Munster fight back to register Belfast victory

first_imgKick-off at the RDS is at 5:15pm. Rory Scannell’s late drop-goal sealed a dramatic win for Munster that has also seen them move able Ulster and up to second-place in the table ahead of today’s matches.The second provincial derby takes place this evening.Leinster play host to Connacht in a repeat of last season’s Grand Final.last_img

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Southampton secure victory over Liverpool

first_imgNathan Redmond scored the only goal of last night’s first leg at St. Mary’s. Captain for the night Virgil Van Dijk feels they can contain the Reds again in a fortnight’s time. Meanwhile  Reading  can move to within three points of the Championship’s top two tonight. But, they face a QPR side who have returned to form under Ian Holloway. Kick off at the Madejski is at 8.last_img

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Tipperary hurlers travel to home of Boston Red Sox

first_imgTipperary take Clare on Sunday evening at the home of the Boston Red Sox with throw at 6.30.Before that All Ireland champions Galway play Dublin at 5.30 Irish time with the final taking place at 8pm at legendary baseball venue.There are a number of rule changes from hurling for this matches including a “tap and go” for free taking which rule makers believe will speed the game up. Tipperary have held three specific training sessions at home in preparation for the novel hurling event at Fenway Park.Michael Ryan said that the Tipp contingent are looking forward to the experience as a group of thirty have traveled from the Premier countylast_img read more

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Sports Reform Committee’s Fifth Retreat Begins in Lagos

first_imgThe Sports Reform Committee set up by the Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung to restructure sports for effective development will be having its fifth retreat in Lagos today and tomorrow inside the boardroom of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC).A statement from the committee said the first day will be a closed session for members while the Tuesday session will be an open one with three presentations from prominent sports resource persons in the private and public sectors.Those penciled for the presentation include the Group Deputy Managing Director of Total Nigeria Plc, Ahmadu-Kida Musa; Adegoke Adelabu who holds a PhD in Sports Science and a former Chairman Vanguard Newspaper Editorial Board, Ikeddy Isiguzo.Ahmadu-Kida will be speaking on “The private sector and sports in Nigeria: prospects and challenges” while  Adelabu, a former Flying Eagles and Green Eagles player will  present a paper on “Sports in Nigeria: a former competitor’s perspective.”The third presentation by Isiguzo will dwell on “Sports in Nigeria: challenges and prospects.”Members of the media, the statement further said, will be allowed to interview the resource persons after their presentations outside the boardroom.Members of the Sports Reform Committee which has Godwin Kienka as chairman are: Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Segun Odegbami, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd), Mary Onyali, Prof. Florence Adeyanju and Bola Orodele.Others are, Yusuf Datti, Waziri Laminu, Kayode Thomas, Ademola Aare, Despan Kwardem and Ayo Olubato.The committee is expected to submit its report on or before July 14.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Akinrimisi Wins Lagos Country Club Ladder Tourney

first_imgAkin Akinrimisi has emerged champion of the 2016 Final 8 Ladder Championship of the Lagos Country Club Tennis Section. Akinrimisi defeated Kunle Onamusi 6-2, 6-2 to top the chart heading into 2017.“The ladder board challenge has been competitive throughout the whole year. I have been here for over 25 years and lots of other players are also improving. He (Onamusi) gave a good account of himself because he caused a couple of upsets before reaching the final but my experience made the difference,” he said.The three-day tournament sponsored by Barrister Rasky Gbinigie had Victor Ogbeide, Babs Fashanu, Ayo Olujobi, Femi George, Henry Mbadiwe, and Wale Adeshida, in order, finishing third to eighth positions. A Special Award was presented to George, who placed sixth, for playing nine challengers matches; the highest in the outgoing year.“The enthusiasm generated is so high which is pointing to the fact that next year will be tougher. Most members are already looking forward to it and this will raise the standard of play in this section. Special thanks also go to the tennis captain Segun Aluko and his team for organising another very successful event,” section chairman, Arinze Onubogu stated in his closing remarks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Gatlin Shocked by Dope Allegation against His Coach, Agent

first_imgWorld champion sprinter Justin Gatlin said that he is “shocked and surprised” at doping allegations made against his coach and an agent.Athletics anti-doping officials have begun an investigation into what the president of the sport’s governing body called “serious allegations” about Dennis Mitchell and Robert Wagner.United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph said on Tuesday that Wagner – an agent linked to Gatlin – offered to “illicitly supply performance-enhancing drugs” to undercover reporters. A video released by the Telegraph features a man the newspaper says is Wagner insinuating Gatlin is taking banned drugs, “just like every other sprinter in America”.The paper also said Gatlin’s coach, former Olympic gold medallist Mitchell, told reporters that athletes are able to get away with doping because the drugs they use cannot be detected by tests.Both deny the allegations.Writing on Instagram on Tuesday, Gatlin said he “fired” Mitchell “as soon as I found out about this”.The 35-year-old American said he is “not using and have not used” performance-enhancing drugs.He added: “All legal options are on the table as I will not allow others to lie about me like this.”The Telegraph said its journalists had posed as representatives of a film company wanting to make a sports film who were looking for a coach to train their star to look like an athlete.The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) – set up by the sport’s world governing body the IAAF – and the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) said they had opened an investigation into the claims.“Investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers play a critical role in anti-doping efforts,” Usada said in a statement. “We are presently co-ordinating with the Athletics Integrity Unit in order to investigate these claims fully.“As with all investigations, we encourage individuals with information to come forward as an important tool to help protect clean athletes. Importantly, individuals are innocent unless and until the established process determines otherwise. It’s only fair to let due process occur before jumping to any conclusions.”IAAF president Lord Coe said: “These allegations are extremely serious and I know the independent Athletics Integrity Unit will investigate in accordance with its mandate.”Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, won 100m gold at August’s World Championships in London, beating Usain Bolt in the Jamaican’s final individual 100m race before retiring.Gatlin’s legal representatives said the sprinter had more than five years’ worth of official drugs tests to show “he has never tested positive for any banned substance”, the paper reported.In a statement to the Telegraph, Mitchell said: “I never suggested in any way that any of my current athletes used any banned substances or that I was familiar with training any of my current athletes with those substances.”Wagner told the paper: “I wasn’t involved in doping. Obviously I played along because I knew what was going on. I had to get them hooked.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers to Know Foes on March 16

first_imgSpeaking ahead of the draw, Nwora said “Nothing good comes easy and I am waiting to see the teams that will be drawn against us. The 32 teams which have qualified for the World Cup have the potential to win the championship, so no country can be underrated.“This is a historic moment for me as the head coach and as a Nigerian. Before the qualifiers started, nobody knew that we would have qualified with 4 games left to play and also as the best team in Africa. Nobody could have thought that we were going to be the first team in the world to qualify, but here we are.”The NBBF President, Musa Ahmadu Kida said “No matter who we are drawn up against, we are going to the World cup with the belief that we can surprise the world. Our girls did it in 2018 in Spain when nobody gave them the chance. This is an exciting journey that we have started to re-position Nigerian basketball. Nigerians should wait and see where we are headed.”D’Tigers will be hopeful for a favourable draw as host- China, USA, Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania and Greece have all been announced by the Federation of International Basketball Associations as top seeds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIBA World Cup bound D’Tigers will know their opponents when the World Cup draw holds in Shenzhen, China on Saturday, March 16, 2019.The team will be making its third appearance after a 12 -year absence since 2006.All eyes will be on the Alex Nwora tutored side at the Mundial holding between August 31st and September 15th after becoming the first country to qualify for the World Cup on the back of a nine-match unbeaten streak.last_img read more

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Emmanuel Dennis: Beckoning on Gernot Rohr

