Ryder Cup underway at Hazeltine

first_imgEuropean captain Darren Clarke has named his strongest possible pairing to start their defence of golf’s Ryder Cup this afternoon.Olympic champion Justin Rose teams and Open winner Henrik Stenson are taking on USA pair Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in the first of the foursomes at Hazeltine.Rory McIlroy’s playing alongside England’s Andy Sullivan in the opening session – as they play Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. Meanwhile US captain Davis Love the Third expects the home crowd to have a big impact when the event starts at twenty five to two.He expects it to be an exciting contest.last_img read more

Leinster name side for key Champions Cup tie

first_imgJohnny Sexton starts for the second week in a row and is partnered by Luke McGrath.Isa Nacewa starts at full back and Rob Kearney is on the bench. Leo Cullen’s side are five points clear at the top of their pool with two matches remaining.last_img

Villa and Carrick knocked out of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgBoth of the county’s remaining representatives in the competition made their exit at the quarter-final stage yesterday.Peake Villa went down 2-1 against holders Sheriff YC of Dublin at the Tower Grounds in Thurles.Billy McCarthy got the Tipp’s side goal in the second half. Carrick Utd were also beaten in their last eight tie yesterday.Their match with Boyle Celtic at Tom Drohan Park finished 2-2 after extra-time – Jack Dohery and Keith Walsh were the men on the mark for Adrian Walsh’s outfit.The Leitrim side won the subsequent penalty shoot-out 6-5.St Michael’s hopes of wining the Munster Junior Cup for a ninth time are still alive.The holders beat Dungravan Utd 4-2 after extra-time in the club’s quarter-final clash at Kilrush Park.last_img read more

Red Devils pushed all the way

first_imgManchester United will be in today’s draw for the semi finals of the Europa League.But they needed an extra time strike from Marcus Rashford to finally see off Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate.Whatever opposition they face in the semi finals, they may have to do it without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, both of whom picked up injuries last night. Joining United in today’s semi final draw are Ajax, Celta Vigo and Lyon.The draw for the Champions League semi finals will also be made today.Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and holders Real Madrid are all awaiting their fate. Photo © Pixabaylast_img read more

All Star nominee says Ladies football has earned people’s respect

first_imgTipperary’s Ladies football All star nominee says Ladies football has finally earned the respect of the County.Aisling Moloney has been nominated for a Ladies Football All Star award. Her performance throughout the season inhelping Tipp to an All Ireland Intermediate title, Munster Championship and Division 3 League success has earned her a place among the 3 players nominated for the left half forward slot.Speaking to Ronan Quirke on last nights Extra Time, Aisling says it’s been a roller coaster of a seasonlast_img read more

Toomevara set sights on Dan Breen Cup

first_imgToomevara will come up against some formidable opponents when they compete for the Dan Breen Cup next year.They defeated Roscrea to be crowned Seamus O Riain champions in Moneygall yesterday – on a scoreline of 2-18 to 0-14.Both themselves, and Roscrea will now compete against the top tier of teams in the county. Photo © Tipp FM Speaking to Tipp FM Sport after yesterday’s victory game, Toomevara’s Tommy Dunne says they’re delighted to be back in Roinn 1…last_img

