Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

It’s reported that Leicester are eyeing up former Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O’Neill as a replacement for Claudio Ranieri.

O’Neill remains under contract to Northern Ireland whom he brought to the European championship last summer.

However, the Irish Daily mail suggest the Foxes may make an approach for him.

The Sun newspaper report that Manchester United are willing to pay Wayne Rooney compensation to leave the club at the end of the season.

The strikers current deal runs until 2019 however he has been linked with moves to Everton and China.

Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is “stable, conscious and lucid” in hospital after being knocked out while playing in Spain.

He needed treatment for several minutes, before being stretchered off, in Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.

Torres has tweeted to thank fans for their messages of support and to say he hopes to “return very soon”.

Shamrock Rovers versus Bohemians is the feature match of tonight’s SSE Airtricity league Premier Division fixtures.

Kick off in Tallaght is at 7.30.

The rest of tonight’s games all start at 7.45, with Limerick away to Derry, Cork City hosting Galway United Bray facing Finn Harps and St. Pat’s going to Drogheda.

In the first division Athlone go to Wexford,

UCD welcome Shelbourne to Belfield,

While Waterford entertain Cabinteely.

Leeds could give themselves an eleven-point cushion in their pursuit of a playoff spot in the Championship tonight.

Garry Monk’s side travel to Birmingham.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy is 1 off the lead on 3 under after day 1 of the WGC Mexico Championship.

Lee Westwood is tied for the lead along with Phil Mickelson ,Ross Fisher and 3 others on 4 under.

Mc Ilroy says he’s feeling ok despite his damaged rib

RUGBY

There are two Irish provinces in action tonight in the Guinness Pro 12 as Connacht welcome Zebre and Ulster meet Treviso.

Both matches kick off at 7.45

BADMINTON

The Ladies and Men’s Doubles Division 2 & 4 County Championships will take place in the Aura Sports and Leisure Centre Killarney at 7.45 this evening.

ATHLETICS

Phil Healy and Sinéad Denny are the first Irish athletes into action on day 1 of the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

They go in the heats of the womens 400-metres just before 9 o’clock this morning.

Brian Gregan goes in the men’s 400 heats.

While Zak Curran and Ben Reynolds also see action.

This afternoon, Ciara Mageean and Kerry O’Flaherty compete in the first round of the women’s 15-hundred metres.

TENNIS

Andy Murray is into the semi-final at the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

However, he had to survive seven match points in a 31 minute second set tie-break before beating the German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7, 7-6, 6-1.