Munster set to appoint David Wessels as Erasmus’ successor

first_imgThe IRFU performance director David Nucifora has revealed the appointment could be made before that and could be just weeks away. Photo: © Munster are said to be ready to appoint former Western Force head coach David Wessels as Rassie Erasmus’ successor.The 36 year old South African is available after the Perth based Force were cut from Super Rugby.Erasmus is due to return home to take up his new role as Springboks boss in December.last_img

U21 and Junior hurling fixtures

first_imgToday sees a number of Under 21 fixtures taking place across the countyIn the Mid Tipp Under 21A Hurling final Drom & Inch face Holycross Ballycahill in Boherlahan at 2.30.In the Mid U21B final at 12 noon JK Bracken’s take on Moycarkey Borris at the Ragg. Then in the North Division, the U21A hurling round 3 game between Toomevara and Kilruane McDonaghs throws in in Dolla at 2.30And down South the first U21B Hurling Semi Final is penciled in for 12 noonAnner Gaels play Carrick Davin’s in Ned Hall parkAnd it’s Clerihan v Clonmel Og-Skehinarinky at 12 in Goatenbridge for a place against Cahir in the other semi final.Lastly, in GAA for this afternoon, the second County Junior B hurling semi finalThurles Sarsfields face Mullinahone to book a spot against Newport, who’ve already made it to the final which will take place in 2 weeks time.Today’s game throws in at 2pm in Gurtnahoe. Photo: Stephen Gleesonlast_img

Scrabble Generation Next Emerge in Lagos

first_imgThe next generation of scrabble champions will emerge at the maiden edition of the Rabiu Adeola Under-12 Scrabble Championships holding from 8am on Thursday, 19th of May, 2016 at the prestigious Lagos Country Club Ikeja G.R.A Lagos.The competition which is aimed at discovering and nurturing young talents in the game of scrabble will see 50 kids from over 12 schools in Lagos and Ogun states in a battle of word power. Chrisland Schools, Mind Builders School, Trinity College, Karis Schools, Dansol School, Grange Schools, Olive Success Academy, Coastland, Berkeley Science Magnet School and others will slug it out at the one day event.Organisers of the competition, 27 July Ltd are optimistic that the competition will not only discover players for the future but also give other kids the opportunity to showcase their talent. Sponsor and sports broadcaster, Bimbo Adeola who said the competition is in memory of his late dad who passed on three years ago also informed that it will be an annual event.“The competition is being put together to honour my dad who was very passionate about words and by extension the sport. It’s also our own way to give back to the society and also discover new talents for the country. We will ensure that the competition holds every year at the Lagos Country Club and endeavour to have schools from other parts of the country participate in future editions.”He also enumerated the several benefits of scrabble to the students, ‘the event will also give the kids the opportunity to enhance their spelling skills and word power, provide an ample way for students to expand their repertoire. It is also a fun way for students to learn words for their English language classes in particular. Playing scrabble enables them to exercise their addition skills since those letters simply aren’t going to count themselves. I’m sure they’ll have fun all through.’World scrabble champion, Nigeria’s Wellington Jighere is the icon of the day and he will deliver a brief motivational speech to the kids on how to be the best.Prizes to be won includes trophies for the best overall player and most promising player plus medals for the the 1st to 3rd place finishers. All the participants will however smile home with certificates, dictionaries and other gift items.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Watford Completes £8m Deal for Derby Midfielder

first_imgWatford has completed the signing of midfielder Will Hughes from Derby County for £8m on a five-year deal.Hughes made 165 Championship appearances for the Rams.The 22-year-old is currently on international duty with England’s Under-21 squad at the European Championships in Poland and will join the Hornets squad on his return.He is the first signing made by the Premier League club since Marco Silva was appointed manager on May 27.Silva succeeded Walter Mazzarri at Vicarage Road, with the Italian dismissed before the final league match of a season in which the Hornets finished 17th. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Injured Iniesta to Miss Super Cup Return Leg

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will miss their Spanish Super Cup second leg against Real Madrid today after suffering a thigh injury.Barcelona said captain Iniesta would miss the match after he was not able to train with his teammates on Tuesday ahead of the encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the Catalans will look to overturn a 3-1 deficit.Iniesta, 33, was plagued by injury problems last season and rarely found top form. The midfielder joins Rafinha Alcantara and Thomas Vermaelen on the injury list at the Nou Camp. Barcelona did not give a recovery timescale for Iniesta, who may also miss the start of the league campaign on Sunday, when Barca host Real Betis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Joshua Backs Fury to Rediscover Passion

first_imgAnthony Joshua expects Tyson Fury to rediscover his passion for boxing because he will “find peace” inside the ring.Fury has not boxed for nearly two years, since ending Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight title reign, due to issues concerning mental health, anti-doping and his boxing licence.Asked if he expected Fury to return, Joshua told Sky Sports: “In my heart, I do. It’s all we know. It’s what we’ve given our youth to, and our young adult life to. “You can have a year or two off through mistakes and complacency but, deep down, it’s all you know so you’ll always come home. The boxing ring is where he will find peace.”Fury is still waiting for the resumption of his hearing with UK Anti-Doping, after being charged with “the presence of a prohibited substance”, before his boxing future can be resolved. The British Boxing Board of Control confirmed to Sky Sports that, as of Thursday, they had not been notified of a new start date.Meanwhile, Joshua will next defend his IBF and WBA gold against Kubrat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on October 28, and rates his next opponent among the most dangerous rivals in the division.“My biggest threat is two people,” Joshua said. “My next challenger, because if I make one slip-up it all goes wrong, Kubrat Pulev.“Loads of experience, really good jab, he’s always kept himself at world title level. He’s very talented, in that sense.“Deontay Wilder is making noise in the States and that’s a fight that people want to see. So Wilder is a threat, as well.“I can’t let myself down. I’m capable of beating everyone – this is my ego talking – but I’ve got to keep my feet firmly on the ground.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

U.S. Beats Gallant Nigeria to Reach FIBA World Cup Semis

first_imgThe U.S. trailed Nigeria for most of the first half of their FIBA World Cup quarterfinal. Even with 2-for-16 shooting in the first quarter, the Americans rattled off eight straight points going into the break, then rolled to a 71-40 win in the Canary Islands yesterday.The U.S., rallying from a 17-9 deficit after the opening frame, improved to 13-0 all-time against African nations at the senior level.Otis Hugley’s team came into the encounter with three consecutive victories so did the USA after three straight wins in the group encounters. Against all odds, D’Tigress took the first quarter 17-9 as they come out of the blocks as fast as possible.The USA who struggled against African opposition Senegal in their opener lost their first quarter of the competition.Like a wounded lion, the USA came back in the second quarter as they regained the lead 18-6 to lead 27-23 going into the halftime break.The USA started the second half of the game with intensity, straight two points back to back.D’Tigress put up a better fight in the third quarter but fell seven points behind as it ended 19-12 and the USA took a massive eleven points into the final quarter.D’Tigress could not withstand the USA in the fourth quarter as they were outplayed 25-5, to finish at 71-40.If the U.S. wins its next two games for a third straight world title (and 2020 Olympic qualification), it will run its record between the Olympics and World Cup to 100-1 in the last 22 years. The lone loss came to Russia in the 2006 Worlds semifinals.This American team is without stalwarts from its previous decade of undefeated play at the Olympics and worlds. The U.S. has still won all of its games by double digits, but none came against a world power. If it’s France in the semifinals, that will change.In 2014, the French beat the Americans in an exhibition, the U.S.’ first defeat in three years. The Americans then whipped them in the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals (94-72) and the 2016 Olympic semifinals (86-67).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rohr Gives Conditions for Victor Moses’ Return to Super Eagles

first_imgGernot Rohr As fate would have it, the club coach declared the Nigerian forward surplus to requirement and urged him to seek action elsewhere in the ongoing winter window transfer.However Rohr who was on hand to watch the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between host MFM FC and visiting Enugu Rangers at Agege Stadium in Lagos said that the player can still be part of his team to the African Cup of Nations if he show commitment and be ready to fight for shirt.Moses was a major actor in Nigeria’s best World Cup qualification story as Super Eagles secured a berth to the Russia 2018 with a game in hand. But at the finals, the pacy winger was a bit below par in the three matches that the team played before it was edged out by Argentina.“Victor Moses is a player with lots of qualities. His pacy moves on the flanks give the team a lot of options to attack opponents but the premature retirement changed a lot of things and during the last AFCON qualifying matches, we have adjusted with the players we have.“If he wants to come back, it’s an advantage to the team only if he can attain the standard he puts up in the last installment with the team.“He must show a lots of motivation, he must show that he is fit to play for the team because we have other players playing well in his position now.“Moses has to be strong to come back to the team because we have more options on the wings now like Samuel Kalu, Samuel Chukwueze, Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa. All these players are very good on his wings, he remarked.Nigeria will play Seychelles in the last group match in Asaba, Delta State and few days later, it will confront Egypt in high profile international friendly match at same stadium.Rohr however did not commit himself to whether Moses will be part of any of the two matches in the buildup to the tournament in Egypt this summer.“We will invite the fittest players for the AFCON qualifiers against Seychelles and the friendly match against Egypt. The best of them will play the Match.“With the level at which some of the players are now in their different clubs, I believe they should turn that form to the national team.“Some of the players in the domestic league will be available for the two matches but it’s unfortunate that the league did not start on time for us to know the fitness level of the players for a major tournament,” he remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaAs Nigerians continue to call for the return of Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses, to the senior national team, Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, insisted Wednesday that the former Chelsea forward must show commitment and be ready to fight for shirt.The Franco-German tactician had expressed shock when the ace winger informed him after the last World Cup final in Russia that he wanted to take a break from the team and resuscitate his dwindling career at Chelsea following the appointment of another coach in Sarri.last_img read more

