Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

England are on the brink of history today.

They’re in Ireland, hoping to become the first back-to-back Grand Slam champions in the Six Nations era – having already retained their title.

Eddie Jones’s side are also aiming to get a world record 19th Test win in a row.

Scotland take on winless Italy at Murrayfield at 12.30.

Ireland will be hoping that France defeat Wales in Paris at 2.45.

Victory for the Welsh would see them move up to the top four of world rankings ahead of the World Cup draw.

England’s under-20s and women’s teams secured Grand Slams at Donnybrook.

The English women’s team got a bonus point 34-7 win over championship rivals Ireland.

England’s under-20s, who had already won the title, beat their Irish counter-parts 14-10 in the opening game of the evening.

SOCCER

Cork City have opened up a six-point lead at the top of the S-S-E Airtricity League of Ireland Premier Division.

Sean Maguire scored twice as the Leesiders won 2-1 at Shamrock Rovers.

John Caulfield’s side have won their opening five matches of the season.

It’s finished one-all between Bohemians and Galway United at Dalymount Park.

In the First Division, it’s was two-all in the match between Shelbourne and Waterford while it ended scoreless between Wexford and UCD.

There are two games in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

Limerick take on Finn Harps at Markets Field at 6.30 with Sligo Rovers hosting Bray at 7.45.

In the First, Longford play Cabinteely at 7, while there’s a 7.15 start in Cork for the meeting of Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Town.

West Brom host Arsenal in the lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League today.

Fifth place Arsenal are 16-points behind leaders Chelsea.

Kick-off is at 12.30.

Table-toppers Chelsea are away to Stoke at 3; victory would move Antonio Conte’s men 13-points ahead of Spurs.

Elsewhere, basement side Sunderland are at home to Burnley, Crystal Palace host Watford, Everton take on Hull and West Ham play reigning champions Leicester.

Bournemouth play Swansea City at 5.30.

Huddersfield’s hopes of gaining automatic promotion from the Championship took a big blow last night.

They went down to a 4-nil defeat at Bristol City – and remain six points behind the top two.

The win takes City out of the relegation places.

Reading beat fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday 2-nil.

BOXING

Michael Conlan’s off to a winning start as a professional boxer.

The former amateur world champion got a third round T-K-O victory against Tim Ibarra at a sold-out Madison Square Garden basement arena.

Conlan, who was escorted to the ring by UFC champion Conor McGregor, took the first couple of rounds to find his range before a series of body shots led the referee to halt the featherweight bout after 59-seconds of the third.

Monaghan’s Larry Fryer also got a win on points on the undercard against Gabriel Solario.

GOLF

Charley Hoffman has a 1 shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

At 10 under he’s just in front of Emiliano Grillo.

Graeme McDowell is minus 1 and Rory McIlroy plus 1.

First in the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup is shared by Ariya Jutanugarn and
Stacy Lewis.

They’re 13 under and a single stroke better off than Jeong Eun Lee, Mi Jung Hur, Vicky Hurst and Michelle Wie.

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