Thursday Morning Sports Update

RACING

It’s day 3 of the Punchestown festival and with a look ahead to the action from there here’s Dave Keena.



GAELIC GAMES


Tipperary will have home advantage for their Electric Ireland Munster Minor football semi-final on Tuesday May the 8th.

They’ll face Clare at Semple Stadium in just under a fortnight’s time following a 2-11 to 2-6 win over 14-man Waterford last night.

Kerry will take on Cork at Austin Stack Park in the other semi-final, also on Tuesday May the 8th.

SNOOKER

John Higgins side-stepped the seeming curse of the former winner at the World Championships.

The four-time champion at the Crucible was a 10-7 winner over Thailand’s Thepchaiya (PR: Tep-chy-ah) Un-Nooh to set up a second-round meeting with Stuart Bingham’s conqueror, Jake Lisowski.

It’s five-years since Mark Allen reached the World Championship third round.

He’ll look to start bridging that gap today when he faces Joe Perry at the Crucible.

The afternoon’s session will also see Ronnie O’Sullivan commence his round 2 encounter with Ali Carter.

This evening, Judd Trump will resume 6-3 up on Chris Wakelin with Ricky Walden awaiting the winner in round 2.


SOCCER

Real Madrid will take a 2-1 lead over Bayern Munich back to the Bernabau next week.

Zinedine Zidane’s side came from 1-nil down to beat Bayern in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final last night.

Marcelo and Marco Asensio got the goals for the defending champions after Joshua Kimmich fired Bayern in front.

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After rowing back on his claim that he disagreed with the timing of the announcement of his Arsenal departure, Arsene Wenger leads his side into a European semi-final tonight.

Atletico Madrid visit the Emirates for the first leg of their Europa League semi.

Wenger hopes to have Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere available to him after all three missed the weekend thrashing of West Ham.

Elsewhere tonight, Marseille welcome Salzburg to the cauldron of the Stade Velodrome.

It’s the third time the sides have met in this season’s competition, with their group stage encounters producing a grand total of one-goal.

Both of tonight’s games kick off at 8.05.  

GOLF

The only official team event on the PGA Tour gets underway in Louisiana today.

Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry will join forces as the only all-Irish pairing.

Graeme McDowell plays alongside Ian Poulter.

While Seamus Power is partnered by Canada’s David Hearn.

RACING

Today’s racing is at Punchestown where there’s a 3.40pm start on yielding to soft ground.

In the UK they go at Beverly at 1.30, Warwick at 1.40 and Perth at 1.50, Kempton at 4.45 and Chelmsford at 5.55.