Lunchtime Sports Update

ATHLETICS

An Riocht this evening have their final 5k series road race.

It’s on in Castleisland at 7.


ROWING

Sanita Puspure has cruised into the final of the women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.

The two time Olympian won her semi final by 7 seconds.

She is the fastest qualifier for Sunday’s medal race, posting a time almost a second faster that the World Champion Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland.

Andrew Goff, Fintan McCarthy, Ryan Ballantine and Jake McCarthy finished fifth in the final of the lightweight quad.

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin and Cork have both named unchanged teams for Sunday’s All Ireland Ladies Senior Football Final at Croke Park.

The reigning champions have kept faith in the same side that started their semi final victory over Galway.

The Rebelettes will line out with the same 15 that overcame Donegal.

RUGBY

Johnny Sexton has been named in the Leinster team for tomorrow’s Pro 14 match against the Dragons at the R-D-S.

The Ireland out half will captain the team in his first game of the season.

Rob Kearney is back at full back.

Garry Ringrose joins Robbie Henshaw in the centre.

While Josh van der Flier comes into the back row for his first games since a knee ligament injury during February’s Six Nations match against France.

Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor and Sean Reidy are recalled to the pack as Ulster make three changes for Sunday’s game against the Southern Kings in South Africa.

RACING

Joseph O’Brien’s Melbourne Cup-bound Latrobe, who sidestepped a trip to the Doncaster St Leger, is one of six horses declared for the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday, the second day of the spectacular Longines Irish Champions Weekend that gets underway at Leopardstown tomorrow.

Piltown-based O’Brien enjoyed success in this race as a jockey when he partnered the recently retired Order Of St George to victory in 2015 for his father Aidan, who has three of the sextet including 2/1 favourite Flag Of Honour, seeking his third consecutive win at Irish headquarters this season.

Aidan O’Brien, who also saddled Order Of St George to win this race 12 months ago, won it for the first time with Yeats in 2007 and Septimus a year later. He has also declared Idaho and Cyprus Creek while John Gosden, who sent over Duncan to dead heat for first place with Jukebox Jury in this corresponding contest seven years ago, will be represented by his Ebor winner Weekender. Gosden won the race for the first time back in 1992 with Mashallah under American superstar Steve Cauthen. Coolcullen trainer Jim Bolger has yet to win the final Irish classic of the season but will be hoping to change that with 10/1 chance Twilight Payment, ridden by his son-in-law Kevin Manning.