Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Leeds United haven’t been in the Premier League since 2004, but in their quest to return to the top flight, they have moved to the top of the SKY Bet Championship following a 2-2 draw away to Swansea City last night.

QPR suffered another heavy defeat, losing 3-0 to Bristol City.


Hull City edged Rotherham by 3 goals to 2 and Frank Lampard’s Derby County beat Ipswich Town by 2 goals to 0.

In the Championship this evening, Aston Villa play Brentford, Blackburn Rovers meet Reading, Norwich City face Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday play Millwall, it’s Bolton Wanderers versus Birmingham City and Stoke City take on Wigan Athletic.

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UEFA are aiming to bring VAR into the Champions League from the quarter final stage next year.

A final decision will be made by the Executive Committee, of which Ireland’s John Delaney is a member, next month.

It is thought that it is too logisitically complicated right now to roll the system which was used at the World Cup – in the Group Stage.

GAELIC GAMES

Limerick forward Shane Dowling says having fun off the field has been key to their success this season.

The Shannonsiders are celebrating lifting the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time since 1973, after dethroning Galway in Sunday’s All-Ireland Hurling Final.

Dowling, who found the net in that victory, says music has brought the panel together

TENNIS

Johanna Konta has pulled out of the Connecticut Open tennis with a viral illness.

The British number one was due to face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in the last 16 after beating Laura Siegemund (pron: zeeger-mond) of Germany in the first round.

The tournament is the final warm-up event before the US Open, which starts next week.

BOXING

There’s been disappointment for both Dearbhla Rooney and Dean Clancy at the World Youth Boxing Championships in Hungary.

Leitrim featherweight Rooney lost out on a 3-2 split decision by Panpatchara Somnuek of Thailand in the last-32.

Sligo flyweight Clancy also suffered a split decidion defeat in his bout against America’s Asa Stevens.