Lunchtime Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Westmeath football forward Ray Connellan’s set to return home ahead of the 2019 season.

The Athlone clubman has not been offered a new contract by A-F-L club Saint Kilda.


Saint Kilda’s general manager of football Simon Lethlean says he ‘gave everything’ during his two seasons in Australia.

Connellan has thanked the club and added that his time in Melbourne has been the been ‘the most amazing experience’ of his life.

Cycling

Britain’s Mark Cavendish will take an indefinite break from cycling because of illness.

The former road race world champion is suffering from the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes Glandular fever.

Cavendish has won 30 Tour de France stages – the second most in history.

He withdrew from the European Championships earlier this month on medical grounds.

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Team Sky have announced who’ll join Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome in their line-up for the Tour of Britain.

British rider Ian Stannard’s joined by three less well-known cyclists.

Sky are having to split their efforts between this event – which starts in south Wales on Sunday – and the ongoing Vuelta a Espana.

Soccer

Hal Robson-Kanu’s retired from international duty with Wales, after scoring five goals in 44 appearances.

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett’s been recalled after ending his self-imposed exile.

Teenagers Tyler Roberts, Matthew Smith and Ethan Ampadu are all included in Ryan Giggs’ squad for the start of the inaugural Nations League next month.

Wales play the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.

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The Football Association’s officially submitted its bid to host the Women’s Euros in 2021.

England hosted the Championship 13 years ago.

They’ve made the semi-finals at the last two major tournaments.

Over 45-thousand people attended this year’s FA Women’s Cup final at Wembley – a record attendance.

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The FA says it’ll support safe standing at grounds in England, if there’s clear evidence to convince authorities.

The Premier League and Football League have already backed it, and a government review’s expected to be published at the end of the year.

Standing in the top two divisions was outlawed in 1989 – a recommendation made in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives.

Tennis

Andy Murray plays Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the US Open this evening.

The former world number one’s taking part in his first Grand Slam since last year’s Wimbledon after having major hip surgery.

British number two Cameron Norrie’s also in action, against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.

They’ll be hoping for cooler temperatures than the near-40 degrees yesterday, that forced several players to retire mid-match.