Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Almost 30-thousand tickets have now been sold out for next month’s Liam Miller Tribute match.

The game between Celtic, Manchester United and Republic of Ireland legends on September 25th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh is expected to sell out.


Roy Keane says it’s a chance to celebrate his former Manchester United and Ireland team-mates achievements

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Holders Cork City are among the sixteen teams that will go into the hat for tonight’s F-A-I Cup second round draw.

Non League sides C-I-E Ranch and Maynooth University Town are among those waiting to discover their next opponents.

Derry City take their place in the draw following Saturday’s record 12-2 victory over Blarney United.

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says they won’t get carried away after beating West Ham 4-nil in their first Premier League game of the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side finished fourth last term and reached the Champions League final.

After a summer of heavy spending, they’ve been tipped to challenge Manchester City for the title.

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Preston North End manager Alex Neil says Republic of Ireland winger Daryl Horgan asked to leave in order to boost his international chances.

The 26-year-old joined S-P-L side Hiberian on a three-year-contract at the weekend.

Neil says he was unable to promise Horgan enough game-time to impress Ireland boss Martin O’Neill.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Willian says there’s ‘no chance’ he’d still be at the club if Antonio Conte was still manager.

The Brazilian international has revealed that he turned down a summer move to Barcelona in order to remain at Stamford Bridge after they appointed Maurizio Sarri as Conte’s successor.

Willian says he’ll only leave the Blues if they choose to sell him.

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Moussa Sissoko won’t be punished over an incident with winger Kenedy during Tottenham’s Premier League win at Newcastle on Saturday.

The Spurs midfielder was accused of stamping on the back of the Brazilian’s leg.

Nothing was given at the time, but the match officials have said they spotted it and decided it wasn’t worthy of a foul.

That means Sissoko can’t be retrospectively punished.

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Aberdeen have signed Manchester United striker James Wilson on a season-long loan.

In 2014, he scored twice on his United debut when he was only 18.

But he’s struggled to make an impact at the club since, spending time on loan at Brighton, Derby and most recently Sheffield United.

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West Ham midfielder Edimilson Fernandes has signed for Italian club Fiorentina on a season-long loan.

The Switzerland international started just nine Premier League games last season.

He moved to east London from Swiss club FC Sion two years ago.

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Oliver Norwood has left Brighton to join Sheffield United on an initial loan deal.

The midfielder’s move will be made permanent in January when the transfer window reopens.

Norwood helped Albion gain promotion to the Premier League in the 2016-17 season – and did the same on-loan with Fulham in the last campaign.

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Brazil legend Ronaldo says he’ll leave hospital in Ibiza today after being admitted with pneumonia.

The 41-year-old had been staying at his holiday home on the Spanish island.

He tweeted to thank fans for their support, and explain that he’d been suffering from very bad flu symptoms but is okay now.

 

Hockey Ireland will receive 500-thousand Euro of the 1-point-5-million of extra funding announced by Minister for Sport Shane Ross last week.

That money is to be used by both the men’s and women’s hockey teams to aid their preparations for the 2020 Olympics.

Horse Sport Ireland and the Olympic Council will both be granted 175-thousand each while 100-thousand Euro goes to Paralympics Ireland.

Swim Ireland and Gymnastics Ireland will receive 75-thousand each with the I-A-B-A and Athletics Ireland given 50-thousand.

In all 17 bodies will be allocated money.

 

 

 

GOLF

U-S captain Jim Furyk has confirmed the first eight members of his team for this year’s Ryder Cup.

World number one Dustin Johnson, U-S Open and P-G-A Championship winner Brooks Koepka and Masters champion Patrick Reed are joined by Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Rickie Fowler.

Tiger Woods, who is up to 26th in the world after his second place finish at the P-G-A Championship, is hoping to be one of Furyk’s two wildcard picks ahead of the event in six weeks time.  

RUGBY

Munster head-coach Johann van Graan says it was entirely Joey Carberry’s decision to join them from Leinster.

The 22-year-old Ireland out-half made the switch between the provincial rivals this summer after agreeing a two-year contract at Thomond Park.

He’s expected to get more game-time in the 10 shirt with the Reds as he bids to impress Ireland coach Joe Schmidt ahead of next year’s World Cup in Japan.

Van Graan says the move was Carberry’s choice.

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