Monthly Archives: September 2020

Racing at Limerick and Navan

first_imgHaving won the first four races at Navan, Double Scores then added to Elliott’s tally when taking the beginners chase at Limerick. Minellafordollars then rounded off an excellent afternoon for the yard in the bumper at Navan.Eliott’s total amount of winners in Britain and Ireland has surpassed 200 for the season.last_img

Tipp ladies ready for All Ireland decider

first_imgAisling Moloney knows it will be equally tough against the Northerners.Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Sundays All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Final between Tipp and Tyrone comes in association with Klassy Lady Boutique, Cahir. Tipperary are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for this Sunday’s All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Final.The Premier County take on Tyrone at Croke Park.Tipp needed extra time to see off the challenge of Wexford in the semi-final. Photo © Twitter Tipperary Ladies Footballerslast_img read more

Awogu Backs Team Nigeria to Do Well in Rio

first_imgIn a chat in his office, he said, “A lot of people said we failed in London. I am one of those that think we didn’t fail. If you look at the team, most of our athletes finished in the semi-finals. They didn’t win medals but I see a lot of progression, what could happen is transcending from that semi-final finish into the medal zone this year. If you look at Atlanta ’96, we didn’t expect any medal in football even after losing to Togo here in the last friendly. We still went ahead to win.“We are a team, a country that likes to spring surprises. Wrestling is doing pretty well. Two of our wrestlers, the female ones, are actually in the top three in the world so why not give them a chance? Athletics we may have a few issues but I think we should look at relay and if I were the managers of Blessing Okagbare, I will tell her to focus on the jumps because that is the area where she has the advantage. Here, we are pushing her into athletics, 100 metres, 200 metres, relay, I hope she doesn’t burn out. Sometimes, you need to sit down and look at your structure and look at where you have comparative advantage and stick to it, “Awogu said.Continuing he said: “I heard the minister saying that Nigeria is expecting four gold medals. To me, that will be a great record. I have a feeling we will not come back empty handed like we did in London. The lifters always have ways of springing surprises. Okagbare, I hope will also be able to do us proud. We will be paying special focus on the football team because Nigeria is technically a football country and I hope this year’s selected team will do us proud and move ahead from the last qualification in the finals where they won silver, and probably win us gold. It has been a long time since ’96.”Awogu said in keeping with tradition, SuperSports is to deliver the best quality content. “We are covering virtually everything and we have a couple of dedicated channels, which will be beaming those events live to our audience. The beautiful thing about us is that we are also going ahead with technology because of the timing, which is probably not very convenient with most people. We have the catch up facility, which MultiChoice has provided and customers can always catch up when they wake up in the morning especially to watch the performance of the Nigerian team,” he said.Awogu said SuperSports is sending a full team that will be covering the competition in spite of Zika virus scare. “I know a lot of people would be wondering how we will manage with the Zika scare and it is a major constraint. Even though some athletes are pulling out, we just need to prepare ourselves, take preventive measures and go there to do a quality job. I am sure the Brazilian government would do whatever they can to safeguard participating Olympic athletes and visitors to the games, including the journalists. We have a team following the Nigerian team, especially the football and athletic teams, just like we do with some of these well-established athletes. There will be a couple of magazine shows in place for subscribers apart from the daily highlights. It will be quite innovative,” Awogu assured.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Kunle AdewaleAgainst the backdrop of doubts by Nigerians on their athletes to do well at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio, the General Manager SuperSports, Felix Awogu, is however not losing sleep over Team Nigeria; saying they might just surprise a lot of people.last_img read more

Serena Returns to WTA Top 10

first_imgThe 37-year-old lost to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and Naomi Osaka at the US Open.Williams hasn’t played since her quarter-final loss to Karolina Pliskova at last month’s Australian Open, but she still overtook Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish player’s points from reaching last year’s Doha semi-finals expired this week.Osaka, 21, remains at the top of the rankings after winning back-to-back Grand Slams. Yesterday, she lost her first match since becoming world number one as she was beaten 6-3 6-3 by Kristina Mladenovic in the Dubai Tennis Championships.Japan’s Australian Open and US Open champion Osaka was playing for the first time since splitting with coach Sascha Bajin. She lost in 66 minutes against the world number 67 in the second round.Simona Halep is second and Sloane Stephens is third, while Petra Kvitova dropped to fourth.WTA TOP 10 (Rankings)1. Naomi Osaka (Jpn) 6970 Pts2. Simona Halep (Rom) 55373. Sloane Stephens (USA) 53074. Petra Kvitova (Cze) 51205. Karolina Pliskova (Cze) 50556. Elina Svitolina (Ukr) 50207. Angelique Kerber (Ger) 49608. Kiki Bertens (Ned) 48859. Aryna Sabalenka (Blr) 356510. Serena Williams (USA) 3406Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Osaka loses first match since splitting with Coach BajinSerena Williams has returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child.Williams dropped as low as 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018 but is up to No 10 after reaching two Grand Slam finals since.last_img read more

Premier League Dominates Fifpro’s World 11 Shortlist

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fifpro Men’s World11 nominationsGoalkeepers: Alisson Becker (Liverpool), David De Gea (Manchester United), Ederson Moraes (Manchester City), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Daniel Alves (Paris St-Germain/Sao Paulo), Joao Cancelo (Juventus/Manchester City), Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Diego Godin (Atletico/Inter Milan), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Arthur Melo (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico/Barcelona), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Paris St-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Mohammed Salah (Liverpool), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Luis Suarez (Barcelona) The Premier League has the largest number of nominations for the FIFA Fifpro Men’s World11 for the first time in 10 years. Twenty one of the 55 nominees play club football in England, as the Premier League ends La Liga’s dominance.Seven of Liverpool’s European champions are included although Real Madrid and Barcelona each provided more players.The team will be revealed at the Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan on 23 September.More than 23,000 professional players around the world were asked to choose their best team by Fifpro, the players’ union, based on performances between July 2018 and July 2019.The final team will be made up of a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfield players and three forwards.Four Liverpool players are among 17 debutantes on the shortlist, including Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, while several high profile players such as Romelu Lukaku and David Silva have not received enough votes to feature for a second consecutive year.While the Premier League (21) ended La Liga’s (20) nine-year spell as the most productive league, Spanish giants Barcelona provided the most players.Nine of Barca’s championship team were included as Real Madrid had eight players, while Liverpool and Manchester City both had seven players.Former Madrid and current Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to be named on all 15 World11 shortlists.last_img read more

Lightning face Blue Jackets in 1st-round NHL playoff rematch

first_img First Published: 11th August, 2020 07:01 IST WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 07:01 IST Lightning Face Blue Jackets In 1st-round NHL Playoff Rematch As if forward Alex Killorn and the Tampa Bay Lightning needed yet another reminder of last year’s monumental playoff collapse in preparing to open the first round Tuesday. As if forward Alex Killorn and the Tampa Bay Lightning needed yet another reminder of last year’s monumental playoff collapse in preparing to open the first round Tuesday.The ever-stingy, John Tortorella-coached Columbus Blue Jackets are standing in their way once again in the best-of-seven series to be played in the Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto.“We’re not focusing on last year,” Killorn said, in summing up how most Tampa Bay players have grown tired of discussing how the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning were swept in four games by the Blue Jackets in April 2019. “We’re focusing on playing our game and excited for playoff hockey.”The Lightning, guaranteed a first-round berth, enter as the conference’s second seed after closing the preliminary round-robin tournament with a 2-1 record following a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.The loss proved costly for Tampa Bay, with star defenseman Victor Hedman not returning after appearing to twist his right ankle in the first period. Hedman’s status is uncertain, and the Lightning are already without captain Steven Stamkos, who has been out since sustaining a lower body injury before training camp opened last month.Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy wondered if the Lightning being confronted with a sudden jolt of adversity might actually help them focus after what happened last year. The Lightning won 62 games to match the NHL record set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings and cruised down the stretch after clinching a playoff berth with nearly a month left in the regular season.“We don’t want to get comfortable like last year,” Vasilevskiy said. “For sure, we’ll have some urgency in there in the first round.”Seventh-seeded Columbus, meantime, advanced following a 3-0 win over Toronto in a decisive Game 5 on Sunday to settle a rollicking preliminary round series.The Blue Jackets showed resilience in a series in which both teams rallied from three-goal deficits, including Columbus’ 4-3 overtime loss in Game 4, in which Toronto scored three times in the final four minutes of regulation.Though the Blue Jackets are playing two games in less than 48 hours, captain Nick Foligno believes Columbus might have an early edge in having already played meaningful games.“I fully anticipate the Lightning to be ready to play. This is for real now,” Foligno said. “And I guess you can say we’ve been playing that kind of hockey for a little longer. But they’re a well-coached veteran team that understands what they’re up against.”CHANGESLightning coach Jon Cooper dismissed comparisons to last year’s playoffs by noting the changes to each teams’ rosters.Tampa Bay’s late-season additions included forwards Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow and defenseman Zach Bogosian. They also signed free-agent forward Pat Maroon, a member of the Stanley Cup-winning champion St. Louis Blues in 2019.The Blue Jackets made significant offseason changes, after losing forwards Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel as well as starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in free agency.SPECIAL TEAMSThe Blue Jackets were 0 of 14 on power-play opportunities against Toronto, and haven’t scored a power-play goal in their past eight games going back to the regular season.“Yeah, we need to get it going. It’s been a struggle,” Tortorella said. “If we keep on thinking about succeeding in this here, we need to get that straightened out.”Columbus penalty killers went 11 of 13.The Lightning converted 2 of 5 man-advantage opportunities, and allowed one power-play goal on 11 chances.R-E-S-P-E-C-TTortorella doesn’t believe his Blue Jackets get enough respect because they play a tight-checking style which doesn’t generate much offense.“That’s something we’ll keep internal. It’s kind of an inner fire for us,” Tortorella said. “It (ticks) me off as far as how sometimes we’re perceived in our market and all that. But you can’t get caught up in perception. It’s a tough way to live if you worry about perception.”MOMENTUMCooper wondered if his team might initially be a step behind the Blue Jackets.“It’s hard to replicate what they just went through. Like, we can’t do it,” he said. “None of the games we played were do or die.”Aside from injuries, however, Cooper noted the Lightning should be more rested.PLAYOFF EXPERIENCEThe Lightning are making their 12th playoff appearance, sixth in seven years, and won the Cup with Tortorella as coach in 2004.The Blue Jackets are making their sixth playoff appearance and fourth consecutive under Tortorella. Their series victory over Tampa Bay last year was the first in franchise history. Associated Press Television News LIVE TVcenter_img FOLLOW US Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Pneumatic wins Pagasus, final points race for Kentucky Derby

