Photo © Pixabay O’Neill says this evening’s opponents will be disappointed to have only seven points. The Republic of Ireland can strengthen their position in Group D with victory over Austria later.Martin O’Neill’s side head into the game in Dublin having drawn twice and won three World Cup qualifiers so far.They’re only kept off the top of the group on goal-difference.
The Tipp footballers’ backs are against the wall going into Saturday’s game against Cavan in round 2A of the football qualifiers.If they lose, they’re out of this year’s Championship.Tipp captain Brian Fox is hopeful the team will be able to make up for a disappointing loss to Cork in the Munster championship. He says they’ll go in all guns blazing against Cavan.Throw in on Saturday is at 2pm at Kingspan Breffni Park, and Tipp FM will have full live commentary of the game.
Shane Lowry is the first of the Irish players out on course, the former US Open runner-up tees off at 12.25.Padraig Harrington is out for his first-round at 1.45.Ulster duo McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are among the evening starters, McIlroy hits his first shot at 6.35 with McDowell on course at 7. Photo © – Tipp FM Quail Hollow plays host to the US PGA Championship for the first time.Rory McIlroy holds the course record at the North Carolina venue.It was also the scene of McIlroy’s first win on the PGA Tour in 2010 and the world number-four says it’s a place that suits his game
Duro IkhazuagbeFour more top players from Europe including William Gallas, Louis Saha, Tim Howard and Steven Pienaar have been booked on the flight to Port Harcourt for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game, the befitting testimonial match planed to mark the retirement of the former Super Eagles captain from football on May 27.Yobo’s associate and former Super Eagles player, Waidi Akanni, confirmed yesterday that plans for a befitting testimonial was on course with the quality of players who have confirmed their presence in Port Harcourt.“It is becoming very exciting the number of top players who have confirmed their readiness to be in Nigeria for the Yobo testimonial. I can assure you that before that date in May, more top players are going to be unveiled,” stressed Akanni. Gallas is a former Chelsea and France defender, who helped the Blues win back-to-back the English Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho in 2005 and 2006. He is also a former Arsenal, Tottenham and Perth Glory (Australia) player who called time on a glittering career after 84 caps for France. He retired from the game two years ago.Saha, Yobo’s former teammate at Everton is also a French former professional footballer. Saha was capped 20 times for the French national team. He moved over to Goodison Park after four and half years at Old Trafford.Also, Everton and United States of America goalkeeper, Tim Howard is also listed for the Garden City football fiesta.Howard is an iconic figure in U.S. soccer, especially after his epic performance in the 2014 World Cup, when he delivered a 15-save effort in the round-of-16 defeat against Belgium.He has also been a mainstay for the Toffees, logging more than 400 appearances in all competitions.The 36-year-old signed a four-year contract in 2014 with the intention of staying at Everton until the 2018 World Cup but has endured some shaky performances this season and recently lost his spot in the starting lineup to Joel Robles.The fourth player to also confirm his presence in Nigeria to honour Yobo is another Everton and South African star, Steven Pienaar. He was captain of the Bafana Bafana, until October 2012.Earlier, Yobo’s former Everton teammate Wayne Rooney and African greats Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, plus a host of other international football personalities have all shown interests in honouring the Ogoni-born star who amassed 100 international caps, scoring seven goals in a career that spanned 13 years.He featured at three FIFA World Cups and six AFCON tournaments, leading Nigeria to victory in his last outing in South Africa.Some of the corporate bodies who have indicated their support for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game include, Sifax Group, NICON Insurance and Beko Electronics Ltd.The testimonial game which is being put together by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in partnership with the Rivers State Government will be an occasion to celebrate a worthy son of the state who had a distinguished career.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Nigeria Dream Team VI final warm-up game against fellow Rio-bound Honduras has been cancelled.Officials would not give any reasons for the cancellation but it may not be unconnected with the poor arrangement that has attended the team’s preparation for the Rio Olympics.A Nigerian based in the United States of America agreed to foot the bills of the team for their first 10 days in Atlanta, before the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) came through for the team after the sports minister publicly announced he was unaware of the team’s whereabouts. Coach Samson Siasia’s team lost 1-0 to Olympic defending champions Mexico in their first test game overseas, before they defeated local side Charlton Battery FC 2-0 in another friendly.They will now depart for Brazil from Miami on Friday.African champions Nigeria are drawn against Asian champions Japan, European champions Sweden and Colombia in the first round of the football event of the Rio Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Lagos State / Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM) Under 18 Karate Championship ended last week at the Rowe Park Sports Complex, Yaba, Lagos with Samchi Karate Academy of Lagos emerging champions.SamchiÂ Academy dazzled Karatekas from other states by winning 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 9 Bronze medals in the event which featured 16 categories.The champions discovered at the event include; Jamal Akeem category 6 and under male Gold,Â Somelo OsieloÂ category 7 to 8 female gold,Â Odi Redah category 9 to 10Â green belt male 1 gold and silver, Hene Bassey category 7 to 8 green belt female gold, Esther Ndukwe category 8 to 9 orange belt female gold,Â Nwane Nnonye category 11 – 12 orange belt female and kumite 2 gold medal.Speaking after the event, winner in the under 15 category, Dauda Muba said: â€œI am very grateful to God for my victory. I am very passionate about karate and I want to thank the Lagos State government and MMM for giving me this opportunity.â€In the same vein,Â organiser of the event and founder of Samchi Karate Academy, Sensei Adejebe Samuel, stated that the objective is to discover and nurture future talents.â€œToday, Karate is an Olympic sport so the need to catch them young cannot be over-empahsised. We need to start preparing them for the Olympics so that we can help them grow and win medals for the country,” remarked Adejebe Samuel who is also the coordinator Japan (Nihon) Karate-Do Seikokai Suzuki-Ha Shito-Ryu Nigeria branch.The Director of Sports, Lagos State, Louis Olusegun Kolawole, speaking on why the Lagos State government partnered MMM said it was because the Lagos State government is ready to partner any individual or group with developmental initiatives targeted at the youths of the state.â€œThe Lagos state Under 18 Karate Championship is one of such programmes and that fits into the vision of the Lagos State government because it promotes the youths in Lagos State.The Offline Secretary & Events Co-coordinator, MMM Amaka Benson said that sponsoring the project is in line with the charity vision of MMM adding that MMM has carried out a good number of charity drives in Nigeria through partnerships with NGOPs initiatives targeted at alleviating poverty.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Five players were sent off as Fenerbahce beat Besiktas in an Istanbul derby featuring two goals and three red cards in the final five minutes.Giuliano gave the hosts the lead and Vincent Janssen – on loan from Tottenham made it 2-0, before ex-Liverpool striker Ryan Babel pulled one back. Besiktasâ€™ Ricardo Quaresma was sent off for two yellows before Luis Neto was dismissed for bringing down a player through on goal just before half-time.The visitors had Atiba Hutchinson sent off with five minutes left for two bookings.Ismail KoybasÄ± of Fenerbahce was then shown a red car for a dangerous tackle, before Oguzhan Ozyakupâ€™s second yellow card deep into injury time meant the visitors ended with eight players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Duro IkhazuagbeRespected European sports research group, CIES Football Observatory, has ruled out the Super Eagles from amongst teams capable of winning the FIFA World Cup 2018 starting in Russia on June 14.In the research groupâ€™s weekly post number 225 released yesterday, it ranked the three-time African champions 22nd out of the 32 teams that qualified for the Mundial. It also ranked Spain as the favourite for the title to be decided on Sunday July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Interestingly, CIES tipped Sadio Mane’s Senegal as the most likely African country to spring any surprise along with Morocco. It ranked Nigeria in the third place among the African representatives.Mohammed Salah’s Egypt is the least ranked outsiders among the African nations behind Tunisia.In the assessment of Nigeria’s Group D opponents in Russia, Argentina and Croatia were ranked seventh and eighth respectively in the table of the 32 qualifiers with Iceland coming in as 23rd best behind Nigeria.President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, however remained unfazed by the low rating of the Super Eagles.He told THISDAY last night that he remains unshaken in his faith in Gernot Rohrâ€™s men.â€œAgain, people ask why do I say that Nigeria can win the World Cup? If you have a child, what do you wish for the child? You wish him to be the best and nothing else.â€œAnd if you have a younger brother, what do you pray for him to achieve? To be better than you, I believe Eagles can win the World Cup in Russia,â€ stressed the NFF chief.The research group’s study takes cognizance of the number of matches and players used in the 2018 World Cup qualification stage.CIES Football Observatory is a research group within the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), an independent study centre located in NeuchÃ¢tel, Switzerland. The CIES Football Observatory specialises in the statistical analysis of football.The body was created in 2005 by Dr. Raffaele Poli and Dr. LoÃ¯c Ravenel.Meanwhile, the NFF has welcomed the decision of FIFA to advance US$2 million to each of the five African teams that qualified for Russia 2018.It said the money will help the countries playersâ€™ ‘focus solely on football on the pitch’ in Russia.African countries have always been involved in bonus row at the Mundial. Super Eagles beef with the NFF was blamed for the loss to France in the second round of last edition in Brazil four years ago.But NFF Spokesman, Ademola Olajire, believes the availability of this money will help in their quest to avert a bonus row in Russia.