Pat Lam’s side take on the high-flying Welsh men at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium at 1.30pm. A win for the Ospreys would see them leapfrog Munster at the summit. Glasgow host the Cardiff Blues at 7.35pm. Last night joint leaders Leinster ran in 10 tries in a 70-6 win over Zebre at the RDS. Rory O’Loughlin got a hat-trick. Ulster returned home with a losing bonus point after being edged out 16-13 at the Scarlets.
He’s delighted the new season is up and running.The match begins at 2 o’clock with Tipp FM’s build-up getting underway ten minutes beforehand. Our live coverage will be brought to you in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group, Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea AND O’Dwyer Brothers, Tipperary Town. The Premier County’s second Division 1A fixture is against Waterford at Walsh Park.Tipp will be looking to make it two wins out of two in the section against familiar opponents.John McGrath will line out at full-forward against the Déise.
The West Tipperary side claimed the trophy after beating Bandon 12-10 in yesterday’s final.Clanwilliam have secured a place in the last eight of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup.The Tipp Town team defeated Cobh Pirates 21-9 in a re-arranged last 16 in Cork yesterday.
The Munster champions take on Kilkenny CBS in the Croke Cup semi-final.The match in Portlaoise throws-in at 2 o’clock.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are among the clubs who look set to be busy on transfer deadline day.The summer window shuts for the Premier League sides at 11pm tonight.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is close to completing his £40 million move from Arsenal to Liverpool after the clubs agreed a fee last night. The Reds are also being linked with moves for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.Champions Chelsea are looking to sign English midfielders Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater.Manchester City are expected to launch an improved bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Upperchurch Drombane and Thurles Sarsfields lock horns this weekend in the Mid Senior Hurling Final.The “Church” ended the reign of champions Loughmore Castleiney in the semi-final to reach only their 3rd divisional decider.However Mid-Tipp Pro Trevor Hassett says they’ll be determined to make the most of the opportunity. 13Trevor[CLIP]Throw in on Sunday evening is at 6 o’clock in The RaggThe “Church” ended the reign of champions Loughmore Castleiney in the semi-final to reach only their 3rd divisional decider.However Mid-Tipp Pro Trevor Hassett says they’ll be determined to make the most of the opportunity.Throw in on Sunday evening is at 6 o’clock in The Ragg Photo © Tipp FM
Cloughjordan-based Denis Hogan trained and steered The Granson to victory in the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Twitter Maiden Hurdle today.It looked as though The Granson was in a spot of bother when the odds-on favourite Crezic began to build up a head of steam approaching the last, but when that rival crashed out, Hogan was able to coast home at his leisure.The Granson is owned by Padraig Coffee, who owns a bar out in Lanzarote. Denis Hogan was very happy with the way the horse has come on. Photo: © pixabay.com
Kano team, AHIP, similarly walked over Zamfara Babes. In other matches, Benue Princess beat IGP Queens 51- 45 while Nigeria Customs also defeated First Deepwater 49-31.While expressing joy over the quality of play in the second phase, sponsors of the league, Zenith Bank Plc officials commended all the teams for putting up good shows in the first and second stages of the 2016 edition of the league.They said that they were looking forward to even better performances at the finals in Lagos to show to the rest of the continent that the women league here can make any other in the continent.“We are committed to the development of basketball and we are happy that the teams taking part in the league are good ambassadors of the game,’” conclude an official from one of the branches of the bank in Delta State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending Champions Dolphins Basketball Club and First Bank’s Elephant Girls dominated the second phase of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League which ended yesterday in Asaba, Delta State.They are yet to lose a game in the league since the jump ball in the first phase in Abuja. Both teams are likely to go down the wire in the Final Eight slated to hold in Lagos.Yesterday, First Bank did nothing to earn maximum point as the Elephant Girls walked over Sunshine Queens of Akure.
Manchester United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton on a free transfer, 13 years after leaving the Merseyside club.Rooney, 31, played 559 times for United, scoring 253 goals.He won five Premier League titles and each of the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup once after joining from Everton for Â£27m in 2004.Rooney, who has signed a two-year deal, said he was “ecstatic” and his “first game back will be an emotional day”.“It’s a great feeling to be back. I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play,” he added.Rooney’s return comes as United sealed Romelu Lukakuâ€™s switch from Everton, with a Â£75m deal for the Belgium international. “I’m not just coming back because it’s the team I support, the team I grew up playing for – I’m coming back because I feel the club can move forward and be successful,” said Rooney, who scored 17 goals in 77 games in his first spell at Goodison.“I want to be part of it. There will be pressure on me to perform, but I’m ready to go. I believe I can help move this club forward and be more successful on the pitch.”Rooney says when he spoke to Everton manager Ronald Koeman, he “saw it in his eyes that he wanted me to be part of his team”.He added: “It was a no-brainer for me and the only place I was going to go.”Rooney said he told his agent Paul Stretford to “go and speak to them, let’s make it happen” when he found out Everton were interested in signing him and it “was obvious I was going to be leaving Manchester United this summer”.“There were other options there but once I knew that Everton wanted me to come back then it was the only option for me,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Iheanacho who arrived Leicester during last summer transfer window for a club record fee of around 25 million pounds from Manchester City, has failed to adapt with the Foxesâ€™ style of play and has consistently played second fiddle to Shinji Okazaki.The Nigerian has not featured for Leicester in any of their last eight EPL outings and should now be looking for a way out in January to boost his chances of making the Super Eaglesâ€™ World Cup squad.But a former Nigerian international, Segun Odegbami told THISDAY during the week that Iheanachoâ€™s problem is not as a result of lack of quality but because he is playing under a coach whose preference is Okazaki.â€œIheanacho is not a bad player. He is not playing as a result of Leicester coach having preference for another player playing his role. Okazaki is the one that is keeping Iheanacho on the bench,â€ quipped the ex international.He however insisted that because the former FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner remains one of Nigeriaâ€™s best available players at the moment, it will be proper for him to exploit the January transfer window to move to a club where he will be getting regular first team shirt.â€œThe World Cup in Russia is barely six months away. Iheanacho needs to move to a club where he can be getting regulation action to keep him in shape for the World Cup,â€ observed the ex international.He believes that despite his stagnation at Leicester, Iheanachoâ€™s style of play will make him a hit with the Super Eagles at Russia 2018.Although none of the big clubs in England has signified intent of signing the former Manchester City player in the January window, sources close to Iheanacho revealed heâ€™s eager to end over 365 days of futile attempts in front of goal in the Premier League.If Iheanacho is selected Leicester trip to Liverrpool, he will be eager to end his goal droughtat Anfield on Saturday.He is yet to find the back of the net in the premier league in 2017 and Saturday’s game at Anfield presents him with the final opportunity to banish an unwanted record for a player who over a year ago was touted as one of the most lethal strikers in the English top flight.The Nigerian last scored in the Premier League over a year ago, precisely on Monday 26th of December, 2016 at the KC Stadium where he scored the second goal in Manchester City’s 3-0 annihilation of Hull City.Since then Iheanacho has made three starts and 13 substitute appearances in 16 league games for both Manchester City and his new club, Leicester City and failed to score in any of the games.This season he has featured in nine league games, starting only two. He has not played in Leicester’s last eight Premier League games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeKelechi Iheanachoâ€™s woes at Leicester City may be over this winter window opening in a couple of days from now as the Nigerian starlet may be on his way out of the Kingâ€™s Power Stadium.