There’s also a Tipperary Water county championship title up grabs today.Arravale Rovers and Moyle Rovers meet in the Junior B football decider.The action in Cahir begins at 2 o’clock. The Tipperary champions face Gabriel Rangers of Cork in the provincial semi-final.The match, which takes place in Clonakilty, gets underway at 2.00pm.Tipp FM will have regular updates on the West Tipp side’s progress this afternoon
They were 2-nil winners at the Stadium of Light courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.Tottenham kept up the pressure on leaders Chelsea.A 3-2 victory over Everton at White Hart Lane narrowed the gap to seven points. Meanwhile Chelsea can restore their 10 point lead tonight.They’ll do that with a win over London rivals West Ham at London Stadium.Chelsea has lost only two of their last 21 League games against West Ham. The action kicks off at 8pm.
Former New Zealand captain Colin Meads has died at the age of 81.He led the All Blacks to a series win over the British and Irish Lions in 1971 – and was named New Zealand’s player of the century in 1999.Meads was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August last year.
The Republic of Ireland train in Tbilisi today ahead the World Cup Qualifier against Georgia.Jonathan Walters and John O’Shea have made the trip after recovering from injuries to take a full part in yesterday’s session.Ireland have 8 wins from 8 against Georgia but needed a late Aiden McGeady goal to win the game between the sides three-years ago.
The US Open Men’s Singles Semi Finals are down for decision tonight.After beating Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro takes on Rafael Nadal.South Africa’s Kevin Anderson meets Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in the other last four encounter. Meanwhile, Sloane Stephens will play Madison Keys in the Women’s Final.The unseeded 24 year old beat Venus Williams in three sets in New York last night. Photo © Pixabay
JK Brackens take on Borrisokane in Templederry at 12:30.Following that one, Moyle Rovers face Clonoulty Rossmore at 2:00 –That game has been moved from Cashel to Munroe.In the County Under 21 B county semi final Newport play Upperchurch Drombane in Kilcommon at 4pmMeanwhile there’s also been a change of venue for the Ladies Minor football clash with Cork – its now on Bansha not Cahir at 2 pm
As Loew acknowledged, France is buoyed by Sunday’s 5-2 hammering of minnows Iceland in their quarterfinal clash.And the hosts can expect near fanatical support in Marseille, the heartland of the nation’s die-hard fans.Nevertheless Loew can barely wait for kick-off this evening. “I’m not worried about who the favourite is,” said Germany’s head coach.“It would be easy to say that we have a few injuries and France are favourites as they played really well.“But that does not matter at all over 90 or 120 minutes.“It is like it was against Italy: a game of two teams with outstanding individuals.“Both have a clear direction, even if France naturally plays offensively. I love games like this.”Loew was very clear that Schweinsteiger, who has a strained knee, will only face France if fully fit.The Manchester United star had only recently recovered from tearing the medial ligament in his right knee in March.“If a player is less than 100 percent fit, then I won’t play him,” said Loew.“I made that mistake once before in my career and I won’t do it again.”Loew refused to be drawn about the mistake he referred to – passing it of from earlier in his career as a club coach.But he has been in this situation before with Germany.Loew played Michael Ballack in the Euro 2008 final, when Germany were beaten 1-0 by Spain, when the defensive midfielder was carrying a calf injury.But France’s defender, Olivier Giroud, believes his country will have the perfect opportunity to avenge their defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup when they take on their old foes in the Euro 2016 semifinals today.“It will be a great match, we have a lot of desire to get our own back for the World Cup,” Giroud said after his two goals helped France thrash Iceland 5-2 in Sunday’s quarterfinal.A header from Mats Hummels knocked France out in the quarterfinal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago and Germany went on to win their fourth global crown.Arsenal forward Giroud said the showdown with Germany in Marseille will be “a completely different match” to the romp against the Icelanders.“They are the world champions and they are often in the last four of major tournaments,” Giroud said.“I’m very proud of what this France side is achieving and I hope we’ll come out once again with the right result.”In contrast to France’s straightforward passage, the Germans were given a severe test in their quarterfinal. Italy took them to an error-strewn penalty shootout in Bordeaux on Saturday before Joachim Loew’s side triumphed 6-5.Despite the setbacks of missing Gomez, Khedira and Schweinsteiger, France coach Didier Deschamps is in no doubt that Germany is the class act of the tournament.