Photo © Tipp FM Noel Mc Grath is back in the Tipperary team for their All Ireland quarter final with Clare in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.Seamus Kennedy takes over from Joe O’Dwyer at corner back while Daragh Mooney is between the sticks.David Mc Inerny and Aaron Shanaher are out through injury for Clare – they’re replaced by Cian Dillon and Aaron Cunningham. The other change sees Jamie Shanahan in for Oisin O’Brien.
Dublin have also had a comfortable progression to this stage, winning yet another Leinster title and overcoming Monaghan in the quarter-finals.Manager Jim Gavin has been boosted by the return of Diarmuid Connolly after a three-match suspension, but he hasn’t been named in the starting 15 announced yesterday.Throw-in is at 4pm with the minor semi-final between Dublin and Derry preceding it at 2pm. The second of this year’s All-Ireland football semi-finals takes place this afternoon.It pits back-to-back All-Ireland champions Dublin against a Tyrone side who have enjoyed a successful Championship so far.Mickey Harte’s side were convincing winners of the Ulster Championship and also saw off Armagh with ease in the last eight. Photo © Tipp FM
The Dublin footballers have sealed their first three-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles since the 1920s.Once again the Sam Maguire Cup will remain in the capital after they saw off a spirited Mayo side by a single point in a captivating final in Croke Park.A 74th minute free by Dean Rock proved to be the difference between the sides in the end, as they came out on top by 1-17 to 1-16.
They will be supported by respected Nigerian instructors Linus Mba, Calistus Chukwujekwu, Felicia Okonji, Aminu Mohammed, Abraham Zakowi, Emmanuel Imiere, Dr. Oladipo and Emmanuel Obafemi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram More than 230 Nigerian referees will be involved in this year’s FIFA Elite Member Association programme taking place between 16th and 20th May 2016 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.Chairman of the NFF Referees Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, said wednesday that all arrangements have been concluded for the international programme that will involve Nigeria’s 20 men and women FIFA referees, 17 elite national referees, 95 national referee assessors, 65 national physical fitness instructors and 35 non –FIFA women referees.Head of the NFF Referees Unit and Secretary of the NFF Referees Committee, Sani Zubair, explained that the team of four FIFA instructors will be led by the Regional Development Officer, Carlos Henriques. read more
“The reason they put forward for the contract cancellation is that he has not played a minimum of 50% of the club’s games in the last two years.”Uzoenyi has been training with former club Rangers fueling speculations that he could head back to the Nigeria champions.However, the player himself has insisted he is only trying to keep fit at the Enugu club while on holidays.The left-sided winger won a lucrative contract believed to pay him five million Rands a year (about 100 million Naira) from Sundowns when he was named MVP of the 2014 CHAN hosted by South Africa.He featured for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria star Ejike Uzoenyi has asked world football governing body FIFA to cancel his lucrative contract with African champions Mamelodi Sundowns because he has failed to play at least half of their matches in the past two years.The cancellation of Uzoenyi’s three and a half year contract will see the former Enugu Rangers star walk out on the South African club a free agent.A top source told AfricanFootball.com: “Ejike’s agent has petitioned FIFA asking that they terminate the player’s contract, which still has a year to run. read more
TRANSFER NEWSâ€¦Â Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has undergone a medical at Manchester United ahead of a 40-million-pound ($52.53-million) move that will reunite him with former manager Jose Mourinho, British media said reported yesterday.The midfielder was pictured at the club’s Carrington Road training complex on Sunday, with media reporting that a deal would be announced today.It will be the second time that Matic, who turns 29 on Tuesday, has played under Mourinho. The Portuguese first signed him when he was Chelsea manager, for 21 million pounds in Jan. 2014.Matic, who had originally joined the Blues in 2009 before moving to Benfica in 2011, became an influential part of Chelsea’s title-winning side under Mourinho in 2014-15.However, the 32-times capped Serbian international was among those under-performing badly in Mourinho’s final season at Stamford Bridge before becoming a regular as new manager Antonio Conte took Chelsea to another title last season.This month Chelsea have signed Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and, probably sensing his place was under threat, Matic declined to sign an extension to his contact which had two years left to run.At Old Trafford, Matic will be reunited with another former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata and compete with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini for a first-team spot.Matic’s arrival follows Mourinho’s unsuccessful move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier as United seek to mount a serious Premier League challenge for the first time since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2013.United have already signed 30-million-pound defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and paid Everton 75 million pounds for striker Romelu Lukaku.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Chief Executive Officer of 3e Actuaries, Olawale Opayinka decorated the players with famous blue caps at the Ibadan Golf Club.Fifty professional players will gather in Wele-Nzas region for a share of the $250,000 prize money attached to the tournament.Apart from Ibadan, qualifiers were also staged in Sao Paulo, Dubai and Los Angeles to expand the global outlook of the tournament to be held over the amazing Presidential Golf Course, Mongomo.In total, 94 international professional golfers from 17 countries, including Gabon, Cameroon, Trinidad &Tobago, South Africa, Zimbabwe, UK, Ghana, Senegal and Morocco among others, attended the Ibadan Mesiogo Open which offered a prize fee of N10million.The event was an acclaimed success for Nigerian golfers as they grabbed three of the four places, leaving the last slot for Ghanaian Vincent Torgah, who advanced at the expense of compatriot, Kojo Barnini, via the sudden death.Oche Odoh, Gift Willy, Sunday Olapade and Mike Ubi held their tour cards from last yearâ€™s event, to ensure Nigeria will line up seven top plight players in Mongomo.Pam, who plies his trade at IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja carded an even par score of 210 over 54 holes to clinch Ibadan Mesiogo Open by two shots. He drained four birdies on the way to a final round score of one under par 69.Emos Korblah and Odoh, who shared second position, guaranteed their qualification in Mongomo last year.Meanwhile the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi, has lauded 3e Actuaries for bringing an international tournament to Ibadan Golf Club.He expressed his delight at the award of empowerment grants to 220 local women around Ibadan during the tournament.Mr Toye Arulogun, who spoke on behalf of the governor, thanked the organisers for holding the event in Ibadan and bringing international golfers to the ancient city.