Senior Hurling Coach Declan Fanning is expecting a real good battle when Tipperary take on Wexford in the National League Semi final this weekend.The Premier set up the encounter with Davy Fitzgerald’s side after victory over Offaly a fortnight ago while Wexford come into the clash buoyed by defeat of hurling giants Kilkenny.Killenaule club man Fanning says league matches like these are essential of testing out players ahead of their Championship start against Cork Throw in at Nowlan Park on Sunday is at 4 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with the Donal Ryan Motor Group – Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Arabawn Store, Tyone, Nenagh.
Nenagh Eire Og’s new Manager is being recognised for his outstanding contribution to Hurling.Brian Whelahan is being inducted into the Leinster GAA Hall of Fame.He took over the reins at Eire Og in May replacing interim manager and Michael Cleary. In his intercounty playing career as a wing-back he won three Leinster titles, two All-Irelands, four All-Star awards and picked up the Hurler of the Year award twice.Whelahan also won four club All-Irelands with Birr.Even though he’s still active in the game and has just taken up his new managerial role in Nenagh – Leinster GAA’s Cian Murphy says there was no need to put off this decision…Whelahan will be the official guest of honour at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise this Sunday, as Offaly take on Galway in the provincial semi-final where he will be introduced to the crowd before throw-in.
Liverpool will be determined to secure their place in the Champions League group stages, for only the second time in 8 years tonight.The Reds bring a 2-1 lead into the home leg of their play off against Hoffenheim.Manager Jurgen Klopp insists Hoffenheim can’t be taken lightly. Kick off at Anfield is 7.45.
Commenting on the partnership during the event, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries, Franco Maria-Maggi said, “We’ll be finding ways to use this unique partnership of the NPFL to give our consumers more reason to enjoy the local football. Football in Nigeria and Star Lager have a proud past, a strong present and very bright future in front of them.”Chairman of League Management Company, Shehu Dikko also remarked, saying, “We are excited about this partnership with Star Lager, and we hope to achieve more from this with the support of all stakeholders involved. Having Star as a major sponsor will certainly be the key to a bright future for professional football league in Nigeria”.Star has consistently been a long-standing supporter of football, from championing the world cup through its “Shine On Nigeria” campaign to testing the passion, knowledge and skills of football fans through the Star Super fans game show.The partnership is part of Star’s commitment to create numerous platforms to recognize and reward consumers for their football passion.Star Football is Nigeria’s largest football platform, which brings fans together to celebrate and acknowledge their passion to the beautiful game of football.An average of 8,000 fans attended games in the 2014/15 seasons, according to the LMC’s season review. This is the biggest crowd number for domestic football in Nigeria for more than 15 years and is expected to rise this year. It is common these days to see families attend local league matches in their bright club replica jerseys due to the increased security at venues across the country.While the win-at-home at-all-cost syndrome is fast becoming a thing of the past with 31 away wins, the highest in 10 years, the league has become more competitive as clubs now chase points on the road leading to greater excitement for the fans, the biggest stakeholders.The NPFL, like many important leagues across the world, needs big corporate organizations to support its message of youth empowerment – at least 700 footballers are employed across the 20 club sides in the league.“This partnership agreement with Star shows that there is opportunity for corporate Nigeria in our league and we hope that many more organizations will take advantage of football to reach their target markets as we continue to build an attractive league” said LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko.Since the first Star lager beer bottle rolled out of the bottling lines in Lagos brewery in 1949 the brand has been a market leader and was listed by the African Business magazine in its 100 Most Admired African Brands in 2015. Star has put its expansive platform to good use in promoting music and youth lifestyle via projects like Star Trek, Star Quest and Star Mega Jam.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s leading beer brand, Star Lager, on Tuesday announced a partnership with the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), to be the first official beer partner of the NPFL.The event brought together stakeholders from the Nigerian football industry to celebrate a major milestone in Nigeria’s football history.This first of its kind partnership will commence from the 2015/2016-football league season and end with the football league season of 2019/2020.
