Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester started life without Claudio Ranieri by winning 3-1 at home to Liverpool in the Premier League.

It’s the Foxes first league win since New Year’s Eve and it moves them out of the relegation places.

Leicester’s caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare’s happy with the players’ response to a difficult week

Arsene Wenger rejected a chance to becoming the world’s best paid manager – according a report in this morning’s Telegraph.

They claim he had an offer to earn in excess of 30-million Euro a season from a Chinese club.

Wenger’s in the final few months of his contract at Arsenal and insists he won’t be retiring from management this summer.

The top two clash in the Championship tonight.

Leaders Brighton would open up a four point gap with a win over second placed Newcastle.

At the other end of the table, struggling Blackburn could climb out of the relegation places by beating Derby at home.

Bristol City – who are just outside the bottom three – go to Aston Villa.

Aberdeen will go twelve points clear of third placed Rangers in the Scottish Premiership with a win at bottom club Hamilton this evening.

Victory for Derek McInnes’ side would take them within 21 of leaders Celtic.

Both Glasgow teams are in action tomorrow night.

Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze has been ruled out for an indefinite period with what’s being described as “metabolic disturbances”.

The Germany international has only played 24 minutes in the country’s Bundesliga in 2017.

The midfielder says he is undergoing treatment and is doing everything in his power to return as soon as possible.


GAELIC GAMES

Tyrone defender Ronan McNamee says the Gaelic Players Association didn’t give inter-county players enough information about the ‘Super 8’ motion ahead of Congress.

Speaking in the Irish Examiner, he’s claimed that the proposals weren’t properly explained and that discussion was only in the days leading up to Congress which was ‘probably too late’.

Chairman on the Standing Committee on Playing Rules Jarlath Burns has also criticised the GPA for how they communicated with their members

The Club Players Association’s membership has grown to 25-thousand members.

Three thousand people have signed up since last weekend’s G-A-A Congress where a motion to recognise the fledgling group was withdrawn when on the brink of defeat.

The C-P-A are aiming to grow to 50-thousand members by the end of April.

RUGBY

Rugby’s rulemakers say they will review the laws following Italy’s tactics at the breakdown in their weekend loss to England in the 6 Nations.

Conor O’Shea’s Italy team refused to contest a series of rucks at Twickenham, allowing them to stand in offside positions after tackles.

England head coach Eddie Jones has called for the loophole to be addressed, but World Rugby says no immediate changes will be made.

The Irish Times’ Gavin Cummiskey says it was a clever tactical move by Italy


BOXING

The I-A-B-A are searching for a new high-performance coach.

Eddie Bolger’s quit his role with Ireland to become Germany’s new head-coach.

Bolger mentored Kellie Harrington and Joe Ward to win world silver medals and also worked David Oliver Joyce and Stephen Donnelly’s corners at the Rio Olympics.

Katie Taylor’s set to box seven times between now at the end of the year.

The former Olympic champion will step through the ropes to face Italy’s Monica Gentili at London’s 02 Arena this Saturday night and her promoter Brian Peters says the plan is then to have a bout every month for the rest of 2017.

Taylor’s already secured a place on the Anthony Joshua versus Wladimir Klitschko undercard at Wembley in April and hopes to fight on Irish soil later this year.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Antonio Brown’s staying with the Pittsburgh Steelers until 2021.

He’ll earn almost 70-million dollars across the four-year contract extension which kicks in at the end of next season.

It makes him the best paid wide receiver in the NFL with his currently salary set to triple.