We’ll find out the pairings for the opening day of the Ryder Cup tonight.Both captains will unveil their lists at round 10.40pm Irish time.
Last year’s beaten finalists Our Lady’s Templemore and Nenagh CBS clash in Toomevara.Their semi-final encounter gets underway at 1.30pm.Tipp FM will have regular updates on the match. Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy and CBS Midleton meet in the other semi-final in Mallow, which also begins at 1.30pm.
Kick off at Eastlands is at 7.45pm At the same time, Bayer Leverkusen host last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid. Guardiola won the competition twice with Barcelona and took Bayern Munich to three successive semi-finals. Tonight his team host French League leaders Monaco – who won Spurs group in the Champions League. Pep says they’ve a tough tie ahead
Michael Quinlivan is out of Tipperary’s All Ireland senior football championship qualifier against Cavan.According to the 42.ie Tipp coach and selector Shane Stapleton has confirmed the All Star forward won’t have recovered in time from the ankle ligament injury he sustained in the Munster semi-final defeat to Cork.Corner back Shane O’Connell is also unavailable after he picked up a stress fracture in his foot in the same game. However in more positive news midfielder Jack Kennedy is back in training.Tipp’s Round 2B qualifier clash with Cavan will be played at Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday week.Meanwhile there’s also bad news for Kerry ahead of Sunday’s Munster football final against Cork.It’s reported by the Irish Examiner that Jack Savage has been ruled out after surgery to remove his appendix.
Photo © Ladies Football Facebook Clonmel Commercials have lost out on Munster glory as they lost out to Kinsale in the Intermediate Ladies Football Final This afternoon.Kinsale started the stronger, and continued on the front foot – with a goal halfway through the first half putting daylight between the sides.The Cork side went into the break 1-7 to 2 points up. They continued to dominate the second half – scoring a second goal 2 minutes after half time.Kinsale got two more, before Clonmel managed to get a goal back – and it finished up 5-14 to 1-5.
Given that Conte’s side were written off in some quarters before the tournament began, just reaching the knockout phase could be considered a success in itself.But the coach said his players could take inspiration from their performance in beating much-fancied Belgium 2-0 in their opening game at the tournament last week when they head to the Stade de France.“The players are doing everything they have to. They are working very hard and we have to keep grafting. We must not have any anxiety,” said Conte after a much-changed Italian side, with top spot in their group already assured, lost 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.“The first aim was to get into the last 16. Now we have a match against one of the favourites but let’s not forget where we started from.“We mustn’t get above our station. A last-16 match against Spain should excite us and we need to play like we did against Belgium, against a side who are supposedly superior.”Italy’s wins against the Belgians and Sweden allowed Conte to rotate his squad against Ireland in Lille, where he made eight changes to his starting line-up.But winning the group has done little to help Italy, who find themselves on the wrong side of what now has the look of an extremely uneven draw.If the Azzurri do manage to beat Spain – who also knocked them out on penalties in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals – their reward could be a quarter-final against world champions Germany. Hosts France or England could come in the semi-finals.“There is a crazy imbalance in the draw for the second round, but those are the rules and we have to respect them,” Conte said.Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazil-born midfielder Thiago Motta was one of those who came into the Italy side at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.Motta, 33, is likely to drop out of the team again come Monday to make way for Roma’s Daniele De Rossi for a match he says Italy can win. “We know that Italy are not as good a side as Spain or Germany but we know we can win by playing to our strengths,” said Motta, who appeared as a substitute in the 2012 final.“Nobody believed in us before the tournament and then after two matches we were already through.”Italy had looked set for a tie against Croatia before Ante Cacic’s team claimed a surprise 2-1 victory over Spain to leave the reigning champions second in Group D and on a collision course with the Azzurri.Motta added: “Once the match starts there will be no favourites. They will try to control possession but Croatia showed that there are weaknesses in their side and we have the weapons to cause Spain problems.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Italy coach Antonio Conte believes his team can thrive as the underdogs when they face Spain in the first knockout round at Euro 2016 on Monday.The Azzurri’s reward for finishing top of Group E is a meeting with the reigning champions in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final, when Spain outclassed the Italians 4-0 in Kiev.
Another Delta athlete, Ese Brume, leapt 6.67m to place third in the qualifying event of the women’s long jump.In boxing, Nigeria’s lone boxer here in Rio, Efe Ajagba lost 2-1 decision to world number two ranked Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan in the super heavyweight category. The three judges voted 10-9, 10-9, 9-10 in favour of the Eastern European boxer who won bronze at the last Games in London four years ago.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lone boxer, Efe Ajagba beaten by Kazakhstan’s World Number TwoDuro Ikhazuagbe in RioNigeria’s woes in the track & field events of the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio continued on Tuesday night as Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor failed to qualify for the final of the women’s 200m event.The double 2014 Commonwealth Games sprint queen clocked 22.69secs to place fifth in the tough first semi final that also paraded Dapner Schippers of the Netherlands, Elaine Thompson (Jamaica), Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Lisa Mayer of Germany.
” I want to congratulate the organisers of the race,especially my brother Mike Itemuagbor for placing Okpekpe in particualr and Edo state in general as a destination point as far as international sports is concerned.“What he has done with the race is incredible. He is organising a race the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have considered good enough for a label rating. And to think that it is only one of two such races in Africa that has been so recognised has made it very huge indeed,’said Pinnick who is also a member of the prestigious FIFA organising committee.Pinnick has however revealed he won’t be running for any of the top prize monies on offer at the race.“I will be running for charity,” he said and revealed that he will be joining forces with some of the other celebrity runners who will running to raise awareness about cancer. One of such celebrities is labour leader Aremu who will also be running for charity.Meanwhile organisers of the race have warned those planning to cheat at the event on Saturday May 13 2017 to have a rethink as there are adequate measures to ensure all their efforts will prove futile.“We are lucky we have not really had any major incident as far as cheating is concerned. We are aware road races in Nigeria are prone to this where athletes try to cut corners to achieve glory,’said race’s spokesman Dare Esan.“The Okpekpe race is technology-driven and we are using transponders which will help ensure you cannot beat the system. All Okpekpe road race runners will have a device on their numbered bib which tracks their location and this will be powered by MYLAPS Experience Lab, a division of MYLAPS Sports Timing,the internationally recognised automatic sports timing company based in Holland.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is powered by Pamodzi Sports Marketing,leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.It is the first and only road race in Nigeria whose race course has been measured by an IAAF/AIMS accredited measurer and has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaNigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick and Labour leader, Comrade Isa Aremu have joined the growing list of celebrity runners confirmed for the fifth Okpekpe international 10km road race which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi in Etsako East local government of Edo state.Pinnick,who is also an executive committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said he was thrilled to associate with a race that has become a big image laundrer for Nigeria.
The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has fulfilled his N5 million pledge to the Super Eagles for their performance at the Russia 2018 World Cup.Ugwuanyi, had in May made the pledge during a fund raising ceremony at a gala night for the Super Eagles.He fulfilled his promise on Tuesday when he presented a cheque for the sum to the team through the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Joseph Udedi. Ugwuanyi congratulated the Eagles for their performance and wished them luck as they returned to their respective clubs.In a similar development, the Enugu State Government also procured a world-class ultra modern physiotherapy facility, fitness and training equipment for Rangers FC to enhance their performance and care for injured players.(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram