Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

England can win back-to-back Six Nations titles this afternoon.

Eddie Jones’ side will be champions again if they beat Scotland at Twickenham.

It’s after Wales ended Ireland’s Championship hopes with a 22-9 win in Cardiff last night.

Dave McIntyre reports

Peter O’Mahony

Donnacha Ryan

The Ireland women’s team faces Wales today.

A win in the 11.30 start would see Tom Tierney’s team move ahead of England at the top of the table.
The Ireland U20s take on Wales later.

It’s a 6.30 kick-off at Colwyn Bay, with Ireland currently second in the standings – three points behind England.

Ulster have the chance to move up to fourth place in the Guinness Pro-12 this evening.

They’d climb above the Scarlets with a win over basement side Zebre at Kingspan Stadium, where there’s a five-past-six kick-off.

SOCCER

It’s understood caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare will be appointed Leicester’s new manager before Tuesday’s Champions League match with Sevilla.

It’s thought he’ll agree a deal until the end of the season – after guiding the side to victories over Liverpool and Hull.

There’s a lunchtime quarter-final in the Emirates FA Cup as Premier League strugglers Middlesbrough host Manchester City at a quarter-past-twelve.

‘Boro have a decent recent record against City in the Cup, winning four of their last five meetings in the competition.
Following their Champions League exit midweek, Arsenal’s last chance of silverware is now the FA Cup.

The Gunners welcome non-league Lincoln to the Emirates for a five-thirty kick-off.
There’s three games at 3 o’clock in the Premier League.

Struggling Hull will be hoping to get their first win in three games when they host Swansea.

Everton can move within two-points of sixth-place Manchester United with victory over West Brom at Goodison Park.

And Bournemouth host West Ham.

Brighton are level on points with Championship leaders Newcastle after beating Derby 3-nil.

Newcastle can move 3 points clear with victory over Fulham later.

Norwich begin life without manager Alex Neil after sacking him last night – they take on Blackburn.

Cork City have moved top of the League of Ireland’s First Division.

Sean Maguire, Connor Ellis, Karl Sheppard and Gearoid Morrisey goals have given the Leesiders a 4-1 win away to Drogheda.

Last year’s champions Dundalk have also won their opening four games and beat Limerick 1-0 with Patrick McEleney getting the winner.

Ryan McBride’s close range strike in the 67th minute gave 10-man Derry a 1-0 win at Shamrock Rovers.

It finished one all in Finn Harps against Galway and the match between Sligo and St Pat’s.

A Davy O’Sullivan hat-trick gave Longford Town a 3-0 win at Athlone in tonight’s Midlands derby in the First Division.

Joe Doyle scored twice in Cabinteely’s 2-0 home win over Wexford.

Patrick McClean and Tom Smith found the net for Waterford as they defeated their hosts UCD 2-0.

GOLF

Seamus Power is 8 off the lead at the Valspar Championship.
He’s 2 under after a 74, with Graeme McDowell level par following his 67.

Adam Hadwin is top on 10 under, a single stroke better off than Jim Herman.

ATHLETICS

French prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether bribery was involved in awarding the World Athletics Championships to London.

Track and field’s two-yearly event takes place in Britain this summer.

It’s understood every Championship between 2013 and 2021 is being scrutinised.

That’s on top of the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

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