Morning Sports Update

Manchester United missed out on a place in the final of the Europa League, losing 2-1 to Sevilla in Colgone.

Bruno Fernandes had put United ahead in the first half with a penalty but former Newcastle striker Luuk de Jong won it for the Spanish side with a goal 12 minutes from time.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it’s hard to take

Sevilla will take on either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk, who meet in the second semi final in Dusseldorf from 8.00 tonight.

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Shamrock Rovers dropped their first points of the season in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

The league leaders were held to a scoreless draw away to St. Pats, who had Shane Griffin sent off early in the second half.

Rovers have a four point lead at the top.

Tonight in the First Division, the top two clash as leaders Cabinteely visit Longford Town.

Third placed Drogheda United host Galway United and UCD entertain Athlone Town.

All those matches kick-off at 7:45.

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SNOOKER

Ronnie O’Sullivan won the World Championship for the sixth time with an 18-8 victory over Kyren Wilson in the final at the Crucible in Sheffield.

O’Sullivan’s moved to within one of the all-time record of world titles, held by Stephen Hendry.

GOLF

Shane Lowry and Seamus Power both finished inside the top 30 at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina

American Jim Herman shot a final round 63 to finish up on 21 under par, one ahead of Billy Horschel.

Lowry ended up on 12 under while Power was 10 under.

Enniscorthy’s Jason Rackard delivered some sensational golf on Sunday to lay claim to his first ‘major’ title, the prestigious Mullingar Scratch Trophy, sponsored by Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt and Pinergy.

“I’m absolutley buzzing, I can’t believe it” he said afterwards. And buzzing he should be.

Having opened the tournament with a two-under total on Saturday, the 31-year old blitzed the midlands track in just 65 (-7) strokes on Sunday morning before completing the win with a final round 71 (-1) in the afternoon. This gave the Wexford golfer a ten-under winning total, two clear of Castle’s Robert Moran and four ahead of the Amateur Champ James Sugrue. Rackard also takes the lead in the Bridgestone Order of Merit with three events remaining.

“I probably played the best round of golf in my life this morning, then I started off a little bit cagey this afternoon I was two-over through nine and Rob (Moran) got close to me and it gave me a little bit of a boot. I put the head down and made birdie on 12. I hit a great 6 iron into six feet and holed the putt”.

From there, Rackard, a grandnephew of the hurling legends Nicky, Bobby and Billy Rackard, went on to birdie 14 and 16, enough to take the clubhouse lead from Moran who had earlier set the target for others to catch.

James Sugrue, the Amateur Champion, finished the tournament in third place. The Mallow golfer would be left to rue the nine bogies that blighted his three rounds.

The Mullingar Scratch Trophy is run by GUI Leinster Golf in association with Mullingar Golf Club.

RACING

And there’s a seven-race card taking place at Tipperary this afternoon.

The first one goes to post at 1PM.