Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Kerry will face South Tipperary in the 1/4 Final of the Shield on Day 3 of the 2017 Kennedy Cup.

They finished 3rd in their Group going down 2-0 to North Tipperary conceding goals in the 42nd and 58th minutes.


Sligo / Leitrim topped Kerry group followed by North Tipperary.

Video assisted refereeing was again called into action during last night’s 3-2 friendly win for France over England in Paris.

Raphael Varane was dismissed for an apparent foul on Dele Alli after the video referee was consulted.

The red card didn’t prevent a French victory, with Ousmane Dembele netting the winner 12-minutes from time for the hosts

England manager Gareth Southgate says their opponents over-ran them at times, but there’s plenty to be positive about…………

RUGBY

Ulster have confirmed that new signing Schalk van der Merwe requires surgery.

The prop sustained a shoulder injury while playing for Super Rugby side, Southern Kings.

Van der Merwe will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season, but Ulster are confident he’ll be fit for the start of their Pro 12 campaign.

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It appears unlikely the Lions will name a replacement for Stuart Hogg for the rest of the tour of New Zealand.

The Scotland full-back suffered a facial bone fracture, and was instructed to leave the tour or risk losing his eyesight.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy says his US Open preparations haven’t been disrupted too much.

A rib injury meant the world number two missed the PGA Championship and Memorial Tournament.

But he’s optimistic of winning his second US Open when things get under way at Erin Hills on Thursday………..

TENNIS

French Open champion Rafa Nadal’s withdrawn from next week’s Queen’s Club Championships.

The Spaniard’s victory at Roland Garros on Sunday made him the first man to win the same grand slam singles title 10 times.

He says he needs more time to recover from that tournament, so he’s in the best possible condition for Wimbledon next month.

In Olympic news

Derval O’Rourke and Irish hockey goalkeeper David Harte are among those nominated to the Olympic council of Ireland athletes commission.

The commission has been appointed to advise the O.C.I Executive Committee on all athlete related matters and to ensure athletes views are part of the O.C.I decision making process.

As well as O’Rourke and Harte Equestrians Judy Reynolds , Snowsports Shane O’Connor, Swimming’s Melanie Nocher and Triathlons Gavin Noble have been nominated.

The OCI Executive Board also appointed three additional Olympians to the Commission including athletics David Gillick and James Nolan and former Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Egan.

The Commission will have its first meeting this month when it will select a chairperson who’ll become a member of O.C.I Executive Committee.

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