Tipp minors open campaign

first_imgTipperary Minor Hurling manager Liam Cahill says the All Ireland win by Our Lady’s Templemore has given his squad a massive boost ahead of their Munster championship opener against Limerick.Four of the Croke Cup winners will be starting in the semi-final against Limerick at Semple Stadium tonight.Our Lady’s skipper Paddy Cadell will be captaining the side. Cahill says just having the triumphant Templemore lads’ energy coming into training for the past week or so helped their preparation.The match throws-in at 7 o’clock and will be broadcast live on Tipp FM. Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img read more

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Provincial wins for Galway and Kerry

first_imgGalway are Leinster hurling champions for the first time since 2012, after showing why they’re favourites to win the Liam McCarthy Cup.A hugely impressive second half performance by the Tribesmen helped them pull away from Wexford to beat Davy Fitzgerald’s side by 29 points to 1-17 in yesterday’s final.Joe Canning contributed 10 points from placed balls while Conor Cooney also scored an incredible 8 points from play. Kerry are marching into yet another All-Ireland football quarter-final after a comfortable win over Cork in yesterday’s Munster final.They beat their near neighbours by 1-23 to 15 points in Killarney.last_img read more

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Toomevara meet Roscrea in Seamus O’Riain cup replay

first_imgThe big game in local GAA action this weekend sees Toomevara go up against Roscrea in the replay of the Seamus O’ Riain hurling final.On their paths to the final – Toomevara overcame Silvermines and Roscrea defeated Templederry Kenyons.The game throws in on Sunday at 2 o’clock in Moneygall. Toomevara manager Denis Kelly says they’re looking forward to a good game.last_img

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Lottery Officials Offer Dollar Incentives to Team Nigeria

first_imgThis financial pledge is coming at a time that both officials and athletes are on the edge waiting for Team Nigeria’s first medal.Meanwhile, all expectations of a possible medal from weightlifting and the women’s 400m events concluded Sunday night yielded no medal.Maryan Usman’s efforts in the +75kg Snatch and Jerk could only place her 9th in the overall ranking while Patience Okon George and Margaret Bamgbose semi final placed them 8th and 7th positions respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As Team Nigeria continues its search for the first medal at the Olympics in Rio, a delegation of National Lottery Trust Fund and National Lottery Regulatory Commission, led by Habu Gumel and Mr Adophus Ikpe respectively have promised monetary incentives to further propel the country’s athletes to win medals.The delegation who has been supporting Team Nigeria equally announced $2,000 for any athlete who wins gold while a silver medallist would be rewarded with $1,500 and bronze winner with $1,000.last_img read more

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Messi Penalty Seals Barca Win

first_imgLionel Messi squeezed home a stoppage-time penalty to grab a 3-2 win for champions Barcelona at Valencia in a thrilling and controversial La Liga match yesterday. Barca talisman Messi scored against Valencia for the 10th season in a row to put Barca ahead in the 22nd minute, although Luis Suarez was in an offside position and obstructing the view of goalkeeper Diego Alves.Barca captain Andres Iniesta had earlier been carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury and Sergio Busquets was fortunate not to earn a second yellow card before the break.Valencia turned the game round in four second-half minutes, Munir equalising against his parent club and Rodrigo Moreno putting the hosts ahead in the 56th. Suarez lashed home in the 64th to pull Barca level and after Nani had missed a gilt-edged chance to win it for Valencia, the Uruguayan won a penalty in the dying seconds which Messi sneaked just under the grasp of Alves to snatch all three points.Barcelona provisionally go top of the standings on 19 points. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, both on 18, play today. Atletico visit Sevilla and Real host Athletic Bilbao.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Kanu Tips Moses for African Player of the Year Award

first_img“Moses has proved critics wrong. It is now left for CAF to do their rating,” Kanu told Sports Village Square. “As for me, he deserves the 2017 CAF award. Although the season is still on and no one can tell what future will be.“The likes of Aubameyang and Sadio Mane are dangerous to compete with but I still have a strong belief in the Nigeria forward. Despite playing out of position at Chelsea, he finds it easy to break opponents’ defence with ease. And if he keeps this fitness alive I see him becoming the next African footballer of the year.”Kanu, who is now 40, won the CAF Player of the Year award in 1996 and 1999. He represented Nigeria 87 times – scoring 12 goals in the process.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Legendary Nigeria forward Nwankwo Kanu has backed his countryman Victor Moses to win this year’s CAF Player of the Year accolade. The 26-year-old Moses has enjoyed his best season with Chelsea, who are the favourites to win this season’s English Premier League (EPL) title.However, former Arsenal star Kanu feels that the defender-cum-midfielder faces stiff competition from Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegalese Sadio Mane.last_img read more

