But on the positive side, Erasmus says he is hopeful Conor Murray will be fit to face Ulster on this weekend in Thomond Park. CJ Stander has emerged as a doubt for Munster’s European Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens later in the month.Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has confirmed the Irish international is unlikely to be fit for Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 derby with Ulster.The number 8 suffered an ankle injury in the quarter-final win over Toulouse nine days ago. Photo: © Munsterrugby.ie
Photo © Pixabay The riders are at the half way point of today’s stage 9 of the Tour de France.Three of the four mountain climbs have been completed, with one more to come before the finish line in Chambéry.Dan Martin is fourth in the general classification with Chris Froome in the yellow jersey. Meanwhile Geraint Thomas is out of the rest of the Tour after a crash earlier in the stage.The Team Sky rider suffered a suspected broken collarbone.
Jumping action dominates proceedings at Thurles this afternoon.Davy Russell is currently tied with reigning champion Ruby Walsh at the head of the jockeys’ championship race on 55 winners and the in-form Youghal man has six booked rides at the meeting.Champion trainer Willie Mullins has just the one runner on the card in the concluding Go Racing At Thurles 2 mile bumper at 5.15. The race has attracted 10 runners including his representative Crumpledandcreased who has reached the frame in all four career starts to date under his son Patrick. The first of eight races is off at 1.35pm.
â€¢Â Obaseki restates commitment to successful outingWith a few hours to the commencement of the 2018 edition of Okpekpe Road Race scheduled for Saturday, May 12, enthusiasm is at a fever pitch in Edo State, host of the first 10-kilometer International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) silver label road race in Nigeria.Social and economic activities have witnessed positive spike from the Benin Airport, through the ancient city and to the communities hosting the event,Â asÂ participants, including Elite and local athletes, sports journalists, sponsors, supporters of the event and dealers in souvenirs arrive the state for the event.Investigation showed that hotels in Benin City are fully booked and late comers are resorting to smaller lodging facilities in the city while operators of outdoor bars, taxis, guest houses and relaxation spots are counting their gains.The Okpekpe international 10km road race, currently in its sixth year, is the only road race recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Nigeria.The number of endorsements by corporate organisations has raised the profile of the event, the latest being the Nigerian Breweries Plc.The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki,Â on FridayÂ restated his administration’s commitment to a successful race and assured participants of adequate security. Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the governor’s assurance is coming after he had earlier encouraged Edo indigenes and other Nigerians to register and compete in the 10km Road Race because of the inherent benefit of building an army of home-grown long-distance runners to represent the country in similar competitions within the country and overseas.Obaseki noted that much as the state is happy to play host to athletes from East African countries and other parts of the world, the competition also presents an opportunity for Edo indigenes to prove their mettle and strive to clinch the top prize. â€œAs Nigerians, we are known to never give in easily in contests. So, this competition presents another opportunity for us to put up a challenge and compete to win the top prizes,â€ the governor said.According to him, â€œEdo State is blessed with planes and conditions that can groom people for long-distance races. Highlands such as Somorika Hills can groom athletes to favourably compete in this competition. It even presents a good training ground for many others who would like to participate.He added, â€œThe Okpekpe road race is one of our emerging sports and tourism assets and we need to tap from this unique opportunity to build grassroots sports and project ourselves as a welcoming and sports-loving people.â€Describing the backing of Nigerian Breweries as a big boost, spokesman for the race, Dare Esan was quoted as saying that the company is â€œcoming in as a Friend of the Race. It is a massive boost for the image of the race to have a pioneer brewing company support an event in which history will be made onMay 12, 2018.â€Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Shehu Dikko Heads of Nigeria and South Africa Professional football leagues are two of the seven members appointed by the CAF President, Mr. Ahmad Ahmad into an Adhoc Committee for the establishment of a CAF Interclubs calendar for the transition season of 2018/19.Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) and NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko and his counterpart from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) of South Africa are the only heads of league organising bodies in Africa appointed into the committee which has been scheduled to have its first meeting in Rabat, Morocco on November 3.Other members of the committee include CAF Executive Committee members led by 3rd Vice President Fouzi Lekjaa, Tarek Bouchmaoul who is the Chairman of the CAF organizing Committee for Inter-Clubs Competitions and management of club licensing and Ahmed Yehia, the Vice Chairman of the Inter-Clubs Commitee. Others are the CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe and Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu. The Committee is expected to among others establish the fixtures of the interclubs competitions for the transitional 2018/19 season scheduled to commence November 2018.Dikko, is also is a member of the CAF Organizing Committee for inter-Clubs Competitions as well as FIFA Football Stakeholders Commitee.This latest appointment further underlined the growing influence and recognition of Nigeria within the global football circles since the Election of NFF President Amaju Pinnick into CAF where he is now the 1st Vice President.