Lunchtime Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Davy Fitzgerald will continue as the Wexford Senior Hurling manager.

The County Board have confirmed that the Clare native has agreed to remain in charge for a third season.


Fitzgerald has been considering his future since last month’s All Ireland quarter final defeat to the Banner.

A lengthy commute was said to be one of the major factors being weighed up.

A delegation of players travelled to his Sixmilebridge base over the weekend in an effort to convince him to stay.

Fitzgerald has now agreed to a 12th successive year in inter-county management.

 

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Stephen Rochford is set to continue as the Mayo Senior Football manager.

The 39 year old was considering his position following the Westerners’ Championship exit to Kildare in the All Ireland qualifiers.

Former Donegal boss Jim McGuinness had been touted as a possible replacement, but Rochford is said to have informed the County Board and senior players that he will remain in charge for a fourth season.

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Gearoid McInearney appears to winning his race to be fit for Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling final.

The All Star centre back missed Galway’s semi final replay against Clare due to a calf injury sustained in the drawn game.

The problem is said to responding well to treatment and he was able to play a limited part in training over the weekend.
SOCCER

Republic of Ireland international Graham Burke could make his first start for Preston this evening.

The former Shamrock Rovers striker came off the bench to make his competitive debut in Saturday’s Championship defeat to Swansea.

Manager Alex Neil is expected to make a number of changes for their League Cup opener against League Two Morecambe.

That game is one of 34 first round ties down for decision tonight.

Aston Villa and Yeovil Town and Norwich and Stevenage will be meeting for the very first time.

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Celtic can end a bad week on a high by reaching the Champions League play offs tonight.

Brendan Rodgers’ men must score in the second leg of their third-round qualifier with A-E-K Athens in Greece.

Celtic conceded a vital away goal as the sides drew 1 all at Parkhead last week.

They also suffered a shock defeat to Hearts on Saturday.

 

Non league Maynooth University Town have been handed a trip to Cork City in the second round of the Daily Mail F-A-I Cup.

C-I-E Ranch, who saw off Dublin Bus at the weekend, will play First Division leaders U-C-D.

Last year’s runners up Dundalk will play Finn Harps, Shelbourne go to Longford, Limerick face Cabinteely, Galway host Bohs and there’s an intriguing all Premier Division clash between Derry and St Pat’s.

 

 

GOLF

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes Rory McIlroy has become average.

Long touted as an exceptional talent, McGinley says McIlroy has been caught by the pack.

It has been four years since the Ulsterman’s last major victory.

He finished 14 shots behind the winner at the U-S P-G-A Championship on Sunday.

McGinley feels McIlroy is missing the x-factor.

 

Tiger Woods says most people don’t realise what an injury nightmare he’s been through.

The golf legend had multiple back operations before eventually having a spinal fusion last year.

At the weekend he narrowly missed out on ending a 10-year wait for his 14th Major title, while last month he was in contention in the closing stages of The Open at Carnoustie.

 

 

RACING

Concerns have been raised about the future of flat racing at Ballinrobe.

Last night’s card at the Mayo track had to be abandoned after three races due to the condition of the course.

Jockeys claimed the track was giving way and causing their horses to slip.

 

In today’s racing, Chelmsford City is off at 2 with the going standard.

Ffos Las is good to soft, with the first race at 2:15.

Thirsk is off at 5:20, the going there is soft, good to soft in places.

And the going at Nottingham is good to soft, with the first race at 5:30

 

 

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