Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

Ireland’s Six Nations win over Scotland brought no new injury worries for Joe Schmidt.

The IRFU say players carrying knocks will continue to rehab with their provinces.


It’s hoped that Tadhg Beirne will be fit for the trip to Italy having missed the first two games of the campaign.

A number of the squad will be released to their respective provinces ahead of this coming weekend’s round of Pro 14 games.

Jack O’Donoghue is in the frame to make his first Munster appearance since suffering a serious knee ligament injury in May.

The province say the back row has returned to training, and will return in the coming weeks.

Munster face the Southern Kings in the Pro 14 this coming Friday at Irish Independent Park.

JJ Hanrahan is another who’s returned to full training following a hip injury.

But centre Sammy Arnold will be unavailable “for the next few weeks” after sustaining a hairline fracture of his fibula.

London Irish have confirmed that Sean O’Brien will join them after the World Cup.

The Leinster back row turns 32 later this week, and will link up with the English Championship leaders in December.

O’Brien will work under Declan Kidney, the man who gave him his first Ireland cap a decade ago.

The Ireland flanker says it was a conversation with Kidney that convinced him of the club’s ambitions.

During his time with Leinster to date, O’Brien has won four Heineken Champions Cups and a pair of Pro 14 titles.

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Fergus McFadden could feature in Leinster’s Pro 14 game away to Zebre after returning to full training following a hamstring injury.

Dan Leavy is rehabbing his calf issue, while the province say Joe Tomane is a week or two away from a return from a hamstring injury of his own.

SOCCER

Ashley Young has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United.

He joined the club in 2011 from Aston Villa originally as a winger, but has played at full-back in recent seasons.

Young has been involved in all-bar-one of United’s Premier League games this season, and has captained the side for the majority of this term.

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Paul Scholes has taken his first step into management.

The Manchester United legend has been named the new boss at Oldham Athletic.

Scholes takes over at Boundary Park with the club 14th in League Two, and with a game against Yeovil Town tomorrow night.

Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Juventus in the summer.

The Welsh international midfielder will be a free agent with Arsenal opting not to renew his contract after 11-years at the club.

Ramsey has agreed a four-year contract with the Turin giants, that will see him earn over 460-thousand euro a week.

The 28-year old passed a two-part medical with Juve in January having been allowed speak to a number of European clubs.

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Newcastle’s record signing could make his debut tonight.

Miguel Almiron is in the Magpies’ squad for their Premier League game away to Wolves this evening.

A Newcastle win would move them three-points clear of the relegation zone.

RACING

The British Horseracing Authority say they won’t make a decision on whether racing can resume in Britain on Wednesday until at least 10-30 tonight.

Four further cases of equine flu were confirmed at a yard in Newmarket last night.

Six horses at Donald McCain’s Cheshire yard have also tested positive.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board have lifted the ban on British-trained horses that was imposed due to the outbreak of equine flu.

GOLF

Phil Mickelson has won a record-equalling fifth Pebble Beach Pro-Am title.

He beat Paul Casey by three shots, after completing a weather-delayed final round of 67 this afternoon.

Mickelson joins Mark O’Meara in winning the tournament five-times.

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