Tottenham could do with a Champions League victory later at French side Monaco – as they look to get back into the top two in Group E.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost both home matches so far in the competition. It means the manager’s setting expectations high for tonight’s away game. Kick off in the Prinicpality is at 7.45pm, by which time Bayer Leverkusen could have stretched their advantage over Spurs. The Bundesliga side are away to C-S-K-A Moscow from 5. Leicester will confirm their place in the last-16 with a win at home to Club Bruges tonight. Second placed Porto travel to Copenhagen in Group G’s other encounter.
Photo © Tipp FM The up and coming Premier hurling stars are in action today as Tipp compete in the Arrabawn U16 hurling finals in the Premier.There are also U15 A and B finals in Cork while the Tony Forrestial U14 finals take place in Waterford.
Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography She says both sports benefit the other, and she’s going to take on the dual challenge again this year. Tipp camogie players are in preparation for their second league tie of the season against Offaly this weekend.It comes off the back of a one point defeat to Wexford last time out.A number of the squad are dual stars, with camogie captain Oral O’ Dwyer amongst them.
Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportWith leaders Enugu Rangers 2-1 defeat in Akure against Sunshine Stars and Rivers United’s third straight victory sealed yesterday, the heat appears getting tougher at the summit of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2015/2016 season.Now, the Flying Antelopes are barely hanging on to the top of the league by the skin of their teeth. Only better goals scored separate them from the resurgent Rivers United who defeated Wikki Tourists 1-0 in the midweek clash at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt. They are both tied on same 28 points. Against the Akure Gunners, Rangers’ Chisom Egbuchulam canceled out Samad Kadiri’s lead before the break for scores to stand at 1-1 but Okiki Afolabi’s strike on the hour mark made sure Sunshine Stars emerged 2-1 winners.Rivers United on the other hand grabbed the winner in the 26th minute through centre-back Gabriel Olalekan to send the Tourists back to Bauchi empty handed.In Ibadan, odds were stacked against Warri Wolves ahead of their match-week 16 game at the Lekan Salami Stadium having lost 0-1 at home to Rivers United in their previous game, while their hosts, 3SC, earned a draw at Rangers.John Odumegwu was the man who ran 3SC’s defence ragged with Izu Joseph being on the end of his runs on and off the ball.On 27 minutes, Odumegwu threaded a sublime pass through the Ibadan club’s defence to pick out former Nigeria’s Under-17 star King Osanga, who made no error in finishing past Emmanuel Fabiyi in goal.The Ibadan club’s only real chance of the half was close to the break when Najeem Olukokun headed a corner kick over the bar.Wolves continued with their pressing style in the restart and it paid off on the hour mark. This time, Odumegwu was the scorer. The Wolves’ man shrugged off his marker, Izu, in a race for the ball to score his side’s insurance goal of the game.Olukokun pulled one back for 3SC on 75 minutes. The 3SC striker then saw his late spot kick saved by Wolves goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, who returned to haunt his former employers with that heroic stop.Ismaila Gata scored twice for Niger Tornadoes to edge Heartland 2-1. Ifeanyi Onuigbo’s goals came in between Gata’s double.Plateau United got their second point on the road thanks to the butter fingers of Ikorodu United goalkeeper Segun Fatunwase. At the Onikan Stadium in Lagos, fans of Ikorodu United watched as their side blew their lead twice in a 2-2 draw.A Moses Bunde own goal was all FC Ifeanyiubah needed to defeat Lobi Stars in Nnewi while MFM FC and Enyimba played out a goalless draw at the Agege Stadium in Lagos. Enyimba finished the game with 10 men after Nzube Anaezemba got his marching order for a second yellow card with 17 minutes to time.Nasarawa United were made to toil for the three points by a plucky Abia Warriors in a 3-2 win. Abdulrahman Bashir and Emmanuel Makama scored in a game in which their team, Nasarawa United, had to take the lead thrice before winning while a delightful lob by Michael Olaha and a stunner by Ndifreke Effiong could not help Abia Warriors’ cause.However, the game in Ilorin did not take place as Giwa FC did not show up as they were scheduled to play Cup holders Akwa United. Giwa FC was directed to play its next three home games at the Kwara State Stadium by the League Management Company (LMC) following recent crowd trouble in their fixture against Rangers.The Jos club failed to turn up for the first of the three games at Ilorin against Wikki and the LMC awarded three points and three goals to Wikki.Kano Pillars face El-Kanemi in Maiduguri to round off the match week, and could go top if they beat their hosts.MATCH DAY 16Sunshine 2-1 RangersIkorodu 2-2 PlateauMFM 0-0 EnyimbaRivers Utd 1-0 WikkiNasarawa 3-2 Abia W’IfeanyiUbah 1-0 LobiTornadoes 2-1 HeartlandShooting 1-2 W’WolvesShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
