Lunchtime Sports Update

ATHLETICS

It has been a good day for the Irish team at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Ciara Mageean has secured her place in the 1500 metres final, while Phil Healy has qualified for the 200 metres semi finals.


Mageean will return to the track tomorrow following a comfortably second place finish in her heat.

Thomas Barr has helped Ireland to a seasonal best time in the 400 metres relay.

The Waterford man, who claimed bronze in the 400 metres hurdles last night return to the track as Irish team finished fifth in their heat.

SOCCER

Manchester United and Leicester City kick off the new Premier League season at Old Trafford tonight.

The Red Devils will be hoping an opening win will lift the mood following a disappointing transfer window and a disastrous pre season.

Roy Hodgson has signed up for another year in management.

The 71 year old has agreed a 12 month contract extension with Crystal Palace.

The former England boss is heading towards his 43rd year in football management.

In Irish soccer,
Dundalk will be out for revenge when they host Cobh Ramblers in the first round of the F-A-I Cup this evening.

Ramblers head to Oriel Park just days after dumping the Lilywhites out of the E-A Sports Cup.

The Cork side reached their first national cup final thanks to a 1-nil win at St Coleman’s Park on Monday.

Also tonight, Inchicore Athletic will be looking for local bragging rights when they take on St Patricks Athletic at Richmond Park.

Drogheda United meet Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps go to Bray Wanderers, Wexford face Bohemians, and Shelbourne play Athlone Town.

GOLF

Shane Lowry leads the Irish challenge heading into the second round of the U-S P-G-A Championship in St Louis.

On 1 under par, the Offaly man is 5 shots behind the leader Gary Woodland.

Rory McIlroy is a further shot back.

Padraig Harringon is 1 over par, Paul Dunne 3 over.

RUGBY

Ronan O’Gara has been inducted in the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

The former Munster out half is the 11th Irish man to be installed into the illustrious group.

Australia legend Stephen Larkham and Welsh women Liza Burgess are also among the latest crop of inductees.

HORSE RACING
There’s racing at Tipperary this evening.

The first race there is off at 5 past 5, with the going good to firm, watering.

Cross channel Wolverhampton gets underway at 10 to 2, with the going standard.

The going is good to soft, soft in places at Brighton, with the first race at 2.

Musselburgh is off at 2:10 with the going good, good to firm in places.

The going is good to soft, good in places at Newmarket, which is off at 5:25.

Haydock gets underway at quarter to 6 and is good to firm.

Chelmsford City is off at 5 to 6, with the going good to firm, watering

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