Lunchtime Sports Update

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic has crashed out of the Australian Open.

The six time champion has lost in straight sets to the world number 58 Hyeon Chung.


The 21 year old claimed a 7-6,7-5, 7-6 victory to become the first South Korean to reach the quarter finals of any Grand Slam.

The win sets up a last 8 encounter with another unseeded player Tennys Sandgren of the U-S-A.

Rodger Federer will play Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals following a straight sets win over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.

Women’s World Number One Simona Halep beat her 4th round opponent Naomi Osaka of Japan in straight sets.

RUGBY

Tommy O’Brien has been named Ireland Under 20’s captain for the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

The Leinster centre is one of 11 players in the 32 man squad who have already been capped at the age grade.

Hooker Ronan Kelleher, Sean Masterson and Jonny Stewart are also included.

Munster have a Champions Cup quarter final against three time winners Toulon to prepare for.

The Province secured their place in the knock out stages with a six try victory over Castres at Thomond Park in a game which had to start 3 hours late due to weather conditions.

The winning bonus point hands Munster home advantage for the last 8 tie.

Munster head coach Johann van Graan was always confident the game against Castres would go ahead

SOCCER

Tributes are being paid to former England captain Jimmy Armfield who has died at the age 82.

The 1966 World Cup winner famously informed Jack Charlton he had got the Republic of Ireland manager’s job.

The F-A-I were unable to contact Charlton before his appointment was announced in 1986.

Armfield is said to have tracked down his former teammate in Yorkshire, before passing on the phone number so the F-A-I could confirm the news.

Irish teenager Michael Obafemi admits his Premier League debut came as a shock.

The Republic of Ireland underage international came off the bench during Southampton’s 1 all draw with Tottenham at St Mary’s yesterday.

The 17 year old Dubliner had a chance to win the match, but sliced a late shot wide.

Obafemi says he didn’t know his first appearance was coming

Liverpool can tonight move five points ahead of Tottenham in the race for a place in the Premier League’s Top 4.

The Reds meet bottom club Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, at 8.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it’s great that striker Roberto Firmino seems to be getting more praise since they sold Philippe Coutinho

Swansea have struggled to strengthen their squad so far this month, with manager Carlos Carvalhal saying their league position’s been a big part of that

GAELIC GAMES

Limerick manager Billy Lee has paid tribute Johnny McCarthy and Seanie Buckley, who have both announced their retirement from inter-county football.

The Treaty County stalwarts clocked up over 80 Championship appearances between them.

Buckley captained Limerick to league titles in 2010 and 2013, while McCarthy was an All Star nominee in 2009.

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