Sars are looking to claim the Dan Breen Cup for the third year in succession.Kiladangan are determined to build on their recent success in North Tipperary.Alan Flynn says they’d love to add a county title to the divisional crowns they’ve claimed over the past two years. The club have never won Tipp’s top club honour and haven’t been in a final since 1938.Tipp FM will have live commentary on the final at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Our build-up will begin just after 3 o’clock – coverage will be brought to you in association with Top Oil, Thurles.
We’ll also found out today who’ll be contesting this year’s North Tipperary U21A Hurling Championship decider.Kilruane MacDonaghs booked their place in the final by beating Roscrea 0-22 to 1-13 and Toomevara overcame Borris-Ileigh 2-13 to 2-10 to go through in the other semi-final. They claimed the title by beating Ballybacon-Grange 1-18 to 1-16 after extra-time in the final, which was played in Holycross.The pairing for the Tipperary Water County U21B Hurling Championship Final is now known.In the semi-finals Ballinahinch-Templederry defeated Grangemockler-Ballyneale 1-11 to 1-9 while Gortnahoe-Glengoole overcame Cashel King Cormacs 2-12 to 1-12.
The player maintains it was accidental – and says conduct like it is “no part” of his game.He’s thanked the club and their fans for their support.Mings had appealed against any punishment – but that was rejected.
In West U21 A Hurling Emly Treacys 2-17 overcame Knockavilla Kickhams 1-9In the West U21B Hurling Championship Semi-Final it finished Eire Og Annacarty Donohill: 1-10(13) Cappawhite Gaels: 0-19(19)The Mid U21 A Hurling final it finished: Holycross Ballycahill: 4-15(27) Drom Inch: 0-14(14) Their selector and Tipp senior star Cathal Barrett gave his reaction to the win to Tipp FM Sport…Meanwhile, in the U21 B Mid Final Moycarkey Borris overcame JK Brackens 0-16 points to – 0-13.In the South division Anner Gaels have booked their place in the South U21B Hurling final following a good victory over Carrick Davins in the first of the semi finals.It finished: Davins 1-8 (11) Anner Gaels 3-17 (26)Then in the North Division, the U21A hurling round 3 game finished up quite a one sided affair Toomevara 2-17 Kilruane MacDonaghs 0-13
Guardiola’s side lost 4-0 in their Group C encounter against the Spanish giants at the Nou Camp on October 19 –- their fifth defeat in as many meetings with the Catalan club.City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was sent off in that match and Guardiola acknowledged the importance of keeping 11 players on the pitch against a side of Barcelona’s class.“We know we need to play almost perfectly,” Guardiola, who guided Barcelona to two Champions League titles while manager from 2008-12 after starring for the club as a player, told a news conference yesterday.“It’s always difficult in the Champions League. Ten versus 11 against Barcelona is almost impossible. We have to improve that otherwise it is impossible to achieve the target.“I have never thought we can’t win a football match and I will never start to think that way, even though we lost 4-0. We’ll give it a go. We know it is difficult and they are a difficult opponent.“Maybe we are going to change the way we press, the build-up, many things. I would like to play in a good level. What passed in Barcelona, that is not the reason for what it is going to happen here.“We have to be focused in 90 minutes knowing they are going to provoke our mistakes with the quality they have. In that moment we try to keep going and finish better than in Barcelona.”Barcelona top the group at the halfway point with three victories from their three matches, while City have four points after a draw against Celtic and victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach.Guardiola said the group standings meant tonight’s match was of greater significance for City than Barcelona.“It is not a final for them. It is a final for us,” the 45-year-old explained.“There are just three games left. We dropped two points in Glasgow against Celtic and we need to recover those points.“Every manager, every trainer has his plans. We know them, they know us. But football is unpredictable. Hopefully our quality in front can make a difference.“In the first half we played well at Camp Nou but the two wide players for Barcelona are almost unstoppable. The only thing I can ask of our players is they play the way they know.”With Bravo suspended following his red card in the first fixture, Willy Caballero will start in goal for the match at the Etihad Stadium and Guardiola has every confidence in the 35-year-old goalkeeper.“He has helped me very much from the first few games,” Guardiola said.“I like Willy on a personal level and as a goalkeeper he has played and given a lot of confidence. If he plays well, we’re all be happy with him. If he doesn’t, then we will support him. But I have no doubts about him.”City forward Nolito also said striker Sergio Aguero will be a key player against Barcelona and insisted his teammates have the self-belief needed to beat the La Liga champions.“I think he’s one of the best strikers in the world,” Nolito said. “And it’s a pride to have him in the team and we hope he has one of those days where he scores lots of goals.“Sincerely, we have to beat Barcelona one day. We have to win this one because of the situation we’re in. We have to. Knowing how strong they are we will have to be at our best.”STANDINGSGroup ATeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsArsenal 3 2 1 0 9 1 8 7P S G 3 2 1 0 7 2 5 7Ludogoret 3 0 1 2 2 10 -8 1FC Basel 3 0 1 2 1 6 -5 1Group BTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsNapoli 3 2 0 1 8 6 2 6Besiktas 3 1 2 0 5 4 1 5Benfica 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4D’Kyiv 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1Group CTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsBarca 3 3 0 0 13 1 12 9Man City 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4M’gladbach 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3Celtic 3 0 1 2 3 12 -9 1Group DTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsAtlético 3 3 0 0 3 0 3 9Bayern 3 2 0 1 9 2 7 6PSV 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4 1FC Rostov 3 0 1 2 2 8 -6 1Group ETeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMonaco 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5Tottenham 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4Leverkusen 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3CSKA 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2Group FTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMadrid 3 2 1 0 9 4 5 7Dortmund 3 2 1 0 10 3 7 7Lisbon 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3Legia 3 0 0 3 1 13 -12 0Group GTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsLeicester 3 3 0 0 5 0 5 9Copehagen 3 1 1 1 5 2 3 4FC Porto 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4Brugge 3 0 0 3 1 9 -8 0Group HTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsJuventus 3 2 1 0 5 0 5 7Sevilla 3 2 1 0 2 0 2 7Lyon 3 1 0 2 3 2 1 3D’Zagreb 3 0 0 3 0 8 -8 0TONIGHTBesiktas v NapoliB’Gladbach v CelticLudogorets v ArsenalBenfica v D’ KyivBasel v PSGPSV v BayernMan City v BarcelonaAtletico v RostovTOMORROWLegia v MadridJuventus v LyonMonaco v CSKAPorto v BruggeSevilla v D’ZagrebCopahagen v LeicesterTottenham v LeverkusenDortmund v SportingShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEEmbattled Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted his players must keep their discipline and produce the “perfect” performance to beat Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League at Eastlands this evening.
â€œI couldn’t play or train. It took more than a normal hamstring injury.â€œI have been working hard every day with the physios and hopefully, I’m closer to getting back to training.â€œWe start our pre-season on Monday so hopefully, I can start building up in training and hopefully, I can be available for our games and the Nigeria games coming up as well,â€ he said.Ikeme also took the time to discuss Nigeriaâ€™s last 2019 AFCON qualifier against South Africa expressing confidence that the Super Eagles will overcome the setback of the loss to Bafana Bafana and bounce back in style.â€œYes, I was watching the game. Like you said, it’s our first competitive loss against them.â€œThere are still plenty of games to play to qualify for the Cup of Nations, so we are still confident that we will qualify.â€œWe have a good team and a good coach as well, so I’m sure we will be okay.â€œOf course (I am looking forward to the 2019 AFCON).â€œIt’s a massive competition. We didn’t qualify for the last one, so our focus would be on that.â€œIt will require hard work and staying together as a group. We are confident that we will still qualify,â€ he said.Ikeme concluded by assessing Nigeriaâ€™s chances against African champions, Cameroon in the upcoming double header in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.â€œYes, they are a top side you know. It’s not going to be easy.â€œThey have played a lot together recently. They are in the Confederations Cup but we are confident going into the games.â€œLike I said, it’s not going to be easy,â€ he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, is eager to make a return to the Nigeria national team after being sidelined by injury in recent weeks.The goalkeeper was one of several notable absentees as Nigeria suffered a shock 0-2 defeat to South Africa in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying.Ikeme is now approaching full fitness and says the horizon looks bright.â€œIt’s been slow and tough,â€ Ikeme told www.thenff.com.â€œIt was something I was carrying for a long time.
It was the first Mercedes one-two of the season, a measure of the world championsâ€™ relative struggles to get on top of their new car and the tyres Pirelli has produced for this season. But Mercedes have looked much more competitive this weekend, where all teams have brought their first major upgrades of the season.Red Bullâ€™s redesign is one of the most dramatic in the pit lane, but it was not enough to allow them to challenge the Mercedes and Ferrari cars, who benefit from an engine boost in the final part of qualifying which Renault do not have. Verstappen was 0.643secs off pole and just 0.002secs ahead of Ricciardo.There was a huge gap back to the rest of the field, Magnussen more than 0.8secs slower than the Australian as Haas recovered their early season form.The Dane snuck ahead of home hero Alonso by just 0.045secs but there will be encouragement for McLaren that the major nose redesign they brought here has improved their car.Alonsoâ€™s previous best qualifying position this year was 11th and he is now the only driver on the grid to have out-qualified his team-mate at all races so far. Team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was 11th.His fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz was ninth in the Renault, whose other driver Nico Hulkenberg, usually faster, was hampered by a fuel-pressure problem and could manage only 16th.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lewis Hamilton took his first pole position since the opening race of the season as he beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Spanish Grand Prix. The Mercedes drivers locked out the front row, Hamilton just 0.04 seconds ahead, with Ferrariâ€™s Sebastian Vettel in third from team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Red Bullâ€™s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo secured the third row.Fernando Alonso put a McLaren in the top 10 for the first time this season, eighth behind Kevin Magnussen of Haas.Vettel has secured the last three pole positions as the Ferrari established itself as the fastest car in the early stages of the new season. But the German lost out by 0.132secs on this track that exposes the aerodynamic qualities of a car like few others.
Appoints Hierro as caretaker managerSpain has sacked Head Coach Julen Lopetegui after he was named the new Real Madrid boss, two days before its opening World Cup match with Portugal.Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui would succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu on a three-year deal.The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said it had dismissed the 51-year-old because the negotiation occurred “without any information to the RFEF”. Spain sporting director Fernando Hierro will take charge for the World Cup.The former Real Madrid and Bolton Wanderers defender is in his second spell as sporting director, having returned to the role in November 2017, six years after leaving the position.The tournament starts today in Russia.RFEF President, Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui’s new role with Real Madrid five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in “a very difficult situation”.“I know there’s going to be criticism whatever I do,” he added.“I’m sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.”Lopetegui became Spain manager in 2016 following Vicente del Bosque’s retirement, and remained unbeaten through his reign.Spain won 14 of 20 games with Lopetegui in charge, drawing the remaining six.According to reports in Spain, Rubiales was incensed when he discovered Lopetegui had agreed a deal with Madrid.He left a FIFA Congress meeting in Moscow early in order to return to Spain’s base in Krasnodar.It has been claimed senior players – including captain Sergio Ramos – fought for Lopetegui to remain in charge for the duration of the World Cup. Spain begins her World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday.Meanwhile, former Real Madrid and national team captain Fernando Hierro has been appointed as the new manager to replace Lopetegui.Hierro who was already a director with RFEF has been drafted in to take control of the team at short notice as a result. There was initial speculation that Albert Celades could be placed in charge for at least the opening game.Hierro faced the media at a press conference yesterday evening, before leading his first training session and later take charge of his game tomorrow.The 50-year-old won three Champions League titles during his playing days with Real and represented Spain at World Cups in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. In the latter, he was named in the All-Star team of the tournament, despite Spain’s quarter final exit against South Korea.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Luciano Spalletti’s Nerazzurri won 2-0 at home to SPAL this past weekend to end a three-game winless streak across all competitions. They will be looking to complete a double over Milan (and reclaim third place) following a 1-0 win over their rivals earlier in the season, courtesy of a late strike from Mauro Icardi. The Argentine striker could return from exile for the derby following his recent wrangle with the club.Elsewhere in Italy, Juventus will look to march one step closer to an eighth successive Scudetto when they play away to Genoa on Sunday afternoon. The Bianconeri enjoy an 18 point lead at the head of the table and manager Massimiliano Allegri (who is rumoured to be leaving the club) can afford to turn his focus on their UEFA Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid this midweek.Napoli fell further behind Juve this past weekend when they were held 1-1 at Sassuolo, but they still look a strong bet to come home in second place. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be at home to Udinese on Sunday evening, but they too may put more focus on their continental campaign as they take on Salzburg in a Europa League clash in the prior midweek.Roma, who recently sacked Eusebio di Francesco and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri, will be away to SPAL, Lazio need to beat Parma at home to keep up their hopes of playing in Europe next season, and a key battle as far as relegation is concerned sees Empoli host Frosinone at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Milan derby will be the key game in Round 28 of the 2018/19 Serie A season, with the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri battling over third place on the log.The meeting of AC Milan and Inter Milan at the San Siro on Sunday night promises to produce major fireworks. Just one point separates the teams on the Serie A log, though it is Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan who come into the match in the better form, with their 2-1 win away to Chievo this past weekend bringing their unbeaten run to 10 matches across all competitions.The scoring spree of January signing Krzysztof Piatek continued when he netted the decisive strike in Verona, and he will be the main dangerman as far as Inter are concerned.
Last Updated: 17th August, 2020 10:57 IST White Sox Hit 4 Straight HRs Vs Cardinals Reliever In Debut St. Louis Cardinals reliever Roel Ramirez set a record in his debut — just not the kind any pitcher wants. FOLLOW US LIVE TV St. Louis Cardinals reliever Roel Ramirez set a record in his debut — just not the kind any pitcher wants. The Chicago White Sox tied a major league mark with four consecutive home runs, all against Ramirez, and went on to beat the Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday.Ramirez is the first pitcher to allow four straight homers in his debut. Yoán Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, José Abreu and Eloy Jiménez connected during a six-run fifth inning. “Clearly, it gets you on your heels,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “One of the reasons we liked Roel in spring training … was the fact that he was not afraid to go after guys. He’d get after it.”Ramirez took the mound in the fifth with Chicago leading 1-0. He struck out Luis Robert to start, but things went south quickly. After two singles, a caught stealing and a walk, Moncada smacked a three-run homer to right.Grandal followed with another drive into the right-field seats, and then Abreu and Jimenez each homered to left. “It feels good every time that you hit a home run,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “But it feels better when you’re a part of history. … It’s definitely something special for all of us. I am very happy for it.”Shildt replaced Ramirez with the debuting Seth Elledge, and he struck out Edwin Encarnacion on three straight pitches to end the inning. Ramirez is among the players promoted by the Cardinals following a COVID-19 outbreak that stalled St. Louis’ season for 2 1/2 weeks. The club returned to action Saturday with a doubleheader sweep over Chicago.Ramirez, a 25-year-old right-hander, split last season between Double-A and Triple-A. “He got his first punchout today in the big leagues, which is pretty cool,” Shildt said. “I have every confidence he’s gonna go out and be aggressive when he gets an opportunity again.”It was the 10th time in major league history a team hit four straight homers. The only other time the White Sox did it was on Aug. 14, 2008 against Kansas City, when Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe connected. For Chicago, it was a big improvement after combining for just six hits in the doubleheader.“It was a big inning, a huge inning,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “We needed something like that to kind of spark us. Albeit just one game, but certainly signs of the things that are capable of being done.”KEUCHEL SHARPThe White Sox got another solid start from Dallas Keuchel (3-2) and won for just the third time in 11 home games. Keuchel gave up two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner exited after Matt Carpenter hit a two-run single.St. Louis’ Dakota Hudson (0-2) held the White Sox to a run and two hits over four innings in his first start since July 26. But the Cardinals fell to 4-4. Every other team had played at least 14 games coming into the day.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: LHP Austin Gomber could rejoin the club Monday and start the second game of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Shildt said. He was placed on the injured list because he came up as a potential concern in contact tracing, though he did not test positive for COVID-19. White Sox: Keuchel said his back tightened but wasn’t worried about it. … RHP Reynaldo López (shoulder soreness), who threw Friday, is scheduled for another session Monday. Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 17th August, 2020 10:57 IST WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By