Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

Ronan O’Gara admits he has spoken to La Rochelle about a potential move to the Top 14 side, but no deal has been signed.

The current Crusaders coach says La Rochelle is just one of a number of potenial moves open to him at the moment.


O’Gara says he’ll make a decision about his future in the coming weeks but says a move to La Rochelle won’t see him directly replace departing backs coach Xavier Garbajosa

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Connacht have confirmed the signing of former Munster prop Rory Burke.

The 25-year old will join from English Championship side Nottingham ahead of the 2019-20 season.

The province have also confirmed that Academy scrum-half Stephen Kerins has signed his first professional contract.

SOCCER

Manchester City insist accusations of financial irregularities at the club are “entirely false”.

A New York Times report claims City are facing a one-year Champions League ban following an investigation by UEFA’s financial control board.

The Premier League winners are accused of disguising millions of euro worth of investment from their owners as sponsorship deals.

However, City have raised questions over the integrity of the investigations, given the leak to the press.

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Aston Villa take a 2-1 lead to the Hawthorns tonight for the second leg of their Championship semi final.

Kick off is at 8.

RACING

The sport has been stunned with the news that Gigginstown House Stud is to wind-down its operations.

Part-owner Eddie O’Leary has confirmed they will no longer be investing in new stock.

Gigginstown has been one of the most successful owners in recent years, with Tiger Roll’s success in the Grand National their third win of the Aintree showpiece in four years.

In all, they won nearly 4-million euro in domestic prize money last season, but say their wind-down will be complete inside the next four to five years.

The legendary Quevega, who won at six successive Cheltenham Festivals, bred her first winner at Tramore on Tuesday as her daughter, Princess Vega, made a winning racecourse debut in the BetVictor Bet €5 Get €30 Offer Maiden Hurdle. Just like Quevega, Princess Vega is owned by the Hammer & Trowel Syndicate and trained by Willie Mullins and the 5-4 favourite stayed on strongly under champion jockey Paul Townend to beat So Enjoy by seven and a half lengths. Mullins also confirmed after the race that Princess Vega would be kept on the go through the summer.

Two Model men teamed up to great effect at Tramore as Ballindaggin trainer Sean Doyle and Adamstown rider Jonathan Moore landed the Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Maiden Hurdle on Tomgarrow.

Backed from a morning price of 25-1 into 12-1 at the off, Tomgarrow stayed on strongly under a terrific ride from Moore to beat The Artful Roger by three lengths.

There was double reason for Moore to celebrate as he also owns Tomgarrow along with Doyle.

Moore later went on to complete a 70-1 double when Allduckornodinner won the handicap hurdle at odds of 9-2.

BOXING

Just a fortnight shy of the three-year anniversary of their controversial Olympic contest, Michael Conlan will face Vladimir Nikitin in Belfast.

A featherweight contest between the two has been confirmed for outdoors at Falls Park on August 3rd.

Nikitin got the better of a disputed judges’ decision in Rio in 2016.

The fight will be the 12th of Conlan’s professional career, and just the fourth of Nikitin’s.

GAELIC GAMES

Kildare can seal their place in the semi finals of the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship tonight.

They take on DJ Carey’s Kilkenny in the last-4 knowing a win will secure top spot in Group 3.

CYCLING

Movistar rider Richard Carapaz has claimed the fourth stage of the Giro D’Italia.

The Ecuadorian won after accelerating on the uphill finish to Frascati.

Caleb Ewan led the chasing group home to finish second, with Diego Ulissi in third.

2017 Giro-winner Tom Dumoulin was among a group to fall in a crash 7-kilometres from the finish.

Primoz Roglic was sixth today to increase his lead on general classification over Simon Yates to 35-seconds.