History Beckons as Man City, PSG in ‘Cashico’ Battle

first_imgManchester City looks to take an important step in its transformation into one of the world’s leading clubs tonight by reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time.To do so, England’s lone survivor in Europe needs a win or a 0-0 or 1-1 draw at home to Paris St Germain after holding the Ligue 1 champions 2-2 at the Stade de France last week.For three successive seasons since first qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition, City was frustrated in its attempts to make significant progress. They failed to come out of the group stage in 2012-13 and then lost in the last 16 in the following two years.This time City won Group D ahead of Juventus before knocking out Dinamo Kiev 3-1 on aggregate.Goals by Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho in Paris mean that Manuel Pellegrini’s men have an excellent chance of qualifying for the last four.But PSG won 2-1 in England in the last round to knock out Chelsea and reach their fourth successive quarter-final – they need a similar result to go one step further this time.Meanwhile, Coach Manuel Pellegrini has said that it will not settle for a goalless draw against Paris St Germain even though that result would send them into the Champions League semi-finals because it would go against the club’s philosophy.“The most important aspect of this team is to score. Do we think we need to draw 0-0? That’s not the way we normally play. I don’t think one of the team is favourites,” Pellegrini told reporters yesterday.“We went there to try and win the game and tomorrow we’ll do exactly the same. The important thing is to focus on getting to semi. After that you look at your opponent. We must play with the same trust.”The clash comes too early for injured captain Vincent Kompany and winger Raheem Sterling, but midfielder David Silva, who missed Saturday’s Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion with an ankle problem, is in the squad.Defender Eliaquim Mangala has come under scrutiny after a string of erratic performances but right back Bacary Sagna has backed his French compatriot to more than hold his own against PSG’s star-studded attack.“Mangala has been strong in recent games so with or without Kompany we have a good team. The first leg is in the past. You can only look forward. We’re at home in front of our fans,” Sagna said.“I’m sure we can deal with the pressure. To qualify would be amazing, I know PSG are going to come here to give us problems. I’m sure we can do it again.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Armstrong Wins Women’s Time Trial Third Time

first_imgPooley, 33, told BBC Radio 5 live she “struggled with the blustery crosswind” on the hilly 29,7km course.“The weather was a bit different to what we expected,” she said. “I had to ditch my visor halfway round because it got steamed up.“Some people are just better at cornering in the wet, I guess.”Armstrong became the first person to win the same road cycling event at three Olympics.Having won the time trial at Beijing 2008, she retired in 2009 to start a family before returning to win gold at London 2012 and retiring againShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram American Kristin Armstrong won the Olympic women’s road time trial for the third time in succession with victory in Rio.A day before turning 43, the oldest rider in the event beat Russian Olga Zabelinskaya, who returned from a doping ban last year, by 5.55 seconds.Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen, winner of the road race, took bronze.Great Britain’s Emma Pooley, who, like Armstrong, came out of retirement to compete in Rio, finished 14th.last_img read more

GOtv MAX Cup Brings Down Curtains on Torres’ Atletico Career

first_imgFor some time to come, Uyo’s Godswill Akpabio International Stadium will be remembered by Nigerian football fans as the place where three interwoven historical events took place-both on 22 May.It hosted the maiden edition of the GOtv MAX Cup, which saw LaLiga giants and 2018 Europa League winners, Atletico Madrid, play their first game on Nigerian soil against the Super Eagles B team and perhaps more defining, Fernando Torres’ last match for the club at which he is regarded as a legend.The 34-year old striker, whose one-year contract lapsed at the end of the season, was the undisputed star of the Atletico Madrid squad that arrived Nigeria. The man fondly called “El Nino” (the kid) may be ageing, but still possesses star quality. When his image popped up on the stadium’s screens, fans chanted his name lustily, as reflected by the palpable collective wish to see him score.Torres was not only star to arrive with the team. There was the highly regarded goalkeeper, Jan Oblak, Argentine international, Angel Correa and Ghanaian international, Thomas Partey. They were led by their star coach Diego Simeone.Most of the affection and attention, however, was on Torres, particularly because he was turning out for Atletico for the last time-a piece of history claimed by GOtv MAX Cup.Torres was omitted from the starting line-up, as his teammates began the confrontation with the Super Eagles B team.The young team started with vigour and skill, matching their opponents. They went ahead in the 31st minute through the superb Kelechi Nwakali, who stunned Oblak with a shot from the distance.Atletico did not waste time before restoring parity through Correa to ensure the first half ended on an even note.Torres was introduced at the start of the second half to rapturous applause from fans and made his presence felt immediately by stinging the hands of the Super Eagles goalie with a shot from outside the box. On 64 minutes, the striker scored with a firm header off a corner kick to give the LaLiga giants the lead.The ovation was deafening. The Super Eagles leveled when Usman Mohammed’s beat Oblak after mazy run.Five minutes to the end, the Super Eagles were undone when Borja Caceres scored the winner for Atletico to claim the GOtv MAX Cup, providing a glorious end to Torres’ Atletico Madrid career and ensuring a piece of history was made in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more