Lunchtime Sports Update

Aussie Rules

Kerryman Mark O’Connor is named on the interchange bench for Geelong as they look to move into 2nd on the AFL ladder.

 

The Dingle man claimed 9 marks and completed 16 passes in their previous 93-34 win and will look to continue his strong performance against the current league leaders Port Adelaide tomorrow night.

 

A win for Geelong would move them from 3rd to 2nd on the ladder. The match will be a big milestone for Mark O’Connors teammate and fellow Irishman Zach Tuohy as he will move past Tadhg Kennelly on AFL appearance list for Irish players on 198. Jim Stynes is still out on front on 246.

 

 

SOCCER

The English Football Association have decided to scrap FA Cup replays next season to help reduce congestion in the fixture schedule.

 

The 2020-21 campaign is starting later than normal, after the previous one was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the League Cup will be played over one leg – instead of two.

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There’s another night of Champions League football to look forward to with the second quarter-final taking place in Lisbon.

 

La Liga club Atletico Madrid meet RB Leipzig of the Bundesliga.

 

The winner of the tie will face Paris Saint Germain in the semi-finals.

 

Kick-off is at 8pm.

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he’ll remain at the club until his contract expires next June.

 

Manager Mikel Arteta said the playmaker didn’t feature after the restart due to “football reasons”.

 

In an interview with The Athletic, Ozil says he’s going nowhere.

 

GOLF

Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell and Seamus Power are in the field for the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

 

McDowell tees off in the next ten minutes while Lowry and Power don’t tee off until after 6PM.

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Alex Levy has been withdrawn from this week’s Celtic Classic by golf’s European Tour after he came into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

 

The Frenchman was due to play at Celtic Manor this afternoon.

 

He’s been replaced in the tournament by Denmark’s Martin Simonsen.

 

NOOKER

Anthony McGill leads Kyren Wilson by 8 frames to 7 in their World Snooker Championship semi-final in Sheffield.

 

This afternoon, five time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will resume 5-3 up on Mark Selby.

 

Motorsport

Sergio Perez will return for this weekend’s F1 Spanish Grand Prix after returning a negative coronavirus test.

 

The Racing Point driver missed both the British and 70th Anniversary races because of Covid-19.

 

Perez was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg who impressed last weekend at Silverstone, finishing seventh.

 

HORSE RACING

There’s racing today at Leopardstown and Tramore.

 

The fixture at the Dublin track is off at 1pm, with proceedings in Waterford underway at 4.40.

 

Dave Keena looks ahead to Tramore…

 

 

Cross Channel

Salisbury firm, good to firm in places

Hamilton good to soft, soft in places

 

 

Bath is off at 5 to 4 with the going good to firm, firm in places