Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters is on the move.

He’s set to join Championship side Ipswich Town on loan from Burnley.


Walters previously spent 3-and-a-half years at the Portman Road club, before leaving for Stoke in 2010.

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Hal Robson-Kanu has announced his retirement from international football with Wales.

He scored five goals in 44 appearances – with one of those strikes coming against Belgium in their 3-1 quarter-final win at Euro 2016.

Wales play the Republic of Ireland and Denmark in the inaugural Nations League next month.

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Three more Premier League sides face Championship opposition in the second round of the EFL Cup tonight.

Everton play host to Rotherham.

Newcastle go to Nottingham Forest.

And Watford make the trip to Reading.

Tonight’s other game sees Millwall face League One’s bottom side Plymouth.

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The group stage line-up for the Champions League will be completed tonight.

PSV Eindhoven lead BATE Borisov 3-2 ahead of their second leg in the Netherlands.

PAOK Thessaloniki and Benfica are level ahead of their second leg.

While Salzburg and Red Star Belgrade are scoreless.

All of those games have 8 o’clock starts.

GAELIC GAMES

Roscommon are looking to quell speculation linking Kevin McStay with the Mayo manager’s job.

County P-R-O Hugh Lynn has told The Star that the Mayo native is Roscommon’s manager, and will remain so.

McStay led Roscommon to the Connacht title last year, and also guided them to a Super 8 berth this year.

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Joe Quaid is no longer the manager of the Kildare hurlers.

The former Limerick goalkeeper led the Lilywhites to this year’s Christy Ring Cup, but will not be seeking a second year in charge.

Quaid has been linked with the vacant posititions at both Westmeath and Laois.

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Westmeath football forward Ray Connellan’s set to return home ahead of the 2019 season.

The Athlone clubman has not been offered a new contract by A-F-L club Saint Kilda.

Saint Kilda’s general manager of football Simon Lethlean says he ‘gave everything’ during his two seasons in Australia.

Connellan has thanked the club and added that his time in Melbourne has been the been ‘the most amazing experience’ of his life.

CRICKET

Ireland are closing in on victory in their second one-day international with Afghanistan at Stormont.

Chasing a target of 183, the hosts had reached 155 for 5 off 38 overs.

Ireland need just 28-runs from their remaining 12-overs.

Tim Murtagh was again Ireland’s star man with the ball earlier, taking 4 wickets for just 30-runs.