Tipp Co board considers 7-round championship plan

first_imgThe Tipp County Board is considering a new championship format.The main changes would see 16 senior, 16 premier intermediate and 16 intermediate clubs playing off over a maximum of 7 rounds.It came out of a major survey of clubs, players and members of the public that was presented at a County Board meeting last night. County development Officer PJ Maher explained to TippFM that this proposal is designed to bring greater certainty for club players about their schedules.last_img

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Tipp defy the odds to reach quarter finals

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Tipp will now face Galway in the quarter-finals on August 5th.Manager Brian Boyle admits going into yesterday’s game that didn’t look likely.The other quarter-final pits Dublin against Wexford. Tipperary are through to the All Ireland quarter-finals after a determined performance in their final group game against Offaly last evening.The Premier started the day propping up Group 2 with no points from their three previous games.But they emerged from St Brendan’s Park in Birr with a 3-13 to 2-13 victory over Offaly and in the process leapfrogged over the Faithful women by virtue of a one-point better score difference.last_img read more

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Two Irish boxers aim for gold European medals

first_imgTwo Irish boxers aim to upgrade from silver to gold at the EU women’s boxing finals in Italy today.Bantamweight Michaela Walsh goes up against Germany’s Azize Nimani.While former world silver medalist Kellie Harrington faces Katie Taylor’s Rio conquerer Mira Potkone of Finland in the 59-kilos decider.last_img

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Tipp senior hurlers to target League title

first_imgTipp Senior Hurling Manager Michael Ryan says he has no issue with the new club structures in the county.He says the main focus will be planning a realistic workload for players.The squad are targetting the National Hurling League title again for 2018 – they reached the final this year, but lost to Galway. While there will be a congested fixture list – Michael Ryan says the knockout nature of the club games will help…last_img

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Martinez Charges Everton to Repay Fans with Man U Win

first_img“We have to move on quickly and repay our fans with a proper, proper performance and proper showing in the semi-final. We shouldn’t dwell on this game too much,” Martinez told British media.“The top and bottom is we didn’t cope with the emotions and didn’t deal with it. Today is so huge we don’t need any motivation now. There’s a feeling of embarrassment. We shouldn’t put on show like this. “There’s no denying that the only thing that matters is to prepare the game on Saturday, regroup and make sure we have that opportunity to repay what the fans deserve.”Crystal Palace play Watford in the second semi-final at Wembley on Sunday with the final taking place at the same venue on May 21.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Everton must compensate their fans by advancing to the FA Cup final after putting on a woeful display in the 4-0 Premier League drubbing against Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday, manager Roberto Martinez said.The Toffees take on an in-form Manchester United side, who have won five of their last six games in all competitions, at Wembley on Saturday as the Spanish manager looks to guide the club to silverware for the first time in more than a decade.A red card for Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, who will miss the semi-final through suspension, all but compounded their timid display against Juergen Klopp’s men and Martinez urged his side to quickly shift their focus after the damaging defeat.last_img read more

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NPFL: Rangers Hammer Rivers United to Go Top

