Morning Sports Update

Soccer
The Irish football community is in shock following the death of Derry City captain Ryan McBride.

The 27 year old was found dead at his home yesterday, just 24 hours after playing in his side’s 4-0 win over Drogheda United.

McBride made his debut in 2011 and was appointed club captain four years later, earning an FAI Cup winner’s medal along the way.

This year he had helped the club to top of the league table with four wins from four and scoring twice.

In total he made over 100 appearances for the Candystripes.

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The Republic of Ireland squad will train today ahead of Friday’s crucial World Cup Qualifier with Wales.

Martin O’Neill’s squad has been decimated by injury.
Last night, news broke that Harry Arter will miss the game through injury, alongside Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark.

O’Neill is also sweating on the fitness of Wes Hoolahan and James McCarthy, while Robbie Brady is suspended.

Liam Kelly, Paul McShane, David McGoldrick and Rob Elliot are also absent due to various injuries.

Ireland are currently top of Group D with Wales 4 points behind them, and former Ireland defender Gary Breen says it should be a thrilling tie.


It was a successful night for Robbie Brady after he picked up three gongs at the FAI International Football Awards.

Brady was named both senior and young player of the year, and also picked up the goal of the year award.

Callum O’Dowda and Karen Duggan were named Under 21 and women’s player of the year respectively.

GAA
Dr Crokes are expected to announce who the next Kerry captain will be.

They decided to hold the decision off until after the AIB Club All-Ireland Championship, following Friday’s victory, the announcement should be made within the coming days.

Fionn Fitzgerald and Colm Cooper have already captained their county so it’s expected to be given to the man who lifted the Andy Merrigan Cup, Johnny Buckley.

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Elsewhere,
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is under pressure after handing Cavan their first win of the league campaign.

Gearoid McKiernan kicked 1-5 for Cavan as they beat Mayo by 1-14 to 15 points.

Mayo are now third from bottom in the table ahead of their final two games against Tyrone and Donegal.

Monaghan defeated relegation strugglers Roscommon by 2-17 to 1-13.

They now join Dublin, Tyrone and Donegal at the top of the Division on seven points.

In Division 2, second placed Galway beat Derry by 5-15 to 2-15.

Meath came from 0-9 down to earn a 1-15 to 0-18 draw against Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn and Fermanagh beat Clare by 0-18 to 1-10 at Brewster Park.

Louth’s unbeaten run in Division 3 is over after they lost to Armagh by 3-15 to 0-10 at the Gaelic Grounds.

Elsewhere, it finished Longford 0-16 Sligo 2-7 at Pearse Park, Tipperary beat Offaly by 2-11 to 2-15 at O’Connor Park and it ended Antrim 1-10 Laois 0-11 at Corrigan Park.

In Division 4, it finished Wexford 0-15 London 0-9 at Wexford Park, Limerick beat Leitrim by 2-11 to 0-15 at Newcastlewest and it ended Westmeath 0-19 Wicklow 0-14 at Cusack Park.

Golf
Rory McIlroy missed out on the title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational – despite an impressive final round in Orlando.

He finished on 9-under-par – two shots behind Australian winner Marc Leishman.

Graeme McDowell finished in a tie for 28th on 1 under par.
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Rugby
A proposed merger between top French sides Racing 92 and Stade Francais has been called off.

The clubs, who are based in Paris and play in the Top 14 league, announced their intention to merge six days ago.

However, Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti said, in agreement with Stade president Thomas Savare, they were giving up on the proposal.

Cricket
Ireland beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets in today’s third one-day international in India.

Paul Stirling hit 99, as Ireland reached their victory target of 265 in the 49th over for the loss of just four wickets.

Boyd Rankin has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour for Ireland who trail 2-1 in the five match series.

Rankin failed to recover from a lower back issue.

Racing
Kempton is Standard with the first off at 2
Southwell is underway at 10 past 2 with the going good
And Taunton is good, good to firm in places with the first off at 20 past 2.

Next sports here on Radio Kerry after news at 11