Senegal reached the knockout stage after finishing runners-up to Algeria in Group C.Mane, a Champions League winner with Liverpool in June, was suspended for the opening group victory over Tanzania but scored twice in the 3-0 win over Kenya after appearing in a 1-0 defeat by Algeria.Before the start of the month-long tournament in Egypt, Mane told France Football magazine that he would trade his Champions League success to win the Africa Cup of Nations.Sadio Mané : «Prêt à échanger une Ligue des champions contre une CAN»Dans un entretien à paraître ce mardi dans France Football, l’attaquant de Liverpool et du Sénégal, se raconte c…“I will try to score more goals and help my team-mates score so that we can finally win this cup,” added Mane, who could play against Liverpool team-mate Salah if Senegal and Egypt reach the final on 19 July.“This is my absolute dream (to help Senegal win). I am here for this.”Uganda finished runners-up to hosts Egypt in the group stage but their preparations for the Senegal match have been overshadowed by a pay dispute.Their players boycotted training on Tuesday, but Mane has warned his side not to underestimate their opponents.Uganda hit by Africa Cup of Nations cash disputeThe Cranes players refused to train on Tuesday in a row over payments at the tournament in Egypt.“We saw the kind of football they played against Egypt and they are a very good side. We must be at our best against Uganda,” he said.Morocco needed an 89th-minute own goal to get past Namibia in their opening group game and a 90th-minute winner to beat South Africa in their last one.The Atlas Lions are one of only three teams to emerge from the group stage with a 100% winning record and will fancy their chances against Benin in the early kick-off (17:00 BST).Benin advanced without winning a single group game.However, draws against four-time champions Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon saw them make progress as one of the best four third-placed teams.ROUND OF 16 FIXTURESEgypt Vs South AfricaMadagascar Vs DR CongoNigeria Vs CameroonSenegal Vs UgandaAlgeria Vs GuineaMorocco Vs Benin RepublicMali Vs Cote d’IvoireGhana Vs TunisiaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sadio Mane (right) is dreaming big as the Teranga Lions take on Uganda this evening  Morocco, Benin Rep. to open Last 16 fixturesSadio Mane has said it is his “absolute dream” to help Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.Senegal, runners-up in 2002, are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the second successive time when they face Uganda this evening.Mane is joint-leading scorer at the tournament with two goals along with 10 other players – including his Liverpool team-mate, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.last_img read more