first_imgGodwin Aguda doubled Rangers’ lead almost straight from the restart before Christian Madu and Obinna Nwobodo rounded off the scoring for the Flying Antelopes with late goals to condemn Rivers United to the worst defeat in their history at a frenzied Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.The big news from the Rivers United camp before kick-off was that Obomate Frederick had failed to recover from an injury he sustained in the club’s last NPFL game against Plateau United and as such would miss the big game at the ‘Cathedral’.Akande was also preferred in goal by the Technical Manager of United, Stanley Eguma ahead of veteran, Sunday Rotimi.The visitors also lost captain, Festus Austin to a thigh injury shortly before the break and in the absence of these three trusted stalwarts, United looked a pale shadow of their usual self as a rampant Rangers side inspired by Nwobodo and Olusesi ran riot.Osas Okoro’s extraordinary through ball in the 40th minute released Olusesi on the right whose first touch exemplified class, leaving a United defender for dead, before he rifled low and hard to beat Akande at his near post.It was a psychological blow which they never recovered from as Rangers, smelling blood honed in for the kill and quickly doubled their lead, less than two minutes after the restart via an electrifying counter attack that produced an end product for the ages.The irrepressible Olusesi was heavily involved in the goal as his defence-splitting cross from the right found Aguda in acres of space inside the United penalty area and the Rangers attacker gleefully applied the coup de grace.United appeared to have been handed a route back into the match when Olusesi inexplicably head-butted Ovoke just after the hour mark and was justly rewarded with a straight red card to the consternation of the home faithful.The numerical disadvantage rather than demoralise the hosts, seemed to have the opposite effect as they proceeded to carve chance after chance against the under-par visitors.Any hopes of a comeback for United were quickly snuffed out by the dominant Rangers side as late goals from Madu and Nwobodo left United were left to ponder what might have been.A shell-shocked Eguma praised Rangers for their win but promised that his charges would pick themselves up from the set-back and soldier on.“We have never lost like (in our history) but then, this is football where anything can happen.“We will take the defeat in good faith and go back to work harder to come back stronger,” he told Rivers United Media.The Rangers Head Coach, Imama Amapakabo, also spoke after the emphatic win which saw his side return to the summit of the standings.“I understand Rivers United very well and I am quite happy with the win.“I told my players (before kick-off) this was going to be one of the easiest games we will play this season.“To be honest, I did not know we would win by this margin but we will gladly accept it as it was deserved,” he told SuperSport.com.MATCH DAY 34Heartland FC 0-1 Ikorodu UtdElkanemi 2-0 TornadoesW’Wolves 1-0 NasarawaAkwa Utd 3-1 MFM FCPlateau Utd 1-0 3SCLobi 1-0 EnyimbaRangers 4-0 Rivers UtdK’Pillars 2-0 SunshineSTANDINGS TOP 4Team P W D L GF GA GD PtsRangers 32 15 9 8 44 34 10 54Rivers Utd 32 17 2 13 33 26 7 53Wikki 31 14 9 8 40 23 17 51Lobi Stars 33 14 7 12 36 31 5 49BOTTOM 4Heartland 32 9 10 13 21 28 -7 37Abia Warriors 31 9 10 12 27 35 -8 37Ikorodu Utd 31 5 11 15 24 48 -24 26Giwa FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Enugu Rangers’ dream of ending their 32-year trophy drought got boosted sunday following the Flying Antelopes’ 4-0 drubbing of Rivers United to go top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standings.With the victory, Rangers are now top of the NPFL log with 54 points from 32 matches, one point more than the Rivers State owned team, who drop to second having played the same number of matches as the Enugu team.Tope Olusesi shot Rangers into the lead in the 40th minute following an exhilarating move that carved the United backline open, leaving the hapless Abiodun Akande badly exposed in goal.last_img read more

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Sports Minister Goofed on Giwa FC vs. LMC Matter

first_imgPerhaps, I should help bring the minister up to speed that these are the facts of the matter as dutifully reported by the media since the middle of August, 2016 in case it has skipped his memory.I need not be a lawyer like the minister to state that as a civilised community of men based on law, all parties and institutions are imposed upon to respect the integrity and jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal and, await the outcome of the court process set in motion in accordance with the laws of the land.The Honourable Minister of Sports said in his television interview that he does not know the merits and demerits of this matter, because he has not been briefed. This is a fair enough position to maintain. In spite of his ignorance of these issues, the Minister of Sports goes on to say that the reason the police is looking for Shehu Dikko has nothing to do with his performance of his duties at LMC.With all due respect to the minister, this is a wild, unfair, partial and dangerous categorical statement to make, given his earlier claim of ignorance of the merits or otherwise of the matter. This statement would appear to be designed to aid and justify those who have taken football matters to court but will not respect the same court and allow the case to be fought out in court till the end. Instead, we are assailed daily by the news of the desperate efforts of these individuals to thwart the process of law with all manner of false claims and underhand tactics. This is more so when the Nigeria Police Force, rightly under the law, has not declared Shehu Dikko and Salihu Abubakar wanted to the knowledge of all Nigerians.This whole shameful episode would, therefore, appear to be calculated at preventing Dikko and Abubakar from exercising their rights to appeal against decisions of the Jos High Court that they feel is unjust and oppressive.As a minister of the federal republic, he should not be seen granting interviews or making categorical comments about matters outside his knowledge. His position is too weighty to allow him make flippant comments, particularly about the safety and liberty of other Nigerians. Surely, his apparent knowledge of Socrates, who the minister quoted, should remind him that none is entitled or allowed to bear false witness against his neighbour or fellow citizens.For the sake of public peace and order, and the sanctity of our collective public space, let all those who have invoked the authority of our courts, including Giwa FC and its sympathisers, allow the legal process to continue unhindered or short-circuited by low and dirty tricks.*Edoreh is chairman of Lagos State chapter of Sports Writer Association of Nigeria (SWAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Fred EdorehThe issues between Giwa FC and the League Management Company (LMC) over the expulsion of the Jos-based team from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) are currently pending before the Court of Appeal in the Plateau State capital. It is public knowledge that all parties and their counsels are before the court and have filed their respective papers before that honorable court.The order of the Jos High Court of committal to prison of the Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the league body, Abubakar Salihu, for failure to reinstate Giwa FC to the league, is one of the several orders being challenged by LMC before the Court of Appeal. LMC has also filed for a stay of execution, and setting aside, of this order.last_img read more

