Schmidt set to name side for All Blacks clash

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first_imgIt’s reported Rob Kearney will be at full back with Trimble and Zebo on the wings and Payne and Henshaw in the centre.Johnny Sexton may start at out half depending on his recovery from injury and he’s likely to be partnered by Connor Murray.In the forwards McGrath, Best and Furlong could form the front row with Toner and Ryan in the second row and Stander, Murphy and Heaslip in the back row.last_img

McIlroy wants no worries for 2017

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first_imgRory McIlroy says it’s a little off-putting not knowing what golf clubs he’ll be using next year.His current sponsor recently announced it would be ceasing its equipment operation.The Northern Irishman has one tournament left this season, with the Tour Championship in Dubai starting on Thursday. He tells Sky Sports News he wants to go into 2017 with everything set in stone.last_img

Tipp to find out next opponents

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first_imgTipperary will discover this morning who they’ll be up against in Round 2 of the hurling qualifiers.They can be drawn against Waterford, Dublin or Kilkenny, after their ‘below par’ win against Westmeath on Saturday evening.Those Round 2 games will take place this Saturday.last_img

Mo Farah Makes History by Winning 10,000m Gold

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first_imgMo Farah became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals as he retained his 10,000m title with a thrilling victory in Rio.The 33-year-old overcame a mid-race fall and powered clear of the field in the final 100m to win in 27 minutes five seconds.Kenya’s Paul Tanui took silver, with Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola in third.Farah returns to the track on Wednesday as he begins the defence of the 5,000m title he also won at London 2012. “I’ve won an Olympic gold for three of my children,” he said. “Now I’d like to win the 5,000m gold for my little boy.”Should he win that race, Farah will become the first man since Finland’s Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles.He has already achieved the world double-double, having successfully defended his 10,000m and 5,000m titles in Beijing last year.Farah looked comfortable at the back of the field in Rio, choosing his moment to pick his way through the pack.His hopes briefly looked in danger when he was accidentally tripped by training partner Galen Rupp with 16 laps to go, but he recovered to surge past Tanui on the home straight.“I wasn’t going to let it go,” he said. “I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I thought ‘get through, get through’. I believed in myself.”Farah’s compatriots Andy Vernon and Ross Millington finished 25th and 31st respectively.Farah will match the achievement of Lasse Viren if he retains his 5,000m Olympic title next weekOlympic silver medallist and former world champion Steve Cram: “The manner of his victory was a familiar one, but this takes him into a place where no other British athlete has been.“It was simply wonderful distance running from Mo Farah. He tripped up, fell, and still won and did it the only way Mo Farah could do.”Former British 10,000m Olympic bromze medallist Brendan Foster said: “The plan that we’ve read about and listened to the Kenyans talk about didn’t unfold, Mo was tested in the latter stages of the race but that was absolutely brilliant.“The greatest distance runners of all time – he is now keeping them company.”“However this man, who joins the most select of elite groups in successfully defending an Olympic 10,000m title, refuses to be beaten – by a rival ahead with 150m to go, by a fall, by anyone in a global final in eight attempts. And there may yet be more to come.”Medal standingsCountry G S BU S A 25 18 18China 13 11 17Britain 11 14 7Germany 8 5 3Russia 7 11 8Italy 7 7 5Japan 7 3 14Australia 6 7 9S’Korea 6 3 4France 5 8 7Hungary 5 3 3Netherlands4 2 3Spain 3 0 2N’Zealand 2 6 0Canada 2 2 8Kazakhstan 2 2 3Switzerland 2 1 2Belgium 2 1 1Thailand 2 1 1Croatia 2 1 0Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Semi-finalists Emerge in Equatorial Conference

