15-time champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor produced an incredible display to knock world number one Michael van Gerwen out of the BetVictor World Matchplay.In his final campaign before retirement, Taylor thrashed the defending champion 16-6 to move into the semi-finals at Blackpool Winter Gardens.There he’ll face world number four Adrian Lewis, who held-off a fightback from Alan Norris to win his quarter-final 16-13. Both semis will be played tonight, with Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney looking to make his first major final by beating world number 3 Peter Wright.Taylor says van Gerwen wasn’t focused… Photo: Pixabay
Eire Og Annacarthy were three points winners over Clonoulty Rossmore in the West Senior Hurling Campionship last night.A Ronan O Brien goal before half time meant Eire Og went in 1-7 to 0-8 ahead at the break.Clonoulty fought back in the second half but a late John O Neill goal wasn’t enough to save them as Eire Og Annacarthy ran out 1-17 to 1-14 winners in the end. Photo © Tipp FM
© Womens Rugby Irish coach Tom Tierney says his team are heart broken after their hopes of winning the Women’s Rugby World Cup on home soil came to an end with defeat to France last night.The French booked their place in the semi finals with a 21-5 victory in UCDIreland must now play Australia in a 5th to 8th place play off in Belfast on Tuesday.
The Tipperary Senior Football management have drafted in a number of players to the panel for the coming year.Robbie Kiely – who plays his club football with Carbery Rangers of Cork – will captain the side for 2018 with Ballyporeen’s Conor Sweeney as vice captain.The players added to the squad include a mix of seasoned campaigners and new faces as coach Shane Stapleton explains.
2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERSBrazil powered to the top of the table in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Tuesday with a victory over Venezuela as Argentina suffered a shock defeat at home to Paraguay.Goals from Manchester City teenager Gabriel Jesus and Chelsea’s Willian secured a 2-0 win over Venezuela in a match interrupted by a lengthy floodlight failure that plunged Merida’s Estadio Metropolitano into darkness. The victory was Brazil’s fourth consecutive win of the qualifying campaign and left the five-time world champions on top of the standings with 21 points after 10 games.The win was the latest evidence of Brazil’s resurgence under new coach Tite, who took over following the sacking of Dunga in June after the Selecao’s Copa America Centenario flop.It is the first time since qualifying began that Brazil have led the standings, and the team look firmly on course to maintain their record of never having failed to qualify for a World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Come Saturday, the Rayfield Golf course in Jos will wake to a lavish golf tourney as popular Jos legal practitioner, Okey Akobundu celebrates 50th birthday anniversary.Akobundu who plays off a comfortable 12 Handicap is particularly happy that the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, equally a smooth golfer, playing off 13 Handicap will feature in the tourney that is expecting a field of over 100 golfers from across the nation.Akobundu stated that turning 50 was significant to him as a golfer as he would now be looking up to 60 years, an age for veteran golfers. He equally mentioned that he was over-joyed since his birthday is coinciding with the new golf revolution being spearheaded by Governor Lalong. ‘’I have been playing golf for 10 years and my wife, Uzoma has been supporting me all the way’’, Akobundu said. “I once played 9 Handicap and I have never regretted one day on the course since a bosom friend, Murphy Dogun introduced me to the game. Always I was telling people that the day we have a golfer at the helm in the state, the game of golf will take a sharp turn for good. God just answered that prayer as we presently have Governor Lalong who doesn’t joke with the game at the helm.You can see what the Governor and his associates are doing with the Lamingo coourse. Lamingo is undergoing a process that will make it one of the best courses in Nigeria. As we speak, the course is adorning Green Putting surfaces and its all kudos to the Governor who beckoned on his friends to bring in fund to upgrade that course which is the only Government course in the State. The Governor is all set to redefine the game of golf in the State and I pray he succeeds”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine’s list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players.The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football salary of $58 million and $35 million in endorsement income.It’s the second straight year Ronaldo has topped the list, released Wednesday just days after he spearheaded a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title. James, with estimated earnings of $86.2 million, was one of 32 NBA players who made the top 100 — up from 18 last year.He took over second place from the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, now third with $80 million.Swiss tennis great Roger Federer ($64 million) and Golden State Warriors guard Kevin Durant ($60.6 million) rounded out the top five — just as they did last year.The Forbes figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period based on conversations with industry insiders.Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, was the lone woman on the list with an estimated income of $27 million — $19 million of which came from endorsements — to place her 51st overall.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Grange School and Children International School have emerged champions in the Secondary and Primary School categories of the 4th Zenith Bank/Ikoyi Club Inter School Swimming Gala held Saturday at the elite Ikoyi Club, Lagos.Grange amassed nine gold, six eight silver and nine bronze medals to edge Edgewood School to second place on seven gold, one silver and three bronze medals while CIS came third with five gold, four silver and three bronze medals.Unlike the previous editions where the categories were held separately, a jam-packed Ikoyi Club with about 300 parents cheering their kids, the Primary School Category was fiercely contested with CIS taking just a shade to beat Saint Saviour’s School, Ikoyi to the title. CIS bagged nine gold, six silver and three bronze medals for the podium’s peak with Saint Saviour’s placing second with eight gold, nineteen silver and nine bronze medals leaving Grange with a consolatory third with five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals.Morinsola Idowu of Lagos Preparatory School was named the MVP for female for the primary category while Abduljabbar Adana of Corona School, for the third straight year, won the male version.Iman Adan of Edgewood won four gold medals which aided her to the female MVP in the secondary category just as Seun Adekeye of Grange won the male version.Twelve primary schools, six secondary schools and a team of Lagos swimmers featured in the eight-nation long 60-event programme which attracted the likes of Aquatic Sports Federation of Nigeria President, Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Lagos State Sports Commission Chairman, Dr. Kweku Tandor and others.Zenith Bank has pledged commitment to the Championships stating that the improved standard year in, year out shows Nigeria can produce world swimming stars in the nearest future. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The big match day is conformed as the Seleção, Brazil national team players, as reported arrived Singapore in the early hours of yesterday with star man Neymar Jr in the mix of players that are expected to be part of the matches against Senegal and Nigeria on Sunday.Neymar reportedly arrived Singapore overnight. If he was still feeling snoozy after his overnight flight from Paris, he would have been awakened by the beat of the samba drumming that greeted him at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach early Monday morning.The Brazil superstar, who scored the last goal in his club Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-0 win over Angers on Saturday, and his Selecao teammates are in town for the Brazil Global Tour which sees the five-time world champions face Senegal and Nigeria on Thursday and Sunday respectively in two international friendlies at the National Stadium. Stepping out of a minivan after his compatriots and PSG colleagues Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, the 27-year-old Neymar, who wore a black cap, white T-shirt, khaki pants, as well as diamond-studded necklace and earrings, looked bleary-eyed as he scanned his surroundings.It was 7.30am and while there were just nine fans, who had waited for an hour, outside the hotel, Neymar stopped to sign a caricature of himself and four jerseys – including some of his former club Barcelona which he has been heavily linked with a return to – before striding into the JW Marriott in under a minute.On Brazil’s last visit to the Republic in 2014 for an exhibition against Japan, Neymar scored all four goals in the 4-0 win in front of more than 50,000 fans at the National Stadium.Undergraduate Amanpreet Singh, 23, told The Straits Times: “It is understandable after a long flight, but at least Neymar stopped.“The poor turnout could be attributed to the fact that it is early Monday morning, when people have to work or go to school. And there are just a few players coming in batches this time round.“I was also here for Inter Milan when they arrived at the same hotel for the International Champions Cup in July, and there were also just about 25 fans for the entire team on a Wednesday morning.