Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Tottenham are into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

They eventually ran out 6-1 winners at Wembley over League One side Rochdale – but were made to work hard in the first half.


It was 1-all at the break in a match dominated by Video Assistant Referee decisions.

Spurs will go to Swansea in the last-eight.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill says V-A-R is a positive change to the game, but it desperately needs tweaking.

It’s been confirmed that Neymar will undergo surgery.

His club Paris Saint Germain have confirmed the news, after initially denying their world record signing would go under the knife.

Neymar sufferd a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle during P-S-G’s win over Marseille on Sunday.

It’s expected he’ll be out for two months.

Arsenal will be aiming for a revenge mission in the Premier League tonight.

Arsene Wenger’s side host leaders Manchester City – only four days after losing the League Cup final 3-nil to the same opponents.

Pep Guardiola will see his players go 16 points clear with a win – while Arsenal are just trying to stay in touch with the top five.

Kick off is at 7-45.

SNOOKER

Both Mark Allen and Gerard Greene are in third round action today at the Welsh Open.

World number 90, Greene continued his fine run last night with a 4-3 win over Stuart Carrington to set up a meeting with John Astley.

While Allen will face Gary Wilson after beating Soheil Vahedi of Iran yesterday.

RUGBY

England head-coach Eddie Jones claims he was physically and verbally abused while travelling back from Scotland on Sunday.

He took a train from Edinburgh the morning after his side were beaten 25-13 at Murrayfield in the Six Nations.

Jones had a ticket in standard class – and says the experience has put him off using public transport.

Ulster’s Pro14 game at home to Glasgow on Friday has been postponed because of severe weather warnings.

Parts of Scotland are under a red alert for snow – making it difficult for the away team to get to Belfast.

Organisers say the forecast of more bad conditions in Northern Ireland later this week was also a factor.

Ireland legend Keith Wood says the timing of Chris Farrell’s knee injury is particularly cruel.

The centre, who was man of the match for Ireland in last weekend’s win over Wales, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training on Tuesday.

Munster confirmed yesterday that he requires surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Wood is disappointed for Farrell …………..

CYCLING

Robyn Stewart is the next member of the Irish team into action at the World Track Championships in Apeldoorn today.

The Belfast cyclist goes in the women’s sprint.

Meanwhile, Tyrone’s Marc Potts competes in the men’s Scratch Race.

Lydia Gurley placed 15th yesterday in the women’s Scratch Race.

GOLF

Paul Dunne is the sole Irish competitor at the WGC Mexico Championship today.

The Greystones golfer plays in a group alongside Brendan Steele that tees off just after 7pm, Irish time.

Dunne is hoping to finish in the top-five this week to secure a place at the Masters.

While Gavin Moynihan is the sole Irish raider in the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

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