Red Devils close in on top four spot

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says victory over Sunderland was even more pleasing as they didn’t pick up any injuries.A 3-nil win at the Stadium of Light moves them to within four points of the Premier League’s top-four.Next up is the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final away at Anderlecht on Thursday. Meanwhile Everton secured their seventh straight home win after beating Leicester City 4-2 at Goodison ParkIt keeps their faint hopes of a top four finish alive.With all top 5 teams winning at the weekend, the pressure is on Arsenal as they take to the field tonight.The Gunners face a tricky tie away to an in-form Crystal Palace side.Kick off at Selhurst Park is at 8pm.last_img

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Tipp FM launch camogie billboard campaign

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Commenting on the campaign Tipp FM’s General Manager Susan Murphy said “We are building a strong relationship with Tipperary Camogie as this is our second year being involved and we are delighted with the association. Apart from more coverage and on-air promotion of the game on Tipp FM, we also felt that is was important to generate as much awareness as we could of the game and even more importantly to promote a very positive message right across the County, one that can apply to everyone. The picture was shot by local photographer Denis Vahey and the girls look amazing, they are wonderful role models and ambassadors for the game. We hope that people pick up on the message in particular”.Chairperson of Tipperary Camogie, Bridget Bourke commented “Tipperary Camogie are delighted with the ongoing support from Tipp FM as our main sponsors, they have highlighted Camogie across the county in a very positive way. The bill board concept is fabulous along with the message it delivers. “Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there” We thank Tipp FM for going the extra mile for our players who so deserve this support and recognition.” Tipp FM and the Tipperary’s camogie stars are coming to a billboard near you!The Premier’s number one radio station has embarked on an extensive and ambitious advertising and social media campaign to support its sponsorship of the Tipperary Senior Camogie team and highlight the importance of the game.The first billboard featuring Cait Devane, Mary Ryan and Nicole Walsh is already on display on the main street in Cashel with the message “Set your goals high; don’t stop until you get there. #believelast_img read more

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Carrick’s Bennett takes lead at Czech Cycling Tour

first_imgHe also leads the points classification while Bora Hansgrohe are heading the team standings.Today the rider face a tough 186 kilometre mountain stage – the race finishes on Sunday. Photo © Bora-Hansgrohe Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett has taken the overall lead in the Czech Cycling Tour.The Bora Hansgrohe rider won yesterdays 200 kilometre 2nd stage with an impressive turn of speed in the bunch sprint.Coming on the back of their second place in the opening team time trial Bennett now holds a 5 second lead over Jan Tratnik of CCC Sprandi Polkowice.last_img

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Port Harcourt Agog for Yobo’s Testimonial

first_imgThe Garden City of Port Harcourt will stand still this evening as former Eagles Skipper, Joseph Yobo, will stage a testimonial match in celebration of his retirement and centenary appearance for the national team.The Joseph Yobo Foundation organised the event in conjunction with the Rivers State Government to honour the player who had a record 101 caps for the Super Eagles.Coordinator of the event, Waidi Akanni, said yesterday that all was set for the testimonial match.“About 10 players from various parts are already in town. Tressor Lua Lua, the Ayew Brothers: Andrea and Jordan, Sulley Muntari, are some of the players already in town. David Moyes and John Terry will arrive Abuja this morning en-route Port Harcourt. We are set for this big event,” Akanni said. Other top players from various parts of Europe especially the EPL arrived Lagos yesterday evening and are to be flown with a chartered flight to Port Harcourt this morning for the match.Samuel Eto’o flew in straight from his base in Turkey into Lagos last night to honour his long time friend.Didier Drogba, John Terry, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney are some of those still being expected to arrive early today for the testimonial match.Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi and his assistant, Ahmed Musa are part of the team to fly into the Garden city this morning.Vincent Enyeama, Samson Siasia, Nwanko Kanu and Emmanuel Emenike are some of the Nigerian players (past and present) expected to feature in the match.Rivers State Governor, Nyson Wike, is expected to kick off the encounter with a penalty match against Enyeama at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium,.Meanwhile, CSKA Moscow star, Musa told AfricanFootball.com yesterday that Yobo deserves to be celebrated by his colleagues both within and outside Nigeria after what he has achieved in the game.“Skippo (Yobo) deserves to be celebrated by all of us. He has paid his dues as a footballer for the country and his various clubs.“I am happy to be among those to honour him because it’s a deserving one. To win 101 caps for any national team is no joke,” stressed Musa last night.Yobo represented Nigeria at Under-20 and full international levels, playing at three World Cups. He played for several top European clubs including Everton, Norwich City, Olympique Marseille, Standard Liege and Fenerbache.Some of the corporate bodies who have indicated their support for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game include, Sifax Group, NICON Insurance and Beko Electronics Ltd.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Wikki Maintain Top Spot, Rangers Move Up

first_imgNFPLWikki Tourists consolidated leadership of the Nigeria league after they beat El Kanemi Warriors in a northeastern derby wednesday.The Bauchi club now have 37 points from 20 matches.Their match winner was former Flying Eagles striker Abubakar Lawal, who fired home in the 57th minute off a curling cross. However, Enugu Rangers are within striking distance of the table toppers after they pipped Kano Pillars 1-0 in Enugu, also wednesday.After a scoreless first half, defender Adamu Murtala sliced the ball into his own net in the 56th minute following pressure from Rangers striker Bobby Clement.In other games , Abia Warriors played out a 1-1 draw at home with bottom club Ikorodu United, Niger Tornadoes beat Plateau United 1-0 and Akwa United and Sunshine Stars played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Cilic Loses to Pella in Second Round of Wimbledon

first_imgAnd the world number 82 held his nerve to convert his fourth match point and win 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-4It is the biggest win of Pella’s career and he is now in the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.“The rain coming helped me a lot,” the 28-year-old, who had not won a match at Wimbledon in his two previous visits, told BBC Sport.“Yesterday he was playing so, so well and I couldn’t do anything.“Today, I started to play more aggressively and fight for every ball and that is why I won. Grass isn’t my favourite surface but I started to feel more confident and served a lot better.”On Friday, Pella will play American world number 103 Mackenzie Mcdonald who will also be making his first appearance in the last 32 of a major.“Every time you win a match in a Grand Slam it is a good feeling,” he added.“Tomorrow is a different match and we will both have pressure so it will be a tense match but I will try to be calm and win.”Cilic told BBC Sport that he struggled to find his fluency in the final two sets of the match.“Yesterday I played great, today not so and that is a big disappointment,” he said.“In the fourth I was struggling to find my rhythm, missing balls I hadn’t been missing earlier and not serving as well.“I was not as accurate and he was starting to play and serve better. I was giving him chances to keep going and he was also raising his level.”Three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka was another to be eliminated. The Swiss, who has dropped to 224 in the world after a series of injuries, lost 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 7-6 (8-6) to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano.But there were no problems for Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro who only needed one hour and 34 minutes to beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-1 6-2, winning 31 out of the 32 points behind a successful first serve (97%).US Open finalist and eighth seed Kevin Anderson advanced after a 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory over Fabbiano’s compatriot Andreas Seppi.American ninth seed John Isner sent down 64 aces in his five-set success against Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans – the third-highest number of aces in a match at Wimbledon after the 113 and 110 managed by Isner and Nicolas Mahut respectively in their record-breaking marathon encounter in 2010.And Australian Nick Kyrgios was warned for swearing in his straight-sets win over Dutchman Robin Haase.The 15th seed treated the crowd to some clever strokeplay and some trick shots on his way to a 6-3 6-4 7-5 triumph.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Third seed Marin Cilic let a two-set lead slip as he was knocked out in the second round of Wimbledon by Argentina’s Guido Pella.Last year’s beaten finalist was well in control before rain halted proceedings on Wednesday evening.But, on the resumption, Pella improved and wrapped up the third set and took the fourth on a tie-break.last_img read more

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Enugu to Host Blind Football Trial

first_imgThe Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu will come alive from January 15 to 20, 2019 when blind football players converge on the former capital city of the Eastern Region for a national trials being packaged by the Nigeria Para-Athletics Federation in-conjunction with the BINA Foundation for Persons with Special Needs.Secretary General of the Nigeria Para-Athletics Federation, Patrick Abobi, who disclosed this, said the trial is aimed at selecting the players that would represent the country at the forthcoming African Blind football championship in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire later in the year. He warned that the trials is purely for visually impaired players and is open to all that fall within that category and advised those not connected with blind football to stay clear of the trials.He appealed for a large turn out of players from where only the very best would be selected to represent Nigeria.Abobi hinted that provision has been made for free feeding, medicals and local transportation to ease movement of players within Enugu and its environs.He added that those who excel at the end of the exercise would be selected for the national team and invited to camp towards adequate preparations for the continental football fiesta in AbidjanAccording to him, the federation is taking the continental championship very seriously hence the collaboration with the BINA Foundation for Persons with Special needs for an open and transparent trials in EnuguThe Para-Athletic Secretary General therefore appealed to all talented but visually impaired football players to storm Enugu for the exercise and warned  that any  player  that did not turn up for the the trials would not be part of the national team no matter how good he may be.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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First Team Football Takes Uzoho to Cyprus

first_imgNigerian goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has joined Cypriot giants Anorthosis Famagusta on a six-month loan from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.He moves in search of top-flight football ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.The 20-year-old spent the first half of the season at Elche, where he made 11 appearances for the Spanish second-tier club in all competitions. “I’ve decided to take this big step in Cyprus and I need it because of what lies ahead,” says Uzoho.“This is an important decision for my career and I am very happy that all parties supported this.”His injury-hit campaign and lack of regular football for his first-choice goalkeeper has been a great concern for Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr ahead of the tournament in Egypt.Capped 12 times by Nigeria, he played all three matches as the Super Eagles exited the 2018 World Cup in the group stage.In October 2017, Uzoho became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga and marked a memorable Deportivo La Coruna debut with a clean sheet.Uzoho was part of the victorious Nigeria squad at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, albeit without playing a single minute at the tournament.He only arrived at Deportivo from Qatar’s Aspire Academy in January 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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