Tipp riders dominate Irish team for Nations Cup

first_imgShane Breen will partner 12 year-old stallion Golden Hawk.Denis Lynch will be hoping All Star – the 14 year old stallion which he co-owns can do the business.The other riders on the Irish team are Cork’s Conor Sweetnam and Galway’s Michael Duffy.Meanwhile there’s a seven-race card at Clonmel this evening.The first at Powerstown Park is off at 5.20. Photo © Showjumping Ireland The Premier County is well represented on the Irish squad for this weekends Nations Cup event in France.Irish show jumping manager Rodrigo Pessoa has included three riders from the Premier County in the five man team for the show in La Baule.Kevin Babbington will be on board the 12 year old mare Shorapur.last_img read more

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Lions happy with performance against Chiefs

first_imgRory Best says the Lions are happy with their performance in their 34-6 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.Jared Payne scored a try in the second half while Jack Nowell crossed the whitewash either side of the break.Iain Henderson and CJ Stander played well and will hope they’ve done enough to get into the 23 man squad to face the All Blacks in Auckland this Saturday. After today’s game Best said the team worked hard for each other. Photo: © lionsrugby.comlast_img

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Sexton to start for Lions

first_imgPhoto: © lionsrugby.com Johnny Sexton has been included in the Lions team to play New Zealand in the second test this Saturday.The Leinster man plays at out half with Owen Farrell at inside centre.Tadhg Furlong keeps his place in the front while Sean O’Brien remains in the back row however Peter O’Mahony loses his place in the squad. CJ Stander is among the replacements.The team in full is Liam Williams at full back with Watson and Daly on the wings and Davies and Farrell in the centre.Sexton is paired with Connor Murray in the half backsThe front row is Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Tadhg Furlong.The second row is Maro Itojeand Alun Wyn Jones while Sam Warburton , Sean O’Brien and Taulupe Faletau complete the back row.Warburton captains the side.The All Blacks side shows two changes, with Waisake Naholo and Anton Lienart-Brown in for the injured Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty.last_img read more

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Women’s quarter finals day at Wimbledon

first_imgThe first of them up on Centre Court is the meeting of five-time champion Venus Williams, and French Open-winner Jelena Ostapenko.That will be followed by second seed Simona Halep’s encounter with home favourite, Jo Konta.Over on Number One court, 2015 finalist Garbine Muguruza takes on Svetlana Kuznetsova.And that’s followed by Coco Vanderweghe’s encounter with world number 87, Magdalena Rybarikova. Photo: © pixabay Before all of that, comes the delayed men’s last-16 match.Because of the epic nature of Gilles Muller’s victory over Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic’s meeting with Adrian Mannarino was held over.That match will be the first on Centre today.last_img read more

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Maher likely to return to the Tipp fold

first_imgCounty chairman Michael Bourke is in no doubt that William and his backroom team will be back at some stage.Meanwhile, William Maher says he’ll be a better manager when he returns in 2 years time. The chairman of the Tipperary County Board is confident that William Maher will still play a huge role in GAA in the Premier.The Ballingarry native has stepped down as Under 21 hurling manager after two years in charge.In that time he took Tipp to a Munster final last year.last_img

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Killenaule and Moyle Rovers face replay

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA It finished all square last night between Killenaule and Moyle Rovers in the South Tipp senior football semi final in Ballyporeen.The teams were tied at 1-13 a piece at the end of normal time and couldn’t be separated as it finished Killenaule 1-18 Moyle Rovers 1-18 after extra time.Clonmel Commercials take on Ardfinnan in the second semi-final this evening at 8 o clock in Ballyporeen.last_img

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Tipp hopes in Navan feature

first_imgPhoto © Racing Post Templemore trainer John Ryan is hoping for success in Navan tomorrow.He runs Icantsay in the ultra-competitive Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase.Icantsay won over hurdles at Navan earlier this month and Ryan is quite confident he can run a big race.last_img

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Underrate Etoile at Your Peril, Ikhana Warns Enyimba

first_imgCAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUEShooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) Head Coach, Kadiri Ikhana, has said that Nigerian champions, Enyimba will be knocked out of this season’s CAF Champions League today if they underrate their Tunisian opponents, Etoile Sportive du Sahel.Enyimba go into today’s second leg, second round clash with a 3-0 advantage from the first leg which saw the competition’s top scorer, Mfon Udoh weigh in with a hat-trick. The People’s Elephant will progress to the group stage of the competition if they avoid a four-goal margin defeat to the Diables Rouges (Red Devils) at Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse starting at 6pm Nigerian time.“It will be dangerous for Enyimba if they think they have qualified for the group stage because they beat Etoile 3-0 in the first leg.“I spoke to some members of the Enyimba technical crew and explained to them that it is not over (against Etoile).“North African teams can easily turn around even a four-goal deficit and as such, 3-0 against Etoile is not really such a big deal,” Ikhana told supersport.com.The experienced trainer, who led Enyimba to their first CAF Champions League title in 2003, also warned that the weather conditions in Sousse this evening could be an important factor in the eventual outcome of the game.The temperature in Sousse is expected to drop to 16 degrees on Wednesday evening when the game will kick off.“At this time of the year, the weather in Sousse is quite cold, especially when you compare it with what you have in Nigeria now.“The Enyimba players should approach the game as though they did not score even a single goal in the first leg. This Etoile team can actually score six goals at home.“However, I am confident in this Enyimba team. They have players who can get the job done.“If they play with the right attitude, I am sure they will get as far as the final of this year’s CAF Champions League,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Williams Sisters Set Stage for Ninth Grand Slam Final

