Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

The F-A-I have confirmed they are in discussions to host the 2030 World Cup.

The Association have revealed that talks have taken place their English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts about a joint bid.


The group have agreed to conduct a feasibility study.

America, Canada and Mexico have won the race to host the tournament in 2026.

Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay have already confirmed that they will seek to stage the finals in 2030.

Mikel Arteta has refused to blame Pep Guardiola’s ban for Manchester City’s Champions League defeat to Lyon.

The Premier League winners started their tournament with a disappointing 2-1 loss at home to the side who currently lie third in the French top Division.

City assistant manager Arteta says it is hard to know if things would have been different if Guardiola wasn’t watching from the stands last night.

Paul Pogba hit the back to the net twice as Manchester United defeated Swiss Champions Young Boys 3-nil in Bern.

Jose Mourinho admits his side struggled to get to grips with the plastic pitch.

He says he can’t understand how you can play the best European competition on artificial surfaces.


Cristiano Ronaldo may miss a return to Old Trafford with Juventus next month.

He was sent off for violent conduct against Valencia last night, and left the pitch in tears.

The Italians still won 2-nil.

Gareth Bale was among the scorers as Real Madrid began the defence of their title with a 3-nil victory at home to Roma.


The Europa League group stage gets underway this evening, with four British sides in action.

Among them, Celtic welcome Rosenborg to Parkhead.

While Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are away to Villareal (PR: Vee-ya-ray-al)

Arsenal boss Unai (pron: oo-nye) Emery wants to add to his Europa League success as his side start their campaign tonight.

He won the trophy three times while manager of Sevilla – his last triumph in 2016.

Ukranian team Vorskla Poltava (pron: vore-sclar pole-tar-var) visit north London later.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have left Eden Hazard at home for their tea-time trip to PAOK (PR: Powk) Thessaloniki.


Bohemians have secured a place in the F-A-I Cup semi-finals for the first time in 7-years.

Dinny Corcoran struck twice as they beat Derry City 3-1 at the Brandywell.

They will now host holders Cork City.


GOLF

Rory McIlroy faces an uphill battle to win the FedEx Cup at the season ending Tour Championship, which tees off in Georgia today.

The Ulster man lies 17th in the standings.

A win for Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson or Justin Thomas will see them walk away with a cheque for 10-million dollars.

And the European Ryder Cup Vice-Captain Padraig Harrington will be hoping to continue his good run of form when he tees off in the first round of the Portugal Masters at 1.40.

Shane Lowry returns to action at 1.50 while fellow Irishmen, Robin Dawson is out at 9.20 and Paul Dunne starts his round at 1.20. 

RACING

There’s a seven-race card at Clonmel this afternoon with the first going to post at 10-to-4.