“We’ve had problems in the past and the NFF has already worked out a payment mode for the team, but this money will help put everything into shape.“It will definitely help our players to focus solely on football on the pitch in Russia and not deal with the distraction of when the bonus will arrive,” concludes the NFF spokesman.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 07:07 IST Swinging Hard Lifts Champ Into Contention In PGA John Daly famously won a PGA Championship 29 years ago by swinging as hard as he could every time he got on the tee. Cameron Champ just might do the same thing this weekend at Harding Park WATCH US LIVE Written By John Daly famously won a PGA Championship 29 years ago by swinging as hard as he could every time he got on the tee. Cameron Champ just might do the same thing this weekend at Harding Park.“Usually whenever I swing a little harder it goes a little straighter,’’ Champ said after shooting a 64 Friday to move into contention in San Francisco.Swinging hard comes naturally to Champ. Before Bryson DeChambeau bulked up and began crushing drives this year, the 25-year-old was the gold standard on the PGA Tour when it came to swing speed and distance.And on Friday he swung hard enough to hit it both long and straight on his way to a round that put him 5-under midway through the championship. Champ was first in driving distance and strokes gained off the tee among the morning wave of players, and it wasn’t even close.“Today I hit the driver very well,’’ Champ said. “I think I missed one fairway on the front side, which is great. It just gave me a lot more chances to make birdies.’’Champ made seven of them in his second round, against a lone bogey on the tough par-3 eighth. It was a relatively stress-free round, the kind that players appreciate even more under the harsh test of a major championship.And while he’s not exactly a “grip it and rip it’’ kind of player like Daly, he’s got the length and temperament to be in contention to get his own name on the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.“Everyone wants to talk about distance, yeah, it’s our new modern era,’’ he said. “The long ball is what attracts everyone. You know, which it should. Nowadays guys are hitting it longer and longer and longer. But it’s definitely not something that bothers me or anything like that. To me, yes, you can hit it far, but you’ve still got to put up a score.’’Champ’s story is a familiar one to avid golf fans, though more people talk about his 330-yard drives than his two PGA Tour wins. His grandfather who died last year introduced him to the game when he was young, and he took advantage of the First Tee program to learn the fundamentals.Coming from a family of modest means — his father, Jeff, was a low minor league player in the Baltimore organization — Champ relied on scholarships and grants to travel and play in junior events outside of his hometown of Sacramento. He had success in college at Texas A&M and won in his first year on the Korn Ferry Tour before making it to golf’s big leagues.So far this year his biggest splash came when he tested positive for COVID-19 at the Traveler’s Championship. Two negative tests days after that prompted the PGA Tour to change its guidelines and he was playing in Detroit the next week.Now, after rounds of 71-64, he’s lurking just off the lead on a golf course he’s played before in an area where he’s quite comfortable.“It definitely feels kind of like home,’’ he said. “I’ve played a lot of golf down here, just all over California, honestly. It’s just nice to be back here.’’He doesn’t need the comfort to free up a swing that has been clocked at 192 mph. Hitting the ball hard comes naturally to Champ, who like any other kid always wanted to be the longest in his group growing up.That hasn’t changed as a pro, even in a major championship. Champ didn’t go for the green on the driveable par-4 16th hole because he was in between a 3-wood and a driver on the shot, but otherwise subscribed to pretty much the same theory Daly had in 1991 when he wowed everyone with his power at Crooked Stick.“I’m not worrying about trying to keep it low and trying to make sure it cuts so it stays in the fairway versus if I just go at it,’’ Champ said. “if I miss the fairway I’m going to be a lot further up there and just deal with it. Then obviously if I found my groove kind of like I did today, then I’ll hit a lot of fairways.’’It’s a winning combination, though the pressure of being in contention in a major might change things over the weekend.Even for the best players, hitting the ball hard isn’t always easy.Image credits: AP COMMENT Associated Press Television News First Published: 8th August, 2020 07:07 IST FOLLOW US