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Glo to Mark Silver Jubilee of CAF Awards with Special Promo

first_imgTitle sponsor of the annual Glo-CAF Awards, Globacom, has launched a new promo ahead of the 2016 edition of the awards designed to celebrate Africa’s most successful football icons. The event which will be held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria on January 5, 2017 is a special one as it is the silver jubilee edition, marking 25 years of CAF Awards.The new promo which runs between October 10 and December 31, 2016 will reward 300 customers with a chance to attend this once in a lifetime Silver Jubilee award ceremony of an event best known as the Oscars of African football.In a statement in Lagos, Globacom said “The Glo-CAF Awards gala is the biggest night in African football, a gathering where the biggest names in the world of business, politics and showbiz meet with the stars and legends of African Football.”“The silver Jubilee of CAF Awards is another golden opportunity to appreciate and reward our subscribers who have been the brand’s pillar of strength over the years for their patronage and support and we have packaged the promo for them exclusively.” Glo addedThe promo is titled “Win a Seat among the Stars at the Oscars of African Football”. To participate, subscribers are expected to buy and activate a new Glo SIM or port their existing lines then use minimum of N25, 000 between 10thOctober and 31st December, and stand a chance to win a VIP invite to attend the prestigious Glo CAF Awards Silver Jubilee edition in Abuja.Meanwhile, Super Eagles Captain and Chelsea of England stalwart, John Mikel Obi along with Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa are among the list of 30 players nominated for the 2016 Glo-CAF African Player of the Year Award slated to hold in Abuja.The top Nigerian players are to battle it out with other African stars led by last year’s winner, Gabonese and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, among others.While Mikel has been very influential in the Nigerian senior national team, leading Eagles to victory in the last two competitive matches played against Tanzania (AFCON2017 qualifier) and penultimate weekend 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola, Iheanacho has scored in the last four matches for Nigeria.The Manchester City forward has also commanded regular shirt in the starting line-up of the Citizens.According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the weekend, Enyimba’s  Mfon Udon and Chisom Chikatara who plays for Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco are also among the list of 25 players nominated for the African Player of the Year based in Africa category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Gombe Utd Hands Manu Three-game Ultimatum