“Germany are the best team, there is no doubt about that, even if Italy gave them a few scares. But we are there in the final four and we’ll give it our all,” Deschamps said.“They are one of the rare teams which can control a match. It will be a great game but it won’t be a stroll in the park.”France striker Antoine Griezmann said taking on the Germans in front of a predominantly French crowd at the Stade Velodrome will help.“We’ll have to give everything we’ve got, it’ll be a semifinal at home, in front of so many supporters,” he said after his goal against Iceland left him top of the Euro 2016 scorers’ charts with four.Hummels will not be there to torture France again as he did on that stifling hot day in Rio as he is suspended for the semifinal.Deschamps withdrew Giroud and key defender Laurent Koscielny during the Iceland game as they were at risk of suffering the same fate.Today’s match up is taking place almost 34 years to the day since the 1982 World Cup semifinal in Seville which ended in a traumatic defeat for Michel Platini’s team.Schumacher’s shoulder-charge on Battiston left the French substitute with three broken ribs, broken teeth and cracked vertebrae. The German goalkeeper escaped without even a booking as the referee claimed he had not seen the incident.]France roared to a 3-1 lead in extra-time but the Germans fought back to equalise with goals from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Klaus Fischer. The Germans, inevitably, won the penalty shootout 5-4, but went on to lose to Italy in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Germany Coach, Joachim Loew, is relishing facing hosts France in today’s Euro 2016 second semifinal despite a mounting injury list.“It’s great that there’s a game like this. I love playing knock-out games against teams of this calibre,” said Loew in Evian during the week.Loew’s cause for optimism over the Marseille semifinal is not obvious with three key players definitely ruled out, while captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is doubtful with a new knee injury.Germany’s defender Mats Hummels is suspended while Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira are out with injury – Gomez for the rest of the tournament.
The amounts ranged from $30 (£22) a minute for a win to $10 (£7) a minute for a 1-0 defeat.“In reference to what we heard, we want to make it clear that we are against anything of this kind,” Bonilla added.“We want to be transparent about everything that has happened with the national team.”Fourteen El Salvador players were previously banned for life in 2013 after being found guilty of match-fixing.Padilla, a former president of El Salvador club Alianza FC, told a newspaper in the country that he was not asking the players to match-fix.“Let them investigate. Those who want to see it as something bad can see it that way and those who want to see it as something good then they can too,” he told La Prensa Grafica.Investigative journalist Declan Hill told the BBC World Service it is “most dramatic thing in football” for some time.“The entire team came in with their coaches and said they had been approached on Saturday,” he said.“They played an 11-minute conversation with the attempted match-fixer. He was offering each player a variety of money per minute depending on the result they could get. The most they would have got for allegedly fixing the match would have been about $3,000 per player.”There has been no comment from the Honduran or Canadian football associations.A FIFA spokesman said it is “aware of the claims” and that “in co-operation with the respective organisations and authorities, FIFA is looking into this matter”.While Padilla’s offers to players appear to help Honduras – who face group leaders Mexico – the neighbouring countries have had difficult relations in the past.The two Central American nations briefly went to war in 1969 and as the conflict coincided with bad-tempered World Cup matches between the two, it became known as the Football War.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram El Salvador players were offered financial incentives before yesterday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Canada, the country’s football association has confirmed.It said Salvadoran businessman Ricardo Padilla offered the players rewards to win, draw or avoid a heavy loss.A heavy defeat could see Canada progress at the expense of El Salvador’s neighbours Honduras.World football governing body FIFA has confirmed it is investigating.In a recording played by El Salvador’s captain Nelson Bonilla at a news conference, Padilla promised various amounts of money to players depending on the result.