first_imgSerena is attempting to win an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles titleIt would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for the younger Williams sister, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, first in Melbourne and first since Wimbledon in 2008Tomorrow will be their first Grand Slam final against each other since Wimbledon 2009 when Serena won in straight sets“It is unbelievable to watch Serena play tennis – the way she hits the ball and the competitor she is,” Venus Williams said after the first semi-final“It would be a dream to see her on the opposite side of the net on Saturday.”Speaking after her win, Serena said: “I am really proud of Venus – she is a total inspiration. I am really happy for her and to be in the final together is a dream for us.“She is my toughest opponent, no-one has ever beaten me as much as Venus.“I feel no matter what that we have both won after all we have been through. I know a Williams is going to win this tournament.”Vandeweghe, 25, had played superbly in seeing off world number one Angelique Kerber and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza to reach the last four, but she could not maintain that level in the semi-final.The world number 35 deservedly took the first set on a tie-break but it was the experience of Williams that eventually prevailedWilliams converted four of five break points, but more importantly reduced Vandeweghe to just one from 13 as the younger American was reduced to throwing her racquet in frustration as the chances slipped byTwo double faults handed Williams a decisive double break in the second set and the seven-time Grand Slam champion broke again at the start of the third.Vandeweghe stayed close enough to keep the pressure on, saving three match points before finally cracking with an error on the fourth, prompting a jubilant twirl of celebration from Williams.“Everyone has their moment in the sun. Maybe mine has gone on a little longer than other people, but I have nothing else to do,” joked Williams.Lucic-Baroni was playing her first Grand Slam semi-final for 18 years, but it only lasted 50 minutes as Serena Williams dominated in her 34th major semi-final.It was their third meeting but their first since 1998, when the pair were teenagers.The story of Lucic-Baroni’s comeback from a series of personal issues that saw her career all but finished had captured the attention, and she ended the tournament by taking a selfie with the crowd on her way out of Rod Laver Arena.“Mirjana is an inspiration and deserves all the credit today,” said Williams. “To get so far after all she has been through inspires me and I wanted to give her all the congratulations.“It is great to see her out here. I was rooting for her through the whole tournament.”Williams will return tomorrow to try to make history once again by surpassing Steffi Graf and winning a 23rd major singles title.Once she broke Lucic-Baroni’s serve in the third game there was only going to be one winner, runs of five straight games and six straight games bringing her each set.“The serve was a little better today. I want it to be a little better. I knew it needed to be good because Mirjana is a great returner,” added Williams.Meanwhile, Roger Federer defeated fellow Swiss, Stan Wawrinka, 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3 to reach the Australian Open final and stay on course for an 18th Grand Slam title.The 35-year-old will face Rafael Nadal on Sunday if the Spaniard beats Grigor Dimitrov in today’s other semi-final.SERENA v VENUS (Head-to-Head) Hard courts: Serena 9–8 Clay courts: Serena, 2–1 Grass courts: Serena, 4–2 Carpet: Serena, 1–0 Grand Slam matches: Serena, 9–5 Grand Slam finals: Serena, 6–2 Year-End Championships matches: Serena, 2–1 Year-End Championships finals: Tied 1–1 All finals: Serena, 8–3Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AUSTRALIAN OPENVenus and Serena Williams will tomorrow meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals at the ongoing Australian Open 2017 in Melbourne.Thirteenth seed Venus, 36, beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach her first major final since 2009.World number two Serena, 35, saw off unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in the second semi-finallast_img read more

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StarTimes Acquires Media Rights to 2018 FIFA World Cup

first_imgAfrica’s leading pay TV operator, StarTimes, has acquired media rights to 2018 FIFA World Cup as FIFA officially granted media rights to all 2017-2018 FIFA events in Sub-Saharan Africa last Thursday.StarTimes has been awarded pay-TV transmission rights for exploitation in all 42 territories of sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa with regard to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Besides the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, StarTimes also gets the pay-TV transmission rights in sub-Saharan Africa for all the other 2017-2018 FIFA events (except the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 in South Africa).“We are so glad to offer the best football matches to our subscribers in Africa with having secured the broadcasting rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and all the other 2017-2018 FIFA events,” said Michael Dearham, StarTimes Vice-President and Managing Director of Media Division.Dearham said: “Consistent with StarTimes’ mission and values, our search for best sport contents is always at the heart of our commitment to service excellence. In this regards, our partnership with FIFA will definitely help to serve up a football feast to African football fans in the coming days.”“We are delighted to work with our appointed broadcast partners in the sub-Saharan region to allow millions of fans to enjoy each of FIFA’s various events, across a multitude of platforms,” said FIFA’s Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc’h.The 42 territories are: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo DR, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The 2017-2018 FIFA events comprise: FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017; FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017; FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017; FIFA Confederations Cup 2017; FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018; FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018; 2018 FIFA World Cup Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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