Daryl Gurney is in the last 8 for the first time, but he has a tough task ahead of him as he meets world number one Michael Van Gerwen.The pick of today’s ties sees Phil Taylor takes on Raymond Van Barneveld in a repeat of the 2007 and 2009 finals.
Whatever happens, there will be first-time champions in the Club Hurling Championship. Clare kingpins Ballyea face Dublin champions Cuala at 3.00pm The football final pits Slaughtneil of Derry against Dr Crokes. The Kerry side haven’t won an All-Ireland title since 1992. While for Slaughtneil, they’re looking to make amends for their final defeat to Corofin two years ago. Throw-in is at 5.00pm.
In this evening’s local soccer St Michaels face Peake Villa at 6.45 in Celtic Park Clonmel.A win would see either team take home the Tipperary Junior A cup title.It will be a huge battle between these two fine footballing sides and a win for St. Michael’s would top off a great season for them. Photo © Pixabay Last weekend they were crowned TSDL Premier League Champions for 2017.They have now achieved back to back League wins, and are hoping to add more silverware this evening.
Upperchurch Drombane caused an upset last night after they knocked out reigning champions Loughmore Castleiney in the Ragg.A brace of first half goals from Loughlin Ryan and a third from Paul Shanahan saw the Church go in 3-9 to 0-9 ahead at the break.They continued in the same vein in the second half and ran out 3-21 to 0-20 winners. Photo – Stephen Gleeson They will play the winners of Thurles Sarsfields and Holycross Ballycahill in next Sunday’s Mid final- their 3rd in 9 yearsThe other Mid Tipp Semi Final takes place this evening when reigning county champions Thurles Sarsfields meet Holycross Ballycahill in Boherlahan at 6
Killenaule manager Kenneth Browne says they’ll be up for the game.And Tipp FM’s Live coverage of this Sunday’s county senior football final comes in association with Arrabawn Tyone Mill, Nenagh. Killenaule know it’ll be a difficult task to win their first ever County Senior Football title.That’s according to their manager Kenneth Browne, who has praised his players for their form so far this season.They face an accomplished Clonmel Commercials side who have won 16 county titles. Photo © Tipp FM
Walsh has been out of action since breaking his leg back in November. Ruby Walsh makes his return to the saddle at Thurles this afternoon.The 11-time champion jockey at Cheltenham will be aboard Willie Mullins’ Lareena in the 2-mile Maiden Hurdle at the Tipperary course this afternoon. Photo: © pixabay.com
After two successful seasons, Nigeria’s youth-friendly telecommunications network, Etisalat has concluded plans to kick off the third season of its Under 15 School Cup football competition, in October.The Etisalat U-15 School Cup is a national grassroot football competition designed to connect, engage and promote young football talents. It promotes national unity by connecting young and aspiring footballers to becoming future champions.According to the Director, Brand & Experience, Etisalat Nigeria, Elvis Ogiemwanye, the third season will provide exciting prospects of building on the success of the last two editions. “Our commitment to the nation is to support and create credible platforms that can contribute to the development of the country. Therefore, we are committed to developing a pool of young football talents. The success of the last two editions makes it even more exciting for us,” he said. The 2016 edition will start with state competitions where various schools will compete at the state level to win a spot at the regional group stage. The state winners will compete at the regional stage where 8 teams with the highest points will qualify for the National Finals happening in Lagos in November.The regional group matches will kick off with a Trophy tour around the host cities of Ibadan, Ilorin, Enugu and Kaduna to enable respective participating teams and their supporters catch a glimpse of the prestigious Champions Trophy and experience the Mobile Champions Studio which is an innovative platform created to enable participants take creative pictures of themselves as well as tell their own football stories to Nigerians.The impressive trophy was inspired by other international tournaments, predicated upon the belief that the competition will produce international champions in the near future. According to the Head, Events and Sponsorships, Modupe Thani, “the trophy has been designed to inspire our Etisalat School Cup Champions to believe in themselves and to dream of playing and winning bigger football championships as they grow their football talents and move unto professional football”.The tour also features the Etisalat Football Truck where school students will need to score goals into holes positioned on the vehicle. The tour promises to be exciting, engaging and very competitive.The maiden edition of the competition in 2013 was won by Keke Senior High School, Ijaiye, Lagos and the school was rewarded with N1million cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while the 2nd edition was won by Government Secondary School, Owerri, Imo State going home with the star prize of N2 million educational award and N50, 000 each to players of the winning team.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Four-time winners Italy will play Sweden in a playoff for a place in the 2018 World Cup while the Republic of Ireland take on Denmark, following yesterday draw.Northern Ireland will take on Switzerland and Croatia will tackle Greece in the other two-legged Europe zone playoffs to be played between November 9 and November 14.Italy and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who were seeded for the draw in Zurich, will travel to Sweden for the first leg of their tie.Sweden coach Janne Andersson told Sky Sports News: “It’s two tough games but it would have been the same with other countries.“I’m happy we know now. Now we can start work.” The Italians were condemned to the playoffs after finishing runners-up to Spain in their qualifying group.Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill admitted he faced a tough task against the Swiss as he bids to steer his country to the finals for the first time since 1986.The Northern Irish will play at home in the first leg.“Switzerland had a great campaign though their group was one of the easiest. Our job is to make their life as difficult as possible,” he said at the draw in Zurich.“Having played Germany twice in the group it will set us up nicely for the match,” O’Neill said.“Our aim is to take a lead to Switzerland and we had seven clean sheets in our qualifiers so we need a tight five when we go there.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
PREMIER LEAGUE*Salah on target as Liverpool hammers West Ham 4-0Manchester City got their Premier League title defence off to a winning start with a deserved victory over an Arsenal side playing their first competitive game without Arsene Wenger since 1996. Elsewhere, Liverpool got their new season campaign off the ground with a 4-0 defeat of West Ham at Anfield.Raheem Sterling put City ahead in the 14th minute when he got the ball on the corner of the box, cut beyond two players and rifled home from 20 yards.Riyad Mahrez went close to scoring on his league debut for City when his free-kick was saved by Petr Cech, who denied Aymeric Laporte from the follow-up.It was always going to be a tough first game for Unai Emery at Arsenal and they had few clear-cut chances – with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and substitute Alexandre Lacazette shooting wide from outside the box.City were brilliant in parts – and controlled in others – and killed off the game when Benjamin Mendy, who assisted both goals, pulled the ball back for Bernardo Silva to blast in a second.Pep Guardiola’s City, who looked good in the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea, were in fine form again. They only signed one first-team player – Mahrez in a £60m record deal – in the summer, and he went straight into their Premier League line-up.Sterling, who was selected on the left wing over Leroy Sane, opened the scoring when he received a pass from Mendy, making his first Premier League start since September.The England winger received the ball on the left corner of the box, beat Hector Bellerin and Matteo Guendouzi and then rifled a 20-yard shot past Cech, who must have been unsighted as he barely moved.It was his 50th Premier League goal and a good start to the season after being harshly criticised during England’s World Cup semi-final run.By that stage Bernardo and Sterling had already had shots saved by Cech at his near post.City kept pushing for a second goal that their performance deserved and went close when Arsenal’s keeper denied Mahrez and Laporte.Mahrez curled another shot just wide late in the first half. The Algerian put in a good performance on the right, and but was replaced by Kevin de Bruyne on the hour mark.Record goal-scorer Sergio Aguero should have had his 202nd City goal when he was played in one-on-one from the halfway line but he shot right at Cech – with De Bruyne free in the centre.Bernardo finally sealed the points when he finished from Mendy’s cutback.City keeper Ederson played a few nervy passes late on – although Arsenal could not capitalise – and De Bruyne almost added a third with the last kick but Cech tipped his shot over.Earlier, Mohamed Salah got Liverpool up and running as they comfortably dispatched West Ham in their first Premier League fixture of the season.The Egyptian tapped in a 19th-minute opener from Andy Robertson’s cross on his return to action for the Reds at Anfield.It took the visitors almost half an hour to fashion a chance of note as they struggled to stem the Liverpool attacking tide.Liverpool’s new goalkeeper Alisson, signed for £66.8m from Roma in the summer, comfortably saved a Fabian Balbuena header, one of only two efforts on target for theShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
UFC TITLE FIGHTFemi SolajaNigerian-born American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title contender, Kamaru Usman, has vowed to make a strong statement when he steps into the ring against Tyron Woodley, the welterweight champion. Usman (right) is eyeing Woodley’s belt to popularise UFC in Nigeria The Edo State born fighter, is scheduled for a shot at the title in the early hours of Sunday morning (4am Nigerian time) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.In a telephone interview with THISDAY on Wednesday night ahead of the crucial bout, Usman insisted that he has prepared for the fight he regards as the most important fight of his career.“I had a dream I became the Number 1 fighter in my sport. The time has come for me to make that dream a reality. I know the fight with Woodley won’t be easy but the time has come for me to grab this unique opportunity. I won’t allow it to slip off me,” the prized fighter remarked with optimism from his base in America.Usman will be going into the ring as Number 2 contender that he attained last year December.On record, he has won 14 bouts and only lost one fight while the champion has 19 wins, three draws and one lost bout.“This Saturday, if I win, it will be cheering news to millions of Nigerians back home and here in America. I want to use this step as a way to popularise the sport among youths back home.“Coming home with the belt is one ambition I have craved and all things been equal, I should be able to attain that glory after the bloody bout on Saturday,” he pointed out.Usman fondly referred to as The Nigerian Nightmare, left Nigeria with his parents when he was just eight years old.The Nigerian fighter revealed that he started a career in wrestling in high school but that it was former champion in UFC, Rashae Heaven who convinced him to make a switch to the mixed martial art where he hassince become a hit.“When I become the champion in the category on Saturday a lot of things will change. It will open doors to strong and energetic Nigerians who are willing to display their full potentials in the sport.“The same way I see Rashae Henven as my role model, I want to encourage other Nigerians to follow my foot step to reach the top with their potentials,” he pointed out.Going into the match, Usman recalled his last defeat six years ago to Jose Caceres and hoped that he has banished the ghost of that night when he comes up against the champion whom he knows will be a hard nut to crack.In Woodley, he will be facing a fighter making fifth title defence of his belt and rated among the best ‘pound-for-pound fighter in UFC.The bout will be broadcast live on DSTv and viewers can catch it up on SS6 including several under cards on the night.The Ultimate Fighting Championship is an American mixed martial arts promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that is owned and operated by parent company William Morris Endeavor. It is the largest MMA promotion company in the world and features the highest-level fighters on the roster.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram