Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester United are through to the quarter finals of the Champions League after a remarkable turn-around in their last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain.

Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage-time penalty following a V-A-R review to seal a 3-1 victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in France – with them advancing on away goals after a 3-all draw on aggregate.

Until last night, no side in Champions League history had lost 2-nil at home and still won a knockout tie.

Despite his side’s Champions League heroics, Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still isn’t sure if he’ll be offered the position on a full time basis.

Solskjaer says he’s loving the ride.

Last night’s win for Manchester United means it’s the first time a team have progressed after losing the home leg of a knock-out Champions League tie 2-nil.

Former Republic of Ireland and United defender John O’Shea says it’s a remarkable achievement.

F-C Porto also needed a late penalty – again given after a V-A-R review – to beat Roma 3-1 in extra time.

The Portuguese club advanced to the next round 4-3 on aggregate.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy starts the defence of his Arnold Palmer Invitational title later.

Last year’s winner plays alongside Australian Marc Leishman and Masters Champion Patrick Reed.

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry are also part of the field at Bay Hill.

BASKETBALL

LeBron James has moved to fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Despite collecting 21 points to move past Michael Jordan in the rankings, he couldn’t stop the LA Lakers losing 85-77 to the Denver Nuggets overnight.

James now has Kobe Bryant in his sights in third position.

FORMULA ONE

Formula One team Williams have allowed their chief technical officer Paddy Lowe to take an extended leave of absence, following their disappointing performance in pre-season.

It’s after the team missed the first two-and-a-half days of the Barcelona tests.

The new season starts in Australia next weekend.

RACING

Champion jockey leader Paul Townend is booked for two rides at Thurles this afternoon.

He’ll partner Tongie in the Urlingford Rated Chase for Pat Fahy and will look to double up on the Willie Mullins-trained Cash Back in the Maiden Hurdle.

Racing gets underway at 2pm.