“But it is also good for us early birds because we stand a higher chance of getting an autograph or wefie.”The number of fans grew to 15 by the time the second batch of Brazilians – Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Fabinho, and Everton’s Richarlison – arrived with contrasting moods at 7.50am.While Richarlison went straight into the hotel, the Reds duo stopped to spend some time with the fans. Flashing his megawatt smile, Liverpool forward Firmino, decked in a black Versace hoodie, entertained autograph and wefie requests while his clubmate Fabinho also followed suit.Sales manager Dominic Teng, 31, said: “I had hoped Firmino would stay longer but he did look tired and it is okay because both he and Fabinho were very accommodating.“It is really fantastic and breathtaking to be able to see and interact with our football heroes in person.“While I will be at the Brazil-Senegal game to watch and support them, I hope the Liverpool players don’t get too many minutes because they have a big league match against Manchester United on Oct 20.”Even though only 11 Brazil players (including Philippe Coutinho, Dani Alves, Lucas Paqueta, Casemiro and Eder Militao) are expected to arrive on Monday – the rest of their 23-man squad will fly in on Tuesday – the initial group are scheduled to train at the Kallang Football Hub on Monday evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENT First Published: 4th August, 2020 08:34 IST Associated Press Television News Right tackle Ja’Wuan James informed the Denver Broncos on Monday that he’s opting out of the 2020 season over coronavirus concerns.The Broncos were counting on their headliner from last year’s free agent class to bounce back from a balky right knee that limited him to just three appearances in 2019 after signing what was at the time the biggest contract ever for a left tackle, $51 million over four years.Elijah Wilkinson could be in line to fill in for James for a second straight season, although Wilkinson is still recovering from offseason foot surgery.James tweeted that while it was a difficult decision to skip the upcoming season, it was the right one for him and his family.“There’s just too much unknown about this virus and about plans handling it going forward,” James wrote. “My wife and I were blessed with our newborn son May 22 and he’s now my top priority. Although I worked all offseason and invested in my body to bounce back and have a great year on the field, it’s just not worth risking the health of my loved ones.“I’ve seen this virus already hospitalize one of my family members and hope to not have that happen again,” James added. “We can’t live in fear or just confine ourselves just to our homes but we all have to make the right conscious choices and navigate through day to day life to protect our neighbors.”James wished the NFL well as it navigates the COVID-19 crisis.“All my brothers around the league, I pray for you and your families’ safety throughout the season and rest of this pandemic,” James wrote.James played just 63 snaps in his first season in Denver after the Broncos signed him to a deal that included $32 million in guarantees.He got hurt on the 10th play of the season, in the opener at Oakland, and didn’t return until midseason when he tore scar tissue and the meniscus in his right knee. He returned in December but only played the first half at Houston as his knee kept buckling on him.Although coach Vic Fangio often was mystified by James’ injury and slow recovery, he never put him on injured reserve. James said in December that he didn’t need surgery but was eager to bounce back in 2020 to show his team and its fans he was worth the big contract he signed.“To the Denver Community, these first two years weren’t what I expected them to be when arriving here,” James said in his Twitter statement. “I know you don’t know me well and a false narrative was painted of me last year due to comments made about my injury, but I am invested in this city and my team.“I look forward to the future we have here, but in that same breath, I’m even more invested in my family. Everyone make sure to stay positive through these crazy times and enjoy your loved ones. I hope 2021 will be a better year for all of us. Take care of yourselves, because ultimately, health is wealth.”Wilkinson subbed for James on the right side last year but the Broncos wanted him to compete with incumbent left tackle Garett Bolles during training camp this summer, a plan that was crimped by Wilkinson’s left foot operation.Already the Broncos are planning to have two new starters on the O-line: free agent guard Graham Glasgow and rookie center Lloyd Cushenberry III.Image credits: AP Written By FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 08:34 IST Broncos’ Ja’Wuan James Skipping 2020 Over COVID-19 Concerns Right tackle Ja’Wuan James informed the Denver Broncos on Monday that he’s opting out of the 2020 season over coronavirus concerns