Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Sevilla just need a score draw at Old Trafford in 3-weeks time to dump Manchester United out of the Champions League.

The sides played out a drab nil all draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Spain last night,


United boss Jose Mourinho had originally opted to leave record signing Paul Pogba on the bench, but an early injury to Ander Herrera forced a change of plan.

Mourinho expects the second leg to be a more compelling affair………..

Also last night, Shaktar Donetsk came from behind to beat Roma 2-1 in the home leg of their last 16 tie.

Cardiff City were the only side to win among last night’s four Championship encounters.

Their 1-nil win away to Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich sees them close the gap on leaders Wolves to 9-points.

An injury time strike from Nelson Oliveira saw Wolves held to a 2-2 draw by Norwich at Molineux.

Derby stay fourth and needed a late Kasey Palmer strike to rescue a 2-2 draw of their own with Leeds.

While Bristol City and Fulham drew 1-apiece at Ashton Gate.

RUGBY

We’ll find out at lunchtime if the stories surrounding Tadhg Furlong’s fitness are true.

Joe Schmidt will name his side later for Saturday’s Six Nations visit of Wales to the Aviva Stadium.

Furlong is rated highly doubtful as he’s been unable to train fully this week, with Andrew Porter likely to start instead at tighthead.

Chris Farrell is the man widely tipped to replace Robbie Henshaw at inside centre.

Schmidt will reveal his hand at around quarter-to-2.

GOLF

Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy are grouped together for today’s opening round at the Honda Classic in Florida.

They are due to tee off at Palm Beach at 5.30 Irish time, alongside Australian Adam Scott.

Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell and Seamus Power are also in action today, as is former world number one Tiger Woods.

McIlroy lives near the course in Palm Beach.

The Ulsterman is happy to be playing on familiar territory…………..

HORSE RACING

Jessica Harrington won The Boylesports Irish Grand National last year with Our Duke.

With a €500,000 prizefund and €270,000 for the winner this year, Harrington said it is no surprise that the race has attracted another high class entry………..

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