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first_imgNESTLE MILO SCHOOLS B’BALLKunle AdewaleThe quarter-final matches of the Equatorial Conference of the Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball competition were decided yesterday at the Sports Hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Enugu State with eight states booking their semifinal tickets. In the boys’ category, Rivers State defeated their Anambra counterparts 26-17, Ebonyi out-dunked host, Enugu, 40-6, while Cross River defeated Imo 18-15.In the last boys’ game, Bayelsa defeated Akwa Ibom 28-16.In the girls category, ruthless Bayelsa State girls outclassed their counterparts from Ebonyi 42-4, while in the battle of neighbours, Akwa Ibom defeated Cross River 31-10, while Imo defeated Abia 16-9.One of the outstanding schools in the competition was Community Secondary School, PABOD, Port Harcourt, which paraded the smallest boy in terms of stature and age yet showed great cohesion against bigger opponents.In a chat with THISDAY, Coach of the school, Fubara Onyenabo, said he felt elated that the boys booked a semifinal ticket considering that it was the first time the school would be participating in the competition.“The ultimate aim is to expose them to the biggest stage as far as basketball is concern. Most of them came from the volatile part of the state where cultism was the order of the day but I have been able to shield them away from trouble through the Da-F Basketball Academy, which sponsors most of them to school,” Onyenabo said.The semifinal matches are scheduled to take place today at the same venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sanchez Set to Dump Arsenal for UCL Appearance   Â

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first_imgAlexis Sanchez may have offered his strongest hint of likely Arsenal exit after bearing his mid out yesterday that he wants to play in the glamorous UEFA Champions League this coming season. “I want to play in the Champions (League),” Sanchez told reporters in his native Chile at a charity match in his home town of Tocopilla. “But the decision isn’t up to me,” he added. “I need to wait on Arsenal.” Sanchez has a year left on his Arsenal contract but his future has been up in the air since the London club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. The former Barcelona forward has been linked with moves to Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich, among other clubs, and his comments will only increase speculation he is set to leave London. Meanwhile, Arsenal had lost interest in signing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe because he was too expensive, manager Arsene Wenger said after his side ended their tour of Australia with a 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers. The 18-year-old forward had been linked with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Arsenal after he helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season. Local media reported that Arsenal had made a bid of 123 million pounds for Mbappe, but Wenger denied that after his side beat Western Sydney with goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny in front of 84 000 at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday. “That’s not true,” Wenger told the club website after the match. “People have a big imagination. “What we know now about Mbappe is that it’s over 100 million. After that it’s free to imagine what you want. “It looks like he will stay at Monaco. Too much choice maybe, so in the end people don’t move.” The victory over a physical Western Sydney follows a 2-0 win over Sydney FC on Thursday and sets Arsenal up for their matches against Bayern Munich in Shanghai on 19 July and Chelsea in Beijing on 22 July as part of the International Champions Cup. “It will be less robust physically but of course you play against teams who have top quality going forward,” Wenger said of what he expected against the European clubs. “In the last two games we focused a lot on attacking … Apart from that we will play in a different climate. It will be very hot, so we have to adapt to that as well.”  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Anthony Joshua: ‘I Take Parker Seriously But Don’t Fear Him’

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first_img“If I hadn’t I probably wouldn’t have taken it too seriously,” he said.“I swear to you, my coach knows, I probably would have just gone through the motions in training camp. But that’s not the mind-set.“I’ve heard he wants to improve, better himself. He’s had injuries he wants to overcome.“I want to prove I’m better than my last few title (fights).”Last April, Joshua produced the performance of his career to add the WBA title to his IBF crown with an enthralling knockout win over former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.The Watford-born fighter said that contest, in front of a post-war record 90,000 fans at the national stadium, was a bigger test than the one presented by undefeated Parker on Saturday.“I watched the fight back last night,” said Joshua. “There’s a physical and mental preparation and that had everything in it.“It’s why I’ll always respect Klitschko and why I’m glad he lost to me because I gave him the respect he deserves. I won’t belittle or undermine him – he’s a great champion and achieved so many things in his career.“It was like the young lion versus the old lion; inexperienced versus the experienced. It had everything a fight needs – it had respect, the attention of the world, there were belts on the line at Wembley. You can’t beat that.“That’s what make that fight what it was. The times that I thought I had him gone. The times he thought he had me gone.“It took me two hours to get out of the arena. You can’t beat that experience and I think it’ll go down in history if I’m honest.”WBC title holder Deontay Wilder will be ringside as Joshua fights Parker, and could try to pursue a huge unification bout with the winner.Promotional teams for the undefeated American and Joshua met in late 2017, but Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel has said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has not been in touch this year.Joshua said he has put all thoughts of Wilder out of his mind in the build-up to Saturday’s fight.“Deontay Wilder doesn’t dictate my career. Other people don’t dictate my career – Rob (McCracken, Joshua’s trainer) does,” he said.“There’s nobody dictating what I’m going to do. Every fight I’ve had has been exciting. Just expect big news every time we fight.“What we’ve been doing has been working and you have to trust in our process,” concludes Joshua.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua has said that he “has no fear” of Joseph Parker but his opponent’s desire to improve himself has inspired him to take the fight seriously.WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua is to meet WBO title-holder Parker at the Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday.The Briton, 28, says he took heed of the 26-year-old New Zealander’s determination to put elbow injuries behind him after surgery in December.last_img read more