He remains on the boards of McLaren Technology Group and McLaren Automotive and retains significant shareholdings in both.Dennis owns 25% of McLaren Group, Bahrain’s Mumtalakat investment fund owns 50% and the remaining 25% is held by Dennis’ long-time business partner Mansour Ojjeh, a Saudi-born Frenchman.Dennis and Ojjeh, the chief executive of the TAG Group, fell out some years ago and the 64-year-old Ojjeh has sided with the Bahrainis in trying to remove his former friend.It was felt Dennis’ autocratic style was ill-fitted to growing McLaren in the future.Dennis said the other main shareholders “forced through” the decision “despite the strong warnings from the rest of the management team about the potential consequences of their actions on the business”.He added: “My management style is the same as it has always been and is one that has enabled McLaren to become an automotive and technology group that has won 20 Formula 1 World Championships and grown into an £850m-a-year business.“Ultimately it has become clear to me through this process that neither TAG nor Mumtalakat share my vision for McLaren and its true growth potential.“My first concern is to the business I have built and to its 3,500 employees. I will continue to use my significant shareholding in both companies and my seats on both boards to protect the interests and value of McLaren and help shape its future.“I intend to launch a new technology investment fund once my contractual commitments with McLaren expire.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ron Dennis’ 35-year tenure as the boss of McLaren has come to an end.Dennis, 69, quit after being told by fellow shareholders on Tuesday that he must give up his position as chairman and chief executive of McLaren Group.He did not want to step down and failed in a High Court bid last week to prevent McLaren putting him on ‘gardening leave’.In a statement, Dennis said he was “disappointed” and called the grounds for his removal “entirely spurious”.
Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFrancis Epe finally won his first professional title on the Nigerian Tour since he joined the PGA of Nigeria in 2011 following his victory at the 6th Pa Aikwuta Mark Memorial Tournament at Otukpo Golf and Country Club, Akpegede-Otukpo, Benue State over the weekend.The six-year- wait bore every hallmark of specialty given that the Aikwuta Mark Open was the forerunner on the Nigerian Order of Merit Schedule for 2017 with a repertoire of the nation’s leading players in attendance.Epe from Ikoyi Club 1938 reined in the final day pressure when he shot -2 under par 286 to secure victory and take home the winner’s purse. The crunching nerve was in the composition of the final round last group where Epe found himself on the tee playing aside Sunday Olapade and Gift Willy.After they all dropped shots on the opening hole, Epe drilled four birdies and 12 pars to steer ahead of the pack. He hit 14 fairways and all greens in regulation for a closing round of 70, his best round over 72 holes.Emos Korblah from Ghana was three shots off the pace for second place ahead of countryman Vincent Torgah, who finished at +2 over par 290.Elisha Markus, Willy and Olapade, whose opening tee shot rested in the rough to the left, shared fourth position at +3 over par 291.“It was not an easy tournament to win because I was nervous playing in the last group. But I controlled my temperament and struck to my game plan. I reaped from vital birdies and par saves. I hit all par threes and never made another bogey until hole number 15. It is a great feeling to start the Nigerian season as a winner,”Epe summed up afterwards.Apart from Epe’s baptismal triumph as a pro, the individual feats of Idris Garba and Amedu Usman were some of the highlights of the tournament.Garba shot an albatross on the par 4 hole 4, while Usman made a hole-in-one at hole 9.Danjuma Joel won the men Category 2 event with 131 nett, beating S. Igbetua by five shots while Blessing Obaje won the Ladies Handicap 0-36 gross prize with 146.The sponsor of the tournament, Senator David Mark, who organised the tournament in memory of his father, said Nigeria would not be recognised as a great golfing nation unless the professional game was developed by amateur golfers with means and influence.He said the Otukpo Golf Course that runs an academy for children is to encourage the youths to embrace golf and take the boys from the streets by channeling their energy into sports instead of activities detrimental to the society.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“He (Alonso) played here three or four years ago, he was at Bolton. He’s a lovely footballer, absolute quality, he has got a great left foot,” Redknapp told BT Sport.“His delivery is top class, he always looked very composed, he suits the system.“Moses was going nowhere in his career, suddenly in this system he has blossomed, he has been fantastic.”Former England manager Glenn Hoddle echoed Redknapp’s views about Moses and Alonso.“Him (Alonso) and Moses, at the beginning of the season people weren’t too sure about the wingbacks, but they have proved themselves.“Alonso has that lovely left foot balance. The number of times they change the play, he is out there all the time. The diagonal pass is always in play.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former West Ham United and Portsmouth gaffer, Harry Redknapp, has heaped plaudits on Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte, for allowing Nigerian star, Victor Moses, to blossom.The Super Eagles forward spent the previous three seasons on loan at Stoke City, Liverpool and West Ham United after failing to establish himself as a regular with the Blues.However, Chelsea’s switch earlier this season to a 3-4-3 formation has allowed Moses to thrive as a right wingback, while Marcos Alonso has also benefited on the other flank.
