Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Maurizio Sarri admits his job is at risk following Chelsea’s 6-nil defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to help the Premier League champions soar back to the top of the table.


It is Chelsea’s worst defeat since 1991.

They have dropped to sixth place, below Manchester United and Arsenal.

Sarri is unsure if he is facing the sack.

The victory moves City ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, although the Reds do have a game in hand.

Pep Guardiola says he is proud his team, but warns they must maintain their high standards.

Wolverhampton Wanderers can tighten their grip on seventh place, by beating Newcastle United at Molineux this evening.

Wolvers are aiming for a fourth consecutive league victory.

New signing Miguel Almiron could make his debut for the Magpies.

GAELIC GAMES

Galway beat Monaghan by 1-09 to 11 points in Inniskeen yesterday, to make it two wins out of three in Division 1 of the Allianz National Football League.

Last year’s runners up lie third on the table, 2 points behind Mayo and Kerry.

Tyrone came from 7 points down to earn a draw with Roscommon.

The sides finished level at 1-10 apiece at Doctor Hyde Park.

Meath top Division 2 thanks to 6 points victory over Armagh in Navan.

Cork sit at the foot of the table having suffered a 9 point defeat to Clare in Ennis.

In Division 1 of the Ladies Football League, Dublin inflicted a heavy defeat on Tipperary in Ardfinnan on a scoreline of 6-9 to 2-8,

Donegal beat Mayo by 6 points in Convoy – 3-10 to 2-7,

And Cork had 8 points to spare on Westmeath in Mullingar, coming home in front by 10 points to 2.

RUGBY

Ireland’s hopes of retaining the Six Nations title have suffered another blow.

England beat France by 44 points to 8 at Twickenham yesterday.

Eddie Jones’s team remain on course for the Grand Slam and have earned a maximum 10 points from the opening two rounds of the tournament.

RACING

The British Horseracing Authority will decide this evening whether racing can return on wednesday after an ongoing battle to control an outbreak of Equine Flu.

Mike Vince has more

MOTORSPORT

Despite not being included on the Citroen World Rally Championship team this year, Waterford rally ace Craig Breen got his season off to a great start by scoring a 14 second win in the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally yesterday, heading a clean sweep of the top four positions by Ford Fiesta drivers.

Breen, with his Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle, dropped some time on the opening stage when he overshot a junction, leaving double Galway winners Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy as the early leaders in their Impreza. Stage two saw Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble set best time in their Fiesta, briefly giving them the lead, but Breen took over top place at the end of the first loop of three stages, just three tenths of a second ahead of Jennings.

The Fermanagh and Waterford rivals swapped positions twice more in quick succession before Jennings slid off the road and out of the rally, and Breen was never headed for the rest of the day. Fisher finished as the runner up, with defending Irish Tarmac title holder Josh Moffett third, another 34 seconds down. His elder brother Sam, another former Tarmac champion, was an early casualty when he too went off the road in the very slippery conditions.