Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Former Reading and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has retired on medical advice – after getting headaches from heading the ball.

The Republic of Ireland international’s suffered two concussions playing for Colorado Rapids this season.

He says he’s been warned the problem could become more serious if he doesn’t quit.

The 34-year-old won 64 caps for his country – scoring 14 goals.

Irish legend John Giles says he can be extremely proud of his career

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is said to have been injured in a car crash in Amsterdam.

It is claimed he broke ribs after a taxi collided with a lamp post and it is feared that he will be sidelined for two months.

Everton’s Europa League campaign’s still not looking promising – after they conceded late in a 2-all draw at home to Cypriot team Apollon Limassol.

Ronald Koeman’s side were a goal up against the ten men with two minutes to go.

They lost 3-nil at Atalanta in their Group E opener.

Koeman says they’re just not confident right now

Arsenal sit top of Group H this morning.

Theo Walcott scored twice in a 4-2 victory away to BATE Borisov.

Cork City welcome Limerick to Turners Cross tonight for an F-A-I-Cup semi final.

The Leesiders were beaten 2-1 when the sides met in the league last week.

Derry City can apply the pressure on Shamrock Rovers in the race for the European game.

Three points at home to doomed Drogheda United will draw Kenny Shiels’ side to within a point of third-placed Shamrock Rovers.

Defeat for Drogs will see their relegation to the First Division confirmed.

RUGBY

Springboks assistant Johann van Grann is the latest coach tipped to replace Rassie Erasmus at Munster.

It follows the news that David Wessels will take up a position with the Melbourne Rebels.

The 36-year old had been free to move on after Western Force – where he had been coaching – were forced out of Super Rugby.

Both Leinster and Connacht are looking to recover from disappointing defeats in the Pro 14 last week.

Leinster return from South Africa with four Lions back in their side – Johnny Sexton captains the Blues for the visit of Edinburgh to the RDS.

Meanwhile, Tiernan O’Halloran is fit to take his place in the Connacht side that travels to Scarlets.

Both games kick off at 7.35 this evening.


ROWING

Paul O’Donovan has the chance to retain his World Championship title this afternoon.

His lightweight single sculls final is due to get underway at 5.15, Irish time.

It could be a medal-filled day for Team Ireland, and for Skibbereen in Sarasota today.

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll go in the final of the lightweight men’s pair at 5.

While Denise Walsh – after winning her semi final yesterday – competes in the final of the women’s lightweight single sculls at 5.30.

GOLF

Paul Dunne and Graeme McDowell have plenty to build on when the second round of the British Masters gets underway.

Both are 4-under par, and just three shots off joint leaders Tyrell Hatton and George Coetzee.

Rory McIlroy tees off his second round from 3-under par, and Shane Lowry from 2-under.

HORSE RACING

Bryan Cooper has ridden his first winner for Michael O’Leary since their summer split.

At Clonmel the 25-year-old carried the Gigginstown silks to victory on Arvico Bleu in the Kilmore Maiden Hurdle.

At the same venue Killarney’s Donie Sheehan was present to see Doldino carry his colours to victory in the Laganore Maiden Hurdle.