Morning Sports Update

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal has got his latest bid for a second Australian Open title off to a winning start.

The Number two seed has beaten his first round opponent James Duckworth in straight sets.

There have also been opening day wins for Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber.


SOCCER

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Manchester United are back in Champions League contention.

A Marcus Rashford goal and a man of the match performance from goalkeeper David de Gea handed the Red Devils a 1-nil win over Tottenham at Wembley.

It is United’s sixth successive victory under interim manager Solskjaer, and moves them to within six points of the Premier League’s top 4.

Defeat to United leaves Spurs in third place.

They are nine points adrift of the league leaders Liverpool.


Manchester City are back in Premier League action tonight.

Pep Guardiola’s side welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Etihad Stadium.

City need a win to cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to four points.

Kick off is at 8 o’clock.


GAELIC GAMES

Eleven-time All-Ireland winner Bríd Stack has announced her retirement from inter-county football.

The 2016 Ladies Footballer of the Year, also won seven All Stars during stellar career with Cork.

The 32 year old full back will continue to play with her club St Val’s

Clare have won the Munster Senior League for the second time in three years.

Tony Kelly scored 2 goals and three points to help the Banner beat Tipperary in the final at the Gaelic Grounds.

Holders Wexford and Galway will contest the Walsh Cup final, following semi finals wins over Kilkenny and Dublin.


RACING

The second day of the Punchestown January meeting takes place on Monday afternoon where the first of seven races is due off at 12.40pm.

Racing gets underway with the 22-runner Introducing Racing TV Maiden Hurdle (12.40) where Fenta Des Obeaux bids to put her disappointing debut effort over this course and distance on New Years Eve behind her. The French-bred only got as far as the first flight when crashing out under Ruby Walsh when sent off the 13/8 favourite and her supporters will be hoping for a clear round here. Her trainer Willie Mullins also runs Farid owned by JP McManus and also a beaten favourite on his debut at Fairyhouse last month with stable companion Andalusa is also declared.

The Gordon Elliott-trained Black Tears looks an exciting recruit to hurdles when she faces nine rivals in the racingtv.com/freetrial (Mares) Maiden Hurdle (2.15) while earlier in the Watch Racing TV Free Trial Maiden Hurdle (1.40) stable companion Dallas Des Pictons should be fancied to step up on his creditable Leopardstown second over Christmas.

The going at Punchestown is good.

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