Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Galway ended their three-month wait to appoint a new hurling manager last night.

Former Na Piarsaigh manager Shane O’Neill has been handed a two-year term to replace Mícheal Donoghue.

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JK Brackens play in their first ever Tipperary club football final this afternoon.

The Templemore club face 17-time champions Clonmel Commercials at Semple Stadium where throw-in is at 2.30.

The winners will face either St. Joseph’s of Miltown Malbay or Rathgormack in next week’s Munster semi-finals.

RUGBY

Ronan Kelleher and Andrew Porter each scored a pair of tries as Leinster picked Connacht apart in the Pro 14 last night.

Leo Cullen’s side ran in six-tries in all in a 42-points to 11 bonus point win at the Sportsground.

Connacht dropped to third in Conference B after Edinburgh beat the Dragons 20-points to 7 at Murrayfield.

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Peter O’Mahony captains Munster for tonight’s visit of Ulster to Thomond Park.

Both sides welcome back a host of internationals, and kick-off is at 5.15.

SOCCER

The Unite The Union Champions Cup is neatly poised after last night’s first leg.

It finished Linfield 1 Dundalk 1 at Windsor Park, with Dundalk’s Daniel Kelly cancelling out Shayne Lavery’s opener.

The sides meet again at Oriel Park on Monday.

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Watford moved off the bottom of the Premier League table last night with a 2-nil win away to Norwich.

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Chelsea can move into second place in the Premier League today with victory at home to Crystal Palace in the lunchtime start.

Leicester are another side looking to leapfrog Manchester City and welcome Arsenal to the King Power in the evening kick-off.

At 3, in-form Sheffield United go to Tottenham.

Burnley face West Ham

Newcastle entertain Bournemouth

And Southampton play Everton.

GOLF

Shane Lowry begins day 3 of the Turkish Airlines Open five-shots adrift of the lead.

The Open champion carded a second round 65 to reach the midway point in Antalya on 7-under par.

Austrian Matthias Schwab heads the field on 12-under.

RACING

There’s an eight-race card at Naas this afternoon with the first going to post at midday.

DARTS

Irish arrowsmiths Brendan Dolan, Steve Lennon, William O’Connor and Daryl Gurney are all in action on the opening day of the Grand Slam of Darts.

Action in Wolverhampton gets underway at 1.