Title number 17 for Commercials

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Two second half goals proved decisive for Clonmel Commercials, as they overcame Killenaule to claim their 17th County Senior Football title at Semple Stadium last evening.Richie Gunne scored the first, 23 minutes into the second half for Commercials proved to be the decisive score, pushing them four points ahead.Then a goal for corner back Jamie Peters in the last minute of normal time put some real daylight between the sides. The game finished up 2-09 to 8 points.Peters says they’re delighted win the win.last_img read more

Brussels Brings the Curtain down on Memorable Season

first_imgSlightly surprisingly, though, the 21-year-old Kenyan has yet to run under eight minutes in his career but he is still going for a full-blown world record attempt in Brussels, taking aim at the mark of 7:53.63 set by Saif Saaeed Shaheen at the same meeting in 2004.USA’s Olympic silver medallist Evan Jager will also be in the race and is aiming to break his own North American record of 8:00.45.Another terrific duel should ensue in the women’s 100m, which features Jamaica’s Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, who has an eight-point lead in the Diamond Race, and the Netherlands’ European champion Dafne Schippers, who will be looking for revenge after finishing out of the medals in this event in Rio.Speculation is mounting that, with a warm night in prospect, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s meeting record of 10.72 from three years ago could be in jeopardy.There will also be a constant theme of athletes wanting to do well in Brussels to make up for Rio disappointments and get some redemption for having come up short at the Olympics.Almaz Ayana is not quite as certain as Kipruto of taking the Diamond Race but she still has a big advantage of 14 points in the 5000m standings.She has decided that, having acquired the 10,000m world record, she wants to try to add to her list of accolades with an attempt on the 5000m record of 14:11.15, which has been held by her Ethiopian compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba since 2008.Ayana has already come close to that mark at three IAAF Diamond League outings this year, clocking 14:12.59 in Rome, 14:14.32 in Shangai and 14:16.63 in Rabat, and she now owns three of the six fastest times in history.A world record will, somewhat, also make up for the visible disappointment of not getting the gold in this event in Rio, when stomach problems restricted her to third behind Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot.Kipruto and Ayana have the luxury of being able to chase times but many of the Diamond Race disciplines will go down to the wire.One of the highlights of the night should be the men’s high jump in which only six points separates the top four in the Diamond Race: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Bogdan Bondarenko, Robbie Grabarz, and Erik Kynard. The quartet, with Barshim leading the way with the silver medal, were also all in the top six in Rio.In the men’s 800m, both Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich went to the start line in Rio with medal ambitions but left empty handed after finishing fourth and fifth respectively.With only a six-point lead, Rotich will need to finish ahead of his French rival to stay top of the standings and claim the Diamond Trophy.However, the loaded field also has US rising star Clayton Murphy, the Olympic bronze medallist, and European champion Adam Kszczot, so the race itself could be unpredictable.Asbel Kiprop seemed to be the star of the 1500m prior to Rio but the three-time world champion drifted back to sixth down the home straight in the final so he will be also hoping to redeem himself with a good win in Brussels, which will ensure he lifts the Diamond Trophy.A fast race, which might challenge his world-leading time of 3:29.33, might be in store but he will face the quick-finishing Olympic silver medallist Taoufik Makhloufi, who has opted for this event over the 800m.Great Britain’s Eilidh Doyle went to Rio with 400m hurdles medal aspirations but she had a mediocre race in the final and wound up eighth. By contrast, Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen had the race of her life and got the silver medal.Doyle will obviously want to beat Petersen but also needs to make sure she finishes in front of USA’s Cassandra Tate to take the Diamond Race, with world champion Zuzana Hejnova also in the field.In the men’s long jump, South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga will be having his first competition since he took the silver medal in Rio, where he set a personal best of 8.37m but the Diamond Race essentially comes down to a head-to-head between Gao Xinglong and Fabrice Lapierre, who are level on points.In the women’s 400m, there are four women who made the Olympic final but the Diamond Race is a duel between Jamaica’s Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Natasha Hastings, with three points separating the pair who finished sixth and fourth respectively in Rio.By contrast, some Diamond Race contests have been as good as decided with the main protagonists only having to start to make sure they take home the Diamond Trophy.Caterine Ibarguen is on course to pick up a fourth Diamond Race title and the big question is whether the Colombian triple jumper can go beyond 15 metres again after her world-leading 15.17m to win the gold in Rio.Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi has already as good as secured the women’s pole vault Diamond Race but she will once again face a challenge from USA’s outdoor world leader Sandi Morris, who took the silver medal at both the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Like Ibarguen and Stefanidi, Spain’s Orlando Ortega has the 110m hurdles Diamond Trophy in the bag but the Olympic silver medallist should be pressed on the night by the French pair of Dimitri Bascou and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde who finished in the next two places behind him at the Olympics.Panama’s Alonso Edward, who finished seventh in Rio, has enough points to win his third consecutive Diamond Race in the 200m but will face three men who finished in front of him at the Olympics: Christophe Lemaitre, Adam Gemili and Churandy Martina, who were third, fourth and fifth respectively.Latvia’s Madara Palameika has a 14-point lead over Australia’s Kathryn Mitchell in the women’s javelin Diamond Race but Czech Republic’s world record-holder Barbora Spotakova and European champion Tatsiana Khaladovich from Belarus both finished in front of them in Rio and are the favourites to win on the night.In the other long throw of the night, the men’s discus, world champion Piotr Malachowski won many friends for putting his Rio silver medal up for sale to provide funds for the treatment of an ill child in his native Poland and a 17-point lead in the Diamond Race gives him a huge advantage in this contest.Nevertheless, a deep field sees Malachowski up against Sweden’s world leader Daniel Stahl and Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger, who have both been throwing well since their return from the Olympics.The first Diamond Race decided actually was yesterday evening when the women’s shot putters took to the ring in the famous Grand Place in the centre of Brussels.All three medallists from Rio were in action as at press time although USA’s gold medallist Michelle Carter has had the upper hand in the past couple of competitions, Valerie Adams has an unassailable lead in the Diamond Race and will pick her fifth Diamond Trophy.She will also want to gain revenge for the US putter snatching the gold medal from her in the last round in Rio.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUEThe second of the two IAAF Diamond League finals for this season brings the curtain down on the IAAF one-day meetings for 2016, and should do so in spectacular fashion with the 16 remaining Diamond Race contests being decided at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme in Brussels today.Conseslus Kipruto has already clinched the 3000m steeplechase Diamond Race so he only has to start in the Belgian capital, but the question is how will the Olympic champion finish?He has been winning his races with apparent ease this year and leads the world with his 8:00.12 personal best that he ran at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.last_img read more

‘Edo State Did Not Spend N70m on Okpekpe Race’

first_imgOrganisers of the 5th Okpekpe 10km International Road Race have denied in strong terms speculations in a section of the sporting media that the Edo State Government spent N70million to host the one-day race a fortnight ago.The 2017 edition of the IAAF Bronze labelled race was dominated as usual by road runners from East Africa with Ethiopian trio of Luel Gebrasilasis (29mins 28 secs), Jima Bekele (29.34), and Dawit Fikadu (32.22) making a clean sweep in the male category. Another Ethiopian, Gebru Azemra ran 33. 59 to win the women’s event.Yesterday, CEO of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, the franchise owner of the race, Mr Mike Itemuagbor, said in a statement that Edo State government did not bankroll the race as was been erroneously speculated. “The 2017 edition of the Okpekpe 10km International Road Race was not bankrolled by Edo State Government. I don’t know where the reporter who wrote that report got his fact before rushing to the press to misinform people. The 2017 edition was sponsored by Pamodzi Sports Marketing and its partners. This is the fact of the matter which is well known by everyone connected with the road race,” observed Itemuagbor in the statement.While thanking Governor Godwin Obaseki for sustaining the involvement of the state in race, Itemuagbor revealed that the Edo State government only offered to pay the prize money for the only IAAF and AIMS certified road race in the whole of West Africa.“Edo State government is only involved with the payment of the prize money to the winners which is not anywhere in the region of N70million erroneously reported,” the Pamodzi chief executive clarified.Despite the plaudits received by the organizers for the quality manner the 2017 edition was professionally handled, Itemuagbor insisted that the next edition promises to be better.“Our target is to make the Okpekpe race an IAAF gold labeled event. We want to make Okpekpe race the preferred destination for the world’s best road ruuners just like what the London, Berlin, Boston and New York marathons have become today,” concludes the foremost sports marketer in the country.The 5th edition which was better packaged by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, the franchise owners of the IAAF bronze label race. It lived up to billing with Veronica Maina (34.19) and Alice Timbili (34.39) winning the second and third positions to complete an East African clean sweep. The top three finishers got $15,000, $10,000 and $7,000 in both the male and female categories.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Robbers Attack Osun United Players, Officials

first_imgJames Sowole in AkureArmed robbers early Wednesday attacked players and officials of Osun United Football Club of Osogbo along the Ore-Ondo Highway while the team was travelling to Osogbo from Calabar where they honoured their Week 14 Bet9ja Nigeria National League match. The team was attacked when the vehicle in which the team was travelling developed a mechanical fault few kilometers to Ondo town.THISDAY learnt that as soon as the driver of the vehicle stopped to see what the problem was, armed men reportedly came out from the bush and attacked the footballers.The 32-seater coaster bus which contained 28 people including 18 players alongside technical crew led by the coach of the team, Mr. Duke Udi were reportedly ransacked by the hoodlums.According to the source, the attackers matcheted members of the team, particularly the driver of the bus and the team’s goalkeeper, Ayo Ojo.It was further learnt that the robbers also collected money, mobile phones and some other valuables from the victims.Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the attackers were not real armed robbers but hoodlums who might be living in the villages around the scene of the incident.“ The incident happened on Wednesday morning at about 1am when members of the team were coming from the Eastern part of the country.“Those people that attacked the footballers are not deadly armed robbers because they only attacked them with cutlasses and sticks, if they were real armed robbers they would attack with guns.“When the footballers were trying to retreat, some of them were injured by the hoodlums. The injured ones have been taken to the hospital in Ondo town”, he said.Joseph, who explained that the Police Command had begun investigation into the matter, said the police were already on the trail of the hoodlums who, according to him live in the villages around the scene of the incident.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NFF’s Autonomy Imminent as Senate Passes Bill Abrogating NFA

first_imgBoth the House of Representatives and the Senate had way back in 2017 and 2018 passed different versions of the bill before a committee was set up to harmonise them into one and send it for final approval of the Red Chamber.“This is one of those important issues as far as football is concerned in the country. It brings the Nigerian football administration in line with global best practice,” Senator Sani began.“Following the consideration and passage of the bill for an act to repeal the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and enact the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other matters connected therewith 2019 by the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday, 30th of May 2017 and Thursday, 8th of March 2018 respectively, the two chambers set up a conference committee.“The conference committee met to harmonise the differences as passed by the two chambers. After scrutiny of the bill, the conference committee adopted the house version,” stressed the Kaduna senator.Senate President, Bukola Saraki thereafter put the report to vote and approvedSaraki described the approval of the report as landmark.“It is a landmark bill that we have just passed,” he said.“For over 20 years now, we have been trying to improve on the situation of football in this country in line with global best practice but it has always been stampeded for personal reasons.”The approved bill can be summarized into five major components which encompasses a whole new profitable and dynamic structure:– It recognises the NFF as the body to manage and regulate football activities in Nigeria in line with its statutes as approved by FIFA.– It recognises the NFF statutes as drafted by its members and approved by FIFA as the Supreme Laws for the governance of the functioning of the organisation, administration and operations of the NFF.– It recognises that the statutes of the NFF may be amended from time to time in accordance with the procedures and process stipulated in the statutes.– It recognises football as a national asset and thus entitled to special privileges, concession and from time to time to receive grants, subventions and/or appropriation from the government in furtherance to its objectives and functions and to facilitate the overall development of football in Nigeria.– It will provide the framework of the minimum provisions the statutes shall contain to ensure good governance, management, and operations of the NFF and in line to the minimum threshold provided by FIFA to be contained in all the Federations’ statutes and other provisions to support football development.These are the focal points of the Act with the itemized point emphasizing that the NFF will not be hindered from receiving grants or subvention from the government despite their autonomy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Deji Elumoye in AbujaThe law that changed the name of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was one of the 11 bills passed yesterday by the upper chamber of the National Assembly.Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani was the one who moved for the consideration of the bill changing NFA to NFF in the Senate.last_img read more

UNICEF Charity Shield Polo:  El-Rufai Lauds Access Bank Partnership

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Children Day event which remains one of the biggest highlights yet at the ongoing international polo fiesta, has received high profile accolades as an occasion that enables children to cherish their buoyant freedom and rekindle their childhood and the potentials within them.Hundreds of school pupils and their teachers spent the whole day at the foremost Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club in Kaduna, engaging in various sporting activities and dance with the Mother of the Day, who called on other good spirited organizations and individuals to emulate the Access Bank partnership example.Revered as one of the biggest charity polo tournaments in the world, the charity shield which has been under the exclusive sponsorship of Access Bank for more than a decade now offers four  major prizes, the Usman Dantata, the UNICEF  cup, Access Bank Cup and the High Goal Charity Shield.Fifth Chukker team had earlier in the first stage of the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield International Polo Tournament  upstaged  favourites and former winners, Tila Farms 8-41/2,  to win the prestigious Usman Dantata Cup.The ten-day annual event is a robust corporate social responsibility partnership platform set up in 2003 by Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in conjunction with Access Bank Plc. For almost two decades now, this annual event has been raising funds to support UNICEF projects for vulnerable children and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kaduna State and its environs.The 2019 grand finale of the premium charity polo extravaganza that was inaugurated in 2003 is billed to climax Saturday at the foremost Kangimi Resort with first class Emirs, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and several notable personalities in attendance. Kaduna State Government has lauded Access Bank Plc and its partner, Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Polo Club for its leading campaign to alleviate the plights of vulnerable and orphaned children in the state.Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Aisha Ummi El-Rufai who was the Special Guest of Honour at the Children’s Day event in the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament in Kaduna thumb up the partners for using the Charity Shield polo platform to enhance the educational and health well being of children in a most special way.“There is an important need for both private and public sectors to do a lot more in support of the Nigerian child, particularly the orphans and vulnerable children to enable them look forward to a better tomorrow,” the Kaduna State First Lady added.last_img read more

FIBA Recognition for D’Tigress, NBBF

first_imgThe women team under the period in review won two FIBA Afrobasket championships and became the first African country to qualify for the quarter finals of the 2018 Women World Cup in Spain.Speaking after the ceremony, Kida said the award is a validation of the improved status of Nigerian basketball since the board was elected in 2017.“As a board, we have invested our personal money, time and energy in the last 2 years to drive basketball in Nigeria. Earlier in the year, we were celebrated by FIBA Africa which spurred us to do more.”“We have gone a step further to do more which has once again been rewarded with another AFROBASKET title in Senegal which has seen our unbeaten run in the championship stretching to 14 over the course of 3 championships”, Kida said.An elated Kida thanked every stakeholder who contributed to basketball growth saying the award is just the first of many more to come and a call for more sacrifice from all.FIBA’s award for success and excellent work was picked up by Kida.The Minister of Sports, Dare Sunday took to Twitter to congratulate the NBBF for elevating basketball since coming into office 2 years ago.He pledged government’s unflinching support to the board led by Kida saying they are living up to the expectations of Nigerians and sports stakeholders.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Another feather was added to the already decorated cap of the Nigeria Basketball family in the wee hours of yesterday in China.The NBBF was recognized as the federation with the Most Improved Women Team between 2017 – 2019 at the plenary session of FIBA Congress and Awards Ceremony which took place in Beijing yesterday.Nigeria was represented by the NBBF President, Musa Kida; Vice President, Babs Ogunade and board member, Col Sam Ahmedu (rtd), who is representing international federation. 156 National Federations witnessed the ceremonylast_img read more

