Morning Sports Update

Athletics

Leon Reid has crowned his Irish international athletics debut with a very special performance at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Here’s Will Downing:

Leon Reid and Thomas Barr will have to do it the hard way tonight at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin,

Both have outside lane draws in the 200 metres and 400 metre hurdles respectively.

GOLF

It’s the opening day of the final golf major of the year – the P-G-A Championship at Bellerive.

Two-time winner at the event Rory McIlroy’s out in a group this afternoon with defending champion Justin Thomas and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods at twenty-three-minutes-past-two.

Paul Dunne tees off in the next group at just before half-two alongside J-B Holmes and Dylan Frittelli.

Shane Lowry’s the first of the Irish due out on course in St Louis, he’ll start at twenty-five-to-two with Padraig Harrington due out just before 2pm Irish time.

GAELIC GAMES

Liam Cahill says it’s an ‘honour’ to be linked with the Tipperary senior hurling manager’s job but insists his focus on the upcoming All-Ireland under-21 Hurling Final against Cork.

Cahill’s charges overcame Galway by 3-17 to 1-17 to set-up a repeat of the Munster decider against the Rebels.

SOCCER

Celtic will need to score in Greece next week if they’re to reach the Champions League qualification playoffs.

The Scottish champions were held to 1-all draw by A-E-K Athens in the first leg of their tie at Parkhead last night.

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Cork City will be hoping Garry Buckley and Damien Delaney can shake off knocks to start in tonight’s Europa League third-round qualifier first leg against Rosenborg at Turners Cross.

Delaney’s been struggling with a knee injury sustained in training while Buckley hurt his groin in their recent win against Waterford.

Kick off is at a quarter-to-eight.

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Its deadline day in the English transfer Market. The window will close at the earlier time of 5pm this afternoon. EFL teams voted last year that the transfer window would close before the season starts.

Chelsea have accepted a bid from Real Madrid for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

He’ll join the European champions as long as he can agree personal terms and pass a medical.

Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic will then move the other way on a season-long loan.

Late last evening, Chelsea announced that they have signed Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa

Chelsea are expected to have paid 71-million pounds – a world record for a keeper.