Lunchtime Sports Update

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SOCCER

Fianna Fail T-D Marc McSharry claims there’s been a “a level of grubbiness” about the governance of the F-A-I in recent months.

His comments follow eight members of the current board claiming they hadn’t approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the government before the association signed off on it.


Those elected members have now called on interim C-E-O Gary Owens to clarify what he said about the issue yesterday.

Speaking on O-T-B A-M, McSharry said ratifying the proposals which would see six independent seats on the board would make the F-A-I an “outlier in world sport”.

Manchester United have confirmed Alexis Sanchez’s unsuccessful stint at Old Trafford is over.

The forward has made his loan move to Inter Milan a permanent one.

Sanchez – who scored just five goals in 45 appearances for United – has signed a 3 year deal with the Italian club.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard believes his side must score first tonight if they’ve any chance of reaching the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Scottish Premiership team trail 3-1 heading into their last-16 second leg at Bayer Leverkusen.

Wolves are at home against Greek side Olympiakos with their tie level at 1-all.

GOLF

It’s the opening day of the first golf major of the year – the PGA Championship.

Open champion Shane Lowry has U-S Open winner Gary Woodland and defending champion Brooks Koepka for company at Harding Park this afternoon, which Koepka has described as a “big boy course”, and Lowry feels both accuracy and distance will be needed from the tee.

They’re out on course in California at ten-past-four Irish time, with two-time former winner Rory McIlroy teeing off twenty minutes later.

In Ryder Cup News

United States captain Steve Stricker will still get six wild cards.

He was initially given the increase because the coronavirus pandemic had forced 11 events on the PGA Tour to be cancelled.

Even though tournaments have now restarted, Stricker will be able to select half his team for the contest at Whistling Straits next year.

RUGBY

Ireland head-coach Andy Farrell is welcoming the new eight-team international tournament due to take place this autumn.

His side are due to face England, Wales and Fiji in the pool stages of the competition in November.

With Ireland set to complete their Six Nations campaign in October, it’s been suggested that they might blood new players in the tournament.

Farrell insists they’ll be focused on being competitive.

SNOOKER

John Higgins has just recorded his first 147 break at the Crucible.

However, the four time champion still trails Kurt Maflin leads by seven frames to five in their second round encounter at the World Snooker Championship.

Mark Selby is 3-1 up against Noppon Saengkham (pr: Seng-kem).

This afternoon Mark Williams resumes 5-3 up against Stuart Bingham.