Evening Sports Update

GAA

Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne defeated St Brendan’s Killarney by 1-15 to 0-12 in the Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Frewen Cup Under 16 A Football Final.

In Round 1 of the Brendan O Shea Shield Group B:

Killorglin Community College defeated St Michael’s Listowel 6-13 to 5-8.

Hurling:

The death has occurred of 5 time All Ireland winner with Tipperary Michael Maher at the age of 87. Following his playing career the Holycross Ballycahill man served as county board Chairman as well as Munster chairman.

Rugby:

As excepted Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named an unchanged starting 15 for Friday’s Six Nations meeting with Wales in Cardiff. There’s one change on the bench with Tommy Bowe taking over from the injured Andrew Trimble. Wales are also unchanged for the game. What remains to be seen is whether or not the roof at the Principality Stadium will be open, and on that subject Schmidt was remaining coy.

 

Staying with Rugby:

Ulster have confirmed the signing of Prop Shalk VAN DER MER – VEH this summer on a two-year deal. The 26-year-old will make the move following the conclusion of the Super Rugby season, in which he is representing the Southern Kings franchise.

Womens Rugby:

The Ireland women’s team for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales show three changes from the side that beat France last time out. Hannah Tyrell and Alison Miller come in on the wings. While Sene Nay-oh-poo comes in for centre Claire McLaughlin.

 

Soccer:

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill says he’s “not actively looking to get into club football”, despite being one of the contenders to be the next Leicester manager. The Premier League champions are searching for a permanent successor to Claudio Ranieri, who lost his job last month. It’s looking like interim boss Craig Shakespeare will stay in the role until the end of the season.

Michael O’ Neill gave his view ahead of the reports

Premier League

Bournemouth say they’re “extremely disappointed” after Tyrone Mings was handed a five-game ban by the F-A.

The defender received the lengthy ban for his stamp on the head of Zlatan Ibrahimovic  in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Bournemouth are maintaining that it was an “accidental collision”.

Ibrahimovic this week accepted a three-game ban for his later elbow on Mings.

 

Manchester City can go second in the Premier League with a win at home to Stoke tonight. Kick off is at 8 at the Etihad Stadium.

Europe:

UEFA says Manchester United’s Europa League game in Russia tomorrow evening will definitely go ahead, despite heavy criticism of the pitch by Jose Mourinho. The United boss says it’s “hard for him to believe” that they can play FK Rostov. Football’s European governing body says the surface “may not be in perfect condition”, but it’s been “deemed playable”.

Scottish Premier League:

Former Rangers player and boss Ally McCoist says there’ll be little difference to the immediate fortunes of the team, regardless of who becomes their new manager. Pedro Caixinha who’s currently with Qatari side Al-Gharafa  is being rumoured to be the successor to Mark Warburton at Ibrox. McCoist says other aspects need to change at the club.

Ladies International Soccer:

The Republic of Ireland ladies have finished fourth at the Cyprus Cup. Colin Bell’s side went down 2-nil to North Korea in the third and fourth place playoff.

Horse Racing:

The Willie Mullins-trained Limini will not be among the field for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next week. Instead, Limini could have a tilt at winning a second consecutive Mares Hurdle. Footpad, Vroum Vroum Mag and Wicklow Brave will be Mullins’ three rides in the feature on the festival’s opening day. Meanwhile, Gigginstown have decided to run Tombstone in the Coral Cup instead of the Champion Hurdle. Yorkhill and favourite Aitor are among 15 confirmations for the Arkle.

 

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