Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Brentford are 90 minutes away from a return to the English top flight for the first time since 1947.

Last night’s 3-1 win over Swansea saw Thomas Frank’s side secure a place in next week’s Championship playoff final.

The game was also the last at Brentford’s 116-year old Griffin Park ground.

It could be a West London derby in the final.

Fulham take a 2-nil lead into their semi-final second leg with Cardiff tonight at Craven Cottage.

Kick off is at 7.45.

Dave McMillan’s returned to Dundalk after two and a half years in Scotland.

The striker scored 74 times during his first spell at Oriel Park.

RACING

The Galway Hurdle is the feature race on day four of the Galway Races.

The big race of the evening at Ballybrit goes to post at 6.45.

It’s the highlight of an eight-race card that gets underway at 4.45.

The Donnacha O’Brien-trained Fancy Blue is set to go off as favourite in the Nassau Stakes on day three of Glorious Goodwood.

That’s the feature race of an eight-race card that starts at 1.10.

CRICKET

Ireland play their first match since lockdown today.

Andrew Balbirnie’s side take on world champions England in the first of three one day internationals between the sides.

The series forms part of the ICC’s new World Cup Super League which could lead to World Cup qualification.

Play is due to get underway in Southampton at 2.

GOLF

Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are all in the field for the WGC St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.

All three go out either side of 6pm, Irish time.

Meanwhile, the U-S-G-A confirmed last night that the US Open will be played behind closed doors.

They’ve cited continuing fears regarding COVID-19.

The major is slated to get underway at Winged Foot in New York on September 17th.

On the European Tour, Paul Dunne, Gavin Moynihan, Cormac Sharvin and Jonathan Caldwell all take part in the Hero Open.

Play gets underway at the Forest of Arden this morning.

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.

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.