Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester City are understood to be close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.

The Brazilian’s expected to cost around 35-million pounds – a world record fee for a keeper.

It’d take City’s spending since the end of the season to 88 million already.

A deal for Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva was announced on Friday.

A 19-man Ireland squad depart for America today for their friendly international with Mexico on Thursday.

Included in the travelling party are Kevin Long and Alan Browne who are expected to make their debuts in the game.

This afternoon the 20th and final place in next season’s Premier League is up for grabs.

Huddersfield Town take on Reading in the Sky Bet Championship playoff final, with kick off at Wembley at 3.

GOLF

Kevin Kisner won the Dean and Deluva Invitational on the USPGA Tour.

The home favourite finished one clear of Jordan Spieth on 10 under par, with Graeme McDowell back on level par.
The LPGA Volvik Championship went to Shanshan Feng.

A final day 68 took her to 19 under, one better off than Minjee Lee and Sung Hyun Park.

RUGBY

The British and Irish Lions depart for New Zealand today for their six-week tour.

The 11 Irish players named in the squad have made the trip after avoiding any late injuries at the end of the domestic season.

The Lions play their first game against the New Zealand Barbarians on Saturday morning.

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic and tournament favourite Rafa Nadal play their first round games at the French Open later today.

Nadal is aiming for a record breaking 10th Grand Slam victory at Roland Garros.

RACING

Ballinrobe stages a seven-race jumps card this evening with the first of them due off at 6.

The main event is the Monroe’s Live Mares Handicap Hurdle (7.00) which is worth a tasty €30,000 in prize-money. The Nutcracker will attempt to dance her way to glory in this valuable contest for the third year on the trot. Bidding for a slightly different hat-trick is Tellthemnuttin from the Willie Codd stable, who was successful on her last two starts at Wexford and Down Royal. The second of those arrived just three days ago by a winning margin of ten lengths and her trainer is trying to strike while the iron is hot.

Stephen Mahon runs three in the Mulholland Bookmakers Handicap Chase (8.30) and Paul Townend will be on two-time course winner Usa.

The going at Ballinrobe is good.

MOTORSPORT

Fernando Alonso couldn’t complete the Indianapolis 500 – after his car suffered from engine failure late in the iconic IndyCar race.

The two-time F1 world champion missed this week’s Monaco Grand Prix to take part.

Alonso was on lap 179 of 200 when he broke down.

Japan’s Takuma Sato was the eventual winner.

Double National Rally champions Declan and Brian Boyle dominated the Cavan Kilmore Hotel Stages Rally yesterday, with their Fiesta WRC finishing the eight stages more than half a minute clear of the Impreza of Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy.

The Donegal cousins held second place for the two opening stages, behind the Fabia of Marty McCormack and David Moynihan, but went ahead on the third stage and pulled away from there to the end. McCormack dropped to third after a duel with Jennings for the rest of the day, with just two seconds eventually covering the two rivals.

Local man Gary Kiernan, from Bailieborough, came out best of the two wheel drive cars in his Escort, taking a strong fifth place overall, ahead of thesimilar cars of Adrian Hetherington, Ryan Loughran and Mickey Conlon.

At Kirkistown, in Co Down, Kildare’s Kevin O’Hara and Dubliner Niall Murray, both former Young Racing Drivers of the Year, took a victory each in the two Formula Ford 1600 races.