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The competition in the last nine years has become a veritable ground for fishing fresh basketball talents. While advising the players to consider the competition as a step to make it in life, the President of NBBF commended the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, for sustaining the competition even in the face of the current economic recession. In his remark, Justice Ajanah noted that his desire to sustain the competition was borne out of zeal to foster unity of purpose in the development of basketball in the state as well as help to remove idle youths from the street so that they can have brighter future. “We have started achieving result as youths in the state have committed themselves to the game,” he said. While commending the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for supporting the competition with N1million, he assured stakeholders that he will not relent in his effort to further develop the game of basketball in the state. At the end of the competition, Team Kogi defeated Team Okene to win the 9th edition while Team Okehi defeated Team Ofu in the third place game. By Yekini Jimoh in LokojaThe President of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Mallam Tijani Umar, has called on state governments to support individuals and corporate organisations that devote their time and money into sport development. Umar made the call in Okene, Kogi State during the Annual Ajanah Basketball Competition among all the 21 local government councils in the state.According to him, sport is the easiest and best way to mobilised and discourage youths from social vices that are inimical to their lives and the society at large.He therefore called on the Kogi State Government to give a helping hand to those who promote sport in the state, stressing that the Ajanah Annual Basketball Competition deserves the support of the government.
NANAfter a season dominated by injuries and disappointment at dropping down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu, Gareth Bale showed in Kiev, Ukraine, why he was once the most expensive player in the world to win a third consecutive Champions League final for Real Madrid.Bale came off the bench to score twice, including a stunning overhead kick with his first meaningful touch, as Real ran out 3-1 winners over Liverpool to secure a 13th European Cup in Kiev. Just as he had for last seasonâ€™s final in his native Cardiff, Bale had been left on the sidelines from the start despite a stunning end to the season having scored four times in his previous three games.And the Welshman didnâ€™t waste any time in making an impact with an acrobatic bicycle kick that will live long in the memory as it looped over the helpless Loris Karius, on a miserable night for the German keeper.Karius had been at fault for Karim Benzemaâ€™s opener just after half-time, and he then spilled Baleâ€™s 30-yard strike into his own net seven minutes from time to seal Liverpoolâ€™s fate.Bale has now won four Champions League winnerâ€™s medals in five seasons since moving to Madrid.Just as he had for last seasonâ€™s final in his native Cardiff, Bale had been left on the sidelines from the start despite a stunning end to the season having scored four times in his previous three games. And the Welshman didnâ€™t waste any time in making an impact with an acrobatic bicycle kick that will live long in the memory as it looped over the helpless Loris Karius, on a miserable night for the German keeper.And his wonder strike brought back memories of Zidaneâ€™s own magnificent volleyed winner to win Madrid the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park in 2002.That even one of the greatest players of all-time reacted with such wonder at Baleâ€™s brilliance on the touchline was testament to a strike worthy of winning any final.It may also ensure that Baleâ€™s future lies in the Spanish capital rather than returning to the Premier League this summer frustrated by his lack of opportunities in the biggest games.Bale started just one of Realâ€™s seven knockout matches in the Champions League. In the one he did, he was hooked at half-time by Zidane as Juventus threatened to come back from a 3-0 first-leg deficit at the Bernabeu in the second leg of the quarter-finals.A host of injuries have prevented Bale from maximising his potential in Madrid.A recurring calf problem saw him sidelined for two months early in the campaign and he struggled to regain Zidaneâ€™s confidence even after returning to fitness just before the turn of the year.However, the signs were there in recent weeks that Bale was rediscovering the form that enticed Real to pay Tottenham Hotspur a then-world record 91 million euros in 2013.For the first time since a stunning solo run and finish to win the Copa del Rey in his debut Real season, Bale scored in an El Clasico against Barcelona earlier this month.Two more thumping finishes against Celta Vigo followed a week later and he also ended the domestic season by netting at Villarreal to make the strongest case possible to Zidane for a start in Kiev.It still wasnâ€™t enough, but Baleâ€™s case going forward will be far harder to ignore.An early shoulder injury robbed Liverpoolâ€™s Mohamed Salah the opportunity to bolster his case as a Ballon dâ€™Or successor to Cristiano Ronaldo.For once in the final, it wasnâ€™t the Portuguese who made the difference for Real.When Bale was signed many saw him as the future king at the Bernabeu once Ronaldoâ€™s powers began to wane.It hasnâ€™t always been an easy ride, but Baleâ€™s time finally came in Kiev.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram