Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

Munster will secure their place in the Champions Cup knock out stages if they beat Castres at Thomond Park next weekend.

The Southerner Province secured a bonus point from their 34-30 defeat to Racing 92 in Paris yesterday.


Munster led with five minutes remaining, but conceded two late penalties.

Flanker C-J Stander says it important their destiny remains in their own hands

TENNIS

Three top seeds have been beaten on the opening day of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Venus Williams, U-S Open champion Slone Stephens and 10th seed CoCo Vandeweghe have all suffered first round defeats.

Men’s Single Top Seed Rafael Nadal will begin his campaign later this morning.

SOCCER

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team has made an “important statement” with their 4-3 victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City at Anfield yesterday.

It was the Reds first game since Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona.

City battled back from 4-1 down, but couldn’t find a late equaliser and avoid their first top flight defeat of the season.

Klopp says it shows they can cope without Coutinho

Manchester United welcome Stoke City to Old Trafford tonight.

The Potters are still looking for a manager, following the news that Martin O’Neill has turned the job down.

Eddie Niedzwiecki is in temporary charge for Stoke’s first game since Mark Hughes sacking.

Former Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is now in the running for the post.

Kick off is at 8 o’clock.

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