Lunchtime Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

James Horan says he’s had ‘no approach’ from Mayo County Board about returning as their senior football manager.

He’s reportedly among the favourites to succeed Stephen Rochford – who stepped down earlier this week, citing a lack of county board support to continue for a fourth year.


Horan says his current focus is on coaching Westport and that inter-county management is not on his ‘short-term radar’.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has Conor Meyler available for Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Final against Dublin.

The Omagh forward is back in full training after recovering from the bruised knee which forced him to sit out their semi-final victory over Monaghan.

Harte is expected to name his starting 15 tonight and must decide whether to recall Meyler or keep Kieran McGeary in the team for the decider.

Dublin also have a fitness boost ahead of the final with Cian O’Sullivan recovered from a hamstring tweak.

Soccer

Manchester United have offered Anthony Martial a new long-term contract.

The 22-year-old France forward is into the last year of the deal he signed in September 2015 and his Old Trafford future has been the subject of considerable speculation.

Martial became football’s most expensive teenager when he signed for United from Monaco in a deal worth an initial 36-million pounds.

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure’s close to joining Greek side Olympiakos.

He left City in the summer after making over 300 appearances in eight years at the club.

His agent cryptically tweeted last night that Toure was about to move to a new team after having a medical in London.

Manager Craig Levein will pick the Hearts team for Saturday’s game against St Mirren while he recovers at home following emergency hospital treatment.

The former Scotland boss was admitted on Monday morning.

Assistant manager Austin MacPhee will take charge of this weekend’s match.

He says Levein’s recovering well and fully up to date with what’s going on at the club.

TENNIS

Andy Murray says he played really well for some periods of his US Open second-round defeat.

The former world number one was beaten in four sets by 31st seed Fernando Verdasco.

It was only his fifth tournament since returning from hip surgery earlier this summer.

Murray says there’s a huge lack of consistency in his play, because of missing a year of tennis.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal easily beat Vasek Pospisil in straight seats.

In the women’s draw, six-time winner Serena Williams won to set up a third-round meeting with sister Venus.

This evening, five-time winner Roger Federer plays Frenchman Benoit Paire – Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber takes on Johanna Larsson before that.

13-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic meets Tennys Sandgren in the early hours of tomorrow morning.