Jose Mourinho’s side will be away to the Belgian league leaders in the first leg.The other last eight ties came out as following in Nyon:Celta Vigo V Genk Ajax V Schalke Lyon V Besiktas The first legs will be played on the 13th of April with the return matches to be played a week later.
Photo © Tipp FM The Tipperary footballers have been dealt a blow ahead of their Munster semi-final against Cork next weekend.Goalkeeper Evan Comerford must consider his options as the Central Hearings Committee has rejected his appeal against his twelve-week suspension.He was suspended for physical interference with the referee during a club game against JK Brackens almost two weeks ago, when he was subsequently sent off. Because the incident is categorised as a category five offence the Kilsheelan-Kilcash clubman was also suspended from inter-county action until mid August.It remains to be seen if Comerford will lodge an appeal with the Central Appeals Committee in order to challenge the ruling of the Central Hearings Committee.
It also revealed it is awaiting the results of 250 retests from the 2012 Olympics in London.“All these measures are a powerful strike against the cheats we do not allow to win,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.“They show once again that dopers have no place to hide. We keep samples for 10 years so that the cheats know that they can never rest.“By stopping so many doped athletes from participating in Rio, we are showing once more our determination to protect the integrity of the Olympic competition.”More than 4,500 tests were carried out at the Beijing Games in 2008 – but just nine athletes were caught cheating.The IOC said the retests were focused on athletes who could potentially take part in Rio.It added 12 affected national Olympic associations would be informed in the coming days.However, the IOC said it would not be revealing the names of athletes who had returned adverse findings until B-samples had been tested and individuals informed.The British Olympic Association said it has not been contacted by the IOC.The organisation also confirmed it is to start re-testing samples from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.Last week, a whistleblower alleged Russian secret service agents helped to protect drug cheats in Sochi, although the Russian authorities denied the claims.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is now investigating those allegations and yesterday announced it had appointed former Interpol agent and French Gendarmerie major Mathieu Holz to lead the inquiry.The latest measures taken by the IOC come after Russia and Kenya were found to have breached anti-doping rules in recent months.Russia was banned from athletics competition in November after a WADA commission report recommended the sanction.The nation’s athletics federation accepted its ban from international competition, with sports minister Vitaly Mutko saying this week Russia was “very sorry” and “ashamed” of cheating athletes who were not caught by its anti-doping systems.But he argued not lifting the ban for the Rio Games would be “unfair and disproportionate” and that clean athletes should not be punished.Meanwhile, Kenyan Sports Minister Hassan Wario is confident the nation will not be banned from Rio despite being judged to be non-compliant with the global anti-doping code.WADA has written to Kenya, outlining what it must do to meet the anti-doping code.The IOC said it is funding WADA to carry out intelligence-gathering before the Rio Games to make pre-event testing “as efficient and independent as possible”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AHEAD RIO2016 OLYMPICSUp to 31 athletes from six sports could be banned from competing at the Rio Games, Olympic chiefs have said.The announcement comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) retested 454 selected doping samples from the 2008 Games in Beijing.The IOC said the retests were conducted using the very latest scientific analysis methods.
Valencia defeated NPFL All-Stars 2-1 in a friendly international in Alzira, near Valencia.The match winner was scored in the 83rd minute by Rodrigo Moreno, who rounded up goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa before slotting home. Valencia dominated the game, but the Nigeria selected side did well to keep their defensive shape even if they offered very little going forward.Hosts Valencia enjoyed a bright start, enjoying more of the ball possession and pegging the Nigeria league selected side in their own half of the pitch.They deservedly opened scoring after 10 minutes, when Medran headed a long ball beyond the rushing goalkeeper Ezenwa.Valencia continued to apply the pressure in front of an appreciable crowd and it was not until the 23rd minute before striker Godwin Obaje made the first attempt at goal for the NPFL All-Stars.The Nigerian side gradually got into the game and drew level after 32 minutes through Joseph Osadiaye, who cashed in on a defensive calamity to head home.Injured Matthew Etim was forced to give way to Ifeanyi Nweke in the 42nd minute.In first half stoppage time, an effort by Valencia was chalked off for offside.Valencia again dominated the second half as the NPFL All-Stars did well to keep their shape at the back.The visitors seemed to be running away with a confidence-boosting result before the home side delivered the killer blow seven minutes from time.NPFL All-Stars starting XI: Ikechukwu Ezenwa – Chima Akas (Captain), Matthew Etim (Ifeanyi Nweke 42), Chinedu Udoji, Jamiu Alimi – Dare Ojo (Obinna Nwobodo 53), Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Abdulrahman Bashir 74) – Rabiu Ali (Charles Henlong 64), Chisom Egbuchulam (Ezekiel Bassey 64), Joseph Osadiaye – Godwin Obaje (Ismaila Gata 64)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
According to him, the primary area the investors needed is the league, saying Nigerian football would not be the same if such money was pumped into it.Asked why he took the proposal to the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalong, and not the Nigeria Football Federation or the custodian of the league-League Management Company, LMC, Carrena said: “We needed a guarantor that was why we met with the Sports Minister and the federal government that provided the enabling environment for the investors to operate. We don’t want the investors to be discouraged at the initial stage.“The investors are not coming in to distort the existing status but rather to discourage government’s involvement in football. We want to discourage situations whereby clubs go cap in hand to the government.”Speaking further, the Chief Executive of Arabella 21st Century limited said funding had been the major thing that had kept the Nigerian league down.He said further that 20 per cent of the fund would be from the public raised through Initial Public Offer, IPO.Meanwhile, the Nigerian representative of Gilgal Capital, Babatunde Aina said the complex nature of Nigeria was an initial hindrance to Gilgal Capital investing in Nigeria.“The complex nature of Nigeria was an initial hindrance to investing in Nigerian football, but one cannot, however, ignore the large market of the country.“Some requirements had to be met before we put our money in Nigerian football but Arabella had put a structure that would make it work. It is a public driven thing with government being just a regulator,” Aina said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As part of efforts at bringing lasting improvement to Nigeria’s football, United Kingdom-based Gilgal Capital is set to inject a handsome $1.5 billion into the Nigerian League in a period spanning 20 years.At a media parley in Ikeja, the Chief Executive of Arabella 21st Century limited, Otunba Femmy Carrena, whose company brokered the deal with Gilgal Capital said, hopefully, in the next 18 months all grey areas would have been tidied up.“Running football involves huge finances and that is why we need investors that would put in the kind of capital that can take our football to the level where we all dream of,” Carrena said.
Instructors from Coerver Coaching Netherlannd used the last two days to drill the participants in both theory and practical sessions at the Lagos Preparatory School, Ikoyi, while the final day availed the participants the opportunity to put into practice what they learnt through the use of school children to create a game time situation to test their assimilation and evaluate their understanding of the course.One of the instructors who is the CEO and Technical Director of Coerver Coaching Netherlands, Rainel Woerdings, said he was impressed by the enthusiasm of the participants to learn.â€œThe participants showed enthusiasm to learn which was evident in the kind of questions they asked. Wednesday was used to know those among them that will do well in coaching as they put to use what they have learnt with the children during the practical session,â€ stressed the coordinator.The youth football coaching diploma 1 course which began on Monday was tailored to take care of players between ages 7-16 years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The three-day professional development course delivered by Coerver Coaching Netherlands ended today in Lagos.The course facilitated by Search and Groom Youth for Development Centre, had 80 young coaches from schools, churches and academies from both Lagos and Abuja go through an intensive football coaching courses in youth football development.
