Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

The Ireland squad will train this morning ahead of their penultimate match against Wales in the Six Nations on Friday.

Andrew Trimble and Ultan Dillane won’t be present as they’ve been ruled out of the match in Cardiff and the final game at home to England.

Trimble suffered a hand injury in the PRO12 win against Treviso on Friday.

Meanwhile, Kerry’s Dillane will undergo surgery this week for an ongoing shoulder issue.

He’ll be ruled out of action for eight to ten weeks.

In better news, Rob Kearney is progressing well through his rehab of a groin injury and is expected to train fully today.

Ian Madigan is on the verge of joining Bristol next season.

According to reports the out-half will be released from his contract at Bordeaux one year early in order to seal the move.

Connacht head coach Pat Lam will take over at the English side in the summer.

GOLF

World number one Dustin Johnson held off a challenge from a group of European golfers to win the WGC Mexico Championship.

The American finished on 14-under-par, one shot ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood – who earned the biggest payday of his career.

Ross Fisher was 12-under, with Rory McIlroy finishing 10-under.

SOCCER

It’s claimed Alexis Sanchez was dropped from the starting line-up for Arsenal’s Premier League defeat at Liverpool because of a training ground row.

Many of this morning’s papers report the forward walked out of a session – and then had an angry exchange with some team-mates.

Sanchez came on as a half-time substitute in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Anfield.

Manager Arsene Wenger says he initially left the Chile international out for tactical reasons.

DARTS

Derry’s Daryl Gurney missed out on becoming just the second Northern Irishman to make a PDC major final at the Coral UK Open.

Victory over Simon Whitlock had taken him into the last four.

Dan Dawson reports

GAELIC GAMES

Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-10 Sarsfields (Galway) 0-11

A recordattendance witnessed an Ulster team winning the AIB All-Ireland Camogie Senior Club Championship for only the second time as Slaughtneil proved strongest on the home straight after a ding-dong battle with a resolute Sarsfields.

It is a first success for a Derry side but just further torment for Galway, as it represented a fifth consecutive final defeat for the county’s representatives.

CYCLING

Ireland’s tandem of Martin Gordon and Eamonn Byrne finished sixth in the Men’s B Tandem Sprint today at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.