The squad includes 12 players who competed at the last Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea, where Senegal failed to get past the first round despite being one of the pre-tournament favourites.Senegal open their campaign in Franceville on January 15 against Tunisia in Franceville.Squad:Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Pape Seydou NdiayeDefenders: Saliou Ciss, Lamine Gassama, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cheikh Mbengue, Kara Mbodj, Zargo ToureMidfielders: Mohamed Diame, Pape Kouly Diop, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Cheikh Ndoye, Ismaila SarrForwards: Famara Diedhou, Mame Biram Diouf, Diao Balde Keita, Moussa Konate, Sadio Mane, Henri Saivet, Moussa SowShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Senegal restored experienced defender Cheikh Mbengue and striker Moussa Sow to their 23-man squad for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.The pair had missed November’s World Cup qualifier in South Africa but both return to participate at their third Nations Cup tournament.Henri Saviet of St Etienne was also recalled by coach Aliou Cisse for the three-week tournament where Senegal play in Group B against Algeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe read more
Meanwhile, the move is the second highest African transfer fee this season behind Egyptian international, Mohamed Salahâ€™s Â£34.3m move from Italian Serie A side, AS Roma to Liverpool.Although the move was delayed by legal issues over image rights with his former agents, sources close to the player confirmed to KwesÃ©ESPN that after passing his medical on Tuesday, the player signed a five-year contract with the Foxes.However, an announcement is only expected within the next 24 hours as the club wants to tidy up legal details in respect of his former representatives.It is also mentioned that the Citizens have inserted a buy-back option in the contract, which is reported to be in the region of Â£50m for one of Europeâ€™s brightest young footballers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria and Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho has completed his switch to Leicester City.Sources close to the Super Eagles forward revealed that the former FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner has completed a Â£25 million move from City to the Foxes after passing a medical.KweseESPN also reported yesterday that the fee makes the Super Eagles star the most expensive Nigerian player ever, displacing Odion Ighalo when he signed for Chinese club Changchun Yatai for Â£20m in January. read more
In an interview with the Middlesbrough official website, Mikel stated that several clubs were interested in him but a conversation with Tony Pulis convinced him.He said, “For me, it’s looking at the project. I spoke to a few clubs and I also spoke to Tony (Pulis), had a good chat with him. He’s told me where he wants to go with it and it definitely fits with what I want to do. The club wants to get promoted so hopefully I’m here to help in any way I can. It’s a family club and this is what I want. I like stability and this is why I was at Chelsea for a very long time.”Without putting any pressure on himself, Mikel stated that he is a team player and despite his impressive trophy cabinet it is only as a team can they achieve their goal to qualify for the Premier League.He said, “We have to put our heads together and help each other. If anyone knows me from my years at Chelsea, I always played for the team. The team comes first and that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. Here is going to be a challenge, but I love challenges.”The Super Eagles captain who quit his contract at Chinese Super League (CSL) side Tianjin Teda has been handed the number 2 shirt and could make his debut when Middlesbrough take on Newport County in a FA Cup encounter today at the Riverside Stadium.Meanwhile, former Premier League champions, Chelsea have reacted to Obi joining English Championship side, Middlesbrough, on a six-month deal.Chelsea took to their official Twitter page, @ChelseaFC, to congratulate Mikel and wished him good luck at his new club, Middlesbrough.“Good luck at Middlesbrough, @Mikel John Obi!,” Chelsea tweeted alongside a picture of Mikel wearing the Blues’ jersey.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has stated that he wants to help Middlesbrough achieve something special this season.The Nigerian midfielder sealed a return to England with Championship side Middlesbrough who are in contention to get a promotion to the Premier League next season.Mikel who is now 32 years old is hopeful that the impact of the younger players at Middlesbrough coupled with his wealth of experience will help the club to be promoted to Premier League. read more
