Thursday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he’s optimistic about the club’s future.

Manchester City have a one point advantage over the Reds at the top of the Premier League table and will retain their title if they win their last three games.

Klopp feels though that there is a bright future in this team.

The P-F-A Premier League team of the year meanwhile is made up of mainly Liverpool and City players.

Six City players have gotten the nod while four Liverpool players, including Players’ Player of the Year award favourite Virgil van Dijk make the side.

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is the only representative not to come from the two sides.

Derby boss Frank Lampard has called on referees to ‘front up’ – after he was charged with improper conduct following their draw with Birmingham in the Championship on Good Friday.

He says he’s still not decided whether to appeal and has until 6 o’clock on Monday to respond.

Lampard felt the referee had denied Derby a clear penalty late in the game as they twice came from behind to clinch a point.

SNOOKER

England’s Ali Carter has beaten his fellow countryman Jack Lisowski ten frames to six in their first-round match at the World Snooker Championship.

Neil Robertson’s five frames to three up in his second-round clash with Shaun Murphy.

In the evening session Kyren Wilson will lead Scott Donaldson 6-2 when their first round match resumes and Mark Selby faces Gary Wilson.

RUGBY

Jérome Garcès will referee next month’s Heineken Champions Cup final between Leinster and Saracens.

The 45 year old took control of Munster’s semi-final defeat to Saracens last weekend.

He will have fellow Frenchmen Romain Poite and Pascal Gauzère as his assistant referees and Philippe Bonhoure as television match official for the decider at St. James’ Park in Newcastle.

RACING

Trainer Willie Mullins has announced that Faugheen will miss the Punchestown Festival next week.

The 11-year-old was pulled up in the Aintree Hurdle earlier this month with a heart issue and he is now to have an extended summer break.

Meanwhile, Jockey Paul Townend is heading to the Punchestown festival after his best season ever.

Townend is set to win the Irish Jumps Jockeys Championship for a second time having won it back in 2011/12 and he has recorded his first ever century of winners.

Having currently ridden 104 winners this season to date, he says he’s delighted to have reached that milestone.

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