That’s followed at 3.30 by the game between North champions Kildangan and the beaten South finalists Killenaule.Tickets are €15 for adults and €10 for OAP’s and students.County Secretary Tim Floyd says the semi-final pairings should prove popular.And Tipp FM will have full live coverage of Sunday’s double header in association with Ciaran O’Flynn Jewellers, Thurles Shopping Centre. Hurling fans from all four Tipperary divisions will be descending on Thurles this Sunday.Semple Stadium is playing host to a double header of county semi-finals.First up it’s West Tipp champions Clonoulty Rossmore against defending County Champions Thurles Sarsfields at 1.45.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TOKYO — Tetsuto Yamada hit two home runs to lead Japan to an 8-5 win over Cuba in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.Pinch hitter Seiichi Uchikawa broke a 5-5 tie on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Yamada made it 8-5 with a two-run shot to center field at Tokyo Dome.Yamada also hit a leadoff homer in the first inning.“I wasn’t pleased with my batting in the first four games,” Yamada said. “I was determined to do better today. I felt good in batting practice and felt this could be my day.” Japan, which finished third at the 2013 WBC, improved to 5-0 including first round games and will be looking to head to the semifinals in Los Angeles on a winning note.“We have some regrets from the last tournament,” Uchikawa said. “So we’ll be looking to win tomorrow’s game and go to the U.S. undefeated.”Even a win over the Dutch wouldn’t guarantee the Cubans a chance to move on. They will need to wait for the result of the Japan-Israel game. Two-time champion Japan improved to 2-0 in Pool E and can advance to the March 20-22 championship round in Los Angeles with a win over Israel (1-1) on Wednesday. The top two teams in the group advance.The Netherlands (1-1) faces Cuba (0-2) in Wednesday’s other game.Cuba took a 4-2 lead in the fourth on Victor Mesa’s single to left. Japan tied it in the fifth on RBIs by Norichika Aoki and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.Each team scored a run in the sixth.Tsutsugo also had a big game at the plate for Japan. His three hits in his first three at-bats included game-tying singles in the third and fifth innings.