Day 3 at the Open

first_imgPadraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Shane Lowry all missed the cut. Jordan Spieth is the man to catch into today’s third round at the Open Championship.The American two-time major champion has a two-shot lead at six-under ahead of teeing off at five-to-four this afternoon.Rory McIlroy is back out at twenty-five-past-three from one-under. Photo © – Tipp FMlast_img

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Interruptions to county championships a cause of concern

first_imgClubs in Tipperary have again expressed frustration at the interruptions to the championship caused by inter-county games.Ballingarry are involved in the Seamus O’Riain round robin series as they bid to avoid relegation to Intermediate level.However manager James Ivors says their efforts this season like many others has been impacted on by Tipperary’s involvement in the various intercounty competitions. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img

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Mourinho , Wenger Relive Rivalry as Arsenal Storm Old Trafford

first_imgJose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger had never hidden the animosity between them, the height of it being the famous shove of the ‘Special One’ by the Arsenal manager in 2014, when Mourinho was with Chelsea. Since his sack at Stamford Bridge early last season both gladiators will be confronting each other for the first today and on a different ground in an encounter that would definitely reignite their old rivalryManchester United go into today’s game at the back of a 3-1 thrashing of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Jose Mourinho’s men languish at sixth on the table, six points of Arsenal. Mourinho has not lost a single league  game against the Arsenal Manager Arsene, with Wenger’s  only victory being the 2015 Community Shield. But there is cause for optimism for Wenger as his team are on a tremendous unbeaten run in the league losing 3-4 to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Emirates back in August in the opening weekend.However, United’s supremacy in English football has been put under serious threat since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but their dominance over Arsenal haven’t ceased. While there are a number of injury concerns for Manchester United, Arsenal has very few injury concerns to deal with.Manchester United will be without their first defender Chris Smalling owing to an injury, while Eric Bailly is also set to miss out following surgery. Besides the central defenders, United have injury concerns in their midfield as well as forward line as well. Wayne Rooney is reportedly struggling with a swollen knee while Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini is down with a calf injury. Luke Shaw is also reported to be having a little bit of niggle while Antonio Valencia has been ruled out with a broken arm. However, Wayne Rooney is expected to be fit for the encounter.However, Arsenal are in a favourable position as far as injuries to the players are concerned. They had a worry regarding their talismanic midfielder Alexis Sanchez. But Wenger might just sit comfortably owing to the fact that Sanchez put up a stellar show on national duty for Chile scoring two of his team’s three goals against a strong Uruguayan side.The match may also witness the much anticipated out of the playing turf clash which may take place between Wenger and Mourinho. The duo have a history of some off-field fiascos which might be reignited at Old Trafford.Wenger has however confirmed he will shake hands with Manchester United manager and moved to deflect attention away from the dugout.  “Of course, I respect the ritual that is so important in the Premier League,” Wenger said in his pre-match press conference when asked if he would shake hands with the United Manager ahead of kick-off. “I won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here. I do not make these games a competition between two managers, it’s between two clubs. It’s not the controversy that makes the audience; it’s the quality of the game. It is a top level game and will be watched all over the world.”Mourinho famously branded his opposite number a specialist in failure during his second stint as Chelsea boss and the pair clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge as their bitter relationship reached boiling point in 2014. “I don’t think I have to describe our relationship. He fights for his team, I fight for mine,” Wenger added.The pair have met on 11 previous occasions in the Premier League, with the Portuguese having won five of those encounters, while six ended in draws.However, those were while Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea, so will a change of club have an impact on the ‘Special One’s’ seemingly impregnable hold over the Frenchman?Of 11 previous meetings between the two in the top flight, the United boss has won five while six  ended with the spoils shared. The last time the two sides met was back in February last season. Teen sensation Marcus Rashford scored a brace on his league debut for United as they grabbed all three points in a scintillating 3-2 victory over the Gunners.Meanwhile, 10th placed Southampton host Premier League leaders, Liverpool, in a battle of two high-intensity teams seeking to better their performances from last season. Liverpool are undefeated in all competitions since their 2-0 loss to Burnley on August 20 and the Reds are seemingly improving by the game, outscoring the opposition, most recently demolishing Watford 6-1 at home.Southampton, conversely, have been a mixed bag this season. They’ve registered some very strong performances, particularly a 1-1 away draw to Manchester City, but they’ve lacked some of their consistency from last year, only managing to win three games this season, losing their last two in succession.Whilst an away defeat to Liverpool would be a much easier pill to swallow than their shocking 2-1 defeat to Hull in the previous fixture, losing three on the bounce will not sit well with the Saints faithful and Claude Puel will be keen to ensure that his players are focussed for what will almost certainly be one of their toughest games all season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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NFSC, Fans Congress to Flag off Red Card Campaign

