Lunchtime Sports Udpate

GAELIC GAMES

Mayo have reportedly sounded out former Kerry boss Jack O’Connor about becoming their next senior football manager.

The Irish Mirror says Mayo officials have approached O’Connor about succeeding Stephen Rochford – while he’s also said to be in the running for a third spell as manager of Kerry.


Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has received the ‘all-clear’ from doctors after three-years of treatment for bladder cancer.

The three-time All-Ireland winning boss has revealed that he was diagnosed in 2015 and has undergone three bouts of chemotherapy to remove cancerous cells.

Harte says he has ‘so much to be grateful for’ ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Final against Dublin.

Tyrone forward Niall Sludden says Harte has a huge influence on the panel

Mayo ladies football forward Sarah Rowe is headed down under.

The 23-year-old has signed a one season contract with women’s A-F-L side Collingwood.

She follows in the footsteps of her Mayo team-mate Cora Staunton, who is set for a second season with the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Rowe says she’s full committed to re-joining the Mayo panel after the A-F-L season.

RUGBY

Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan has named his side to face Cheetahs in the first round of the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday in Thomond Park (5.15pm).

New signings Arno Botha, Mike Haley and Neil Cronin will make their PRO14 starting debuts, while Joey Carbery is set to make his debut in red if sprung off the bench.

Academy and Ireland 7s player Shane Daly is another making his debut as he joins Haley and Darren Sweetnam in the back three.

The pre-season centre combination of Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin remain unchanged for the tournament opener.

Neil Cronin, who last featured in the competition as a replacement in March 2015, partners up with JJ Hanrahan in the half backs for his first start.

In the front row returning international prop John Ryan makes his first appearance of the season as he scrums down next to Mike Sherry and Dave Kilcoyne.

Captain Billy Holland and Jean Kleyn continue their partnership in the second row with Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell and Botha forming the back row.

Included in the replacements are Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer who are in line to make first appearances of the season, with Archer overcoming the pec injury he sustained against Edinburgh in May.

After impressing in the pre-season campaign Academy back row Gavin Coombes is included in his first Guinness PRO14 squad.

Munster: Mike Haley; Darren Sweetnam, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Neil Cronin; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Brian Scott, Stephen Archer, Darren O’Shea, Gavin Coombes, James Hart, Joey Carbery, Sammy Arnold.

Connacht centre Kyle Godwin will play in his first competitive match when they take on Glasgow at the Sportsground.

Jarrad Butler skippers the westerners from openside flanker.

Will Addison, Billy Burns and Henry Speight have all been handed their Ulster debuts for their match against Scarlets at Kingspan Stadium.

Ireland internationals Iain Henderson and John Cooney have shaken off knocks to start.

The Ireland women’s rugby team will face England as part of their November series of games.

Adam Griggs’ side will host the U-S-A at Donnybrook on Sunday, November 18th before travelling to Twickenham to play England six days later.

The inter-pros get underway this weekend.

SOCCER

The four British clubs have learned their opponents in the group stages of the Europa League.

Arsenal will face Sporting Lisbon, Qarabag and Vorskla in Group E.

Chelsea’s Group L includes PAOK, BATE Borisov and Vidi.

Celtic face two more games against Rosenberg and will also play Salzburg and Leipzig in Group C.

Rangers are in Group G with Spartak Moscow, Rapid Vienna and Spanish side Villarreal.

Celtic have signed former Kilmarnock and West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on a free transfer.

He’s agreed a two-year contract.

He left Kilmarnock in the summer after joining on a short-term deal midway through last season.

Rangers have signed Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall on a season-long loan.

The England under-21 international hasn’t played for Forest since the 30th of March.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s now Roberto Martinez’s number two with Belgium.

He was already working as part of the coaching staff, but it was unclear whether he’d stay on after last month’s World Cup.

Now that Graeme Jones has left his role as assistant to join West Brom, Henry’s stepped up.

Former Scotland midfielder Shaun Maloney’s also joined as coach – he was managed by Martinez at Wigan.

Everton forward Sandro Ramirez has joined Real Sociedad on a season long loan deal.

The Spaniard spent the second-half of last season on loan at Sevilla.

Sandro’s only scored once for the Toffees since signing from Malaga in July 2017.

Aston Villa have appointed former Liverpool and Chelsea director Christian Purslow as their new chief executive.

While at Anfield he voted in favour of the club being sold, which was against the wishes of then-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett – something that led to High Court action.

Villa’s former chief executive Keith Wyness was suspended in June before resigning and starting legal action against the Championship team.

Notts County have appointed former Liverpool and Leeds midfielder Harry Kewell as their new manager.

The Australian’s left fellow League Two club Crawley to take the job.

The latter part of Kewell’s career was beset by injuries, but he still won the Champions League and FA Cup with Liverpool, and played in two World Cups.

Usain Bolt made his debut for Australian team Central Coast Mariners in their latest pre-season friendly, as he continues his bid to become a professional footballer.

Fireworks were set off when the eight-time Olympic gold medallist came on in the 71st minute.

He immediately barked instructions at his team-mates before taking up a position on the left wing.

The 100-metres world record holder didn’t manage to score, but the Mariners did win 6-1.

ATHLETICS

An Riocht’s 5K series starts this evening.

Racing is at 7, with registration from 6 at An Riocht track.

ROWING

Tralee Rowing Club will tomorrow host their Open Day for Adults, at the Ship Canal in Tralee from 11.30 to 2.30.

It’s an opportunity for the public to try rowing, meet the coaches and adult rowers.

There will be rowing machines and boats available, no previous experience required.

RACING

Aintree Grand National hero Tiger Roll looks poised to bid for the same spring double as last season after Gordon Elliott confirmed his latest chasing star is back in training.

Elliott’s diminutive hero completed an unlikely hat-trick of Cheltenham Festival successes last March when adding the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase to his previous wins in the Triumph Hurdle (2014) and the four-mile National Hunt Chase (2017).

The trainer said the versatile Tiger Roll, who also landed a Munster National at Limerick in 2016, would most likely take a path similar to that which ended in glory in chasing’s £1 million highlight last April.

“Tiger Roll is back in training and, while there are no definite plans yet, we’ll probably run him in some cross-country races, like we did last season, before heading back to Aintree,” Elliott said of the Gigginstown House Stud-owned eight-year-old.

Tiger Roll, who famously held off the challenge of the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company by a head in a thrilling finish to the National under Davy Russell, started last season in a Listed chase at Wexford in October before finishing fifth in the cross-country race at Cheltenham in December.

Elliott, who first won the Aintree showpiece with Silver Birch in 2007, has proved himself a master of the National realm. He has plundered the two most recent runnings of the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel with Wrath Of Titans (2016) and Potters Point (2017) and also claimed a thrilling breakthrough success in the Boylesports Irish Grand National with General Principle less than two weeks before Tiger Roll’s finest hour.

Elliott could not confirm plans for General Principle but indicated he could also be aimed at the glittering Aintree prize.

MOTORSPORT

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton could only post the 11th quickest time in the opening practice session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix.

The Championship leader’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was just a place ahead of him.

Rival Sebastian Vettel was even slower in his Ferrari – down in 17th position.

Force India’s Sergio Perez went fastest, with Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen second.

The next session takes place this afternoon.