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The north Londoners have been revitalised since Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in the close-season and this was another test passed by the Spaniard.After three successive home draws against Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon and Wolves, it was essential Arsenal got back to winning ways.Emery left German playmaker Mesut Ozil on the bench and was without French striker Alexandre Lacazette due to a groin injury.But Arsenal were still strong enough to consign Bournemouth to a third successive defeat as Emery’s decision to switch to a back three for the first time paid dividends.Bournemouth thought they were ahead early on, but David Brooks was flagged offside as he slotted home King’s through ball.Arsenal went up the other end and Lucas Torreira rattled the foot of the post with a fierce shot, with Alex Iwobi only able to lash the rebound high and wide.Arsenal took the lead in the 30th minute when Lerma accidently volleyed Sead Kolasinac’s cross past Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as he stretched in a failed attempt to clear.Iwobi drew a smart stop out of Begovic as the visitors looked to double their advantage before the break, but instead their run of not leading at halftime this season continued.Cardiff are the only other top-flight side yet to hold a halftime lead in the league this season and King’s smart finish with the last meaningful kick of the opening 45 minutes ensured Bournemouth went in level.When Aubameyang spurned a good chance after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had rolled in his teammate, Arsenal fans began to call for the introduction of Ozil.But the supporters who made the trip to the south coast were celebrating the lead in the 67th minute.Aubameyang made amends for his earlier miss, sliding in to score from six yards after another Kolasinac cross.Ryan Fraser shot straight into the arms of Bernd Leno as Bournemouth chased a second equaliser.Lerma almost atoned for his own goal but struck a post with his low drive before Leno had to be alert to push the ball behind after it looped towards goal off the foot of Sokratis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 17 matches with the goal that sealed a 2-1 win at Bournemouth yesterday.Unai Emery’s side took the lead through Jefferson Lerma’s bizarre own goal before Josh King equalised on the stroke of halftime at Dean Court.Aubameyang netted his eighth league goal of the season midway through the second half to lift the fifth placed Gunners within a point of the top four in the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Barca had looked in control after winning 3-0 at the Nou Camp. Origi gave the Reds early hope at Anfield, and half-time substitute Georginio Wijnaldum scored two quick-fire goals to level the tie.The winner came while Barca’s defence were still getting ready for a corner, which Alexander-Arnold took quickly allowing the alert Origi to pounce and score.“For their fourth goal we looked like schoolboys,” said former Liverpool player Suarez, who was booed all night by his old fans.It was Barcelona’s second Champions League collapse in consecutive seasons. Last season, Roma beat them 3-0 in the quarter-final second leg to knock them out on away goals.“I do not know how it’s going to affect me. Here we are, the coach has to take responsibility,” boss Ernesto Valverde said.Barca have won La Liga both seasons under Valverde, but they have not reached a Champions League final since 2015.“It’s very painful for us, especially for our people, it’s the second year they’ve come back like that,” he said.“Things got on top of us after those two quick goals (from Wijnaldum). We didn’t manage to get on the score-sheet and they rolled us over really,” Valverde said.“They surprised us with the fourth goal – presumably my players weren’t looking. Liverpool were street smart and they scored.”Suarez defended his manager after the game. “We are the ones that played the game,” he said.“The boss used the same tactics as in the first leg and he tried to do the same thing here. You have to say sorry for the attitude and the things that everyone saw today.“We have to do a lot of self-criticism because this is the second time that the same thing has happened to us. We cannot commit the same mistake two years in a row. There are many things we need to consider and think about.”Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said: “I apologise to the fans because after the Rome thing, it happens again. It is very hard to fall like that with a good result in the first leg.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said his side “looked like schoolboys” for Liverpool’s winning goal in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday night.The Reds won 4-0 at Anfield, with Divock Origi scoring the winner from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quick corner, to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit.“We have to be ready for all the criticism that is going to rain down on us now,” Suarez said. “We are very sad, we are in a lot of pain.” Luis Suarez
