Morning Sports Update

We may find out today if James McCarthy will be fit for Ireland’s World cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva.

Assistant manager Roy Keane says if McCarthy doesn’t train today it’s unlikely he’ll feature against the Welsh on Friday.

Yesterday, Ireland stars Shane Long and Seamus Coleman sat out training.

Coleman would be a big loss for Ireland as he would be key in stopping Gareth Bale – a player Roy Keane is looking forward to stopping…


With the long list of injuries, it’s likely that Ireland will field experienced defender John O’Shea at centre back.

The Waterford man is worried about Bale but

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Hurling

Waterford will be without Daragh Fives and Philip Mahony for the rest of their league campaign

Deise boss Derek McGrath has confirmed that both are injured.

Meanwhile it’s expected they will appeal Maurice Shanahan’s red card from the defeat to Cork two weeks ago.

As it stands he is suspended for their game against Clare in Ennis this weekend.

Staying with hurling and there’s one game tonight as Tyrone host Donegal in Allianz league division 3A.

Throw in at Omagh is at 8.

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Gaelic football

There’s games in 3 provinces tonight in the Eirgrid under 21 Championship.

In the Leinster semi-final Dublin meet Longford in Mullingar while in the Connacht semi Roscommon face Sligo.

Those matches throw in at 7.30 

At 8 Donegal face Tyrone in their Ulster quarter final replay in Ballybofey.

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Rugby

England Coach Eddie Jones thinks the Lions should pick four captains for the summer tour of New Zealand.

He believes one skipper from all four national teams can form a leadership group.

Jones thinks the stand-out player from the warm-up games could then be captain for the first Test.

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Golf

Rory McIlroy starts his quest to win the World Championships Match Play later.

The tournament’s taking place in rival Jordan Spieth’s home state of Texas.

It’s left the American facing questions about his dramatic collapse while leading the Masters a year ago.

McIlroy believes this week will be hard for Spieth to focus, when Augusta’s only next month.

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Horse Racing

All today’s action comes from Cross channel

Newcastle is off at 2 o’clock with the going standard

Haydock starts at 10 past 2 with the going soft-heavy in places

And Warwick will begin at 20 past 2 with the going soft-good to soft in places