Thursday Evening Sports Update

GOLF

The first pairings for the Ryder Cup fourballs have just been unveiled at the opening ceremony, at Le Golf National in Paris.

European captain Thomas Bjorn has selected Justin Rose and Jon Rahm for the opening match


American captain Jim Furyk has opted for the pairing of Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau

The second match will see Rory McILroy and Thorbjorn Olesen face Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler

That’s followed by Paul Casey and Tyrell Hatton against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas

The last of the morning fourballs will see Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood up against Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods.

The Friday afternoon pairings will be unveiled after the morning session.


SOCCER

Germany has been confirmed to host the European Championships in 2024.

It’s the first time the finals will head there since 1988.

Germany beat competition from Turkey to stage the 17th edition of the tournament.

Video assistant referee – or VAR – technology will be used in the Champions League from next season.

UEFA has announced it will be employed from the play-off round onwards.

The system was in use during the World Cup, and it’s also been tested during domestic competitions in England.


Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to play at Old Trafford in the Champions League group stage next month.

The Juventus forward has only received a one-match ban following his sending off away to Valencia last week.

The ban will see Ronaldo miss Juve’s (PR: Yoo-vaze) meeting with Young Boys next week, but not their trip to Manchester United.


Tottenham will have to return to Stadium M-K if they are drawn at home in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Spurs beat Watford on penalties in Milton Keynes last night, with the renovated White Hart Lane still not ready and Wembley unavailable.

The F-A hav told the club that Wembley is not available on the date of the fourth round – November 1st – as it’s already staging three games in nine days during that period.

The 4th round draw will be made on Saturday.

Aberdeen look set to breathe new life into the career of Stephen Ireland.

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder has been without a club following his release by Stoke City in the summer.

Dons manager Derek McInnes has reportedly spoken with the 32-year old’s representatives, as they aim to strike a deal before the end of the month.