Manager Liam Kearns says the team are looking to be progressive again this year… The Tipp senior footballers are confident in the abilities of their panel ahead of the opening National League game against Cork.January 27th will see their first game in Division 2 for 2018 – after they won Division 3 last year.The Premier comprehensively overcame CIT in a challenge game at Dr Morris Park last night 2-17 to 8 points – and they’ve two more challenge games coming up in the next 2 weeks – against the Garda College, and UCC.
The final match day will have the fixtures between Rivers United and Wikki Tourists at 5pm while FC IfeanyiUbah and Rangers International will play the closing game at 7pm.Abubakar also noted that all the matches will be played under flood light.“We are continuing with the growing popularity of night games in Enugu and essentially, we are also considering a fans-friendly time when businesses would have closed to encourage huge turnout for the matches”.The NPFL Super4 is an annual pre-season tournament organized by the LMC for clubs participating in Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club competitions in the coming season. It enables the clubs condition their players for the competition as the tournament provides a platform for integration of new and retained players of the clubs as well as enable the Managers put to competitive test their pre-season trainings.Rangers International and Rivers United that finished first and second in the NPFL will represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League while third placed Wikki Tourists and Federation Cup champions, FC IfeanyiUbah will play in the CAF Confederation Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wikki Tourists and FC IfeanyiUbah have been drawn to play the opening game of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which flags off on December 7 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.According to fixtures released by the League Management Company (LMC), the opening match will kick-off at 5pm with the second fixture between League champions, Rangers International and runners-up, Rivers United starting at 7pm.Abubakar said “on Match Day 2, Rangers International will play Wikki Tourists in the first match starting at 5pm while Rivers United and FC IfeanyiUbah will take to the pitch for the second game of the day”.
On a day they needed just one goal to topple the South Africans and assure of a place in the last four – irrespective of the result in the other match between Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia – the Olympic Eagles failed to find their sting in the fore, dancing too much on the ball without effective contact or meaningful touches in the opposition critical zone.Perhaps awed by Nigeria’s array of stars in Kelechi Nwakali, Taiwo Awoniyi, Azubuike Okechukwu, Sincere Seth and Orji Okwonkwo, alongside respected home-based professionals Sunusi Ibrahim and Ndifreke Effiong, the South Africans preferred to absorb the heat for the first half hour. Seeing that the Olympic Eagles lacked the punch when it mattered, the Amaglug-glug came out to attack. And thrice they came close to putting the ball in the net, but met with the alertness and agility of goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar.Abubakar also saved the Olympic Eagles in the second half, as the South Africans fired from every angle, while Nigeria were looking to walk the ball into the net and stubbornly stuck to an ineffective strategy of trying to make hay from the wings.President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said the failure of the Olympic Eagles was a shock. “Working together with the Ministry of Sports, we have been able to provide the team with what is required for them to excel. The team’s failure to reach the semi-finals and ultimately qualify for the Olympics is a big shock.“Three years ago, football won the only medal that Nigeria took from the Olympics in Brazil. Our expectation was that this team would qualify for Tokyo and go there to do the country proud.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram …Fails to qualify for men Olympics football eventCup holders, Nigeria have been booted out of the ongoing U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt following a dire 0-0 draw with South Africa yesterday night that was not enough to see them through to the semifinals. The result meant they finished third in Group B and dropped out of contention for a place in the Men’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.Failure at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo sustained an unsavoury streak of Nigeria appearing in the Men’s Football Tournament at every other Olympics since the year 2000. Champions in 1996 in Atlanta, USA where they won Africa’s first-ever football gold medal of the Olympics, the Nigeria U23 participated in the tournament in Australia in 2000; missed the event in Greece in 2004; took part at the event in China in 2008 and won the silver medal; missed the tournament in the United Kingdom in 2012; participated in the event in Brazil in 2016 and won the bronze medal and; will now miss Tokyo 2020.
