Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says Jadon Sancho is going nowhere.

The England international is the primary transfer target of Manchester United this summer.

It’s believed United have fallen short of Dortmund’s valuation of Sancho in their dealings so far.

But Zorc says Sancho will be staying with the Bundesliga side for the upcoming season.

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United are in Europa League quarter final action tonight.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Copenhagen in Cologne.

Dusseldorf is the venue for tonight’s other quarter-final, with Inter taking on Bayer Leverkusen.

Both games kick off at 8.

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Shamrock Rovers were the only SSE Airtricity Premier Division side to be given a home draw in the Europa League qualifiers.

Stephen Bradley’s side will welcome the Finns of lves Tampere to Dublin later this month.

Bohemians’ first European trip in eight years will take them to Hungary to face Fehérvár.

While Derry City are jetting off to Lithuania to face Riteriai.

All first qualifying round ties are slated for August 27th.

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Should Dundalk win away to Slovenian champions Celje, they’ll be at home to either Molde of Norway or K-u-P-s in the second round of Champions League qualifying.

RUGBY

Tadhg Beirne has suffered a set-back in his return from injury.

The Munster second row suffered a fractured ankle during December’s Champions Cup defeat away to Saracens.

Beirne had been nearing a return but Munster say he’s picked up a low-grade leg injury in training.

Damian de Allende could make his debut against Leinster in just under a fortnight having shaken off a groin injury.

SNOOKER

Mark Williams has ended the first session of his quarter-final with Ronnie O’Sullivan with a 6-2 lead.

On the other table, Anthony McGill is 4-1 up on Kurt Maflin.

This evening, Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson will both resume with 5-3 leads over Neil Robertson and Judd Trump respectively.

BOXING

Carl Frampton’s secured a replacement opponent for this Saturday in London.

Scotland’s Darren Traynor will face the former two-weight world champion.

Traynor replaces Armenia’s Vahram Vardanyan who was forced to withdraw due to visa issues.

The fight will be Frampton’s first since beating Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas 9-months ago.

Racing

Phillip Enright rode his second winner in as many days for County Sligo trainer Mark McNiff when William Of Wykeham took the 2m7f handicap hurdle at Roscommon on Bank Holiday Monday. The pair were successful with Arthur’s Baby at Cork on the previous afternoon and further success came their way when the 15/2 chance scored by an easy six and a half lengths in the colours of owner Jeffrey Fox. It was the fourth winner the Tralee jockey rode for McNiff in the past three weeks. Paddy Kennedy and Jessica Harrington were also among the winners at Roscommon as Got Thumped just prevailed in the 2m beginners’ chase. Carrying the colours of the late David Reid Scott, the 9/1 chance battled well to pip the Joseph O’Brien-trained Konitho on the line.

Kevin Brouder made a welcome return to the winners’ enclosure at Sligo on Wednesday. He bagged his first success of the season on the Mark McNiff-trained Mr Moondance which won the 2m2f handicap hurdle by a comfortable five lengths from the Enda Bolger-trained Thatbeatsbanagher. It was Brouder’s first winner since the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown at the beginning of February where he made the headlines with a famous double on Thosedaysaregone in the Ladbrokes Hurdle and Treacysenniscorthy in the William Fry Handicap Hurdle.

Brouder was a winner again at Kilbeggan on Saturday evening where he made much of the running on Doctor Duffy to win the Kieran Kelly Memorial Beginners Chase for trainer Charles Byrnes. In the colours of the Relicpride Partnership, the seven-year-old was far from fluent at the third fence but hardly put a foot wrong after that as he won by all of nine lengths from the Gordon Elliott-trained Aforementioned at odds of 6/5 favourite. Phillip Enright also rode his second winner of the week at the meeting when taking the opening maiden hurdle on the Paul Gilligan-trained Ashqar. The 11/2 chance led on the line to beat Grange Walk by a head.

Enright and Mark McNiff ended the week as they began it when Lighthouse Rose raced to a 13-length win in the 2m6f handicap hurdle at Downpatrick on Sunday. It was all too easy for the 11/2 chance which made every yard of the running to beat the Shark Hanlon-trained 11/8 favourite Dime A Dozen.