“No one really wants to ‘celebrate’ – against this daunting final backdrop – the life of a 24-year-old, but once the awful reality that the bright and promising future has come to a complete halt at Semple Stadium sinks in in sadness a lifetime of achievement.The funeral of Dillon Quirke, the Tipperary pitcher who tragically collapsed and died while playing last week, was held on Tuesday. Report by Seán Moran this morning, finding some solace in his accomplishments while lamenting all the more he would have accomplished. “While the epicenter is his family, the grief spreads concentrically through the Clonoulty Rossmore club and West Tipperary. They lost a longtime champion – one of their own who had risen to the top.
After a dramatic battle to get the game broadcast in Ireland, LOITV has secured a last-minute streaming deal, Shamrock Rovers scored a famous win over KF Shupki to access the last qualifying match of the Europa League. They will face Ferenvváros with the first leg in Budapest in nine days. The worst-case scenario for Stephen Bradley’s men is a place in the Europa Conference League group stage, should they fail to overtake their Romanian opponents. Mary Hannigan has a TV column this morning on the coverage of the match (admittedly not aired on TV, but on an online stream), pointing out that “Con Murphy and Graham Gartland begged to differ on the pronunciation of Shkupi, Con opting for Schko-pee, Graham for Schoo-pie, but aside that they were one, hailing this night as a very special night for Rovers.
“Serena Williams hasn’t topped Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam titles and by that metric, with 23 major singles wins, she’s missing one (unless she’s an unlikely winner of the upcoming US Open). But along the way, the tennis player from the Los Angeles ghetto has become the most important and best tennis player of the professional era.After the announcement on Tuesday that Serena Williams will retire from tennis after the US Open later this year, Johnny Watterson pays tribute to one of the greatest to ever grace the court. “Perhaps the best word to describe what I do is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m moving away from tennis into other things,” she told Vogue magazine, explaining that the word “retirement” isn’t one she likes. her choice of Vogue, a fashion magazine and not a tennis magazine, indicated where her future might take her in the “what next” phase of her life.
In America, three LIV Golf players have been dealt a blow in their bid to play in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs as a federal judge rules the players will not suffer ‘irreparable harm’ if they don’t. were not allowed to play, a vital legal standard to obtain a temporary restraining order to overturn their bans. The decision was an early, if narrowly tailored, victory for the PGA Tour’s efforts to undermine LIV Golf, which has spent recent months draining the more established tour of some of the star power it relies on to attract fans, television money and sponsorships.