Chuba Akpom Settles for Fatherland

first_img“I was always in contact with Alex Iwobi, who we both played at youth level for Arsenal and he always intimates me of how loving Nigerian fans are, which also encouraged me the more to want to play for Nigeria,” Akpom said.The PAOK of Greece forward also said he was always looking up to Kanu Nwankwo while growing up as a footballer.“When I was younger, people always compare my style of play to that of Nwankwo and the former Super Eagles star has always been my role model,” he noted.Former England youth international, Akpom, has dumped the country of his birth-England and has pledged his international allegiance to the country of his parents, Nigeria.The 23-year-old striker who plays in Greece for PAOK is eligible to play for the Super Eagles as he holds dual-nationality and has not played for England at senior level.“I have always known I wanted to play for Nigeria, despite playing at every age grade for England. Although I have played in all the youth groups for England, I have always known I wanted to play for Nigeria,” the striker said.“I am ready and I’m only waiting for the call-up. My agents have been in talks with the coaches and federation, so maybe in a few months, I would get an invite. I have signed off my allegiance.”Speaking about his chances of playing for England, Akpom admits there were no guarantees of longevity.“It’s always good to play where you’re loved. If you play for England you may only play a few games or caps and then you’re dropped for the next striker, who is hot.”In March 2017 ex-Arsenal youth player Akpom trained with the Nigeria senior side at Barnet alongside then Chelsea defender Ola Aina and now hopes to line up with his life-long friend Alex Iwobi for the West African country.“I’ve only just recently switched my allegiance, so I’ve signed the documents and hopefully in the next few weeks it will be approved to enable me to play for Nigeria,” Akpom told BBC Sport.“I’ve been wanting to do that for many years now but not many people know this. It’s just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I’m looking forward to it.“It was a personal decision. I’m Nigerian and my whole family feels very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria.“It will also be nice to link up with Alex (Iwobi) again and play for the national team. We started playing together when we were younger and to make that step to play for the national team together will be amazing.”London-born Akpom scored 18 goals in 41 youth caps for England from U-16 to U-21 level.He joined Arsenal at the age of six and spent time on loan with Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull and Brighton, but failed to break into the Gunners’ first team.A final loan spell at Belgian side Sint-Truiden resulted in six goals in 16 games and after six different clubs over five seasons, the academy graduate managed just 12 appearances for his boyhood club before heading out to Greece on a permanent deal in August 2018.He provided six goals and four assists as PAOK went unbeaten to seal the 2018/19 Greek as well as the only goal in the FA Cup win against AEK Athens to complete a dream double.Now established in Greece and with three goals in eight matches this season, Akpom would love to follow in the footsteps of Iwobi.“I wasn’t surprised because at the time he wasn’t playing for England, he came out of nowhere and he started playing for Arsenal and from there he just progressed, so I wasn’t surprised when he picked to play for Nigeria,” said Akpom.“It was the better decision to make; now he’s played in the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. I’ve always said that I’d like to play with him again for Nigeria, we’ve always spoken about that.“We’ve played together since we were five and six years old, we grew up together. It took me a while to settle down and to get used to the environment in Greece.“Going to play abroad and in another league has helped me, but I hope to take my career to the next level with Nigeria.”Akpom, who was born on October 9, 1995, joined Arsenal at the age of six. He made his debut for the Arsenal U-18 side at the age of 15 and signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in 2012, a day after turning 17. In December 2012, Akpom received his first call into the Arsenal senior squad, when he was an unused substitute for a 2–1 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.On 30 December 2013, he joined Brentford on loan and in February 2014, Akpom joined League One side Coventry City on loan until the end of the 2013-14 season, with an agreement that he would rejoin the Arsenal squad for games in the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League.He had other loan stints with Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Sint-Truiden before joining Greek club, PAOK Salonika on a three-year deal and was part of the team that won the first Super League title in 34 years. He also scored the only goal in PAOK’s 2019 Greek Cup final win against AEK Athens. Chuba Akpom Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img The plan of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to woo European players of Nigerian descent to the Super Eagles seems to be working very well as its net caught another fish with former England youth international, Chuba Akpom dumping his country of birth for fatherland  While it needed lots of persuasions to convince most European players of Nigerian descent to the don the green-white-green colours of the Super Eagles, Chuba Akpom does not need coaxing to play for the three-times African champions, in spite of having played for England at the youth level.“All the while I was starring for England at the youth level I was not lost of my parents’ background as Nigerian and the country’s culture. So I knew I would one day play for Nigeria at the senior level.last_img read more

Marco Andretti emulates grandfather Mario in taking Indy 500 pole

first_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Marco Andretti took pole position ahead of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday in his latest attempt at breaking the infamous ‘Andretti Curse’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Andretti logged a four-lap average of 231.068 mph (371.868 kph) in qualifying and an Andretti will now lead the field on raceday for the first time in 33 years.Mario Andretti won his third and final pole for the Indy 500 in 1987 when his grandson Marco was an infant and notched up the only Indy 500 win for the family back in 1969.Michael Andretti, now the Andretti Autosport owner, fell short in 16 appearances and the 2020 race, scheduled for 23rd August, will be Marco Andretti’s 15th.Andretti will sit on the front row alongside two former Indy 500 winners, Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. First Published: 17th August, 2020 06:00 IST COMMENTcenter_img Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 17th August, 2020 06:00 IST Marco Andretti Emulates Grandfather Mario In Taking Indy 500 Pole Marco Andretti took pole position ahead of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday in his latest attempt at breaking the infamous ‘Andretti Curse’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

