Evening Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

The extension of level-5 restrictions into early March is to have a knock-on effect on the inter-county season.

The Allianz National Leagues were due to commence in the final weekend of February.

They now won’t get underway until late March at the earliest.

The All Ireland finals could also be moved from July to August to ease the back-log of fixtures.

SOCCER

Officials in England have been told to change their interpretation of the offside rule.

Aston Villa were livid last week after Manchester City’s Rodri came from an offside position to steal the ball off Tyrone Mings.

City then scored – and they won the Premier League match 2-nil.

Villa boss Dean Smith was sent off for his reaction – and still can’t believe the decision

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Manchester City have the chance to go top of the Premier League table tonight.

They’re away to West Brom from 8.15.

At the same time, there’s a re-run of one of the weekend’s FA Cup ties with Southampton hosting Arsenal.

Newcastle will look to end a run of eight top flight games without a win from 6 when Leeds visit St. James’s Park.

And there’s a London derby at Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace up against West Ham.

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Dundalk have completed their fifth signing of the close season.

Former Dundee United and Hibs midfielder Sam Stanton is the latest player to join the FAI Cup winners.

CRICKET

A second consecutive century from Paul Stirling wasn’t enough to hand Ireland victory over Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.

Ireland lost the third and final one-day international between the sides by 66-runs.

Stirling top-scored with 118, but Ireland come away from the series with zero World Cup qualifying points.

RUGBY

There’s some tangible news on Joey Carbery’s recovery.

The out-half took some part in Munster training today as he continues to rehab a long-standing ankle injury.

Carbery hasn’t played in just over a year after undergoing surgery.

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Ulster are again busy tying down their players with new deals.

Kieran Treadwell, John Andrew, Andrew Warwick and Nathan Doak have all committed to the province until 2023.

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Sam Underhill is the third player in two days to pull out of England’s Six Nations squad.

The Bath flanker is suffering from a hip injury and has been replaced by Wasps’ Jack Willis

Yesterday, Joe Marler and Joe Launchbury were ruled out – with Charlie Ewels and Tom West stepping in.

England begin the tournament against Scotland a week on Saturday.

GAELIC GAMES

Paudie Murray is to stay on as Cork camogie manager for a tenth consecutive season.

He’s led the county to four All Ireland titles, the most recent of which came in 2018.