Lunchtime Sports Update

Soccer

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill can’t confirm if James McCarthy is fit for tomorrows World cup qualifier with Wales at the Aviva.

The Irish boss says he’s improving and they’ll see how he is this afternoon.

Mc Carthy was thought to be a major doubt for tomorrow however he has trained in the last two days.

O’Neill says “he’s feeling much better.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s match, ex Ireland captain Kenny Cunningham has been identifying an area where the Irish can expose the Welsh.


Ireland’s Under-19s face Italy in Belgium in the European Elite qualifying phase this evening.

Kick-off is at 6
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England manager Gareth Southgate says Michael Keane can be very proud of his performance after making his international debut against Germany last night.

The Burnley defender who has previously played underage football for Ireland, started in a back three alongside Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill for the 1-nil defeat in Dortmund.

England defender Gary Cahill believes they’ve found a formation that suits them after switching to a back-three last night.

Cahill was captain for the friendly – and plays in the same 3-4-3 system for Premier League leaders Chelsea.

He said, it looks like working for club and country.

 

Meanwhile

Former Arsenal striker Lukas Po-dol-ski says the club will find it hard to replace manager Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman’s future is uncertain – with conflicting reports about whether he’ll sign a new contract and extend his stay beyond the end of the season.

Po-dol-ski says, Wenger deserves more credit than he’s currently getting from some supporters for what he’s achieved during his 21 years in north London.

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Derry City captain Ryan McBride has been laid to rest.

The 27-year-old died suddenly at his family home on Sunday. Derry City’s games with Limerick and Galway United have been postponed as a mark of respect.

St Columba’s will also be the venue for the funeral of late Northern Ireland Assembly Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today who was related to McBride through marriage.

 

GAA

The Sem Killarney now know their opponents for the final of the Hogan Cup.

They will face St.Peter’s College of Wexford.

They overcame St Mary’s Magherafelt of Derry yesterday by a single point, on a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-09.

The Sem will be looking to make it two Hogan Cup triumphs in a row. A feat Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne of Dingle achieved in 2014 and 2015.

 

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Eir sport has agreed a deal to broadcast AIB club championship games for the next five years.

This will be the first time eir Sport will broadcast Club Championship games on    its channels.

The deal commences from May 2017, and eir Sport will broadcast up to 30 live games in the first year. These games will include early rounds of both competitions as well as County Finals and the latter stages of the Championships.
However, the deal is nonexclusive so TG4 will also continue to provide coverage of games.

 

Golf

Shane Lowry plays Jon Rahm today at the World Championship match play in Texas.

The Offaly man halved his matched with Sergio Garcia yesterday in round one.

Rory McIlroy will have to win his final two rounds reaching the last-16.

The world number two was beaten 2 and 1 by Soren Kjeldsen in his first group match.

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The 2016 anti-doping review has been released.

Just over 56 percent of athletes surveyed felt that Sport Ireland’s drug testing procedures were secure while the remainder didn’t have a view.

The survey also found over 90% of Irish athletes surveyed felt that drug taking was cheating and that deliberately using banned substances to improve performance was morally wrong under any circumstances.

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