Lunchtime Sports Update

GAA

Down have appointed Paddy Tally as their new senior football manager.

Tally previously worked under Micky Harte when they won their first ever All-Ireland final in 2003.


Most recently, he’s been working as a defence coach with the Galway footballers.

Their manager Kevin Walsh says it’s a big opportunity for Tally 0-19

SOCCER

Liverpool’s owners insist the club is not for sale but they do remain open to new investment.

Details have emerged of a proposed 2-billion-pound takeover bid by the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour.

Fenway Sports Group say they’d consider a minority investor but they have no wish to sell Liverpool.

Maynooth University and CIE Ranch are the two non-league sides looking to cause a shock tonight in the second round of the FAI Cup.

Maynooth face a daunting task, away to defending champions Cork, while CIE Ranch take on First Division leaders UCD.

The only all-Premier Division tie pits Derry City against St Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell.

Shamrock Rovers’ conquerors Drogheda are at home against Waterford, while Premier Division leaders Dundalk host Finn Harps.

Bohemians travel to Galway, and Limerick and Cabinteely meet at the Markets Field.

In the Championship, former West Brom manager Tony Pulis comes up against his firmer club tonight.

His Middlesbrough side host the Baggies at 7.45.

Both sides could end the night top of the table with a win.

MOTORSPORT

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton went third fastest in the opening practice session on the resumption of the F1 season.

The championship leader saw title rival Sebastian Vettel set the quickest time as they warm-up for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was second.

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