Thursday Evening Sports Update

GOLF

Brooks Koepka (PR: Kepka) has made an ideal start to his defence of the PGA Championship.

An opening round 63 sees the American head the field at Bethpage Black on 7-under par, and four clear of the field.


Graeme McDowell opened with a level-par round of 70.

While Shane Lowry shot a 5-over 75.

Rory McIlroy’s first round is just underway.

While Padraig Harrington is currently level par.

An eagle-3 at the 517-yard par 5 fourth was the highlight of Tiger Woods’ 2-over par opening round of 72.

SOCCER

Limerick players have voted for strike action over unpaid wages.

A statement from the PFAI says the First Division club are to pay wages and expenses for April three-weeks late.

Some players at the club still have wages and expenses outstanding from March, with players also forced into paying their own physio bills.

Saturday’s meeting with Cobh goes ahead, but the players will go on strike if future payment dates are not honoured.

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek could miss the start of next season after picking up an injury in a friendly last night.

It’s feared the midfielder suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in their charity match with New England Revolution in Boston.

Loftus-Cheek has been left out of the England squad for next month’s Nations League finals.

Harry Kane’s also been included in that squad, suggesting he could be fit for Tottenham’s Champions League final meeting with Liverpool.

GAELIC GAMES

Galway manager Kevin Walsh has made four changes to his side for Sunday’s Connacht Championship semi final with Sligo.

Bernard Power, Kieran Molloy, Gareth Bradshaw and Fiontán Ó Curraoin all come into the side that were given a quarter final fright by London.

Sligo manager Paul Taylor has also named his side and it shows ten changes from the side that faced Galway at the same stage of last season’s Championship.

RUGBY

Jacob Stockdale has been named at full-back for Ulster’s Pro 14 semi final with Glasgow tomorrow night.

The Ireland international hasn’t played since last month due to a hamstring strain.

Louis Ludik is also fit to start on the wing with Rory Best skippering the side from hooker.