American Olympic champion Brianna Rollins has been banned for a year for missing three drugs tests in 2016 – one of which came while she was meeting former United States president Barack Obama at the White House.Another saw Rollins, 25, miss a test to attend ‘Brianna Rollins Day’ in September in her hometown in Florida.Rollins, who won 100m hurdles gold in Rio, is banned until 18 December. She will therefore miss the World Championships in London in August.“This is one of the most difficult times in my career, especially after having such a great 2016 season,” Rollins said in a statement on Instagram.The United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) says Rollins failed to properly file her whereabouts information for drug testers.Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, athletes cannot miss three tests in a 12-month period.Rollins missed one in April 2016, as she was travelling, and two in September – one when she was visiting the White House and the other when she returned to Florida.Usada says her results from 27 September – the date of her third whereabouts failure – will be disqualified, meaning the world champion will be allowed to keep the Olympic medal she won in August.“This is a difficult case because it involves the imposition of a serious penalty on a brilliant athlete who is not charged or suspected of using banned substances of any kind,” Usada said in the ruling Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Â Â Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, who completed medical at Leicester City yesterday is facing problems in the US after allegations were made against him that he may have misled a court in Pennsylvania.With the medical concluded, it now appears that Iheanachoâ€™s switch to Leicester City is almost a done deal with just some paperwork left to complete the transfer believed to be worth around Â£25 million.Iheanacho was linked with a move to West Ham and other Premier League clubs before Leicester, the 2016 English champions who parade Nigerians Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi, stepped in.But the transfer to Leicester could be marred following the legal battles with his previous representatives, American-based First Eleven Management, after pulling out of a contract with them two years ago to sign with Stellar, who look after Real Madridâ€™s Gareth Bale.Iheanacho filed pleadings that denied he knew or spent time with Henry Galeano, who separately claims he is his former agent.He was alleged to have claimed he believed Galeano was an alias used by First Eleven Management co-owner Robert Zanicky.New Yorker Galeano was the companyâ€™s registered FIFA-licensed agent.UKâ€™sÂ SunSportÂ and the American court have been handed a series of photos and documents that will require an explanation from the Nigerian international.The crucial legal question for Iheanacho will be whether he did more than merely meet Galeano or happened to be with him on occasions. It certainly seems clear they at least met.Some of the pictures Galeano has filed before the court showed Iheanacho by his side as he signed a new Manchester City contract shortly after his 18th birthday in October 2014.The legal position is further complicated because Galeano â€” in a signed and sworn affidavit submitted to the court â€” claims he spent â€œhundreds of hoursâ€ with the player. Under Pennsylvania Law, if it is found Iheanacho knowingly tried to mislead the court, he could be charged with unsworn falsification â€” which, if found guilty, carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.And with an impending Â£25million move to Leicester on the cards,Â his new club will want assurances that his case in the US is being properly handled and will not become a tickingÂ time-bomb.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Portugal-based goalkeeper Dele Alampasu dropped down to the standby sector alongside wing back Tyronne Ebuehi.The list also includes defenders Leon Balogun, Abdullahi Shehu, William Ekong and Elderson Echiejile. The midfielders are; Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo with Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, and Anthony Nwakaeme making up the strike force Rohr has listed to get the job done.Two home-based professionals, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Afeez Aremu, who were part of the home-based Super Eagles that finished as runners-up at the just concluded WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana, are on the standby list but will join the teamâ€™s training sessions in Uyo.Nigeria will welcome Zambia to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo with the minimum win to guarantee a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance in Russia next year summer ahead of the final qualifying match away to Algeria in November.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said yesterday that all invited players are expected to report in Uyo on Monday, October 2.THE FULL LISTGoalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ayodele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC)Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England)Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Beâ€™er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Beâ€™er Sheva, Israel)STANDBY: Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaAs expected, only a marginal change was made in the list of 23 players invited by Super Eaglesâ€™ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, for next weekâ€™s all-important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying showdown against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo.Arsenalâ€™s Alex Iwobi and Chippa United of South Africa goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi,made their return to the squad expected to seal Nigeriaâ€™s passage to Russia 2018 with a win on October 7 in Uyo.Thigh strain knocked out the 21-year-old Iwobi from the double header against African champions Cameroon. Akpeyi on the other hand, after his not too elegant performance against South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifier in Uyo, has been battling to regain his form.Also on Rohrâ€™s list are the usual suspects including skipper John Mikel Obi and forward Odion Ighalo (both based in China) and England-based Victor Moses.