Pep Guardiola will want to forget his return to the Camp Nou last night.Barcelona thrashed Man City 4-0 last night to take control of Group C in the Champions League.Guardiola had set-out his side to contain the Catalan side, but a brilliant hat-trick from Lionel Messi helped Barca to a crushing win against their former manager. In the same group Celtic went down 2-nil at home to Borussia Monchengladbach at Parkhead.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted his side deserved to lose.But in contrast, Arsenal produced a spectacular performance as they hammered Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates.Mesut Ozil scored a second-half hat-trick for the Gunners after goals from Alexi Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had already put Arsene Wenger’s side in control.
Head Coach, Nigel Carolan has made 4 changes to his side for this weekends clash.Charlie Connolly will start in the front-row, with Calvin Nash coming into the back-three and Matthew Burke and Gavin Coombes coming on the bench.The front-row sees hooker, Tadgh McElroy joined by props Joey Conway and Connolly Flanker Cillian Gallagher will captain the side in the absence of injured full-back Jack Kelly. Gallagher is joined in the back-row by Paul Boyle and Number 8 Caelan Doris.Colm Hogan shifts from the wing to full-back, with Jordan Larmour and Calvin Nash, who made his senior debut for Munster last weekend, taking their places on the wings.
Kick off is at 8.United boss Jose Mourinho says opponents may think they have an advantage given the Reds injury list. In the Premier league Paul Pogba is among those missing for Manchester United tonight as they take on Manchester City at the Etihad.City could be without David Silva who limped off in their defeat to Arsenal in the FA cup last weekend.A win for the Reds would seem them leapfrog City into 4th position.
If the ban stands, Connolly won’t feature for the Dubs until a potential All-Ireland semi-final. It seems Dublin footballer Diarmuid Connolly WILL appeal his proposed 12-week ban after all.According to today’s Irish News, the forward has launched an appeal which will be heard by the Central Hearings Committee in the coming days.The CCCC proposed the suspension after he “physically interfered” with a match official during their Leinster quarter-final win over Carlow.
The Round 2B draw in the football qualifiers also takes place this morning with Tipp set to face either Wexford, Carlow, Offaly or Fermanagh.Both draws are expected just after 8.30am. Tipperary’s Senior hurlers will this morning find out who their opposition will be in the qualifiersThey will face either Dublin, Kilkenny, Westmeath or Offaly next Saturday evening.Tipp manager Michael Ryan says despite the Premier’s poor start to the season, it’s been a great Championship so far.
It was nip and tuck through the second half with Clare keeping Tipp under pressure and came to within a point of Michael Ryans side.However Tipp held on to win by 3 points on a scoreline of 28 points to 3-16.Afterwards Killenaule clubman John Bubbles O’Dwyer said Tipp were happy to come out on the right side of a tough battle.Clare join manager Donal Moloney said the loss was hard to take having run the defending champions so close.Wexford and Waterford meet in their quarter-final tomorrow afternoon in Páirc uí Chaoimh. Photo © TipperaryGAA Tipperary are through to the All Ireland senior hurling championship semi-finals.The reigning champions were made to fight all the way to overcome Clare this afternoon in Páirc uí Chaoimh.The Premier led by 5 points at half time 16 points to 2-5 despite conceding a brace of goals in the space of 2 minutes in the opening period.
The Tipperary team to face Galway in the All Ireland semi final shows two changes from the side that started against Clare in the All Ireland Quarter final.Manager Michael Ryan has gone with 14 of the same players who started the All Ireland Final last year.Darren Gleeson comes back in to replace Daragh Mooney in goal, with Michael Cahill coming back in at corner back in place of Tomas Hamill. James Barry is back to his preferred full back position, while Donagh Maher’s impressive showing against Clare ensured his selection.County PRO is Joe Bracken.The team in full is as follows:Darren Gleeson (Portroe),Donagh Maher (Burgess),James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane),Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)Séamus Kennedy (St Mary’s Clonmel),Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields),Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, capt)Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh),Michael Breen (Ballina),Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh),Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha),Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney),John O’Dwyer (Killenaule),Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney).Meanwhile Galway head into the game as favourites, following an impressive league win over Tipperary earlier in the season, as well as a good championship campaign so far.Former All Ireland winning captain with Tipperary, Tommy Dunne, says all the pressure will be on Galway tomorrow..Throw in is at 4 o clock tomorrow afternoon, and Tipp FM’s live coverage of the game comes in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Connolly Man O’Connell Street, Clonmel.
Ireland’s leading lady rider admits she’ll head to the Cheltenham Festival with everything crossed she can achieve her ambition and ride a winner.Tipperary’s Rachel Blackmore impressed when winning on Patrick’s Park at the Dublin Racing Festival at the start of the month and heads to Britain well aware her counterpart, Bryony Frost, will be much in the headlines.Now the Killenaule native can only wait and hope for a strong book of rides for the four day Festival which starts on March 13th. Photo: © pixabay.com
*Inspects the decaying edifice with Dalung, PinnickLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday declared the readiness of the state government to take over the National Stadium in Surulere from the Federal Government and transform the facility from its present deplorable condition to a world- class sporting centre.Speaking after embarking on an extensive inspection tour of the facilities alongside the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung; Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick and other top government functionaries, Ambode said it was unfortunate how things had degenerated.He however expressed Lagos State’s preparedness to hit the ground running towards restoring the old glory of the stadium once officially handed over to the state. The governor who recalled how enthusiastic and interesting it was for people in the past to visit the Surulere stadium even with their families to watch matches and catch fun among others, said repositioning the facilities would not only help to bring about layers of employment but that it would also facilitate family bonding.He said: “This visit is very historic. I recall that during our campaign, we promised that we are going to use tourism, entertainment and arts and sports to drive youth employment as well as drive excellence. So, this is just one chapter in that roadmap to growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Lagos.“With the state of affairs here, we cannot fold our arms and just leave this monument to just waste away. The last match that was played here was about fifteen years ago but the truth is this, the inner key to youth empowerment and youth employment is actually in re-establishing this edifice to its real world class standard,” he said.The Governor thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for graciously approving that the Ahmadu Bello Stadium be given to Kaduna State as well as Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium and the U.J. Esuene Stadium be given to Enugu and Cross River states governments respectively.“What we ask for in Lagos is not as if we are being aggressive, we just think that we need to stand up for leadership here and take over the National Stadium,” the governor said.Ambode commended the Dalung for spearheading the move to handover the stadium to Lagos State and expressed optimism that the journey which had started would eventually lead to a formal pronouncement.He said aside the fact that the state government was already planning to construct five stadia in the five administrative divisions of the state to grow sports, the government also has a functional agency in charge of facility management, assuring that the Surulere stadium would be properly and efficiently managed once handed over to the State.Earlier, Dalung lamented the dilapidated condition of the stadium which he described as a national disaster, just as he called for serious and comprehensive action to reposition the stadium and return it to its pride of place.While expressing confidence in the ability of Lagos State to transform it, Dalung specially thanked Governor Ambode for his interest and commitment to the success of the move to reposition the Stadium.“We have gone round and we have seen the edifice in a sorry state. Whatever we can do to arrest the situation, we must do it. In my village, there is an adage, which says once there is fire disaster, there is no choice of liquid and any liquid that can contribute to extinguish the fire, must be mobilised including liquor. But today, we have a disaster and we must do everything possible to extinguish it.“I want to thank the governor for finding time to come. I have received what I can call football gossip from football federation that if the Surulere stadium is handed over to Lagos and renovated in six months, the next match of Nigeria against Zambia would be played here,” the minister said.He also appealed to Governor Ambode to revamp the Stationery Stores Football Club of Lagos.Some of the facilities inspected at the Stadium include the Table Tennis knock up Hall, 3000 capacity multi-purpose Indoor Sports Hall, Beach Soccer Pitch, Synthetic Football Pitch and the main bowl.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
As part of efforts to promote and enhance talents in swimming among children, Loya Milk, on May 27, held the second edition of the Loya Swim Meet,â€ a swimming competition forÂ secondary school students in Nigeria.A total of 17 secondary schools participated in the competition which was held at the Grange School at Harold Shodipo Crescent, Ikeja, where cash prizes of overÂ N1 million and other consolation prizes were won.Speaking at the event, the Category Manager, Diary, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Abiodun Ayodeji, said feedback from the inaugural edition held in December 2016 where 10 Secondary Schools in Lagos participated was very commendable, and that request was made for the competition to be an annual event where talents could be discovered and nurtured. He said Loya Milk which is fortified with 50 per cent more calcium believe in the development of children which could be achieved not only by providing the best nutrition in the brand but also by identifying with a sport that fosters this promise.According to him, the 50 per cent more calcium in Loya Milk helps to build stronger bones, tougher teeth, and healthier heart which is in line with some of the health benefits of swimming.He said swimming was a 360 degreesâ€™ sport that uses the entire parts of the body and helps to maintain healthy weight and heart, tones the muscles, builds strength and above all, creates a platform where children could have fun while exercising.He also mentioned that the plan was to extend to other parts of the country starting with secondary schools in Port Harcourt which would have their swim meet at Bloombreed High School on Saturday June 17.In the competition, Grange School outshined other 16 secondary schools by clinching the first position with cash prizes of N150,000 in the 25 metres freestyle; 50 metres freestyle as well as the 100 metres freestyle relays in the boys and girls categories.Schools that participated in the â€œLoya Swim Meetâ€ competition include Grange School; Straitgate College; The Bells Comprehensive School; Greenville School; Grace High School; Halifield Schools; Honeyland College; Queensland Academy; Avicenna International School; Chrisland Schools; and Supreme Educational Foundation School.Others include Childrenâ€™s International School; Lagos Preparatory School; Juiliard Academy; Corona Secondary School; Greensprings School; and Emerald High School.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram