Evening Sports Update

RUGBY
Munster have confirmed that an Academy player at the province has tested positive for COVID-19.

They say the player is part of their wider training squad, but has not been at the High Performance Centre this week.

The senior and academy squads didn’t train today as a precaution, and the player is self-isolating.


One senior player and five academy players are also isolating, as they’ve been deemed close contacts.

Munster are due to resume their PRO14 season against Leinster at the Aviva on Saturday-week.

 

SNOOKER

Mark Selby’s wrestled control of his World Championship semi-final with Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The three-time Crucible winner has won five out of seven frames this evening to lead 8-7.

Earlier, Kyren Wilson won six frames of this morning’s session to level his semi-final with Anthony McGill at 8-frames apiece.

They’ll resume tonight.

 

GOLF

Graeme McDowell’s made a disappointing start to the Wyndham Championship – he’s 3-over with six to play of his opening round.

Shane Lowry and Seamus Power both tee off after 6pm, Irish time.

Harold Varner leads in Greensboro on 7-under par.

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Jonathan Caldwell is four-shots off the lead after his opening round at the European Tour’s Celtic (pr: Keltic) Classic.

The County Down golfer shot a 3-under par 68.

Cormac Sharvin is 1-over par with seven holes played.

Gavin Moynihan’s in the clubhouse on 3-over par.

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters is the clubhouse leader on 7-under par.

 

Gaelic Games

The draw for the Keane’s SuperValu Minor Football Championship Semi Finals has been made

East Kerry will take on Killarney Legion

And it’s South Kerry vs St. Brendan’s

August 24th games are on and venues will be decided in the coming days

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Tributes are being paid for Kerry native Noel O’Connell following his death in New York.

Described as ‘an absolute gentleman who made a huge impression on everyone he met’, Noel moved to the Big Apple with his family when he was just five years old and was heavily involved in New York GAA.

 

They said in a statement: “New York GAA is deeply saddened by the passing of Noel O’Connell. A passionate Gael originally from Cahersiveen, Kerry. Noel left a lasting impression on the entire New York GAA and Rockland community. May he Rest In Peace.”

NYPD Gaelic Football also paid tribute to “a great teacher of Gaelic Football”.

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Trophy World U14 Co League

Austin Stacks B -v- Firies B – 7:30pm

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Billy Kissane Meats

Under 12

Division 4 ; Duagh v  Finuge/St Senans Thursday 13th August @ 7-00pm

Division 2 ; Ballyduff v Moyvane Thursday 13th August @ 7-30pm

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Aussie Rules

Kerryman Mark O’Connor is named on the interchange bench for Geelong as they look to move into 2nd on the AFL ladder.

 

The Dingle man claimed 9 marks and completed 16 passes in their previous 93-34 win and will look to continue his strong performance against the current league leaders Port Adelaide tomorrow night.

 

A win for Geelong would move them from 3rd to 2nd on the ladder. The match will be a big milestone for Mark O’Connors teammate and fellow Irishman Zach Tuohy as he will move past Tadhg Kennelly on AFL appearance list for Irish players on 198. Jim Stynes is still out on front on 246.

 

TENNIS

Men’s world number one Novak Djokovic has confirmed he’ll compete at the US Open later this month.

A number of big names, including defending champion Rafael Nadal, have pulled out of the tournament – which is being held behind closed doors.

Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus in June, after controversially hosting his own events in the Balkans.

BOXING

Eric Donovan has made weight for tomorrow night’s IBF intercontinental super-featherweight title fight.

Both he and opponent Zelfa Barrett tipped the scales at 129-pounds, 10-ounces.

The fight is Kildare native Donovan’s first chance to secure an international title.

SOCCER

Atletico Madrid meet R-B Leipzig tonight in the second of this week’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Paris Saint-Germain await the winners, and kick-off in Lisbon is at 8.

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FA Cup replays will be scrapped next season to help reduce congestion in the fixture schedule.

The 2020-21 campaign will be starting later than normal, after the previous one was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the EFL have confirmed the semi-finals of the League Cup will be played over one leg – instead of two.