Michael Ryan may have to plan without Patrick Bonner Maher for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers opening championship game in a fortnight’s time.It’s understood he picked up a hamstring injury in his club’s Lorrha -Dorrha championship loss to Templederry Keynon at the weekend.The extent of the injury isn’t yet known or whether it could affect his chances of being included in team against Cork.
The North Tipp side powered through the first half, outscoring the Mid champions by 8 points – it was Kiladangan: 1-11(14) Holycross Ballycahill: 0-6(6) at half time.A strong breeze favoured Holycross/Ballycahill in the second half but heading into it that far adrift left them with too much ground to make up.Kiladangan finished 6 points clear – 2-17 to 17 points. Kiladangan have been crowned County U21A hurling champions for the first time in the club’s history.Two goals – one from Tom O’ Meara, and one from Bryan McLoughney in either half – proved decisive as they defeated Holycross/Ballycahill 2-17 to 17 points.Kiladangan’s first goal came in the first play of the game – leaving Holycross with an early mountain to climb. Photo © Tipp FM
11-time leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival Ruby Walsh was unconcerned by the heavy ground conditions on the eve of this year’s Festival.He says it’s ideal for national hunt racing.The festival gets underway today – David Lawlor is at Prestbury Park for Tipp FM Sport. Photo: © pixabay.com
Nasarawa on Tuesday continued their surge in the Nigeria Professional Football League table after they defeated Shooting Stars 1-0 in a rescheduled game played in Makurdi.Nasarawa has now shot up to 11th place from 18th spot with 15 points from 11 matches.Esosa Igbinoba’s 40th minute free kick goal was what separated both teams on the day.Ten minutes from time, Tope Orelope wasted Shooting Stars chance to draw level when he blasted wide off target from close range.Cletus Itodo was then denied by the Nasarawa goalkeeper on the dot of full timeShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Eguma is drumming up support ahead of the game and is calling on fans of the club to turn out in their numbers to cheer the side to victory.“We expect our fans and all Rivers people to come out (in their numbers) to support the team on Sunday.“We are representing not only Rivers state but Nigeria and we are looking to do the country proud.“There was a mammoth crowd in Bamako in the first leg as their fans came out to cheer their side and we will want the same in Port Harcourt,” the trainer told supersport.com.Eguma also dispelled fears over the fitness of striker Lukman Mohammed, who suffered a knock in the first leg.Mohammed trained alone on Wednesday but Eguma said the situation is not one to lose sleep over.“Lukman is an important member of the team and he is fit for the game on Sunday.“I don’t know who will play yet on Sunday as all the players have been training excellently and everyone is fit.“Getting a draw in the first leg does not mean this tie is over.“AS Real Bamako is a very good side technically, with young and mobile players as we experienced first-hand last weekend,” he said.A win for Rivers United will see them progress to the first round of the competition, where they will meet the winner of the tie between Al-Merrikh and Sony Elá NguemaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUERivers United Manager, Stanley Eguma, has said that fans of the club have an important role to play in Sunday’s CAF Champions League second leg preliminary round game against Malian club, AS Real Bamako.The tie is evenly poised on a knife edge following a 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Stade Modibo Kéïta, Bamako last Sunday.
Amaju Pinnick The NFF President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has hailed Zenith Bank Plc. for its support towards the qualification of the Super Eagles for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated for Cameroon.Pinnick made the remarks at the weekend when he visited the Head Office of the bank.While presenting an autographed jersey of the Super Eagles to the Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Peter Amangbo, as a thank you gesture from all the players for the bank’s support towards the team’s qualification for the 2019 AFCON, Pinnick thanked the bank for its continuous support towards the development of football and sports in general in the country.He noted that the story may have been different if not for the bank’s contributions and support, which was no doubt very vital to the recent qualification of the Super Eagles for the 2019 AFCON Championship.While responding, Amangbo reaffirmed the commitment of the bank towards supporting all the national football teams, and promised to continue to fulfill its part of the partnership with a view to ensuring that Nigerian national football teams take their pride of place in global football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Mali face Mauritania in Group E’s other game later on Monday (21:00 BST kick-off).Tunisia came into the tournament as the second-highest-placed African nation in Fifa’s world rankings but struggled for long periods against Angola, who deserved their point after dominating possession in the second half.The Palancas Negras went closest to taking the lead prior to Msakni’s opener, Wilson Eduardo running on to Stelvio’s pass before drilling just wide of the far post.Alain Giresse’s side took the lead when Msakni stroked home from the spot after Naim Sliti had been tripped by Paizo inside the area.Angola dominated the second half without creating many clear-cut opportunities, but earned a point through Djalma’s strike.Former Sunderland player Wabhi Kazhri curled a low shot off target late on as Tunisia pushed for a winner, while Angola goalkeeper Tony Cabaca saved another Msaki effort in second-half stoppage time.Tunisia face Mali in their next group match on Friday (15:30 kick-off), while Angola take on Mauritania on Saturday (15:30).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Djalma cancelled out Youssef Msakni’s first-half penalty to earn Angola a point against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations.The 32-year-old fired home on the rebound after goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha failed to hold on to Mateus’ goal-bound effort.Msakni had given Tunisia the lead from the spot 11 minutes before half-time.
