Their boss believes the seven-times champions have put in the work needed to compete for the big prizes…Tipp FM will have uninterrupted second-half commentary on the Tipperary Water Senior Football Championship Final from around 3.10pm on Sunday….in association with O’Connell’s Centra, Templemore.We’ll also have live coverage of the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final between Thurles Sarsfields and Ballygunner of Waterford on Sunday afternoon. Our build-up gets underway at 1.50pm…in association with Vale Oil, Thurles, Clonmel and Waterford. The manager of Moyle Rovers is praising the part played by the club’s juvenile coaches ahead of their appearance in the county senior football final.Liam Cronin says they’ve had a huge role in taking the South Tipp side to the brink of their first title since 2009.Rovers will face Loughmore-Castleiney in the competition decider in Cashel on Sunday.
Meanwhile O’Brien has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury he suffered in last month’s Champions Cup win over Wasps.Leinster travel to Ulster this weekend for the final game of the regular season, and then head into a two week break before a home semi-final. Head coach Leo Cullen says he’s “optimistic” about Sean O’Brien’s chances of playing for the province again this season.However Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip face a race against time if they’re to feature in the Guinness PRO12 playoffs.Neither Kearney or Heaslip have seen any game time since playing in Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to Wales in Match. Photo © Pat Flynn
John Rahm is now the two shot leader of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.The Spaniard has just hit an eagle on the par 5 4th to move up to 19 under par, two ahead of David Drysdale of Scotland.As for the Irish contingent Gavin Moynihan and Shane Lowry both finished their tournaments on a high. Photo © – Tipp FM They hit rounds of 64 and 66 to end up on 13 under and 12 under respectively.Padraig Harrington is next best on 10 under while Paul Dunne finished up on 7 under.
The countdown is continuing to their make or break World Cup Pool C match against France in U-C-D this evening.Tom Tierney’s side need a victory to guarantee their place in the semi finals.Ireland will start the match with a side that sees 6 changes. © Womens Rugby Marie-Louise Reilly and Paula Fitzpatrick are among those recalled.Scrum half Nicole Cronin has retained the number 9 jersey to earn her second cap.
Photo © Tipp FM Kiladangan’s U21 hurlers are expecting a titanic battle, when they go up against Holycross/Ballycahill in the County U21A Hurling Final tomorrow.Kiladangan will be going into the game off the back of some impressive wins over Clonoulty/Rossmore, Nenagh, and Toomevara.However, Holycross/Ballycahill will be favourites for the game, which is fixed for Templederry. Throw in tomorrow afternoon is at 1.30 – and Kiladangan’s Daragh Egan says they’ll do their best to get over the line…
President of the Confederation of African Football, Alhaji (Dr) Issa Hayatou was one of the first senior citizens in world football to commiserate with the NFF and the Nigeria football family over the death of Nigeria legend Stephen Keshi wednesday.In his letter addressed to NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Hayatou wrote: “We have learned with great dismay and immense sadness the passing away of African and Nigerian football legend Stephen Okechukwu Keshi thursday.“Even if Stephen Keshi left us too early, he achieved an incredible career, both as a player and as a coach, being one of only two people in African football history, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player, in Tunisia in 1994, and as a coach, in South Africa in 2013. “After having played mostly with French and Belgian clubs, Stephen Keshi became a tremendous professional coach, coaching the Togo national football team between 2004 and 2006, and incredibly achieving the dream of any nation by making the West African nation to qualify to its first ever World Cup in 2006 in Germany.”In his own tribute, also addressed to Pinnick, president of the Tanzania Football Federation, Jamal Malinzi wrote: “I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Nigeria and Africa’s football legend Stephen Keshi. In this sorrowful time, I would like on behalf of the football community in Tanzania to extend to you our heartfelt condolences…“Though he is gone, his service to football has not lasted with his passing as he will always have an everlasting legacy in the game of football.”Pinnick, NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi were the first persons to sign the condolence register opened for the departed legend at the Glass House in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The NWFL board vice chairman, Rt. Hon. Margaret Icheen stormed the college with her members, NWPL Super 4 teams, the Edo state FA team and journalists for the inspiring and motivational talk show.Icheen who took turn to address the students both in the junior and senior colleges told the highly charged and excited students that they can always excel in life by combining education and sports as ably shown by the inspiring achievements recorded by the key NWPL Super 4 teamsâ€™ players in the entourage.â€œWe are here to encourage you to take your education serious as well as involve yourselves in football mostly as girls.