Evening Sports Update

GAA

JP McManus has reportedly donated 100 thousand euro to every GAA county board in Ireland.

The businessman and racehorse owner is the main sponsor of Limerick’s intercounty sides, but has now donated more than 3 million euro towards each county board in the country.


It’s believed the money is to be split equally between the club teams in each county.

The donation has been described by Roscommon GAA secretary Brian Carroll as a “brilliant and generous gesture”.

RUGBY

Munster have reported no fresh injury concerns following Friday’s defeat in Cardiff.

Niall Scannell, Billy Holland and Kevin O’Byrne will all return to training ahead of thier derby with Ulster at Thomond Park.

Keith Earls will also be back in action having picked up a knock last week.

However hooker Rhys Marshall is to have a scan on the calf injury picked up in training last week.

Irish women’s head coach Adam Griggs has named six uncapped players in his squad for the November Series games against England and the U-S-A.

Munster wing Laura Sheehan and Leinster scrum half Ellen Murphy are among the new faces in a squad which also includes captain, Kerry’s Ciara Griffin.

There is no place for former captain Niamh Briggs, but coach Adam Griggs hopes the 33 year old will be back for the Six Nations.

SOCCER

Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady has stepped up his return from a hamstring injury.

The winger hasn’t featured for Burnley’s first team in a competitive game since suffering a knee injury last December, which was followed by a torn hamstring in pre-season training.

The Dubliner has made his comeback this afternoon in an under 23 match against Hull.

Jack Grealish has agreed a new five-year deal with Aston Villa.

The midfielder was linked with moves to Chelsea and Tottenham during the summer transfer window.

But Grealish, who has been at Villa Park since the age of eight, has now committed his future to the Championship team until the end of the 2023 season.

Sunderland have terminated the contract of club record-signing Didier Ndong.

The Gabonese midfielder failed to return to pre-season training in July – or in the months that followed.

No reason was given for his continued absence and as a result the League One club have terminated Ndong’s deal for repudiatory breaches of contract.

GOLF

Ian Poulter says he wants to get his hands back on the Ryder Cup this weekend.

Team Europe are looking to regain the trophy in Paris, having lost to the USA in Minnesota two years ago.

That ended a run of three successive wins for Team Blue.

Poulter can’t wait to be back in the unique team battle

US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says Tiger Woods’ latest success has given the whole team a boost.

The former world number one claimed his first title win in five years at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Fellow Ryder Cup teammate Steve Stricker also won his tournament in South Dakota.

Furyk says both successes have helped their preparations for the event which starts on Friday in Paris

RACING

It’s not often a Joseph O’Brien-trained horse returns at 50-1 and even rarer that one wins at such lofty odds, but that’s what happened at Fairyhouse today, when outsider Dramatise won the Dandy Man maiden.

Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, Dramatise swooped down the outside of the field to get up late on. She’s owned by Robert Lanigan.

It’s been a trying campaign for Fethard trainer Joe Murphy, as he battled a bug in his yard, but the string are back firing on all cylinders again and the stable enjoyed a good win at Fairyhouse today when Gustavus Weston won the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden.

It was comfortable stuff in the end for the Billy Lee-ridden winner as Murphy continues to make up for lost time.

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