“We are not afraid of any team, rather we are the most feared among the quartet and pressure is not on us but on the reigning champions, Bayelsa Queens and former champions, Rivers Angels, who would work round the clock to sustain their high reputations. It’s an advantage for us as we shall freely exhibit our talents while the giants exercise extra caution in their games.“We are more than ever calm and relaxed coming to Lagos to enjoy ourselves with our known traditional style of football aimed at winning the trophy in our first attempt at the NWPL Super 4 competition.“We are aware that the NWPL Super 4 is the showcase of the best women’s clubs in Nigeria and will never be a cheap competition.“However, our mindset and resolve are fixed on the mantra – the harder the opponents come, the harder they will fall.“Our mission in Lagos is to further cause upsets among the known giants and lift the NWPL Super 4 trophy for the good people of Kogi state.“Of course, the financier of the club, the Kogi State government has handed us the task to deliver the cup and leave the rest for them.”Ogbonda added: “We have prepared the players adequately for the task ahead, they are hungry and ofcourse understand the task at hand. I am optimistic my players will deliver the goods.“I have their confidence, they, too have my confidence to execute and interpret to the last details all instructions that would be handed over to them to execute each of the games,” said the former Ibom Angels and Rivers Angels tactician to NWFL Media.Confluence Queens secured their first ever NWPL Super 4 ticket at the end of 2018/19 regular season beating the likes of Abia Angels, Ibom Angels and Invincible Angels for the top spot of Group D.The draw for the NWPL Super 4 will hold on Thursday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Agege Stadium, Lagos, while football actions will commence on Friday among the four gladiators and third place and final matches hold on Sunday at the ‘Soccer Temple’ Agege Stadium in Lagos, leaving out Saturday as the rest dayThe Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, said in Lagos on Monday that, the 2018/2019 Super 4 will be very exciting and full of action as the competition has equitable share of the clubs from two football playing zones of the country.“It’s the first time, we shall be seeing two teams each from the Northern part of the country and two from the Niger Delta, coming together to battle for the Premier League title in the Super 4 Challenge.Falode noted: “This time around we have added some innovations that would make the Super 4 interesting to all Nigerian women’s soccer fans.“I want to assure Nigerians that they would improved standard of play in all the matches that would be played at the Agege Stadium.“If you are in Lagos on November 1 and 3, the place to be is the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium to watch enterprising display of football skills by women footballers at the highest level.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Chief Coach of Confluence Queens of Lokoja, Whyte Ogbonda, whose team will be making an historic appearance in the Nigeria Women’s Premier League Super 4, has said the main objective of his team is to emerge the champion of the 2018/2019 NWPL season, despite being their first time of participating in the Super 4.The 2018/2019 edition of the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 competition will officially flag off in Lagos at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 with the official arrival of all the participating teams: Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Adamawa Queens and Confluence Queens.The Super 4 will be a battle among the top teams in the regular season of the Nigeria Women Premier League to determine the winner for the season.Ogbonda, said his players are determined to cause further upsets in the NWFL top competition by lifting the coveted trophy in their first attempt.
Last Updated: 17th August, 2020 10:50 IST Happ, Ford Lead Yanks To 9th Straight Win Over Red Sox, 4-2 “Nobody wants to get skipped. I want to be out there and pitch every five days. I feel like I should be,” Happ said, explaining matter-of-factly that the second talk did not go well. “There was no argument, and nothing bigger than that. It was just I didn’t expect it, I guess.” First Published: 17th August, 2020 10:50 IST J.A. Happ had two recent conversations with Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who bypassed the 37-year-old left-hander the previous time through New York’s rotation.“Nobody wants to get skipped. I want to be out there and pitch every five days. I feel like I should be,” Happ said, explaining matter-of-factly that the second talk did not go well. “There was no argument, and nothing bigger than that. It was just I didn’t expect it, I guess.”Happ pitched three-hit ball over 5 2/3 innings, Mike Ford drove in three runs and the Yankees beat Boston 4-2 Sunday night for their ninth straight victory over the reeling Red Sox.“I thought it was probably the best life we’ve seen at the top of the zone since even going back to spring,” Boone said, “really dictating counts and and dictating the pace of everything.”Happ (1-1) made his first appearance since Aug. 5, giving up Kevin Pillar’s home run down the left-field line in the third. He has a 6.39 ERA over three starts and 12 2/3 innings, and likely has eight starts remaining at most in the shortened season. His contract includes a $17 million option for 2021 that was to be guaranteed for either 27 starts or 165 innings, which becomes 10 starts or 61 1/3 innings.“That’s a subject I think I’m just going to stay away from right now,” Happ said. ”All in maybe due time on that front.”Happ focused on being aggressive, and he ended a five-start regular-season winless streak by getting his first victory since beating Boston last Sept. 7. He improved to 12-4 against the Red Sox by winning his fifth straight decision against them.“I certainly felt a lot more like myself, a lot more like I feel like I sort of should be pitching,” he said. “I felt like it was a big game for me.”Hours after second baseman DJ LeMahieu joined Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list, Ford put New York ahead when he dumped an RBI single into short center field in the first inning, then gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead with a two-run homer off Chris Mazza (0-1) in the third. Ford exchanged a string of non-socially distanced fist bumps with teammates.“I think that a lot of young players put a little bit too much stress on themselves at times with those opportunities,” said Ford, a left-handed bat who backs up Luke Voit at first. “It’s not really about the playing time. It’s more just kind of controlling your emotions when you do get that two-week stint where you can try to prove what you can do. ”Mazza (0-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in three innings while throwing a career-high 66 pitches. Mazza got his first career start and became Boston’s 11th starter in 22 games.AL East-leading New York improved to 15-6 as the schedule passed the one-third point — the equivalent 41-16 over a full season and its best start since 2003. The Yankees are 9-0 at home for the first time since 1987 and are on their longest winning streak against Boston since taking 12 in a row from Aug. 16, 1952, to April 23, 1953. New York has won 20 of its last 24 home games vs. the Red Sox and 14 of 15 against Boston overall.Boston has been outscored 67-31 during a seven-game losing streak, dropping to an AL-worst 6-16. In the midst of a skid equivalent to 19 straight losses in a normal season, Boston held a team meeting in an outdoor space at its hotel before the game, then went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.“Anytime you grab the team together and give guys the opportunity to speak what is on their mind is good,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “Sometimes it comes out right away where it makes a difference and most of the time it doesn’t.”Adam Ottovino, Chad Green and Zack Britton finished the five-hitter, with Britton earning his big league-best eighth save in eight chances. He misplayed a two-out grounder for an error that allowed an unearned run, then struck out Kevin Plawecki with a man on.LeMahieu, the AL batting leader with a .411 average, sprained his left thumb while swinging at a pitch Saturday. Scans did not show a break, but the Yankees don’t want to announce a prognosis until after the records are examined by a hand specialist who worked with LeMahieu two years ago. Judge, who went on the injured list last week with a straight right calf, said he expects to be activated Saturday at the New York Mets.Aaron Hicks, moved to leadoff in LeMahieu’s absence, had an RBI double in the second inning on a ball that was headed for first baseman Michael Chavis but hit the base and bounded into right field.Boston is off to its poorest start since 1996 and its 6.03 ERA is the highest in the major leagues.“You start to think about all the external factors,” Pillar said. “We still got a ton of games left and we’ve got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves.”POWER OUTTAGEYankees catcher Gary Sánchez went 1 for 4, ending his streak of home runs in three straight games. He took a called third strike from Ryan Brasier that stranded the bases loaded in the seventh.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: 3B/OF Miguel Andújar was recalled from New York’s alternate training site at Scranton to take LeMahieu’s roster spot and probably will start Monday.Closer Aroldis Chapman likely will be activated Monday after recovering from COVID-19, which delayed his season.(Image Credit: AP) WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US