Morning Sports Update


Ireland ensured a second placed finish in the Six Nations after ending champions England’s hopes of back-to-back Grand Slams.

Their 13-9 victory in Dublin also stopped their opponents from making it a world record 19 straight Test wins.

Joe Schmidt’s side did the same to New Zealand last November.

Joe Schmidt is happy with the result but will reflect back on the game

Player CJ Stander gave his account at full time

England Manager Eddie Jones also spoke after the game


Manchester City host Liverpool in today’s standout match, at 4.30.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will go above third-placed City with a win.

Before that, Tottenham can extend their gap on the pair of them by beating Southampton. Kick-off there is at 2.15.

At midday Manchester United travel to Middlesbrough, who have Steve Agnew in charge after the departure of head coach Aitor Karanka this week.

Bournemouth registered back-to-back top-flight victories – getting past Swansea 2-nil.

Newcastle have a one point lead at the top of the Championship despite being held to a goalless draw by Birmingham.

Second placed Brighton went down to a 2-nil defeat at Leeds last night.

Celtic go to Dundee in the Scottish Premiership this lunchtime.

The game’s at 12.30

In the SSE Airtricity League Dundalk beat St Pats 3-nil, Derry continued their good run by beating Drogheda 4-0.

Limerick snatched a 1-1 draw with Finn Harps and it finished Sligo 3 – Bray 2

In the first division, Cobh beat Athlone 5 – 1 and Cabinteely beat Longford 2 – nil.


England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick are both three shots off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

They’re chasing American duo Charlie Hoffman and Kevin Kisner – who are tied at the top on 11 under.

Rory McIlroy is in a share of eighth on 6 under while Graeme McDowell is at minus 2.

Anna Nordqvist leads the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

A 61 has taken her to 21 under, 2 better off than Ariya Jutanugarn and Stacy Lewis.


After nine tough stages in the Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally, Donagh Kelly in his Ford Focus WRC is on course to take a record fourth win in a row on the event. With the first days action now complete, Kelly holds a 31 second advantage over Sam Moffett & Karl Atkinson in their Ford Fiesta R5. There is a fierce battle right down to fifth place with Robert Barrable, Josh Moffett and Alastair Fisher all within 40 seconds of Sam Moffett. It has been a day of high speed and remarkably few retirements despite the damp and slippery conditions at times. Only one of the original top ten has retired, and that was number sever seeds Kevin Kelleher & Gwynfor Jones who were troubled from the start with turbo problems in their Impreza WRC S14 and withdrew after stage 4.

Top 5 overnight:

1 – Donagh Kelly / Conor Foley Focus WRC 1:01:32.2
2 – Sam Moffett / Karl Atkinson Fiesta R5 1:02:03.1
3 – Rob Barrable / Damien Connolly Hyundai i20 R5 1:02:17.2
4 – Josh Moffett / James Fulton Fiesta R5 1:02:22.3
5 – Alastair Fisher / Gordon Noble Fiesta R5 1:02:43.7

The national rally is currently being led by Kevin Eves in his Toyota Corolla after setting some stunning times despite the strong opposition with Brian Brogan and Gary Kiernan completing the top three places. Damien Tourish had been going very well but retired after hitting a bank on Stage 6 while Frank Kelly is running in Rally 2 having retired on Stage 3 with a broken driveshaft.