Evening Sports Update

ATHLETICS

Ireland have won their ninth medal at the World Para-Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

Cork’s Niamh McCarthy made it six golds for Ireland, when she won the F-41 Discus final.


The Cork native set a European record of 31.76 metres, more than 10 metres clear of second place.

Ireland also won three bronze medals at the games in Berlin.

SOCCER

Chelsea have joined Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, after a 2-1 win against Newcastle.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are now three wins from three, ending a five game winless run away to the Magpies.

Eden Hazard gave them the lead from the penalty spot, but Joselu equalised with a header.

Chelsea won it on 88 minutes, Marcos Alonso’s volley deflected in off DeAndre Yedlin.

Fulham have their first win since returning to the top flight, beating struggling Burnley 4-2 at Craven Cottage.

Aleksander Mitrovic scored twice for Fulham with Jean Michael Seri and Andre Schurrle also on target.

Jeff Hendrick and James Tarkowski found the net for the Clarets in the first half.

Watford have won their opening three Premier League games for the first time.

They followed victories over Burnley and Brighton by winning 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

Everton say defender Michael Keane sustained a small hairline fracture of the skull against Bournemouth.

He was taken to hospital following a clash of heads during the 2-2 draw – in which he had earlier scored his first Premier League goal for the club.

Everton expect him to be out for three to four weeks.

In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic are up to second place in the table, after a 1-0 win against Hamilton at Celtic Park.

Want-away defender Dedryck Boyata scored the only goal of the game, watched by Franny Kiernan

Earlier, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers played out a dramatic 3-3 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park.

Rangers twice came from behind to lead, before Peter Hartley’s 90th minute equaliser saved a point for Motherwell.

In the Scottish Premiership, Motherwell got a stoppage-time equaliser in a 3-3 draw at home to Rangers. Robert McElroy reports

Rotherham have their second Championship win of the season.

They got a 1-nil victory at home to Millwall.

The result moves them on to six points – one more than their opponents.

MOTORSPORT

After a dramatic start, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton has finished second at the Belgian F1 Grand Prix.

The championship leader lost the lead to race winner and title rival Sebastian Vettel after a collision on the opening corner at the Spa circuit.

Fernando Alonso crashed heavily after his car was launched into the air.

Bad weather has meant the British MotoGP has been cancelled.

Heavy rain and standing water at Silverstone caused unsafe conditions on the track.

The start time had been brought forward by 90 minutes due to the forecast but in the end no racing was possible.

Organisers say staging the event tomorrow is not an option.

RACING

Aidan O’Brien notched a Curragh double as next year’s Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck led home a 1-2-3 for the Ballydoyle handler in the Group 2 Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes under Ryan Moore.

The two-year-old built on his most recent Leopardstown success to score convincingly, solidifying his position at the head of the antepost markets for next year’s Investec-sponsored Epsom Classic.

O’Brien revealed after the success that his colt will now head to the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the same venue on Longines Irish Champions Weekend next month.

Jessica Harrington continued her fine run of form with a Curragh double on Sunday as Beautiful Morning prevailed in a photo finish under Colm O’Donoghue in the Group 3 Royal Whip Stakes before Rovetta landed the Irish EBF Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Fillies Handicap.

The latter mare followed up her pair of successes at the Galway festival under promising young rider Shane Crosse and is owned by the Capel Street Syndicate – headed up by Irish rugby international Sean O’Brien.

Monasterevin jockey Ronan Whelan enjoyed one of his biggest career successes as Skitter Scatter routed her rivals in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes for trainer Patrick Prendergast.

The daughter of Scat Daddy showed an impressive change of gears to leave her rivals in a world of trouble approaching the final furlong and the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes could be next on the agenda on Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

Sheila Lavery was out of luck in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes with Lady Kaya but on today’s card at the Curragh she unleashed a very smart juvenile in the shape of Breaking Story, who ran out an impressive winner of the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The mount of Robbie Colgan travelled smoothly before quickening up nicely to land the spoils at odds of 33-1.

Belmont Derby winner Catholic Boy denied the Aidan O’Brien-trained Mendelssohn a first top-level victory on dirt in a tactical renewal of the Runhappy Travers Stakes in Saratoga.

Mendelssohn dictated the pace after seizing the lead going into the first bend under a canny ride by Ryan Moore, steadying the pace once in front and seemingly holding every chance turning into the straight, with Catholic Boy upsides and the pair four lengths clear of the rest of the field.

No challengers were forthcoming from the rear but Catholic Boy, fourth behind Mendelssohn in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last year, stayed on strongly in the final two furlongs to run out a ready four-length winner for trainer Jonathan Thomas and rider Javier Castellano.

It was another step forward for Mendelssohn, who failed to trouble the principals in the Kentucky Derby in May but more recently finished third in the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park last month.

O’Brien’s assistant trainer TJ Comerford said: “This was a big improvement and it just shows he’s coming back to his best. I’m sure he’ll be back in the United States soon.”

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