Evening Sports Update

HORSE RACING

Ribchester justified favouritism to land the Group 1 Al Shaqab lockinge stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

The 7/4 favourite who is owned by the Dubai based Godolphin operation was never headed in the 1 mile contest easily holding off the challenge of Lightning Spear.

After the race yorkshire based trainer Richard Fahey described him as the best horse he has ever trained when he spoke to Racing Uk’s Nick Lightfoot

MOTORSPORT

Sebastien Ogier leads after 14 stages of Vodafone Rally de Portugal.

He’s 23 seconds better off than Thierry Neuville.

Craig Breen is 4th.

Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle are in 21st.

RUGBY

The Pat Lam era at Connacht is over after they lost out to Northampton in today’s Champions Cup playoff semi-final.

The Saints were 21-15 winners at Franklin’s Gardens thanks to tries either side of the break from Harry Malinder and Nic Groom.

Connacht’s sole try came from Niyi Adeolokun, but it wasn’t enough to claim the win.

Northampton now play Stade Francais for a place in next season’s Champions Cup, while Connacht will miss out on the competition for next season.

The result also ends Pat Lam’s four year tenure as head coach, as he moves to Bristol in the summer.

GAELIC GAMES

Carlow are through to the final of the Christy Ring Cup.

They enjoyed a 0-24 to 2-8 win over Wicklow in today’s semi-final at Netwatch Cullen Park.

Antrim or Down will face Carlow in the decider – those two sides have just thrown-in in their semi-final.

Elsewhere Dublin, Kildare and Louth have qualified for the semi-finals of the Leinster minor football championship.

Dublin hammered Longford by 6-12 to 0-5, Kildare beat Laois by 1-14 to 2-6, and Louth overcame Offaly by the slimmest of margins, 0-15 to 1-11.

SOCCER

Millwall are back in the Championship after a two-season spell in the third tier.

They won the League One play-off final at Wembley, beating Bradford 1-nil.

It puts to bed last season’s disappointment, when Millwall lost to Barnsley at the same stage.

Inverness have been relegated from the Scottish Premiership despite beating Motherwell 3-2.

Hamilton’s 4-nil victory over Dundee means they’ll now face Dundee United in a relegation play-off.

Ross County won 2-1 at Kilmarnock.

CYCLING

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin won the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia to extend his overall lead.

He’s now 2 minutes and 47 seconds clear of Colombia’s 2014 winner Nairo Quintana (pron: NYRO KINTANA).

Britain’s Adam Yates is back in 13th.

GOLF

Michael Hoey is now 6 shots off the lead at the Rocco Forte Open in Italy on the European Tour.

He’s dropped back to 10 under par, six behind leader Alvaro Quiros.

Waterford’s Gary Hurley finished his 3rd round back on 8 under.