Lunchtime Sports Update

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Racing

It’s Galway Hurdle day at the Galway festival and looking ahead to the action for us here’s Dave Keena

Trainer Henry De Bromhead has a strong hand in Thursday’s Guinness Galway Hurdle with three runners.

 

De Bromhead spoke with Dave Keena about their chances, beginning with Petit Mooshwar…

 

CRICKET

Ireland begin the first of three matches in their One Day International Series against world champions England.

 

The match gets underway at 2pm at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

 

SOCCER

Dutch centre back Nathan Ake is on the verge of completing a move from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

 

Ake was part of a Cherries side who were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season.

 

Bournemouth have accepted a City bid of 44 million euro for the 25-year-old.

 

Ake has made 121 appearances for Bournemouth since his move from Chelsea in 2017.

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Fulham and Cardiff go head to head tonight for the right to meet Brentford in the Championship play off final.

 

Fulham have a 2-0 lead from the first leg – kick off at Craven Cottage is 7.45.

 

TENNIS

Women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty has pulled out of the US Open in New York at the end of August due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Australian Barty may still defend her French Open title in September.

 

GOLF

Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell all tee off this evening on day one of the WGC St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.

 

Meanwhile, on the European Tour, Jonathan Caldwell’s dropped back to 1 under par after 17 holes at the Hero Open in Birmingham

 

Cormac Sharvin’s 1 over through 7.

 

Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan are due out shortly.

 

Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez leads by four on 10 under after a round of 62.

 

RUGBY

Leinster and Munster have been cleared for a graduated return to contact training.

 

There were zero positive results in the IRFU’s latest round of PCR testing for Covid-19.

 

153 players and staff were tested in the two provinces this week and for the second time – no one has tested positive.

 

Gaelic Games

Thursday, 30 July @ 6.30p.m.

Lee Strand Coiste na nÓg Under 16 hurling league

Round 2

Ballyheigue v Crotta/Kilmoyley @ Ballyheigue;

Lixnaw v Ballyduff @ Lixnaw;

St. Brendan’s v Abbeydorney/Causeway @ Ardfert;

 

Lee Strand Coiste na nÓg Under 14 hurling league

Round 3

Firies v South Kerry @ Farranfore, 7.00p.m.

 

SNOOKER

Five-time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan believes snooker players are being treated like “lab rats” at this year’s World Championship.

 

Some fans are being allowed into the Crucible in Sheffield, where social distancing measures will be in place to protect against coronavirus.

 

But O’Sullivan says he doesn’t think it’s a “risk worth taking”.

 

The tournament starts tomorrow.