Munster make four changes for Ospreys game

first_imgStephen Archer comes in to join Dave Kilcoyne and Niall Scannell in the front row while Darren O’Shea and Robin Copeland form a new partnership in the second row. The back row is unaltered with captain Peter O’Mahony,  Tipperary’s Tommy O’Donnell and Jack O’Donoghue all remaining in situ.The final change is in the half backs where Tyler Bleyendaal returns to partner Duncan Williams.last_img

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Mayo trounce Rossies

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Mayo are into their seventh All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final in-a-row.Cillian O’Connor, Keith Higgins, Kevin McLoughlin and Andy Moran scored goals as they beat their neighbours Roscommon by 4-19 to 0-9.Next up for Mayo is a last-four clash with Kerry Meanwhile holders Cork will play Galway in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship.Eimear Scally and Orla Finn scored five-points each as the got past Monaghan by 0-14 to 1-10 in Tullamore.last_img read more

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‘We’ll be friends before and after the whistle’ – Maher

first_imgSars captain Padraic Maher says while he knows the opposition well, they won’t be friends on the field…That game throws in at 3.30 in Semple Stadium on Sunday and Tipp FM’s live coverage is being brought to you in association with The Village Grill, Clerihan. Photo Tipp FM ‘We’ll be friends before, and friends after’ the whistle goes in this years’ County Senior Hurling Final.Those are the sentiments of Thurles Sarsfields captain Padraic Maher, who’s hoping to guide his team to a fourth county title in a row on Sunday.They’re facing Borrisoleigh who, despite having plenty inter-county representation over recent years, haven’t featured in a county final since 1988.last_img read more

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Draws made for County Senior Championships

first_imgCounty Senior Hurling Championship First Rd Draws 2018.Dan Breen Cup, 16 Teams – Roinn 1. 4 Groups of 4×4Group 1Nenagh Eire Og v RoscreaMullinahone v Clonoulty RossmoreGroup 2Kilruane MacDonaghs v ToomevaraEire Og Anacarty v KillenauleGroup 3Thurles Sarsfields v Carrick SwansDrom and Inch v Upperchurch DrombaneGroup 4Loughmore Castleiney v KiladanganPortroe v Borris IleighSeamus O Riain Cup, First Round Draws12 Teams – Roinn 2. 3 Groups of 4×3Group 1Burgess v JK BrackensSt Marys v BallingarryGroup 2Silvermines v Templederry KenyonsClonakenny v NewportGroup 3Lorrha Dorrha v Moycarkey BorrisBallina v Holycross BallycahillCounty Senior Football Championship First Rd Draws 201816 Teams – 4 Groups. 4×4Group 1Loughmore Castleiney v Drom and InchKilsheelan Kilcash v JK BrackensGroup 2Moyle Rovers v Arravale RoversGaltee Rovers v Upperchurch DrombaneGroup 3Killenaule v KiladanganBallyporeen v CahirGroup 4Ardfinnan v Clonmel CommercialsAherlow Gaels v Eire Og AnacartyCounty Intermediate Hurling Championship First Rd Draws 2018.21 Teams, 3 Groups of 4×4 and 3 Groups of 3×3Group 1Ballinahinch v Moyne TempletuohyLattin Cullen GaelsGroup 2Carrick Davins v Cashel King Cormac’sThurles Sarsfields v CappawhiteGroup 3Borrisokane v Drom and InchGaltee Rovers v Arravale RoversGroup 4Sean Treacys v Moyle RoversGortnahoe GlengooleGroup 5Kiladangan v Golden KilfeacleKilsheelan Kilcash v Ballybacon GrangeGroup 6Knockavilla Kickhams v Shannon RoversMoneygallCounty Intermediate Football Championship First Rd Draws 201815 Teams – 3 Groups. 4×4 and 1 Group. 1×3Group 1Grangemockler Ballyneale v Clonmel CommercialsFr Sheehys v FethardGroup 2Loughmore Castleiney v Moyle RoversMoycarkey Borris v Moyne TempletuohyGroup 3Clonoulty Rossmore v Cashel King Cormac’sBorrisokaneGroup 4Clonmel Og v Rockwell RoversCarrick Swans v Golden Kilfeacle The draws for the county senior hurling and football championships were made last night.Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson has the details.last_img read more

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Phelps Equals 2,000-year-old Record

first_imgICYMI, Leonidas won the stadion, diaulos, and hoplite race at the 164-160-156-152 BC Ancient Olympic Games. 4 consecutive in 3 diff eventsAccording to historians, Leonidas of Rhodes was the closest thing to an Olympic god, winning his last three gold medals at 36. He competed in the stadion (a track event similar to the 200-meter sprint), the diaulos (described as twice as long as the stadion, or about 400 meters), and the hoplite.The hoplite, apparently, was the most unique, and just sounds cool.The Post describes the hoplite race like this: “The hoplitodromos — also called the hoplite race — might be the most intriguing. Runners competing in the ancient race were required to wear a helmet, leg armor and carry a shield. With 50 pounds of added weight, it was a test of strength as much as speed or endurance.”But times have changed. Phelps already broke the modern record in London, held by Ray Ewry, who competed in the 1900, ’04, and ’08 Olympic Games. And now, he’s about to break the all-time record.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram We all know that Michael Phelps is an amazing athlete, but according to The Washington Post, he’s tied an Olympic record that’s stood for over 2,000 years.According to The Post, Leonidas of Rhodes, who competed in the ancient Olympics, holds the record with 12 individual Olympic titles. Phelps, of course, has 25 total Olympic medals, including a record 21 Olympic gold medals, but only 12 of those 21 have come from individual events, whereas the others came from relays.Leonidas of Rhodes won gold medals in three events, in four straight Olympiads, which historians consider to be the all-time record.last_img read more

