Evening Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

The Mayo Ladies Football Executive have offered their public support to manager Peter Leahy, and the remaining members of the football panel.

It follows a press conference where the twelve departed players doubled down on claims of player welfare issues and unhealthy environments.


Former captain Sarah Tierney talked of being “undermined” and “intimidated” in her dealings with Leahy’s management.

The Mayo LGFA say they did not encounter anything approaching a player welfare issue in their attempts to resolve the situation.

They add that mediation was attempted, but brought no resolution to the situation, and that the departed players have only exacerbated matters.

All Ireland champions Limerick will have the first week off in next year’s Munster Championship.

John Kiely’s side will begin their provincial campaign in week 2 at home to Cork.

The first round of fixtures will see Cork face Tipperary, and Pauric Fanning’s first Championship game in charge of Waterford will see them face Clare.

The Munster round robin gets underway on May 12th.

GAA players spend up to 31-hours a week on inter-county commitments – that’s according to a new study from the E-S-R-I.

The study was commissioned by the GAA and GPA and focussed on 2016 players.

The busiest players were aged between 18 and 21, while the players’ mental wellbeing was poorer than the general population.

SOCCER

Tottenham are the first Premier League side into action in the Champions League group stages this evening.

They’re in Milan to face Inter at 5-to-6.

The other game in Group B tonight sees Barcelona entertain P-S-V.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will give Roberto Firmino every chance to play in their Group C encounter with P-S-G at Anfield.

The Brazilian striker suffered an abrasion to the eye in Saturday’s win over Tottenham.

Elsewhere in that group, Napoli are away to 1991-winners Red Star Belgrade.

Those games have 8 o’clock starts.

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta says he will do his best to reduce the impact of not having Pep Guardiola on the touchline for their opening Champions League game.

The City boss will be absent in their group stage opener with Lyon because of suspension.

Guardiola was sent to the stand during the quarter-final second leg against Liverpool in April

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Luke Shaw will play in their opening Champions League group game with Young Boys tomorrow night.

The full-back missed the weekend’s Premier League win at Watford after taking a blow to the head while on international duty with England.

Mourinho wouldn’t reveal if he’ll take the chance to start Marcus Rashford – who’s currently suspended from domestic action

There could be a debut for Wes Hoolahan in West Brom’s meeting with Bristol City tonight.

That’s one of seven games in the Championship.

Early frontrunners Leeds welcome Preston to Elland Road,

And Frank Lampard’s Derby take on Blackburn.

Ivan Gazidis has resigned as Arsenal chief executive to join Italian side AC Milan.

The Premier League club have announced they’ll be led by Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham from the end of October.

Gazidis has been with Arsenal for just under ten years.

RUGBY

Eddie Jones has added former New Zealand boss John Mitchell to his England coaching team.

He’ll work on defence up until the end of next year’s World Cup.

Mitchell led the All Blacks to 23 wins in 28 Tests – and was also an assistant to former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward.

The RFU say Scott Wisemantel will also continue is his role as attack coach.

GOLF

While the 2018 edition of the Ryder Cup is still 10-days away, the venue for the 2036 edition has been revealed.

The US PGA will host the tournament at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

It will be the first time the Maryland course will have hosted the famous tournament.

DOPING

Sport Ireland have joined the chorus asking that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency not be re-instated.

RUSADA will discover on Thursday whether or not it will be allowed return to world sport.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has suggested a compromise which could allow RUSADA resume its activities.

Sport Ireland Chief Executive John Treacy claims RUSADA are yet to satisfy two criteria of its ‘Roadmap to Compliance’.

Ireland is one of 13 countries to express their dismay at the possible re-integration of RUSADA.

BOXING

Billy Joe Saunders has been charged with misconduct by the British Boxing Board of Control over a social media post police described as “sickening”.

The WBO middleweight champion has apologised for the video.

The BBBC will hold a hearing next week to investigate the incident.

Saunders is due to defend his title against American Demetrius Andrade on in Boston on 20 October.