Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Liverpool have gone to the top of the very early Premier League table.

They made the most of Manchester City’s 1-all draw with Wolves – overtaking them at the summit after beating Brighton 1-nil at Anfield.


Chelsea look to make it three wins from three in the Premier League this afternoon.

But the Blues are winless on their last five trips to Newcastle.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s expected to hand playmaker Eden Hazard his first start of the campaign while Newcastle are without on-loan winger Kenedy, who is unavailable to play against his parent club.

Kick-off is at 4.

Burnley hope to get their first league win since April when they go to newly promoted Fulham – where there’s also a 4 o’clock kick-off.

Watford look to continue their 100 per cent start when they host Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road in the lunch-time game at half-one.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has a defensive selection head-ache ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash with Hamilton at Parkhead this afternoon.

Celtic have been hit by injuries and want-away Belgian centre-back Dedryck Boyata continues to rule himself unavailable for selection.

Kick-off at Celtic Park is at 3.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers look to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign when they go to Motherwell for a quarter-past-twelve kick-off.


GOLF

Padraig Harrington shares the lead into today’s final round at golf’s Czech Masters.

The three-time major winner, who last tasted victory on the European Tour at the Portugal Masters in 2016, will tee off from 17-under par this afternoon.

Harrington and joint-leader Andrea Pavan have a three-shot advantage over the rest of the field.


GAELIC GAMES

Cork bid to end a 20-year drought to become All-Ireland under-21 Hurling champions this evening.

They face Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds at half-five in a repeat of the Munster decider, where the Rebels were comfortable winners.

It’s semi-final day in the T-G-4 All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship.

London, who haven’t been to the final in a decade, face 2010 winners Limerick at Mallow at half-twelve.

Last year’s beaten finalists Derry take on Louth at Aughnacloy at 1pm.

ATHLETICS

Cork’s Niamh McCarthy defends her F-41 Discus title on the final day of the World Para-Athletics European Championships in Berlin today.

McCarthy’s final is set to get underway at around half-two Irish time.

Ireland have already secured eight medals at the Championships – five gold and three bronze.

RACING

Three Group races are down for decision at the Curragh, where the first of eight races gets underway at 1.35pm.

Sheila Lavery’s impressive course maiden winner Lady Kaya is one of 10 runners declared for the Group 2 Debutante Stakes (2.35), a race that also includes three Aidan O’Brien-trained challengers – Zagitova partnered by Ryan Moore, Hermosa (Seamie Heffernan) and Peach Tree (Wayne Lordan). O’Brien’s son Donnacha has elected to ride easy Killarney maiden winner Iridessa for his brother Joseph while Jessica Harrington’s course winner Chocolate Music is also among the declarations.

Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand in the Group 2 Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (3.05) as he looks to win the race for a fifth time in six years. Anthony Van Dyck is the current 14/1 ante post favourite for next year’s Epsom Derby and heads the trio of Ballydoyle challengers under Ryan Moore with Donnacha booked for stable companion Mohawk and Seamie Heffernan aboard the hat-trick seeking Christmas.

The six runner field includes previous course winners’ Guaranteed from the Jim Bolger stable and Klute, representing in-form Moone trainer Jessica Harrington, while the highly-regarded maiden Could Be King from the Patrick Prendergast yard on the Curragh is also declared.

Verbal Dexterity is the highest rated runner in the Group 3 Manguard Plus Royal Whip Stakes (3.40). Jim Bolger’s Group 1 winning juvenile is making his seasonal debut here and among his seven rivals include Deauville from Ballydoyle and Success Days from the Curragh yard of Ken Condon.