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Dogara: National Assembly Opposed to Activities Inimical to Sports Devt

first_imgHearing begins on NFF Bill, two others at House of RepresentativesJames Emejo in AbujaThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara wednesday reiterated the determination of the National Assembly to oppose any activity that is likely to pose adverse effect on the development of sports in the country.He said the sector should be encouraged given its role as a unifying tool for peaceful coexistence.Speaking at the opening of a Public Hearing on three sports related bills, Dogara expressed hope that the bills when passed into law will improve administration and management of the industry, establish institutions and agencies that will enable it realise its full potentials and capacity. He also called on stakeholders to make meaningful contributions that will enrich the proposed laws.“These Bills represent elements of change required to reposition the Nigerian Sports sector. To state that the sector has been on a steady downslide is stating the obvious. Hence, to concretise strategy on effective administration and management of the industry as well as establish institutions and agencies to enable it realise its full potentials and capacity is most timely for the sanctity of the sector and integrity of Nigeria in the comity of nations.“The sport industry is one of the critical sectors of the economy. Over the years, sport has become a global economic and business undertaking; the need to get serious in this context cannot be overemphasised. Most importantly the sector represents a safe haven for the youths, where they are, in most cases, recognised nationally and internationally. Most importantly perhaps is the reality that sports has remained one of the greatest unifying factors to Nigeria as a nation for we all are indebted.“The cardinal aim of the third Bill, to establish Nigeria Sports Anti-doping Agency devoid of internal or external interference is very crucial, particularly to comply with the express requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Nigeria being a signatory. Also, the Bill will not only create awareness among athletes but restore the integrity and confidence in sporting activities.“The National Assembly, as partner in the Nigerian project, will not condone activities inimical to the development of the Sports industry. I assure you that members of the committee, who are seasoned administrators and professionals in varied disciplines, understand the magnitude of the task before them and are prepared to consult extensively on these Bills to arrive at logical and functional conclusions.”The three bills are (i). A Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Football Association Act, CAP. N110, Laws of the The Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and re-enact the Nigeria Football Federation Act to Provide for the administration of the game of football in Nigeria;(ii). A bill for an Act to provide for the administration and management of sports in Nigeria, establishment of sports institutions and facilities, harness sports for development;(iii). A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Sports Anti-doping Agency responsible for carrying out the functions of Nigeria Anti-doping Code in accordance with the various international standards and to encourage and promote drug-free sports and recreation in Nigeria.One of the sponsors of the three bills, Hon. Abubakar Kannike Garba (APC, Kwara) said the bills chronicled the responsibility of the sports commission regarding what it can and cannot do and provide the opportunity to tap into the private sector which would be more comfortable in investing in sports contrary to when the government is in charge of the sector.He said the bill would help the Sports Commission to stand on its own and be able to sign contracts with private investors.A former Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, former Directors- General of the National Sports Commission, Dr Patrick Ekeji and Malam Al Hassan Yakmut and 2nd Vice-president of the NFF, Malam Shehu Dikko, were amongst stakeholders in the sports sectors that made contributions yesterday at the public hearing at the National Assembly in Abuja.Dikko gave the five major framework of the new NFF Bill to repeal the NFA Bill as follows:1. Recognises the NFF as the body to manage and regulate football activities in Nigeria in line with its statutes as approved by FIFA;2. Recognises the NFF statutes as drafted by its members and approved by FIFA as the supreme Laws for the Governance of the functioning of the organisation, administration and operations of the NFF;3. Recognises that the statutes of the NFF may be amended from time to time in accordance with the procedures and process stipulated in the statutes;4. Recognises football as a national asset and thus entitled to special privileges, concession and from time to time to receive grants, subventions and or appropriation from the government in furtherance to its objectives and functions and to facilitate the overall development of football in Nigeria and lastly;5. The Bill technically is to provide the framework of the minimum provisions to ensure good governance, management, and operations of the NFF and in line with FIFA.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Ibra’s Return Delights Mourinho

