Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

There are fears Conor Murray could miss Munster’s opening two games in this season’s Champions Cup.

The Ireland scrum-half is dealing with a persistent neck injury.


It was expected that Murray would miss the opening 2 to 3 games of the Pro 14 season, but that break could be extended to October.

Munster’s Pro 14 campaign begins against the Cheetahs on Saturday, while their European seasons starts with games against Exeter and Gloucester.

GAELIC GAMES

The Mayo County Board say that Stephen Rochford is still the manager of their senior footballers.

Speculation is rife that Rochford would be leaving a role he’s occupied since December of 2015.

Rochford has been in the process of re-organising his backroom team following the departures of Donie Buckley, Peter Burke and Tony McEntee.

Former Mayo captain Peter Ford and his joint-manager at Breaffy Shane Conway were reportedly set to be appointed as selectors this week.

Officers of the County Executive are due to meet with Rochford this week to discuss plans for 2019.

SOCCER

Martin O’Neill says he remains hopeful that Declan Rice will commit his future to the Republic of Ireland.

The West Ham teenager has been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the Nations League opener with Wales, and the friendly with Poland.

Rice has been capped three times for Ireland, but as all of those games were friendlies he is free to declare for the country of his birth – England.

O’Neill concedes that England have spoken with Rice and he’s taking time to consider his options.

But the Ireland manager is keeping his fingers crossed

Elsewhere, there’s a first call-up to the Ireland squad for goalkeeper Sean McDermott, who plays for Norwegian side Kristiansund.

Preston striker Callum Robinson is also in line for a first competitive game having received his international clearance.

CYCLING

Elia Viviani won today’s third stage of the Vuelta Espana.

The Quick Step rider won in a sprint into Alhaurin de la Torre.

Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski retains the leader’s red jersey with a 14-second lead over Alejandro Valverde.

TENNIS

Simona Halep has suffered a first round exit at the US Open.

The top seed was beaten in straight sets by world number 44, Kaia Kanepi.

Later, defending champion Sloane Stephens opens her account against Evgeniya Rodina.

Serena Williams is also in action tonight, taking on Poland’s Magda Linette.

Following them on the Arthur Ashe Court will be the all-Spanish meeting of top seed Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer.

2016 winner Stan Wawrinka got action underway on that court – he’s facing the eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov.

And Andy Murray plays his first Grand Slam match in 14-months tonight when he faces the unseeded Aussie, James Duckworth.

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