49ers fear WR Jalen Hurd lost for season with knee injury

first_img First Published: 18th August, 2020 08:27 IST Written By San Francisco 49ers receiver Jalen Hurd went down with a knee injury that likely will sideline him for the season. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he believes the injury Hurd suffered the previous day in practice is a torn ACL.Hurd missed all his rookie season with a back injury but was being counted on to contribute this season before being dealt another setback.“It was a pretty unfortunate thing for him,” Shanahan said. “We know what he went through last year with his back and the guy has worked as hard as anyone on our team to get back. For him to get hurt before he actually got to go out there and just a freak thing on air, cutting. I really felt bad for the guy, but he’ll be back next year.”Hurd was one of three key players on offense who missed last season with injuries for the defending NFC champion Niners but were expected to return this year.Running back Jerick McKinnon and slot receiver Trent Taylor have had much better luck so far this summer and participated in their first padded practice Monday.“It is one of the things that you kind of want to put behind you,” McKinnon said about his injuries. “It was a dark time. I found myself in a dark place at moments. But I’m past that point. I’m here to play football. I’m here to get better each and every day. I’m here to compete. That’s the main focus to compete. Win the day, stack the days and keep moving.”McKinnon was expected to be a key piece with his ability as a big-play running back and as a receiving option out of the backfield when he signed as a free agent with the 49ers in 2018.But he tore his ACL the week before the opener his first season and missed that entire year. The knee kept bothering him last summer in training camp and McKinnon missed another full season as the Niners paid him $15.5 million the past two seasons without ever seeing him on the field.“You could tell it just didn’t heal right and then he had to go through all that stuff again,” Shanahan said. “It’s still the first day, the first step, but you can tell that it healed right and you can tell Jet’s put that work in and you feel all this that he’s gone through in the last two years. I feel he’s finally in a position where he has a chance to have this comeback now and everyone’s pulling for him.”McKinnon showed some flashes in his first four seasons as mostly a backup in Minnesota. He rushed for 1,918 yards and also caught 142 passes.That talent led the Niners to target him as the perfect back for Shanahan’s system and McKinnon looked like a perfect fit during his first training camp. That’s why it’s so encouraging to the Niners that he looks healthy again.“You would never guess that this guy hasn’t been on the field for two years,” fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “He just makes things look so natural, so smooth that I think there can only be positive things for him this year. I think he’s going to have a really good year.”The 49ers can only imagine what kind of impact a healthy McKinnon can make on the offense. They know how important a piece Taylor can be when healthy.Taylor had 17 of his 43 catches as a rookie in 2017 during the five games Jimmy Garoppolo started as he became the quarterback’s most trusted receiver out of the slot.Taylor was slowed in 2018 by offseason back surgery and then missed all of last season because of a broken foot that required five surgeries because of an infection.“It’s been a tough road, just going through last season with my infection, not even being able to go to most of the games,” Taylor said. “Just sitting in my 800-square-foot apartment all season long. It wasn’t fun. But that’s part of the game. It’s part of life. You just got to be able to take the punches as they come and keep rolling. I look at it as a great time for me to grow. I think I learned a lot about myself through all those situations that I went through. I think I grew a lot from it.”With Emmanuel Sanders gone in free agency and Deebo Samuel recovering this summer from his own broken foot, Taylor becomes an even more important player.San Francisco has only two other healthy receivers on the roster who have ever caught a pass in a game from Garoppolo in Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis.Image credits: AP COMMENT Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 08:27 IST 49ers Fear WR Jalen Hurd Lost For Season With Knee Injury San Francisco 49ers receiver Jalen Hurd went down with a knee injury that likely will sideline him for the season. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he believes the injury Hurd suffered the previous day in practice is a torn ACL SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Associated Press Television News LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more