September 2020

Froome favourite to win cycling’s Vuelta a Espana

first_imgFour-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is the favourite to win cycling’s Vuelta a Espana – which gets underway today.Froome has finished second three times, in 2011, 2014 and 2016, and hopes to emulate Jacques Anquetil in 1963 and Bernard Hinault in 1978 in winning the Tour and Vuelta in the same year.He’s determined to win the event this year. Photo © Pixabaylast_img

Tipp face Clare in League hurling opener

first_imgThe Killenaule native says the team are eager for success.Throw-in is at 2 o’clock this afternoon – Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Sullivan Family Butchers, Brooklands, Nenagh. National League success is a major aim for the Tipp senior hurlers this year.The Premier open their Division 1A campaign with an away game against Clare this afternoon.While many teams say they view the league as a way of bringing on the squad and trying out new player Tipp coach Declan Fanning says they still want to win games.last_img

‘Alex Iwobi’s Decision to Play for Nigeria Strictly His’

first_img“Deciding to play for Nigeria and not England was his own decision really without any external influence. All I did was to support him, and I believe he took the right decision,” Chuba said.Alex himself admitted that it was not an easy decision to take considering the fact that he had lived in England for almost all his years.On when he really realised that his son could really make a career in football, Iwobi Snr who said he started taking Alex to the park to train as early as when he was 18 months revealed his son showed great promise of becoming a great footballer at a very early age.LG Electronics officially signed on Iwobi as its official brand ambassador.Speaking at the unveiling, Managing Director, LG Electronics West Africa Operations, Mr. Taeick Son said: “the choice of Alex Iwobi went through a thorough process and in the end we zeroed in on him, going by his antecedent in the field of play and most importantly how he is generally perceived as a player around the globe, we have no doubt whatsoever that he is the right face to represent the brand, and at the end he would do us all proud.”Responding, Iwobi said: “For me this is a rear privilege and honour to be the Brand Ambassador of a renowned electronics giant as LG Electronics, I must say I am indeed happy and I will continue to do my best in the field of play which obviously was what attracted the brand to me in the first place and secondly, as an ambassador of the brand I will continue to perform in ways that connect with the performance of the brand in millions of homes.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Kunle AdewaleAgainst the backdrop that Alex Iwobi’s decision to don the colours of the Super Eagles as against the Three Lions of England was influenced by his uncle and former national team captain, Austin Okocha, the father of the Arsenal player, Chuba Iwobi has said Alex’s decision to star for Nigeria was strictly his.In a chat with THISDAY during the unveiling of Iwobi as the Brand Ambassador of LG Electronics at the company’s showroom in Lekki, Lagos at the weekend, the senior Iwobi said Alex’s decision to dump England for Nigeria was strictly his.last_img read more

Oliseh Hails Ajax’s Victory against Spurs

first_imgFormer Ajax and Nigeria midfielder Sunday Oliseh on Tuesday night was ecstatic with the 1-0 slim win of the Dutch side over Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg clash of the UEFA Champions League semifinals duel at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Oliseh who made a total of 54 appearances in the Eredivisie for the in-form team between 1997 and 1999 scoring eight goals took to Twitter to express his elation at the victory in the first leg.“Extremely happy for Ajax. Great day for Amsterdam!!” “Once an Ajacied, always an Ajacied!!” the onetime defensive midfield maestro who won the Dutch league with Ajax in the 1997/1998 season and the KNVB Cup in the 1997/ 1998, and 1998/1999 seasons tweeted.Ajax claimed the bragging rights after the first leg meeting thanks to a 15th minute goal scored by Donny Van De Beek.On April 17 Oliseh had tweeted the following as Ajax overcame Juventus that paraded five-time world player of the year winner Cristiano Ronaldo:“Ajax in the Champions League semis is probably the best news,for saving world club football as we know it in a long time: a built team and playing its style as opposed to buying stars to win.” Purposeful team, hard work pays, if u know how! Extremely pleased for my ex club and d fans.”The return leg of the semifinals holds next week Wednesday with Spurs needing two clear goals to reach the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sunday Olisehlast_img read more

Abd’Allah Looks to Continuous Run of Good Form for Enyimba

first_imgFresh from its impressive 3-1 win over Akwa United on Sunday, head coach of Enyimba, Usman Abd’Allah has suggested that the team can still do better than has been seen after three matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Abd’Allah expressed satisfaction with the team’s progress so far while hoping the team will get better.‘I am very happy with the way the team has performed right now. We seem to be getting better because we are playing more matches now and it’s helping us to get better. ‘At the start of the season, it was a little difficult for us because we had few matches and this cost us our place in the champions league. Now with the NPFL back we are beginning to create the right balance in the squad. I am happy with our recent performances but we will continue to improve until we get what we want’ Abd’Allah remarked.The NPFL defending champions are currently unbeaten in its opening three matches of the new season and are unbeaten in its last five matches in all competitions.Traditionally, the People’s Elephant are known to hit top gear around mid season in contrast to the current scenario where they are seated 2nd on the log but coach Abd’Allah revealed that he prefers to get the points early and insists his side has what it takes to maintain the early momentum till the end.“As you can see, there is a lot of confidence in the team and the boys are responding very well. The important thing is that we are taking it match after match and getting the points now.”It’s better we grab the points early than to play catch-up while hoping for other teams to drop points. It’s also a message [the coaching staff] have passed along to the squad and I am happy they have responded well.”, he explained.Enyimba will be hoping to maintain the positive start to the season when they visit Sunshine Stars on Wednesday on the Matchday 4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Watt’s Up; Steelers LB TJ Watt stepping into spotlight

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By T.J. Watt reads the stories from his rookie year in 2017 and can’t help but laugh a little. Sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker is more reserved than older brother JJ — the high-profile defensive end for the Houston Texans — but then again, who isn’t?Still, Watt looks back at his words (or lack thereof) and admits his reticence was part of his master plan and not necessarily a distillation of his personality.“I was very shy and didn’t want to say a lot at all,” Watt said on Tuesday. “I just wanted to work and soak up as much information as I possibly could and gain the trust of my teammates.”Funny how reaching the Pro Bowl twice in your first three seasons and developing a reputation as one of the most relentless edge rushers in the NFL has a way of getting you to loosen up.The player who spoke only in benign platitudes is slowly pulling back the layers. Check your TV for proof. Yes, that was Watt starring alongside brothers JJ and Derek and mom Connie in a series of Subway commercials. Yes, that was Watt playing co-host on the game show “Ultimate Tag.”Watt says he’s just “dipping his toe in the water” and he’s quick to point out that he’s determined not to let his budding celebrity overshadow the importance of his day job.“First and foremost, it will always be me being a football player,” Watt said. “When it comes to me doing those shows and the Subway commercials and things along those lines, obviously, I’ve seen J.J. (Watt) do that stuff for years, and it’s fun to put myself out of my own comfort zone and try new things.”That goes for on the field as well as off it. Watt racked up a career-best 14 1/2 sacks in 2019, his No. 90 often a blur on its way to the quarterback. Still, he believes he remains a work in progress. He and fellow outside linebacker Bud Dupree spent the offseason and the early days of camp refining their hand placement, a crucial element of their intricate battles with opposing offensive linemen.Here’s the thing though: Watt already excels in that department. His daily tangles with teammates Chukwuma Okorafor and Zach Banner are often a series of 3-second clinics in which Watt slips past the massive tackles, each of whom have at least 100 pounds on him.While Watt is quick to praise both for their development, he also offers an important caveat that hints at a self-confidence that’s has bubbled under the surface for years but has rarely let show publicly.“I trust my abilities, and it doesn’t matter who they put out there,” Watt said.Watt says it matter of factly, a reminder that he’s well aware of the line between confidence and arrogance. Unless of course it comes to trash-talking the other guys in the locker room. Then, the player Dupree called “a savage” comes roaring to life.With the Steelers forced to hold training camp at Heinz Field rather than St. Vincent College because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been forced to get creative when it comes to team bonding.Defensive end Cam Heyward opted to start a “Spikeball” league. The game, a mixture of volleyball and handball, pits pairs of teammates against each other. Watt hooked up with defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and well, let’s just say things have gone well.“We are just point-blank unstoppable,” Watt said with a laugh.It’s a descriptor Watt hopes applies to the Steelers defense in 2020. Watt and Dupree helped set the tone for a group that led the NFL in sacks and takeaways and with all but one starter returning, the stakes are high. Really high.Another performance such as the one he put together last season could put Watt in line for a massive payday when the team approaches him about a contract extension next summer.Cleveland’s Myles Garrett and the Chargers’ Joey Bosa both received nine-figure contracts during the summer, and Watt has more sacks through his first three seasons (34 1/2) than both of them.Yet Watt demures when pressed on what he might be looking to accomplish over the next five months.“I’ll never publish my individual goals,” he said. “I just want to be able to be a game-wrecker. I want to be able to be somebody that the other team has to scheme around.”It’s already happening in a way. Coach Mike Tomlin points out “Watt is a handful for one man on NFL playing surface,” which in some ways can make it difficult to evaluate Okorafor and Banner’s development. Most weeks, they won’t be facing someone on the other side of the line of scrimmage quite like Watt.Now, the youngest member of the Watt family is the one with the brightest future, one he isn’t taking for granted. He spent most of his life trying to keep up with JJ and Derek. It taught him the discipline necessary to thrive. And that hasn’t changed, no matter how brightly the spotlight might shine.“I always had the plan that I wanted to enter the NFL,” he said, “and I had the blueprint from both my brothers of just wanting to put my head down and work as hard as I possibly can.”NOTES: WR Ryan Switzer (foot), RB Kerrith Whyte (groin) and CB Alex Myres (groin) left practice early on Tuesday. … C Maurkice Pouncey (excused absence) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (off day) returned to practice Tuesday. … The team was forced to move practice from Heinz Field to its indoor facility due to the threat of inclement weather. … The Steelers are off Wednesday.Image credits: AP LIVE TV First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:12 IST Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:12 IST Watt’s Up; Steelers LB TJ Watt Stepping Into Spotlight T.J. Watt reads the stories from his rookie year in 2017 and can’t help but laugh a little. Sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker is more reserved than older brother JJ — the high-profile defensive end for the Houston Texans — but then again, who isn’t?center_img Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Franco homers as Royals rally past White Sox 9-6

