Thurles women’s team have – like their male counterparts – a big match to play later.They’re up against Rathdrum of Wicklow in the semi-final of the AIL Plate at 1 o’clock. The Mid Tipp club host Mallow in a match with a dual purpose – it’s a Munster Junior League Division 2 fixture and also doubles up as the semi-final of the Munster Junior Plate.Kick-off in Loughtagalla is at 2.30pm.In the top flight of the provincial competition champions Clonmel go to Tipperary Town to meet Clanwilliam and Kilfeacle travel to take on St Senan’s at Jim Slattery Park.
Wexford aim to win the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship for the first time in 13-years this afternoon.Injury doubts Conor McDonald and Shaun Murphy have both been named in the starting 15 by manager Davy Fitzgerald.Joe Cooney comes into the Galway team, replacing Jason Flynn in the only switch from their semi-final victory over Offaly. Kerry go in search of their fifth Munster Senior Football title in-a-row this afternoon when they take old-rivals Cork at Killarney at 2pm.Cork have brought in Aidan Walsh, Sean Powter, Mark Collins and Kevin O’Driscoll to start while Kieran Donaghy and David Moran both start for Kerry.Cork haven’t beaten the Kingdom at Fitzgerald Stadium for 20-years.
Photo: All Stars And we’ll hear from Padraic on tonight’s Straight Talk with Jackie Cahill, from 6.Meanwhile, the football All-Stars and the top individual awards will also be announced at the function.No Tipperary footballer was nominated for a 2017 PwC football All-Star award but Mayo and Dublin are expected to dominate the team.The Dubs pair of Stephen Cluxton and James McCarthy are shortlisted for the Footballer of the Year award along with the Westerners Andy Moran and David Clarke.Joe Canning, Kevin Moran and Jamie Barron are the nominations for the Hurler of the Year. Tipperary senior hurling captain Padraic Maher is set to receive his All Star Award this evening.He’s Tipperary’s sole representative on the team, which also sees 7 Galway, 5 Waterford and 2 Cork players collecting awards.Maher will receive his fifth All-Star at a black-tie gala at the Convention Centre in Dublin – which leaves him one award behind Premier County legends Nicky English and Eoin Kelly – who each have 6.
World soccer body FIFA is investigating English Premier League champions Chelsea for the third time in eight years over a potential breach of young player regulations.“We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing,” FIFA said in an emailed response on Wednesday to questions about media reports regarding the club signing foreign players under the age of 18.“We cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation.” FIFA rules prohibit the international transfer of players under the age of 18 unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football or both the player and club are based within 50 kilometres of a national border.The only other exception is for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area (EEA), where the minimum age is 16.In those cases, clubs must still ensure that the player continues his education and studies for an alternative career, as well as making sure he has a high living standard.A Chelsea spokesman told British media that the club complies with all FIFA statutes and regulations when recruiting players.The UKâ€™s Daily Mail newspaper said wednesday that the alleged breaches were less serious than those committed by Spanish sides Atletico and Real Madrid in recent years, who both incurred transfer bans.Chelsea has been investigated twice previously over their signing of minors.The West London club was banned from signing players for two transfer windows in 2009, a penalty they had overturned on appeal in 2010, over Gael Kakuta’s 2007 move from Lens to Stamford Bridge.They were also investigated over the transfer of Bertrand Traore, the Burkina Faso international who was signed after his 18th birthday but had appeared in an Under-18 match in 2011 while still 16.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Hosts Egypt have recalled Amr Warda to their Africa Cup of Nations squad two days after they sent the midfielder home for disciplinary reasons.The 25-year-old, who plays for Greek club PAOK, was suspended after social media conversations between him and a number of women were released.Africa Cup of Nations: Amr Warda sent home by Egypt for disciplinary rea… Midfielder Amr Warda is sent home from the Africa Cup of Nations by hosts Egypt after social media conversations…Warda missed Egypt’s group win over DR Congo but his ban has been reduced and now runs to the end of the group stage.Egypt 2-0 DR Congo: Mohamed Salah helps Africa Cup of Nations hosts into…Mohamed Salah’s goal helps hosts Egypt beat DR Congo and move into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.He has apologised to family, friends and team-mates in a video on Twitter.Hours earlier, team-mate Mohamed Salah tweeted: “We need to believe in second chances… we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer.”Mohamed Salah on Twitter“We need to believe in second chances… we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer.”Egyptian Football Association president Hani Abu Reda met with the players and technical staff on Thursday, along with Egypt’s minister of youth and sports, Dr Ashraf Subhi.An EFA statement read: “Hani Abu Reda praised the spirit of solidarity between the players, their desire to pardon their colleague Amr Warda and to lift the suspension from him, and their commitment to any decision issued by the football association in this regard.Egyptian Football AssociationThe Egyptian Football Association is the governing body of football in Egypt. It was founded on 3 December 1921,…“He decided to reduce the penalty of suspension until the end of the first round of the tournament only.”Wednesday’s win means that tournament favourites Egypt are already through to the last 16, when Warda will be available again, having missed the final group game against Uganda on Sunday.He appeared as a substitute in the hosts’ opening game, a 1-0 win over Guinea last Friday.Nigeria 1-0 Guinea: Kenneth Omeruo goal takes Nigeria into last 16Nigeria become the first team to qualify for the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations as they beat Guinea 1-0.The decision to effectively overturn Amr Warda’s suspension has caused a split among sections of Egyptian society and also put a rare dent in Mohamed Salah’s iconic status.Having often stood up for women’s rights previously, Salah’s call for Amr Warda – who has had several sexual harassment claims against him in the past – to be given a second chance has not impressed many.Many Egyptian women believe that sexual harassment is largely condoned in local society, and the decision to allow the player back has only strengthened these beliefs, given the message it has sent out.Some have called for women to boycott Egypt matches, while one male Egyptian fan has spoken online of people now willing the team to fail – a dramatic twist as the Pharaohs seek to win the tournament for a record-extending eighth time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
At Sunday morning’s team walk were goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye, defenders William Ekong, Jamilu Collins, Leon Balogun and Bryan Idowu, midfielders Alex Iwobi, Joseph Aribo, Oghenekaro Etebo and Anderson Esiti, and forwards Joshua Maja, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Emmanuel Dennis and Moses Simon.Spain-based defender Chidozie Awaziem arrived the team’s hotel, ahead of defenders Olaoluwa Aina and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, and Kelechi Iheanacho who were being expected at just after noon.The training session will hold at FC Dnipro’s training ground at Dnipropetrovsk, within the Pridniprovsk housing estate.Tuesday’s clash will take place at the 31,000 –capacity Dnipro Arena, home ground of top club FC Dnipro, and will kick off at 9.30pm Ukraine time (7.30pm in Nigeria).It is the first assemblage of the three –time African champions since finishing third and with the bronze medals at the first –ever 24 –team Africa Cup of Nations staged by Egypt June/July this year.For the Super Eagles, the game also serves as part of the preparation for November’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying duels with the Squirrels of Benin Republic and the Crocodiles of Lesotho.Meanwhile, Turkish Airline management has promised to deliver to Dnipro before Tuesday the Nigeria team’s kit bags and luggage of six players that failed to arrive with the team from Istanbul on Saturday.Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, said of the kits: “Our kit bags did not arrive with us from Istanbul. The bags of six players also did not arrive, but we have alerted Turkish Airline and they have promised to deliver them to us in Dnipro between Sunday and Monday.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Super Eagles have arrived in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly with the senior national team of Ukraine, with 18 players part of an early morning team walk on Sunday.Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has fixed 5.30pm on Sunday for the team’s first training session, when all 22 players would be fully assembled in Ukraine’s third city.
Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and the Colorado Avalanche opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.Colorado dominated the Coyotes through the first two periods, outshooting them 29-7, yet couldn’t get anything past goalie Darcy Kuemper.Grubauer made the saves when he had to for his second career playoff shutout and Kadri broke a scoreless tie by punching in a rebound on a power play with 7 minutes left.The Avalanche broke it open from there.Compher scored on a backhanded rebound and Mikko Rantanen made it three goals in 1:23 to give Colorado the lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 2 on Friday.Kuemper stopped 152 shots in four games against Nashville in the Stanley Cup qualifiers and was superb again, making several spectacular saves to keep the Coyotes in it. He finished with 37 saves, but the Coyotes generated little on offense.Arizona benefited when when the NHL expanded the postseason bubbles to 12 teams per conference and took advantage, knocking off Nashville 3-1 in the Stanley Cup qualifiers. Kuemper was superb, stopping 152 shots, and the Coyotes had production throughout the lineup, with 16 players notching at least a point, 11 scoring a goal.The Avalanche presented a much bigger problem.The No. 2 seed in the West, Colorado is one of the NHL’s most dynamic scoring teams, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon, and has scoring depth across its lines.The Avalanche had the Coyotes on their heels in the first period, peppering Kuemper with 13 shots while Arizona managed just three.The Coyotes thrive in the rope-a-dope, though, and escaped the first period with a scoreless tie.Arizona had some better stretches in the second period, yet had to be bailed out by numerous difficult saves by Kuemper to keep it scoreless while being outshot 16-4.Colorado finally wore down the Coyotes in the third period, turning a tight game into a runaway in a span of 83 seconds.Notes: Coyotes C Nick Schmaltz missed his fifth straight game with a head injury, but could return soon. … Colorado went 1 for 2 on the power play, Arizona 0 for 2. … Arizona G Antti Raanta missed his third straight game since suffering a pregame injury before Game 2 against Nashville.UP NEXTGame 2 is Friday in Edmonton. Associated Press Television News COMMENT FOLLOW US LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 13th August, 2020 11:32 IST Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 11:32 IST Avalanche Score 3 Third-period Goals To Beat Coyotes 3-0 Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and the Colorado Avalanche opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. WATCH US LIVE
First Published: 17th August, 2020 07:42 IST WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 17th August, 2020 07:42 IST Keibert Ruiz Starts Career With HR, Dodgers Sweep Angels 8-3 Keibert Ruiz homered in his first major league at-bat, Corey Seager hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Freeway Series with an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. FOLLOW US COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News Keibert Ruiz homered in his first major league at-bat, Corey Seager hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Freeway Series with an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.Max Muncy had a two-run homer, Matt Beaty also homered and Mookie Betts added an RBI single for the NL-leading Dodgers (16-7), who have won a season-best five straight.The Dodgers also swept a three-game series at Angel Stadium for the first time since interleague play began in 1997, although the Angels still hold a 70-57 overall lead in the rivalry.Anthony Rendon homered for the fifth time in six games for the Angels, who have lost four straight. Brian Goodwin also homered and David Fletcher extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games, but the big-budget Halos have matched the slowest start in franchise history at 7-15.Ruiz, a 22-year-old catcher from Venezuela, made his big-league debut behind the plate. In the third inning, he smashed a 1-1 fastball from Julio Teherán (0-2) down the right field line with his first big-league swing.The homer in the mostly silent, empty stadium audibly delighted his new teammates, who dispatched pitcher Julio Urías to find the souvenir ball amid the tarps and empty seats.Ruiz is generally ranked the third-best prospect in the Dodgers’ perpetually bountiful farm system. He became the seventh player in the franchise’s 131-year history to homer in his first at-bat, and the first since Garey Ingram in 1994.Muncy added his two-run shot later in the third, and Seager connected off Matt Andriese for his fifth homer in the fourth.Dustin May lasted only 4 1/3 innings for the Dodgers, giving up seven hits and two runs with two strikeouts on 88 pitches.Scott Alexander (1-0) gave up three hits and a run over two innings.Teherán struggled again with his new team, yielding six hits and four runs in 3 1/3 innings. His ERA is up to 12.38 over three starts.Rendon hit the sixth homer of his ascendant season leading off the fourth. Fletcher singled in the fifth, extending the Angels’ longest hitting streak since 2017. Goodwin homered in the sixth.WEIRD PLAYAngels rookie Jo Adell saved a run in the second when he threw out Beaty at second base trying to stretch a long two-out single into a double. Edwin Rios had been on second, but he felt tightness in his left hamstring while running out his double, and he subsequently couldn’t sprint from second to home on Beaty’s hit, failing to touch home before Beaty was tagged out.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: Rios left the game in the bottom half of the second. … Alex Wood was scheduled for a bullpen session Sunday. He made just one start before going on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation.Angels: Slumping 40-year-old Albert Pujols sat out back-to-back games — the first time that’s happened when he was healthy during his nine seasons in Anaheim. The three-time NL MVP recently reached 659 homers to move right behind Willie Mays for fifth place in baseball history, but he’s batting .186.(Image Credit Pixabay)