â€œUnlike what you may have heard in the past that it is almost a taboo for girls to engage themselves in football not only is the perception erroneous and misconceived the truth remains that you can excel in education and football as well as become a celebrity in the society.â€œWe have in our midst national teams and club sides players who are first and foremost girls who are educated as well as excelling in their chosen career as professional footballers.â€œThey are role models in the society and dignitaries take turn to associate with them mostly because of their achievement in education and football.â€œWe brought them here for you to see for yourselves how education and football can turn you an instant celebrity.â€œDisabuse your minds from any misconception that girls who engage in football are wayward they are on the contrary responsible and most cherished personalities in the society,â€ said Icheen.Rivers Angels and Super Falcons goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi spoke to the students in like manner buttressing the fact that football made her what she is today and encouraged the girls that they could as well be like her by taking seriously to their education and football.â€œHere we are as girls like you and footballers, we went to school and we are involved in football.â€œWe are celebrity in the society and we have equally achieved a lot for ourselves, we are not whores but responsible members of the society.â€œBelieve it football cannot make you irresponsible but endear you to the high and mighty in the society so we charge you to take your education serious and take to football as well,â€ said Oluehi.Nasarawa Amazons captain and defender, Mariam Ibrahim admonished the students on the enduring benefits of combining education and football.â€œYou cannot do football if you are not intelligent so football is not for the indolent but brilliant students.â€œSo take seriously with your education and get involved in football the sky will just be the starting point in your life,â€ said the Super Falcons strongwoman.Nasarawa Amazons and Super Falcons defender, Sarah Nnodim who spoke passionately on the theme â€˜Football-Fusion, Football and Education told the students point blank that they can always become whoever they want to be in life by combining the two key factors in right proportion.Rivers Angels forward, Catherine Kenneth equally took time off to talk to the students using herself as an example of somebody education and football have helped greatly in life.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) boardÂ wednesday engaged the students of Emotan College, Benin City in an interactive development programme tagged â€˜Football-Fusion, Football and Educationâ€™.The event is part of activities on ground for the on-going Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 competition at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State.
After an impressive performance during his time at Gent of Belgium, French side, Bordeaux turned their direction to Samuel Kalu as a replacement for their Brazilian winger, Malcom, who left for Spanish giants, Barcelona at the beginning of the season. The Nigerian prodigy has so far not disappointed the egg heads of his clubSuper Eagles and Bordeaux forward Samuel Kalu was listed in the French Ligue 1 Team of the Week, joining Paris Saint-Germain superstars that include the world most expensive footballer, Neymah, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani.Kalu was included in the French Ligue 1 Team of the Week following his impressive performance for Bordeaux in their 1-0 win against Dijon on Sunday. The 21-year-old set up Cornelius Andreas in the 77th minute to score the winner and give Bordeaux three points against Dijon.Kalu has been in good form in the French Ligue and was rewarded for his match-winning heroics.Despite reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain recording a 9-0 win over Guingamp there was space for Kalu in the Team of the Year.In a 4-4-2 formation, Edison Cavani and French youngster Kylian Mbappe both scored hat-tricks and led the attack for the Team of the Week.Kalu was in midfield alongside RC Strasbourg’s Anthony Caci, and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and, ángel Di María.Kalu was given a rating of 8.24 despite only registering an assist in the encounter. He, however, was credited with two interceptions, two tackles, fouled two times and a shot on goal.Kalu is expected to return to action when Bordeaux take on Strasbourg in their next league match.After the €30 million departure of Brazilian winger, Malcom to Barcelona in the summer, Kalu was seen as the perfect replacement for him and Gus Poyet’s side paid a sum of €8 million for the youngster.Kalu joined Yves Vanderhaeghe’s side from AS Trencin in 2016, and, alongside Nigerian international Moses Simon, has been one of their main players. Last season, the youngster scored seven league goals in 32 Belgian top-flight appearances and his scintillating performance was not missed by Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr.The German tactician said he had been monitoring Kalu’s performances since his days at Gent where he struck a good understanding with Nigerian midfielder Moses Simon, but did not pick the player for the 2018 World Cup in Russia because he had good players in his role.“I never selected him. I saw him play for in his team. I took another, which is Simon Moses. He has been in my group since two years ago. He is also a winger, fast. He’s almost the same, but I found him better than Kalu,” the former Gabon manager said.He added, “Samuel Kalu is a good dribbler, and he’s an overflowing winger. He’s explosive; he gives a lot of good balls. He overflows, he can play on both sides. I hope Bordeaux will have the satisfaction of seeing him evolve with these qualities.”Reacting over the signing of Kalu by Boudex, club president Stephane Martin, revealed to French newspaper Sud Ouest, “He is a player that the recruitment team followed for a while. His choice was validated by Gustavo Poyet.”Kalu moved to Ligue 1 champions after dazzling displays since joining the Ghelamco Arena outfit from AS Trencin in January 2016.Kalu helped Gent qualify for the Play-Off 1 by netting just after the restart, and his inclusion is particularly not surprising as he has been impressive since his arrival in Belgium.For Kalu, it may have been a shattered dream when Rohr did not look at their direction during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but it was a dream come true when he made his debut for the Super Eagles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles.Prior to the encounter, Kalu was keen to shine with the team, as he said: “I’m prepared to give everything to the Super Eagles. It’s my first call-up and I want to make the country proud. I’m expecting us to win the game and nothing more. It’s an important game that we cannot afford to lose. We have to work hard and do whatever we can to win the game.“Kalu was very impressive all through the time he was on the field. He showed signs of a player that wants to earn a regular shirt in the team and with the way he played it is obvious he would be the one the players Rohr would be looking up to in future,” former Abiola Babes captain, Tajudeen Disu told THISDAY.With the likes of Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ogenyi Onazi failing to truly seize the opportunity to prove critics wrong, Kalu was the standout performer, playing 84 minutes of brilliant attacking football that won the heart of many fans back home.The Bordeaux winger was lively from the blast of the referee’s whistle to his exit, with his pace troubling the Seychelles backline. His quick feet were too hot to handle, and he was fouled in the penalty area just before the hour mark which resulted in Ighalo’s converted effort.Kalu’s deft touches on the ball were a joy to behold while his dribbling and trickery were also impressive.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 10:05 IST Altuve, Correa Homer, Astros Tag Bumgarner, Diamondbacks 8-2 José Altuve and Carlos Correa hit solo homers, George Springer added a two-run double and the Houston Astros roughed up Madison Bumgarner in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night Written By COMMENT FOLLOW US José Altuve and Carlos Correa hit solo homers, George Springer added a two-run double and the Houston Astros roughed up Madison Bumgarner in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.Altuve hit his homer in the first inning and Correa connected in the second. The Astros put the game away in the fifth inning with five runs, including two on Springer’s bases-loaded double.Houston has won three of its past four games. Cristian Javier (1-0) was excellent in his second career start, giving up one run on four hits over six innings. The 23-year-old’s emergence has been crucial for the Astros, who don’t have ace Justin Verlander because of a strained right forearm.Humberto Castellanos pitched a scoreless ninth for the Astros in his big league debut.The Diamondbacks fell to 3-8 and have lost five of six.Bumgarner (0-2) had his worst outing of the season, giving up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old lefty signed an $85 million, five-year deal with the Diamondbacks in the offseason but in three starts hasn’t looked like the same pitcher who helped the San Francisco Giants win three World Series titles over the past decade.His fastball velocity was down in the 87-89 mph range and Altuve hit the first one he saw into the left-center field stands for a solo homer. Bumgarner gave up seven hits, hit three batters, walked two and had a costly error in the fourth when his errant throw to second base skipped into center field.LINE CHANGEThe D-backs’ lineup came into the game hitting just .192 and had another tough night. In the sixth inning, manager Torey Lovullo pulled the top five hitters of the lineup: Ketel Marte, Kole Calhoun, Starling Marte, Christian Walker and Eduardo Escobar.He replaced them with Tim Locastro, Jon Jay, Stephen Vogt, Jake Lamb and Andy Young.The 26-year-old Young was playing in just his second game in the big leagues. He hit a double and a single in his first two career at-bats on Tuesday after coming into the game as a defensive replacement on Sunday.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: OF Michael Brantley (quad) was out of the lineup on Tuesday. Manager Dusty Baker said Brantley is day-to-day and could miss Wednesday’s game. Brantley is hitting .438 though nine games.Diamondbacks: David Peralta got a rare start at DH after spending most of the season in left field. Rookie Daulton Varsho made the first start his career in left. Peralta was hitting just .182 through the season’s first 10 games. Lovullo said he wanted to get Peralta off his feet for two days straight after the D-backs also had an off day on Monday.UP NEXTAstros: Houston sends RHP Lance McCullers (1-0, 5.40) to the mound on Wednesday.Diamondbacks: Arizona will start LHP Robbie Ray (0-2. 8.64).Image credits: AP LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News First Published: 5th August, 2020 10:05 IST WATCH US LIVE