Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne renew their centre partnership, with kick off in Hamilton at 8.35 this morning. Five Irish players have a final chance to put their hands up this morning for a starting berth in the Lions side that plays the All Blacks on Saturday.A meeting with the Chiefs is the final hurdle for the Lions en route to Eden Park.Rory Best captains today’s side, and he’s joined in the pack by his Ulster team mate Iain Henderson and Munster number 8, CJ Stander. Photo: © lionsrugby.com
The age profile on the Tipperary senior hurling panel will stand to them, according to Brendan Maher.While there have been a number of high profile retirements in the Premier in recent years, it means the panel are now all under the age of 30.The young players will have a chance to bid for a starting spot in this years’ league during tomorrow’s challenge game with Liam Mellows of Galway. With both youth and experience on their side; Brendan Maher says it’s about making sure they get the best out of the panel. Photo © Tipp FM
The Games Village in Rio where the athletes are going to be camped during the global multi-sport fiesta opened on Sunday with officials of Australia complaining of lack of some infrastructure.The ministerial assistant also revealed that air tickets for foreign-based athletes are to be sent to them to join Team Nigeria in Brazil.“The Ministry of Youth and Sports is to send air tickets for the Rio Olympics to athletes by midweek.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, confirmed the development during a meeting with the president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN and staff of the Federation of Elite Athletes Department FEAD in Abuja yesterday.The minister had summoned both parties to establish the author of the email purportedly sent to athletes to buy their tickets to Brazil on behalf of the ministry.Dalung reiterated federal government’s commitment to ensure that Nigerian athletes are well taken care of ahead of the games, describing the e-mail as mischievous.“The author of that e-mail lacks the authority to write on behalf of the ministry or even the Federal Government of Nigeria. At no time did we ask our athletes to sought for funds to travel knowing too well that athletes are very fragile people to be managed.“There are so many things that come to play in determining their success. It’s not just skills, training and determination. The psychology of an athlete at the point of contest is also very important so if you ask them to look for money to buy air tickets, how sincere could you be in terms of planning for Rio.“The said letter which generated a lot of negative reactions is not the position of the ministry. We have a responsibility to transport our athletes to and from anywhere they are because they are on national assignment. Whosoever published that email and his motive will definitely be investigated,” Dalung said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s contingent to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is to depart the country next Monjday, August 1.Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze confirmed yesterday that Team Nigeria athletes and officials have been booked to leave for the South America nation on Ethiopia Airlines.
Fijabi also thanked sponsors and organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, saying their intervention has rescued boxing.“A person like me would never have gone professional if not for GOtv Boxing Night. I wanted to remain an amateur because there was nothing to aspire to as a professional. But GOtv came, offering considerably better remuneration and offering encouragement to boxers. I am glad I took the opportunity,” said Fijabi, a two-time winner of the N1million cash prize for the best boxer at the event.He called on other corporate organisations to emulate GOtv by getting involved in the promotion of boxing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, national light welterweight boxing champion, has explained why he stopped Tombraye “Tornado” Christmas, his opponent at GOtv Boxing Night 8, in the first round.Fijabi, whose explosive combination of punches ended ‘Christmas’ dream of an upset in 58 seconds, said his fight with Christmas was aimed at putting fear into his future opponents.“I knocked him out as a warning to my future opponents. I hope they got the message that I am not that type of guy to go messing around with. This warning is to every boxer in my category on the African continent, as I am gunning for the African title. That is my immediate ambition,” he said.
