Tipp’s FM coverage of the match at O’Moore Park gets underway at 6.50 on Saturday evening Conor Sweeney says the panel will be out to impress manager Liam Kearns in training in order to secure a starting place in the county’s third Allianz National League outing of the season.Tipp have won one and lost one of their Division 3 matches to date.The Ballyporeen man is hoping the battle to get into the side will pay dividends in Portlaoise…
Photo © – Tipp FM It was his first tournament since pulling out of the US Masters with injury – McIlroy says his resilience is incredible. Rory McIlroy says there’s no sign of Dustin Johnson’s gap at the top of the world golf rankings narrowing.He leads McIlroy by nearly five points, with the five players below them separated by just over half a point.Johnson narrowly missed out on a fifth straight win at the weekend.
An unbelievable round of 62 gave Alex Noren victory at the BMW PGA Championship.The Swede finished up on 11 under par, two clear of Italian Francesco Molinari at Wentworth.Shane Lowry had a tie for the lead heading into the back nine of his final round, but two double bogeys brought his challenge to an end and he finished up on 7 under. Photo © – Tipp FM
Katie Taylor’s opponent for her professional American debut on Saturday night in New York has been confirmed.The Bray fighter will meet Jasmine Clarkson who’s lost 8 out of her 12 pro fights.Taylor is unbeaten so far in the professional ranks.
The first of eight races is at 2pm, while there’s also action in Listowel from 2.10. It’s a busy day of action at the Curragh as Champions Weekend concludes with three Group 1 races down for decision.The highlight is arguably the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at 4.50.Preceeding that is the Moyglare Stud Stakes, and the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes. Photo: © pixabay.com
Tipperary defender Padraic Maher has been named on this years’ PwC All Stars hurling team.He’s Tipperary’s sole representative on the team – which features 7 players from All Ireland Champions Galway, as well as 5 from Waterford and two from Cork.This is the Thurles Sarsfields player’s fifth award – leaving him one behind Premier County legends Nicky English and Eoin Kelly, who each won six All-Stars. His award will be some consolation following Sars’ defeat to Waterford’s Ballygunner in the Munster club hurling championship last weekend.The announcement of the 2017 PwC All-Star Football team will be made live on Friday night, at the Convention Centre in Dublin, as will the announcement of the Footballer and Hurler of the Year, and the Young Footballer and Hurler of the Year. Photo: All Stars read more
“It’s the Lord’s doing for all the successes I have achieved in the last one year in Chess. This is the seventh time that I will emerge top in a major tournament among my other rivals,” Baku Chess Olympiad-bound Adu commented after the win.After securing a quarterfinal slot by scoring 7.5 points from nine rounds to lead other contenders into the final knockout phase, Adu dismissed Udeme Edet in three straight win to hit the semifinal and won against fellow Baku-bound chess Olympiad Dr. Adeyinka Adesina with same result.The defining moment of his triumph came in the final match against ambitious FIDE Master Daniel Anwuli.The champion had to dig deep after being down to half out of two points in the rapid.“I needed to win the two blitz games to become the overall tournament with a 2.5-1.5 thereby securing the ticket to the Millionaire Chess championship in Atlantic city, New Jersey, USA,” revealed Adu.In his closing remarks, the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr. Lekan Adeyemi, commended all the participants for their comportment all through the four-day event.He enjoined them not to lose focus on the plans the present board of NCF has for them in spite of poor funding from the Federal Ministry of Sports since the inception of the current board of the federation.“We hope to organise more rated tournaments even after the World Chess Olympiad aimed at making more aspiring players to improve on their ratings and earn titles,” he remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaInternational Master Oladapo Adu showed shades of his genius on the big stage following his massive win at the just concluded Millionaire Chess Championship at the Chevron Recreation Centre, Gbagada, Lagos last Sunday.Playing in the pool of best players in the country, Adu opted to play different openings in the tournament, with the English opening as white and Queens Gambit most used during the grueling nine-round Swiss event pairing which he won convincingly.The feat means that Adu who has triumphed in six previous tournaments among his contemporaries, has won the ticket to represent the country at the forthcoming Millionaire Chess Open in Atlantic City, USA in October. read more
