Friday Morning Sports Update

Liverpool will bid to return to the top of the Premier League table tonight.

The Reds host relegated Huddersfield Town at Anfield, with kick off at 8pm.

Fabinho and Adam Lallana face fitness tests, but Dejan Lovren is available again.


A win this evening will bring Liverpool to 91 points, a club record points tally for a season.

Boss Jurgen Klopp says his players will fight until the end.

Here at home, SSE Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers are away to champions Dundalk.

Kick off at Oriel Park is at 8.
The other matches begin at 7.45.
Bohemians host Waterford at Dalymount Park.
It’s Derry City versus Cork City at the Brandywell,
St Patrick’s Athletic meet UCD at Richmond Park,
And it’s Sligo Rovers up against Finn Harps at the Showgrounds.

In golf, none of the Irish players got their opening rounds going at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where there was a rain delay.

Half of the 80 teams were unable to start their round after thunderstorms and up to two-and-a-half inches of rain battered the New Orleans course, causing a seven-hour delay.

Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Seamus Poewr and Graeme McDowell are all waiting to start their challenge.

Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax share the lead on 11 Under and play is set to resume at 1pm Irish time.

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At the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan in Morocco, Paul Dunne is level par following his opening round.

England’s Jordan Smith is out in front on 7 under par.

In the second round of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield this morning, Neil Robertson resumes 5-3 up on Shaun Murphy.

And Stephen Maguire meets James Cahill, the amateur who beat Ronnie O’Sullivan.

This evening, Mark Selby will look to try and make up ground on Gary Wilson, who he trails by 5 frames to 3.

Defending champion Mark Williams is up against David Gilbert.

Hockey
Australian Sean Dancer has been announced as the new head coach of the Irish senior women’s hockey team.

Dancer brings a wealth of experience to the role, having represented Australia at Under-21 level, and takes over from Graham Shaw who stepped down as Ireland head coach in March to take up a similar role with New Zealand.

The big story in Athletics is a bizarre story…
Sunday’s London Marathon is being overshadowed by a war of words between Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie.

The row started on Wednesday when Farah criticised Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery in a hotel owned by the retired Ethiopian runner, in which Farah said he had a watch, two phones and money stolen.

Gebrselassie responded and said Farah had an altercation with a couple in the gym, to which Farah’s coach, Gary Lough, admitted but said his man had been the victim.

Ethiopian Sisay Tsegaye then told The Telegraph he and his wife were involved, but that Farah did not strike his wife and that he and the Briton were now “on good terms” after Farah had suspected him of copying his training regime.

Farah has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, with Gebrselassie returning to claim Farah has held a grudge because he refused to allow Jama Aden stay at his hotel.

Aden was arrested in June 2016 as part of an anti-doping investigation but denies wrongdoing, and Farah’s camp have always insisted he has never received any sort of coaching from Aden.

Farah’s representatives gave a statement to the Daily Mail described the allegations as “utter nonsense”.

And there is horse racing this evening at Kilbeggan, with the first off at 4.55.
Going is good – good to yielding in places.

Perth is off at half 3.
Doncaster is off at 20 to 2 with the going good.
Sandown is underway is going good to firm-good in places.

Meanwhile, former Cheltenham Festival winner ‘Douvan’ may appear in Tuesday’s Champion Chase on day one of Punchestown, but ‘Faugheen’ and ‘Samcro’ will miss the National Hunt Festival in Kildare.