World Cup qualifying action

first_imgMeanwhile, Northern Ireland are facing into their toughest test of their qualifying campaign.Michael O’Neill’s side must travel to Hanover to face Group C top-seeds Germany.All three of those games will kick-off at 7:45. Wayne Rooney will start on the bench for England tonight.Interim manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that he has dropped his captain for their World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in Group F, with Jordan Henderson set to wear the armband instead.Also in Group F, Scotland have made the trip to Slovakia.last_img read more

Read More →

French Open continues

first_imgWhile Venus Williams gets today’s action underway when she faces Japan’s Kurumi Nara. Photo: © pixabay 9-time champion Rafa Nadal is in second round action at the French Open later.This year’s fourth seed takes on Holland’s Robin Haase.Defending champion Novak Djokovic goes up against the world number 59, Joao Sousa.Petra Kvitova continues here comeback against Bethanie Mattek-Sands.last_img

Read More →

Tobin targets European medal

first_imgClonmel AC athlete Sean Tobin says he’s certain he can earn a team medal at the European Cross Country Championships next year.Last weekend he finished in 15th place in the race in Slovakia – on what was his senior debut.His fellow Clonmel AC teammate Kevin Maunsell finished in 24th position. Overall the team, including Hugh Armstrong, finished in fifth place – and speaking on Extra Time with Ronan Quirke last night Tobin says it’s given people belief they can come back next year.last_img read more

Read More →

Refixed U21A hurling final down for decision

first_imgPhoto: Stephen Gleeson The big game of the day in local Gaelic Games sees Kiladangan go up against Holycross/Ballycahill in the County Under 21 A Hurling final.Throw in is at 1.30pm in Templederry.Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson looks ahead… Meanwhile, the Tipperary senior footballers have an early outing – as they take on Limerick in a challenge game this afternoon.Throw in in Golden is at 2pm.last_img

Read More →

LeBron James Helps Cavaliers into Second Round

first_imgIt earned them a second-round meeting with East top seeds Toronto Raptors.The Pacers had ensured a tense deciding contest with a comprehensive 121-87 victory in game six on Friday.But James made his first seven shots of the finale and finished the first half with 26 points, five assists and four rebounds.He also became the first player to score 20 or more points 200 times in the play-offs and surpassed the record of Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen for most career post-season steals.The Cavs have defeated the Raptors, who beat the Washington Wizards in round one, in both of the past two play-offs, including a 4-0 sweep in the 2017 Eastern Conference semi-finals.Elsewhere on Sunday, James Harden scored 41 points as the Houston Rockets secured a dominant 110-96 victory over the Utah Jazz in the first game of their Western Conference semi-final.The Rockets saw off the Minnesota Timberwolves 4-1 in round one, while the Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2.On Saturday, defending champions the Golden State Warriors eased to a 123-101 victory in game one of their Western Conference semi-final against the New Orleans Pelicans, who swept the Portland Trail Blazers in round one.Despite the continued absence of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry due to an ankle injury, the Warriors dominated, with Klay Thompson scoring 27 points, Kevin Durant hitting 26 and Draymond Green adding 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double.In round one, the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-96 in their game-seven decider on Saturday.The Celtics, who are without star players Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward due to injury, take on Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semi-finals after the 76ers claimed a 4-1 series win over the Miami Heat.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LeBron James scored 45 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers and into the second round of the NBA play-offs on Sunday night.The 33-year-old, who has won three NBA Championships, faced elimination in the first round for the first time.But he produced his third 40-point game of the series as Cleveland wrapped up the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series 4-3.last_img read more

Read More →

Nzonzi Joins Roma on £27.3m Deal

first_imgRoma has signed Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi in a deal that could be worth up to 30.6m euros (£27.3m).The French World Cup winner, formerly of Blackburn Rovers and Stoke, had been linked with a move to Arsenal in July.He leaves Spanish club Sevilla after three years, during which time he won the Europa League in 2016. Nzonzi, 29, has signed a four-year contract, with Roma to pay an initial 26.6m euros (£23.7m), and another 4m euros (£3.6m) in potential add-ons.Italian club Roma, who finished third in Serie A last season, begins their new league campaign on Sunday, away to Torino in a 17:00 BST kick-off.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Read More →

Tiger Woods Targets First Win in Five Years

first_img“This whole season has been pretty remarkable considering where I have come from,” said Woods.Woods’ last victory came 1,875 days ago in August 2013 when he won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He had his latest surgery in April 2017.The 14-time major winner, who is part of the US team for next week’s Ryder Cup, has won 54 of 57 PGA Tour events when holding the 54-hole lead.“I’ve got a three-shot lead. I’ve got a bunch of guys behind me that have been playing well and are playing well, and we’ll see what happens,” added world number 21 Woods.The Tour Championship is the last of four FedEx Cup play-off events that determine the season-long champion on the PGA Tour, with a $10m (£7.6m) bonus on offer.England’s world number one Rose would take the FedEx Cup title with victory in the season-ending event.A high finish could be enough for Rose, with current points leader Bryson DeChambeau struggling on two over.“It was crazy out there for sure, but it’s fun,” said 2013 US Open champion Rose, who played with Woods during the third round.“It’s good to see him exciting the people. I think people maybe didn’t realise they missed Tiger until now he’s back.“Now people really enjoy watching him play. And that’s why everyone is rooting for him, absolutely – except maybe for the other guys on the leaderboard.”Northern Ireland’s McIlory will get the chance to partner childhood idol Woods in the final round having finished his third round before Rose.“All I can do is worry about myself,” said world number five McIlroy.“It’s obviously exciting for the tournament, it’s exciting for golf in general that he’s up there, but all I can do is concentrate on myself.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former number one golfer. Tiger Woods has said that  he would “love” to claim his first victory in five years as the American takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.Woods carded six birdies in his first seven holes en route to a five-under 65 to improve to 12 under at East Lake.Rory McIlroy (66) is tied for second with Justin Rose (68) at nine under.last_img read more

Read More →

After stellar starters’ duel, Mariners top Angels 2-1 in 10

first_img  Griffin Canning and Justin Dunn traded zeros for six splendid innings Sunday, two young starters fulfilling their potential in a duel that thrilled their managers.The stalemate extended into extra innings, where Tim Lopes came through for the Mariners again in his hometown ballpark.Lopes drove in Kyle Lewis with a tiebreaking pinch-hit single in the 10th inning, and Seattle rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.Both starters dominated early at the Big A. Canning yielded four hits and a run over a career-best eight innings for the Angels, while Dunn allowed one hit and four walks in six scoreless innings for the Mariners.“Not many hits, not many baserunners, not much offense today,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “But a lot of it attributed to the quality pitching and even the bullpen finishing it off the way we did.”Lewis homered in the seventh for the Mariners, who had lost the first two games of this four-game series between AL West also-rans.Lopes, who is from nearby Huntington Beach, came through in extra innings with a single off José Quijada (0-1).“That’s what you’re thinking about when you’re on deck,” said Lopes, who homered at Angel Stadium last month. “You want to be in those situations, and I was just waiting for my name to be called.”Angels star Albert Pujols hit his 666th career double in the seventh inning to pass George Brett for sixth place in baseball history.Pujols also scored Los Angeles’ only run on Andrelton Simmons’ single. But the Angels, who had won a season-high three in a row, stranded nine runners.Taylor Williams (1-1) stranded an Angels runner on third by striking out Simmons in the ninth, and Yohan Ramirez pitched through the heart of the Angels’ lineup in the 10th for his first save.Canning opened with four hitless innings on just 39 pitches, improving markedly from his previous starts in an up-and-down season. Jose Marmolejos got the Mariners’ first hit with one out in the fifth, but Canning kept rolling until Lewis’ one-out homer to right, his eighth of the season.“I’m really happy for him, because that’s what he’s capable of doing consistently,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said of Canning, who finished with seven strikeouts and just one walk.Canning’s effort followed similarly excellent starts by Andrew Heaney and Dylan Bundy in the Angels’ rotation, which has been one of the worst in the majors.“You don’t want to be the guy that goes out there and reverts back to whatever we’ve been doing,” Canning said. “I think guys feed off that. You definitely pay attention to it and you definitely know these guys have thrown well.”Canning was matched by Dunn, who also pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball against Texas last Sunday. He shut down the powerful Angels lineup that produced 16 runs Saturday night, and he got out of trouble to end the sixth, retiring Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin with two Angels on base.“To go through that part of the lineup in that big of a situation was huge for me,” Dunn said.Pujols connected leading off the seventh for his latest milestone double. Although the three-time NL MVP has been stuck right behind Willie Mays on 659 homers since Aug. 4, he passed Brett on the doubles chart and closed in on Craig Biggio, who’s in fifth with 668.Simmons’ two-out single to right might not have been enough to drive in the slow-footed Pujols, but right fielder Jake Fraley bobbled the ball.HONORING BOSEMANWhen Dunn pulled on the No. 42 jersey honoring Jackie Robinson, he said it meant “everything” to wear it in a game while thinking of Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Jackie Robinson in the movie “42.”“Today being able to put the 42 on and honor Jackie and also honor Chadwick Boseman, it gave a little extra energy to help get through those big spots,” said Dunn, who is Black. “(It meant) everything. I’ve had the chance to wear it last year, Kyle and I, we shared it — I warmed up in it and then he played in it, but this was the first time I got to pitch in it.”So to honor (Robinson), and then to honor Chadwick Boseman, he did an amazing job playing Jackie in ‘42,’ and then ‘Black Panther’ is one of my favorite movies, and my inner spirit animal, I guess you could say. So to go out there and do that for them was huge for me.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels second baseman David Fletcher sprained his left ankle while trying to beat out a grounder in the third inning, but he stayed in the game on defense for another inning before leaving in the fifth. The stellar infielder is batting .313 this season, and he hadn’t missed an inning of any game so far.Fletcher hopes the injury will sideline him “just a day or two. … I think it’ll be fine pretty quick. I know it’s not that serious.”TRADE BLOCKAngels catcher Jason Castro was scratched shortly before the first pitch as a precaution while general manager Billy Eppler evaluated trade offers for the veteran, apparently closing in on a deal with San Diego. Los Angeles already traded Tommy La Stella to Oakland on Friday.UP NEXTMarco Gonzales (3-2, 3.63 ERA) takes the mound for Seattle in the series finale Monday afternoon, making his third start against Los Angeles already this season. The Angels will counter with Jaime Barria (0-0, 2.89 ERA), who gets his first start of the season after pitching in long relief in his only other two appearances. Last Updated: 31st August, 2020 07:01 IST After Stellar Starters’ Duel, Mariners Top Angels 2-1 In 10  Griffin Canning and Justin Dunn traded zeros for six splendid innings Sunday, two young starters fulfilling their potential in a duel that thrilled their managers. COMMENT LIVE TV Associated Press Television News FOLLOW UScenter_img Written By WATCH US LIVE First Published: 31st August, 2020 07:01 IST SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Read More →

Tour de France: Peters wins Stage 8 in Pyrenees

first_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 22:21 IST Tour De France: Peters Wins Stage 8 In Pyrenees  On a day of mixed feelings for the home nation, Nans Peters won the eighth stage of the Tour de France following a long breakaway in the Pyrenees, while fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot saw his hopes of winning the race vanish. LIVE TV  On a day of mixed feelings for the home nation, Nans Peters won the eighth stage of the Tour de France following a long breakaway in the Pyrenees, while fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot saw his hopes of winning the race vanish.Peters was part of a group of 13 riders who broke away Saturday in the early stages of the punishing 141-kilometer (87.5-mile) stage to the town of Loudenvielle.Peters and Ilnur Zakarin moved away from their breakaway companions in the grueling Port de Bales climb. Peters then dropped his Russian rival in the descent and never looked back.Yellow jersey holder Adam Yates and other Tour contenders, including defending champion Egan Bernal and favorite Primoz Roglic, rode some seven minutes further back.Featuring three punishing ascents, the stage destroyed Pinot, who cracked in the Port de Bales.Riding at the back with other contenders, Pinot, who crashed last week at the end of Stage 1 and did not fully recover, was dropped in the day’s second ascent. He was accompanied by three teammates who gently patted him on the shoulders and tried to spur him on with kind words. Touching his lower back, Pinot could not react and his Tour hopes are effectively over — a year after he was forced to withdraw with a left leg injury.The Tour, which was postponed from its usual July slot due to the coronavirus, ends in Paris on Sept. 20 Written Bycenter_img First Published: 5th September, 2020 22:21 IST COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Read More →