first_img“The second half was ours,” said Mourinho. “We had control, goals, beautiful actions and still time for a very emotional scene for all of us, who stayed close to such a professional with one of the biggest injuries in football.“And so him coming back was a joy for everyone but for us close to him it was more than that, it was a big emotion to see the big guy back.”Pogba was sorely missed during his two-month absence, not least by striker Romelu Lukaku who ended a run of seven games without a goal by adding the fourth for United against Newcastle.And although he would not talk about Pogba during his injury, Mourinho was forthright about the French international’s value to United, although he now has to make a decision whether or not to select him for Wednesday’s Champions League group game with Basle.“He was top,” said the United manager. “It looked like he was not out, he came back with a great performance, really great performance, he had great influence in the game.“I agreed with him he had to make the decision of coming out at the first sign of fatigue because we don’t want to go over the limit so he played a little bit more than an hour.“He affects our football. When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, we have to find solutions that we have but we all know – myself, and the fellow players – that some players influence the level of the team.“So with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. Let’s see the best decision for Wednesday.”Pogba celebrated wildly, on his way down the tunnel, when Lukaku scored the fourth goal after 70 minutes and Mourinho was equally pleased to see the Belgian return to goalscoring ways.“Strikers like to score goals,” he said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score, but for their self esteem and self confidence they want to score goals.“And he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence, so I was really happy that he scored that goal.”After the teams had traded goals, Chris Smalling headed United into a 2-1 lead in first-half injury-time, although Newcastle were close to snatching an equaliser before the break when an Isaac Hayden shot was well saved and Matt Ritchie’s follow-up shot was almost deflected in by Dwight Gayle, who had scored the opener.“I’m really pleased and proud of my players for that opening 30 minutes,” Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said. “But when you pay big money for players, they can make the difference.“If we had scored a second it might have been different but, even if we had scored a second, you can’t think a game with Man United is finished with the level of their players. You know it is going to be 90 minutes of suffering but it’s a pity because we had chances.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Jose Mourinho admitted he felt emotional to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic return from his career-threatening knee ligament operation in Manchester United’s impressive 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.Paul Pogba, coming back from a 12-match lay-off of his own with a hamstring problem, started the game and played a pivotal role, laying on an equaliser for Anthony Martial and scoring United’s third.But Ibrahimovic, who tore knee ligaments against Anderlecht in April and underwent career-saving surgery, drew the biggest cheer of the day when he appeared as a 77th-minute substitute.last_img read more

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Kwesé Unites Naija with 2018 FIFA World Cup

first_imgPremium sports and entertainment broadcaster, Kwesé, is uniting football fans across Nigeria with its multi-platform approach to broadcasting the FIFA World Cup.With Kwesé’s media rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia encompassing; Free-to-Air (FTA) television, pay-TV, public viewing, radio and mobile platforms, the broadcaster is captivating football fans across Nigeria.Football loving Nigerians are spoilt for choice as they can watch the FIFA World Cup at home on terrestrial television via Kwesé Free Sports or in high definition (HD) on the Kwesé TV decoder, as well as on-the-go using either the Kwesé TV Everywhere app, available to only Kwesé TV subscribers, or the Kwesé iflix app which can be accessed by both Kwesé and non-Kwesé subscribers. Those in transit can also tune to Nigeria Info FM, Wazobia FM and other local radio stations to enjoy commentary in English, Pidgin and local languages. Furthermore, diehard football lovers who prefer to enjoy the game in the company of others can unite as fans at Kwesé Football Fan Arenas. Thanks to the Kwesé Football Fan Arenas situated across the country, tens of thousands of Nigerians could share in the camaraderie and celebrate the Super Eagles’ 2-0 victory over Iceland, last Friday.Football fans can catch the Super Eagles clash with Argentina on Tuesday 26 June at 7pmat any of the Kwesé Football Fan Arenas situated in major cities across Nigeria including; Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Calabar. Access to the fan arenas is free.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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EPL Clubs Increase Spending to £260m on Football Agents

first_imgChampionship clubs spent more than £50m while Sunderland accounted for more than 50% of League One’s £5.5m outlay.Fees to agents went up despite spending on transfers falling by more than £500m when compared with the previous season.Liverpool spent £27m on agents in 2017-18 to conclude deals for players including Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, and their 2018-19 expenditure covers a period in which they have invested heavily to compete for the Premier League title.Brazil midfielder Fabinho (£39m) arrived from Monaco, while his international team-mate Alisson cost a then world record £66.8m fee for a goalkeeper after being signed from Roma.The Reds also spent around £50m on Naby Keita, and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri joined from Stoke for a fee of £13m.Championship clubs paid out a combined £50m, around £8m more than a year ago.Former Premier League clubs Stoke, Swansea and West Brom – who were all relegated in 2017-18 – contributed 35% of the divisional total.Overall, English football spent around £318m on agents, which represents a £60m increase from one year ago. But spending on transfers was significantly down.Across the summer 2018 and January 2019 transfer windows combined, Premier League clubs spent an estimated £1.4bn. That figure is the second highest for an entire season following a record spend of £1.9bn in 2017-18.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Premier League clubs have paid out more than £260m to football agents during 2018-19 – an increase of £49m on the previous 12 months.Liverpool were the highest spending club in the top flight, paying £43m to agents between 1 February 2018 and 31 January 2019.Chelsea (£26m) and Manchester City (£24m) were the next biggest spenders.last_img read more

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