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram From Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaDaniel Pam, Elisha Markus, Sunday Odegha and Torgah have been capped to denote their qualification for 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open Championship in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea.They secured their berth at the Ibadan Mesiogo Open which was one of the international qualifying tournaments leading to Mongomo on the eastern flank of Equatorial Guinea from December 13 to16. read more
West Ham made the worst possible start to the game by conceding a sixth minute goal as Sissoko calmly slotted the ball past Adrian before Alli scored thanks to a deflection from Declan Rice.In the second half, Ghana forward Ayew pulled one back for West Ham with a simple tap in after Michel Vorm had spilled Edmilson Fernandesâ€™ ball from a corner.Ayew then brought his team back on level terms after Spurs failed to clear their lines.Alli almost restored Spurs lead with a firm volley from eight yards out, but Adrian did well to save.The Hammers took the lead for the first time in the encounter when a corner kick was met at the front post by Ogbonna, who timed his run to perfection to guide to ball across Vorm and into the far corner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram West Ham recorded a famous comeback win in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, coming from two goals down to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Wembley Stadium and qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli had handed Tottenham a 2-0 lead after 38 minutes but a brace from Andre Ayew levelled scores for West Ham before Angelo Ogbonna sealed the win for the Hammers who have been struggling so far this season. read more
Forward Pavkov headed his side into the lead after 21 minutes and fired a powerful effort into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 shortly afterwards.The hosts dominated the first half and came close through Vujadin Savic and El Fardou Ben Nabouhane before Pavkov’s opening goal.Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge squandered a great chance from six yards out in the 17th minute.The Reds had more than 80% of the possession and hit the woodwork twice in the second half but could not score as Red Star recorded their 10th clean sheet in their last 15 home games in Europe.Elsewhere on the night, Thierry Henry’s Monaco are on the brink of Champions League elimination after they were thrashed 4-0 by Club Brugge.The Ligue 1 side have one point from four matches and will be out if Atletico Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund in last night’s late fixture.Henry, 41, is winless in five games in charge, with this a third defeat.A Hans Vanaken double and a Wesley Moraes strike put Club Brugge 3-0 up at the break, before Ruud Vormer completed the victory late in the second half.This was Monaco’s heaviest defeat in Champions League history and extends their run this season to 15 games without a victory in all competitions.WEDNESDAY FIXTURESValencia v Young Boys (18:55pm)CSKA Moscow v Roma (18:55pm)Benfica v Ajax (21:00pm)V’ Plzen v Real Madrid (21:00pm)Man City v Shakhtar (21:00pm)B’Munich v AEK Athens (21:00pm)Lyonn v Hoffenheim (21:00pm)Juventus v Man Utd (21:00pm)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUELiverpool suffered a shock in Serbia as two goals from Milan Pavkov gave Red Star Belgrade victory in their Champions League group-stage encounter.Victory would have taken Liverpool four points clear at the top of Group C but they will be knocked off that spot later on Tuesday, whatever the result between Napoli and Paris St-Germain, who kick off at 20:00 GMT. read more
Central Bank of Nigeria junior tennis sensation, Godgift Timibra who is unseeded at the on-going CBN senior tennis tournament when he defeated tournament seed 9 l, Ikechukwu Iloputa 6-4,6-4, to book a quarter final ticket while 6th time winner, Abdulmumuni Babalola beat Jebutu Emnanuel 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarter finals as well.Nonso Madueke outclassed Leo Anthony 6-1, 6-0 to also move into the quarter’-finals while Christian Paul beat Adewale Samson 6-1, 6-3 to pick a quarter-final ticket also. Tounament too seed, Sylvester Emmanuel dropped Tochukwu Eze, 6-4, 6-2. as men’s sinles seed 2 Joseph Imeh stopped John Henry 6-3, 6-3.Oyinlomo Quadre, Bukola Olowu, tournament top seed, Blessing Samuel, Blessing Anuna and number two seed, Christy Agugbom have also moved to the next stage of the competition. All doubles events were postponed till tomorrow due to the heavy rain that disrupted activities in the early hours of the dayThe absence of the women singles defending champion of the on-going 41st edition of the annual Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Tennis tournament, Sarah Adegoke has thrown the title open as a new champion must emerge this year.Besides throwing the 2019 CBN senior tennis championship title open, Adegoke’s absence from the most glamorous tennis event not only in Nigeria but the sub-Saharan region, has equally created a healthy rivalry among the top female players who have been super-charged for the crown, thereby raising the standard of the game as well.Though the current women top seed Blessing Samuel who had a low start in the tournament despite surviving what could have been an early exit from the championship from Omolade Aderemi has vowed not to take chances anymore, but a tough challenge from former champion, Christy Agugbom, her best friend and women doubles partner may pose a great threat to her tall ambition of carting home the #.7m star price and lifting the 2019 Senior CBN tennis trophy should both advance to the final.Though on paper, Christy Agugbom who is experienced enough and often referred to as an old warhorse, appears to have an edge over Blessing Samuel based on their previous clashes, but that is not enough to start passing judgment since tennis is a living game where you may loose today and win tomorrow based on one’s level of preparations coupled with determination.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more