Lunchtime Sports Update

Soccer

Chelsea say they will appeal Fifa’s decision to ban them from signing any new players in the next two transfer windows.

It’s after they were found guilty by the governing body of breaking rules in relation to the transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.


The Premier League club say they “refute the findings of the disciplinary committee and they acted in accordance with all relevant regulations.”

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Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he’ll allow Sir Alex Ferguson to give a team talk to his players ahead of their game against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Norwegian played in 11 matches against their Merseyside rivals under the former manager.

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There are two big games for sides fighting against relegation in the Premier League this evening.

Second from bottom Fulham who’re eight points from safety make the journey across London to face West Ham.

Cardiff – who are a point clear of the drop zone – host Watford.

GOLF

Shane Lowry is among the early starters on day 2 of the WGC Mexico Championship.

The Offaly man resumes from one under par just before six o clock Irish time.

He’s seven shots back from leader Rory McIlroy, who will look to build on yesterday’s brilliant eight under par round of 63.

RUGBY

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is expected to announce several changes to his team, when he names the side to face Italy later this afternoon.

Although Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are likely to start, it’s believed Schmidt will rest some of his forwards.

Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Ultan Dillane and Jordi Murphy are all in contention for starts.

Meanwhile the Irish under 20s will look to make it three wins from three in the champkeep alive their Grand Slam hopes when they face Italy from 6 o’clock Irish time this evening.

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In the Pro 14, Munster can consolidate first place in Conference A tonight, and do neighbours Connacht a favour at the same time.

They’re in Swansea to take on the Ospreys at 7.35.

At the same time, Connacht have a crucial meeting with the Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun, with Kieran Marmion making his first start in three months.

At 5-to-8, runaway Conference B leaders Leinster welcome Southern Kings to the RDS.