Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

An injury time penalty ended Dundalk’s 13-game winning streak in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division last night.

Dylan Watts’ converted the spot kick to give Shamrock Rovers a 2-1 win away to the league leaders.


Dundalk stay 3-points clear of Cork at the top, and with a far healthier goal difference.

The win moves Rovers to within a point of third placed Waterford.

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Cardiff lost to Championship opposition to go out of the English League Cup at the second round stage.

The newly-promoted top-flight club went down 3-1 at home to Norwich.

Premier League Huddersfield were beaten 2-nil at Stoke.

West Ham avoided an upset – winning 3-1 at 10-man AFC Wimbledon from League One.

Third tier Burton knocked out Aston Villa with a 1-nil win.

There are four more ties to be completed tonight.

Everton host Rotherham, Newcastle go to Nottingham Forest, Watford are away at Reading and Millwall play Plymouth.

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Ajax will be in the group stage draw for the first time in four-years – they drew 0-0 away to Dynamo Kiev last night to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.

Young Boys won 2-1 at Dinamo Zagreb and 3-2 on aggregate.

While A-E-K Athens were also 3-2 aggregate winners following a 1-1 second leg draw with Vidi.

RUGBY

Ireland back-row Sean O’Brien says he hopes to return to the field next month but is putting no date on his comeback from injury.

‘The Tullow Tank’ endured a frustrating first-half of 2018 with hip and shoulder injuries forcing him to watch as Ireland secured the Grand Slam and Leinster were crowned PRO14 and European champions.

O’Brien admits it was frustrating not to be on the pitch for those successes.

TENNIS

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has thanked US Open organisers for introducing an extreme heat policy.

He was unsteady on his feet during high temperatures in New York, but managed to struggle to victory against Marton Fucsovics ((pron: futch-oh-vitch)).

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Roger Federer breezed past Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets.

Australian Open women’s champion Caroline Wozniacki eased past Sam Stosur to progress.

There were also convincing victories for Serena Williams and Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber.