Thursday Lunchtime Sports Update

GOLF

The second golf major of the year is underway – with the Bethpage Black course hosting the P-G-A Championship.

Tiger Woods claimed victory at the Masters at Augusta last month – and is closing in on Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 wins in the sport’s big four events.

But Woods believes conditions in New York make it difficult to pick out a favourite.

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell are playing the first holes of their opening round.

J-J Spain, Max Homa, Byeong Hun-Am and John O’Leary share the early lead at one-under.

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington tees off at five-past-six Irish time with Rory McIlroy out for his first round just before twenty-to-seven.

SOCCER

Manchester City say they’re “disappointed, but not surprised” that they’ve been referred to UEFA’s club financial control body.

It’ll now decide if City will be punished for allegedly breaking its rules.

It follows an investigation into whether the Premier League champions have breached the Financial Fair Play regulations of European football’s governing body.

Chelsea have suffered an injury blow ahead of the Europa League final.

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek left the stadium on crutches after going off injured in their charity match with New England Revolution in the USA overnight.

GAELIC GAMES

Cork County Board have appointed Conor Counihan as their Project Co-ordinator for Football.

He takes up the newly created position on a three-year term as part of the 2024 Five-Year Plan aimed to revive the fortunes of Cork football.

Counihan won two All-Ireland titles as a player and also managed the Rebels for five years between 2008 and 2013, winning three Munster crowns, four Allianz National Football Leagues and the 2010 All-Ireland.

RACING

There’s a national hunt meeting today at Clonmel, with the first going to post there at 5.20.

The going is good, good to firm in places.

In the UK aside from the Festival in York which gets underway at 1.50, there’s racing at…

Salisbury – good to firm, good in places – 1.40

Perth – good, good to soft in places – 2pm

Newmarket – good, good to firm in places – 5.10

Fontwell – good to firm – 5pm