Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Galway and Limerick have both named their starting line-ups ahead of tomorrow’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final at Croke Park.

Galway will be boosted by the return of Gearoid McInerney, who has recovered from injury and retakes his place at centre-back in the place of Niall Burke who drops to the bench in the Tribesmen’s only change.


John Hanbury has also proved his fitness ahead of the decider and starts at corner back.

Meanwhile, Limerick have named an unchanged side to the one which defeated Cork in the semi-finals.

Semple Stadium hosts both Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship semi-finals this evening.

The opening clash pits last year’s beaten finalists Kilkenny against Connacht champions Galway from 5:30pm.

Following that he reigning All-Ireland champions Cork then look seal their place in a 5th final in a row against Tipperary.

SOCCER

Arsenal look to get their Premier League season back on track later today when they go to Chelsea at Stamford Brudge.

The Gunners fell to defeat in their new manager Unai Emery’s first top flight game in charge last week.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will be looking to build on their opening day win over Huddersfield.

Chelsea fan Ger Walsh

Elsewhere, there’s another all-London meeting between Spurs and Fulham at Wembley, Bournemouth go to West Ham, Southampton travel to Everton and Wolves play Leicester.

The day’s action gets underway in Wales when Cardiff City play host to Newcastle from 12:30.

In the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dundalk are back to top of the table after beating Bray Wanderers 3-1 at the Carlisle Grounds.

It puts the Lilywhites a point clear of Cork City, who don’t play St. Pat’s until Sunday.

Meanwhile, Waterford remain third following a 2 – 1 win over Derry City at the Brandywell Stadium.

Sligo Rovers were 3 – 1 winners on the road to Limerick.

Bohemians claimed their third win over Shamrock Rovers this season after beating their Dublin rivals 1 – 0 at Tallaght Stadium.

In the First Division, Shelbourne have climbed up to third in the league standings after beating Wexford 2 – 1 away from home.

Drogheda drop to 4th after finishing level with Cabinteely.

Meanwhile there were wins for Finn Harps and Longford Town.

Swansea’s perfect start to life back in the Championship is over after a 0-0 draw at Birmingham.

The stalemate leaves the home side still looking for their first win of the season.

SWIMMING

Ellen Keane has won Ireland’s first medal at the World Para Swimming European Championships.

The Dubliner claimed a bronze medal in the Women’s 200 metres SM9 Individual Medly Final in a time of 2 minutes 40.64 seconds.

There are four Irish competitors in action on day 6.

James Scully is the first to take to the water at 10 when he competes in the heats of the 100 metres freestyle S5.

Nicole Turner will swim for a medal in the women’s 50 metre Butterly S6 at 6:19 in Dublin.

GOLF

Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington have both lost their PGA Tour cards following disappointing second rounds at the Wyndham Championship.

Both players failed to make the weekend cut, meaning they won’t break into the top 125 places in the FedEx Cup standings.

Seamus Power faces an axious wait to see if he’ll keep his tour card – the Waterford man also missed the cut, but was 123rd in the standings heading into the tournament.

Graeme McDowell is the last Irish contender standing in North Carolina – the Ulster man squeeze into the weekend on 3 under par.

Brandt Snedeker holds a 2 stroke lead heading into the weekend on 14 under par.


BOXING

Carl Frampton puts his interim WBO featherweight title on the line this evening in his hometown of Belfast.

The 31 year old puts the title on the line for the very first time against Luke Jackson at Windsor Park.

Meanwhile, Paddy Barnes competes for his first World title on the undercard when he fights Cristofer Rosales for the WBC flyweight championship.


RACING

Jockey Robbie Power reports 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John on track for a return to competitive action later in the year.

Power said in his BoyleSports blog that he was reunited with Sizing John on the gallops on Thursday and that he was in good condition having not been seen since his appearance at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting last year.

Power, who is continuing his recovery from surgery on his shoulder, added: “I’m coming along great, I’ve been out riding for two weeks now and I actually schooled a couple at Jessica Harrington’s yard this morning. Everything is feeling good so I hope to start back at Sligo or Killarney next week.”

Day three of Tramore’s four-day August Festival is on today, where the most valuable race on a seven-race Flat card is the Assembly Techniques Handicap (6.50), worth €20,000 in prize-money.

The versatile Water Sprite has raced on the Flat only once since winning this event last year and she will be seeking a repeat success with trainer Gordon Elliott booking Galway Plate hero Mark Enright for the ride.

The Eoin Doyle-trained St Lawrence Gap has twice won over hurdles at the track and finished third in this race a year ago. Without a win on the Flat for close on three years, Shadagann showed signs of a revival on his most recent start when staying on well for third over this trip at the Curragh last month. Willie Mullins is represented by the four-year-old Small Bit Of Love.

The action at Tramore begins at 4.20pm and the going is good.