Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Pep Guardiola says the ‘Treble’ is on.

Manchester City claimed their first trophy under the former the Barcelona boss, with a 3-nil victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final at Wembley yesterday.


Sergio Agüero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva all hit the back of the net.

Winger Kevin De Bruyne says the attention can now switch to clinching the Premier League and Champions League titles

Reigning champions Cork City can make it three wins out of three in the S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division tonight.

The Leesiders continue their defence of the title with a game against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

Waterford host St Patrick’s Athletic, and Shamrock Rovers go in search of their first win of the campaign at home to Bray Wanderers.

GOLF

Tiger Woods has continued his comeback from injury with a 12th place finish at the Honda Classic in Florida.

The former World Number One finished the tournament on level par, eight shots behind the winner Justin Thomas, who beat Luke List in a play-off.

Shane Lowry ended on 7 over par, Rory McIlroy a further two shots back.


RUGBY

We should get an injury update from the Ireland camp later today following Saturday’s Six Nations win over Wales.

Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray both picked up knocks but neither were seriously injured.

Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson both missed the game after failing to recover from injuries, but they have 13 days before the visit of Scotland.

HORSE RACING

While Britain is likely to be preoccupied by ‘the beast from the east’ for a while connections of Un De Sceaux are confident their ‘wonder from the west’ will handle anything the weather and the opposition can throw at him at Cheltenham.

Colm O’Connell, son of Un De Sceaux’s owner Eddie, says the family’s pride and joy could be good value at 5-2 for his repeat bid in the Ryanair Chase.

He said: “I’m watching the weather very closely. We all know he loves heavy ground, and if you look through his races the majority of the horses who have finished second to him on heavy ground have basically had their hearts torn out and have never gone on to do much afterwards.”

He added: “They do a fantastic job on the ground at Cheltenham, but if the frost were to get into it and if it were to come up gluey we know Un De Sceaux will handle it whereas others won’t.
“I suppose, you could say if the weather forecasters are right, 5-2 about him winning the Ryanair could be good value.”

MOTORSPORT

On a weekend of close finishes, Peter Barrable beat his brother Rob by one second to take top place in the ALMC Endurance Trial. Peter took the lead shortly after half distance, and the siblings duelled from there to the finish as Rob tried unsuccessfully to complete a hat-trick of victories.

Alan and George Shinnors came out the winners of the Midland Navigation Trial based on Drumshanbo by defeating Martin Tynan and Fintan Clerkin on the tie deciding regulation, getting farther through the 85 mile route before incurring any penalty.

National Championship leaders Derek Mackarel and Muireann Hayes held their points advantage by taking third place overall, although they were well behind the two top crews.

Already crowned as Hewison Autotest champion, Kilkenny’s Ian White scored his ninth win of the season in MEC’s final round at Mondello Park. He led from start to finish, despite enormous pressure all day from seven times title holder Steven Ferguson from Tyrone, who was less than a second behind at the finish.