Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Liam Sheedy says he is excited and enthusiastic after the confirmation that he will lead the Tipperary Hurlers again.

The 2010 All Ireland winning coach will return on a three year term after being ratified by the County Board in Thurles last night.


Sheedy stood down after the Premier County denied Kilkenny the five in a row eight years ago, citing work commitments.

He now succeeds Michael Ryan after Tipp failed to get past the round robin stages of this summer’s Munster Championship.

Paul Taylor has been installed as the new Sligo Senior Football manager.

The former Yeats County forward and Under 21 boss takes the reins following the exit of Cathal Corey.


SOCCER

The late Republic of Ireland International Liam Miller will be honoured at Pairc Ui Chaoimh today.

More than 45,000 tickets have been sold for the tribute match in Cork.

A Manchester United legends team will take on a selection of his former Irish and Celtic teammates.

Roy Keane will manage the Manchester United selection, with the likes of Denis Irwin, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs also togging out.

Damien Duff, Robbie Keane, Kevin Kilbane, Gary Breen and Paul Lambert will all feature in a star-studded Irish and Celtic side, managed by Martin O’Neill.

Miller passed away in March at the age of 36, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Luka Modric has scooped the player of the year award at the FIFA Best ceremony in London.

He beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to the prize.

It’s the first time a Croatian player has won the award and followed an outstanding year for both club and country.

Liverpool forward Mo Salah has picked up the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal of the season.

The Egyptian’s strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December topped a fan vote from a shortlist of 10.

Didier Deschamps claimed the men’s coach prize after leading France to World Cup success in Russia.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was also a winner.

Manchester United’s David de Gea and Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante were included in the world eleven.

Dundalk can all but guarantee their fourth S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division title in five years tonight.

Stephen Kenny’s side host Derry City at Oriel Park.

A win for Dundalk will see them go 12 points clear at the top of the table with just four games to play.

The Lilywhites also enjoy a 24 goal advantage over second place Cork City.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard goes head to head with Jose Mourinho in the League Cup tonight.

The Rams head to Old Trafford for a third round encounter against Manchester United.

The former Chelsea midfielder played under Mourinho during both of his spells at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard says the game must be the main focus

Holders Manchester City are also in action this evening.

Pep Guardiola’s side travel to League 1 outfit Oxford United.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City meet in an all Premier League encounter at Molineux.

Bournemouth play Blackburn,

Burnley away to Burton Albion,

Fulham travel to Millwall,

Crystal Palace take on West Brom at the Hawthorns.

HORSE RACING

Michael O’Callaghan’s Recon Mission made most of the running to land the nursery handicap at Faiyhouse in the Kerry trainer’s colours.

Returning from an absence and dropping in grade, Recon Mission did it nicely under Leigh Roche.

O’Callaghan has been speaking about the success

A return to front-running tactics worked a treat for the Willie McCreery-trained Lethal Promise, whose success in the €50,000 Listed Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse sparked fantastic celebrations in the winner’s enclosure from the successful owners, the Irish National Stud Breeding & Racing Club.

McCreery’s Lethal Promise was ridden by Billy Lee, who was doubling up for the afternoon after winning earlier on Gustavus Weston.

Sheila Lavery holds no fears about Lady Kaya dropping back to six furlongs for Saturday’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket and has put her faith in the hands of jump jockey turned go-to man on the Flat Robbie Colgan.

In many ways, Lavery and her star filly have provided Colgan with a new lease of life this year, with his four Flat winners for the popular Summerhill-based trainer equalling his entire tally of wins over jumps last season and exceeding his previous year’s haul of just three.

Lady Kaya is a best-priced 10-1 chance to provide Lavery and Colgan with their first top-level triumph on Saturday.

The trainer has yet to win a Group race of any description from 20 runners, but her star filly finished second to Skitter Scatter in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh – and Lavery has warned her Cheveley Park rivals not to underestimate her or her big-race jockey.

Lavery said: “I’d say some people are wondering, ‘Gosh, why is she using him in a Group 1 race?’ but Robbie won’t be intimidated by anybody or anything and he knows his fractions.

“He comes in more or less every day, and from day one – and I’m not joking when I say this – I’ve been asking him to lock his fridge because horses just run and settle for him.

“When I was watching him over jumps I’d seldom see him in the wrong place. Now I’d love him to give up the jumping. I’ve been training for six years and Robbie lives beside us and has been with us from the very start.”

CYCLING

Lara Gillespie was best of the Irish on the first day of action at the World Championships.

The Wicklow rider finished 19th in the Women’s Junior Time Trial.

TENNIS

Britain’s Andy Murray returns to action for the first time since his second round exit at the US Open later.

The former world number one takes on Zhang Zhizhen in the opening round of the Shenzhen Open in China.

Murray announced at the weekend he’ll only play in one more tournament this year after this one.