Tobi Soniyi in AbujaAs the 2016 Olympic Games opens in Rio De Janeiro, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism that the country’s team will put up an impressive showing to delight fellow countrymen.In a message to the Nigerian Olympic contingent on Friday, Buhari said he hoped that the victory of Nigeria’s Under 23 football team, the “Dream Team Six” over their Japanese opponents in the early hours of this day would serve as an inspiration to the entire contingent of the grand show Nigerians expect from our athletes. “On behalf of the government and people of our great country, I wish to express my support to our athletes who have arrived in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. I am particularly delighted by the outcome of the football match early this morning in which our football team defeated their Japanese counterparts.“The sweetness of the victory comes from the fact that it came against all odds. Our team overcame several challenges to put up a sterling performance. This is a good beginning.”Buhari also praised the resilience, hardwork and patriotism that the athletes have put into their preparations;“I am already aware that you have made personal sacrifices in your journey to the Olympic Games. The motivation comes from strong discipline and the love of the nation.”“As you embark on the search for honours for the nation, I seize this opportunity to assure our Olympians that you have my support and those of all Nigerians.“Go! Win and return with laurels, I wish you the best,” the President added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President Isha Johansen has been acquitted on all counts of corruption by a high court in Freetown.Her acquittal, along with SLFA General Secretary Christopher Kamara, paves the way for the lifting of a ban from global football.The two top SLFA officials, were surrounded by their jubilant supporters as they left the court. Both were standing trial on three counts of corruption brought by the Sierra Leone Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).They were accused of misappropriating US$50,000 given to SLFA by CAF for covering of cost for the conduct of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tests on 30 players of the Sierra Leone Under-17 team in 2014 and dishonestly appropriated US$ 5,000 to repay a loan to the husband of Isha, Arne Johansen.Justice Reginal Finn said the prosecution had failed to prove their case and that there was no evidence before him to hold the defendants culpable.Football’s world governing body, FIFA, suspended Sierra Leone in October last year due to the third-party interference in the running of the SLFA,Soon after the suspension FIFA said it would “wait for the completion of the trial before further measures can be considered, including the lifting of the suspension, if deemed appropriate.”The ban came after the country’s anti-corruption commission (ACC) set aside Johansen and Kamara and handed over control of the SLFA to Vice-president Brima Mazola Kamara and Assistant Secretary General Abdul Rahman Swarray.The ACC says that under Sierra Leone law, both Johansen and Kamara must vacate their posts until their case on corruption-related charges concludes.FIFA always maintained that it would only recognise Johansen as the SLFA president.Sierra Leone’s ban saw them disqualified from the qualifying campaign for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 09:14 IST Cano And Alonso Each Homer Twice As Mets Beat Marlins 11-4 Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso hit two homers apiece to help the New York Mets snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Miami Marlins 11-4 Monday night COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso hit two homers apiece to help the New York Mets snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Miami Marlins 11-4 Monday night.Cano singled and hit a pair of two-run homers to hike his batting average to .412. He and Alonso delivered back-to-back homers in the sixth inning for a 10-2 lead.Alonso also singled in the third and homered in the fifth. He began the night batting .214 and started in the sixth spot in the lineup, lowest of his career.Nine of the Mets’ 14 hits went for extra bases.Jonathan Villar hit his second homer for the Marlins. They began the night first in the NL East but have lost three games in a row while totaling five runs.Chasen Shreve (1-0), the second of five Mets pitchers, retired all seven batters he faced and struck out five. Franklyn Kilome allowed two runs in three innings for his first save.Neither starting pitcher made it out of the second inning. Miami’s Jordan Yamamoto (0-1) allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings.Yamamoto won the first four decisions of his career in 2019 but is 0-6 since.Marlins infielder Lorgan Forsythe made his major league pitching debut in the ninth and allowed one run.Cano hit a line-drive homer to center field in the third, and his second homer landed in the upper deck, raising his OPS to 1.152.The Mets’ scoring started in the second, when Dominic Smith hit a two-run double and Amed Rosario added an RBI double.START ME UPMets manager Luis Rojas declined to say whether LHP Steven Matz (0-4, 9.00 ERA) will take his next scheduled turn Thursday. Because of the rotation’s struggles, Rojas said, the Mets may rely more heavily on their deep bullpen.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: RHP Jacob deGrom threw on the side and is expected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday. He was scratched Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies because of neck tightness. … C René Rivera was transferred to the 45-day injured list, and he’ll have surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur in his left elbow. The Mets added INF Ronny Mauricio, rated their top prospect, to the 60-man player pool.UP NEXTMets: LHP David Peterson (3-1, 2.91 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday. In his last start he didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and beat the Washington Nationals.Marlins: RHP Humberto Mejia (0-0, 3.86) is expected to start for Miami. He allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings against the Mets on Aug. 7.Image credits: AP First Published: 18th August, 2020 09:14 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By FOLLOW US