first_imgAnd it was the 21-year-old that created the final goal of the contest at the Jan Breydel Stadium when he set up Wesley in the 80th minute.Such was his performance that his manager, Ivan Leno could not help lauding the improvement he has made this term, while even drawing comparisons with two of the game’s greatest players.“The difference between today’s Dennis and that of three months ago is that he continues to play in turbo after twenty or thirty minutes,”  Leko said in his press conference.“He can provide extra motivation for top matches but in the past, he sometimes stops playing football after one goal or assists. That is no longer the case.“Whether he will ever be able to reach the Ronaldo or Messi level? He has a lot of talent but will still have to eat a lot of sandwiches.”After helping Club Brugge break 21 years curse by beating Anderlecht 3-2 in away at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium penultimate week in which the Abuja-born star found the target in the 34th minute to put his side two-goal up, after Wesley Moraes’s early opener.The Dream VII star use his Twitter to celebrate the win after 30 attempts in 21 seasons since 1998 before breaking the jinx of defeating Anderlecht in the Belgium Jupiler.Dennis has now scored his sixth goal of the season and is already dreaming of UEFA Champions League football and the win for Club Brugge just see them one point adrift of the Jupiler League leaders Genk and Anderlecht are suddenly fifth, occupying a non-European place on the standings. Dennis is a product of the Accademia di Abuja had before now played for the Nigerian U-15 national team.In March 2016, he signed a contract with Ukrainian club FC Zorya Luhansk, playing in the Ukrainian Premier League and made his debut for FC Zorya on July  24, 2016, where he scored on bus debut.Dennis started the season on the bench mostly before given his UEFA Europa League debut against Feyenoord on November 2. After impressing against Feyenoord, he got to play the other group stages games, with Zorya ending up getting eliminated from the group after finishing last. Dennis hadn’t however gone unnoticed though, with both Manchester City and an unknown German top club showing interest in signing him in the winter transfer window. He instead ended up staying with Zorya for the rest of the season, helping them to a third place in the league with his six goals in 22 league appearances.In 2017, Club Brugge announced that they had signed Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis from Zorya on a four-year-contract of a fee worth €1.2 million, and was given the number 42 by his new club. He started the season extremely well, scoring five goals in six matches including a goal in his debut against Istanbul Basaksehir and a brace against Lokeren.Dennis continued his fine form in the playoff round, scoring for the second consecutive game to help Club Brugge with a perfect start in the playoffs as they push the chase on Genk in the race for the league title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the Africa Cup of Nations billed for Egypt just around the corner, Club Brugge winger, Emmanuel Dennis is pressing Nigerian national team gaffer, Gernot Rohr, for a chance at the biennial competition with the rate he has been painting the Belgian League with goalsThe Nigeria U-23 winger Emmanuel Dennis continued his impressive streak of form after scoring for the second consecutive game as Club Brugge made light work of Standard Liege 4-0 in a Belgian First Division game on Monday evening.The Brugge No. 42 headed home a Hans Vanaken’s delivery on the 39th-minute mark to stretch his side’s lead, his seventh goal from his 20 league appearances so far this season.last_img read more

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Pinnick Promises Financial Support for Nigeria Football Legends

first_imgCharges Flying Eagles to soar in Poland President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has reiterated that the football-governing body will soon institute a welfare foundation for former Nigerian international players in order to guarantee ready funding for them in case of unexpected health challenges.The NFF supremo, who is also the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, gave this assurance in London on Thursday, hours after receiving former Nigerian captain Christian Chukwu alongside his wife and sister after Chukwu arrived for medical treatment. “You would recall that at the last NFF Football Awards in Lagos on April 1, we had announced that a welfare foundation would be instituted for our legends to take care of them in times of their need. At that time, we didn’t even have any idea that Chukwu would be faced with this kind of health challenge.“I am happy that he is here now and we have made adequate arrangements for his surgery, medication and general after-surgery care. He will get the best treatment possible and we are confident he will return to Nigeria hale, hearty and sound of mind and body.”Chukwu arrived in London on Thursday in company of his wife Lilian Nkeiruka, his sister Mrs. Edith Chinelo Motanya and Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran, who is medical doctor of the Super Eagles.He will have the surgery and immediate after-surgery care at the Wellington Hospital on Circus Road in St. John’s Woods.Meanwhile, Pinnick has charged the Nigeria U-20 boys, Flying Eagles, to do the nation proud on and off the field at the FIFA U-20 World Cup starting in Poland on Thursday.Pinnick, in company of NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, arrived at the Flying Eagles’ The Monarch Hotel camp in Bad Goegging, Germany on Friday morning, ahead of the team’s departure to the World Cup on Sunday. The duo later joined the team at training.“I have spoken to the head coach and he has assured me that you guys have made tremendous progress since arriving at the training camp here in Germany. Let me state clearly that as a U-20 squad from Nigeria, so much is expected of you at the world stage. Nigeria has been in the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup on two occasions and won the bronze medals once before.“The NFF and Nigerians generally, as well as the football world, expect so much from you in Poland. You must perform very well on the field while showing good attitude and sense of fairplay , and also make discipline, diligence and decency your watchwords off the field, in order to fly Nigeria’s flag high.”On Friday, the Flying Eagles engaged Red Bull Leipzig of Germany in their final pre-World Cup friendly, three days after drawing 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg in another friendly in Austria.The Flying Eagles delegation will fly from Germany to Tychy on Sunday. They will take on Qatar in their first match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup on May 24, before other Group D games against USA May 27 and Ukraine May 30.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Amaju Pinnick NFF Presidentlast_img read more

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