Rohr Raises Concern over Kalu’s Fitness for AFCON 2019

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first_imgSuper Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr is worried over one of the players, Samuel Kalu who is battling to be fit for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt after suffering a relapse from an injury which he has nursed for two months and half.According to Owngoalnigeria.com, Kalu is yet to play for Bordeaux the past three weeks and he is not close to returning for the team due to the injury set back, which according to Rohr became worse after he tried to force his return back to action in a league game against Monaco on the 9th of March, a game he ended up playing just 29 minutes.The Franco-German coach revealed that Kalu’s family issues particularly when his mother was kidnapped for ransom also aggravated the injury as the 21 year old didn’t sleep for nights in his bid to secure the release of his mother from her abductors. He rounded up by saying he is however hopeful that the forward will play for Bordeaux once again this season and also prove his fitness on time for the Africa Cup of Nations because he is a very important player to the senior national team of Nigeria.” It’s an elongation at the limit of a small tear. He wanted to resume a little too fast ‎, so he forced it and with the fatigue accumulated by the anxiety for his mother who was kidnapped, he had sleepless nights which further aggravated the injury “, Rohr said.” Bordeaux has shown lot of understanding and have been helpful to him. The injury halted his progress but I am sure he will bring something more when he returns because he is also key to our plans for the Africa Cup of Nations “.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Samuel Kalulast_img read more

CAS Ruling Vindicates Amaju Pinnick on CAF Champions League

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first_imgBefore then, Pinnick had, in a letter of passionate concern, appealed to the CAF President to check his arbitrariness and “graciously and magnanimously allow all departments of CAF to do their job without interference.”“We also need to engage CAF legal and governance structures and indeed have extensive consultations before major decisions are taken,” Pinnick had also advised. Amaju Pinnick NFF President President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has been vindicated on his stance against the order for a replay of the second leg of the 2019 Champions League made by the Confederation of Africa Football Executive Committee.Following appeals lodged by the two clubs, Esperance of Tunisia and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, the Court of Arbitration for Sports ruled, on Wednesday, that the CAF Executuve Committee “did not have jurisdiction” to make the order. It directed that the matter should be referred to the “competent CAF authorities” to decide.Seeing that Ahmad was intent and had skewed the deliberations of the Executive Committee to arrive at the order, Pinnick took leave before the resolution was passed. It was at that point that the plot not to renew his mandate as CAF 1st Vice President thickened.center_img Had Ahmad listened to this voice of reason and not deluding himself in the ecstasy of sycophancies and dirty, divisive politics of pitching Francophone and Anglophone Africa against each other for his selfish gains, CAF would have avoided the negative exposures in which it is now progressively miring itself.Indeed, while the Champions League miscarriage points to Ahmad’s poor judgment in directing CAF, the CAS ruling invariably yellow cards his unbridled propensity to overreach his powers with disregard for institutional governance, a vice that has continued to dip African football into disrepute as now underscored by the resolution for FIFA to take over the management of the confederation for the next six months.The Esperance vs Wydad incident is not a strange occurrence in football such as would warrant the naivety with which Ahmad handled the matter: both teams drew 1-1 in the first leg in Morocco. Espérance was leading 1-0 in the second leg in Tunisia when Gambian referee Bakary Gassama disallowed what would have been Wydad’s equaliser in the 59th minute. The Wydad players asked for a VAR review but there was no VAR. It was said that officials of both sides had been briefed that there would be no VAR. The Wydad players staged a walk out and abandoned the game. All entreaties by top CAF officials, including Ahmad, to get them back to play, were refused. After over 90 minutes of hold up, the referee decided to end the game and awarded the match to Esperance who at that point were 2-1 ahead on aggregate. The trophy was presented to Esperance in a CAF ceremony. Weeks later, same CAF Executive Committee decided to recall the match and ordered a replay. That became the subject of the dispute at CAS.Law 5 of football is simple and universal. It states clearly that “each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game. Decisions will be made to the best of the referee`s ability according to the Laws of the Game and the spirit of the game and will be based on the opinion of the referee who has the discretion to take appropriate action within the framework of the Laws of the Game. The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final. The decisions of the referee, and all other match officials, must ALWAYS be respected.”Isn’t it a shame, therefore, that Ahmad chose to violate such primary law of the game to subject the outcome of a match to the patronage of his political associates with a view to currying their support to preserve himself in power, as many now suspect?With any little rustle, Ahmad’s CAF betrays frightening incompetence. It will be recalled that in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup match between RS Berkane of Morocco and Zamalek of Egypt, the Moroccan football federation president, Fouzi Lekjaa, assaulted Ethiopian referee Bamlak Teseema Weyesa for making an unfavorable call. The CAF Disciplinary Committee headed by Raymond Hacks rightly recommended a minimum of one year ban and €50,000 fine on him, but Ahmad has continued to disregard the committee and the need to apply the sanction as a deterrence against such primitive impunity. Rather, he has rewarded Lekjaa’s thuggery with a promotion as CAF 2nd Vice President.As it stands now, the conclusion of the 2019 CAF Champions League is a long way away. Expectedly, even with the admonition by CAS, Ahmad may still wallow in his misuse of power and dig deeper into mud by compromising the “competent authority of CAF” to resolve the conflict in favour of politics rather than the sanctity and integrity of the beautiful game.But, the world is watching as he continues to dance African football naked in the market place, all in the name of power.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Enyeama Reveals Retirement Plan after 20-Year Career

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first_imgVincent Enyeama Former Nigeria international Vincent Enyeama has confirmed plans to retire from football at the end of the 2019-20 season.Although he is yet to find a new club since he left Lille in August 2018, the former Super Eagles captain, who retired from international football in October 2015, is hopeful of playing again when the winter transfer market opens in January.Since he kicked off his professional career at Ibom Stars in 1999, Enyeama enjoyed tremendous success on the international scene and at club level with Nigeria clubs Enyimba and Heartland, Israeli Premier League sides Bnei Yehuda and Hapoel Tel Aviv and in the French Ligue 1 with Lille. Aside from his laudable role in Nigeria’s triumph at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the shot-stopper was named the Caf Champions League Player of the Year twice (2003 and 2004), the Footballer of the Year in Israel in 2009 and he was also honoured as the best African player in the Ligue 1 in 2014.“If I find a good project or a good team that wants to give me the opportunity, why not? I still want to play, I still love the sport but then, at a point, you need to know when to say stop,” Enyeama told Get French Football News.“For now, that point has not arrived for me so I will find something. This is the last year of my professional career. Yes, by June that will be it. I’m waiting for the January window to come now.”The 37-year-old had a brief training with Dijon during the summer and he has revealed why he did not seal a deal with the Stade Gaston Gerard outfit.“I think it was misinformation from their end and a mistake reporting it as a trial because I was not there for a trial,” he revealed.“They told me Vincent come let’s see you play, let’s assess your fitness level because they have not seen me play for a while. “I told them they know my qualities already so why the trial, they said they just want to see if the surgery I had will let me play well again.“I was there and everything went well and for some reasons the deal did not happen, I did not know why and they did not tell me.“It is probably the details were not clear enough and they wanted a goalkeeper that will start on the bench, a second choice.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more