Month: September 2020

Webber praises Nico Rosberg’s retirement

first_imgFormer F1 driver Mark Webber says it’s impressive Nico Rosberg’s retired from the sport at the top of his game.The German announced last week he’d called it a day at just 31 – five days after winning his first drivers’ world championship with Mercedes.Webber says Rosberg’s young family will be a factor – and that it’s not that strange he’s retired.last_img

Irish progress in European Indoor Championship

first_imgBoth sprinters finished fourth in this morning’s heats and will run again tomorrow at 3 o’clock.Ciara Mageean and John Travers are both in 1500-metres finals this evening. Travers last night successfully appealed after being distracted by a starting gun mid-race – and was put through to the final.  While Mageean, a European outdoor bronze medal winner, will hope to improve on her showing in the heats where she finished fourth.last_img

Maher says Tipp will look to improve on early season form

first_imgMichael Ryan’s side are unbeaten in Division 1A so far following last Saturday nights thrilling draw with Kilkenny.Despite their strong showing Padraig Maher says they will still need to improve for later in the competition as well as the Provincial and All Ireland championships.The Thurles Sarsfields clubman says the team will get back to training on Tuesday and use the upcoming weekend to prepare for the last League game.last_img

Tipp at loss with injuries to key players

first_imgSpeaking to Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson after the match Liam Kearns said they need the strength in depth to overcome the loss of key players. Tipperary senior football manager Liam Kearns says his players need to step up to the mark when key players are injured.The Premier drew with Clare in their National Football League outing against Clare yesterday.Tipp started the game without the injured Stephen O’Brien while Michael Quinlivan went off injured in the game at Cusack Park.last_img

Williams Wins Wimbledon, Equals Grand Slam Record

first_imgWorld number one Serena Williams on Saturday beat German fourth seed Angelique Kerber to win a seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title. The American, 34, coped with a gusty wind on Centre Court to win 7-5 6-3 and equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of major titles. Kerber had beaten Williams in the Australian Open final in January but could not produce another shock.Fourteen years since she first won Wimbledon, Williams claimed the title for a seventh time after dropping just one set all tournament. The world number one banished memories of last year, when she fell two matches short of a historic calendar Grand Slam, and of losing in the Australian and French Open finals this year.“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it,” she said of finally winning number 22. It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it. This court definitely feels like home, I have a match later today in the doubles, so I’ll be back out.” Williams moves alongside German great Graf in the all-time list of Grand Slam singles champions, and just two behind overall leader Margaret Court, the Australian who won 13 of her 24 major titles before tennis turned professional in 1968.Williams had tried and failed three times to win her 22nd major title but she finally got over the line with a performance that owed as much to nerve as to skill.Kerber, 28, was the outsider but was buoyed by her win over Williams in Melbourne, and the swirling wind added another element of uncertainty to the final.The German’s serve was under pressure immediately but after she saw off three break points in the second game, Kerber managed to contain Williams for the most part with her relentless hitting from corner to corner.A pumped-up Williams roared in celebration after one lunging volley, and again when three serves got her out of trouble at 5-5, and it was Kerber’s resistance which broke first.After a carefully managed 12 games the German made only her fourth and fifth errors of the set to fall 15-40 behind, before Williams converted her second set point with a thumping backhand into the corner.Kerber was not about to fold, however, finally earning her first break point of the match at 3-3 in the second set after one hour and 13 minutes – only to watch as Williams hammered a 117mph ace out wide.And moments later an engrossing final came to a sudden end. Kerber mis-hit a backhand to drop serve and Williams then powered through her final service game, punching away a forehand volley on match point and falling back on to the Centre Court turf.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Onyeali Predicts Tough ‘Abia Derby’ in Umuahia

first_imgNPFL…NPFL…NPFL…Abia Warriors attacking midfielder Ifeanyi Onyeali has predicted a difficult ‘Abia derby’ against former Nigerian champions Enyimba.The Umuahia Warriors will host the two-time African champions in Wednesday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 4 clash at the Umuahia Township Stadium. Onyeali said his side will make Enyimba pay for the three points the Umuahia outfit lost at top-flight newcomers Remo Stars in Sagamu.“The clash is a local derby and predictably it’s not going to be easy but we are going to win.“We just lost three points at Remo Stars and somebody must pay for the loss.“Unfortunately, Enyimba are up next, so they must pay for the painful defeat.“Besides, we need the three points more than Enyimba.“We will then head off to Jos to confront our former coach, Kennedy Boboye’s side, Plateau United.“Victory in the clash against Enyimba will serve as huge morale boost going forward to confront Plateau United.“We are not happy with the manner in which we lost the clash at Remo Stars and we have vowed to make amends immediately,” said the former Bussdor United goal poacher to have six points in their kitty from a possible nine, the same as Enyimba.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nine NPFL Clubs Get Financial Advisors ahead of Listing on Capital…

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeThe nine Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs aspiring to be listed at NASD’s Over The Counter (OTC) trading on Tuesday met with financial, banking and legal advisors that will make the dream of financial independence come true for the topflight teams owned by state governments except one.At a parley inside the conference room of the Westwood Hotel on Awolowo Road in Ikoyi, Lagos, the nine clubs — Shooting Stars, Kano Pillars, Enyimba, Rangers, El Kanemi, Gombe United, Wikki Tourists, Abia Warriors and MFM FC — were introduced to representatives of the various issuing houses. Only MFM FC is privately owned. All the teams were nominated by the League Management Company (LMC) for the process at it’s last annual general meeting.NASD Plc is the promoter of a trading network that eases secondary market trading of all securities of unquoted public companies primarily in Nigeria. It is part of its brief to help the mostly cash starved clubs stimulate growth by easing the capital raising process.Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer of the LMC, Hon. Nduka Irabor, called on the clubs to take full advantage of this interesting development to become financially independent.“When we took over the administration of the league few years ago, clubs were having less than 2,000 fans but all that has changed today. Teams like Kano Pillars, Rangers International of Enugu and Shooting Stars consistently attract huge spectators at their centres. Kano Pillars’ home games attract no less than 25,000 fans to the Sani Abacha Stadium weekly,” revealed the LMC chief.The former member of the House of Representatives however stressed further that of these fans, only very few could boast of having the replica jerseys of their darling clubs.“Merchandising is key for financial success. What is the essence of having huge fans if the clubs cannot seize the opportunity to make money from this?“We are now opening up ownership space to create more jobs, more money and also better professionalism in the running of football generally,” reasoned Irabor.He also stressed why the NPFL clubs need to get out of their present financial predicament.“I have been in a room with two governors and talked for 45 minutes on how to invest in football but they didn’t understand.“These governors need money to fix roads, potholes, leaking school roofs. They don’t have the luxury of throwing money into football beyond what they are doing now. They need men like you (financial advisors) to assist the clubs grow,” he concluded.The Managing Director of NASD, Bola Ajomale, advised the representatives of the clubs to be ready to follow all the template for them to be listed.“There must be accountability and transparency. The teams must all be duly registered like any other corporate body. The issuing houses will guide the teams accordingly,” Ajomale said.Officials of the 18 leading issuing houses, who were shortlisted to act as advisors for the clubs, were also present at the meeting where they commended the efforts of the LMC over the proposed listing of nine of the 20 clubs in the NPFL.The Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) First Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, also commended the LMC and declared that: “Football has come of age today.”Some of the issuing houses at the meeting included Finmal Financial Services Limited, Cowrie Assets Management Limited, Fundvine Capital & Securities, GTI Capital, Afrinvest Securities, Bestworth Assets & Trust Limited and Capital Assets Limited.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more