Morning Sports Update


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is blaming his players for their shock F-A Cup exit.

The holders suffered 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground yesterday.

It the Gunner’s first third round defeat since the Frenchman took charge in 1996.

Wenger made nine changes to his team, but says that is no excuse

Tottenham secured their place in this evening’s 4th round draw with a 3-nil victory over A-F-C Wimbledon at Wembley.

Harry Kane scored twice in two minutes, to bring his goal tally for the season to 26.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes he will stay at the club for his entire career

League Two Newport scored a dramatic late winner to seal a 2-1 victory over Leeds.

Republic of Ireland under 21 international Josh Cullen lost two teeth in West Ham’s nil all draw with Shrewsbury at New Meadow.

Cullen took a nasty blow to the face in the closing stages, but was called the Hammers best player by manager David Moyes

Brighton and Crystal Palace renew rivalries in the third round tonight.

There will be increased security at the Amex Stadium following crowd trouble in the Premier League meeting between the two sides in November.

Kick off is at 7.45.


The McGrath Cup and Munster Hurling League finals have been brought forward a week.

Cork and Clare in the football and Clare and Limerick in the hurling secured their place in the deciders yesterday.

The sides were due to meet in the last round robin games next weekend, but the fixtures will now count as the final.

Kerry went down to Limerick yesterday in the Munster Hurling League, by 10 points, at 3-19 to 1-15.


World Number One Dustin Johnson has had a winning start to 2018.

A final round of 65 handed the American an eight-shot victory in the U-S P-G-A Tour’s Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.


Defending champion Glen Durrant had no problem progressing to the last-16 of the BDO World Championship.

He eased to a 3-nil win over Gary Robson at the Lakeside.

Two-time winner Scott Waites is also through after a 3-1 victory over fifth seed Ross Montgomery.


Basketball Ireland Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals results – 7/1/18
Hula Hoops Men’s NICC National Cup semi-final
Blue Demons 86-53 Dublin Lions
BC Leixlip Zalgiris 74-66 UCD Marian

Hula Hoops Women’s Under 20 National Cup semi-final
DCU Mercy 85-33 Portlaoise Panthers
Brunell 73-65 Killester

Hula Hoops Men’s Under 18 National Cup semi-final
Ongar Chasers 48-75 Neptune
KCYMS 61-72 Templeogue