The Tipperary Senior Hurling panel selected to take on Dublin in their opening Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A fixture in Semple Stadium this Saturday night, February 13th at 7pm has been announced by manager Michael Ryan. Michael has handed starting league debuts to Daire Quinn from Nenagh Éire Óg who lines out in midfield and also to Dan McCormack from Borris Ileigh who starts at right half forward.The McGrath brothers Noel and John line out together once again since both last made joint appearances in last year’s league. The full panel is as follows;1) Darren Gleeson – (Portroe)2) Cathal Barrett – (Holycross Ballycahill)3) Tomás Hamill – (Moyne Templetuohy)4) Michael Cahill – (Thurles Sarsfields)5) Brendan Maher Capt. – (Borris Ileigh)6) James Barry – (Upperchurch Drombane)7) Padraic Maher – (Thurles Sarsfields)8) Michael Breen – (Ballina)9) Daire Quinn – (Nenagh Éire Óg)10) Dan McCormack – (Borris Ileigh)11) Patrick Maher – (Lorrha Dorrha)12) Jason Forde – (Silvermines)13) Noel McGrath – (Loughmore Castleiney)14) Conor Kenny – (Borris Ileigh)15) John McGrath – (Loughmore Castleiney)16) Darragh Mooney – (Eire Óg Annacarty)17) Ronan Maher – (Thurles Sarsfields)18) Willie Ryan – (Clonakenny)19) Liam Ryan – (Drom & Inch)20) John Meagher – (Loughmore Castleiney)21) Joe Gallagher – (Kiladangan)22) Adrian Ryan – (Templederry Kenyons)23) Dylan Fitzelle – (Cashel King Cormacs)24) Sean Ryan – (Sean Treacy’s)25) Andrew Coffey – (Nenagh Eire Óg)26) John O’Dwyer – (Killenaule)
Action in the group stage match, Egypt versus Uganda 10pm: Egypt vs Burkina Faso – Weary Pharoash seek another semi-final triumphLibreville, Gabon | AFP | Weariness will worry Egypt as they seek to extend an Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals winning streak to six matches by beating Burkina Faso in Libreville Wednesday.Surprise survivors Burkina Faso overcame Tunisia in the first quarter-final last Saturday evening, more than 24 hours before Egypt edged Morocco in the last.Many pundits believe this could give the west Africans an advantage at Stade de l’Amitie in the Gabonese capital, especially if the match went to extra time.Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was concerned about the shorter recovery time his team have compared to Burkina Faso.“It is not an ideal situation, but we have no choice but to adapt,” said the greying 61-year-old former Valencia and Inter Millan manager.“The players will be given time to rehabilitate and hopefully they will be ready come Wednesday night.”A calf injury rules out Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and striker Marwan Mohsen is a doubtful starter owing to a knee problem.Despite the disadvantages, record seven-time African champions Egypt will be expected to continue a remarkably successful semi-finals run spanning 31 years.The Pharaohs eliminated Morocco (1986), Burkina Faso (1998), Senegal (2006), the Ivory Coast (2008) and Algeria (2010) to reach finals, all of which they won.Egypt have reserved some of their finest performances for the last-four stage, thrashing Didier Drogba-led Ivory Coast 4-1 in Ghana and Algeria 4-0 in Angola.A wide winning margin against the Burkinabe Stallions is unlikely, however, as Egypt have clawed rather than cruised past opponents in Gabon.Following a 0-0 draw with Mali, they achieved three consecutive 1-0 victories against Uganda, 2015 runners-up Ghana and Herve Renard-coached Morocco.– Rock solid defence – While scoring only three goals — an average of one every 120 minutes — must trouble Cuper, his team are the only one not to concede a goal in this tournament.Much credit for that goes to goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who turned 44 this month and became the oldest footballer to play at a Cup of Nations.“He is first on to the training field and the last to leave,” said Cuper in admiration of an Egyptian chasing a fifth Cup of Nations winners’ medal.El Hadary was part of the squad that went to Burkina Faso 19 years ago, and beat the hosts 2-0 in the semi-finals en route to lifting the trophy.Morocco did give the veteran shot-stopper moments of severe anxiety from crosses — a fact that will not have gone unnoticed by Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte.Given the outstanding semi-finals record of Egypt, the Portuguese handler studiously avoided making any gung-ho predictions.“We dream of doing better than in 2013,” he said, referring to the 1-0 final defeat by Nigeria in South Africa after a giant-killing run.“My team is capable of producing fantastic football. There is quality and confidence among the boys.”Like Egypt, Burkina Faso enter the semi-finals boasting an unbeaten record after victories over Guinea-Bissau and Tunisia and draws against Cameroon and Gabon.Goalkeeper Herve Koffi, 24 years younger than El Hadary, has conceded two goals, but none from open play.Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo beat him with a free-kick and 2015 African Footballer of the Year and Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty.In front of Koffi, Burkina Faso have an experienced ‘spine’ in Bakary Kone, captain Charles Kabore, Prejuce Nakoulma and supersub Aristide Bance.Cameroon and Ghana, both four-time African champions, meet Thursday in the second semi-final in southeastern city Franceville.Share on: WhatsApp
Pep Guardiola vs Jurgen KloppLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City this weekend over his fitness but manager Jurgen Klopp said the Brazilian did nothing “unforgivable” during Barcelona’s pursuit of him.The playmaker, who returned from international duty this week, was linked with a move to the Catalan giants following the departure of his compatriot Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain but Liverpool refused to budge.Coutinho has not yet played for Liverpool this season, with the club citing a back injury, but he joined up with his national side for World Cup qualifiers and made two substitute appearances against Ecuador and Colombia, scoring against the former.That, however, has not been enough to prove his fitness to Klopp, who stressed that fitness was the only reason why the 25-year-old would not be lining up at the Etihad on Saturday.“I can explain it a little — maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split,” said Klopp.“It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window. It is not the first time and it won’t be the last time in history when similar things will happen.”Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City“I really think we handled it really well,” Klopp added. “Not all the things in newspapers were 100 percent right but it is normal a lot of things were coming up in a situation like this.“But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable. The most important thing is no one told me anything where I thought ‘Oh, that is too much’. “He came in yesterday, accepted 100 percent the situation — I didn’t even have to say anything about it.”Klopp praised Coutinho’s attitude, saying he was in a good mood and training had been positive.“Before he went to Brazil he couldn’t train for about three weeks so that means we need to try to prepare him for the rest of the season and that is quite difficult with our schedule,” said Klopp.“So I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use these four or five days for proper training.”Liverpool, who thumped Arsenal 4-0 in their last match before the international break, are second in the Premier League after three matches, with two wins and a draw.Pep Guardiola’s big-spending City have the same number of points but trail Liverpool on goal difference.Share on: WhatsApp
Yunique Smith was arrested July 18 on two misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession.According to officials, Smith was going through Epcot security with an adult man, as well as their 7-month-old daughter and her 7-year-old son, when the guard spotted a 9mm handgun and a plastic bag containing marijuana.Orange County deputies responded to the scene. A search of the diaper bag revealed that it contained a .45 caliber handgun.No other information has been released. Court documents reveal that a Georgia woman was arrested at Walt Disney World last week, after security there found two guns and some marijuana in her child’s diaper bag.