Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

The former police chief accused of lying about the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster has had charges against him dropped.

Norman Bettison was facing misconduct allegations relating to the 1989 tragedy, which cost the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.


Proceedings are being discontinued after two witnesses changed their evidence and a third died.

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Shamrock Rovers have agreed a deal to sell teenage goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu to Premier League champions Manchester City.

The 16-year-old, who has put in a number of eye catching performances for Rovers’ first-team this season, will make the move to City next summer after the clubs agreed an initial 400-thousand euro fee.

Bazunu will stay in Ireland to complete his Leaving Cert next June and then sign a four-year contract at the Etihad.

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Rotherham manager Paul Warne says he’s ‘hopeful’ but ‘not convinced’ that they can agree a deal with Brighton to loan Richie Towell for the rest of the season.

The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international impressed on loan at Rotherham last term, scoring six goals to help them get promoted to the SkyBet Championship.

Towell has only played a handful of games for Brighton since joining from Dundalk in 2016 and his contract expires at the Amex Stadium next summer.

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Republic of Ireland under-21 defender Jimmy Dunne has moved to Hearts on loan until January.

He’s made the switch after agreeing a new contract through to June 2020 with his parent club Burnley.

Dunne says he hopes to ease Hearts’ defensive worries after they suffered a number of injuries in the first month of the new season.

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Northern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt has announced his retirement from international football aged 35.

The West Brom captain is stepping down after 65 appearances for his country.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill described Brunt as a model professional, saying his contribution to the team over the past 14 years will be remembered for a long time to come.

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Derby boss Frank Lampard aims to avoid a third successive Championship defeat when they face Ipswich tonight.

Leeds look to keep their 100 per cent start to life under Marcelo Bielsa on track when they head to Swansea, who are still unbeaten under new boss Graham Potter.

Former England manager Steve McLaren takes his QPR team into a game against Bristol City, having been thrashed 7-1 by West Brom at the weekend.

Rotherham host Hull.

GAELIC GAMES

Tipperary under-21 hurling manager Liam Cahill admits the vacant senior role in the county is a job that interests him.

He’s reportedly one of the contenders to succeed 2016 All-Ireland winning boss Michael Ryan, who stepped down this summer.

Tipperary face Cork in Sunday’s All-Ireland under-21 Hurling Final.

Cahill says he’d consider taking the job – if approached by Tipperary County Board.

BASKETBALL

The Ireland women’s under-16 basketball team have missed out on a place in the quarter-finals of the European Championships.

They’ve lost out 52-38 to group winners Israel in Montenegro.

Kerry’s Siofra O’Shea top scored for the Irish with 12.

Ireland will now play in the 9-16th place classification, with that section of the tournament set to get underway on Thursday.

BOXING

Leitrim featherweight Dearbhla Rooney has missed out on a place in the last-16 at the World Youth Boxing Championships in Hungary.

The European silver medalist has been edged out on a 3-2 split decision by Panpatchara Somnuek of Thailand.

Sligo’s Dean Clancy Dean Clancy fights in the last-32 of the men’s flyweight division.

He goes up against American Asa Stevens this evening.

RUGBY

Leinster out-half Ciarán Frawley is set to miss the start of new Guinness PRO14 season.

The 20-year-old injured his arm in the European champions’ pre-season match against Newcastle last weekend and will be out for ‘a number of weeks’.

With Ross Byrne and new captain Johnny Sexton both returning late after Ireland’s summer tour of Australia, as well as Joey Carberry signing for Munster, it could leave coach Leo Cullen short of options for the 10 shirt for the start of the new campaign.

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The English Rugby Football Union say Danny Cipriani’s hearing in front of an independent disciplinary panel will take place tomorrow in Bristol.

The Gloucester fly-half was charged after his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest during an incident in Jersey.

Cipriani’s union says the governing body shouldn’t be involved, and he’s been punished twice already.

He’s already been fined by magistrates and his club.

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