Lunchtime Sports Update

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SOCCER

Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne has been named the Premier League player of the season.

The Belgian beat off competition from Liverpool title winners Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane.

De Bruyne equalled the top flight’s assist record with 20 in the previous campaign, and scored 13 goals.

The midfielder also hit the net in last night’s 3-1 Champions League defeat to Lyon.

Speaking after the game, City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he’ll do all he can to improve the club’s fortunes in Europe

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Attention turns back to the Europa League tonight.

The first semi-final sees Manchester United take on La Liga club Sevilla.

Kick-off in Cologne is at 8PM.

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There’s a big Dublin derby taking place in the SSE Airtricity League this evening.

St. Patrick’s Athletic welcome Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers to Richmond Park.

A win for the home team would leave them a point off the European spots.

That kicks off at 5PM.

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In the Scottish Premiership, Rangers are away to Livingston from half-past-4 this afternoon.

GOLF

Cormac Sharvin tees off at 5-past-2 this afternoon – just 5 strokes off the 15 under par leader, Connor Syme, at the Celtic Classic in Wales.

Sharvin’s ten under par while Jonathan Caldwell tees off at 12:30 from 7 under.

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Shane Lowry will get his final round of the Wyndham Championship underway from 9-under-par later on.

The Offaly native is in a tie for 23rd, nine shots off the lead that’s held by Korea’s Kim Si-Woo.

Seamus Power will resume from 6-under-par in North Carolina.

SNOOKER

Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan holds the advantage heading into the final two sessions of the World Snooker Championship final.

The Rocket will resume 10-7 up on Kyren Wilson in the decider at the Crucible.

They’re back on the baize at half-one and the first to 18 frames will be crowned world champion.

RACING

There’s a seven-race card in Cork this afternoon that gets underway at ten-past-two.

In Tramore – the first of a seven-race card goes to post at 2:30PM.

F1

Lewis Hamilton starts from pole as he bids to win the Spanish Grand Prix for the fourth time in a row this afternoon.

His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas lines-up alongside him on the front-row.

It’s lights-out in Barcelona at 1410.

Mark Nolan discusses the F1 season to date

OLYMPICS

A leading Japanese researcher fears the Olympics will not be able to take place next summer unless a Covid-19 vaccine is found.

Professor Yoshiharu Matsuura says the country’s efforts to create a jab are “lagging behind in the race”.

The Games have already been pushed back a year and it’s understood the I-O-C are reluctant to postpone them to 2022.