But FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin says nothing from the report is set in stone. An independent report into the League of Ireland brand has come in for criticism. The FAI contracted brand expert Jonathan Gabay to assess the League’s positioning, and how it may improve its standing as a brand. Some of Gabay’s proposals have been the source of derision on social media.
The Ireland out-half has been rested recently as he aims to recover from injury. Also in the side is Robbie Henshaw who partners Gary Ringrose in the centre.Meanwhile, Rory Best, Iain Henderson, Paddy Jackson and Luke Marshall all return for Ulster’s trip to Scarlets.
[CLIP] Upperchurch Drombane are set for their third senior championship game in the space of a week, as they face Loughmore Castleiney in the Mid Tipp Senior Hurling Semi Final on Saturday.Last Saturday they played a Mid senior hurling quarter-final, while last night most of the same team played a mid senior football semi final against Drom & Inch – both games they won.Congestion of fixtures is an issue that’s been raised recently, however their football manager Conor O’ Dwyer says they have to get on with the games… © TippFM
The Tipperary duo of Peter Ryan and Seán Hahessy will fly the flag for Ireland at the Para-Cycling World Championships over the coming days.They will compete in the tandem time trial in South Africa today.Peter from Upperchurch Drombane and Sean from Carrick on Suir will take to the start line in the road race on Sunday. The pair will be hoping to break into the top 5.
Photo © Ladies Football Facebook Tyrone stand between Tipperary and an All Ireland Ladies Football title this weekend.The sides meet in the Intermediate decider in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon.Tipp are unbeaten this year in the League and Championship and will be hoping to finish out the season on a high note. However Tipp manager Shane Ronayne admits Tyrone will have a very experienced group of players to call on.Throw-in is at 1.45 on Sunday in Croke Park and Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Klassy Lady Boutique Cahir.
His victory, his third official win since turning pro in 2011, is a morale booster ahead of the star- studded 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open that holds next month in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea.Olapade grossed a final round 67 having earlier carded 69, 73 and 68 in the preceding 54 holes.Oche Odoh and Chidi Tobias shared the third position at five under, while Ayuba Izang placed fifth at three under par.After chasing the lead in the first two days, Olapade finally pounced on the third day to lead Korblah by one shot.The ageless Korblah momentarily led at â€“ 8 under par in the final round through hole 6, but after he bogeyed the seventh to make scores all square, Olapade rallied with three birdies on back nine and had the outright lead at 10 under par at hole 15.He drained 16 birdies and six bogeys over 72 holes to reinforce his sizzling control of the situation at Ilorin.â€œCourse condition was okay, the tee boxes, the greens and fairways-everything was excellent and permitted great golf and suited my game. In the final round, something in my mind just told me I would win. And it happened,â€™â€™ Olapade told THISDAY yesterday.Olapade will head to Mongomo hoping to secure his first 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open win from December 14-17 in only his fourth appearance.He is one of the seven Nigerian professionals that will constitute the international field of 60 players aiming for a slice of the $150,000 prize fee.He said he had been working on his game and hoping to excel at Equatorial Guinea.â€œIt is one tournament I crave to win and I hope to go for it. I have been training with Tunde Badmus and he has improved my game. I am set for Mongomo. I work hard whenever I go to Mongomo my dream is to win,â€ said the player who featured at the event in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSunday Olapade climbed to the apex of the Nigerian Order of Merit following his Kwara State Open Championship triumph at Ilorin Golf Club.The Ada, Osun State-born professional, pegged Ghanaian legend, Emos Koblah by five shots to win at 11 under par 277.
Skipper Festus targets trophy in new NPFL seasonDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club side, Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt and Eunisell, Nigeriaâ€™s leading global chemical and specialty fluid management company, have renewed their front-of-shirt contract for the new season scheduled to kick off in January.Speaking at the unveiling of Rivers Utdâ€™s New Jersey for the 2017/2018 NPFL season at the Renaissance Hotel on Isaac John Street in Ikeja GRA yesterday, Group Managing Director of Eunisell, Chika Ikenga, expressed the companyâ€™s faith in the team and the Nigerian League. â€œWe have been supporting the team for a while now with our belief in them growing with every new season. Our support is a strong evidence of our belief in the Nigerian club football.â€œWe continue to recognize the important role football and sports generally play in our lives and in our economy. Football brings people together in fun, entertainment and good fellowship,â€ observed the Eunisell chief executive.While admitting that the last NPFL season was not a smooth one for the Garden City team, he urged Rivers Utd to strive to win a silverware this new season.Skipper of the team, Austin Festus on behalf of his teammates apologized for the performance of Rivers Utd.â€œWe hereby tender unreserved apology for our performance last season. Although we were the last Nigerian team standing in Continental campaign last season, we however failed to meet the desired goal of our fans and sponsors.,â€ observed the captain fondly called Koboko by his fans in Port Harcourt.â€œ This coming season we are gunning for a major trophy. We are not going to give any excuse this time around. We were well motivated by our Governor Nyesom Wike and our Shirt Sponsor Eunisell. We want to repay their belief in us with a good trophy this season,â€ concludes Festus.League Management Companyâ€™s Head of Special Projects, Harry Iwuala, who represented Chairman of the body, Shehu Dikko at the event, commended Eunisell for its steadfastness in supporting Nigerian football.â€œI commend Eunisell for keeping up its partnership with Rivers United. I also want to advise the team not to rely on front shirt sponsorship alone. They should explore other areas of generating revenue in other to take the burden of funding away from the state government. I hereby call on other clubs to emulate what is happening between Rivers Utd and Eunisell,â€ observed the LMC official at the event.Eunisell first entered into the front of shirt partnership with defunct Sharks FC in 2015. The deal was extended to Rivers Utd when both Sharks and Dolphins were collapsed to form the new state team. Eunisell renewed the contract in 2017 with Rivers Utd for another term before the signing of a fresh term yesterday in Lagos. It is the longest shirt sponsorship in the NPFL.For its support for the team.. Eunisell was rewarded with a Special Recognition Award at the League Bloggers Award (LBA) ceremony which held recently in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Real Madrid have reported Inter Milan to FIFA over an alleged illegal approach for midfielder Luka Modric.The 32-year-old Croat, who captained his country to the World Cup final and was named player of the tournament, has been linked with a move to Serie A.Real president Florentino Perez said earlier this month the only way Modric would leave was if his 750 million Euro (£671m) release clause was met. The Spanish giants sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for £99.2m.The transfer window in Italy closes on Friday at 19:00 BST.Modric joined Real from Tottenham in 2012 and has won La Liga once and the Champions League four times.Inter are back in the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The tennis veteran, however, suffered a shocking defeat to 19-year-old Nimota Aregbesola in the table tennis event of the ongoing National Sports Festival in Abuja. Oshonaike lost to the teenager in the quarter-finals women singles with the scores 4-3.An obviously shocked Aregbesola could not believe the feat she had achieved as she rolled on the floor in excitement, finally said she was aiming for the gold medal.“I couldn’t believe I will beat Funke. I was confident at the beginning but I lost hope as the game progressed. I just listened to my coach and teammates cheering me on to pull my last point. This is my first participation at the NSF, and I am aiming for the gold medal,” she managed to say as fans hurried to celebrate with her.The loss to Aregbesola has left a big doubt as to whether Oshonaike still has the strength to forge ahead in the game, while many are of the opinion that she should just quit honourably.“Maybe I will retire soon, but, right now, I’m still having fun with what I am doing. It is not giving me stress. As long as I have everything I need, then why should I stop. Many people have told me that age is telling on me but I believe age is nothing but numbers. Age is in the head and heart,” Oshonaike said.For every glorious career, there is always a starting point; Oshonaike’s foray into table tennis began at her teenage years in elementary school in the streets of Shomolu, a bustling town in Lagos State. At that age of her life passion for the sports helped to water the ground for this life expedition. While in Shomolu, Oshonaike started developing this perceived potential which she describes as a ‘talent from God’ using a makeshift table and soak away slabs to play the game with her elder brother.From there, the ship took the sail to her secondary school, where she started representing the school at competitions, earning her awards and recognition from the school principal who recognised this budding talent and decided to propel her to greatness. This opportunity did not only launch her to the limelight but set her apart as a rare talent with promise and potentials.“I started playing table tennis at the age of 12, during my primary school days in Shomolu and I was driven by the belief that it was a God-free given talent and the fact that my elder brother played was also an inspiration. We had a small makeshift table to play with before somebody in my street bought a table tennis board and from there a coach discovered me. Then I started representing my school, the state and the country. At the state level, I won the several awards and was also recognised by the state,” she recalled.According to her, “the journey has been wonderful for me, and I have no regret whatsoever. Table tennis has taken me everywhere and given me everything I have achieved today. Though there have been some challenges, that is life nothing good comes easy. There have been good and bad times in my career, but I try to move on despite these ups and downs. One of the saddest moments in my career was during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2011 when I was dropped from the team. Despite that, I did not lose faith in the team and the country; today I still represent the country.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Funke Oshonaike’s dream is to become the first female athlete to participate in seven Olympic Games and few doubted her ability to achieve the feat considering her precedence. However, with her lacklustre performance at ongoing National Sports Festival Abuja leading to a shock defeat to 19-year-old Nimota Aregbesola, doubts is now cast on whether the African table-tennis queen can achieve her dream writes Kunle AdewaleIf wishes were horses, the very day the 2020 Olympics Games gets underway a record would be set- Nigeria’s Funke Oshinaike, who would then be 45 years old would become the first female athlete to appear in the Olympics.Africa’s queen of table tennis, who started competing for Nigeria since the early 80s and has attended six Olympics beginning from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and still felt she go for a record 7th Olympic Games.“Table tennis is something I have the passion for, so much so that over 40 years I am still playing. Sometimes, the situation of the country tends to weigh me, I think probably it is because of my German lifestyle I am used to, and over there things are quite different. But I realise that this is Nigeria and we have a way of doing things. I am hopeful that one-day things will change,” she told THISDAY.
He will be the highest-earning British player ever based on basic salary.The Wales international’s Arsenal contract expires on 30 June and the Gunners will receive no fee when he leaves.In confirming the deal, Juventus said the club would incur costs of 3.7m euros (£3.2m) but did not specify what the fee was for.On his Instagram page, Ramsey thanked Arsenal’s fans and said he will “continue to give the team 100%”.He wrote: “You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club.“It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years. Thank you.”The Juventus website welcomed Ramsey by stating he will become the third Welshman to represent the club, following the John Charles and Ian Rush.Ramsey, who joined Arsenal from Cardiff City in 2008 for a fee of around £4.8m, held preliminary talks with Barcelona and also received an offer from Paris St-Germain.Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Real Madrid also showed interest, with Real forward Gareth Bale understood to have encouraged his Wales team-mate to link up with him in Spain.Arsenal did present Ramsey with the offer of a new deal in September but it was turned down and the club were not prepared to meet his salary demands.Head coach Unai Emery had reservations about Ramsey’s role in his squad.Ramsey’s desire to play as a number eight, running on to the ball from an advanced central midfield position, clashed with Emery’s vision.Emery does not usually deploy a number eight, meaning the Welshman has mainly been used in a strict deeper role without license to roam or in the number 10 position with his back to goal.Ramsey has played 259 times for Arsenal, scoring 61 times.In his 11 seasons at the club, he has struck double figures in a season three times, with a best mark of 16 in all competitions in 2013-14.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Juventus in the summer in a deal that will earn him over £400,000 a week.The 28-year-old has agreed a four-year contract that will see him join the Italian champions as a free agent, ending his 11-year spell with Arsenal.Ramsey passed a two-part medical in January, having picked Juve following talks with a host of European clubs.