Thursday Lunchtime Sports Update

RACING

A key absentee from today’s card is Ruby Walsh who retired yesterday after 24 years as a jockey.

He won the Grand National twice, registered more victories at the Cheltenham Festival than anyone else – and claimed a record five successes on Kauto ((pron: cor-toe)) Star in the prestigious King George the Sixth Chase.

Walsh says he feels privileged to have ridden the best racehorses of his generation.

GAELIC GAMES

Mayo manager James Horan has revealed his starting 15 for their Connacht Senior Football Championship match away to New York on Sunday.

There’s two changes from the side that beat Kerry in the Division One League Final with James McCormack and Evan Regan in for Donal Vaughan and Diarmuid O’Connor.

McCormack will make his Championship debut with Matthew Ruane and James Carr also starting for the first time.

The winners of Sunday’s game will play either Roscommon or Leitrim in the semis.

SOCCER

Chelsea and Arsenal will look to keep hopes of an all-English Europa League final alive tonight.

Arsenal host Spanish side Valencia in the first leg of their last-four tie.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are in Germany for their opening match against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Cork City have appointed John Caulfield’s former assistant John Cotter as their interim manager.

Caulfield left his post at Turner’s Cross yesterday after a run of eight games without a win has left the club just three-points above the drop-zone.

Captain Alan Bennett and ex Ireland midfielder Colin Healy will join Cotter’s management team.

SNOOKER

The first of this year’s World Snooker Championship semi-finals is just underway.

John Higgins is taking on Dave Gilbert at the Crucible.

This evening, Judd Trump takes on Gary Wilson in the other last-four tie

GOLF

Rory McIlroy begins his bid for a third Wells Fargo Championship title this evening.

The 2010 and 2015 champion tees-off his first round just after world number two Justin Rose at 10-to-6 Irish time.

Seamus Power and Padraig Harrington are also part of the field in North Carolina.