Evening Sports Update

SOCCER
Manchester United host the opening game of the new Premier League season tonight.

They take on Leicester at Old Trafford.

New signing Fred is expected to make his debut.


But boss Jose Mourinho is without a number of injured first-choice players – and he also has to consider the condition of those who featured in the late stages of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Leicester boss Claude Puel has his own injury headaches.

He’ll have to see whether his England World Cup stars are fit enough to play at Old Trafford tonight.

It was less than a month ago that Harry Maguire played in England’s third-placed play-off with Belgium in Russia.

Jamie Vardy was also part of the national team.

Roy Hodgson’s signed a new contract at Crystal Palace.

The former England boss took over as manager in September when the club was bottom of the Premier League, and led them to an 11th placed finish.

He’ll now stay until at least the summer of 2020.

In Irish soccer, Dundalk will be out for revenge when they host Cobh Ramblers in the first round of the F-A-I Cup this evening.

Ramblers head to Oriel Park just days after dumping the Lilywhites out of the E-A Sports Cup.

The Cork side reached their first national cup final thanks to a 1-nil win at St Coleman’s Park on Monday.

Also tonight, Inchicore Athletic will be looking for local bragging rights when they take on St Patricks Athletic at Richmond Park.

Drogheda United meet Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps go to Bray Wanderers, Wexford face Bohemians, and Shelbourne play Athlone Town.

Everton have announced the signing of defender Kurt Zouma.

He’s joined on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.

Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has joined Spanish side Valencia.

He’s gone on a season-long loan.

GOLF

Kevin Kisner has taken the outright lead early in his second round at the U-S P-G-A Championship.

The American has enjoyed a perfect start to his day, with 4 birdies across his opening 6 holes.

Kisner tops the leaderboard on 7 under with overnight leader Gary Woodland a shot further back.

Shane Lowry leads the Irish challenge in St Louis – The Offaly man will resume from 1 under par at 7 o’clock this evening.

Rory McIlroy is a further shot back on level par – he tees off at 7:48pm.

Padraig Harringon and Paul Dunne will resume from 1 over and 3 over par respectively.

ATHLETICS
Phil Healy says she’s ready to give her all in tonight’s 200 metres semi-final at the European Championships.

The Bandon runner goes in lane 6 at 6:55 Irish time, as she aims for a place in tomorrows final.

The 23 year old qualified automatically for the semi finals this morning, finishing third in her heat.

Healy clocked a time of 23.34 seconds.

Meanwhile,

Ciara Mageean earned a place in Sunday’s 1500 metres final earlier.

The 2016 bronze medallist qualified with a second place finish in her heat this morning.

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