Lunchtime Sports Update

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SOCCER

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said he fears for the health of his players because of their heavy fixture schedule.

Following their defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final on Saturday they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League this coming weekend.

If they fail to overturn a 3-nil deficit they’ll have 35 days to wait before the new Premier League season starts on September the 12th.

Lampard says that’s not enough of a break

Derry City could draw level on points with fifth-placed St Pats later with a win at Richmond Park.

Kick-off in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division fixture is at 7.45pm.

There are two games tonight in the First Division – Bray Wanderers visit Longford Town at half past seven, and Galway United welcome rock-bottom Athlone Town to the west at 7.45.

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In the Scottish Premiership, Motherwell travel to Ross County this evening where there’s a 7.45 start.

SNOOKER

Ronnie O’Sullivan has breezed into the second round of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield this morning.

The five-time champion beat Thai player Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10 frames to 1.

World number 13 Jack Lisowski and Anthony McGill are currently tied at 2 frames apiece.

Shaun Murphy will get his tournament underway this afternoon against Noppon Saengkham.

And Antrim’s Jordan Brown is in action in the evening session from 7pm against three-time world champion Mark Selby.

GOLF

Justin Thomas is Golf’s new World Number One

The American shot a five-under par final round to win the WGC St Jude Invitational by 3 shots on 13-under-par over night.

Shane Lowry finished up best of the Irish on 9-under-par, in a tie for 6th.

Graeme McDowell then was 6 shots back on 3-under and Rory McIlroy finished up on 1-under.

RACING

There’s racing action at Naas this afternoon – where the first of an eight-race card on the flat goes to post at five past two.

The first of seven races over jumps at Roscommon is off at twenty past two.