Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

A depleted Republic of Ireland squad kicks off its inaugural Nations League campaign against Wales in Cardiff this evening.

Manager Martin O’Neill must plan without injured pair James McClean and Alan Browne and the self-imposed absences of Declan Rice and Harry Arter.


Preston North End striker Callum Robinson is tipped to earn his first Irish cap.

Captain Seamus Coleman says playing Wales has the feeling of a local derby.

TENNIS

John Millman’s U-S Open run has come to an end.

The unseeded Australian, who knocked Roger Federer out of the tournament, has been beaten in straight sets by Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic is into his 11th semi-final in New York where he will meet 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori.

The Japanese player overcame seventh seed Marin Cilic in a gruelling five-set encounter.

The Women’s Singles semi-finals are down for decision this evening.

Serena Williams plays Anastasija Sevastova and Madison Keys meets Naomi Osaka.


GOLF

There is a final chance for the likes of Tony Finau and Kevin Kisner to impress the U-S Ryder Cup captain this week.

Jim Furyk will pick the last of his wildcards after the B-M-W Championship, which gets underway in Pennsylvania today.

Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau are also in the field.

Back home…Ireland got off to a great start at the Men’s World Amateur Team Championship at Carton House yesterday.
They don’t go out for today’s round until 12.30 and looking ahead is Alan Kelly.


RACING

Action returns to the strand at Laytown this afternoon.

The first of six races goes to post at 3.45.

In the UK they go at Salisbury, Sedgefield, Haydock, Carlisle and Chelmsford City.