Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

It’s reported Rob Kearney could miss Ireland’s clash with France in two weeks.

According to the Irish Independent his arm injury is more serious than first thought.

The paper reports that he may need surgery and is a doubt for the rest of the tournament.

England have recalled Anthony Watson to their rugby union Six Nations training squad.

The wing missed the opening victories of their campaign against France and Wales after injuring his hamstring last month.

Eddie Jones’s side continue the defence of their title against Italy at Twickenham a week on Sunday, and conclude against Ireland at the Aviva on St. Patrick’s weekend.

Munster Director of rugby Rassie Eramsus says they won’t play Peter O’Mahony in this Saturdays Pro 12 clash away to second placed Ospreys.

O’Mahony is returning from a hamstring injury and is expected to be in contention to play for Ireland against France the weekend after next.

GAELIC GAMES

It’s reported that the Down football panel has been subject to several walk outs by players.

The Mourne men have lost both of their division 2 games this season.

Ryan Mallon, Paul Devlin and Damien Turley have already departed the Eamon Burns squad.

There’s two Fitzgibbon Cup hurling quarter finals afternoon.

UCC host DCU at 3 while at 2 holders Mary I take on NUI Galway.


SNOOKER

There’s plenty more Irish involvement on day two of the Welsh Open.

First up, Josh Boileau takes on Hammad Miah,

Then Mark Allen faces Sydney Wilson.

Also underway at 2 is the meeting of Ken Doherty and Thailand’s Boonyarit Keattikun.

CYCLING

A federal judge has ruled a US Government lawsuit against Lance Armstrong can proceed.

The disgraced cyclist – who’s banned for life from the sport after admitting doping – had wanted the case thrown out.

It involves sponsorship money paid to his former team by the United States Postal Service from 2000 to 2004.


BOXING

The chances of a Carl Frampton – Leo Santa Cruz re-match in Belfast appear to be dwindling.

The Mexican fighter defeated Frampton in Las Vegas for his WBC featherweight title last month, in what was the second meeting of the pair.

But despite hopes that there might be a rubber match in Frampton’s home city, Santa Cruz says his father is advising him against fighting in such a partisan atmosphere.

HORSE RACING

Fame And Glory, winner of the Irish Derby and Ascot Gold Cup in a career that included five Group 1 wins, has died at the age of 11 after suffering a suspected heart attack while covering a mare.

The stallion son of Montjeu won 14 of his 26 career races, amassing over £2.3m in prizemoney, starting with an unbeaten two-year-old career including the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud.

Albert Sherwood, manager at Grange Stud where Fame And Glory was standing, said: “It’s a great shame as he was a grand horse and based on the quality of his stock we thought he had the makings of a hugely successful stallion.”

Sent off favourite for the Derby at Epsom he was beaten by Sea The Stars before winning the Irish Derby in that superstar’s absence.

Again beaten by Sea The Stars when sixth in the Arc, the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse beat the previous year’s Oaks winner Sariska to win the Coronation Cup the following year but was again beaten in the Arc, finishing fifth to Workforce.

With Jim and Fitri Hay joining his Coolmore syndicate owners in 2011 Jamie Spencer took over from Johnny Murtagh in the saddle to win the Ascot Gold Cup and Champions Long Distance Cup.

Spencer said: “I am saddened to hear of his death. He was a great horse over several seasons for all involved and he won the ultimate staying prize in winning the Ascot Gold Cup. From a personal point of view his victory in that race stands out as one of my favourite ever moments of the royal meeting.”

Murtagh, who won the 2009 Irish Derby and 2010 Tattersalls Gold Cup and Coronation Cup on Fame And Glory called him a “gentleman”.