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Leicester City Players in Thailand for Srivaddhanaprabha’s Funeral

first_imgThe helicopter crashed after taking off from the club’s stadium on 27 October, killing Mr Vichai and four others.The Leicester players travelled to Thailand on the 12-hour flight on Saturday after winning 1-0 at Cardiff City in the Premier League, in the first game since his death.They joined Sunday’s Buddhist prayers for Mr Vichai and will do so again on Monday before arriving back in the UK the following day to prepare for their home match against Burnley on Saturday.Press agency AFP reported that on entering the temple, players gave Mr Vichai’s family a hug, and then offered jasmine flowers as they knelt in front of an octagonal jewelled urn given by the king.Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner, Izabela Roza Lechowicz, also died in the crash at the King Power Stadium.Ms Nusara’s funeral took place in Bangkok on Saturday.The 32-year-old, who was a member of Mr Vichai’s staff, was a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe in 2005, where she was listed as being from Bangkok province.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leicester City players are in Thailand for the funeral of the club’s owner, who was killed in a helicopter crash.Jamie Vardy and club captain Wes Morgan are among the players who attended a prayer ceremony at a Bangkok temple for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral.It began on Saturday with Buddhist bathing rituals, and is being followed by a week of recitation ceremonies.last_img read more

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Oxford study: Tokyo Olympics are most costly Summer Games

first_img First Published: 4th September, 2020 10:05 IST Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Written By The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher, a wide-ranging study from Britain’s University of Oxford indicates.The Tokyo cost overrun already exceeds 200%, lead author Bent Flyvbjerg explained in an interview with The Associated Press. This is even before several billion more dollars are added on from the one-year delay from the COVID-19 pandemic.Flyvbjerg is an economist at Oxford’s Said Business School. His entire study is available here , and it’s set to be published on Sept. 15 in the journal “Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.” It’s titled “Regression to the Tail: Why the Olympics Blow Up.”Tokyo, postponed until July 23, 2021, is only a small part of the focus. The study — the third in a series following editions 2012 and 2016 — looks at Olympic costs since 1960 and finds they keep increasing despite claims by the International Olympic Committee that costs are being cut.Flyvbjerg cites many reasons for the rising costs and cost overruns, and offers solutions for the IOC. The vast majority of costs are picked up by governments with the IOC contributing only a small portion.“The Olympics offer the highest level of risk a city can take on,” Flyvbjerg told AP. “The trend cannot continue. No city will want to do this because it’s just too expensive, putting themselves into a debt that most cities cannot afford.”In his paper, Flyvbjerg cites Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose city is to hold the 2028 Olympics following Paris in 2024.“Most cities, unless you have a government that’s willing to go into debt or pay the subsidy of what this costs, most cities will never say ‘yes’ to the Olympics again unless they find the right model,” he quotes Garcetti as saying.By the right model, Garcetti means lower costs.Tracking Olympic costs is difficult, a dense maze of overlap and debate. Politicians and organizers always argue over what are — and what are not — Olympic expenses.Flyvbjerg writes: “Unfortunatley, Olympics officials and hosts often misinform about the costs and cost overruns of the Games. … We therefore cannot count on organizers, the IOC, and governments to provide us with reliable information about the real costs, cost overruns, and cost risks of the Olympic Games.”Flyvbjerg looks only at costs to operate the games — the operating costs and capital costs — the cost to build sports venues. He leaves out a third category, which is usually many times larger: renovating roads, building airports, and what he calls “sprucing up projects,” which also fall to taxpayers.“Our estimates are conservative because there are lots of costs that are hidden that we can’t get into,” Flyvbjerg said. “And there are lots of costs we decided not to include because it’s too complex. We include the things we can get the most reliable numbers for and we do it in the same way for each city that we study.”He also excludes the cost of debt, and the future cost of running sports venues after the Olympics leave, and inflation.According to the Oxford numbers. Tokyo’s spending is at $15.84 billion, already surpassing the 2012 London Olympics, which were the most expensive summer games to date at $14.95 billion. He expects several billion more from the cost of the one-year delay.Tokyo organizers say officially they are spending $12.6 billion. However, a national auditor says the actual costs are twice that high, made up of some expenses that the Oxford study omits because they are not constant between different Olympics.Tokyo said the cost would be $7.3 billion when it won the bid in 2013.“They (IOC) obviously don’t like our results, but it’s very difficult to counter a piece of rigorous research like this,” Flyvbjerg said. “And they haven’t done that, and they can’t do that. Our research is a problem for them.”In an email to Associated Press, the IOC said it had not seen the latest Oxford study and declined to comment.It referenced another study by Mainz and Sorbonne universities.This study also found Olympic cost overruns but said they were in line with other large-scale projects. Flyvbjerg’s study finds they are not.Flyvbjerg said he has been in touch on and off with the IOC and had sent a colleague to an IOC workshop. He said a major reason for the rising costs is that the IOC does not pay for them. He also cited rising security costs, and moving the games around the world. He calls this the “Eternal Beginner Syndrome” with new host cities starting basically from scratch.He’s said the IOC has tried recently to rein in costs, but the effort is “too little, too late.”“They (IOC) define the specs but don’t pay for them,”Flyvbjerg said. “This is pretty similar to you and I giving the specs for a house that we are going to live in, but we don’t have to pay for it. How do you think we’d spend? We’d gold-plate it. This is what has happened over time.”Flyvbjerg said he’s relish a chance to sit and talk with IOC President Thomas Bach. He calls himself a fan of the Olympics.”It’s not that the IOC hasn’t been willing to talk, or I am not willing to talk,”he said. “We certainly are. We have communicated in writing to keep the IOC informed. But yes, we would like to sit down with Thomas Bach.”Image credits: AP Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 10:05 IST Oxford Study: Tokyo Olympics Are Most Costly Summer Games The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher, a wide-ranging study from Britain’s University of Oxford indicates FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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