Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Harry Arter’s been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for upcoming games with Wales and Poland.

The Cardiff midfielder’s trimmed from Martin O’Neill’s initial selection.


Shane Long, James McCarthy and Robbie Brady are among those who are missing due to injury.

The Republic play Wales in their opening Nations League game on Thursday, before meeting Poland in a friendly next Tuesday.

Wales face the prospect of playing against a potential second string Denmark team on Sunday.

A dispute over a commercial rights deal could mean a number of high profile Danish players won’t feature in their opening Nations League match.

Denmark are also due to take on Slovakia in a friendly on Wednesday.

RUGBY

Munster legend Alan Quinlan thinks Joe Carbery had an impressive cameo on his debut for the Reds on Saturday.

The Ireland back came off the bench in Munster’s six-try bonus-point 38-nil victory over the Cheetahs at Thomond Park.

J-J Hanrahan switched to full-back when Carbery was introduced after an impressive showing in the 10 shirt.

And Quinlan is hoping both players can push each other

Josh van der Flier is set to make his comeback for Leinster this weekend.

The flanker’s returned to full training after seven months on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage during Ireland’s Six Nations win against France in Paris.

Leinster go to Scarlets in the Guinness PRO-14 this Saturday.

TENNIS

(Djokovic starts 1900 Irish time approx, Federer 0200 Irish time approx on Tuesday)

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic looks to book his place in the quarter-finals of the U-S Open tennis this evening.

He takes on Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

Roger Federer goes up against Australian John Millman in the early hours of tomorrow.

FORMULA ONE

McLaren have named 18-year-old Englishman Lando Norris as one of their new drivers for the next Formula One season.

He’ll replace Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne – who’s been dropped from the British based team.

Norris will partner Carlos Sainz – who’s coming in for fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso.

CRICKET

Former England captain Alastair Cook has announced he’ll retire from international cricket at the end of the Test series with India.

He’ll step away from the national team after the final match at The Oval, which starts on Friday.

Cook is England’s leading scorer of all-time – with more than 12-thousand runs in the longest form of the game.

He’s struggled with the bat this summer – but will continue to play county cricket for Essex

RACING

Leading 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Presenting Percy looks set to make his comeback at Punchestown next month in the Irish Daily Star Chase, with owner Philip Reynolds revealing his star chaser is in fine shape after a summer break.

March’s emphatic RSA Chase winner, who was audaciously campaigned by trainer Patrick Kelly last term, has been in training since the end of July along with Kim Muir runner-up Mall Dini.

“Presenting Percy is in great shape,” reported Reynolds. “We’ve had him back in since just before Galway, returning on the same day as Mall. They’re probably two or three weeks ahead of where they’d normally be at this stage.”

Presenting Percy was the 2017/18 National Hunt season’s highest-rated staying novice chaser and Reynolds continued: “He made his reappearance towards the end of October at Galway last year and we’ll be starting at around the same point this year.

“We’ll be looking at the Grade 3 Irish Daily Star Chase at Punchestown. He’s back in time for that race and if everything goes well between now and then I’d say that’s where he’ll appear.”

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