There’s no place for veteran prop Mike Ross There’s six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for this year’s November Internationals.Ahead of next week’s match against New Zealand in Chicago, Joey Carbery could now win his first Ireland cap against the country of his birth.The 20-year-old out-half is joined by fellow uncapped players; Garry Ringrose, James Tracy, Luke McGrath, John Ryan and Billy Holland.
City side remain third in the table after being held to a scoreless draw by Mark Hughes’ side. Pep Guardiola started with David Silva on the bench, but defended his decision to rotate his squad given their schedule.
The Nenagh native will continue in the second row where he’ll be joined by Iain Henderson, who replaces Devin Toner.Coach Joe Schmidt has made two other changes to his starting XV.Kieran Marmion replaces Conor Murray while Jared Payne takes over from the injured Rob Kearney at full-back.
Throw-in is at 2pm.At 4 – Clare and Cork clash in the Munster Senior Hurling Final.Oisin O’Brien and Cathal Malone come in for Gearoid O’Connell and David Reidy on the Clare team for their first Final in 9-years.While Cork are unchanged from their semi-final win over Waterford.With both teams hoping to end a provincial title drought, Cork manager Kieran Kingston says that hunger won’t be an issue. Banner midfielder Colm Galvin says that they’re driven to win their first Munster crown in 19-years.Last night Waterford made history in the hurling qualifiers.They beat Kilkenny by 4-23 to 2-22 after extra-time to join Tipperary in the All-Ireland Quarters.Mayo recovered from being two points down at half-time to defeat Clare by 2-14 to 0-13 in Ennis in round three of the Football Qualifiers.Diarmuid and Cillian O’Connor scored Mayo’s goals – both early in the second-half.Donegal edged out Meath by 1-15 to 1-14 in Navan.There were three Round Two Qualifiers earlier where Monaghan defeated Wexford by 3-23 to 1-11, Tipperary beat Cavan by 2-15 to 0-18 while Carlow got a 2-14 to 0-13 win over Leitrim.Armagh booked their place in the third round of the Football Qualifiers with a 1-12 to 1-7 win over Westmeath in Mullingar. For the second year-in-a-row Galway and Roscommon will contest this afternoon’s Connacht Senior Football Championship Final.Galway go into the game at Salthill as defending champions and seeking a joint-record 46th crown, on the back of being promoted to Division One of the League for next season.Roscommon manager Kevin McStay has brought in Cathal Compton for Donie Smith in midfield.
It’s being reported this morning that former Tipp hurling boss Liam Sheedy could be set to take over at Antrim.It is understood Sheedy met with Antrim officials last week and has agreed to work alongside the county committee and the Antrim senior hurling team.Sheedy will travel up to Antrim at least once a week primarily to help prepare the senior team for their return to Division One hurling next season and to assist with improving hurling structures across the county.
Tributes have been flowing in for Tony Keady who died in the early hours of this morning.The 53 year old fell ill on Tuesday and died today.Keady became an iconic GAA figure in the eighties winning two all Irelands as well as the hurler of the year prize in 1988. Photo: GAA.ie
West chairman John O’Shea says it’s a difficult one to call. Next weekend’s West Tipp Senior Hurling final looks set to be a close affair.Eire Og Annacarty and Clonoulty Rossmore have been very much to the fore in the division in recent years.The sides lock horns in Golden at 3 on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Stephen Gleeson
“The love and support you(Victor Ochei)have shown to us Special People is unprecedented. You have worked tirelessly towards the develop mentioned of Wheelchair Basketball and Special People of Nigeria “-Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation(NWBF). The 5th edition of the Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship organised by the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation(NWBF) that held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos had come and gone but the memories from the highly successful competition remain fresh. One thing that should never be left unmentioned is the salutary and patriotic role being played by no less a person than Hon Victor Ochei, former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly in his unflinching faith that there is “ability in the disability of the Special People” and throwing his hat into the sponsorship ring of the Wheelchair Championship. Ochei has within the spate of five years taken the development of the Special sport to an enviable height in the country. In a clime where people would ordinarily want to invest in popular and crowd pulling sports like football to get back returns, the Delta-born politician has opted to pitch his tent with the physically challenged in the society.According to the President of the NWBF, Bukola Olapade, Ochei had over the last five years spent over N300 million on yearly sponsorship of the International event. Precise financial records at the events reveal that the sum of N300 and N28 million representing an average of N65 million per annum has so far been spent on the tournament by Ochei.An elated Olapade could not help but heap praises on Ochei.