first_imgNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Gombe United, has given its Head Coach, Manu Garba, a three-match time limit to “improve on the team’s performance or face sanction”.The Desert Scorpions have found themselves sitting in third from bottom in the NPFL ranking after returning to the top division this season following a three-year spell in the second tier, the Nigeria National League (NNL).However, the Gombe club, after a review of their first 18 matches this season, decided to put Manu and his coaching team on their toes.“The technical adviser (head coach), Manu Garba, OON, and his crew have been given ultimatum in the next three matches to improve on the team’s performance or face sanction,” Gombe United announced in a statement at the weekend.Manu’s three-game ultimatum starts with home and away matches against NPFL champions Enugu Rangers before playing hosts to Katsina United.The Scorpions have a chance to haul themselves out of the drop zone when they face Rangers in a rescheduled league match at home on Wednesday.STATES FA CUP(Final Results)ABUJAFRSC 2-2 FC Abuja(FRSC Wins 4-2 on pens)ABIAAbia Warriors 1-1 Enyimba FC(Abia won 4-3 on Pens)ADAMAWAAdamawa United 1:0 Adamawa United Feeders.AKWA IBOMAkwa United 0-0 Akwa Starlets (Akwa Utd 4-3pen)ANAMBRAFC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah FeedersBAUCHIWikki Tourists 1-0 Wikki Tourists FeedersBAYELSABayelsa Utd 0-0 George Turner(George Turner won on pens)BENUELobi Stars 2-0 FC MindaBORNOEl-Kanemi Warriors 3-1 El-Kanemi BabesEBONYICynosure FC 1-1 Ngwa Utd(Ngwa won 4-3 on pens)EDOInsurance 5-0 Dynamite FCENUGUCoal City Youths 0 – 1Rangers Int’lEKITIEkiti united 1-0 Fashmod FCOYO3SC 2-1 Crown FCKANOKano Pillars  2 – 0 Samba KurnaKWARAKwara United 1-0 ABSKOGIKogi United 2-0 FC LokojaGOMBEYarma light 1-1 Doma United(Doma won 4-2 on pens)JIGAWAJigawa Golden Stars 3-1 Halfa FCOSUNOsun United 2-2 Ede United(Osun Utd wins 6-5 on pens)LAGOSMFM FC 3-1 Spartan FCNIGERTornadoes 1-1 Tornadoes Feeders(Tornadoes won 5-4 pens)IMOHeartland 3-4 Sam DaddyONDOPeace Makers FC protest against Sunshine Stars FC forces postponement of finalNASARAWANasarawa United  1-0 Aklosendi Intl FCRIVERS(Final: Tuesday, May 9)Cynosure Fc v Rivers UnitedShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Coutinho out, Sanchez Back as Liverpool Host Arsenal

first_img“Arsenal are still an outstandingly strong side…But I think we can all still remember the atmosphere of Wednesday night and that’s what we want to have again, even though it will be Sunday afternoon. It’s what we want to have again.”While Coutinho misses out for the hosts, Alexis Sanchez could make his first appearance of the season for Arsenal. Like Coutinho, there has been plenty of speculation over Sanchez’s future this summer, and he has also missed the opening two Premier League matches with injury. But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he looks “absolutely ready” to play.“He works very hard, focused and gives absolutely everything,” he added. “He loves to play so much that is sometimes difficult to stop him but he looks absolutely ready. He has not played for a long time so I will have to decide what I do with him but he looks ready to play.”While Coutinho misses out, Klopp is hopeful Emre Can and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be available after sustaining minor issues against Hoffenheim. Georginio Wijnaldum returned home to the Netherlands for the birth of his third child in midweek but is in line to play today. Sanchez is set to return for Arsenal, as is defender Laurent Koscielny, who returns from a three-match ban.Wenger has a largely-fit squad to choose from, although long-term absentee Santi Cazorla (ankle) is still sidelined.Liverpool won both of their Premier League meetings with Arsenal in 2016-17 – they haven’t won three in a row versus the Gunners since May 1998 (four in a row).Games between these two clubs in the Premier League have produced 17 goals in the 90th minute or later; more than any other fixture.Arsenal won the fewest points in matches between the top six sides in 2016-17 (9) and lost half of their 10 matches against fellow top six opposition while Liverpool won 20 points from 10 Premier League matches against the rest of the top six in 2016-17; more than any other side.These two sides have attempted the most shots on target in the opening two matchdays of the 2017-18 Premier League season – Liverpool (18) & Arsenal (16).Sadio Mane has had a hand in five goals in his five previous Premier League starts against Arsenal (three goals, two assists).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Philippe Coutinho remains sidelined for Liverpool when they host Arsenal today at Anfield. The Brazil international has been the subject of continued transfer speculation this summer and is yet to play this season due to injury. In his absence, Liverpool have taken four points from their two league games and qualified for the group stages of the Champions League with a 6-3 aggregate win over Hoffenheim.The Reds boasted the best record against the top six sides in the Premier League last season, winning five and drawing five of their 10 matches, and Jurgen Klopp is keen to build on that.“Last year we had an outstandingly good record against the top six, but we didn’t take any points from the rest of the league,” he said. “So we thought it makes sense to do the one thing again and get a few more points from all the other games. But it’s still difficult, it was always difficult and will stay difficult.last_img read more

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