Super Falcons lift WAFU Cup, return to Nigeria Sunday

first_imgIn the penalty shoot-out, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Maryam Ibrahim, Alice Ogebe, Joy Bokiri and captain Evelyn Nwabuoku made no mistake from the spot, while the Ivorians lost one of their kicks.The Falcons had also won their semi final match against Ghana after penalty shoot-out, 4-2. On the whole, the African champions scored 23 goals in the tournament, conceding only two.They thrashed Burkina Faso 5-1, victimized Niger Republic 15-0, defeated Mali 2-0 and defeated Ghana on penalties after a 0-0 drawThe Nigeria delegation will fly into Abuja this afternoonFormer junior international Uchenna Kanu finished the tournament with nine goals, and alongside goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie, Alaba Jonathan and Christy Ohiaeriaku, defenders Evelyn Nwabuoku and Chidinma Okeke, midfielder Amarachi Okoronkwo and forward Alice Ogebe, will fly to Austria on Monday evening for Nigeria’s pre-World Cup final camp, with technical and administrative staff.All overseas-based professionals will travel directly to the Avita Resort camp in Austria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria swept to glory in the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup tournament in Abidjan saturday as the Super Falcons edged host nation Cote d’Ivoire 5-4 after penalty shootout in an interesting final match at the Stade Robert Champroux.The Ivorians took the lead in the 43rdminute of the encounter when Spain-based Ange Koko N’Guessan, who also scored for the Dame Elephantes against Mali in the semi final, beat goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie with a marvelous free-kick.Afterwards, the African champions created several chances without making hay. It was left to leggy forward Uchenna Kanu, the USA-based student, to draw Nigeria level in the fourth minute of added time in the second half.last_img read more

Dozier, Singer lead Royals over Twins 4-2 for 3-game sweep

first_img Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 10th August, 2020 11:11 IST Dozier, Singer Lead Royals Over Twins 4-2 For 3-game Sweep  Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single in his first at-bat since testing positive for COVID-19, prized prospect Brady Singer earned his major league win and the Kansas City Royals swept the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday.center_img WATCH US LIVE Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single in his first at-bat since testing positive for COVID-19, prized prospect Brady Singer earned his major league win and the Kansas City Royals swept the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday. The Royals won their fourth in a row overall. The Twins lost all three at Kauffman Stadium and have dropped four straight.Dozier, who hit 26 home runs last year and tied for the big league lead with 10 triples, hadn’t played this season while recovering from the virus. He quickly delivered, putting the Royals ahead 2-0 in the first inning.Singer (1-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. A 24-year-old righty, the Royals’ first-round draft pick in 2018 struck out four and walked two in his fourth start in the majors. The Kansas City bullpen threw four shutout innings, striking out six and allowing just two hits. After Greg Holland and Josh Staumont blanked the Twins, Scott Barlow closed for his first save.Jose Berrios (1-2) went 5 1/3 innings giving up four runs. He allowed Maikel Franco’s leadoff homer in the sixth. A wild pickoff throw by Singer helped the Twins scored twice in the third, keyed by Max Kepler’s RBI double. Salvador Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the Royala third for a 3-2 lead.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: OF Franchy Cordero was placed on the IL (right wrist sprain) and Dozier was reinstated.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Randy Dobnak (2-1, 0.60 ERA) takes the mound in Milwaukee on Monday. Royals: LHP Kris Bubic makes his third start of the season, facing Cincinnati on Tuesday night. First Published: 10th August, 2020 11:11 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more