McIlory in good form heading into weekend in Shanghai

first_imgMeanwhile, Seamus Power is among the leaders heading into the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.The Waterford man is 7 under which is just 2 behind leader Kevin Streelman. The Ulsterman is 7 under after a 66 while Shane Lowry is 2 under.Hideki Matsuyama leads by 3 shots on 13 under after a 65.McIlroy says he putted better today than yesterday.last_img

Bennett makes impressive start to season

first_imgOrica Scott’s Caleb Ewan took the victory with Bennett’s Bora Hansgrohe team mate, World Champion Peter Sagan in third.They start their first stage race of the season tomorrow at the Tour Down Under.last_img

Katie Taylor moves closer to world title fight

first_imgKatie Taylor has moved one step closer to a world title after she defeated Germany’s Nina Meinke in a stoppage victory in the seventh round.The victory saw Taylor crowned the WBA female Inter-Continental lightweight champion.She will now look to winning a World title. Meanwhile, British boxer Anthony Joshua recovered from being knocked down in the 6th to twice fell Wladimir Klitschko in an 11th round stoppage in their world heavyweight fight.The 2012 Olympic champion retained his IBF title and added the WBA belt by beating the Ukrainian in a thrilling bout at Wembley Stadium last night.A post-war record crowd of 90 thousand fans saw Joshua taken his record to 19 wins in as many fights.last_img read more

Ulster swoop to sign Jean Deysel

first_imgPhoto: © Munsterrugby.ie Ulster have confirmed the signing of Jean Deysel from Super rugby side the Sharks.The 32 year old back row has spent the last 3 months on loan at Munster as injury cover in the second row.The South African forward has featured prominently in the final stages on Munster’s season and came off the bench for Tommy O’Donnell early in the second half of the loss to Starlets in the PRO12 Final at the Aviva last Sunday. He’s been capped four times by the Springboks at blindside flanker.last_img read more

Sagan will accept Tour de France disqualification

first_imgCavendish is also out of the tour after injuring his shoulder in the collision. Peter Sagan says he accepts but doesn’t agree with the decision to disqualify him from the Tour de France.The world champion has been kicked out of the rest of the race after his crash with Mark Cavendish on the fourth stage.His team had appealed against the decision. Photo © Pixabaylast_img

Dunne well in contention at Scottish Open

first_imgPaul Dunne is well in contention as the Scottish Open enters the final day.The Wicklow native is in a tie for 5th on 6 under par, three shots behind joint leaders Callum Shinkwin, Ian Poulter and Andrew Dodt.Another good round for Dunne could see him secure one of the three available qualification spots for next week’s Open Championship. Photo © – Tipp FM Graeme McDowell is also well placed on 5 under while Padraig Harrington is back on 2 under.last_img

Bale staying at Madrid

first_imgGareth Bale won’t be going to Manchester United for now – that’s according to Reds manager Jose Mourinho and the player himself.The Welsh forward played in Madrid’s 2-1 win against United in last night’s UEFA Super Cup Final and Mourinho says it’s ‘game over’ because ‘everybody knows he is going to stay’.Bale says he doesn’t want to move and there’s not much more he can say. Photo © – pixabaylast_img

