Co. Board confident of strong case over Forde ban

first_imgTipperary fans will have to wait until next week to find out if Jason Forde will be free to play in the Munster Hurling Championship opener against Cork.The County Board lodged an appeal with the Central Appeals Committee last night against his one-match ban.They’re unhappy with the Central Hearings Committee ruling last week which reduced the suspension from 2-matches to one for the midfielders’ part in an on-pitch incident involving Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. County Secretary Tim Floyd says they’ve requested that the case to be heard next Monday or Tuesday and are confident they have a strong case…last_img

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Joseph O’Brien continues winning ways

first_imgJoseph O’Brien’s good week has continued at Naas.The Melbourne Cup winning trainer has saddled Early Doors to victory in the Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle at the Kildare venue.The six-to-four favourite Ball D’arc, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Jack Kennedy, took the other Group 3 on the card – the Poplar Square Chase. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabaylast_img

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Enyimba, Rivers United in Goalless Thriller in Calabar

first_imgNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) heavyweights, Enyimba and Rivers United on Tuesday played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in a high-profile pre-season friendly match in Calabar.United started on the front foot at the UJ Esuene Stadium and should have opened the scoring in the third minute but Emeka Ogbugh failed to reach Bolaji Sakin’s cross on the far side.Emeka Atoloma also had a clear sight of goal but failed to score in the 19th minute following impressive work by Nzube Anaezemba and Lukman Mohammed who combind delightfully to carve open the Enyimba defence. ‘The Pride of Rivers’ were the dominant side in the first half and were extremely unfortunate not to finally get off the mark in the 35th minute when Anaezemba missed an open goal with a right-footed drive which flew marginally wide.The visitors continued to enjoy the better of the goal scoring opportunities in a frenetic half with Ogbugh fluffing his lines twice within a minute as the first period came to an end.Enyimba also had their moments too, most notably in the 36th minute when Joseph Osadiaye’s fierce long range drive failed to trouble Sunday Rotimi in the United goal.If the first half belonged to United, the second was pretty much all about the People’s Elephants as they pinned the Port Harcourt side to their half for most parts.Osadiaye, Ifegwu Ojukwu, Stephen Chukwude, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu and Mfon Udoh all came close to scoring for the two-time African champions in a second half that ebbed and flowed.Ibrahim Mustapha missed the best chance of the game, four minutes after the restart as he managed to plant a free header wide from two yards after he was played in by captain, Udoh on the right.It was a good workout for both sides with just days to the start of the 2016/17 NPFL season and the Enyimba trainer, Gbenga Ogunbote voiced his sentiments to the Rivers United official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng after the game.“I am still not completely satisfied (with the state of my team) but it is still a team in the making.“We should have scored some goals in the game and we need to work on correcting those mistakes.“Even if we had won (against Rivers United), we still would have had a few things that we need to perfect,” he said.The United technical manager, Stanley Eguma also spoke to the media afterwards.“It was a good game and Enyimba played well.“We had scoring chances but failed to convert them and that is something that we really need to work on.“All the same, that is why these sort of matches are played; to help us identify and correct mistakes,” he said.Rivers United and Enyimba will both open their respective league campaigns with tricky home fixtures on Sunday.Enyimba will face Sunshine Stars while United welcome El Kanemi Warriors to the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Nigeria/Iceland Stats

first_img•All six of Nigeria’s wins at the World Cup have come against European opposition, and they have kept a clean sheet in five of those six victories.•This was Iceland’s first ever defeat in a group stage match at a major international tournament (Euros and World Cup), having previously drawn three and won one of four such games.•This was only Nigeria’s second win in their last 14 matches at the World Cup (D3 L9), having also beaten Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014.•Nigeria did not attempt a single shot in the opening 45 minutes, the first side to do so in the first half of a World Cup match since South Korea against Algeria in 2014•Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson fired in two shots on target in the first six minutes of this match, as many as his side managed in total in 90 minutes against Argentina in their opening match. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Hazard Picks Jersey Number 23

first_imgEden Hazard has selected the number 23 to wear at Real Madrid, as he hopes to emulate the success of NBA greats Michael Jordan and LeBron James, according to Marca.Hazard isn’t going to be wearing the number 10 shirt, because that’s currently occupied by Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric, so he’s had to choose another.The number 23 shirt at Real Madrid is mostly attributed to David Beckham, but now the Belgian is hoping to put his own mark on it.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eden Hazard last_img

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Special Olympics Nigeria Launches ‘Sports for Hope’ Initiative

first_imgTeams from Surulere and Bariga engaged in the game of football and volleyball with the Bariga team emerging winners.There was also a dance competition and a motivational speech.Speaking at the event, Special Olympics Sports Programmes Manager, Adeola Oladugba, commended parents for joining the Special Olympics team in making the event a success.In an interview with the Special Olympics Initiatives Manager, Ibiyemi Ayeni, the ‘Sports for Hope’ initiative will hold weekly meetings in each community where beneficiaries will establish a healthy lifestyle through sports training and competitions such as football and volleyball.She also said the initiative will engage participants in educational and motivational sessions covering topics in Mental Health, Nutrition, as well as Entrepreneurship designed to equip and inspire them to make better life choices.“The programme will also drive inclusion in these communities as participants with and without intellectual disabilities will have the opportunity to interact and build friendships through sports training and information sessions,” she added.According to the programme of the initiative, a grand finale that will feature both football and volleyball tournaments have been scheduled to take place in November this year.Special Olympics Nigeria is part of a worldwide movement aimed at changing the misconceptions individuals have about people with intellectual disabilities (PWID) through various sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic – type sports for children and adults.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Special Olympics Nigeria in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Nigeria through its Innovative Projects of Civil Societies and Coalitions of Actors (PISCCA) funds at the weekend launched an initiative tagged the ‘Sports for Hope’.The initiative launched at the Igbobi College, Lagos, is a unified outreach programme targeted at people with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and people without intellectual disabilities (partners) with the goal to create avenues for inclusion, psychological empowerment, and health improvement.Its goal is to reach a total of 360 individual with disabilities as well as 140 individuals without disabilities in communities such as Agege, Ajegunle, Bariga, Ikorodu, Isale Eko, Isolo, Mushin and Surulere in Lagos State.last_img read more

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IOC Boss Tasks Nigeria to Develop Fencing

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach (left), displaying fencing skills in a demonstration practice with a student from the Aduvie International School in Jabi, Abuja …..thursday “He commended Nigeria for showing commitment to the sport noting that the country’s hosting of the African Championship should serve as a foundation for the growth of the sport in the country,” Nigerian fencing boss Adeyinka Samuel said.Oguneye was so elated about the privilege saying she dreamt to fence for Nigeria at the Olympics in the near future.“This is a rare privilege for me to have a friendly contest with the IOC President. I am determined to use this opportunity to pursue my dream of fencing for Nigeria at the Olympics,” she said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach,has called on Nigeria to embrace fencing saying the country can excel in the sport if it gets adequate support.Bach, who featured in a fencing display at Aduvie International School, Jabi District, Abuja on Thursday said the nation has the wherewithal to be a force in the sport.The display which lasted for roughly three minutes saw the former Olympic champion in took on a young Nigerian fencer Mariah Oguneye in a foil encounter as part of his itinerary for his visit to Nigeria of which highpoint was the commissioning of Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Headquarters in the Nigerian capital.last_img read more

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Soler, Dozier power Royals to 7-2 victory over Twins

first_imgLast Updated: 22nd August, 2020 09:37 IST Soler, Dozier Power Royals To 7-2 Victory Over Twins The Royals knew they would need somebody to step up when Salvador Perez went on the injured list earlier in the day with a mysterious eye ailment that had caused the star catcher to have some blurry vision LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News center_img The Royals knew they would need somebody to step up when Salvador Perez went on the injured list earlier in the day with a mysterious eye ailment that had caused the star catcher to have some blurry vision.Well, Jorge Soler and Hunter Dozier certainly left the Twins seeing red.Soler hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning, Dozier went deep for the third straight game against Minnesota, and the two young sluggers helped Kansas City cruise to a 7-2 victory Friday night to open a third straight weekend series against its AL Central rival.“We talked about his before game. We have to have a couple guys step up,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Every time you lose somebody it creates an opportunity.”It also created an easy night for Danny Duffy (2-2), who pitched a 1-2-3 first inning and then suddenly found himself with a 4-0 lead. Duffy wound up needing 81 pitches to get through five, but he permitted just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The only run he allowed came on Ehire Adrianza’s groundout with a runner on third.“Fastball command, was able to throw some sinkers in there that moved a lot. Curveball was good. The slider was the best it has been all year,” said Duffy, who also happened to punch out a handful of Twins with his changeup.Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1) allowed five runs and seven hits before he was literally knocked from the game.Alex Gordon drilled him with a liner in the ribs in the fourth inning, and the right-hander who began his career in the Kansas City organization went to the ground immediately. It took several minutes before Odorizzi could walk gingerly to the dugout. X-rays taken at the ballpark were negative, and the Twins called his injury a bruised right abdomen.“That’s a frightening moment. You never want to see anything like that on a field or anywhere else,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Jake’s abdomen took the brunt of it. He’s OK. He’s pretty sore, obviously. He’s got a pretty good mark, visible from across the room. He was able to avoid serious injury, which is really all we’re caring about at this point.”The Royals, who have struggled to give Duffy much run support, staked him to a big lead right out of the gate.Whit Merrifield opened the game with a crisp double and, after Nicky Lopez put runners on the corners with a base hit, Dozier followed with an RBI single. That merely set the table for the power-hitting Soler, who boosted a hanging 1-2 pitch over the left-field bullpen for his sixth homer of the season.The Twins scratched out a run in the second on a walk, single and groundout but kept squandering chances. They left a runner in scoring position when Max Kepler struck out, then left runners stranded on the corners in the third.The Royals answered with a run in the fourth. They tacked on two more on Dozier’s homer in the seventh.“Any time you can barrel a ball,” Dozier said, “it feels pretty good.”TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: They were playing their first game without either OF Byron Buxton (shoulder), 2B Luis Arraez (knee), 3B Josh Donaldson (calf) and C Mitch Garver (ribs) in the starting lineup. There is a chance Arraez returns during the series. … RHP Zack Littell left after recording one out with right elbow inflammation.Royals: Perez began having vision problems last weekend and saw an eye specialist Monday. The condition is not considered serious. “We want to take as much time as we can and make a wise decision for him and us,” Matheny said. “He’s trying to push everything as hard as he can to help that eye heal, but it’s just going to take time.”UP NEXTRHP Brady Singer (1-2, 4.56 ERA) makes his sixth career start for the Royals, with half of them having now come against the Twins. Minnesota counters with Randy Dobnak, who is off to a brilliant 4-1 start with a 1.42 ERA.Image credits: AP COMMENT First Published: 22nd August, 2020 09:37 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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