The high point of the competition was the presence of the Indian High Commissioner, who spoke to the contestants on the rapidly growing sporting and economic ties between Nigeria and India.Also speaking at the event, the golf Captain, Babatunde Johnson congratulated the winners saying he is happy on the return of India cup during his tenure.Expressing his appreciation to all those who turned-out for the event, a member of the events Organising Committee, Ashish Gajjar said, he will forever remain grateful for their participation. “I must express my appreciation for your presence today and for taking part in this tournament. It’s been a fulfilling week for all and I must thank you for all you support,” he said.The Chairman of the event organizing committee Sunil Thadani thanked its event partners and others sponsors for their tremendous support.African Industries and Emirates Airlines, 7Up, Zenith Bank, OVH Energy, Indomie, DAG Motors, Olam Grains, Prestige Brands, Infinity group, were some the events partners and sponsors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram India’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Shri Abhay Thakur has congratulated the organisers and winners of this year’s edition of the India Cup which holed out at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 last Saturday.Alex Nimyel stole the show in the competition emerging the overall winner. To come top in the keenly contested event, Nimyel netted a score of 72 to defeat over 150-other golfers who took part in the main event of the competition.The weeklong competition which also had Ladies on the course saw Abah Oputa with 36-Stabeford points winning the Ladies category. Pauline Onafowokan, came second after shooting 35-Stableford points, while Chantal Buday was second runner-up. In the gross category, Peter Eben-Spiff outclassed the field for the top position. read more
Anthony Joshua didn’t just lose three world heavyweight titles and an undefeated record when he was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr. in one of boxing’s biggest upsets in a generationHe lost his aura, his growing sense of invincibility. So Joshua has had to reinvent himself, strip everything back and, in a sense, start all over.That began by going back to his roots in Nigeria. “Because of boxing, I’ve never had time to go there,” Joshua told The Associated Press of his first return in 17 years to the homeland of his parents and where he briefly went to boarding school at the age of 11. “In Nigeria, the people love you for you, not for what you have.” At the lowest point of his professional career and with people starting to question him for the first time, Joshua needed time to reflect and to have a dose of reality. He visited Makoko, a slum just off mainland Lagos that is largely a floating community of wooden homes on swampland.Joshua is adored there, and they mobbed their icon.“It was good to see hope,” Joshua recalled.“Anyone that can bring hope to you, they appreciate it and they appreciate my journey so far. That’s what I liked. We’re on a journey.”Joshua’s journey took an unexpected detour with that loss to Ruiz Jr. in June. But it may well be the making of him.The Briton heads into the rematch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today as something of a changed man. More humble, more accepting of vicissitudes of his sport, and eager to learn from his mistakes.Joshua accepts there were plenty of them before the first fight in Madison Square Garden.He still won’t say exactly what went wrong that night in New York, but he acknowledges he “wasn’t prepared” for the challenge of Ruiz Jr. – a portly Mexican with a big heart, fast hands and unexpected power.Ruiz Jr., who stood in as a late replacement after Jarrell Miller failed multiple doping tests, knocked down Joshua four times before the fight was stopped in the seventh round, the defeated champion somewhat dazed and dishevelled. Joshua has ignored some calls to dispense with his long-time trainer, Rob McCracken – the pair go way back, to before Joshua won an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games – but has changed his sparring partners, his routines, and his mentality.“Last time when I lost, I understood why,” Joshua told the AP in a phone interview after arriving in Riyadh.“I took it like a man, I’d say. I took it like a champion should. Because I understood my mistakes. And I’ve changed them, I’ve rectified them.“If anything wasn’t to go my way this time, I just have to say the man is better than me. He is a tricky customer but I think I’m a better fighter than him, even though I didn’t get the decision last time. I went straight back in. I didn’t say, ‘Ah, I need a warm-up fight.’ I knew where I went wrong. I know how to improve it, and I’ve done that.”Time will tell, but there’s a sense Joshua is more comfortable in Saudi Arabia than he was in the bright lights of New York five months ago, when he was making his U.S. debut and, maybe, took his eye off the ball.While retaining that chiselled physique that could not contrast more with Ruiz Jr.’s, Joshua looked slimmer and lighter during his public workouts in Riyadh this week.And because he is having to prove himself all over again, Joshua said he compares this fight with the first of the 23 in his pro career. “I have erased the old fight from my memory and I’m approaching it like I’m fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world, which I am. I’m not looking at it as a rematch,” Joshua said.“Even though I’ve had a belt around my waist, I’ve always had that challenger mindset because even in my 15th fight, I challenged for the British title. The 16th (was for the) world title, defend, defend, challenge again, so it’s part and parcel of the game now. I’m used to the tough challenges.” Another loss to Ruiz Jr. – in a fight with a reported $70 million purse and being televised by the DAZN streaming service – and there would be serious questions about Joshua, one of Britain’s most celebrated sportsmen and someone whose career trajectory was only heading one way until last summer. Fights with the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury would be further away than ever. But he’s not thinking that way. He’s embracing taking boxing to a new audience, shrugging off the fact that the fight will take place in a kingdom where there are human-rights concerns, and is desperate to regain his IBF, WBA and WBO belts.“Of course people doubt me,” Joshua said. “But the main thing is I’m still here. I’m not discouraged. That’s all I can say.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Ramón Laureano and Chad Pinder had two-run singles during Oakland’s big fifth inning, and the Athletics thumped the Seattle Mariners 11-1 on Monday night.Oakland scored eight times in the fifth inning, with all the runs coming with two outs. The A’s gave starter Frankie Montas plenty of run support and finished off a successful first road trip by taking three of four from Seattle.Oakland sent 14 batters to the plate in the fifth and eventually left the bases loaded after Marcus Semien flied out to end the inning. Semien made a pair of outs in the inning.Laureano’s single knocked out Seattle starter Justus Sheffield, who had been excellent through the first four innings. Seattle gave its young lefty a chance to escape the bases-loaded jam, but Laureano slapped a single through the right side of the infield to score Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty.That was the last batter for Sheffield (0-2), but the A’s were just getting started against reliever Bryan Shaw. Shaw gave up five runs on four hits and a pair of walks. Pinder’s two-run single was the big blow, as Davis added an RBI infield single and Piscotty doubled to score another.The 14 batters were the most in one inning for Oakland since Sept. 12, 2018, against Baltimore, when the A’s sent 15 to the plate and scored 10 times.Davis hit his first home run of the season in the seventh inning on an 0-2 pitch from Zac Grotz.Montas (1-1) cruised through seven innings, giving up four hits and striking out nine. Seattle’s only run came on Kyle Seager’s two-out double in the third inning. Montas has allowed two earned runs or less in all three starts.STREAK SNAPPEDSeattle rookie Kyle Lewis had his 10-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. He was the first rookie to hit safety in the first 10 games of a season since Delmon Young in 2007.GIMMIE 10Oakland started the day with the second-lowest batting average in baseball at .188, but recorded a season-high 12 hits. Every starter finished with at least one hit after Matt Olson’s RBI single in the ninth.NO RELIEFShaw was signed right before the start of the season after he was released by Colorado, but he’s been ineffective with Seattle. In his past three appearances for Seattle, Shaw has given up a combined 10 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: Seattle manager Scott Servais was unsure if RHP Kendall Graveman would be able to make his next start due to a neck issue. Graveman threw 4 2/3 innings on Sunday, but was bothered by the neck problem. Graveman was being seen by team physicians on Monday.UP NEXTAthletics: LHP Jesús Luzardo (0-0, 1.35) will make his long-awaited debut in the A’s rotation when they open up a three-game series against Texas on Tuesday. Just shy of his 23rd birthday, Luzardo will be the youngest starter for the A’s since Brett Anderson in 2010.Mariners: RHP Justin Dunn (0-0, 6.00) makes his second start for Seattle and second against the Angels. Dunn allowed two earned runs in three innings last week in Anaheim. Image credits: AP Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US First Published: 4th August, 2020 10:08 IST Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 10:08 IST A’s Use Big 5th Inning To Cruise Past Mariners 11-1 Ramón Laureano and Chad Pinder had two-run singles during Oakland’s big fifth inning, and the Athletics thumped the Seattle Mariners 11-1 on Monday night SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT read more