Morning Sports Update

Tiger Woods has achieved one of the greatest sporting comebacks in history by winning the Masters at Augusta.

The 43 year old put a host of back surgeries and personal problems behind him to win his 15th major golf title, 11 years after his last one.

Woods carded a final round 70 in Georgia to finish on 13 under par, a shot ahead of Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.

Rory McIlroy ended in a tie for 21st on 5 under par.

Woods now has a fifth green jacket in his wardrobe, 22 years after his first.

He just can’t believe it

Liverpool and Manchester City both won yesterday as the Premier League title race goes down to the wire.

The Reds beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield with second half goals by Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

Here’s Jurgen Klopp on the final 4 games

Liverpool have a 2 point lead over City, who still have a game in hand.

Raheem Sterling scored twice as they defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park.

Tonight, Arsenal go to Vicarage Road to play Watford at 8pm.

The Gunners must win to get back into the Champions League spots.

Celtic will take on Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.

Neil Lennon’s team had Aberdeen’s measure on a scoreline of 3 goals to 0 at Hampden Park.

Rugby Australia have confirmed now that Israel Folau has been sacked over a social media post in which he said hell awaits gay people.

They say he “had committed a high level breach of the Professional Players Code of Conduct warranting termination of his employment contract.”

Folau was to be a key player for the Wallabies at this year’s World Cup.

And there’s racing today at Tramore, with the first on the card off there at 4.35.

There is €15,000 worth of prize-money up for grabs in the BetVictor Guaranteed Run For Your Money Handicap Hurdle (5.40) and the Henry De Bromhead-trained Niccolai is sure to be popular with punters following his recent Wexford win.

Bother Dubh did the business over hurdles at Clonmel in February and will take some stopping over fences in the Follow @BetVictorRacing On Twitter Beginners Chase (6.40)

Brendan Powell has revealed he is joining Joseph O’Brien’s team having announced his retirement from the training ranks earlier in the week.

Powell, who rode Rhyme ‘n’ Reason to win the 1988 National, sent out more than 600 winners as a dual-purpose trainer and enjoyed international success with Dark Emerald.

But he called time on his training career on Tuesday, citing financial pressure.

However, Powell will not be leaving the sport he loves, as he revealed on Sky Sports Racing on Sunday he is returning to his native Ireland to join Joseph O’Brien.
Powell, 58, said: “Joseph has a big yard and he’s going places. I’ve had a few mornings there, and it’s fantastically run with great staff. Joseph wants to spend more time in the yard so I’m going to go racing and look after owners and syndicates. I’ll also be at the yard in the mornings to watch horses schooling.
“There will be a lot of racing, which I enjoy. It looks a fantastic opportunity. I never thought I’d go back to live in Ireland, as much as I love it there, because I’ve been here [in Britain] since 1977. I’ve got to an age where I need to do something where the pressure is off. I’m really looking forward to it.”

O’Brien, 25, has been based in County Kilkenny since he was officially granted a trainer’s licence in June 2016, a couple of months after the end of his successful career as a jockey.

Running a dual-purpose stable, O’Brien quickly combined quantity of winners with quality, scooping a first Group 1 success within months of starting when Intricately won the Moyglare Stud Stakes. More was to follow in his second year as a trainer, with Rekindling memorably winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

O’Brien continued his run of big-race success in 2018 with two Grade 1 wins at the inaugural Dublin Racing festival, including Edwulf’s remarkable Irish Gold Cup triumph, and a first Classic soon followed when Latrobe won the Irish Derby.

He officially became a Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer last month when Band Of Outlaws won the Fred Winter. Early Doors added a second festival success two days later.

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