Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Leinster have confirmed that centre Noel Reid will join Leicester at the end of the season.

The one-cap Irish international has played 120 times for his home province and featured 20 times this season.

Reid says it’s not a decision he’s ‘taken lightly’ but he’s ‘excited’ to make the move to Welford Road.

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Israel Folau’s future in rugby will be decided at a code of conduct hearing on the 4th of May.

The full-back was sacked by Rugby Australia following a social media post in which he said “hell awaits” gay people.

It will be heard behind closed doors in Sydney by a three-member panel.

SOCCER

Chelsea host Burnley at Stamford Bridge tonight as they look to stay in contention for Champions League football next season.

Kick off is at 8pm.

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Norwich could claim the SkyBet Championship title – and a place in the Premier League – with a win at Stoke this afternoon.

They’d also need Sheffield United to fail to beat Hull and Leeds to slip up away at Brentford.

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Reigning champions Dundalk will be looking to close the gap to S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers to seven-points this afternoon.

The Lilywhites make the trip to U-C-D for a 3pm kick-off at Belfield.

Waterford host fourth-place Derry at 4pm while two games get underway at 5pm.

Cork City, who have lost three of their last four games, host Sligo while Finn Harps take on St Pat’s.

RACING

General Principle will try to make it back-to-back wins in the Irish Grand National this evening.

He’s one of 12 runners for Gordon Elliott, who trained Tiger Roll for victory in the Aintree Grand National earlier this month.

Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint is likely to go off as favourite when the race goes to post at 5pm.

SNOOKER

Shaun Murphy is through to the second-round at the World Snooker Championship.

The former champion has completed a 10-nil whitewash of Luo Honghao.

Zhao Xintong has leads 4-1 against Mark Selby.

Ronnie O’Sullivan faces qualifier James Cahill this afternoon.

GOLF

Shane Lowry’s up to 43rd in the new world rankings.

The Offaly man tied for third at the R-B-C Heritage last night, finishing two-shots behind winner C-T Pan.

Waterford’s Seamus Power shot a final round 67 to secure a season best sixth-place finish.

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