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Thursday paid tribute to the late Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, who passed away two years ago.Keshi died of cardiac arrest on June 7, 2016 in Benin City aged 54 years.â€œToday we remember Nigeria and Africa football legend, late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi who passed on, on this day in 2016. â€œThank you for the memories â€˜The Big Boss.â€™ We can never forget you,â€™â€™ a tweet on the NFFâ€™s official Twitter handle announced yesterday.Similarly, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) also marked the day with a tweet.â€œToday marks 2 years on Nigerian legend, Stephan Keshiâ€™s passing. Gone but never forgotten #RIP,â€ the African governing body tweeted.Born on Jan. 23, 1962, the former Super Eagles defender represented Nigeria at four Africa Cup of Nations competitions (1984, 1988, 1992 and 1994) and played one game at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the U.S.A (USA â€™94)Keshi led Togo as coach to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and also led Nigeria to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. He also won the Africa Cup of Nations title as a player in 1994.The former Lokeren and Anderlecht star, also guided Nigeria to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil equaling the countryâ€™s best ever feat of a second round berth with the team.He played his first game for Nigeria against Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) in October, 1980 in a friendly game and later made his first competitive match against Tanzania in a World Cup qualifier in December, 1980.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
World number one Simona Halep has another chance to finally land her first Grand Slam title after beating Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semi-finals and she faces Sloane Stephens in today’s final after the US Open champion beat Madison Keys 6-4 6-4.Halep has lost three previous Grand Slam finals, including two at Roland Garros in 2014 and 2017.‘One of my best matches on clay’The Romanian arrived in Paris as the top seed and the leading player on the WTA Tour this year, hoping this would be the moment she finally lands her first major.She further proved her credentials with a dominant, yet gutsy, win over 2016 champion Muguruza, who failed to hold serve in the first set.“I think I played one of my best matches on clay,” Halep said. “Every day I play better and that makes me happy.”One thing Halep will not want to dwell on is the fact she has won only one of her past eight finals – including a defeat by Jelena Ostapenko in last year’s Roland Garros showpiece.Halep also lost to five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova in 2014, while she was also beaten in this year’s Australian Open final by Caroline Wozniacki.“I have more experience now,” she said. “I feel calm. I feel that I have to enjoy this victory because it’s a great match.“And I have two more days until I will play the final. So I will relax and then we will see what is going to happen Saturday. But for sure, I will fight for every ball.” Muguruza undone by ‘lightning’ startHalep spent an hour longer on court than Muguruza in their respective quarter-finals on Wednesday, needing three sets to beat German 12th seed Angelique Kerber.By contrast, Muguruza breezed past Sharapova in a ruthless victory, but any thoughts those differing levels of energy burned would hinder Halep and motivate Muguruza were swiftly dismissed.Wimbledon champion Muguruza, considered the slight favourite by many, handed her serve over in the first game with a double fault on break point and Halep raced 5-0 ahead in the opening set.Halep lost focus to allow Muguruza to claw back one break, only to break again herself to seal the first set in 36 minutes.“She started playing very well immediately and I wasn’t able to reach the level that she was playing at. It was just lightning,” said Muguruza.The 24-year-old improved in the early stages of the second set, holding serve for the first time and backing it up with a break on her way to a 3-1 lead.That became 4-2 before Halep broke back for 4-4 and then held serve in a 14-minute game which went to a seventh deuce and saw Muguruza blow three break points.It was a gutsy hold which proved pivotal in the match and – if Halep goes on to win the final – in her career.Halep broke to love as Muguruza wilted in the next game, sealing her third final appearance at Roland Garros and ensuring she will stay as world number one after the tournament.“I think it was the most important game of the match,” Halep said on the penultimate game.“The fact that I could win that long game, I won the next one easy, so it was a little bit of a mental part in the last game. I just didn’t give up.”Stephens wins all-American battleIn a re-run of last year’s US Open final, Stephens once again got the better of her fellow American Madison Keys in two sets.Tenth seed Stephens broke in the third game to gain an early grip on the first set, eventually serving it out and sealing it when Keys netted a forehand.The second set followed a similar pattern as Keys lost her first service game, although there was brief hope for the 13th seed when she broke for the first time when Stephens was serving for the match at 5-2.But ultimately she paid the price of 41 unforced errors as Stephens served out the match at the second time of asking, sealing victory with a backhand down the line.It was the first time two American women had reached the last four at Roland Garros since 2002, when Serena Williams beat sister Venus in the final.“It’s always hard playing someone from your country and your friend. I was pleased to get through that and play some good tennis,” Stephens, 25, said.This is one of my favourite tournaments. I’ve got another great opportunity on Saturday and I’m really looking forward to it.”and First Grand Slam TitleShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more