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Build-up to county hurling finals continues

first_imgCoach Paddy McCormack believes this group have helped to keep the Mid Tipp club’s non-intercounty players tuned up during the quiet summer period.The decision of Kiladangan’s younger players to assert themselves this year has paid huge dividends.Alan Flynn thinks being on the brink of their greatest ever success is proof of that. Tipp FM will have live commentary on the final at Semple Stadium on Sunday.  Our build-up will begin just after 3 o’clock – coverage will be brought to you in association with Top Oil, Thurles. The Minor A Hurling Championship Final is also being played in Thurles on Sunday afternoon.St Mary’s Clonmel and JK Brackens Og will battle it out for the trophy.The South Tipp side’s captain Kyle Peters isn’t sure they deserve the favourite’s tag.Neil Quinlan is Brackens’ vice-captain.He says there’s a lot of excitement in Templemore ahead of the game.Tipp FM will bring you updates from the match, which gets underway at 1.15 on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

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Moyle Rovers U21 beat Clonmel Commercials in ET

first_imgIn the South U21 A football final Moyle Rovers overcame Clonmel Commercials 1-11 to 0-13 last night in Ardfinnan.The sides were level at 0-9 a piece at full time and it took a Conor Bates goal in extra time to decide the tie.Moyle Rovers will now play Mid champions JK Brackens this Sunday at 12 O clock in Leahy Park, Cashel in the county under 21 A football semi final.last_img

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Nenagh, Templederry & Borrisoleigh into North Senior hurling semi-finals

first_imgNenagh, Templederry and Borrisoleigh have all progressed to the North Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals.Either Kilruane McDonagh’s or Kiladangan will join them – that game is down for decision this evening at half 7 in Dolla.The results of those games so far are: Nenagh 0-20 Roscrea 2-11Burgess 1-11 Templederry 2-13Toomevara 0-12 Borrisoleigh 0-20last_img

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Heartland Fined N3m, Relegated

first_imgPlayers of Heartland abandoned their match against Plateau United on the 75th minute following a dispute with the match referee’s call. Scores were 1-1 at the time but the decision meant Heartland lost the match 3-0.It also officially confirms the relegation of the Owerri-based club which also has the option of appearing before a commission within 48hours.In the charge against Plateau United, their supporters were cited for throwing objects on to the field of play which led to delay in the start of the second half, an act considered a breach of Rule B13.18.For the breach, the LMC fined Plateau United N1,000,000 and the club has 48hours to submit to the ruling or elect to appear before a commission.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *The Plateau team also fined N1m for unruly supportersHeartland FC and Plateau United have been sanctioned for various infractions of the rules which happened during their Match-day 38 fixture last Sunday in Jos.The League Management Company (LMC) following a review of reports and video of the match issued separate Summary Jurisdiction Notices to the clubs.In the case against Heartland, the LMC charged the club for breach of B13.26 in that they failed to continue with a match. Heartland was fined N3,000,000 and a forfeiture of the three points and three goals which were awarded to Plateau United.last_img read more

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Samuel Chukwueze: Atletico Eye €40m Man

first_imgThe 19-year-old who is enjoying his breakthrough season at the club has impressed Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone who is searching ‎for firepower up front.Chukwueze current contract carries a buy-out clause of €40m, a fee that Atletico Madrid can match with ease as one of their forwards Vitolo who has failed to live up to expectations since his signing is set to depart the team in January.Vitolo will likely return to Sevilla and if that happens the club will waste no time in triggering the buy-out clause of Chukwueze who is now a firm fan favourite at Villarreal in what is his first season as a senior professional.Already he has scored in all competitions for Villarreal this season- the La Liga, Europa Leagueand Copa Del Rey.Chukwueze’s good form for Villarreal this season has not gone unnoticed as he is included among the top talents in Spain.The 19-year-old has been a surprise star player for the yellow submarines this season, after being promoted from the second team.Chukwueze has been impressive for Villarreal this season in all competitions he has featured.Following another sparkling performance by Chukwueze for The Yellow Submarine in La Liga, former Arsenal star, Lauren Etame Meyer said he was amazed at the youngster’s performance.Lauren, who now works as a television pundit, said he was again thrilled by Chukwueze’s form with Villarreal against Huesca last weekend, after which he rated the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup revelation and a gold medalist as his team’s best player in the game.The Cameroonian legend added that Chukwueze, who has four goals this season, provides much more for Villarreal than just scoring.Lauren added: “He is a very good footballer. Can score and also create plus he is very good with the ball at his feet. He is the best and probably most complete 19-year-old I’ve seen in a while in the La Liga.“Most teams need players who can offer them balance and something different in attack especially for a team like Villarreal who are used to having the ball. He compliments their style very well.”He, however, said much of what he achieved had been down to “hard work, discipline and determination. Especially determination, this had made the difference. It has been amazing and I want to keep improving so that I continue with the rise.”Chukwueze recently received accolades from his Spanish club Villarreal after an impressive performance in his first La Liga start. He started for the Yellow Submarines against Almeria in the Copa Dey Rey in a game that ended 3 – 3 and made his first start in the La Liga against Levante during the penultimate weekend with the Nigerian playing the entire duration of the game.Chukwueze who scored his first senior team goal against Almeria and is looking to impose his quality on the first team with a series of eye-catching performances and Villarreal through its official Twitter handle (Eng_Villarreal) has heaped praise on the 19-year-old star. “Our Nigerian winger @chukwueze_8 impressed on his first start in @LaLigaEN! We’re sure it will be the first of many.”However, Villarreal manager Javi Calleja has charged Chukwueze to continue working hard for a regular berth in the La Liga club’s squad.Calleja named the former Golden Eaglets winger in the matchday squad for the Yellow Submarine’s UEFA Europa League match against Scottish giants Rangers on Thursday. Chukwueze then made his Villarreal debut by coming off the bench to replace Nicola Sansone.Signed from Diamond Academy in the summer of 2017, Chukwueze played in Villarreal’s junior ranks the last term but was promoted to the reserve team ahead of this season.“We’re using nearly all of our players and I think that’s a good thing. We need the whole squad,” Calleja told Villarreal’s official website following their Europa League clash with Rangers.“Today, for example, Samuel Chukwueze made his debut, who is a player with a great future, but he has to carry on working hard.”The 19-year-old has, however, featured for the Yellow Submarine in the Europa League, and marked his third appearance in the competition with an assist against Rapid Vienna last month.Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is clearly impressed with what he’s seen from the immensely talented left winger.“Chukwueze has a good left foot, is quick, has a low centre of gravity – which gives him a very good balance – and can deliver and score,” the German coach told KweséESPN.While the youngster may not feature against Bafana Bafana as the Super Eagles look to get over the line, he may well make his debut when the West African giants host Uganda in an international friendly a few days later.He’d become the next standout Golden Eaglets performer to make the step up to the senior side.Title-winning teammates and individual award winners from the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup squad, Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Nwakali beat Chukwueze to making their international bow, with the former returning to the senior fold ahead of the Bafana game.Chukwueze has had to fight back from a near career mishap to get to this stage.Days after winning the Bronze Ball – on the strength of three goals and three assists – and helping Nigeria win a fifth U-17 world title, football agency Stellar Group signed Chukwueze and three other players from the Nigerian squad.The deal ought to have seen the highly sought-after star, who models his game on Arjen Robben, sign for a top European club, as those before him had done.Perhaps the only snag hindering a potential move abroad was his age, as the attacker 16, and would have to wait for two years before he could sign professional terms.The teenager returned home while awaiting news from his agents about a potential career move, and kept busy by shuttling between training and playing for Diamond Academy and the Nigeria U-20s, who were involved in the qualification for the ill-fated 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.After celebrating his 17th birthday, he seemed poised to join Arsenal, alongside Nwakali, who signed a five-year contract with the Gunners.However, Diamond Academy pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute, and Chukwueze began to slip out of the limelight, a situation made more challenging by his Golden Eaglets teammates of lesser profiles securing moves to Europe.Undeterred by those series of disappointments, Chukwueze eventually packed his bags and journeyed to Spain, first joining Villarreal’s U-18 team, before being promoted to the B Team.His superb performances with the Villarreal juniors have seen him regularly grab the headlines with his stunning pace, strength, skillset, goals and assists, and he’s edging closer to Calleja’s first-team.Chukwueze’s emergence should come as positive news to Nigerian fans, with the national side lacking a naturally left-footed winger since the untimely retirement of Emmanuel Amuneke, who coached the wonderkid in the Eagles’ U-17 and U-20 teams.Despite his relative inexperience, Rohr has identified the starlet’s raw talent and has handed him an audition in a team which, for all its outstanding attacking players, lacks a natural left winger to create panic and havoc on opposition defences with direct running, effective crossing and superb technique.Considering the number of quality and experienced competitors ahead of Chukwueze in the Super Eagles squad, he must realise that he’s way down the pecking order.However, the U-20 World Cup in Poland next year could present him with a valuable opportunity to assert himself.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After some superlative performance since being promoted to La Liga top flight with Villarreal, culminating to his invitation to the national team, Samuel Chukwueze has suddenly become the toast of top clubs in Spain. Little wonder, Atletico Madrid is planning to splash €40m on the Nigerian prodigy when the January transfer market opensVillarreal teen sensation Samuel Chukwueze is now the prime target of Atletico Madrid when the January transfer window opens according to Spanish outlet elgoldigital.com.Atletico Madrid is ready to splash €40m on Chukwueze as a replacement for Vitolo.last_img read more

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Sunshine Queens in Lagos for Serious Business, Says Wemimo

first_imgNWPL SUPER 4Sunshine Queens Head Coach, Matthew Wemimo, has said her side will not add to the numbers at the 2017/18 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 competition.The Owena Mermaids made the NWPL Super 4 cut together with the title holders, Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels. Sunshine Queens The NWPL Super 4 competition which is expected to determine the Nigerian champions will hold in Lagos between January 24 and 27.The Akure landladies are the only outsiders to the sides that competed in the 2017 version of the annual football showpiece held in Benin City, Edo state.Wemimo said her team is determined to make a huge mark in the competition especially as it was not given a chance to ink the Super 4 spot among the several favourites by bookmakers.“Of course, we cannot come to Lagos to make the numbers rather we are coming to the 2018 NWPL Super 4 competition to contest for the top prize.“In fact, our aim is to lift the league crown at the expense of the favourites, Rivers Angels, Nasarawa Amazons and Bayelsa Queens.“Last edition we worked very hard to make the spot but missed the mark narrowly, we went back to our trenches, re-work our strategies and here we are in the 2018 Super 4.“Truly, we were overlooked as possible qualifiers by the bookmakers but we proved them wrong.“We are equally going to further prove our detractors and doubters wrong by going all the way to lift the coveted trophy.“I have hardworking and quality players who are ever ready to prove themselves at any given time including at the highest stage to deliver the goods.“We consider the Super 4 task a huge challenge and we have been working very hard to make it a sweet memory of all times.“The NWPL Super 4 host state, Lagos is a familiar terrain. As a coach I have played several and fruitful matches right there.“Of course, as a player then with the defunct Oladimeji Tigress of llorin, Lagos is a place I visited severally to prosecute matches. So I’m quite homely playing the Super 4 competition there.“Lagos is going to be a fertile ground and I’m sure, too we will not lack the required support of Lagos fans.“I’m confident that our brand and style of football will draw the biggest fans behind us which will serve as a tonic for us to go all the way to lifting the coveted league title,” said the Nigeria’s Under-20 assistant coach to the last FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.The Akure side will kick-off its title chase against Group A winners, Bayelsa Queens and a win will automatically take the team to the final where it will hope to confront the winners between defending champions, Nasarawa Amazons and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Nigeria, Others for Maiden Western Africa Challenge

first_imgAccording to the Tournament Director, Professor Germain Karou, all is set for the competition as all arrangement have been put in place to ensure a smooth tournament.“We hope that this tournament will be a very successful one and that the Ivorian people and region will have opportunity to discover the best players from the region,” he said.The Professor who is also the President of the Federation of Ivorien Table Tennis (FITT) said: “We are expecting 11 countries out of the 15 countries in the region, while about 39 players will be in Abidjan for this tournament.”For the host country, he said: “Hosting the tournament means a lot to FITT and it is another great opportunity that help will to stimulate the development table tennis and win more people to the sport in our country. Hosting this competition is a great opportunity for the country to showcase its talents and raise the profile of the sport.”For the Deputy Secretary General of FITT, Ali Kanate, the staging of the tournament would help to showcase the expertise of Cote d’Ivoire in handling international event.Ali Kanate said: “We thank International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the African Federation (ATTF) and the President of the West African region for the confidence in us staging the tournament. We hope to use this tournament to show our ability in organizing an international event particularly being the maiden edition of the regional tournament. By hosting the first edition of the regional table tennis championship, Côte d’Ivoire is on the map of West Africa as a leading player. The stakes involved in the organization of this competition are numerous and that is why we have made every effort to make it a memorable one for the players.“Apart from putting up good organisation, we want to show our ability as a top table tennis playing nation in the region and that is why we have sent our players on training tour of France in order to make it to the podium at the event,” he added.For the President of the ITTF Africa (Western Region) Wahid Oshodi, the staging of the tournament would help to build close relationship among the participating teams.“We are grateful to ITTF and ATTF for their support and we are hoping that we can use this tournament to bring the countries in the region together and forge ahead in growing the sport. We are expecting firework in Abidjan and I am confident that the host nation will put up a good show. I am hoping that more teams in the region will register and be part of the competition,” Oshodi said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As the top table tennis playing nation in the region, Nigeria will be leading 10 other nations to the maiden ITTF Western Africa Challenge which holds on November 2 to 3 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.The tournament which serves as qualification for the 2020 Africa Top 16 Cup has 21 men and 18 women competing for the title at the 3500 capacity Salle Polyvalente Du Parc Des Sports De Treichville in Abidjan.Besides Nigeria, other teams aiming for the top prize are Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Niger Republic, Sierra Leone, Guinea and host – Cote d’Ivoire.From the 15 countries that made up the region, 11 will be present at the two-day tournament sponsored by the world table tennis ruling body – ITTF.last_img read more

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Blue Jays rescue Ryu with ten run inning to beat Yankees 12-7

first_img Written By Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 10:31 IST Blue Jays Rescue Ryu With Ten Run Inning To Beat Yankees 12-7 The Toronto Blue Jays erupted for a 10-run sixth inning that included Danny Jansen’s grand slam to beat the New York Yankees 12-7 Monday night and hand the Bronx Bombers their sixth loss in seven games. SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 8th September, 2020 10:31 IST The Toronto Blue Jays erupted for a 10-run sixth inning that included Danny Jansen’s grand slam to beat the New York Yankees 12-7 Monday night and hand the Bronx Bombers their sixth loss in seven games.Toronto’s offensive explosion rescued Blue Jays starter Ryu Hyun-jin, who had a rough outing against the Yankees.Ryu was was replaced after five innings with the Yankees leading 5-2. Associated Press Television News center_img COMMENT LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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