“Let me use this opportunity to express appreciation to the sponsor, who after leaving office as Speaker Delta State House of Assembly still sponsors the Championship. This really shows that he is committed to the Special athletes and the development of the game in the country “, he said.So what actually motivated Ochei into the sponsorship of this Championship? “I am motivated into the sponsorship because I believe there is so much ability in their disability”, he stated.According to him, “apart from the financial rewards that would accrue to these special people through the spirit enabling them to be able to take care of themselves and their immediate families, I also believe that the Wheelchair Basketball game has the capacity to expose them to international competitions and by extension creating other medal avenues and opportunities for our nation”.Ochei expressed great satisfaction with the outcome of the 5th edition in Lagos. In his words:” I am really impressed with the level of competitiveness amongst the teams in this year’s Championship and I must say that Wheelchair Basketball would soon be the toast of Special athletes and the Paralympic Committee in Nigeria”.From the highly successful first edition in Asaba 2012, the popularity of the game has continued to soar in leaps and bounds, attracting rare comments from all and sundry including celebrities in the country.Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo aka D’banj, a popular musician had this to say during the 2nd edition of the sports in Lagos.“I am really impressed seeing our physically challenged athletes being given an opportunity to compete against each other in the game of basketball. This is really an eye opener for me and hopefully, when next they are hosting this championship I would be there to contribute my quota to the growth of the sport “.The time has come for the federal government and public spirited corporate organisations to take up the gauntlet by joining hands with Hon Ochei to invest massively in Wheelchair Basketball. Ochei has no doubt written his name in gold in our sports record as a nation. He deserves all the accolades and honours this patriotic fervour has more than qualified him for-Including our National Honours.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A quintuple of Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, Etebo Oghenekaro, Joel Obi and Tyrone Ebuehi who are recuperating from injury also made the lists.The team is scheduled to take on DR Congo on May 28, before moving out to England to take on Three Lions in Wembley stadium on June 2 and Czech Republic on June 6.Full list:Goalkeepers:Francis UzohoIkechukwu EzenwaDaniel AkpeyiDele Ajiboye.Defenders:Leon BalogunWilliam Troost- EkongKenneth OmeruoBrian IdowuElderson EchejileShehu AbdulahiOla AinaTyrone EbuehiStephen EzeChidozie Awaziem.Midfielders:Mikel ObiJoel ObiOgenyi OnaziMikel AguEtebo OghenekaroJohn OguUche AgoWilfred Ndidi.Attackers:Odion IghaloAhmed MusaMoses SimonVictor MosesJunior LokosaSimeon NwankwoAlex IwobiKelechi IheanachShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram (NAN)The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL )leading top scorer Junior Lokosa and Simeon Nwankwo are the new faces that graced the 30 man provisional list released by Gernot Rohr ahead of the World Cup.Kano Pillars forward Lokosa recording 18 goals as at Match day 21 is getting his first call up as well as Crotone of Italy striker Nwankwo.
A Ambassador Lee In-tae of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea has hailed the 10th Korean Ambassador Championship which ended last Friday, saying one of the reasons his country is promoting Taekwondo in Nigeria is to promote the Korean culture in Nigeria and helped the country developed its athletes. “The Ambassador’s Championship is part of our efforts to promote Taekwondo in Nigeria and to help Nigerian athletes to improve their skills so that they can compete on the global stage,” Lee In-tae said.With the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, the Ambassador said the experience garnered from the championship would help beat other competitors in Tokyo and become Olympic medalists. “Taekwondo has helped strengthened the mutual relationship between Korea and Nigeria. As more Nigerians practice Taekwaondo, they are eager to study the Korean culture,” he noted.Delta State won the championship with five gold, two silver and two bronze medals, Kebbi came second with three gold, three silver and three bronze medals, while Kano came in third position with three gold and one bronze medal.Lagos finished fourth with two gold, five silver and six bronze medals. Nigeria Army came in joint fifth position with FCT two gold, two silver and two bronze.Medallists were presented with taekwondo uniforms, sports bags and training equipment in addition to the national ranking points awarded by the federation.MVP male and female awards went to Peter Itiku of FCT and Uzoamaka Otuadinma of Delta. They got brand new television, which were presented by the South Korean Ambassador.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram