In the nights other match twelfth place Bournemouth take on fourteenth place Leicester.Both matches start at 7.45In Scotland, Celtic can go 11 points clear of Rangers at the top of the SPL.The Hoops host Hamilton.In the nights other game, Aberdeen welcome Motherwell. In the absence of Mustafi, Gabriel Paulista could play in the centre of defence for Arsenal tonight as they take on Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League.A win will put the Gunners level on points with leaders Chelsea who don’t play until tomorrow.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has no worries about the Brazilian moving in from full back to centre back.
Group 2MoneygallRoscreaDrom’n’InchGroup 3Moyne-TempletuohySt Mary’s ClonmelBoherlahan-DuallaGroup 4Sean TreacysShannon RoversCarrick DavinsCashel King CormacsGroup 5Lattin-Cullen GaelsCappawhiteKiladanganArravale RoversGroup 6Kilsheelan-KilcashGaltee RoversMoyle Rovers This is how the teams came out of the hat at the Sarsfields Centre in Thurles:Group 1Thurles SarsfieldsGolden-KilfeacleGortnahoe-GlengooleBallinahinch
Photo: © pixabay.com Today’s action is at Tipperary.The 8 race card at the Limerick Junction venue is off at ten-past-5.
Tipperary have been beaten by Cork in the opening round of the All-Ireland camogie championship this afternoon.Despite playing with the wind in the first half the Premier trailed 4 points to 6 at half time.The trend continued in the second half and Cork ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-7. However, Tipperary have three more games left in the group stage of the competition against Limerick, Wexford and Offaly. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography
Celtic needed a late penalty to beat the Kazakhstan club in the third qualifying round last season.Rodgers says his side have progressed a lot since then.Kick off at Celtic Park is at 7.45 Photo: Pixabay Celtic will hope to put one foot in the coveted Champions League group stage this evening.Brendan Rodger’s team entertain Astana in the first leg of their play off in Glasgow.The sides are meeting for the second year in a row.
Tipperary GAA secretary Tim Floyd is set to attempt to get the definition of a ‘melee’ changed in the GAA rulebook.It follows Jason Forde’s one match ban earlier this season for an infraction with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald.According to Floyd, the chairman of the CHC defined a melee as ‘three or more pushing and shoving’. In response to what was one of the biggest GAA stories of 2017, one of the motions to the Tipperary GAA convention this weekend will propose that for an altercation to be defined as a melee it must include at least 5 players.Tim Floyd explains why they’re looking to change the definition.
Photo © Pixabay There’s lots of local soccer action todayIn the NTDL Tipp Cup 2nd round Nenagh Celtic face BT Harps at 12While in the Tipp Cup Quarter Final Thurles Town play Gurtagarry at 2 And in the Premier Division Borroway go up against Portumna at 12Meanwhile in the South of the County in the TSDL Dungarvan take on Clonmel Celtic in the Munster Youths Cup 5th round at 3pmWhile there are a string of fixtures in the Tipp Cup 2nd roundIn the early kick offs Kilsheelan take on Ballyneale and Clonmel face Two Mile Borris – both at 12 noonMeanwhile int he late kick offs Vee Rovers face Cashel, Suirside go up against Peake Villa and Wilderness Rovers face Tipp Town.All those games get underway at at 3pmFinally, in the Premier League Two Mile Borris take on Peake Villa at 12
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho masterminded a brilliant and unexpected 2-0 home victory over former club Chelsea yesterday to breathe new life into the Premier League title race.Mourinho gambled by resting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera’s goals gave United a win that leaves Chelsea just four points above Tottenham Hotspur with six games to play.Victory also lifted United to within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, on whom they have a game in hand, ahead of the derby at the Etihad Stadium on April 27.It was a personal triumph for Mourinho, who saw his side thrashed 4-0 at Chelsea in October and was branded “Judas” by fans of his old club during last month’s FA Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge.A wet, cold Manchester afternoon was the setting for United to end a run of 12 games without victory against Chelsea, stretching back to a 3-2 away win in October 2012.Chelsea have now lost twice in four games, having gone down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace earlier this month, which will give in-form Spurs fresh hope that the Blues may yet collapse as the finishing line nears.The top two meet at Wembley in the FA Cup semifinals next weekend in what now looks a significant test of Chelsea’s mettle.United, meanwhile, will approach Thursday’s Europa League quarterfinal second leg at home to Anderlecht, which is poised at 1-1, on the back of their best display under Mourinho.Chelsea were without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois due to an ankle problem, while Marcos Alonso succumbed to injury in the warm-up at Old Trafford, bringing Asmir Begovic and Kurt Zouma into their usual first XI.Mourinho set United up to stop Chelsea, with Herrera and Matteo Darmian tasked with the responsibility of tracking dangermen Eden Hazard and Pedro wherever they went.But despite Herrera’s chief role as a stifler, he created United’s seventh-minute opener, albeit in contentious circumstances.He seemed to block Nemanja Matic’s pass with his right hand, but referee Robert Madley played on, enabling Herrera to split the Chelsea defence with a sublime through ball for Rashford.The 19-year-old raced in behind David Luiz before clipping a shot past Begovic for his ninth goal of the season.With Chelsea striker Diego Costa spending more time provoking his opponents than taking shots at goal, David de Gea was a virtual spectator between the posts for United.Costa became embroiled in penalty-box tangles with United centre-backs Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo and was booked for a late challenge on Paul Pogba.With the willing Jesse Lingard playing in support of Rashford, United looked far more lively going forward.Ashley Young twice spurned presentable shooting opportunities from the edge of the box, while Rashford saw a cross headed onto the roof of the net by Gary Cahill.Short of a 25-yard drive by Costa that flashed wide in stoppage time, the half-time whistle sounded without Chelsea having offered anything in attack.Any hopes the visitors had of masterminding a turnaround vanished within four minutes of kick-off in the second half as Herrera doubled United’s lead.Zouma’s tackle on the burrowing Young sent the ball rolling into Herrera’s path and his drilled effort flicked off Zouma to fly past the grounded Begovic.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sent on Cesc Fabregas for Victor Moses, with Pedro moving to wing-back, but still the league leaders toiled, Pedro twice curling shots over De Gea’s bar.At the other end Rashford remained a constant menace, teeing up Lingard to bend a shot over and twice going close himself, ruffling the side-netting and testing Begovic at his near post.When he departed in the 82nd minute, with Ibrahimovic taking his place, he was accorded a richly deserved standing ovation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“Harry has some outstanding personal qualities,” said Southgate, who told the England squad during a meeting at St George’s Park on Monday night.Kane first captained England in last summer’s 2-2 World Cup qualifier in Scotland, where he scored a late equaliser, before going on to wear the armband on a further three occasions.“I’m so excited for the World Cup, I can’t wait to be there and experience it,” he said.“To lead the lads out, it’s going to be special.”Kane, who has scored 12 goals in 23 appearances for his country, was described as a “meticulous professional” by Southgate.“One of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day,” he added.“He has belief and high standards and it is a great message for the team to have a captain who has shown that it is possible to be one of the best in the world over a consistent period of time and that has been his drive.“My feeling is that over the last 18 months in the camps that he’s been with us he has shown that he has got the desire to take that into a team environment and he recognises the importance of bringing others with him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Striker Harry Kane will captain England at the World Cup in Russia, manager Gareth Southgate announced yesterday.Kane, 24, scored 41 goals in all competitions last season as Tottenham finished third in the Premier League.Spurs team-mate Eric Dier and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson have also skippered England recently.
Time: 4pmMaurizio Sarri will make his competitive bow as Chelsea head coach when the Blues take on Manchester City in the Community Shield today. The Italian took over from compatriot Antonio Conte last month after nearly wrestling the Serie A title from Juventus with old club Napoli last season. He could become the first Premier League manager since David Moyes in 2013 – in the same competition – to win a trophy in his first game.Sarri said: “First of all I’m looking forward to playing at Wembley, because it’s my first time. The match will be very difficult for us.“I want to win, because it’s very important to have immediately a trophy. But in this moment of the season it’s very important, the performance. We have to improve, of course.”City manager Pep Guardiola is looking forward to starting a new rivalry with Sarri, and says his style will adapt quickly to the Premier League – having himself struggled with implementing his own style of play before City cruised to the title last season.“I am happy that he (Sarri) is here in the Premier League,” Guardiola said. “I will learn a lot to see his team every weekend. I saw three games. He gets it, the team in a short time plays like he wants.“I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival. Antonio was, Maurizio will be too. The style of play will be perfect for English football.”As usual, there will be no extra time if the scores are level after 90 minutes, and the penalty shootout is once again the ABBA system, rather than the standard ABAB that every other competition uses (including those that trialed the ABBA thing recently). Each team can use six of their seven named substitutes.Manchester City summer signing Riyad Mahrez is available after overcoming the ankle injury he sustained last weekend.Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are the only players not to return to the group after the World Cup, with Guardiola planning to go on condition over quality.England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek returned to full Chelsea training this week and could feature, while Willian has now returned from his extended break.Callum Hudson-Odoi looks set to continue on the left of a front three following his impressive performance against Arsenal in midweek.Chelsea are looking to win the Community Shield for the first time since 2009, when they beat Manchester United 4-1 on penalties. They’ve failed to win any of their last four appearances in the Community Shield.Manchester City last lifted the Community Shield in 2012, defeating this year’s opponents Chelsea 3-2 in a fixture that was played at Villa Park.This will be the third meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley, with City winning the most recent one in April 2013 (2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final).Chelsea have lost each of their last two games against Manchester City – they haven’t lost three in succession against them since September 2010.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has previously managed on four occasions at Wembley (W3 D1), with all four games coming in a different competition (Champions League in 2011, FA Cup in 2017, League Cup and Premier League in 2018).The last four editions of the Community Shield have been won by reigning FA Cup champions, with Manchester United in 2013 the last reigning league champion to do so.Manchester City have won their last two matches at Wembley, both in 2017-18 – beating Spurs 3-1 in April and Arsenal 3-0 in the League Cup final in February.Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in his last five appearances against Chelsea, including a hat-trick in April 2016. No Manchester City player has scored more goals at Wembley Stadium than Sergio Aguero (3 – level with Yaya Toure).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram