Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin defender Cian O’Sullivan is winning his race to be fit for Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Final.

The Kilmacud Crokes clubman tweaked his hamstring in their semi-final win over Galway earlier this month but he’s returned to full training ahead of the final.


Manager Jim Gavin is now likely to name an unchanged team for the decider while Tyrone boss Mickey Harte must decide whether to use fit-again Conor Meyler from the start or keep him in reserve.

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New Offaly football manager John Maughan has confirmed that he was also in talks with their Midlands rivals Westmeath.

Maughan’s returning to inter-county management after a ten-year absence, having agreed to succeed Paul Rouse in the Faithful County.

He says a firm offer from Offaly made him choose them

SOCCER

Newcastle went out in the second round of the League Cup in dramatic circumstances last night.

They equalised in the 92nd minute against Nottingham Forest – but conceded two further injury time goals to lose 3-1.

Everton avoided a slip up against Rotherham – beating them by the same scoreline.

Millwall won a thriller with Plymouth 3-2

While Watford comfortably saw off Reading 2-nil.

The draw for the group stage is made this evening.

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Three former winners of the competition booked their places in this evening’s group stage draw of the Champions League.

Benfica beat PAOK (PR: Pow’k) Thessaloniki 5-2 on aggregate following a 4-1 win in Greece.

PSV Eindhoven were 3-nil winners at home to BATE (PR: Bah-tay) Borisov to complete a 6-2 aggregate victory.

While Red Star Belgrade go through on away goals following a 2-2 draw away to Salzburg.

Manchester City join holders Real Madrid among the top seeds.

Manchester United and Tottenham will be in pot 2.

While Liverpool could face a tough draw, as they are in pot 3.

The draw is due to get underway in Monaco after 6pm.

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will find out tonight if he’s won UEFA’s Player of the Year award.

He’s on a shortlist alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric – who were part of the Real Madrid side that beat Liverpool in May’s Champions League final.

The winner will be announced at this evening’s draw for the competition’s group stages.

TENNIS

Andy Murray’s out of the US Open after losing in the second round to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.

He was beaten in four sets – 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6.

It was the former world number one’s first Grand Slam since Wimbledon last year, after having major hip surgery.

He says not taking his chances early in the match cost him.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal easily beat Vasek Pospisil in straight seats.

In the women’s draw, six-time winner Serena Williams won to set up a third-round meeting with sister Venus.