Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Joey Carbery still remains “highly unlikely” to return for Munster in time for this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup semi final with Saracens.

The Ireland out half hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury during Munster’s quarter final win against Edinburgh.


Speaking today, head coach Johann van Graan says he’ll give the player every chance to prove his fitness, but time is running out

Israel Falou has been sacked by Rugby Australia for his homophobic social media posts.

The Wallabies full back sent an Instagram photo which said homosexuals, drunks and atheists would burn in hell if they don’t repent.

His employers said the post breached their Professional Players’ Code of Conduct.

His contract also covered his regional side the New South Wales Waratahs.

New Zealand’s Damian McKenzie is the latest high-profile player to be ruled out of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

The 23 year old full back has been sidelined for up to 9 months, after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, while playing for the Chiefs in Super Rugby at the weekend.

McKenzie has scored 12 tries, and kicked 20 points from the tee during his 23 test caps for the All Blacks.

GOLF

Tiger Woods has moved up to number 6 in golf’s World Rankings, after his incredible win at the Masters.

The 43 year old ended his 11 year wait for a major championship victory yesterday, with an emotional win at Augusta.

That has seen him climb six places in the rankings to 6th overall, with Dustin Johnson remaining at number 1 after finishing in a tie for second place yesterday.

Rory McIlroy has dropped one place to number 4.

Woods says that Augusta National was the perfect place to break his major championship drought.

The 43 year old had been through four back surgeries since winning the US Open in 2009.

He says there were times when he wasn’t sure whether or not he would play again

SOCCER

Arsenal can return to the Premier League’s top four this evening.

The Gunners will look to take advantage of Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool yesterday, when they travel to Watford.

However, despite five wins in their last seven matches in all competitions, Arsenal have won just two of their last 12 on the road.

Their opponents Watford are unbeaten at Vicarage Road since St Stephen’s Day.

The Football Association will be reviewing the referee’s match report from Saturday’s League One match between Fleetwood Town and Barnsley, following an alleged altercation between the managers.

Fleetwood boss Joey Barton and Barnsley’s Daniel Stendel, reportedly, had to be separated by stewards in the tunnel after the final whistle.

Sky Sports News understands South Yorkshire Police have spoken with Barton as they continue to investigate.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions Dundalk will be aiming to get their season back on track tonight,

After back to back defeats, they host second place Bohemians, with a 7.45 kickoff at Oriel Park.

At the same time, third place Derry travel to St Pats, Sligo Rovers host Waterford, with both sitting just above the relegation zone.

Cork City take on UCD, looking to end a three game winless run in the league.

MOTORSPORT

Former Irish Hillclimb champion Paul O’Connell switched to circuit racing at the weekend and ran away with the two Boss Formula Libre races at the opening Mondello Park meeting of the season. The Limerick driver’s 3.4 litre Dallara was well clear of Fergus Faherty’s smaller engined version, with Barry Rabbitt and another hillclimb title holder, Joe Courtney, taking turns at finishing third. Veteran Erik Holstein won two of the three Fiesta ST races, but teenager Alex Denning showed his class by taking victory in race two on his motor racing debut after winning several karting championships during his twelve year career so far. The 19 year old finished second and fourth in the other two races and promises to provide a real challenge for the class title against all his older opposition.

Cathan McCourt and Barry McNulty became the third different winners in this year’s Valvoline National Forestry Rally Championship by finishing more than a minute in front of the opposition in the Munster CC Moonraker event at Ballyvourney in West Cork. The Northern Ireland pair headed a clean sweep of the top three placings by Ulster crews, with Niall Henry and Damien Duffin next, followed by Donall Sweeney and Dean O’Sullivan.

RACING

Phillip Enright bagged a double at Limerick where he rode winners for County Cork trainers Rodger Sweeney and Robert Tyner. The Tralee man was first in the winners’ enclosure as the Sweeney family’s 6/1 chance Whereyouknow landed the three-mile handicap hurdle and he rounded off the day with success on Simple Steps in the 2m3f handicap chase at odds of 10/1 for Kinsale’s Robert Tyner.

Jack Kennedy lit up County Galway trainer Norman Lee’s evening when partnering Sole Pretender to land the landed the feature McGrath Limestone Works Handicap Hurdle at Ballinrobe. The 5/1 winner is bound for the Punchestown festival.