O’Gara rules himself out of running for Connaught job

first_imgRonan O’Gara has ruled himself out of the running for the Connacht head coach job. The former Munster and Ireland out-half had been one of the big names mentioned in connection with succeeding Pat Lam. But O’Gara has used his Irish Examiner column to distance himself from the speculation, saying he’s too young and too invested in his role with Racing to consider a move home.last_img

Calls for all weather pitch in Tipp

first_imgTipperary GAA could badly do with an all weather pitch, according to one official.Plans have been discussed for the facility for the Tipperary inter-county teams, to assist in training.With games starting earlier in the year in less than ideal weather conditions, Tipperary GAA C.C.C Secretary Tom Maher says there are plans in the pipeline: Photo: Tipperary GAAlast_img

StarTimes to Beam Copa America Centenario Exclusively

first_imgAside enjoying superstars like Lionel Messi, Luiz Suarez, Sergi Aguero, Sanchez and others in action, StarTimes viewers stand the chance to predict and win fantastic prizes likes cash, LED Digital Television with inbuilt decoders, Projector Television sets, telcom recharge cards and other prizes. There will be various programs on radio, television, online, on StarTimes App and social media platforms like facebook and twitter through which Nigerians can participate and win.The Copa America 2016 will be enjoyed exclusively on StarTimes sports channels, including ST World Football (Channel 254) and ST Sports Focus (Channel 250), all on StarTimes digital terrestrial and digital satellite platforms.Marketing Director, StarTimes Nigeria, Oludare Kafar, said “StarTimes is very excited to bring Copa America Special Centenario edition onto the platform and believes the various matches will provide sport loving subscribers with some high quality entertainment.“This is a historic moment for the championship and will contribute greatly to the development and followership of professional football within the African continent.“We are excited to feed the appetite of football lovers all across Africa and are particularly glad that our viewers can enjoy all the games in its HD glamour and be a part by participating in our prediction games and winning fantastic prizes on StarTimes App and social media platforms,” stressed the StarTimes director.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Africa’s frontline digital television platform, StarTimes, has further stepped up its game of exciting subscribers with competitive sporting programmes as it again just acquired another exclusive broadcast right across Africa.The Pay TV firm at the weekend in Lagos announced that it has signed a fresh deal to beam the much anticipated Copa America Special Centenario edition live all over Africa.The landmark edition which commemorates 100 years existence of Copa America and slated to begin June 3 through 26 in United States of America will definitely glue viewers to their seats and have them thrilled all the way as most of the superstars playing in European clubs will be in live action at the championship with 32 countries competing in games across 10 cities.last_img read more

Access Bank Makes Extra Donation to UNICEF, Takes Charity Shield to…

first_imgGMD/CEO, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe (2nd right) and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (3rd right) presenting the Access Bank Charity Cup to the Captains of the two teams that played final of the Access Bank Cup, Babangida Hassan (4th left) and Adamu Atta (right), at the Guards Polo ground in Windsor, United Kingdom…last weekendAs part of its continued support of UNICEF, Access Bank Group, along with 5th Chukker, hosted the ‘Access Bank Polo Day’ at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor, United Kingdom last SaturdayThe annual event is the climax to the high-profile Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament, which is in its ninth year and is aimed at reaching out to and highlighting the plight of vulnerable children and orphans and internationally displaced persons. Based in Kaduna, it is the biggest charity polo tournament in Africa and stimulates support for the work of the UNICEF and Access Bank initiative across Africa. This year, the bank donated an additional N10million to UNICEF for its campaign against HIV/AIDS among Nigerian children.A new introduction to this year’s was the Emir’s Cup in honour of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II who was in attendance in Windsor throughout the afternoon. For both polo games of the afternoon, the emir made a ceremonial throw-in to begin each game.The first game for the Emir’s Cup was between local team Delaney, patroned by Damian Duncan, and Keffi Ponies, patroned by Ahmed Wadada.It was a tightly fought game with Diego White for Keffi Ponies scoring the first goal, followed quickly with a return from Damian Duncan for Delaney.By half time the score was at 3-3 but Delaney quickly stormed ahead with a beautiful goal set up by Pite Merlos for Duncan to score taking their lead to 7-4. Keffi ponies came back strongly in the final chukka scoring two goals to take the final score to 7-6, with Delaney winning.For the second game of the afternoon, the Access Bank Charity Cup, guests were treated to something very rare in polo. Not only were all four members on the field of arguably the best polo team in the world, Adolfo Cambiaso’s La Dolfina, but they were also joined by Cambiaso’s son, Poroto (Adolfo Cambiaso Jr) and his daughter Mia Cambiaso.It was a fantastic game, showcasing the incomparable talents of the greats of Pelon Sterling, Pablo Macdonaugh, Juanma Nero and Adolfo. The teams were made up of Adamu Atta playing alongside Mia Cambiaso, Adolfo Cambiaso and Juanma Nero for Access Bank Fifth Chukker and Babangida Hassan alongside Adolfo Cambiaso Jr, Pelon Stirling and Pablo Macdonaugh.There was great team work from both teams, with flashes of brilliance from the young stars. It was another tightly fought game with the final score finishing at 4-4.Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe explained the reasons behind the bank’s continued support for the Fifth Chukker UNICEF initiative.“We are conscious of our role as a change agent in Nigeria that can help institute socio-economic development through responsible business practice and environmental considerations,” he said. “In addition, we are continually seeking ways through which more resources can be pooled towards supporting the children. We are part of the community and as such should support its wellbeing.”Emir of Kano, Sanusi II, made the prize giving to the teams to bring an end to a very successful day for Access Bank and Fifth Chukker, at one of the most beautiful polo clubs in the world.Since the UNICEF/Access Bank initiative started, it has rebuilt two schools in Kaduna and, kept more than 8000 students in continuous education, while at the same time developing new school blocks and a computer literacy building all in a more secure and friendly school environment.The communities surrounding the schools are being supported with bore-holes for water, and sewing and grinding machines to secure employment and stimulate economic and social development.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Friendly: Eagles Test Might against Togo’s Hawks in Paris

first_imgThe Super Eagles will this evening take the pitch against the Hawks of Togo in an international friendly in Paris.Coach Gernot Rohr is using Thursday’s game, just like last Friday’s session against Corsica Island in Ajaccio, as preparation for next weekend’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Uyo.The match against the Hawks will be played at the Stade Municipal de Saint Leu La Foret, Paris starting from 7pm (6pm Nigeria time). Forward Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored from the spot to level scores (1-1) against Corsica on Friday, is one of 20 players in the Eagles’ Hyatt Regency Hotel camp in Paris, and who have been training in the French capital ahead of today’s game.Goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Alampasu, defenders Elderson Echiejile, William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Tyronne Ebuehi and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Agu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Alhassan Ibrahim and Uche Agbo, and strikers Ahmed Musa, Stephen Odey, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Olanrewaju Kayode and Sikiru Olatubosun are the others.Thursday’s match will be the 17th clash between both West African countries at senior level, with Nigeria having won nine of the previous 16 clashes. Togo won in three, while four matches were drawn.The first match between both countries at senior level took place on 6th October 1956. Albert Onyeanwuna (of blessed memory) scored the game’s only goal, with Nigeria’s roster also including the likes of Dan Anyiam, Sam Ibiam, Asuquo Ekpe and Cyril Asoluka. Paul ‘Wonder Boy’ Hamilton (also of blessed memory) scored the one goal in each of two friendlies in Lagos in 1966.Nigeria’s biggest win over Togo remains the 3-0 scoreline in a 1992 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Lagos in August 1990, but Nigerians will never forget the 5-2 hiding by the Hawks in a WAFU Cup match in Abidjan in December 1983.NIGERIA VERSUS TOGO(At Senior Level)6 Oct 1956: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)29 Dec 1964: Nigeria 1 Togo 2 – Lagos (All-Africa Games Qualifier)6 Mar 1966: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)9 Apr 1966: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)2 Apr 1967: Togo 1 Nigeria 0 – Lome (AFCON Qualifier)15 Apr 1967: Nigeria 4 Togo 2 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)23 Apr 1975: Togo 0 Nigeria 1 – Dakar (Friendly)13 June 1980: Togo 0 Nigeria 1 – Lome (Friendly)9 July 1983: Nigeria 2 Togo 1 – Ibadan (Olympics Qualifier)27 July 1983: Togo 1 Nigeria 1 – Lome (Olympics Qualifier)16 Dec 1983: Togo 5 Nigeria 2 – Abidjan (WAFU Cup)29 July 1986: Togo 2 Nigeria 2 – Lome (Friendly)18 Mar 1987: Nigeria 2 Togo 0 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)2 Apr 1987: Togo 1 Nigeria 1 – Lome (AFCON Qualifier)18 Aug 1990: Nigeria 3 Togo 0 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)27 Jan 1991: Togo 0 Nigeria 0 – Lome (AFCON Qualifier)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lagos Aglow for FIFA Executive Football Summit

first_imgThere will also be the presidents of the football associations of Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Turks and Caicos Islands, Denmark, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania, San Marino, Sweden and host country Nigeria.The Summit will begin at 9am and last till 5.30pm, followed by a post-summit press conference and afterwards, dinner for the delegates.Only two other cities in Africa – Nouakchott in Mauritania and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania – are in the mix of the 12 cities worldwide hosting the FIFA Executive Football Summits.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The City of Excellence, Lagos, is in positive media blitz again as the FIFA Executive Football Summit holds today at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.The summit, one of only 12 being staged across the universe between November 2017 and March 2018, is part of FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s vision of “bringing FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA.” It comes less than 24 hours after the inaugural edition of the AITEO-NFF Football Awards that shook the same facility to its foundation last night.FIFA sources confirmed that apart from FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF President Ahmad and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura who all arrived in Lagos yesterday, FIFA Council members Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Sonia Bien Aime from Turks and Caicos Islands are also in town to be part of the summit.last_img read more

Mikel Ends Boro Stint with Goal, Seeks Fresh Challenges

first_img”I don’t know, you can never say never, that’s why I said they. My contract ends, if there’s a conversation, okay fine,” Mikel told BBC Sport.”It’s a great club, it’s a big club. They will find the right players, get that dressing room back and make sure next season they are in the playoffs or automatic promotion.”Asked if he would like to stay at Boro and if he has other options, Mikel answered : ”I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. I have conversation with my people and then we’ll see what comes out, options here and there.”There’s a lot of option but you always have to pick the right one, the one that is going to suit you and suit the way you play and what you want to achieve.”I still want to win trophies, so I will go somewhere where you know, the players, the fans and the team want to win.”That Mikel’s goal was his first in English League football since September 21, 2013 when he found the net in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Fulham and his first strike in five years and 226 days.He made his 267th career appearance in the Premier League and Championship against The Millers, with 249 of those games in the colours of Chelsea.The Eagles captain penned the short term contract until the end of the 2018-2019 season after terminating his contract with Chinese Super League’s Tianjin Teda.Mikel appeared in nineteen matches across all competitions for Middlesbrough and captained the club in their last six games in the EFL Championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi waited till the last day of the regular season before netting his maiden goal for Middlesbrough in their 2-1 win against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.The victory meant nothing to Boro and their fans as the 73 points they garnered in the Championship season could not guarantee them a place in the top six positions after Derby County defeated West Brom 3-1 in a simultaneous game.Speaking after the game, the former Chelsea stalwart strongly hinted that he was not extending his contract with Middlesbrough, stressing he has options elsewhere and wants to win trophies.last_img read more

Ujiri Calls For ‘Revolution’ in Nigeria’s Sports

first_imgKunle AdewalePresident of NBA Championship winning side, Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri, has called for a revolution in Nigeria’s sports, saying until there is a movement that will force a change, there will never be a change for the better in sports in the country.Speaking at a media parley organized by Temple Sports at NOK By Alara, Victoria Island, Ujiri questioned the rationale behind Nigeria always having Sports Ministers that are not knowledgeable. “Why are we always putting ministers that are not knowledgeable in sports to man our sports? Until we form a movement that will change the situation things will remain the same.“Do you know there are many Serena Williams that are roaming the streets of this county but they will never play tennis because we don’t have a recruitment system on ground,” Ujiri queried.Ujiri who presided over Toronto Raptors to become the first team outside America to win the NBA Championship said the Canadian side has gotten to a height where they are comfortable but with the aim of growing bigger.The organizer of the yearly Giants of Africa Basketball said the aim of the programme is beyond playing basketball.“The aim is for some of the participating kids in the Giants of Africa Basketball to be involved in something bigger than basketball. Probably become the president of a country in Africa,” he noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Masai Ujirilast_img read more

Arsenal, Tottenham Battle for North London Derby Supremacy

first_imgAfter recording their best start in the Premier League in almost a decade-two wins in two games, Arsenal fell like a pack of cards against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend while Tottenham Hotspurs against all odds, lost 0-1 at home against Newcastle. Both teams, therefore, would want to make up for lost grounds in the first North London Derby of the season on Sunday. Beyond that, the supremacy as to who really owns London is always at stakeArsenal will host Tottenham in the first north London derby of the 2019-20 season with the rivals looking for a much-needed return to winning ways. Both the Gunners and Spurs were on the end of dispiriting defeats last weekend, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men slipping to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle last Saturday. Arsenal followed that up with a 3-1 loss at Liverpool which laid bare the fact that Unai Emery’s defence is still very much a work in progress.Neither manager can afford a derby defeat before the international break, so expect a tense atmosphere in north London.Arsenal’s first dropped points of the campaign have taken some of the wind out of Emery’s sails, and while his attack shows plenty of promise, they have scored just four goals in three games – fewer than the likes of Burnley and Norwich.Spurs have struggled to break teams down this season, with a gritty 3-1 home win over Aston Villa hinting at the problems which exposed themselves once more against Newcastle.Sunday’s match should be a cagey contest, but a draw is the most likely outcome. Tottenham will want Arsenal to have plenty of the ball and then hit Emery’s men on the break, and Arsenal will want the same thing of Spurs.Meanwhile, Tottenham attacker, Lucas Moura has claimed that Spurs will prove their quality in Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal.After registering four points from games against Aston Villa and Manchester City, Spurs’ progress in the Premier League was halted by a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend.However, while Pochettino’s team have underperformed during the early weeks of the season, Moura feels that a showdown with rivals Arsenal has come at the perfect time.The Brazilian told the London Evening Standard: “Is this the perfect game for us to have after the Newcastle defeat? Yes. We need to look forward now. There are a lot of hard games to come.“We lost against Newcastle but I am sure we have the quality to go to Arsenal and come back with three points. That’s what we must try to do. Each game is different. This is a new season and we have new players. I think we are stronger now. I am sure we can go anywhere and win games.”Spurs sit in the seventh position in the standings, two points behind Arsenal ahead of the trip to the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal have won the majority of these meetings, with 82 victories and 52 draws to Spurs’ 64 triumphs.The last time Spurs beat the Gunners away from home was last December in a 2-0 EFL Cup win but their last Premier League victory at Arsenal was back in 2010.Arsenal won 4-2 at the Emirates last December, with the return fixture a 1-1 draw at Wembley in March.Defending champions, Manchester City will take on Brighton and Hove Albion today at the Etihad Stadium.Graham Potter has done a remarkable job till now with the Seagulls, but there can only be one favourite when his side lock horns with the Citizens.Pep Guardiola’s nearly perfect side are looking favourites for the title once again. After a 5-0 victory against West Ham United, their onslaught came to an abrupt halt when Tottenham Hotspur held them to a 2-2 draw. But after a convincing victory against Bournemouth, the Citizens are back on track once again.Brighton, too, had a great start to their season, winning 3-0 away at Watford. They held a formidable West Ham United side to a 1-1 draw, but were found out last week when Southampton handed them a 2-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium.When Brighton last faced the Blues in May, they were handed a 4-1 thrashing. Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez scored for the visitors. Earlier that season, City edged past with a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.It will be nothing short of a miracle if Potter’s men are able to get a draw against the defending champions at the Etihad, let alone a victory.Guardiola’s side have scored 10 goals in only three games so far. Hence, there should not be any shortage of goals at the Etihad Stadium today. Manchester City’s attacking duo has been amongst the goals so far. While Sterling has netted five goals, Aguero has found the back of the net four times.Meanwhile, Manchester United visit the South-Coast tody to take on Southampton who are a team on the rise under Ralph Hasenhuttl.Fortunately for the Old Trafford club, they have been given a boost before their trip to St. Mary’s Stadium as key Southampton man, Nathan Redmond, is ‘likely’ to miss the game against United after he picked up a knee injury.Redmond is arguably Southampton’s most important attacking player. The Englishman is mega-talented, though sometimes inconsistent, but he’s always liable to turn up and have an outstanding game.The fact that he’s missing definitely strengthens United’s case at winning all three points, though that Red Devils defence simply has to be better than last time out, while up top, the onus will be on Marcus Rashford.United shouldn’t go there and underestimate their opponent, and if they don’t this is a winnable game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players. Hopefully, they can go out there, get the job done and bring three points back to Old Trafford before the international break.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Late Strom Thurmond name on U of South Carolina complex eyed

first_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Written By LIVE TV First Published: 21st August, 2020 13:05 IST Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 13:05 IST Late Strom Thurmond Name On U Of South Carolina Complex Eyed  Some recent standouts in University of South Carolina athletics are asking the school to change the name of its showpiece fitness center, arguing that the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond shouldn’t be honored in such a way due to the segregationist views he once held.center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US  Some recent standouts in University of South Carolina athletics are asking the school to change the name of its showpiece fitness center, arguing that the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond shouldn’t be honored in such a way due to the segregationist views he once held.The Presidential Commission on University History is set to receive testimony Friday on calls to rename the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center from such former South Carolina stars as Marcus Lattimore and Moe Brown in football and track and field’s Natasha Hastings.Black student athletes are among the signatories to a memo also asking the university to remove from its campuses “the names of Confederate supporters, racists, misogynists, and those who outright advocated for the subjugation of any person’s life.”Thurmond died in 2003 at age 100. He represented South Carolina in the U.S. Senate for 48 years, running for president in 1948 as a segregationist “Dixiecrat.” In opposing the 1957 Civil Rights Act, he staged the longest filibuster ever by a single American senator, speaking for a total of 24 hours and 18 minutes.Not long after Thurmond’s death, a mixed-race woman whose mother was the Black maid to the Thurmonds came forward to say that she was Thurmond’s daughter. Though Thurmond never publicly recognized Essie Mae Washington-Williams as his daughter, his family ultimately acknowledged her claim.Thurmond was well known into his latter years for his daily exercise regimen — sometimes conducted in his congressional offices — and he donated $10,000 toward construction of the $38.6 million fitness center. Opened in 1998, it is simply called “the Strom” by students on the Columbia campus.A multitude of buildings and roadways throughout South Carolina also bear Thurmond’s name, and a prominent statue of him is on the Statehouse grounds.Calls to rename the Thurmond fitness structure have been mounting. The push comes after weeks of national protests against racism and police brutality following the Minneapolis death of a Black man, George Floyd, in police custody. Those protests led to calls to pull down monuments around the U.S. to divisive or racist figures.Another outgrowth is the tasking of a history commission, formed by university President Bob Caslan, to take a broad look at the history of racism at the university and consider recommendations for name and other changes.South Carolina’s Heritage Act — passed in 2000 as part of a bill that removed the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse — specifies that only the state Legislature can rename historical entities, protecting a wide array of monuments, roads and structures “named for any historic figure or historic event.”Earlier this year, University of South Carolina leaders sought a legislative exemption to rename a dorm bearing the name of J. Marion Sims, known as the father of modern gynecology but who also did invasive, experimental treatments on enslaved women. At that time, a petition drive to rename the Thurmond complex emerged, pushed by former athletes including Lattimore, the Gamecocks’ former record-setting running back who led the team to its only Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title in 2010.In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lattimore said he supported removing Thurmond’s name as part of an effort to no longer “celebrate those whose ideals represented division and inequality.”Dawn Staley, who has coached both the Gamecocks’ and Olympic women’s basketball teams to respective titles, told AP that removing Thurmond’s name “breaks down another racial divide at the University.” He added that it also “demonstrates to the families who once lived and worked on the grounds upon which the building stands that we, as a University community, will not honor racist individuals. “Moe Brown — a former Gamecock wide receiver, currently the Democratic nominee challenging U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman — said that while the university “is taking great strides,” Thurmond’s beliefs “were consistent of the bigoted, racist and segregationist mindset that was deeply rooted in the South.”These characteristics, Brown told AP, “are not consistent with the virtues” of the university.Olympic gold medalist sprinter Natasha Hastings, who ran for the Gamecocks and twice won Olympic gold, told AP that, as a student, she remembered walking into the facility and having an “uneasy feeling,” adding that she avoided the building “knowing the history behind Strom Thurmond, the man.”Two of Thurmond’s children — former South Carolina state lawmaker Paul Thurmond and Strom Thurmond Jr., a county prosecutor — did not immediately return messages seeking comment on the proposal. COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more