Dodgers reach halfway point with baseball’s best record

first_img Even amid the upheaval of a pandemic, one thing is predictable: the Los Angeles Dodgers are very good. In fact, they’re the best team in baseball, boasting a 22-8 record at the halfway point of the shortened season.They went 13-4 playing a stretch of 17 consecutive days that ended Sunday, capped by an 11-3 win over Colorado in which the Dodgers blasted seven home runs.Instead of being on fumes, manager Dave Roberts said, “We all feel really good.”It shows in their balanced offense and pitching. The Dodgers lead the majors in home runs (59) and runs scored (171). They also have the lowest team ERA (2.65), while their WHIP (1.04) is just behind Cleveland’s leading 1.03. The LA staff is doing it without David Price, who opted out of the season because of the coronavirus.They’ve stayed healthy, too, avoiding the COVID-19 cases that have wreaked havoc with others teams’ schedules.The Dodgers begin the second half Tuesday against the Giants in San Francisco.“The last 30 games is more of trying to identify the roles, the roster, winning baseball games,” Roberts said, “but we have more off days coming up in September, so that’s a good thing as far as managing workload.”The Dodgers’ depth has allowed Roberts to rest his players and pitchers, even with starter Alex Wood and reliever Joe Kelly on the injured list. Tony Gonsolin, good enough to be in a rotation elsewhere, moved back and forth from the alternate training site to be a sixth starter during the run of 17 straight games. Roberts has kept pitch counts under 100, too.The National League has the designated hitter thanks to the pandemic, and the Dodgers have made the most of it. Nine different players have been used in the extra spot, whether to give someone rest or get those stuck on the bench into the game.The Dodgers won a franchise-record 106 games last season to go with their seventh consecutive NL West title. They made a loaded roster even more so with the addition of Mookie Betts, who became the first Dodger to hit two homers and steal two bases in the same game Sunday. He blasted three homers in a game on Aug. 13.“He’s unbelievable,” second baseman Kiké Hernández said. “He’s one of those guys we didn’t get the opportunity to watch too often in a different league. Now you get to see him on a daily basis and you know what all the Mookie Betts hype is all about. There’s really not anything he can’t do.”Betts’ influence extends to the rare days he isn’t playing. He’ll sit on the bench watching his teammates and talk hitting.“Mookie is from that school of just asking questions, inserting information, giving his thoughts, which is always welcome,” Roberts said.The bottom of the lineup is producing, too. Three of the Dodgers’ seven homers on Sunday came from hitters sixth through ninth in the order. The team leads the majors in run production from those spots. Only one player in the lineup Sunday didn’t get a hit.“I don’t think there’s a better one through five in baseball, so when you’ve got to grind through that one through five, maybe you tend to forget about the guys at the bottom,” Hernández said.Some of the team’s biggest run producers — reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson — have gotten off to slow starts. Ross Stripling has struggled over his last three starts, but feels his stuff is still strong. Walker Buehler bounced back in his last start and is beginning to resemble the dominant pitcher he was last year.The Dodgers take a four-game lead over San Diego in the NL West into the second half.“We’re trying to run away with the division,” Hernández said. “That’s step number one to the main goal.”The ultimate goal, of course, is a World Series championship, something the Dodgers haven’t won since 1988 despite back-to-back appearances in 2017 and 2018.A shortened season wouldn’t make it any less sweet.“Just an odd year,” Roberts said, “but still a lot of fun.”Image credits: AP COMMENT FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 25th August, 2020 06:55 IST WATCH US LIVEcenter_img LIVE TV Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 25th August, 2020 06:55 IST Dodgers Reach Halfway Point With Baseball’s Best Record Even amid the upheaval of a pandemic, one thing is predictable: the Los Angeles Dodgers are very good. In fact, they’re the best team in baseball, boasting a 22-8 record at the halfway point of the shortened seasonlast_img read more