Wladimir Klitschko announces retirement

first_imgWladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement saying he has achieved everything he has ever wanted to.The move ends all hope of a rematch with Anthony Joshua.The 41 year old Ukrainian, was knocked out in the 11th round by current World champion Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April.last_img

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Coutinho out of Liverpool’s opening match of the season

first_imgFenway sports group says it’s a “definitive stance” – and that he’ll still be a player at Anfield when the transfer window closes at the end of the month.At his pre-match press conference Klopp would not give any detail of any discussion he may or may not have had with Countinho.Meanwhile, Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane has signed a new 4 year deal with Leeds.The Derry man says it’s a really impressive club and it’s moving in the right direction. Philippe Coutinho is out of Liverpool’s opening match of the season against Watford.The 25 year old Brazilian has a back injury.It’s been a busy news day regarding Countinhio as earlier Liverpool’s owners said they won’t even consider any offers for the player. Photo: Pixabaylast_img read more

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Michael Cahill and Cathal Barrett could return for Tipp against Kilkenny

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA Manager Michael Ryan says Barrett will be chomping at the bit to get game time against Kilkenny… Tipp’s fourth round National Hurling League tie against Kilkenny next weekend could see Michael Cahill and Cathal Barrett return to the fold.Cahill had been in line to make his return to senior inter-county hurling against Wexford, and was named in the starting 15 – however was replaced before the throw in.Meanwhile Cathal Barrett was togged and ready to enter the fray just moment before the final whistle – however a decision was made to keep him for next weekend.last_img read more

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Reds Take Top Spot, Arsenal Held, United Ends Drought

first_imgLiverpool swept to the top of the Premier League yesterday as Sadio Mane’s double inspired a 6-1 rout of Watford, while Tottenham rescued a 1-1 draw at north London rivals Arsenal.While Liverpool dazzled, their old rivals Manchester United ended a four-match winless run in the league as goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a much-needed 3-1 victory at Swansea.Liverpool have emerged as genuine title contenders and Jurgen Klopp’s side moved one point clear of second placed Chelsea thanks to a scintillating goal spree at Anfield.The Reds took the lead in the 27th minute when Senegal winger Mane met Philippe Coutinho’s corner with a header that looped past Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.Just three minutes later, Roberto Firmino picked out Coutinho on the edge of the penalty area and the Liverpool forward fired home with a fine low strike.Klopp’s team were three up two minutes before halftime as Emre Can arrived unmarked at the far post to head in Adam Lallana’s cross.The goals kept coming and Firmino added the fourth in the 57th minute, the Brazilian finishing off Lallana’s cross, before Mane got his second in the 60th minute with a clinical close-range effort from Firmino’s pass.Daryl Janmaat notched his first goal for Watford in the 75th minute, but there was still time for Liverpool to complete the demolition in the 90th minute through Georginio Wijnaldum’s tap-in.Liverpool have won seven of their last eight league games and go into the international break with growing belief they can win the club’s first English league title since 1990.“It’s better than being 10th, or whatever. It’s very important to collect the points for the final third of the season,” Klopp said of his team’s position.“On a good day, we are really difficult to play and that’s the most important thing we can say.”At the Emirates Stadium, Harry Kane marked his return from injury with the equaliser as Tottenham kept their hated neighbours from the Premier League summit.Arsenal took the lead in the 42nd minute when Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer headed a free-kick into his own net.But England striker Kane, who had been sidelined for seven weeks due to ankle ligament damage, equalised for Tottenham from the penalty spot early in the 51st minute after a foul on Mousa Dembele by Laurent Koscielny.The result prevented Arsenal from climbing above Chelsea and Manchester City and opening up a six-point gap over Tottenham, who remain fifth, three points below Arsene Wenger’s men and four points off first place.Wenger was angered by Tottenham’s penalty and said: “From where I sit, it looked harsh. It didn’t look a deliberate foul or that he was dangerous to score.”Despite his frustration over the spot-kick, Wenger accepted the result was “fair” and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino agreed.“It’s difficult to say one team deserved it more than the other,” Pochettino said.After a difficult period for Pogba and Ibrahimovic, United’s star duo were back on song at the Liberty Stadium.France midfielder Pogba put United ahead in the 15th minute with a sumptuous volley and Swedish striker Ibrahimovic bagged the second six minutes later with a shot that Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski might feel he should have saved.Ibrahimovic followed his first league goal since September with another one in the 33rd minute as he lashed in from Wayne Rooney’s pass.Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn reduced the deficit in the 69th minute and there was late frustration for Ibrahimovic when he picked up a booking that rules him out of United’s next match against Arsenal.Elsewhere, Hull staged a second half fightback to end their barren run with a 2-1 victory over Southampton at the KCOM Stadium.Southampton went in front in the sixth minute when Curtis Davies fouled Maya Yoshida and Charlie Austin belted the resulting penalty straight down the middle.But Robert Snodgrass’s excellent finish from 12 yards drew Hull level in the 61st minute and former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson put the Tigers ahead when he glanced in a free-kick two minutes later.The goals kept coming and Firmino added the fourth in the 57th minute, the Brazilian finishing off Lallana’s cross, before Mane got his second in the 60th minute with a clinical close-range effort from Firmino’s pass.Daryl Janmaat notched his first goal for Watford in the 75th minute, but there was still time for Liverpool to complete the demolition in the 90th minute through Georginio Wijnaldum’s tap-in.Liverpool have won seven of their last eight league games and go into the international break with growing belief they can win the club’s first English league title since 1990.At the Emirates Stadium, Harry Kane marked his return from injury with the equaliser as Tottenham kept their hated neighbours from the Premier League summit.Arsenal took the lead in the 42nd minute when Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer headed a free-kick into his own net.But England striker Kane, who had been sidelined for seven weeks due to ankle ligament damage, equalised for Tottenham from the penalty spot early in the 51st minute after a foul on Mousa Dembele by Laurent Koscielny.The result prevented Arsenal from climbing above Chelsea and Manchester City and opening up a six-point gap over Tottenham, who remain fifth, three points below Arsene Wenger’s men and four points off first place.Wenger was angered by Tottenham’s penalty and said: “From where I sit, it looked harsh. It didn’t look a deliberate foul or that he was dangerous to score.”Despite his frustration over the spot-kick, Wenger accepted the result was “fair” and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino agreed.“It’s difficult to say one team deserved it more than the other,” Pochettino said.Wenger has now gone five league games without beating Spurs, while Mauricio Pochettino is the first Tottenham manager to avoid defeat in his first five top-flight North London derbies.Although Spurs have now gone seven games without a win in all competitions, they have avoided defeat in their opening 11 league games for only the third time in the club’s history.Elsewhere, Hull staged a second half fightback to end their barren run with a 2-1 victory over Southampton at the KCOM Stadium.Southampton went in front in the sixth minute when Curtis Davies fouled Maya Yoshida and Charlie Austin belted the resulting penalty straight down the middle.But Robert Snodgrass’s excellent finish from 12 yards drew Hull level in the 61st minute and former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson put the Tigers ahead when he glanced in a free-kick two minutes later.Hull remain in the relegation zone, but their first win in nine league games, ending a run of six successive league defeats, at least offered hope they could avoid the drop.Later on Sunday, Manchester United travel to Swansea and champions Leicester host West Bromwich Albion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Venus Beats Kvitova in Thriller to Make Semis

first_img“I was so fortunate to win that match,” said Williams. “It came down to the wire and I’m hoping we have more matches like that.”She next faces Sloane Stephens, with all-American semi-finals possible.Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe will try to join their compatriots in the last four when they play their quarter-finals on Wednesday.“I would love the top four, five to be that [American] again,” added Williams. “That would be huge.”Kvitova, 27, missed out on a first US Open semi-final, ending a remarkable run just nine months since she suffered a knife attack at her home, which left her requiring surgery to her playing hand.“Everything she has gone through is unbelievable,” said Williams.“It’s wonderful to see her back and playing. I was so excited to see her playing well, to be able to play her.”Given primetime billing in the opening night-session slot, the match began with errors from both women and ended in a gripping finale.The pair had met five times before and each time they had needed three sets, twice a final-set tie-break, and once again there was nothing between them.A weather warning in the second set prompted a delay of 10 minutes as the roof was brought across, and it intensified the atmosphere as the noise built from 23,000 spectators.Williams gave up the first break of serve at 3-1 with three double faults, before reeling off five straight games as Kvitova racked up the errors.A loose Williams game early in the second offered Kvitova the lifeline she needed, and she clung on through several edgy service games.The Kvitova celebratory scream was now regularly reverberating around the stadium as every game seemed to throw up mini-crises – she saved five break points on her way to clinching the set.Two brilliant cross-court backhands gave Kvitova an early break in the third but Williams recovered from 3-1 down, levelling when the Czech double-faulted.The scrappy play of earlier was long forgotten as the pair traded service games, with Williams coming through a 10-minute game at 4-4 as Kvitova pressed hard.It came down to a tie-break and a brilliant return at 1-1 was enough to give Williams the momentum in the decisive shootout.Roared on by the New York crowd, the 2000 and 2001 champion powered 6-1 clear, enough breathing space to cope with a double fault on her first match point before converting her second.“I have to say I felt every single one of you guys behind me, all 23,000,” Williams told the crowd. “I didn’t want to let you guys down.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram US OPEN 2017Venus Williams reached her 23rd Grand Slam semi-final yesterday with a thrilling win over Petra Kvitova in a final-set tie-break.The 37-year-old American won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) in front of a rapturous night-session crowd in New York.last_img read more

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AIPS President Commends Wike over Commitment to Sports Devt

first_imgErnest Chinwo in Port HarcourtAhead of the conferment of the Power of Sports Award on Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the President of AIPS, Gianni Merlo has commended the governor for his commitment to sports development.Speaking during a brief meeting with Wike on the side-lines of the AIPS Congress (Belgium 2018) Cocktail in Brussels on Monday night, Merlo said sports investments made by the governor were worthy of recognition. The AIPs President particularly commended Wike for the decision to set up a Real Madrid Football Academy in Rivers State, pointing out that it would develop international stars from Nigeria.Also speaking during the meeting, International Sports Press Association-Africa (AIPS) Africa, President, Mitchell Obi, said association was proud to honour the Rivers State Governor for his outstanding developmental strides in the area of sports.President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Honour Sirawoo, said Wike, by his contributions to sports development, has placed Nigeria on the international sporting map.Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Austin Opara, said the governor has continued to live up to the expectations of Rivers people by his outstanding achievements.Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah said under the leadership of Wike, sports development has been given a new meaning to the advantage of the youths.Senator George Sekibo said the benefits of Wike’s quality investments in sports would be manifest in the coming years, adding that the governor merits the recognition by AIPS.Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Mr Boma Iyaye, and Majority Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Evans Bipi, said following the outstanding performance of Wike in sports development, Rivers State has become an international reference point.Speaking during the meeting on the side-lines of the cocktail, Wike assured the international community that his administration would continue to invest in sports to empower the youths.He said the Real Madrid Football Academy would be actualised by his administration to create avenues for Rivers youths to further excel.The governor, who was accompanied to Brussels by his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette, to receive the AIPs Africa “Power of Sports” Award noted that he remains committed to the holistic transformation of Rivers State.The governor would today deliver a lecture on the topic: ‘Peace and Progress through Sports in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria’ to the full house of the 94-year-old International Sports Press Association (AIPS) comprising no fewer than 108 countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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