The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship gets underway this morning with players competing across the famous courses at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.After missing-out on selection for the Ryder Cup, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry are both set to return to action while vice captain Padraig Harrington will start his week on the Old Course at St Andrews.Meanwhile, Olympic golf champion Justin Rose is taking two months off to fully recover from a back injury. It means he’ll miss the British Masters and the rest of the European Tour season.Rose says the time off is “crucial” if he’s to “return to peak performance”.
He signed a new contract in December. It’s understood both Chelsea and Manchester United have held preliminary talks with Robert Lewandowski’s presentatives regarding a potential move from Bayern Munich.The Poland international is one of the highest-rated strikers in Europe.Reports suggest Lewandowski is unhappy at Bayern – as he feels boss Carlo Ancelotti and his team-mates let him down in his attempt to win the Bundesliga’s golden boot award last season.
Tipp’s Camogie players ‘don’t need any motivation’ to beat Limerick on Saturday evening.The Treaty side travel to Semple Stadium for Tipp’s second game in the All-Ireland Championship.Limerick beat Tipperary at the semi final stage of this years’ Munster championship on home turf. Tipp manager Brian Boyle says they’re hoping to make up for that loss.Throw in on Saturday is at 3 o’clock and we’ve full live commentary of the game here on Tipp FM in association with LIT. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography
Photo © Tipp FM In the North Tipp Junior B hurling final 14 man Newport has secured victory over Lorrha to claim the title.Lorrha opened the scoring but Newport quickly replied and for the first 10 minutes or so it was point for point but Newport started to gain a lead.Then on the 29th minute Newport was down to 14 men after Christy Connors was sent off for a 2nd yellow card. At half time they were leading 10 points to 6 however Lorrha staged a comeback in the second half and 7 minutes it they had clocked up 3 points with no reply. Lorrha then took the lead but a Newport goal in the 26th minute of the second half put them ahead by 1-14 to 15 points.Both sides clocked up a further point and it ended Newport 1-15 Lorrha 0-16
That gets underway at 4pm. Tipperary’s annual convention takes place this afternoon in the Dome Thurles.John Devane is set to take over from Michael Bourke as County chairperson.However, there’s a contest for vice chairperson as Joe Kennedy Moyne Templetuohy and Jimmy Minogue Nenagh Eire Og have both thrown their hats into the ring.
But 2010 US Open winner McDowell has revealed he does not want to play in Rio because his wife is due to give birth a couple of weeks after the Games.“I woke yesterday morning to the news that Rory McIlroy had withdrawn from the Irish Olympic Golf team, putting me in line for an automatic spot on the team,” McDowell said in a statement on Thursday lunchtime.“As many within golf will know my wife Kristin is pregnant and is due to have our second child just a couple of weeks after the Olympic Golf competition concludes.“I made the decision many months ago, before I was on the team, that I would not play or travel outside the US, where I and my family live, in the weeks running up to the birth.“Unfortunately I will therefore not be available to replace Rory on the team. I have informed Paul McGinley and the Olympic Council of Ireland of my decision.”Reacting to McDowell’s statement, the International Golf Federation said: “We recognise the unique circumstances for Graeme and his family and, while we are disappointed that he is not available for the Olympic Games, we sympathise with his position.“There are many considerations for players but those who compete will have the opportunity to be part of a truly global celebration of sport.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Graeme McDowell has announced he will not be replacing Rory McIlroy in Ireland’s Olympic team for the Games in Rio later this summer.World No 73 McDowell was the next in line to come into the team alongside Shane Lowry after world No 4 McIlroy said on Wednesday that he would not travel to Brazil because of concerns over the Zika virus.
Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Manchester United is a sure sign of their readiness to mount a bid for the Premier League title, according to Pedro Rodriguez.The Spain winger opened the scoring after just 30 seconds at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with further goals from Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante ensuring an unhappy return to west London for former Chelsea boss turned United manager Jose Mourinho.Victory left the Blues just a point behind leaders Manchester City, who are ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool on goal difference, and Pedro told Chelsea TV, the club’s in-house station: “It’s the way to show we can fight for the title.” David Luiz, however, cautioned against Chelsea fans getting carried away with a run of three straight wins, all without conceding a goal.The Brazilian, in his second spell at Stamford Bridge two years after he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain in a world record £50 million deal for a defender, said: “Every match is three points. It doesn’t matter the opponent.“It’s good to win in this way. It’s good to also keep the feet on the floor, with humility,” added Luiz, brought back to Chelsea by Italian manager Antonio Conte in a £32 million move in August.Chelsea next play London rivals West Ham United in the League Cup on Wednesday.“The important thing now is to rest a bit and then start to think about West Ham,” Luiz said.Luiz, sold to PSG by Mourinho, was nevertheless encouraged by Sunday’s emphatic success.“Everybody is happy. It’s normal. We worked a lot for that victory during the week,” he said. “We had an amazing game from the beginning. That’s why after the game we can be happy.”Chelsea finished a modest 10th in the Premier League last season after sacking Mourinho, in his second spell in charge of the club, in December — just seven months after the Portuguese led them to the 2014/15 title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Legendary Algerian ex international, Lakhdar Belloumi, has tipped his countrymen to pick all three points when the Fennecs play Super Eagles in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on November 12 in Uyo.The 1981 African Footballer of the Year who played at Espana ’82 and Mexico ’86 World Cups for Algeria told FIFA.com yesterday that the Fennecs are capable of repeating the feat of 35 years ago when they defeated Nigeria home and away to earn their first Mundial ticket.“Algeria have a great footballing history. We’ve defeated Nigeria more than once. We beat them on their own patch in 1981 and in Libya in 1982. My message to Riyad Mahrez and Co, therefore, is that winning on 12 November is certainly not impossible,” Belloumi stressed with confidence.“We will win if we impose our style of play. Our team is powerful and united, and with a little bit of desire and heart, we can return home with three points in the bag,” the 57 year-old former star restated.While most ball pundits believe it is the Algerians that will be under pressure in Uyo due to the draw game they played with Cameroun in their opening Match-day 1 of the qualifiers, Belloumi insisting that the Super Eagles are “the ones under pressure.”“On the contrary, I believe the Nigerians will be the ones under pressure as they’re at home and playing in front of their own fans,” he said with conviction.Belloumi described Algeria’s 1-1 draw with Cameroun in Blida as “a misstep” considering that they have found the Indomitable Lions difficult to play against in competitive matches.“Our team is very strong. For me, the draw against Cameroun was just a misstep. And we mustn’t forget that Cameroun have a great team and a long World Cup history, and that we’ve never beaten them in an official match. Let’s put that slip-up behind us and concentrate on picking up three points in Nigeria,” stressed the Algerian former super star.The Super Eagles are leading the Group B of Russia 2018 qualifiers with three points as a result of the 2-1 away victory recorded against Zambia in Ndola early this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Governor Ambode who received the Queen’s Baton at Alausa yesterday said that it has become necessary for Nigeria to put its facilities in good order to encourage the youths of the country to excel in sports.He said that Lagos was in the vanguard of revamping all her sports facilities to give athletes conducive atmosphere to prepare and to win medals for Nigeria.The governor who received the Queen’s Baton from President of the CGA in Nigeria, Habu Gumel, congratulated Australia as the host of the Commonwealth Games next year.Speaking earlier, Gumel promised that Team Nigeria would excel at the Commonwealth Games noting that Nigeria has always being a powerhouse at the Games adding that preparation was already on from different sporting federations to ensure that Team Nigeria surpasses the 11 gold medals and 11 silver medals won at the last Games in Glasgow.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari thanked Ambode and expressed his willingness to collaborate with states willing to revamp dilapidated facilities for the good of Nigerian youths.Dignitaries present at the short but colourful ceremony included the leader of the International QBR Team, Gideon Sam, Adam Best, Patricia Quayle, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Colin Briggs.There were also Australian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr. Paul Lehman, Chief Solomon Ogba, Hon. Tunde Popoola, Mrs Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, Dr. Jonathan Nnaji, Rev Ikpea and a galaxy of Nigeria’s former and athletes and Paralympians including; Chioma Ajunwa, Yusuf Alli, Henry Amike, Falilat Ogunkoya, Enefiok Udo-Obong, Rashidat Ogundele, Bose Omolayo, Kehinde Paul, Virginia Ohagwu.Lagosians later trooped out en-masse buoyed by the music of supporters club led by Dr Rafiu Ladipo as the Queen’s Baton passed through Ojuelegba and back to the National Stadium in Surulere.The highlight of the programme was the cultural and choreography display by children with disabilities from the famous Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children and Heart of Gold Hospice in Surulere.The Queen’s baton relay was first hosted in Nigeria in April 2002, ahead of the event in Manchester and since then the Baton has visited the country in 2005, 2009 and 2014 before the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (Australia), Delhi (India) and Glasgow (Scotland) respectively.Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II flagged off the Baton Relay at the Buckingham Palace on March 13. The next destination of the Queen’s Baton is Kenya starting from tomorrow.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has tasked the country’s sports administrators to use the Queen’s Baton relay trip to Nigeria to kick-start preparations for how Team Nigeria will excel when the 2018 Commonwealth Games begin in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia next year.The Games are scheduled to start on April 4 through April 15, 2018.The Queen’s baton relay has been the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the 1958 edition in Cardiff, Wales when it was first introduced as part of the Commonwealth games.
As Europe comes alive again this weekend in rounds of World Cup qualifying matches, StarTimes has concluded arrangement to beam live coverage of all the matches from the various centres across Europe to its subscribers.Starting from today, Friday June 9 in Group H, Estonia will host Belgium while Bosnia and Herzegovina play at home to Greece. In group B, Latvia will square it up with Portugal while Sweden tackles France and Netherlands will meet Luxembourg in group A with all matches kick-starting at 7.45 pm.Saturday June 10 qualifying matches will involve countries in Group F: Slovenia versus Malta and Scotland versus England.Group C is Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland; while Group E will see action between Kazakhstan and Denmark all at 5:00 pm.Also in Group E are Montenegro, Armenia; Poland and Romania at 7:45 pm on ST World Football.Group F includes Lithuania and Slovakia at 7.45pm. In Group C are Norway versus Czech Republic; Germany playing San Marino at 7:45 pm on Sports Premium channel.The qualifying matches continue on Sunday June 11 with matches in 11 centres. Finland in Group I takes on Ukraine; Kosovo takes on Turkey; Iceland versusCroatia Group D will feature Moldova against Georgia, Republic of Ireland versus Austria and Serbia versus Wales.Others are FYR Macedonia vs Spain; Italy vs. Liechtenstein all in Group G at 7:45 pm.StarTimes has assured all that football viewers can enjoy the best, exciting and exclusive World Cup matches and other thrilling sporting actions on its ST World Football Channels 244 and 254.Speaking on these coming World Cup matches, Acting Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede, said StarTimes remains committed to delivering quality sporting contents to its subscribers.â€œQuality sporting content was the reason behind the acquisitions of sporting rights like the FIFA World Cup in over 48 territories in Africa and other sporting event such as the Serie A, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Chinese Super League, Eredivisie.He said StarTimes will be showcasing the best of these football actions live from the various match centres around Europe to its subscribers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram