Thursday Evening Sports Update

GOLF (at 5.45pm)

The 83rd Masters is underway at Augusta and it’s Corey Connors who’s setting the early pace.

The Canadian is three under with three to play.

Rory McIlroy bogeyed the first to and he’s currently 1 over par after 5 holes.

Six bogeys and a birdie from his first 13-holes leave Shane Lowry on 5-over.

Five players are tied for second on two-under while Tiger Woods is level par through five holes.

SOCCER

Arsenal and Chelsea are both in Europa League quarter final action this evening.

Eden Hazard is likely to be rested for Chelsea’s game away to Slavia Prague, with a crunch Premier League game at Anfield to come on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Arsenal welcome Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli to the Emirates.

Tonight’s other first legs see Villareal (PR: Vee-ya-Ray-Al) entertain fellow Spaniards Valencia.

And Eintracht Frankfurt play their first European quarter final in 14-years when they face Benfica in Lisbon.

RUGBY

Israel Folau’s homophobic social media posts are set to see him sacked by Rugby Australia.

They say it’s their intention to cancel the contract of the Waratahs player, but have been unable to contact him thus far.

Rugby Australia say that while Folau is entitled to his “religious beliefs”, the way in which they were expressed is inconsistent with the values of the sport.

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Iain Henderson will captain Ulster for tomorrow’s crucial Pro 14 game away to Edinburgh.

Jacob Stockdale will get a rare outing at full-back, with Robert Baloucoune returning to the wing and Michael Lowry missing out.

A bonus-point win for Ulster at Murrayfield will secure Ulster a playoff spot.

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Munster head coach Johann van Graan has opted to rotate his squad with a Heineken Champions Cup semi final just over a week away.

Only Mike Haley, Darren Sweetnam, Billy Holland and Chris Cloete are retained for tomorrow’s Pro 14 game away to Benetton.

Currow’s JJ Hanrahan will make his 100th appearance for the province when he starts at out-half.