September, 2020 Archive
The North Tipp’s try scorers at Corinthian Park were Peter O’Leary, Conor Muldoon, Eoin Gardiner, Willie Coffey and Kevin Seymour.Cashel take on Banbridge at Spafield this afternoon.When the sides last met in November a controversially retaken conversion late in the game gave Bann a 7-5. Tipp FM will have updates from today’s match, which starts at 3 o’clock.
The Tipperary Ladies footballers are preparing to renew rivalries with Meath in the All Ireland semi-final.Tipp defeated the Royal County in the league campaign this year – they meet again on Saturday week.Shane Ronayne’s side overcame Wexford in the Quarter Final on Sunday to book their place at this stage, in a game that required extra time to separate the sides. Meath were just this year relegated from senior, and Tipp captain Samantha Lambert says overcoming them again won’t be an easy task. Photo © Twitter Tipperary Ladies Footballers
The fresh pairing also means Rangers will return to North Africa for another battle against hostile weather and crowd after scaling the JS Saoura of Algeria challenge on a superior away goal rule. Rangers were held to a scoreless draw in Enugu last Sunday but progressed because of the edge of one-all draw a week earlier away.Rangers will travel to Cairo for the first leg match on March 10 with the return leg in Enugu on the 17th of same month.River United, still basking in the euphoria of 4-0 hammering of AS Real Bamako of Mali in the opening round will host El-Merreikh of Sudan the same weekend as Rangers and the return leg a week later in Khartoum.Should both teams secure passage against their respective opponents, they will qualify into the money spinning group stage of the competition which is in league format of four teams in two groups.Meanwhile, Rangers have received a cash boost after they advanced to the first round of this year’s CAF Champions League at the expense of Algeria’s JS Saoura.Team Officials announced yesterday that instead of a proposed $190 per player as travel allowance to Algeria, each player will now be paid $730, while officials and coaches will be paid $1,000 each.The players will also each receive N50,000 as match bonus for the Champions League tie.Other pairings for the next stage of the competition include; Étoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia will take on Association Sportive de Tanda of Morocco while defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa will host Kampala City Council of Uganda. Ahly Tripoli of Libya will host Fath Union Sports FC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF LEAGUEFemi SolajaNigerian league champions, Rangers International FC have been drawn to face last year’s losing finalist, Zamalek FC of Egypt in the next stage of the CAF Champions League while Rivers United FC will tackle El Merreikh FC of Sudan.
Reya Holmes’ dream of representing Nigeria at the junior international level has been put on hold following an injury she sustained while preparing for the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Tennis Championships (AJC) which serves off from April 25th-30th at the National Stadium, Lagos.The 10-year-old, born of a Nigerian mum and British dad, has been one of the talented prospects in Nigerian junior tennis, and had relished the chance of featuring in the AJC. However, she twisted her ankle while featuring in a tournament in London during the week in preparation for the tournament.“It’s so unfortunate she won’t be in the Nigerian team any longer despite the commitment to have a very good tournament. She twisted her left ankle during a match in London and she is now on POP (Plaster of Paris) because the injury is a bit serious,” her coach, Paul Moses said on Sunday.The absence of Holmes has now guaranteed the trio of Serena Teluwo, Iye Onoja and Oiza Yakubu their places in the girls’ team for Nigeria while Daniel Adeleye, Gabriel Inyang and David Ekpeyong form the boys’ team.Meanwhile, Benin, Togo and Ghana have confirmed their participation in the event which will see two teams each in the boys’ and girls’ categories qualify from CAT Zone 2 to the Africa Junior Championships billed for September in Casablanca, Morocco.Nigeria Tennis Federation scribe, Mariam Akande, also hinted that Cote d’Ivoire has withdrawn from the tournament.Participating countries are scheduled to arrive on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe has signed with Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises. Anichebe was recently released by Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League.The Nigerian was brought to the Stadium of Light last year by David Moyes but managed just three goals in 18 appearances as a knee injury sidelined him for a large portion of the season. Anichebe joins compatriot Leke James at the club, which is still reeling from the tragic death of Ivorian Cheick Tiote earlier this month. “We are delighted with the signing of Victor, who played in the Premier League. Itâ€™s a positive development for our whole club,â€ said head coach Gao Hongbo. â€œVictor hasnâ€™t trained on the pitch since the Premier League season ended, so it may take a while for him to integrate into our team. We have to be patient with him.” The 29-year-old Anichebe has also played for Everton and West Bromwich Albion in his club career.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Defender Raphael Varane, meanwhile, said: â€œIt will be a frenzied clash between two huge teams. The little details can prove decisive. We will have to play exceptionally well if we want to progress. We play at home first and will need the support of our fans. We will give our all because they are so proud of our football.â€œThey have some impressive players and Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll see two thrilling games. We have enough experience to know that the little details can prove decisive.“Like us, they have players capable of making a difference at key moments in the game. We must defend all together, we always d that. We will have to keep our focus at all times. Together we can stop PSG.â€TODAYReal Madrid Vs PSGFC Porto Vs LiverpoolShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram â€‹Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid’s Champions League last 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain tonight will “define the whole season”.Los Blancos have had a miserable campaign in â€‹La Liga, currently sitting in fourth place and 17 points behind leaders â€‹Barcelona.But they remain in contention for the Champions League, a competition Zinedine Zidane’s side have won twice in a row.The importance of the upcoming PSG clash has been magnified due to â€‹Real Madrid’s poor domestic form, although they enter the game on the back of a convincing â€‹5-2 victory over Real Sociedad, in which Ronaldo hit a hat-trick.â€œThis tie between Real Madrid and PSG is one that could define the whole season,” Ronaldo told â€‹the club’s official website.“Weâ€™re going to come up against a great team with excellent players, whom we respect a lot. But weâ€™ve already shown that we have a very strong, united and experienced group in this competition.â€œI always look to be at my best level and sometimes things donâ€™t go as weâ€™d like, but experience has taught me that we must continue working hard to achieve our goals.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to ignite new opposition today in Kigali, Rwanda over his ambition to introduce two money-spinning pet projects.The projects are a revamped global club cup and a bold new international championship.Infantino’s Saudi-backed plans, which have already been harshly criticised, are on the agenda of Friday’s meeting of FIFA’s ruling council. Gianni Infantino It is unclear whether the council’s 37 members will vote on the projects, giving world football’s governing body authorisation to implement them.But opponents are already sharpening the knives, deploring the proposed introduction of new competitions in an overcrowded football calendar while also targetting Infantino himself, accused of seeking to win votes ahead of his re-election bid in June next year.The World Leagues Forum, which groups professional football leagues, has expressed its strong opposition to the proposed Club World Cup format and the Global Nations League in the past.This week the influential body addressed a letter to Infantino signed by English FA chief Richard Scudamore and his Bundesliga counterpart Christian Seifert among others demanding that no decision be taken in Kigali.It also lamented the lack of any consultation between FIFA and the leagues.Forum members apparently accuse Infantino of going behind their backs directly to a few top clubs to discuss the plans for the club competition while the European Clubs Association issued an appeal to FIFA several months ago, apparently unheeded, for talks.UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has complained of FIFA’s “strange” behaviour while UEFA, speaking via the powerful Professional Football Strategic Council (PFSC), issued a statement expressing concern about the whole process.It said the PFSC “unanimously expressed serious reservations about the process surrounding the FIFA Club World Cup and Global Nations League proposals and in particular the hasty timing and lack of concrete information”. – walkout? – The 17-member PFSC is led by Ceferin and includes Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of Paris Saint-Germain, and Ed Woodward, vice-chairman of Manchester United, two clubs who attended a meeting at which Infantino presented his plans to Europe’s biggest clubs.Ill feeling has reached a point where UEFA delegates may even stage a walkout if their views go unheeded at Friday’s Council meeting, according to the New York Times this week.Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format, 12 of them European.Currently, the competition which elicits little interest outside of Latin America is played every year. His other project is to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League, a sort of mini-World Cup with eight national teams competing.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan, backed by Saudi Arabia among others.That money, he promises, will be redistributed to clubs and continental football federations.Football historian Paul Dietschy told AFP the new club competition was clearly an attempt to pull the rug from under UEFA’s highly lucrative Champions League.“The Champions League will survive,” he said, but FIFA “will snatch away some of its income.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Associated Press Television News Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 07:13 IST Olympics Return To Antiquity At The 2004 Athens Games The men’s and women’s marathon races started in the actual town of Marathon, near the ancient battlefield about 26 miles northeast of the capital on the Aegean coast. They finished in central Athens at the Panathenian Stadium, the marble venue used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the inaugural 1896 Games First Published: 16th August, 2020 07:13 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENT When the Olympics returned to Athens in 2004, they also returned to antiquity.The men’s and women’s marathon races started in the actual town of Marathon, near the ancient battlefield about 26 miles northeast of the capital on the Aegean coast. They finished in central Athens at the Panathenian Stadium, the marble venue used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the inaugural 1896 Games.The shot put events were even farther away, taking place in Ancient Olympia, about 120 miles southwest of Athens. Irina Korzhanenko of Russia became the first woman to win a gold medal at the ancient site that birthed the Olympics. Yuri Bilonoh of Ukraine won the men’s event.Both were soon stripped of their Olympic titles for doping, but the splendor of the venue was not in doubt.“Everybody else has to go to that big, shiny stadium in Athens. We get to do it where it all started,” American thrower John Godina said after qualifying. “I took a lot of classic classes in college. I’ve learned a lot about the whole Olympic movement in ancient Greece. I realize it’s been 1,500 years since anybody has gotten to compete in this stadium.”Back in Athens, the United States won the most medals, but they didn’t win the men’s basketball tournament for the first time since professional players were allowed into the games in 1992. The gold medal instead went to Argentina, a team led by Manu Ginobili.GREEK DRAMAOn the eve of the opening ceremony, the host country was delivered a blow when its two top sprinters, Kostas Kenteris and Ekaterina Thanou, were apparently injured in a motorcycle crash. Kenteris won the 200-meter gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Thanou earned silver in the 100 that same year, making them favorites to win at their home games. The pair was soon accused of faking the crash to avoid doping tests. Neither competed at the games.PHELPS’ FIRST MEDALSMichael Phelps, the American swimmer who would win a record eight gold medals in a single games four years later in Beijing, became the first athlete to win eight overall medals (six gold and two bronze) in a non-boycotted Olympics. (Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin won eight medals at the 1980 Moscow Games.)NOT SO FASTUsain Bolt competed at the Olympics for the first time, without winning any medals. The Jamaican sprinter ran in the 200 meters but didn’t make it out of the first round. There was much more to come from him in the next three games, however.TRACK TIMEHicham El Guerrouj won a double on the track, while keeping Kenenisa Bekele from doing the same. The Moroccan runner became the first man to win the 1,500-5,000 double since Paavo Nurmi in 1924. Bekele won the 10,000 meters, but ended up second to El Guerrouj in the 5,000. In the women’s competition, Kelly Holmes of Britain also pulled off a double, winning the 800 and 1,500. In other track events, Liu Xiang became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport when he won the 110-meter hurdles, and Felix Sanchez did the same for the Dominican Republic in the 400 hurdles.WINNING AGAINGerman kayaker Birgit Fischer set an incredible record of consistency in Athens, becoming the first person in any sport to win two medals in five different Olympics. Fischer started her Olympic career at the 1980 Moscow Games while competing for East Germany. After missing the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games, she won at least two medals in Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney before doing the same in Athens.Image credits: AP