Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is targeting growth and improvement as he rules out leaving the club.

The Foxes lie second in the Premier League with 10 wins from 14 games.

Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery was sacked last week – leading to speculation about who could replace him.

Rodgers though says he’s happy at the King Power Stadium

Watford have confirmed that Hayden Mullins will take charge of their game against Leicester City on Wednesday night.

The club’s youth team boss will be assisted by the academy’s goalkeeping coach and former Republic of Ireland u21 player Graham Stack.

The Premier League’s bottom team sacked Quique Sanchez Flores yesterday, ending his second spell in charge after just 85 days

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West Brom can return to the top of the table in the Championship this evening.

The Baggies will leapfrog Leeds at the summit if they win away to 6th place Preston tonight.

Kick off at Deepdale is 7.45.

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin County Board chairman Sean Shanley has denied that former manager Pat Gilroy will be give first refusal to succeed Jim Gavin.

It was reported this morning that the 2011 All-Ireland football winning coach would be offered the role, but Dublin GAA have denied that this is the case.

Gavin resigned from his post on Saturday afternoon, after leading the county to an unprecedented five All-Ireland titles in a row.

RUGBY

After undergoing a scan last week, Jeremy Loughman will not require surgery on the ankle injury he sustained against Racing 92 but will be managed conservatively by the medical staff.

Joey Carbery is progressing well with his rehabilitation from an ankle injury and is in line to make a return towards the end of the month.

Tyler Bleyendaal, who recently presented with neck stiffness, will be given a number of weeks to rest in taking every precaution with his recovery.

Leinster should have centre Joe Tomane available for selection once again, as their pool-defining double header with the Northampton Saints approaches in the next fortnight.

The Australia international was a late withdrawal from their opening Pool 1 win against Benetton due to a hamstring injury and missed the subsequent wins against Lyon and the Glasgow Warriors.

However, he’s set to be available if needed for Leo Cullen, ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Franklin’s Gardens, as well as the return fixture in Dublin on Saturday week.

SNOOKER

The third round is taking place at the UK Championship in York.

Nigel Bond has beaten World Champion Judd Trump 6 frames to 3 in their best of 11 clash.

Ulsterman Mark Allen is in acton in the evening session, with last year’s beaten finalist taking on England’s Ben Woollaston.

Racing

Jack Kennedy was quickly back among the winners after last week’s return from injury with a double, shared with Gordon Elliott, at Fairyhouse on Saturday. The pair landed a seven-length success in the EasyFix Handicap Chase with 4/1 chance Avenir D’une Vie and followed up 35 minutes later as Conflated won by five lengths in the 2m maiden hurdle at more generous odds of 10/1.
Kennedy’s luck deserted him at the same track the following afternoon. The closest he came to a winner was when finishing second as Elliott’s stars Envoi Allen and Abacadabras fought out the finish to the Grade 1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle and it got worse for the Dingle man as Samcro fell two fences from home when challenging eventual winner Fakir D’oudairies in the Drinmore Novice Chase. Apple’s Jade had won the last three renewals of the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle but her domination in the Grade 1 event came to an end with a third-place finish behind the exciting Honeysuckle and Bacardys.

Listowel jockey Gavin Brouder was back among the winners when Moynode Lady won the 3m opportunity handicap hurdle for trainer James Nash at Limerick on Friday. He got the 7/1 chance home by a length and a quarter from the Oliver McKiernan-trained Life Isfor Living to notch up his first winner of the season.