Lunchtime Sports Update

TENNIS

The Australian Open tennis semi-finals have been decided, with 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal the last to book his place.

He beat Milos Raonic in straights sets to set up a meeting with Grigor Dimitrov.

It means Nadal against Roger Federer could still happen, with the Spaniard’s old rival facing an all-Swiss tie with Stan Wawrinka.

Britain’s interest in the main draw was ended by Serena Williams when she knocked out Johanna Konta.

BOXING

Katie Taylor’s Madison Square Garden bout is off – according to her promoter Eddie Hearn.

The former Olympic champion had been set to box on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin versus Daniel Jacobs at the iconic New York venue in March.

Hearn says Top Rank promotions were unhappy that Taylor was fighting the night after Michael Conlon’s pro debut at the same venue.

He says they’re now trying to get the Bray-native onto a different card in March.

RUGBY

Dylan Hartley is set to retain the England captaincy for this year’s Six Nations.

The Northampton forward has not played a competitive game since striking Leinster’s Sean O’Brien in early December – but he’s proven his fitness to head-coach Eddie Jones in recent weeks.

Hartley, who led England to 13 straight test wins in 2016, has served over 60 weeks of suspensions across his career.

CYCLING

Listowel native Eugene Moriarty has joined The board of Cycling Ireland.

Moriarty has competed at the top level of the sport finishing 5th in The Road Race at The ”B” World Championships in Uruguay in 1999 contributing to the qualification of a slot for Ireland at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The appointment brings to 8 the number of members on the Cycling Ireland Board of Directors.

BADMINTON

This evening in The Division 4 Mixed League Moyvane host Listowel at 9pm.

SOCCER

Hull have accepted a bid of around 10-million pounds from Burnley for Robert Snodgrass.

West Ham and Burnley have both been chasing the Scotland international this transfer window.

Marseille are reportedly unwilling to pay more than 25-million pounds for West Ham attacker Dimitri Payet.

29-year-old Payet has been trying to force a move back to the French club but the Hammers are not expected to allow him leave for less than 30-million.

Former QPR and Blackburn defender Chris Samba is on trial at Crystal Palace after his contract with Greek club Panathinaikos was cancelled.

He previously worked with Palace boss Sam Allardyce at Blackburn.

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