first_imgLast Updated: 30th August, 2020 08:07 IST Franco Homers As Royals Rally Past White Sox 9-6 Maikel Franco and Ryan McBroom homered during Kansas City’s five-run seventh, and the Royals cooled off the Chicago White Sox with a 9-6 victory on Saturday SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 30th August, 2020 08:07 IST Maikel Franco and Ryan McBroom homered during Kansas City’s five-run seventh, and the Royals cooled off the Chicago White Sox with a 9-6 victory on Saturday.Ryan O’Hearn and Alex Gordon also went deep for Kansas City, which had dropped five of six — including consecutive 6-5 losses where the opponent won in its final at-bat.The last-place Royals finalized a trade during the win, sending reliever Trevor Rosenthal to San Diego for young outfielder Edward Olivares and a player to be named. They could look to move more players ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.Edwin Encarnación homered and Tim Anderson had four hits for the White Sox, who had won three straight and 10 of 11 to move into a tie for the AL Central lead.Chicago has 52 homers in August, establishing a franchise record for any month. The previous record of 51 also was achieved in August 2001 and July 2003.The White Sox rallied in the ninth, scoring three times on Anderson’s RBI double and a throwing error on reliever Ian Kennedy. But Jesse Hahn came in and struck out Yasmani Grandal and José Abreu for his first save.Jake Newberry (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win.Kansas City went ahead to stay in the seventh. McBroom connected against Zack Burdi (0-1) with one out, tying it at 3 and setting a Royals record with his third pinch-hit homer this season.O’Hearn added a two-out RBI single before Franco hit a three-run drive to center for his sixth homer.Kansas City extended its lead to 9-3 on RBI doubles by Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler in the eighth.After Gordon connected in the second for the Royals, the White Sox responded with Nick Madrigal’s tying RBI single in the third. Encarnación made it 3-1 with a two-run shot in the fourth.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada appeared to get hurt running the bases in the ninth and exited the game. … LHP Carlos Rodon (shoulder soreness) is scheduled to throw three innings and 60 pitches Sunday at the team’s alternate training site in Schaumburg. … LHP Aaron Bummer (biceps strain) has started playing catch.UP NEXTLeft-hander Kris Bubic (0-4, 5.96 ERA) will start for the Royals on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The 23-year-old rookie is looking for his first major league win. The White Sox have yet to name a starter.Image credits: AP center_img LIVE TV COMMENT Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more