Luchtime Sports Update

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SOCCER

Chelsea have completed the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from French side Rennes.

The Senegal international has signed a five-year contract and will compete with the under pressure Kepa and Willy Caballero for a starting place.

He joins for 22 million pounds.

Dundalk are hoping to take another step towards the group stage of this season’s Europa League tonight.

They’re in Moldova to face Sheriff in the third qualifying round from 7pm Irish time.

Elsewhere, Tottenham are away to Shkendija of Macedonia, Celtic face Latvian outfit Riga FC and Rangers take on Dutch club Willem II.

Spurs say Dele Alli is staying at the club, despite falling out of favour

When it comes to Alli, manager Jose Mourinho says he picks on the basis of form.

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RUGBY

Munster last night confirmed a case of COVID-19 at the province.

An Academy player has been isolating since Monday after testing positive.

The unnamed player had been part of the wider training group, but hadn’t been at the High Performance Centre this week.

One senior player and three other Academy players are isolating having been deemed close contacts.

Munster are preparing to face Connacht in an ‘A’ game at Thomond Park on Saturday.

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Rob Kearney says he “lived the dream” by playing for Leinster and Ireland.

The curtain came down on the full-back’s 15-year career with Leinster with the province’s loss to Saracens last weekend.

Kearney, who earned 95 caps for Ireland and won two Grand Slams, has also thanked Leinster for the “unbelievable honour” of lifting the PRO14 trophy with Fergus McFadden earlier this month.

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GOLF

The 2020 Irish Open is underway at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena.

There are 11 Irish players in the field.

South African Dean Burmester is the early leader on 4 under par.

Shane Lowry is the star draw, and he has parred his opening hole.

Padraig Harrington tees off at 1pm.

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BOXING

Katie Taylor is set to face Spain’s Miriam Gutierrez in November.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the undisputed lightweight women’s boxing champion will face the W-B-O mandatory challenger on a card with three world title fights.

Hearn added that he’d like to see Taylor face M-M-A star Cris Cyborg in a crossover bout.

 

RACING

The Harvest Festival continues at Listowel today with an eight race card.

The first goes to post at 1.40