“We just want to say thank you to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for making it possible to have over 20 former African stars to converge on Lagos to rekindle memories of their great exploits in the game,” observed the former chairman of Lagos State FA.Former African stars like Aboubakar Titi Camara, ElHadji Diouf, Khalilou Fadiga, Didier Zokora, Stephen Appiah, Diomansy Camara, Herita Ilunga, Tiene Siaka, Tresor Lomana Lualua, Abder Keita and a host of others stormed Agege Stadium to take on their Nigerian counterparts to honour Gov. Ambode for his excellent performance in the provision of sports infrastructure in the state.Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Okechukwu Uche, Emmanuel Amuneke, Finidi George, Taribo West, Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen, Peter Rufai, Alloy Agwu, Peterside Idah, Deputy Gov of Edo State Philips Shaibu, Comedian AY, and several other former Nigerian Stars featured in the testimonial game that ended 4-4.Akanni stressed that the impact of the infrastructures put in place by Gov Ambode in all parts of the state will become manifest in Lagos becoming the hub of sports development.“Providing conducive environment for sports talents to development is a major way of ensuring that youths are taken away from the streets. It will also to a large extent, help in proving jobs.”At the dinner for all the players, Gov Ambode expressed his happiness for the convergence of the African stars in Lagos.“I want to specially thank Waidi Akanni for making this testimonial match possible. In my four years as Governor of Lagos, I had my best dinner this evening with these former stars here to honour me,” concludes Ambode.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of The Match that featured an African All Stars versus Nigerian Legends in a testimonial game for Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode have attributed the successful hosting of the event to the outgoing chief executive of the state.Ex international Waidi Akanni said at the weekend that Gov. Akinwunmi made it possible for the coming of former footballers who made their marks in the game in the continent and globally.
Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 06:20 IST George Kittle Signs $75M, 5-year Extension With 49ers All-Pro tight end George Kittle has signed his five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 15th August, 2020 06:20 IST LIVE TV COMMENT All-Pro tight end George Kittle has signed his five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position.Kittle officially signed the deal Friday, a day after agreeing to the contract that keeps him locked up in San Francisco through the 2025 season.“I love being a 49er and am blessed to have the opportunity to wear red and gold for years to come,” Kittle said in a statement. “I can’t wait to continue our quest to bring another Super Bowl back to the bay.“I want to thank my teammates for their hard work and help in making me be the best teammate, player and man I can be each week. Together we have already accomplished amazing things, but we all know there is still so much more to do. It’s an incredible locker room to be a part of and I am grateful to my brothers for making this such a fun and exciting place to play football.”Kittle also thanked his coaches, ownership, general manager John Lynch, his family and agent Jack Bechta. The deal includes an $18 million signing bonus and $30 million fully guaranteed.Kittle had been one of the NFL’s biggest bargains after being drafted in the fifth round in 2017 and now he gets the biggest contract ever at the position. The previous high for average salary for a tight end, according to overthecap.com, was the $10.6 million Hunter Henry is getting from the Chargers this season on the franchise tag.Kansas City’s Travis Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million extension shortly after Kittle’s deal was finalized Thursday.The Niners could have used the tag on Kittle the next two offseasons, but instead managed to work out a long-term deal that satisfied both sides.“George was part of our first draft class and represents as well as anyone the core values we covet in the players we build our team with,” Lynch said. “His talent and spirit are unique, his will and grit contagious and his production undeniable. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for George and our team with him a part of it.”Kittle has been the most productive tight end in NFL history through his first three seasons with 197 catches for 2,664 yards. But he is almost equally as skilled as a blocker in the run game where he is a key piece in coach Kyle Shanahan’s dynamic offense.The Niners averaged 5.0 yards per carry last season with Kittle on the field, compared to 3.5 yards per carry without him, according to NFL NextGen stats.After a solid rookie season, Kittle broke through in 2018 when he set an NFL record for yards receiving in a season for tight ends when he had 88 catches for 1,377 yards and was named a second-team All-Pro.He was almost as productive last season, despite missing two games with injuries, when he had 85 catches for 1,053 yards and was a first—team All-Pro. He also was a major reason the Niners went 13-3 on the way to a Super Bowl appearance.It has been quite a start to a career for a player who caught only 48 passes in 25 college games at Iowa, leading him to fall to the fifth round of the draft.The Niners believed in his athleticism and potential and were surprised he lasted beyond the third round. But they were very fortunate he was there at 146th overall as the ninth tight end selected in that draft.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US