Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

A crowd of 42,878 turned out at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for this afternoon’s Liam Miller Tribute match.

A Manchester United selection and combined Republic of Ireland and Celtic side drew 2-2.


Fittingly, it was a pair of Corkmen that bookended the scoring, with Denis Irwin putting United ahead, and Colin Healy making it 2-2.

Liam Buckley’s tenure in charge of St. Patrick’s Athletic has come to an end.

A statement on the club’s website says the decision was made by mutual consent.

With four games remaining in the season, Pat’s sit sixth in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Saturday’s 3-1 loss at home to a largely second-string Bohemians side was their 15th league defeat of the season.

Since re-taking the reins in December of 2011, Buckley led the Inchicore club to the Premier Division title in 2013, while also ending their FAI Cup hoodoo in 2014.

BOXING

Billy Joe Saunders has been fined 100-thousand pounds by the sport’s domestic governing body for offering to supply class A drugs.

It’s after a video emerged of the WBO middleweight champion encouraging a woman to carry out sex acts in exchange for “crack”.

He’s apologised.

The British Boxing Board of Control has also handed him a severe reprimand.

RACING

It has been a busy week for JP McManus, who gifted €3.2 million to the GAA on Monday before adding Grade 2 Aintree mares’ bumper winner Getaway Katie Mai to his team of jumpers.

Trained by John Queally, who is best known for his handling of three-time Aintree Hurdle winner Al Eile, Getaway Katie Mai shot to prominence last season when finishing second behind subsequent Cheltenham Bumper winner Relegate at the Dublin Racing Festival, before confirming herself a top prospect when winning at Aintree.

Queally, who has lacked a flag bearer in recent seasons, is relishing taking the wraps off his stable star this term.

Queally said: “We’ve been low on quality for the past few years but it’s good to finally come across one like her. She didn’t surprise us at all by how she progressed last season and Jamie Codd always liked her.”
After the Aintree success, Queally suggested a Flat campaign would come under consideration for Getaway Katie Mai, but has shelved that idea for the time being, with jumping hurdles her more immediate target.

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