Evening Sports Update

Manchester City are back on top of the Premier League.

The champions set down a marker for Liverpool by crushing Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling scored the first and last goals, and in between that, Sergio Aguero rattled off a hat trick, his first goal a 25 yard bullet which helped City into a 4-0 interval lead.

Ilkay Gundogan also found the net in the rout.

Aguero is now City’s record league goalscorer in history with 160 goals.

Tottenham Hotspur defeated Leicester City 3-1 at Wembley to remain in the title race.

Colombian Davinson Sanchez put Spurs ahead, before Christian Eriksen made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute.

That second goal came after Jamie Vardy missed a penalty for City.

Vardy then pulled one back before Son Heung Min sealed all 3 points for Spurs in stoppage time.

In the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, Celtic thumped St Johnstone 5-0 at Parkhead.

Scott Sinclair scored a hat trick for the Bhoys.

Norwich City beat Ipswich Town 3-0 in the Championship at Carrow Road.

To Gaelic Games and in Division 1 of the Allianz National Football League, Roscommon and Tyrone drew at Doctor Hyde Park.

It ended 1-10 apiece.

Galway edged Monaghan by 1-9 to 11 points in Inniskeen.

In Division 2, it ended Clare 3-13 Cork 1-10 in Ennis,

Tipperary 3-9 Donegal 13 points in Thurles

And Meath 2-13 Armagh 13 points in Navan.

In Division 3, it finished Louth 2-10 Offaly 2-8 in Tullamore,

Laois 2-18 Sligo 2-10 in Portlaoise

And Longford 1-11 Carlow 9 points at Netwatch Cullen Park.

In Division 4, Derry beat Waterford by 2-12 to 1-8 at Fraher Field.

It ended Wicklow 2-8 Limerick 1-6 in Aughrim,

London 2-11 Wexford 8 points in Ruislip

And Leitrim 14 points Antrim 1-10 in Carrick on Shannon.

In Ladies Football, it finished

Donegal 3-10 Mayo 2-7 in Convoy,

Dublin 6-9 Tipperary 2-8 in Ardfinnan

And Cork 10 points Westmeath 2 points in Mullingar.

England have walloped France by 44 points to 8 in the Six Nations Championship at Twickenham.

Jonny May scored a hat trick of first half tries – and touchdowns by Henry Slade and Owen Farrell have England at maximum points after 2 rounds.

It’s a rare thing for a trainer to win the Grand National Trial at Punchestown in consecutive years, ten different trainers had won the race for the previous ten years, but Gordon Elliott was a dominant force in this year’s renewal as he saddled the first and second home having won the race with Folsom Blue last year.

It was second season chaser Dounikos who drew clear to win in the end. He took it up jumping the last for Davy Russell and with all the momentum on his side he quickly forged clear to beat stable companion General Principle by four-and-a-quarter lengths.

The prospect of racing resuming in Britain on Wednesday was given a boost on Sunday morning when the BHA’s director of equine health and welfare David Sykes revealed testing had not uncovered any new cases of equine influenza.

While racing has continued in Ireland no action has taken place in Britain since Wednesday, when the highly contagious virus was discovered among three horses in the Donald McCain yard.

A wide-ranging testing process was implemented and the only six horses based at a licensed training premises to test positive have been at McCain’s stable.

The number of negative tests stood at 720 on Saturday night. That remains the official figure but Sykes estimated an unconfirmed 1,500 swabs have returned negative.

Speaking on Racing TV’s Luck on Sunday show, Sykes said: “I can happily report that we’ve not had any other positive tests except for the horses in the Donald McCain stable, so presently all tests have returned negative up until when I was in contact with the laboratory last night at 9.30pm.

“The Animal Health Trust in the last three days has done as many flu swabs as they would do in a year. They have been working from 8am to nine at night, Saturday and Sunday, to process all of these samples. We’re looking at somewhere around 1,500 samples being all negative so far.”

Mark Costello of The Irish Field