Tonight we look back on Tipp’s win over Wexford in the National League, we talk ladies college football with Brian Whyte, Shane Roynane on Tipp Senior Ladies unbeaten league start. Donanacha Ryan joins us from Paris, Martin Fennessy on boxing and Jamie on soccer completes a busy show: we hope you like….
Adamu Hassan scored the winner yesterday as Nasarawa United defeated Rivers United 1-0 in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game in Lafia.Nzube Anaezemba was largely culpable for the goal as his under-hit pass in midfield in the 17th minute was pounced upon by Thomas Zenke, who proceeded to deliver a defence-splitting pass to Hassan, who slipped the ball past Sunday Rotimi in goal for Rivers United.The visitors rarely threatened in a first half dominated by the hosts and were lucky not to have conceded more before the interval.Hassan thought he had doubled his sideâ€™s lead on the half hour after rounding Rotimi and playing emphatically into an empty net, but the effort was ruled out for offside.Nasarawa United continued to dominate after the break and almost doubled their lead on the hour, but Hassan was denied by an extraordinary block by Rotimi.Rivers United had their moments in the second half too, most notably when Nzube Anaezemba, Emeka Ogbugh and Bolaji Sakin came close to equalising, but the hosts that looked more assured and enjoyed the better openings.The hosts held on for a deserved win in the end as Rivers United suffered their second consecutive defeat in as many NPFL games.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Franz Beckenbauer, one of Germany’s greatest footballers, and Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar are among individuals being investigated by FIFA’s Ethics Committee, it said in a statement on Wednesday.The committee confirmed that investigations were “ongoing” against FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini, both suspended for 90 days, and named former Brazilian football boss Ricardo Teixeira as another person under investigation.Villar is a current member and Beckenbauer a former member of FIFA’s executive committee.
“We have to do a better job taking the burden off of him,” D’Antoni said. “We need to get other people involved and moving the ball around.”That didn’t happen Monday.The Lakers’ front line seemed unstoppable in the first half, led by Jordan Hill (13 points) and Pau Gasol (11 points). Then they combined for 13 points on only six shot attempts in the second half.“We got stagnant and the ball wasn’t moving,” Gasol said. “We allowed them to get into it. They were picking Kobe up full-court and made him work to get the ball up. We just didn’t create any movement, motion and any energy for ourselves. We made it easy on them. We have to make sure we stay in motion. If we play inside-out, that’s always a positive.”The Lakers’ bigs came up small, though, on defense.They conceded 42 points in the paint. After outrebounding the Hawks 28-17 in the first half, the Lakers lost 27-15 on the boards in the second half. So much for D’Antoni saying beforehand his team should rank in the top 10 in total defense. The Lakers currently sit 29th overall, conceding 103.48 points per game.Could help be on the way?Well, Jordan Farmar could return from a strained left hamstring as early as Friday, when the Lakers host Minnesota at Staples Center. But couple ongoing injuries to Steve Nash (back) with Bryant’s ongoing progression, and the Lakers need better effort to offset those issues.“There is no other way,” D’Antoni said. “Without a point guard out there, we’re not going to be real smooth. But there are some things we can do to win games.”Would a front office move help ensure that?“That call is completely up to them,” Bryant said “As a player you rely on experience and rely on the years we had slow starts. I try to stay focused on that. Last year was dire straits. It doesn’t feel like that situation. I don’t sweat it too much.”Bryant is fine, obviously. The Lakers signed Bryant recently to a two-year, $48.5 extension that will ensure he plays at least 20 years with the Lakers through the 2015-16 season. But what about Gasol?“When things aren’t working out, the pot gets a little stirred and things could happen,” said Gasol, who’s in the final year of his contract worth $19.3 million. “We can’t get too worried about it. We have to focus on our job, play with our heart and get wins so things don’t get messy.”Bad news for the Lakers: it already is messy. They enter tonight’s game in Memphis without any clarity they can clean it up. ATLANTA >> Just when it appeared the Lakers had found the right formula to climb out of the bottom of the Western Conference, they exposed the flimsy foundation that has contributed to their season-long demise.The Lakers’ front line came up big, but then it shrank. The Lakers’ defense tightened like a screw, and then unraveled like a loose knot. The Lakers found the right chemistry with Kobe Bryant in the lineup, and then they didn’t.How best to explain the Lakers’ 114-100 loss Monday to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena?Easy. The Hawks outscored the Lakers 35-19 in a third quarter featuring many elements that contradicted what happened in the first half.“They came out much more aggressive and were much more physical,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “They went after every loose ball, after every rebound and after every time we were running back. We just wilted.”After posting a measured albeit effective approach with six points on 3-of-6 shooting, three assists and four turnovers in the first half, Bryant made only one field goal. His lone basket in the second half came on a reverse layup, showing some improvement in his ability to play above the rim. But after going 1 of 8 in the second half, it’s clear both his legs and accuracy need a lift.“It felt a little stiff on me,” Bryant said of his left Achilles tendon after he played 32 minutes for the second consecutive game. “That’s the next level of progression in playing these games. When you sit out and get back in, I need to keep it loose. I have to keep my eye on the big picture and focus on getting better.”Hard to do that when the Lakers haven’t gotten better themselves. L.A. (11-13) has lost four of its last five games since Bryant’s return from his Achilles injury that sidelined him eight months ago. But the issues go beyond Bryant’s rustiness. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error