Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov has resigned following Monday’s 6-nil defeat to England.

However, the Bulgarian FA say his resignation is down to results and not his initial reaction to the racist insults England players were subjected to in Sofia.

Balakov initially claimed he didn’t hear the monkey chants in Monday nights game and said England had a bigger problem with racism before backtracking and apologizing.

His resignation follows that of Bulgarian FA President Borislav Mihaylov.

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Bohemians can secure European football for the first time in eight years tonight.

A point away to Dublin rivals St. Pat’s will secure a Europa League qualifier for Keith Long’s side.

UCD’s relegation will be confirmed if they fail to beat Shamrock Rovers in Belfield.

Champions Dundalk are away to Cork City,

And Finn Harps host Waterford.

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Stradbrook is the venue for tonight’s first leg of the First Division promotion playoff.

Cabinteely take on Drogheda United with kick-off at 7.45.

RUGBY

Jonathan Sexton doesn’t believe the All Blacks’ relatively inexperienced set of backs will be their weak link tomorrow morning.

Four of the back-seven have won fewer than 15 international caps.

But Sexton says their talent alone means they’ll be tough opponents in tomorrow’s World Cup quarter final in Tokyo

CRICKET

Ireland’s cricketers eased to victory in their opening T20 World Cup qualifier.

They beat Hong Kong by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi, surpassing the victory target of 154 with 16 balls to spare.

Andrew Balbirnie made an unbeaten 70, supported by 62 from Paul Stirling as Ireland made 155 for 2.

The face the United Arab Emirates in their next Group B match tomorrow.

GOLF

Gavin Moynihan is currently four-shots off the lead on the second day of the French Open.

He shot a 69 today to reach the midway point in 5-under par.

Nicolas Colsaerts is the new clubhouse leader on 9-under par.

Paul Dunne will miss the cut – he’s 6-over par with two to play.