Lunchtime Sports Update

GREYHOUNDS

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GMHD.ie Insurances will once again sponsor the first classic of the year at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

This has grown to be Ireland’s leading unraced event with a production line of superb greyhounds that go on to contest all the major events in Ireland and the UK.

The 2015 event’s winner Sidarian Vega went onto win the Boylesports Race of Champions and finalist Ballymac Matt went onto win the 2015 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby as did the 2016 winner Escapism.”

The entries for the upcoming event that starts on Fri Feb 10th, for Jan 2015 whelps or later, are now being taken.

Official and unofficial trials from entrants to the Juvenile will take place on the three Friday evenings preceding the event.

Any owners or Trainers who wish to trial their dogs in Tralee from here to close of entries on Tue Feb 7th should call the racing office on 061 448057.

RUGBY

Chris Henry has agreed a two year extension to his deal with Ulster.

The 32 year old back row forward has played 24 times for Ireland.

Ulster face Exeter in the Champions cup this weekend needing a win to keep their quarter final hopes alive.

Rugby

Jack Carty is out of Connachts Champions cup clash with Zebre this Saturday at the Sportsground.

The Roscommon out half picked up a low grade medial knee ligament sprain against Ospreys last week but could still be available for the game against Toulose the weekend after next.

Craig Ronaldson maybe available however having returned to training.

Peter Robb is following return to play protocols after picking up a concussion while Jake Heenan is out with a knee injury but could be back for the group finale.

Quinn Roux could feature against Zebre despite a groin injury while Captain John Muldoon has returned to training having missed out against Ospreys due to hamstring injury.

SOCCER

FIFA has voted unanimously in favour of expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams from 2026.

It’ll feature 16 groups of three nations – with the top two going through to the knockout phase.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino had promised to increase the number of countries in his election manifesto.

It’s the first time more teams have been added to the tournament since the 1998 edition.

Two Portuguese bosses go head-to-head in the League Cup tonight as Manchester United host Hull in their semi-final first leg.

Jose Mourinho welcomes Marco Silva and his players to Old Trafford.

The United manager says his team will be at full strength
Hull boss Marco Silva says too much is being made of tonight’s “Portuguese v Portuguese” situation.

Silva says it’s a match first and foremost, but admits he’s looking forward to facing his countryman

Kick-off is at 8.

TENNIS

Maria Sharapova will make her return to competitive tennis following a doping ban at an event in Stuttgart on the 26th of April.

The former world number one is serving a 15-month suspension after testing positive for meldonium – which she says she took for medical reasons.

Sharapova’s ban ends three days into the Stuttgart tournament – when she’ll play her first match.

She’ll return to tennis without a ranking – so she requires a wild card to get into the bigger competitions.