Evening Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne are into the Frewen Cup Final after beating Tralee CBS 1-13 to 11 points.

Tyrone football captain Sean Cavanagh insists the senior side are well funded.

An email sent to Newstalk’s Off The Ball last week stated each member of the panel was obliged to make a contribution to sports equipment, while also raising issues over expense payments.

In a statement released via the county board today, Cavanagh admitted there were “issues of a minor nature” that are being addressed.

Cavanagh’s statement insists however they are well backed by the County Board, Club Tyrone and our other sponsors and brand partners.

SOCCER

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku appears to be edging closer to signing a new deal at the club.

The striker’s agent has previously claimed that agreement on a new contract is close.

Lukaku says he’s very happy at Goodison Park

Former FIFA General Secretary Jérôme Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his 10-year ban from all football activities.

FIFA had banned Sepp Blatter’s former right hand man last year for offences including facilitating the sale of undervalued TV rights.

An ethics committee had also ruled that Valcke had helped a sports marketing firm get an undue advantage in acquiring World Cup tickets.

Drogheda United have been dealt a major early season injury blow.

Recent signing Killian Brennan suffered a broken collar bone in Friday’s win away to Galway.

And Brennan is likely to be out for up to ten weeks as a result.

GOLF

Padraig Harrington says he’ll wait until his return from a family holiday to decide whether he needs neck surgery.

A nerve issue has contributed to the three-time Major winner missing four out of five cuts so far this year.

Harrington remains hopeful that his neck will improve enough that he won’t have to go under the knife.

MOTORSPORT

Lewis Hamilton has dominated the second morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The Mercedes driver posted the fastest time and completed more laps than any other driver.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest , but more than 1-point-8 seconds slower than Hamilton.

CYCLING

Former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman won’t give evidence to British MPs tomorrow – after saying he’s too ill to attend their hearing on doping in sport.

Freeman – who now works for British Cycling – was called to answer questions about a package delivered to a race in France in 2011 – won by Bradley Wiggins.

Team boss David Brailsford told the inquiry in December it contained a legal decongestant.

The man who delivered it – coach Simon Cope – is still scheduled to appear.

GREYHOUNDS

The Irish Greyhound Board has ruled out any further track closures as a means to achieve recovery in the industry.

IGB chairman, Phil Meaney, said the Board believed the national footprint of the industry was one of its great strengths. “ Increased participation at all levels in the industry is essential if we are to meet the considerable challenges the industry faces and tracks around the country are an essential resource in doing this. Tracks outside the main population areas play a very important role in the industry which is not always understood and are the primary basis through which the dog pool can be maintained and ownership increased.”

Mr. Meaney added: “ The decision to close and to sell Harolds Cross Stadium, although difficult for everyone involved, is designed for a specific purpose which is to reduce the level of legacy debt which the industry is trying to manage. The sale of the stadium is essential if the industry is to stabilise its finances and enter a more positive phase .”

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