first_imgAccording to Ikpea, “Day 1 of the event will be streamed live online and will witness a show tagged :” Total Red Card “which will entail the participant of approximately 30,000 fans in simultaneous raising up of Red Cards in a symbolic mass campaign against the escalating deaths on the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert.“There is a need to enlighten our citizens on the dangers of taking this huge risk of travelling to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea or across the Sahara Desert.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), Rev. Samuel Ikpea and an estimated 30,000 football fans are set to make the ‘Red Card’ campaign a reality in the bid to help put an end to escalating deaths of Nigerians and other migrants on the Mediterranean Sea and the harrowing experiences in Libyan slave camps.The two days event scheduled to begin tomorrow with an elaborate road show through the streets of Lagos will see captains of industries, footballers and officials of the supporters club raise awareness on the ills of trying to migrate to Europe using the same routes where some Nigerians have been turned into slaves in Libya.There is going to be a brief real-time and digitally relayed endorsement messages from CAF, FIFA, UNHCR and other international sports and humanitarian agencies– including special Sports Business and SME (Small and medium scale enterprises).last_img read more

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Pre-World Cup Friendly: Bolasie to Lead DR Congo against Eagles

first_imgEverton star forward Yannick Bolasie will lead a 32-man DR Congo squad dominated by overseas pros for a May 28 World Cup warm-up against Nigeria in Port Harcourt.Other top pros stars are Paul Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege/Belgium), Benik Afobe (Bournemouth), Cedric Bakambu (China) and Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United).DRC will use this match to prepare for a 2019 AFCON qualifier against Liberia. The team will fly into Nigeria on a special chartered flight on May 25.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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MFM Maintains Winning Streak in Final Six

first_imgOn Sunday, MFM upset Nigeria Customs 58-57 in the opening match of the Final Six to the surprise of the spectators who were expecting a blow out for the new entrants.It was a tension soaked encounter in which the Customs led for the better part of the duration but the MFM ladies took over when it mattered most to win with just one point margin. The victory was the third recorded by the team just a single point margin.Only yesterday, Coach Aderemi Adewunmi said he was proud of his players recording two wins in their first two games of the Final Six.“Nobody expected us to be in the Final Six and now that we are here the girls are getting getter and winning games. I simply urged them to go on and enjoy themselves but they were just determined to win.“I am so happy with their professionalism and discipline. This is good for the sport and we look forward to better tidings in the competition,” coach Aderemi said.MFM defeated First Deepwater in the crucial final match in Enugu to qualify for the final phase of the competition in Lagos.The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, said the competition would get better every year“We are happy with the progress made so far and we are very optimistic that we will take women basketball to the next level in Nigeria because the signs are there that things can only get better at continental and global levels,” Amangbo said.The competition continues today and it ends on Thursday at the national Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ZENITH BANK WOMEN’S B’BALL LEAGUEThe new entrant into the National Women Basketball League, the Mountain of Fire Basketball Club, on Monday completed a back-to-back victory in their first ever appearance in the final phase of the competition.In the abridged format which is n a home and away basis, the MFM ladies defeated Nigeria Customs in the reverse fixture 56-49 in the Final Six which started on Sunday at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.last_img read more

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Missed tap-in costs Fowler the weekend at PGA Championship

first_img Written By Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 09:32 IST Missed Tap-in Costs Fowler The Weekend At PGA Championship Fowler’s silly mistake — a miss from 6 inches on the sixth green — cost him a weekend starting time at the PGA Championship. Tringale’s error — signing an incorrect scorecard — saved him a couple hours of waiting around before he headed home, as well Associated Press Television Newslast_img

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Jets bring back backup QBs Fales, White to practice squad

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 7th September, 2020 11:04 IST Last Updated: 7th September, 2020 11:04 IST Jets Bring Back Backup QBs Fales, White To Practice Squad The New York Jets have brought back quarterbacks David Fales and Mike White, signing both to their practice squad a day after cutting them.center_img Written By FOLLOW US The New York Jets have brought back quarterbacks David Fales and Mike White, signing both to their practice squad a day after cutting them.Fales and White worked with the second-team offense throughout training camp behind starter Sam Darnold. One of the two will likely be active as the backup next Sunday for the season opener at Buffalo.Veteran Joe Flacco was added to the active roster Saturday after passing his physical, but is likely still a few weeks away from being ready to play following neck surgery. The Jets also have rookie James Morgan, a fourth-round pick, giving them five quarterbacks on the 53-man roster and practice squad.The Jets also signed 13 other players to the practice squad Sunday, all of whom were in camp with them: running back Josh Adams; wide receivers Lawrence Cager, Josh Malone, Donte Moncrief and D.J. Montgomery; tight ends Bronson Kaufusi and Ross Travis; offensive linemen Corbin Kaufusi and James Murray; and defensive backs Javelin Guidry, Bennett Jackson, Lamar Jackson and Zane Lewis.NFL teams can add up to 16 players this year — up from 10 — to their practice squad, including six veterans who had accrued any number of seasons in the league, to help manage rosters during the coronavirus pandemic. The Jets still have one open slot.Offensive lineman Josh Andrews is being re-signed to the 53-man roster, agent Brett Tessler announced on Twitter. Backup tight end and special teams ace Daniel Brown will also be back. Both players had been released Saturday as the Jets got down to their initial 53-player roster. The team hadn’t immediately announced corresponding moves. LIVE TVlast_img read more

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