Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Chelsea have joined Liverpool in making it five wins from five at the start of the Premier League season.

They came from behind to win 4-1 against Cardiff at Stamford Bridge – with Eden Hazard scoring a hat-trick.


Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 in the early game.

Champions Manchester City eased past Fulham 3-nil.

Arsenal held on for a 2-1 victory at Newcastle – while Bournemouth triumphed 4-2 against Leicester.

Huddersfield lost 1-nil to Crystal Palace.

Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts have started the season with five consecutive wins.

They held on for a 1-nil victory at Motherwell.

Rangers thumped bottom side Dundee 4-nil at Ibrox.

Hibernian got past Kilmarnock 3-2 – while there was a 1-nil triumph for Livingston against Hamilton.

Aberdeen drew 1-all at St Johnstone.

RACING

Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien won the St Leger for the sixth time as Kew Gardens ran away from Lah Ti Dar in the William Hill-sponsored Classic at Doncaster.

The 3-1 winner, who was ridden by Ryan Moore, forged on inside the final furlong and was able to repel 7-4 favourite Lah Ti Dar by two and a quarter lengths.

Southern France, also trained by O’Brien, was third at 20-1. Moore, winning his second St Leger, said: “It was very smooth and he’s a very uncomplicated horse. He tries very hard and has a great attitude to life. He picked up really well.”

A son of the mighty Galileo, Kew Gardens was only ninth in the Derby, but has flourished since. He bolted up in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot before striking at the top level in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp in July.

A return to France for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe could be on his agenda and Kew Gardens was cut to 12-1 (from 25s) to triumph in Europe’s richest race on October 7.

He now stands alongside Milan, Brian Boru, Scorpion, Leading Light and Capri as O’Brien’s winners of the famous race.

Kerry jockey Oisin Murphy has ridden his first ever winner in Ireland, on one of his home country’s biggest days.

Murphy, who rides the favourite Roaring Lion in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes later on the Leopardstown card scrambled home on Limini in the Petingo Handicap in a 1 2 for trainer Willie Mullins.

Laurens caused an upset in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes.

The 10 – 1 shot beat the firm favourite Alpha Centauri on the opening day of the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown.

Kevin Prendergast, the legendary 86-year-old trainer, could have a Classic contender on his hands in the shape of Madhmoon who ran out an impressive winner of the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown.

The 6-5 favourite always looked to have things under control in the hands of Chris Hayes and stormed to a two and a half length victory over Broome. Madhmoon is now a 20-1 shot for next year’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

EQUESTRIAN

Kildare’s Judy Reynolds has become the first ever Irish Dressage rider to reach the “Freestyle To Music” Final at a World Equestrian Games, following a brilliant performance in the Grand Prix Special Final last night in North Carolina.

Riding “Vancouver K”, Judy improved on her score from Wednesday’s first qualifier, to post a score of 73.982% which placed her in the top 15 who make it through to the Freestyle Final.

F1

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton is on pole position for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix.

The championship leader qualified fastest ahead of Max Verstappen and title rival Sebastian Vettel – who was third.

BOXING

Floyd Mayweather says he’ll return to fight Manny Pacquiao this year

Mayweather posted a video of the pair on his Instagram revealing the news of his comeback 13 months on from his knockout win over Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.

The post was captioned: “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another nine-figure-pay-day on the way.”

GOLF

Padraig Harrington is just 3 shots off the lead after a 6 under par 3rd round at the K-L-M Open.

It could have been better for the three-time major winner but he carded a bogey on the last to finish on 10 under, 3 strokes behind leader Chris Wood

GUI Inter-Club Four-Ball Championship
All-Ireland Semi-Final Results
Portumna 1.5 Nuremore 3.5 (Portumna names first)
David Hughes & Joe O’Brien lost to Gerry Eakin & John Kiernan 2&1; Alan Hayes & Philip Madden beat Pat Sheridan & Seamus Tierney 3&2; Niall Tierney & Eamon Lynch lost to Brian Og Carson & Cathal O’Gorman 2&1; Kenneth Kelly & Brian Grogan lost to Fabian Kerley & Thomas McMahon 3&2; Alan Page & Donal Hourigan halved with Brian Busby & Stephen Sweeney

Nenagh 4 Malahide 1 (Nenagh names first)
Billy Morgan & Dinny Ryan beat Michael Gaffney & Paraic A Conlon 2&1; David McGrath & Billy Burke beat Eamon Donnelly & Paul A Murray 6&5; Garry Howard & Noel O’Dwyer beat Gary Mahood & Michael Murray 1H; Paddy Martin & Charles Cavanagh halved with Noel Minihan & Kieran O’Dwyer; Denis Sherlock & William Harty halved with Seamus Gallagher & Andrew Roche

Sunday 16 September
All-Ireland Final Draw
Nuremore v Nenagh (Nuremore names first)
Matches at 12-minute intervals
0900 Gerry Eakin & John Kiernan v Billy Morgan & Dinny Ryan; Pat Sheridan & Seamus Tierney v David McGrath & Billy Burke; Brian Og Carson & Cathal O’Gorman v Garry Howard & Noel O’Dwyer; Fabian Kerley & Thomas McMahon v Denis Sherlock & William Harty; Brian Busby & Stephen Sweeney v Charles Cavanagh & Paddy Martin