Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

Chris Cloete has retuned to training with Munster.

The South African flanker has been out of action since fracturing his fore-arm in February.


Head-coach Johann van Graan is expecting to be without Neil Cronin and Billy Holland for the rest of the month

Jack McGrath is set to miss Leinster’s upcoming games against the Dragons and Edinburgh.

The Province have announced the Ireland prop will be sidelined for a ‘few’ weeks due to a knee injury he has suffered in training.

Ireland internationals Johnny Sexton, Garry Ringrose, James Ryan, Josh van der Flier and Rob Kearney are all in line to play against Dragons at the R-D-S this weekend.

SOCCER

Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has been ruled out of tomorrow evening’s friendly against Poland.

The Everton full-back’s picked up a foot injury.

Cyrus Christie and Matt Doherty are in contention to replace him.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says the story of Roy Keane’s summer bust ups with Harry Arter and Jonathan Walters in a whatsapp audio message recorded by Stephen Ward doesn’t tally with Keane’s account of the incidents.

The clip has been widely circulated today and O’Neill addressed the comments at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Poland

Dele Alli has been withdrawn from England’s squad for tomorrow night’s friendly with Switzerland in Leicester.

The Tottenham midfielder picked up a minor muscle strain in Saturday’s 2-1 Nations League defeat to Spain at Wembley.

No replacement will be called up.

Meanwhile, Scotland will hope to improve on a run of five defeats in six matches when they get their Nations League campaign underway tonight.

Alex McLeish’s side take on Albania at Hampden.

They were thumped 4-nil by Belgium in a friendly on Friday night.

Zinedine Zidane says he hopes to return to management ‘soon’.

The French legend resigned at Real Madrid this summer after leading the Spanish giants to three successive Champions League titles.

Zidane’s currently the bookmakers favourite to succeed Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and he’s sure he’ll be back in the dugout ‘before long’.

The draw will be made this evening for the semi-finals of the Daily Mail F-A-I Cup.

U-C-D are in the last four for the first-time in 11-years along with holders Cork City, Premier Division leaders Dundalk and the winners of the tie between Bohemians and Derry.

The semi-finals will be played on the last week of September.

CAMOGIE

Cork’s All-Ireland winning camogie teams are set for a homecoming on Leeside this evening.

The senior side lifted the O’Duffy Cup for a record 28th-time following a one-point win over their rivals Kilkenny while the Intermediate team beat Down by 1-13 to 9-points.

The panels are set to arrive at Mallow for 7pm before going to Kent Station ahead of an open top bus parade in the city.

MOTORSPORT

Italian Motorcyclists Romano Fenati has been sacked following a bizarre incident during yesterday’s Moto 2 race in San Marino.

He pulled a rivals brake lever during a 200 kilometres and hour overtaking manoeuvre.

Fenati was given a two-race suspension and has now had his contract terminated.

CYCLING

Chris Froome says he’ll come back stronger to challenge for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title

He’s taking the rest of the season off to concentrate on next year.

Froome successfully cleared his name over allegations of an adverse test result for levels of the asthma medication salbutamol.

But he says he never contemplated quitting the sport.

CRICKET

England’s Alastair Cook has scored a century in his last innings before retiring from international cricket.

He reached his 33rd Test ton just before lunch on day four of the fifth and final match of their series with India.

Cook was given a huge ovation by the crowd at The Oval.

He’s also become the fifth highest run scorer of all-time in the longest form of the game.