Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Peter O’Mahony is a major doubt for Munster’s final Champions Cup pool match against the Exeter Chiefs.

The influential flanker has been rated as ’50-50 at best’ for Saturday’s Thomond Park showdown.


O’Mahony suffered a rib injury during the Southern Province’s bonus point win over Gloucester on Friday.

He will undergo a scan today, but a decision about his availability will not be made until later in the week.

TENNIS

Andy Murray says he will do everything possible to continue playing tennis.

The three time Grand Slam champion was speaking after loosing an epic Australian Open first round match to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

The 31 year old took to the court just days after revealing his plans to retire due to a hip injury.

The former world number one came from two sets down to level the match, but was eventually beaten in the fifth.

Murray hopes to bring his career to an end at Wimbledon in the summer.

Rodger Federer has had a good start to the defence of his title in Melbourne.

The 37 year old beat Denis Istomin in straight sets.

Women singles defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is safely thorough to the second round.

There have also been opening day wins for Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Rafael Nadal.

SOCCER

Martin O’Neill is said to be on the verge of being appointed the new Nottingham Forest manager.

Reports claim the former Republic of Ireland manager has been in discussion with the Championship club for the last 48 hours and a deal is nearing completion.

O’Neill played for Forest for ten years, winning the First Division and European Cup, but has been out of work since leaving his role with the Boys in Green in November.

Speculation suggests Roy Keane will be part of O’Neill coaching staff at the City Ground.

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