Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Leinster can take a huge step towards the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup today.

Leo Cullen’s side host Toulouse at the RDS at 1pm.

Ulster need to pull off an unlikely victory if they’re to keep alive hopes of progress from Pool 4.

Leaders Racing are in Belfast, but the hosts have the likes of Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale restored to their side.

Kick off at Kingspan Stadium is at 3.15.

Elsewhere in pool 4, Leicester go to the Scarlets.

Munster have their quarter final destiny in their own hands this morning.

Joey Carbery crossed for a pair of tries, with Munster running in five in total for a 41-15 bonus point win away to Gloucester.

Munster can secure a home quarter final with a win over Exeter at Thomond Park next week.

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In the Challenge Cup, there’s a top-of-the-table Pool 3 clash at the Sportsground where Connacht take on leaders Sale from 3pm

SOCCER

With Manchester City not playing until Monday, Liverpool can re-establish a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League this afternoon with victory away to Brighton.

But Jurgen Klopp is light on centre-halves, with Dejan Lovren the latest to visit the treatment room at Melwood.

Today’s action gets underway at 12.30, with the meeting of West Ham and Arsenal.

Samir Nasri starts for West Ham against his former club.

Aaron Ramsey is on the bench for Arsenal, after it emerged the midfielder has agreed to join Juventus in the summer.

The focus of the days is mainly at the bottom of the table, with rock bottom Huddersfield away to a Cardiff side just two-points above the dropzone.

Another pair of strugglers meet at Turf Moor with Burnley facing Fulham.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace take on Watford

Southampton go to Leicester.

And the late game sees Rafa Benitez take Newcastle to his former side Chelsea.

GAELIC GAMES

Clare play Cork in Munster’s McGrath Cup Final at Miltown Malbay.

Throw in is at 2pm.

And in Leinster’s O’Byrne Cup Football semi finals, Westmeath take on Longford at the Downs from 2pm.

At 7pm, it’s Dublin against Meath at Parnell Park.

GOLF

Ireland’s Seamus Power has finished well back from the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Waterford man has finished up on eight over in total, after a six over round of 76 last night.

Leading into the weekend will be American Matt Kuchar, who is one clear of the field on 14 under.

RACING

There’s a seven-race card at Fairyhouse this afternoon, with the first going to post at 12.25.

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