Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Cian Healy says he’s excited about the ‘next chapter’ of his career after signing a new two-year contract with Leinster and the I-R-F-U.

The 31-year-old loose-head prop has been capped 88 times by Ireland and won three Six Nations titles while he’s collected four European Cup medals with Leinster.

Healy has recovered from an injury-hit couple of years to reclaim the Irish number one shirt and started four games in this season’s Six Nations and last November’s win over New Zealand.

He’s now looking forward to Leinster’s Guinness Pro14 final against Glasgow at Celtic Park on Saturday

FORMULA ONE

Formula 1 legend and three-time world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70 after a period of ill health.

The Austrian was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix in 1976.

Amazingly he was back racing in just six weeks and won the world championship title the following year.

But his crash had caused significant health problems and he had a lung transplant just nine months ago.

SOCCER

Tottenham Hotspur have received a major boost with the news Harry Kane is likely to be available for the Champions League Final against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1st.

The England skipper damaged ankle ligaments in the first leg of the quarter final against Manchester City in early April, sitting out the conclusion of the Premier League season and the semi final win over Ajax.

Kane had been in good form before the injury, scoring 24 goals in all competitions.

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Arsenal have confirmed that Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be part of their squad to face Chelsea in the Europa League Final.

With tensions high between his homeland and Azerbaijan, the club are concerned for his safety in the final’s host city Baku.

Mkhitaryan didn’t travel when Arsenal faced Qarabag in the group stages earlier this season.

Juventus are reportedly lining up Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as their new manager.

The Italian champions have been drawing up a shortlist of candidates to succeed Max Allegri.

European football expert Graham Hunter thinks Juventus are trying to emulate the football played by Napoli under Sarri

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has signed a new one-year contract.

His original 18-month deal expired this summer after joining from Arsenal last January.

Giroud was a regular in the France starting line-up that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Noel Mooney has said that the FAI won’t hold back in seeking assistance from UEFA as it deals with its governance issues.

Limerick native Mooney will be on secondment from European football’s governing body from next month until the end of November.

He will assume administrative control of the Association under the title of ‘General Manager for Football Services and Partnerships’.

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Two of the top five clash at Richmond Park in the S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division this evening.

Saint Pat’s host Derry City, where there’s a 7.45pm kick-off.

Eoghan Stokes and Patrick McClean have both been ruled out for the visitors through injury.

ATHLETICS

Caster Semenya will race over 3-thousand metres in America next month, meaning she doesn’t have to lower her testosterone levels.

Rules created by athletics’ world governing body mean the two-time Olympic 800-metres champion can only run in events from the 400 to the mile if she takes medication.

Instead, she’ll line up over a longer distance at the Prefontaine Classic in California on the 30th June.

RACING

There’s an eight-race card at Sligo this evening where the first if off at 5pm.