Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Liverpool blew away any doubts about their potential to win the Premier League with a 5-nil victory over Watford at Anfield last night.

The Reds had dropped six points in their previous four top-flight games but two goals from both Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk and another Dvorik Origi secured them their biggest win of the season.

They remain one point clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the improved performance.

City needed a contentious second half Sergio Aguero penalty to beat West Ham 1-nil.

It is the first time this season Pep Guardiola’s men have failed to score more than one goal at the Etihad Stadium.

Maurizio Sarri breathed life into his tenure as Chelsea’s head coach with a 2-nil victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

An own goal from Kieran Trippier condemned Spurs to a defeat which dents thier title hopes and leaves them four points ahead of fourth placed Arsenal, who they play on Saturday.

Sarri dropped goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (pron: kep-ah Areez-a-balaga) after he refused to be substituted during the League Cup final.

The Italian feels the matter is now closed.

Mesut Ozil opened the scoring for Arsenal who beat Bournemouth 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium last night.

Manchester United remain unbeaten in the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.

And Southampton are out of the relegation zone following a 2-nil win over Fulham.

GAELIC GAMES

Clare could be without John Conlon for the rest of the Allianz Hurling League campaign.

All Star forward is set to miss the next four weeks due to an ankle injury.

CRICKET

Ireland are preparing to play Afghanistan in the first of a five match One Day International Series in India.

In the Caribbean, England’s cricketers are 2-1 up with a match to go in their series with the West Indies after winning the fourth one day international at Grenada.

RACING

There is a seven race card at Clonmel this afternoon, where the first is off at 1.45.

The going is good and good to yielding in places.

In the UK there are five meetings:

Musselburgh, good, off at 1.35
Ludlow, also good, off at 1.50
Taunton, good, off at 2 o’clock
They run on the standard tracks at Newcastle and Kempton at 4.05 and 4.50 respectively.