Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Martin O’Neill insists he has full confidence in Roy Keane.

The Republic of Ireland manager admits that a row with Keane is one of the reasons why Harry Arter has put his international career on hold.


The Cardiff City midfielder will not be involved in Thursday’s opening Nations League fixture against Wales.

O’Neill has also revealed he has had no direct contact with Declan Rice amid fresh interest from England.

The West Ham defender is deliberating over his international future.

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he had spoken to Rice about changing allegiances.

O’Neill says it’s only right he isn’t rushed into anything

TENNIS

Roger Federer has crashed out of the U-S Open in New York.

The 20 time Grand Slam winner lost his last 16 encounter to the unseeded Australian John Millman.

It is Federer’s earliest exit from a major tournament since 2015.

World number 55 Millman will now play Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals.

Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Women’s defending champion Sloane Stephens are all in action today.

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin showed off a familiar friend to crowds in Smithfield last night.

The four in a row All Ireland winners paraded the Sam Maguire Cup following Sunday’s 2-17 to 1-14 victory over Tyrone.

GOLF

Bryson DeChambeau has won his second FedEx Cup play-off event in as many weeks.

The 24-year-old American carded a final-round 67 to claim a two shot victory in Boston.

Rory McIlroy briefly challenged for the top of the leaderboard, but finished six shots behind the winner on 10 under par.

RUGBY

Former Ireland full-back Geordan Murphy has taken temporary charge of English Premiership side Leicester.

He takes over from Matt O’Connor, who has paid the price for the Tigers’ poor start to the season.

They lost to Exeter by 40-points to 6 on Saturday, which followed on from their 5th place finish in last year’s Premiership.

Murphy is a former Leicester captain, and takes over on an interim basis.

CYCLING

Simon Yates takes the narrowest of leads into today’s tenth stage of the Vuelta Espana.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider holds a 1-second lead over Alejandro Valverde as the peloton make the 177-kilometre trek from Salamanca to Bermillo de Sayago.

Nicolas Roche is best of the Irish, beginning today’s stage in 35th on general classification, but nearly 14-minutes down on Yates.

RACING

Limerick racecourse has been given a boost with the news that this year’s Greenmount Park Novice Chase has been elevated to Grade 1 status, making it the only top-level race in Munster.

Naas hosts an eight-race card this afternoon.

If hard work equated to success County Meath-based trainer Nigel Slevin would be quids in. A farrier by trade, Slevin rides out his string at home before going off to “break his back”, as he once described it, on a daily basis but all that graft could pay off at Naas as recent Bellewstown winner Takeachancejimmy bids to follow up in the the Naasracecourse.com Handicap (4.25).

Jessica Harrington is riding the crest of a wave right now and will be hoping to continue the stable’s flying form in the Naas Membership Race (6.05) and is doubly-represented by Holding Pattern and Boho.

Racing is underway at 3.50pm with a nursery handicap where Fozzy Stack’s Chernish is expected to be a leading fancy with punters. The ground at Naas is good.

Billy Lee and Willie McCreery were on top form at Roscommon on Monday night, with the pair notching a double through promising filly Bongiorno, who had previously finished third at the same venue.

Earlier on the card the same combination struck with Thiswaycadeaux, a progressive filly who quickened away smartly from the field to win for the third time this season.