first_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 07:19 IST Pneumatic Wins Pagasus, Final Points Race For Kentucky Derby Pneumatic won the final race worth points for the Kentucky Derby, cruising to victory in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday Associated Press Television News First Published: 16th August, 2020 07:19 IST Written By LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Pneumatic won the final race worth points for the Kentucky Derby, cruising to victory in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.Ridden by Joe Bravo, Pneumatic took the lead with about a quarter of a mile to go and got to the finish line 2 1/4-lengths in front of Jesus’ Team. The colt paid $3.60, $2.60, $2.20 in winning for the third time in five starts.Pneumatic earned 20 points for the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5. The race is limited to 20 starters, although the field may have less in this year’s Triple Crown race because of the changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Coming into the Pegasus, Pneumatic was 22nd on the Kentucky Derby points list with 25 points. The Steve Asmussen-trained colt, who finished fourth in the Belmont, now is guaranteed a spot with 45 points.His owners, Winchell Thoroughbreds’, now have to decide whether they want to challenge Tiz the Law, the expected heavy favorite after winning the Belmont and Travers stakes.“I talked to Steve and his assistant Scott Blasi this morning and they were really excited about the horse,” Bravo said. “But you never really know until you sit on them. He was just in full control the whole time.”Jesus’ Team returned $3.40 and $2.40 and earned eight points for the Derby. Pacesetter Arkaan got four points for third and was $3.20 to show.The Pegasus is traditionally a prep for the Haskell Stakes, but it was added to the Derby calendar when thoroughbred racing’s scheduled by re-jiggered.Image credits: AP COMMENTlast_img read more

AP Source: Raiders WR Tyrell Williams has injured shoulder

first_img First Published: 25th August, 2020 06:51 IST Las Vegas Raiders receiver Tyrell Williams has a torn labrum in his shoulder that he will try to play through this season.A person with knowledge of the injury confirmed Monday that Williams got injured in practice last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t made any announcement.NFL Network first reported the injury and said Williams will try to rehabilitate it over the next few weeks.The Raiders were counting on a healthy season from Williams after he spent most of last season dealing with injuries to both feet. He finished his first season with the team with 42 catches for 651 yards and six TDs but his production waned after the first four weeks.Williams has an $11 million guaranteed salary this season and is one of the highest-paid players on the team. He said earlier this summer he was fully healed and excited to contribute to the offense.Las Vegas used two of its four draft picks on wide receivers in April with the speedy Henry Ruggs III getting picked 12th overall and the physical Bryan Edwards going in the third round.Ruggs is slated to start alongside Williams, who is the only wideout on the Raiders roster to record at least 800 yards receiving in a single season.Edwards has impressed in camp and is expected to contribute, along with slot receiver Hunter Renfrow, free agent acquisition Nelson Agholor and Zay Jones.The Raiders also signed defensive end Chris Smith to a contract. Smith spent the past two seasons with Cleveland and has also played with Jacksonville and Cincinnati during a six-year careerHe has 8 1/2 sacks, 67 tackles, six passes defensed and three forced fumbles in 60 career games.Defensive end Nick Usher was waived with an injury designation to make room on the roster.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 25th August, 2020 06:51 IST AP Source: Raiders WR Tyrell Williams Has Injured Shoulder Las Vegas Raiders receiver Tyrell Williams has a torn labrum in his shoulder that he will try to play through this season LIVE TVcenter_img Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more