Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-nil to join Liverpool in maintaining a perfect start to the Premier League season.

Liverpool made it four wins from four, with a 2-1 victory at Leicester earlier.


West Ham lost for a fourth top-flight game in a row under Manuel Pellegrini, beaten 1-nil by Wolves.

Fulham and Brighton drew 2-all, Everton and Huddersfield drew 1-all and Southampton won 2-nil at Crystal Palace.

West Brom beat Stoke 2-1 in the Championship in the battle of the relegated Premier League sides.

Sheffield United thrashed Aston Villa 4-1.

Reading and Birmingham remain winless this season after losing 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday and drawing nil-nil with QPR, respectively.

Brentford beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 and Derby won at Hull by the same score.

Preston against Bolton finished 2-all and Wigan beat fellow-promoted club Rotherham 1-nil.

Dundalk winger Michael Duffy has confirmed his intention to switch allegiance to the Republic of Ireland.

Duffy’s been one of the stand-out players in the League of Ireland this season, scoring 11-goals for the table-topping Lilywhites.

The former Northern Ireland underage international says his ‘heart was set on the Republic of Ireland’ after receiving a call from manager Martin O’Neill.

His international clearance is expected to come through for November’s friendly against Northern Ireland.

Tottenham striker Son Heung-min is set to avoid two years of military service after his South Korea side claimed gold at the Asia Games today.

Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan were on target as they beat Japan 2-1 after extra-time.

It grants the Korea team an exemption from a compulsory 21-months of military service.

Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts thrashed St Mirren 4-1 – they’ve won all four of their top-flight matches so far this season.

Aberdeen lost for the first time this term, beaten 2-nil by Kilmarnock.

Hibs’ unbeaten record is gone as well, after losing 2-1 to Livingston.

St Johnstone beat Hamilton by the same score.

Motherwell won 3-1 at bottom club Dundee.

GAELIC GAMES

Former Longford forward Padraic Davis is in line to become their next senior football manager.

Davis, who previously managed the Midlanders’ under-21s side and was a selector to Glenn Ryan, will be put forward for ratification to succeed Denis Connerton.

Connerton stepped down this summer after three-years at the helm.

Westmeath are set to appoint former Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid as their new hurling manager.

Quaid opted against taking a second season with Christy Ring winners Kildare and will instead take over last year’s beaten McDonagh Cup finalists.

He’ll attend local championship games in the Lake County this weekend ahead of ratification.

SAILING

Irish teeanagers Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have taken gold in the under-23 49er Sailing World Championships in France.

The 19-year olds were overnight leaders of the five-day event in Marseilles and finished strongly to take their second victory in the 52 boat fleet.

It follows Liam Glynn’s bronze medal in the under-21 Laser World Championships earlier this summer.

RUGBY

There was heart-break for Connacht in their opening game in rugby’s Guinness PRO-14.

Stuart Hogg kicked a late drop-goal to snatch a 27-26 victory for Glasgow at the Sportsground.

Craig Ronaldson had a last-gasp long-range penalty for Connacht but it struck the post and bounced wide.

MOTORSPORT

Kimi Raikkonen has broken the record for the fastest qualifying lap in F1 history.

The Ferrari driver secured pole position for tomorrow’s Italian F1 Grand Prix.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton was third-quickest in his Mercedes, just behind title rival Sebastian Vettel.

RACING

The market for next years classics has been torn apart this afternoon with new favourites for the 2000 Guineas and Derby emerging in the space of less than half an hour.

Ten Sovereign’s maintained his unbeaten record in the Round Tower Stakes in Ireland to become the new favourite for the 2000 Guineas and then minutes later Too Darn Hot did likewise in the 188 Bet Solario Stakes at Sandown. He now tops the market for next years Blue Riband at Epsom.

Donnacha O’Brien was on board for his father Aidan for that Ten Sovereigns victory.

The Ballydoyle duo also teamed up for victory with Just Wonderful in the Group Three Flame Of Tara Irish E-B-F Stakes.

The Jessica Harrington-trained I’m So Fancy landed the Group Three Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes.