Lunchtime Sports Update

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Kilkenny legend Anne Dalton has retired from intercounty camogie.

 

Dalton retires just one month after winning her second All-Ireland senior title, in which she scored a point during the win against Galway.

 

She was also a two-time Player of the Year, winning the award in both 2009 and 2018.

Soccer

Manchester United will go to Anfield on Sunday three points clear at the top of the Premier League.

 

Paul Pogba’s volley twenty minutes from time gave United a 1-nil victory away to Burnley.

 

The last time United were top of the table this deep into the season was in 2013 when they went on to win the league.

 

The champions lie in wait on Sunday. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking forward to the trip to Anfield…

 

World Cup winner Pogba produced a man of the match performance and he’s in a good place.

Elsewhere, Michael Keane scored Everton’s winner 13 minutes from time in a 2-1 victory away to Wolves.

 

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now fourth in the table.

 

 

A second half Billy Sharp penalty was enough to hand Sheffield United their first league win of the season.

 

Chris Wilder’s side beat ten man Newcastle 1-0 at Bramall Lane, but are still nine points from safety.

 

Manchester City and Tottenham both have designs on reclaiming a top four place tonight.

 

City welcome Brighton to the Etihad Stadium from 6.

 

There’s an 8.15 start at the new White Hart Lane for the hastily arranged meeting of Spurs and Fulham.

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There’s been another departure from Stephen Kennys coaching staff.

 

Alan Kelly has confirmed he’s stepping down as Republic of Ireland goalkeeping coach.

 

In a statement, Kelly – who is asthmatic – confirmed his decision to step away was due to his concerns about Covid-19.

 

Kelly follows Damien Duff in leaving Stephen Kenny’s backroom team ten weeks before the World Cup qualifiers.

 

Rugby

Good news for Munster as Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of Scotland international out-half Duncan Weir.

 

The 29-year-old will join on a long-term contract ahead of next season from Premiership side Worcester this summer.

 

In November, Glasgow made a strong contract offer to Munster academy out-half Ben Healy, with the 21-year-old qualifying to play for Scotland through his family.

 

Munster had been unable to make a formal contract offer to Healy at that time due to the IRFU putting a hold on the vast majority of contract negotiations amid the financial challenges caused by Covid-19.

However, negotiations have started in the provinces over the past fortnight and Munster are very hopeful that Healy will agree on a deal that would see him move him onto a senior contract next season.

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Meanwhile,

It’s still up in the air as to whether the Six Nations game between Ireland and France will proceed on Valentine’s Day.

 

France will play their opening game away to Italy, but the French Ministry for Sport is demanding assurances over player safety ahead of trips to Dublin and London.

 

SNOOKER

Mark Allen is in first round action at The Masters this evening.

 

The world number 10 takes on John Higgins at the Marshall Arena.

 

Before that, Ronnie O’Sullivan meets Ding Junhui.