Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

RUGBY

Lions head-coach Warren Gatland has named eight Irish players in his matchday squad to play the Blues in Auckland on Wednesday morning.

Tight-head prop Jack McGrath, number-eight CJ Stander and centres Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne will all start the game.

Johnny Sexton, Iain Henderson, Rory Best and Peter O’Mahony are among the replacements.

15. Leigh Halfpenny – Toulon, Wales
14. Jack Nowell – Exeter Chiefs, England
13. Jared Payne – Ulster, Ireland
12. Robbie Henshaw – Leinster, Ireland
11. Elliot Daly – Wasps, England
10. Dan Biggar – Ospreys, Wales
9. Rhys Webb – Ospreys, Wale
1. Jack McGrath – Leinster, Ireland
2. Ken Owens (Capt) – Scarlets, Wales
3. Dan Cole Leicester Tigers, England
4. Maro Itoje – Saracens, England
5. Courtney Lawes – Northampton Saints, England
6. James Haskell – Wasps, England
7. Justin Tipuric – Ospreys, Wales
8. CJ Stander – Munster, Ireland

Replacements
16. Rory Best – Ulster, Ireland
17. Joe Marler – Harlequins, England
18. Kyle Sinckler – Harlequins, England
19. Iain Henderson – Ulster, Ireland
20. Peter O’Mahony – Munster, Ireland
21. Greig Laidlaw – Gloucester, Scotland
22. Johnny Sexton – Leinster, Ireland
23. Liam Williams – Scarlets, Wales

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland will go into Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Austria on the back of a 3-1 friendly win over Uruguay.

Goals from captain Jonathan Walters, full-back Cyrus Christie, and substitute James McClean earned Martin O’Neill’s side the victory in Dublin.

Martin O’Neill says it’s a good result for a number of reasons

Walters says it was a good display ahead of such a big game

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is facing up to two months out with a fractured ankle – and could even miss the start of the season.

He’s picked up the injury during training with the Belgian national side

GOLF

GOLF

Rory McIlroy says he’s recovered from a rib injury and has declared himself fit for the US Open.

The world number two had been a doubt for the major after sustaining a stress fracture of a rib earlier in the year.

McIlroy pulled out of the PGA Championship at Wentworth and concerns about his participation in Wisconsin heightened when he failed to play in this weekend’s Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

But the four-time major winner has told The Guardian that he’s ready to return at Erin Hills on Thursday week.

Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell and Paul Dunne will be the other Irish players to tee it up at the US Open.

Phil Mickelson has opted to skip the event and will instead attend his daughter’s graduation.

Shane Lowry has finished 15th at the Memorial Tournament.

He closed with a 73 for an overall total of 5 under.

Jason Dufner won on minus 13, which was 3 better off than Anirban Lahiri and Rickie Fowler.

Padraig Harrington was at 1 under.

The Shoprite LPGA Classic went to In-Kyung Kim.

11 under after a 69 that was 2 clear of Anna Nordqvist. 

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals against holders Cleveland.

Coach Steve Kerr returned from health issues to be at courtside to watch his Warriors team beat the Cavs 132-113.

Steph Curry scored 32-points and also made 11 assists and 10 rebounds as Golden State won an NBA record 14th Playoff game in-a-row.

TENNIS

The last 16 of the French Open at Roland Garros gets underway this morning, with Andy Murray set to take on Russian Karen Khachanov at around 11.15 this morning.

MOTORSPORT

Monaghan’s Sam Moffett again showed that he is the master of Irish rallying this year by keeping his unbeaten record in the Triton Showers National Championship, making it four wins in a row as his Fiesta WRC came out on top in the Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster in Co Limerick. However, his margin of victory this time was only twelve seconds, and he was pushed hard by former title holder Donagh Kelly, who led after three of the nine stages.

Moffett and co-driver Keith Moriarty led the opening two stages near Newcastle West, but changing conditions meant that it was vital to be on the most suitable tyres, and the Focus of Donegalman Kelly and co-driver Conor Foley went ahead on stage three, although Moffett regained top spot three stages later and stayed there to the finish.

Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble brought their R5 Fiesta home third, almost two minutes behind Kelly, with Manus Kelly’s Impreza fourth ahead of three times British champion Keith Cronin from Bantry.

Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Cian Carey had his best weekend yet in his assault on the British Formula 3 Cup, finishing second, third and fourth in his three races at Silverstone.

HORSE RACING

Irish Racing Preview

Followers of the Flat are in luck with a bank holiday treat taking place in Co. Kilkenny today. An eight-race card of competitive racing gets underway in Gowran Park at 1.35.

Meath-based trainer Ger Lyons was on the scoresheet at Navan twice on Saturday and could well be amongst the winners again on Monday as he saddles newcomer Cannonball in the opening Ladies Day June 24th (C&G) Maiden (1.35).

Jim Bolger, who trains in Coolcullen, Co. Carlow, appears to have a major chance in the feature Kilkenny Senior Hurlers Race Day Saturday June 24th Handicap (4.40) with Club Wexford, who’ll be hoping to improve on his recent Leopardstown third.

Aidan O’Brien once again enjoyed success in the Epsom Derby on Saturday with 40-1 shot Wings Of Eagles, and will be hoping Music Box can get off the mark in the concluding Gowran Park Fillies Maiden (5.10).

The going at Gowran is yielding, yielding to soft in places.