Thursday Evening Sports Update

TENNIS

Britain’s Johanna ((pron: yo-hanna) Konta is out of the Australian Open tennis in the second round.

She’s lost in three sets to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza ((pron: GAR-BIN-YER MOO-GU-ROO-THA)).

Dave Luddy reports from Melbourne.

Earlier on the fourth day, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were among the winners. [Total 00:00:31]

GAELIC GAMES

Donegal have tabled a motion looking to bar Dublin from using Croke Park as their “home” venue in this year’s Super-8s.

If passed at Congress next month, it would mean Dublin would play three games away from H-Q in this year’s Championship.

Last year saw Dublin post comfortable Super-8 victories over both Donegal and Roscommon at Croke Park en route to lifting a fourth consecutive Sam Maguire.

GOLF

Shane Lowry says he’s determined to get his 2019 off to a positive start.

The Clara golfer is the halfway leader at the Abu Dhabi Championship after shooting a 2-under par round of 70.

Lowry reaches the halfway point in 12-under par, and holds a one-shot lead over the South African pair of Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne (PR: Ster-nee).

Paul Dunne missed the cut, however, after his second consecutive 73 left him on 2-over par.

After his round, Lowry spoke with Mark Tompkins

SOCCER

Martin O’Neill says he’d dearly like Roy Keane to join his coaching staff at Nottingham Forest.

The former Republic of Ireland boss was speaking for the first time since he was confirmed as the new manager at the Championship club.

O’Neill says Keane was a “great asset” while working as his Ireland assistant, and hopes to be reuinited with the Corkman at the City Ground soon.