Nigerian weightlifters are still nursing the ambition of taking part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, despite their inability to compete at the on-going Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in that country.The nationâ€™s plan of sending a strong team of weightlifters, made up of Chineye Fidelis, Oluwatoyin Adesanmi, Bilikis Otunla and Mariam Usman, to Australia for the Commonwealth Games trial was not successful due to the inability of the NWF to secure visas for the athletes early.Secretary General of NWF, Umar Lambu, said at the weekend that hopes of Team Nigeria lifters making it to the 2018 Commonwealth Games was not lost yet.Â Â â€œNigeria still stand a chance of making it to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The qualification for next yearâ€™s Commonwealth Games will be based on countriesâ€™ rankings from October 2016 to October 2017.â€œAt the end of the on-going weightlifting trials in Australia, new rankings will be made, and some countries who could not attend the championship may still qualify through wildcard. So, it is not over for Nigeria as far as participating in the Commonwealth Games is concerned,â€ concludes the NWF scribe.Â Meanwhile, Nigerian female weightlifter, Mariam Usman, was last Thursday in Abuja presented the Beijing Olympic Games bronze medal awarded to her following the disqualification of the previous winner due to dope infraction.Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) presented the precious metal to Usman at a brief ceremony at the Abuja Stadium.Usman originally finished fifth at the Games nine years ago but was upgraded to the third position after the silver and bronze medalists winners were suspended by the IOC for anti-doping rule violations.Usman is a four-time African champion and reigning gold medalist in her category at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She also has a bronze medal from the 2011 World Championships in Paris.Â The presentation ceremony was attended by the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, NOC President, Habu Gumel and President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Yahaya.Â Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
James Sowole in AkureThe Ondo State Commissioner for Sports and Youths Development, Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye has blamed Osun United thugs for the injuries inflicted on supporters of Sunshine Stars last weekend in Ijebu Ode.Over 20 indigenes of the state who are supporters of the state-owned Sunshine Stars Football Club were attacked by irate football fans loyal to Osun State owned Osun United Football Club during the ongoing AITEO Cup match at the Ijebu Ode Stadium, in Ogun State. Ogunleye who addressed the press in Akure on Monday alongside his Information and Orientation counterpart, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, alleged that the supporters of Sunshine Stars were injured by suspected thugs from Osun State.He said about 40 vehicles with the inscription of Osun logo were mobilised to the stadium, adding that many of those who attacked Ondo people were suspected loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, going by the clothes many of them wore.He said trouble started after the match ended 3-1 in favour of Sunshine Star FC, stressing that the Ondo team was caught unawares, thereby making many of them to sustain various degrees of injuries.Ogunleye who said he was physically present at the stadium during the attack, alleged that Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola called an Oba when those who perpetrated the attack were arrested by the Police.Two of the victims of the attack, Messrs Ayodele Folorunsho and Felix Olowa who sustained injuries on their heads, recounted at the press conference that various weapons including cutlasses and stones were used freely on them.The duo said they lost many of their personal belongings including mobile phones, shoes and clothes to the attack.Speaking, the commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Olowolabi said the attack on Ondo people was unfortunate and called on the Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola to call his people to order.Also, he called on well-meaning traditional rulers and eminent personalities in Yoruba land to call Aregbesola to order to avoid dispute between the two neighbouring states.He informed that many of the victims of the attack were already receiving medical treatment in various hospitals across the state.Although Olowolabi did not link the attack to the recent attack on the Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr Bola Ilori, he decried the situation and stressed the need for peace to reign between the two states.Ilori, an indigene of Ondo State, but a serving commissioner in Osun State was last Thursday attacked at the International Events Centre, Akure, during the public hearing onrestructuring and true federalism organised by the APC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“We have to realise that there is another world out there outside of Cardiff and Madison Square Garden. We have an obligation to grow the sport to new areas and regions. At a London news conference where neither Joshua or Ruiz were present, Hearn said the rematch will take place in an open-air stadium in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyadh.Omar Khalil, working for the Saudi agency delivering the event, said fans who purchase a ticket will automatically be issued a visa to visit the country.Madison Square Garden – where Ruiz stunned Joshua on 1 June – and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium were picked as likely venues for the bout but Ruiz made clear he did not wish to fight in the UK, while Hearn played down an immediate return to the USA.Saudi Arabia has been highlighted as a compromise but the country’s human rights record has prompted criticism of the choice of venue for a fight of such magnitude. “We had approaches from Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar,” Hearn added. “We wanted to go somewhere that had a vision for the sport of boxing. We already knew Saudi Arabia was for real and investing in the sport. Mexico’s first world heavyweight champion floored Joshua four times on his way to victory in New York. He is contractually obliged to rematch the Briton but his lack of comment has led to speculation he has not signed to fight.His trainer Robles, told Fighthype.com: “You haven’t heard anything from Andy Ruiz and there’s a reason why. Promoter Eddie Hearn says Andy Ruiz Jr has signed to fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia despite speculation he has not committed to the bout.The unified world heavyweight champion, 29, has not shared any fight details on social media since the 7 December rematch was announced on Friday.His trainer Manny Robles says “there’s a reason why” Ruiz has kept silent. Hearn, who promotes Joshua, said: “Both fighters signed for this fight. The governing bodies have been informed.” Ruiz, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO versions of the world heavyweight title, has remained silent since Friday’s fight announcement, when several of Joshua’s team and the former champion himself shared the fight poster on social media. Some speculation centres around Ruiz seeking a bigger payout. “This event could change boxing forever. If Saudi is going to invest in these fights you could be seeing a big change in the dynamics of the sport, which truly excites me.” “You have one party saying we are fighting 7 December, the promoter going out on a limb saying 7 December in Saudi Arabia. But you haven’t heard anything from Ruiz so everybody has to hold off and wait.” The bout will be highly lucrative given the Saudi backers have put forward a reported $40m (£33m) site fee, which does not include the sums which will be raised from pay-per-view sales for one of the most highly-anticipated fights in decades.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
First Published: 5th September, 2020 10:05 IST Associated Press Television News LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 10:05 IST Fernando Tatís Jr. And Slugging Padres Pound Athletics 7-0 Fernando Tatís Jr. and Manny Machado hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning, and the San Diego Padres pounded Oakland 7-0 on Friday night as the Athletics returned to the field from a four-game postponement following a positive coronavirus test Fernando Tatís Jr. and Manny Machado hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning, and the San Diego Padres pounded Oakland 7-0 on Friday night as the Athletics returned to the field from a four-game postponement following a positive coronavirus test.Tatís matched Mike Trout for the majors’ home run lead at 14 and finished with three RBIs.Padres catching prospect Luis Campusano homered in the eighth for his first major league hit after the 21-year-old was called up before the game.Tatís returned to the leadoff spot and hit a two-run double moments after Trent Grisham’s double put the Padres on the board in the decisive fifth. Eric Hosmer added an RBI single that inning, chasing A’s starter Jesús Luzardo (2-2).Right-hander Zach Davies (6-2) struck out five over seven scoreless innings to win his fourth straight start.Lefty Mike Minor made his A’s debut in the seventh and gave up the two homers after being acquired in a trade Monday from the Rangers.Oakland lost its third straight game dating to last Saturday’s doubleheader defeat at Houston. The A’s then had their next four postponed following right-hander Daniel Mengden’s positive test for COVID-19 at Houston — the final game with the Astros last Sunday and a three-game series in Seattle. Mengden is asymptomatic and remained at home in Houston under quarantine.The A’s will face three doubleheaders in a seven-day span starting next Tuesday against the Astros.Manager Bob Melvin expected his offense might be more sluggish than slugging after the long layoff.“It’s been a tough few days. We got a couple workouts in, albeit brief,” Melvin said. “We were kind of treating it like an All-Star break, an extended All-Star break.”HENDRIKS PONDERSA’s closer Liam Hendriks said had there been a coronavirus outbreak among the bullpen members he might have considered not pitching the rest of the season given he is high risk with an autoimmune liver disorder.“Stressful, to put it very lightly,” he said. “It’s been stressful, it’s been daunting, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. I’m just happy that we have gotten through that little stage as a team, that we were following protocol. Not only did Mengden follow protocol but also the fact that we as a team showed that we have been doing the right things on the field. That was a big one for me. If there was a rash of positive cases it would have definitely made me consider moving forward the season.”HENDRIKS QUOTABLE“I’m really excited about the fact that we just had a week off and we get to face the Padres, Slam Diego or whatever people are calling them now,” Hendriks quipped. “… I still don’t know how I feel about their uniforms though, still unsure. They kind of look like silken pajamas.”TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: SS Marcus Semien, scratched from last Saturday’s second game in a doubleheader at Houston, took swings off a tee in the cage as he nurses a sore left side. He is optimistic of returning soon. “It looks like we’re gaining some ground,” Melvin said. … LHP A.J. Puk threw 1 1/3 innings in a rehab outing at the club’s San Jose alternate site and is slated to pitch again Sunday with the hope of activating him next week. Puk hasn’t pitched at all this season because of a strained pitching shoulder that required injections. General manager David Forst said the team plans to use Puk as a multi-inning reliever when he returns.UP NEXTSan Diego RHP Chris Paddack (3-3, 4.43 ERA) tries to win consecutive starts for the first time this year. A’s LHP Sean Manaea (2-2, 5.64) seeks his third straight winning start after going 0-2 over his initial five outings.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US COMMENT