Anthony Joshua According to Daily Mail, the Nigerian born British boxer has been seen putting in the hard yards at the gym only four days after his victory in Saudi Arabia, before tucking into a calorie-heavy meal after a tough workout.The Olympic champion’s strength and conditioning coach, Sina Ghami, posted to his Instagram footage of AJ performing shoulder rolls on Wednesday night, while other members of his entourage hit the weights.The rigorous gym session was shortly followed by a big meal for the team, with meat, salad and pasta on the menu for the heavyweight champion.Joshua opted to cut down on the carbs before his rematch with Ruiz Jr, in a bid to come in lighter and better conditioned to last the full 12 rounds against the Mexican.And his plan worked a treat. AJ was elusive and boxed smartly for the full 12 rounds to leave The Destroyer chasing shadows and losing his grip on the heavyweight crown.Joshua has since been ordered to face his mandatory challengers by the WBO and IBF. Oleksandr Usyk and Kubrat Pulev are therefore in pole position to secure a shot at AJ next Spring.However, in between his next high profile bout, the boxer is expected to visit Nigeria again, this time to present the world title belts he regained last Saturday to President Muhammad Buhari in Abuja next year.There are also plans to ensure that the boxer will stage one of his future bouts in Nigeria to become the second time a World Heavyweight boxing title bout is staged on the continent of Africa after the 1974 ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in Congo Democratic Republic then Zaire when Legendary Muhammed Ali regained his title from Goerge Foreman.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi Solaja with agency reportWorld Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, has cut short the expected vacation from his profession after dominant win over Andy Ruiz Jr, following the decision of the boxer to return the gym in preparation for other tougher challenges ahead.The 30-year-old has business to attend to as he sets out to become the heavyweight king in 2020, with mega bouts against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder targeted for the WBA, WBO and IBF champion.
SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 8th August, 2020 16:49 IST Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 16:49 IST Oakland Coach Ryan Christenson Apologises After “unintentional” Nazi Salute Gesture Oakland coach Ryan Christenson faced heavy criticism from fans after he unintentionally did a Nazi salute after Thursday’s win 6-4 win over the Rangers. 8 months ago Tannehill’s playoff debut comes against the Patriots’ Brady The Oakland A’s released a similar statement where they defended their bench coach for his actions. They noted that neither the coach nor the organisation supports or condones such offensive gestures or the “racist sentiment behind them.” “We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field,” the Athletics wrote. Also Read | Tigers Outslug Pirates 17-13 In 11 Innings After LayoffRyan Christenson Nazi salute video spurs social media backlash for A’s coachAfter the video first appeared on social media, it quickly became a hot talking point, with fans demanding Christenson should be fired by the MLB for his racist gesture. For most fans, the Oakland coach’s apology was barely a retribution for the damages already occurred. Sujay Chakraborty Ryan Christenson, a former MLB player himself, has been working as the bench coach at the Athletics under manager Bob Melvin since the 2018 MLB season. He played six seasons in Major League Baseball between 1998 and 2003, including three with the Athletics. After retiring, Christenson began managing Oakland Athletics’ minor league farm system before his call-up to the big league. Also Read | Murphy Drives In 4, Rockies Keep Rolling, Beat M’s 8-4Also Read | Padres Beat Dbacks 3-0 Behind Davies, Three Solo Homers(Image Credits: Oakland Athletic Twitter Handle, MLB Official Website) Christenson has since issued an official apology, where he admitted to having made a mistake by greeting players with an offensive gesture. The 46-year-old, however, insisted it was not his intent to make that gesture and that his actions were purely “unintentional.” Christenson explained the offensive gesture was a result of him adapting his postgame celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I made a mistake and will not deny it. Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive,” Christenson said in the statement. “In the world today of COVID, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players. My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did was unacceptable and I deeply apologize.” Also Read | Trout Homers Again On Birthday, But Angels Fall To Rangers FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson was subject to a major backlash from fans after he was captured gesturing with a Nazi salute following the Athletics’ 6-4 win over Texas Rangers on Thursday. Christenson was caught raising a stiff arm above his head – similar to that of a Nazi salute – before he elbow bumped his players during the postgame celebration. WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE
Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 17:41 IST Ronnie O’Sullivan Says He’s A ‘fat Maradona’ After Making World Snooker Championship Semis Snooker superstar Ronnie O’Sullivan called himself a ‘fat Maradona’ after booking a spot in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Tuesday. First Published: 12th August, 2020 17:41 IST ALSO READ: Maradona’s Son Calls Father ‘God Of Football’, Says Even Messi Can’t Be Compared To HimRonnie O’Sullivan interview: Snooker star compares himself to Diego MaradonaIn an interview after his win over Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan compared himself to a ‘fat Maradona’. The 44-year old explained it was only his natural skill – similar to the one possessed by the World Cup-winning footballer – that is keeping him in the hunt for his sixth world title. He was quoted as saying, “I’m a bit like fat Maradona. He’s big and fat but if you give him a football, he’s unbelievably good.” SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written By 1 month ago ‘Not a good idea’ – UK Gov virus advisor on sports fans returning to grounds Snooker superstar Ronnie O’Sullivan survived a major scare on Tuesday as he fought back from 7-2 down to defeat Mark Williams 13-10 in the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship. However, the five-time world champion was far from pleased with his performance despite making it to the next round of the tournament. In an interview after his win against Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan went on to compare himself to football legend Diego Maradona and claimed that he’s similar to a ‘fat Maradona’. ALSO READ: Ronaldinho Looks To Come Out Of Retirement, Play Under Diego Maradona At Gimnasia: ReportWorld Snooker Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Williams to enter semisRonnie O’Sullivan was on the brink of elimination from the World Snooker Championship in the quarter-finals after three-time world champion Mark Williams led by five frames. However, in a remarkable comeback, O’Sullivan fired five centuries as he went on to win 13-10 and book a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament. O’Sullivan will now face Mark Selby in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship but the Englishman revealed that he was far from pleased with his display against Williams and deemed his below-par performance ’embarrassing’. FOLLOW US ALSO READ: Did Maradona Endure More Brutality On The Field Than Messi, Ronaldo? This Video Is ProofRonnie O’Sullivan then added that although he may be talented, he’s not fit enough to play with the guys that are as talented as himself. “In snooker, you have the long game, the safety and the cue action as well but you also need the reliability”, explained O’Sullivan. The Englishman then concluded by saying that he cannot win the tournament being “either good or rubbish” but needed to be a bit more steady in his game. ALSO READ: Diego Maradona Releases Bizarre Video; Denies Claims Of Being Held Hostage: WatchRonnie O’Sullivan stats: Semi-final vs Mark Selby in storeMark Selby made it to the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship following a comfortable 13-7 victory over Neil Robertson. Selby defeated O’Sullivan in the 2014 World Snooker Championship to win his first title. The pair have eight World Snooker Championships between them. Image Credits – Ronnie O’Sullivan Instagram / AP Arnold Dsouza
Associated Press Television News First Published: 4th September, 2020 06:37 IST FOLLOW US Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT While the NFC East hasn’t had a repeat winner in 16 years, Philadelphia at least has a head start on the concept.The defending division champion is the only team with a repeat head coach in 2020 as Doug Pederson gets ready for his fifth season.Joe Judge is a first-time boss at 38 for the New York Giants, while Mike McCarthy takes over in Dallas after a year away from football following his firing in Green Bay. Ron Rivera didn’t wait to jump back in, taking over a troubled Washington franchise after Carolina dismissed the two-time Coach of the Year midseason in 2019.The Eagles were the most recent champs to repeat when they won a fourth straight NFC East title in 2004, the season they finally returned to the Super Bowl (losing to New England) after three straight conference championship game losses.Philadelphia’s fifth attempt at consecutive division titles since then is already facing a significant challenge because of injuries. Three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks (torn Achilles tendon) and left tackle Andre Dillard (torn biceps) are out for the season. Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters is reportedly unwilling to move back to his old position without a pay raise after re-signing to play right guard. Current left tackle Matt Pryor has one career start, last season in the playoffs at right guard.Carson Wentz enters his fifth season looking for his first playoff win, in part because an MVP-caliber 2017 season was cut short by a knee injury before Nick Foles led the franchise to its first Super Bowl title.Promising first-round draft pick Jalen Reagor is a likely upgrade for the receivers if he isn’t out too long because of a shoulder injury sustained in training camp. DeSean Jackson is the leader of that group alongside trusty tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.“Obviously now that he’s going into his fifth year with us and understanding our system, understanding our offense, things process even faster for him,” Pederson said of Wentz. “You see him being able to translate that information and have conversations with these players. Carson is mentally in a really good state right now.”Judge is the fifth coach in five seasons for the Giants following a 12-year run by Tom Coughlin that included two Super Bowl titles.McCarthy, who won a championship with the Packers 10 years ago at the home of the Cowboys, replaced Jason Garrett, whose contract wasn’t renewed after nine full seasons when Dallas flopped amid high expectations.Rivera spent nine seasons with the Panthers before he was fired with a 5-7 record four years after leading Carolina to the Super Bowl.All three new coaches faced the challenge of implementing new philosophies without any in-person time until late July because of the pandemic.“I think you’ve really got to trust your instincts, the awareness and your experience in this particular time as far as how we install and initiate the development and growth of our program,” McCarthy said. “Every team is going to have a pretty similar amount of time in this climate that we’re in.”WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAMBarring a surprisingly quick turnaround under Rivera, the NFL team with no nickname will make many more headlines off the field than on it.Widespread unrest over social injustice swept up Washington as well, leading to the removal of a nickname many considered racist and insensitive toward Native Americans.Then came reports of a toxic workplace environment that led to the NFL taking over the investigation when allegations of misconduct reached all the way to owner Daniel Snyder.It was almost an afterthought when Rivera named Dwayne Haskins his starting quarterback a little more than a week before the opener. And besides the turmoil, Washington has had losing records eight of the past 11 years.“Some of the guys right now, they’re struggling to get past what they’ve been through the last couple years and buy into what we’re trying to teach and preach now,” Rivera said.FAMILIAR FACESGarrett is staying in the division as Judge’s offensive coordinator. Troy Aikman’s former backup for Super Bowl-winning teams in Dallas served in that role with the Giants two decades ago.He inherits what New York hopes is a young franchise quarterback in Daniel Jones, and a potentially elite running back in Saquon Barkley — similar to what Garrett had in two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott with the Cowboys.“We certainly have a system of football that has been in place for a long time, but it’s also a system that has evolved through the years,” Garrett said. “It’s evolved based on the people we have on our team. There have been times in the past we have thrown the ball a lot and times in the past we have run the ball a lot.”ADDING SOME TOOLSDallas quarterback Dak Prescott is coming off career passing bests in yards (4,902) and touchdowns (30). The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year now has a coach who won a Super Bowl with a star QB (Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers) while keeping his play caller and former position coach in Kellen Moore.The Cowboys also unexpectedly added a promising offensive threat in receiver CeeDee Lamb. They had him sixth on their draft board and got him at No. 17 in the first round. Lamb joins Amari Cooper, who just signed a $100 million contract, and Michael Gallup, looking to grow further after showing strong improvement his second year.Then there’s Elliott, who feels he has something to prove after playing a full season without winning a rushing title for the first time in his four seasons. He was among the players who tested positive for COVID-19 during the offseason.“From Amari to CeeDee to Gallup and then obviously Zeke, none of these guys have an ego,” Prescott said. “They all want to see the other guy have success, but obviously they want to have success and it’s just going to create this amazing, fun environment. And it already has.”PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISHEagles, Cowboys, Giants, Washington.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 06:38 IST Eagles Seek Repeat In NFC East, Surrounded By 3 New Coaches The defending division champion is the only team with a repeat head coach in 2020 as Doug Pederson gets ready for his fifth season