We Can’t be Gunning for Olympic Gold and We’re Begging for…

first_imgSIASIA FUMES AT DREAM TEAM VI FUNDINGNigeria’s Olympic team Coach, Samson Siasia, has raised the alarm over the Dream Team VI shoddy preparations for the Rio Olympics, insisting that “we cannot be going for gold and we are begging for money.”Siasia and his ward are training in Atlanta, United States of America, ahead of the summer games in August, but the outspoken coach has been far from impressed with his team’s build-up. “It is not a good image to go to the Olympics with while trying to beg for money around, actually begging people for money to take care of the Nigerian Olympic team. How are we going to win gold, if we keep begging for money to take care of our athletes?” laments Siasia.“We don’t have money. We are in the (United States of) America now without any money. So, it is a big problem.“We are without any money in our pocket. There are no funds coming from anywhere. That is not a good thing.“When you have players who are not motivated and encouraged, but you want them to come and do a miracle. Everybody needs to be encouraged at one time or the other.”He added: “We just want to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the rescue of sports in the country as our father and sports-loving President.“The sports sector is dying and it is adversely affecting the Olympic teams that have qualified to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympics Games, not just football, but the other (seven) sports that Nigeria will campaign in Rio.“The reason is well known which is the Sports Ministry needs to be funded adequately. This has adversely affected the Nigeria Football Federation too. Everybody is borrowing.“This has to stop. President Buhari has to help us by approving some funds for our Olympic teams to prepare well. If the funds are not there, how are you going to prepare to win gold?”Siasia’s team will play two warm-up matches in the USA before they depart to Brazil on July 29.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Premiership: Everton Routs Man City, Ibra Rescues United

first_imgPep Guardiola suffered the largest league defeat of his managerial career as Manchester City was thrashed 4-0 by Everton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late equaliser gave Manchester United a 1-1 draw with Liverpool yesterday.Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas put Everton in control at Goodison Park.Teenager Tom Davies scored a fine first goal for Everton in the closing stages and debutant Ademola Lookman completed the rout after coming on as an 89th minute substitute.It was another chastening experience for City boss Guardiola, who wasn’t used to such humiliation in his trophy-laden spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.The defeat was City’s fourth in their last eight league games and left the Etihad club 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.Publicly at least, Guardiola wasn’t angry with his expensively assembled team and he insisted the chastening afternoon could have gone differently if City had taken their early chances.“We created enough chances in the first half to score. After what happened we were not able to score and Everton had one chance and scored,” Guardiola said.“They scored straight after halftime and that is tough mentally for the players.”But the Spaniard did concede City look destined not to win the title in his first season in England.“The first one, yeah,” said Guardiola when asked if top spot is now out of the question. “The first one is a 10-point gap and that is a lot of course.”United Manager Jose Mourinho had called for his club’s fans to turn up the volume after some subdued atmospheres at Old Trafford recently.But Jurgen Klopp’s side silenced the home supporters when James Milner converted a 27th minute penalty awarded for Paul Pogba’s needless handball.Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made fine saves to keep out Ibrahimovic’s free-kick and a Henrikh Mkhitaryan strike as United pushed for an equaliser.Not for the first time, Ibrahimovic was United’s saviour as the Swedish forward struck from close-range in the 84th minute for his 19th goal since his free transfer from Paris Saint Germain in the close-season.“I didn’t think the game had super quality. We didn’t reflect the qualities we have and Liverpool have but it was very emotional, intense, aggressive,” Mourinho said.“We fought until the last second. We were the team that attacked and Liverpool were the team that defended. Let’s see if the critics are fair,” concludes Mourinho.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Guardiola, Liverpool Charged by UEFA

first_imgGuardiola was sent to the stands after confronting referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz on the pitch at half-time during the quarter-final second-leg 2-1 defeat.The case will be heard on May 31.The improper conduct charge against Guardiola is for communicating with the bench during the second half.Article 69 of UEFA’s disciplinary regulations states that any manager or coach who is sent off may not communicate “directly or indirectly with the team’s players and/or technical staff during the match”.Guardiola went on to the pitch to challenge Lahoz after Leroy Sane had a goal disallowed for offside, despite replays showing Liverpool midfielder James Milner got the final touch through to the City winger.Liverpool were already facing four UEFA charges over the setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbances after City’s team bus was attacked at Anfield prior to the first-leg on April 5. That case will also be heard on May 31.Having won the first-leg 3-0, Jurgen Klopp’s side completed a 5-1 aggregate win to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 10 years.The semi-final draw is on Friday at 12:00 noon in Nyon, Switzerland.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct and being sent off during Tuesday’s Champions League defeat by Liverpool.European governing body UEFA has also charged Liverpool after fireworks were set off and objects thrown inside Etihad Stadium.last_img read more