Lunchtime Sports Update

RACING

The 2018 Harvest Festival at Listowel gets underway on Sunday next, the 9th of September.

John ‘Shark’ Hanlon says the festival has been a happy hunting ground for him down through the years.


He won the Guinness Kerry National in 2011 with Alfa Beat and it was one of the highlights of his career

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has confirmed that QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown is a likely destination for Saxon Warrior who finished third in the Juddmonte International at York on his last outing.

Saxon Warrior fell foul to the virus that affected his yard and O’Brien feels he will come on for that run at York and a decision as to his participation at Longines Irish Champions Weekend will be made shortly

SOCCER

Former Republic of Ireland international Gary Breen says the recent criticism of Roy Keane is unfair.

The Corkman’s role as Irish assistant coach has been placed in doubt following a training ground bust up with Harry Arter.

The Cardiff City midfielder has decided to sit out Thursday’s Nations League game against Wales.

Martin O’Neill insists he has full confidence in right hand man.

Breen thinks Keane could have been doing his job

TENNIS

The U-S Open quarter finals get underway in New York this evening.

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will be among those in action.

Women’s defending champion Sloane Stephens gets the last eight underway against Anastasija Sevastova

Stephens beat the Latvian on her way to the title last year.

GOLF

Tiger Woods is expected to be named in the U-S Ryder Cup team this evening.

American Captain Jim Furyk will unveil three of his four wildcards picks.

The 14-time major champion hasn’t played in the Ryder Cup for six years.

Bryson DeChambeau could also be selected after wining a second successive FedEx Cup play-off tournament last night.

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