Lunchtime Sports Update

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GAA
Dublin’s Paddy Andrews has announced his retirement from intercounty football.

The 32 year old won seven All-Ireland senior titles and 11 Leinster titles during his 12 year intercounty career.

The St Brigids forward also won five National League titles with the county.

He says it’s been “the highest privilege” to share the pitch with his Dublin teammates.
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Elsewhere, Cork have announced their new Minor Football manager

Ballincolligs Michael O’Brien succeeds Bobbie O’Dwyer.

O’Dwyer led the rebels to the U17 Minor All-Ireland in 2019 and recently vacated the post to join senior manager Ronan McCarthy’s backroom team.

Michael O’Brien today is signed up as the Cork minor boss for a two-year term.
SOCCER
Tottenham Hotspur spurned the chance to crack the top four last night.

Despite taking the lead through Harry Kane, Jose Mourinho’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Fulham.

Spurs remain sixth, two points off the top four.

Mourinho was asked why Spurs aren’t finishing off games when they go ahead.

Aston Villa are set to face a congested fixtures list later this season.

Their Premier League meeting with Everton this Sunday has now been postponed.

It’s due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak at the club, which has led to their entire first team isolating.

Their meeting with Spurs was also called off last night, while they fielded a youth team for last week’s FA Cup third round against Liverpool.
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Arsenal can move back into the top half of the Premier League tonight, if they win at home to Crystal Palace at 8.

The Gunners have found some good form in recent weeks, with four wins in a row in all competitions.

In a further boost to Mikel Arteta’s side, midfielder Thomas Partey is available for selection, following a month out injured.
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says it’s going to be difficult to stop players embracing as part of goal celebrations.

The UK Government have asked the Premier League to clamp down on hugs and handshakes following goals – as the COVID 19 crisis continues.

City beat Brighton 1-0 last night to go third in the table.

Phil Foden scored the winning goal and nine players celebrated it together.

Guardiola says the club are following health guidelines, but he knows it’s hard to enforce instinctive acts.

RUGBY
Despite concerns from the French government, the Mens Six Nations will begin on February 6th.

La Rochelle are one of the French clubs that have been ravaged by COVID-19 in recent weeks.

Their head coach Ronan O’Gara can understand French reluctance to commit to this season’s tournament.

GOLF
Seamus Power is among the early starters today at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Waterford native tees off at 5.30pm Irish time in the company of Bill Haas and Talor Gooch.
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TENNIS
Andy Murray has tested positive for coronavirus.

It means the former world number one’s participation in the Australian Open is now in doubt.

Murray was due to travel to Melbourne on a charter flight but is now self isolating at home in the UK.

The first tennis Grand Slam of the year begins on the 8th of February.