Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Stephen Kenny is still searching for his first win as Republic of Ireland senior manager.

Ireland lost 1-nil to Finland at the Aviva Stadium in their Nations League tie.

Frederick Jensen came off the bench in the second half to score for the Finns with his first touch.

Ireland midfielder Harry Arter says the team lacked lacked that killer instinct

Wales top the group following a 1-0 win at home to Bulgaria – Liverpool defender Neco Williams scored an injury time winner.

Next up for Ireland is the crucial Euro 2020 play-off with Slovakia next month.

Stephen Kenny has plenty to think about after the games against Bulgaria and Finland

In the pick of tonight’s Nations League fixtures, Northern Ireland host Norway, Scotland travel to the Czech Republic and the Netherlands take on Italy.

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In the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Sligo Rovers host Finn Harps at The Showgrounds.

There are also four games in the First Division with leaders Cabinteely travelling to Drogheda.

Elsewhere, it’s Bray Wanderers against Athlone, UCD face Galway United, and Shamrock Rovers 2 take on Cobh Ramblers.

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TENNIS

Novak Djokovic has been defaulted from the US Open.

The top seed inadvertently hit the ball at a line judge in his fourth round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and has been disqualified from the tournament.

Djokovic showed his frustration after losing serve to trail 6-5 against the Spaniard.

The Serbian world number one took a ball out of his pocket and hit it behind him, striking the female line judge.

Djokovic was undefeated in 2020 to this point and looking to win his 18th Grand Slam title.

However, the top seed is now out of the US Open.

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GOLF

Dustin Johnson will take a five shot lead into the final round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The American is 19 under par – five ahead of Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.

Rory McIlroy’s 8 under.

Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe produced a scintillating Sunday performance to coast to a seven-stroke victory at the Ryan’s Supervalu sponsored Munster Stroke Play Championship at Cork Golf Club.

O’Keeffe arrived to the second of four events in this season’s Bridgestone Order of Merit with confidence brimming after beating a high-quality field at last week’s Mallow Scratch Cup.

With the win, O’Keeffe moves to third in the Bridgestone Order of Merit table with 118 points. After two events, Alan Fahy is in pole position on 158 points, 30 clear of Mullingar Scratch Trophy Champion Jason Rackard who closed with a four-over par 76 for a tied 15th result in Cork.

GAA

Emmet Óg Killoe’s appeal to the Disputes Resolution Authority over the 48-week ban handed down to them by the Longford County Board has been successful.

In August, the Longford champions were hit with the ban over their failure to pay a fine of €750.

However, the DRA have ruled in the club’s favour after it had initially lost an appeal to the Leinster GAA Hearings Committee.

HORSE RACING

There’s a eight-race meeting at Galway this afternnon with the first race going to post at 5 past 4.