Thursday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

V-A-R will be used in the Champions League next season.

UEFA has announced the Video Assistant Referee will be employed from the play-off round onwards.


Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of the technology in April, although the system was used at the World Cup this summer.

Watford have suffered an injury set back.

Defender Daryl Janmaat could be out for six weeks due to a knee injury.

The Dutch full-back has undergone surgery to repair minor damage.


GOLF

The first pairings for the 42nd Ryder Cup will be unveiled this afternoon.

European captain Thomas Bjorn and his American counterpart Jim Furyk will announce their selections at the opening ceremony at Le Golf National in Paris.

Rory McIlroy played alongside Francesco Molinari while Ian Poulter and Thorbjørn Olesen practiced together this morning.

Furyk kept Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed in the same group for the second day running.

Rory McIlroy could be paired with rookie Jon Rahm.

Thomas Bjorn has grouped the Ulsterman and the Spanish debutant twice in practice this week.

Rahm says McIlroy’s experience could be vital.

Europe go into the start of the Ryder Cup early tomorrow morning knowing a loss in the event would mean back-to-back defeats for the first time in a quarter-of-a-century.

They’re hoping to regain the trophy after a loss to the USA in Hazeltine (pron: hay-zull-teen) in 2016.

Patrick Reed – nicknamed “Captain America” – will be among those hoping to upset the home supporters in Paris this week.


GAELIC GAMES

Clare dual star Ailish Considine has become the first international player to sign for the Women’s Australian Rules team ‘Adelaide Crows’.

The 26-year-old secured a contract after taking part in a trial camp.

Considine will join Mayo’s Cora Staunton and Sarah Rowe in playing down under next year.


RACING

There is a seven-race card at Sligo this afternoon, with the first off at 1.55.