Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

Munster came from behind to beat Cardiff Blues 23-13 in their PRO12 clash in Wales.

Tries from Francis Saili and replacement Conor Oliver helped Rassie Erasmus’s side to victory, despite trailing for much of the match.

Leinster lead the table after beating Scarlets 45-9.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy is still handily placed following the third round of the WGC Mexico Championship.

He’s slipped off the top of the leaderboard – but is still just two shots behind new pacesetter Justin Thomas on 10-under-par.

England’s Lee Westwood is a stroke behind McIlroy going into the final day.

A final round 64 gave Inbee Park victory in the HSBC Women’s Champions.

She closed on 19 under, 1 in front of Ariya Jutanugarn.

ATHLETICS

Ciara Mageean failed to finish the Women’s 1500m European Indoor Championship Final last night.

It’s after an Achilles injury flared up in the closing stages of the race.

John Travers finished 11th in the men’s 1500m final.

Phil Healy and Ciara Neville both go in the semi-finals of the 60 metres this afternoon at 3.

SOCCER

Liverpool have replaced Arsenal in the top four of the Premier League.

They beat the Londoners 3-1 at Anfield – which moved Jurgen Klopp’s side into third, and dropped the visitors down to fifth.

Tottenham will be aiming to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to 7 points later.

They face Everton at White Harte Lane at 1:30.

Manchester City will be aiming to move up to second place in the table with a win over bottom of the table Sunderland this afternoon.

They meet at the Stadium of Light at 4.

Newcastle have a five point advantage at the top of the Championship.

The leaders moved a huge step closer to the Premier League by winning 3-1 against fellow promotion contenders Huddersfield – who missed their chance to make the most of second placed Brighton’s 3-nil defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Celtic will be looking to book their pace in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup this afternoon.

They face Championship strugglers St Mirren at Celtic Park at 12:30.

Elsewhere, Aberdeen meet Partick Thistle in an all-Premiership tie at 3.

BOXING

Tony Bellew has come out on top in the battle of the British heavyweights.

The WBC cruiserweight champion caused an upset by beating David Haye in an 11th-round technical knockout in London.

Haye was withdrawn after suffering a suspected Achilles injury.

Katie Taylor won in five rounds against Monica Gentili for her third professional victory.

DARTS

Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney is through to the quarter-finals of the Coral UK Open for the first time in his career.
The 30 year old from Derry won his 5th round tie 10-5 against former finalist Vincent van der Voort in Minehead.

Cappamore’s Willie O’Connor was unable to join him there though – losing 10-7 to Australian Simon Whitlock.

Gurney will have to win 3 matches today to claim his first major title, starting with former European Champion Whitlock in the last 8 this afternoon.

CYCLING

Ireland’s tandem of Martin Gordon and Eamonn Byrne finished seventh in the Men’s B Tandem 1km Time Trial at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.