Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has ruled himself out of contention for the Mayo job.

The 2012 All-Ireland winning boss says his focus is now on his career in soccer coaching and he’s not planning a return to inter-county management.


McGuinness feels the time is right to become a head-coach, having previously worked as an assistant at Celtic

Former Mayo boss James Horan also appears to be out of the race to succeed Stephen Rochford, as he feels the time is not right for a return.

Tyrone have made one change to their side for Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Football Final against Dublin.

Mickey Harte has named Mark Bradley to start at corner forward, with Lee Brennan set to start on the bench.

There’s no place in the starting 15 for Conor Meyler, he has to settle for a place on the bench after recovering from the knee injury he sustained against Donegal in the Super 8s.

Captain Mattie Donnelly’s been picked at wing-forward and he says both sides will be trying to be intelligent when in possession

All-Ireland Club Ladies Football champions Carnacon have successfully appealed against their expulsion from the Mayo Championship.

They made the appeal to Connacht Council last night after being kicked out of the Mayo League and Championship earlier this month – following eight of their players walking away from the county panel.

Mayo County Board had decided that had brought the Association into ‘disrepute’.

Carnacon are now free to defend their Mayo, Connacht and All-Ireland titles.

SOCCER

Celtic and Rangers will be in today’s Europa League group-stage draw, but Burnley won’t.

Sean Dyche’s side drew 1-1 at home with Olympiakos, going down 4-2 overall.

Celtic beat Suduva 3-0 for a 4-1 aggregate win.

Rangers had two players sent off but drew 1-1 at Russian club Ufa to go through 2-1.

Chelsea and Arsenal also come into the tournament at this stage.

There are two different transfer deadlines across Britain today.

Scottish clubs have until midnight before their window closes until January.

Clubs in the English Football League can sign new loan players until 5 today.


(Finn Harps v Galway and Wexford v Cobh at 2000, others at 1945)

In the S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division, leaders Dundalk will hope to put Tuesday’s defeat to Shamrock Rovers behind them tonight.

The Lilywhites are away to struggling Limerick.

Cork City sit three points behind Dundalk ahead of hosting Sligo Rovers at Turners Cross and manager John Caulfield is expecting nothing easy against the Bit o’ Red

Shamrock Rovers travel to basement side Bray Wanderers.

Derry City entertain Bohemians and St Pat’s travel to third-place Waterford.

First Division leaders U-C-D make the trip to fourth-place Drogheda.

Finn Harps will look to keep the pressure on the students with a home win against Galway.

Basement side Athlone go to Shelbourne while Wexford take on Cobh.

The Republic of Ireland women’s team complete their 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign this evening in Tallaght.

They host Northern Ireland, with a half-five kickoff.

Colin Bell’s side can’t qualify for the tournament, but are guaranteed to finish third regardless of the result.


RUGBY

Leinster begin the defence of their Guinness PRO14 title in Wales tonight.

Leo Cullen’s side take on Challenge Cup winners Cardiff Blues, with a twenty-five-to-eight start at the Arms Park.

Joe Tomane makes his debut for the province in the centre, while there’s a first start at number 8 for Irish under 20 captain Caelan Doris.

Leinster backs-coach Felipe Contepomi wants the team to hit the ground running this season

Ospreys are at home to Edinburgh while Italian club Zebre play South African team Southern Kings.


TENNIS

At the US Open Men’s second seed Roger Federer will play Nick Kyrgios in the third round after the Swiss enjoyed a straight sets – 7-5 6-4 6-4 – victory over Benoit Paire.

Women’s Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber survived a battle against Swede Johanna Larsson – coming through 6-2 5-7 6-4.

Fifth seed Petra Kvitova defeated China’s Wang Yafan 7-5 6-3.

The standout match in today’s US Open third round sees 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams play sister Venus, a seven-time Major winner herself.

It’s their 30th meeting – Serena currently has the edge on her big sister, winning 17 of those matches.


GOLF

Rory McIlroy returns to action on the PGA Tour this afternoon.

The world number 7 tees off his opening round at the Dell Technologies Championship just after 2 o’clock Irish time.

Munster upset the hosts and Leinster moved back into contention on day two of the Men’s Interprovincial Championship in Athenry.

A top class performance from Munster in the singles secured a convincing 8.5-2.5 victory against Connacht, who trailed by a point after the morning foursomes. Leinster, meanwhile, got their four-in-a-row bid back on track with a 7.5-3.5 win over Ulster.

It’s all to play for on the final day with three teams still in the mix. Any one of Connacht, Leinster and Munster could yet take the trophy. With Connacht playing Ulster on the final day and Leinster facing off against Munster, it could be the hosts that have the edge but it is guaranteed to be a tense final day in Athenry.

After the high of beating the defending champions on the opening day, Connacht suffered a setback on day two. Trailing 2.5-1.5 following the morning foursomes – Ronan Mullarney and Jack McDonnell their only pair to win – Connacht needed a strong showing in the singles but it was Munster who prevailed.

James Sugrue, Eanna Griffin, Peter O’Keeffe and Andrew McCormack all won down 18 in what was a closely fought contest overall. John Hickey enjoyed a clear-cut 4&3 win against Joe Lyons and Garry O’Flaherty held sway in the back match, beating home favourite David Kitt 3&2.

Leinster dominated the foursomes, taking the first session 3-1 on their way to victory. Caolan Rafferty and Eugene Smith combined in the top match, winning 2&1, while Alan Fahy and Charlie Denvir finished two up. Denvir delivered again in the singles, beating Marc Norton by two holes and there were wins also for Fahy, Smith and Robert Brazill.

Men’s Interprovincial Championship
Thursday 30 August
Athenry Golf Club

Day 2 Scores
Connacht 2.5 Munster 8.5 (Connacht names first)
A Gleeson & S Flanagan lost to A McCormack & C Butler 3&2; A Hill & D Kitt lost to J Sugrue & E Griffin 2&1; R Mullarney & J McDonnell beat G O’Flaherty & P O’Keeffe 5&4; J Lyons & TJ Ford halved with J Hickey & G Lenehan; A Gleeson lost to J Sugrue 1H; A Hill lost to E Griffin 2H; R Mullarney lost to P O’Keeffe 1H; J McDonnell lost to A McCormack 1H; TJ Ford beat C Butler 3&2; J Lyons lost to J Hickey 4&3; D Kitt lost to G O’Flaherty 3&2

Ulster 3.5 Leinster 7.5 (Ulster names first)
R Black & R Dutton lost to C Rafferty & E Smith beat 2&1; M McKinstry & M Norton halved with J Yates & R Brazill; T McLarnon & M McClean lost to A Fahy & C Denvir 2H; P Kerr & R Williamson halved with R Cannon & R Moran; T McLarnon halved with C Rafferty; R Black beat J Yates 1H; P Kerr beat R Cannon 2&1; M McClean lost to R Brazill 1H; M McKinstry lost to A Fahy 5&4; R Dutton lost to E Smith 4&3; M Norton lost to C Denvir 2H

CRICKET

(Starts 1045)

Ireland’s cricketers take on Afghanistan in a one-day international decider in Belfast later.

They levelled the three-match series at 1-all by winning at the same venue on Wednesday.


FORMULA ONE

(First practice starts 1000; second 1400)

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to set the pace when practice starts at the Italian F1 Grand Prix this morning.

The defending world champion finished second at last weekend’s race in Belgium.

He leads the driver standings by 17 points from Sebastian Vettel – who won at Spa.


RACING

There’s an 8-race card at the Curragh this evening where the first is off at 20-past-4.

While at Down Royal, the first goes to post at 25-to-5.

William Haggas had already made a pair of successful Group 1 raids on Irish shores this season, and once again he was successful with a cross-channel venture as the Colm O’Donoghue-ridden One Master pounced late to land the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary.

Held up off the pace, O’Donoghue came with a powerful late challenge on the outer to pass most of the field late on, eventually getting up to beat her Mick Channon-trained compatriot Dan’s Dream by half-a-length.

Dorans River carried the familiar colours of Tom Doran into the winner’s enclosure at Bellewstown last evening when he landed the penultimate Purfield Memorial Handicap for Galway trainer Steve Mahon.

Ridden by Ambrose McCurtin, Dorans River carried top-weight to victory and was returned a 6-1 shot.

Stamullen trainer John McConnell loves nothing more than a win at his local Bellewstown track and he landed his second success in the space of just 24 hours there when Pearl Of The West landed the Racing Post Mares Hurdle.

Ridden by Mark Bolger, Pearl Of The West made all to account for 1-5 favourite Pakora, who was found to be lame after the race. Pearl Of The West was returned a surprise 8-1 winner.