The association was officially launched in Dublin yesterday and one of its main aims is to try and secure a more regular diet of games for those that don’t play for their county teams.James Woodlock who is leading the CPA charge in Mid Tipp says his understanding of the plight of club players has increased hugely since he stepped away from the intercounty scene in 2015.The Drom-Inch club man believes change is long overdue.
Guinness Pro-12 leaders Leinster are away to Ospreys in a meeting of two of the top three this afternoon.Kick-off at the Liberty Stadium is at 3.While Second place Munster host Glasgow at 25 to 8 Last night, Ulster drew 24-all against Cardiff and Connacht won 22-19 at Edinburgh. Photo © Pat Flynn
Photo: © Munsterrugby.ie Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster will name their teams this lunchtime ahead of tomorrow’s inter-pro matches in rugby’s Guinness Pro-12.Munster host Ulster with holders Connacht at home to Leinster in a repeat of last year’s final.There’s one game tonight with Glasgow Warriors hosting second from bottom Zebre at 7.35pm.
Photo: © pixabay Stan Wawrinka was the biggest casualty on day one, going down in 4-sets to Daniil Medvedev of Russia.Women’s top seed Angelique Kerber opens up proceedings on Centre today as she faces the world number 247 Irina Falconi of the United States.One of the tournament favourites – Karolina Pliskova – faces Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina. After a year away, Roger Federer begins his tilt at an eighth Wimbledon title this afternoon.The Swiss is due to face Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov on Centre Court.Novak Djokovic – seeded 2 this year – takes on Martin Klizan.
Nenagh sailor Aisling Keller took silver in the European U21 Laser Radials in Dournenez in France yesterday.Aisling, who sails out of Lough Derg Yacht Club in Domineer and Howth in Dublin,was beaten to the gold by fellow Irish sailor Aoife Hopkins.Aisling also came sixth in the 2015 Radial Worlds in Canada and was nominated for Sailor of the Year in 2016,now takes another step in her bid for an Olympics date in Tokyo.
Novak Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s Miami Open final after both went through in straight sets. Serbia’s Djokovic, the five-time champion and world number one, beat Belgian David Goffin 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 on a hot afternoon.Japanese sixth seed Nishikori beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 7-5 in the evening session. “It’s going to be tough,” said Nishikori, who has won two of eight matches against Djokovic. “We just played in Australia and I lost in straight sets, so I need to do something better.”Djokovic, 28, will try to match Andre Agassi’s record haul of six Miami titles, and become the first man to win the Indian Wells-Miami double three years in a row.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“We had three starters out, but we have recovered Drinkwater and Kante. (Victor) Moses needs more time,” Conte told a news conference on Monday.“Kante trained with us, also before the game at Bournemouth.“I was a player and I know very well after an injury, a bad injury, it is very important to listen to the player which are the sensation. For him and the team, tomorrow we try to make the best decision.”Chelsea, who top the Group C standings, will qualify for round of 16 with a victory at Roma.But Conte, disappointed with a 3-3 draw in the home fixture with Roma earlier this month, said it was vital Chelsea finished as group winners ahead of the Italian side and Atletico Madrid.“I think our group is a tough group, with Atletico and Roma two really strong teams. To be at the top is very important, we are trying to face all competitions,” the manager added.“It was a good match, a fair score (at Stamford Bridge), and tomorrow will be another difficult game.”Following their midweek European assignment, Chelsea host title rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE(Tonight Fixtures)Basel Vs CSKAMan Utd Vs BenficaCeltic Vs BayernPSG Vs AnderlechtAtletico Vs QarabagRoma Vs ChelseaOlympiacos Vs BarcelonaSporting Vs JuventusShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is expected to be fit to face AS Roma in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage match, manager Antonio Conte announced yesterday.Kante, who missed Chelsea’s last five matches with a hamstring injury, trained with the squad before they left for Rome and Conte will speak to the France international before deciding whether he will feature.Midfielder Danny Drinkwater is also set to play after recovering from a calf problem and on the back of his first Premier League appearance for Chelsea as a late substitute against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Super Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi, has been linked with a move to Turkish giants, Fenerbache, a few days after he cancelled his contract with Chinese club, Tianjin Teda.Mikel, 31, agreed to the termination of his contract with Tianjin Teda on Thursday ending his two- year stay with the club. The former Chelsea midfielder refused to travel with the team for their pre-season training in Spain and announced his departure later.He signed a three-year contract with Tianjin Teda in January 2017, joining from English Premier League side, Chelsea after he was frozen out by then Blues manager, Antonio Conte. Mikel made 31 appearances for the Chinese side, registering three goals and three assists. According to a report in French online news outlet, L’equipe, Mikel is now attracting the interest of Fenerbahçe who are looking to bolster their midfield options during this window. On the international scene, Mikel has not featured for Nigeria since their last group game against Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He has been capped 85 times by the West Africans and registered six goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
He, therefore, charged the federal government to make effort at putting the edifice in good shape as part of efforts directing Nigeria sports back on track.“We don’t do well in competitions such as the Olympic Games again because we have ignored the foundation, which is grassroots sports,” Adams said.He, however, promised to make the tournament bigger in the next edition.“In the next edition, the four semifinalists would be fully kitted and the jerseys branded,” he promised.In the third-placed match, Rivers FC, Ebute Metta, won the bronze medal after walloping Alibaba FC, 3-0.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A first-half strike from Folami Abib was all Junior Arsenal FC, Isale-Eko needed to defeat Ultimate FC, Ikorodu and emerged winners of the Ist Ganiyu Adams U-13 football competition in a keenly contested encounter.The match which was played at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Thursday, attracted a fairly large crowd including the sponsor and Aare Ona Kakanf, Prince Ganiyu Adams.Speaking after the presentation of trophies to the winners, Adams berated the state of the National Stadium, which he said was once the pride of the country.
Captain of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Azubuike Okechukwu has posited that the team has learnt from its first leg loss in Tunis and will work hard to ensure it overturns the results and qualify for the next round of the qualifiers.Nigeria is to play Libya today in Asaba in the reverse fixture of the qualifying round for the CAF Under-23 AFCON which also serves as qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.The 21-year-old captained Nigeria to her maiden CAF U-23 championship title in Senegal four years ago and he still believes he has what it takes to repeat the same feat for the second time.Speaking after the team’s arrival in Asaba, venue of the second leg, the Turkey-based midfielder blamed complacency and lack of teamwork for their 2-0 loss to the Libyans last Wednesday.“In the first leg we did not play compact and we lost concentration and conceded two avoidable goals and the red card made it more difficult but hopefully we will do well in the second leg on Monday (today).“I still believe qualification is very possible because we are Nigerians and everything is possible with our never say die spirit,” Azubuike said.Nigeria will host Libya in the return leg of the AFCON U-23 qualifiers today, needing to win by three clear goals to stand any chance of progressing to the final round of the qualifiers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram