Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

There has been mixed reaction to the news that Declan Rice has declared for England.

After playing three friendly games for Ireland, the West Ham midfielder has ended months of speculation by writing to FIFA to request a change of allegiance.


Former Irish international Gary Breen is among those calling for a change of rules.

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has wished Rice well, noting the Boys in Green have availed of the same rules in the past.

Kenny Cunningham feels there should be an underage cut off.

Tottenham have one foot in the quarter finals of the Champions League thanks to a 3-nil victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley last night.

Heung-min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente scored second half goals to hand Spurs a commanding lead for the second leg.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are expected to be back from injury for the return tie on the 5th of March.

Holders Real Madrid were 2-1 winners in their last 16 first leg with Ajax in Amsterdam yesterday.

Leeds United have climbed back to the top of the Championship table.

The Yorkshire club beat Swansea 2-1 at Elland Road to overtake Norwich last night.

The Canaries lost 3-1 to Preston at Deepdale, where Republic of Ireland international Seani Maguire scored for the home side.

Sheffield United kept their promotion hopes alive with a 1-0 win at home to Middlebrough.

GAELIC GAMES

The redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh has cost almost 10-million euro more than originally estimated.

A report by two stadium board members has returned an estimated cost of 95-point-8 million euro.

In late 2017, the estimated cost was 86-million euro.

Meanwhile, Cork’s footballers and hurlers will have to play the remainder of their league games away from the stadium.

Provision has been made in the new estimate to replace the Páirc’s pitch after it chewed-up quite badly during a recent league double header.

RACING

There is a seven-race card at Clonmel this afternoon with the first going to post at 1.35.

In the UK they run at Kelso, Leicester, Fontwell and Chelmsford