Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised the professionalism of his squad as they eased to a 2-nil win over struggling Cardiff to move back to the top of the Premier League.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane secured City’s 21st victory from their last 22 matches.


Guardiola says it was a job well done.

Tottenham opened their long-awaited new stadium with a 2-nil win over Crystal Palace.

Son Heung-min scored the first goal at their new home with Christian Eriksen netting the other.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi starred on his Premier League debut as Chelsea’s hammered Brighton 3-nil.

The teenager set up Olivier Giroud for the opener, with Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also on target.

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Celtic have taken another step towards the Scottish Premiership title.

They beat St Mirren 2-nil last night to maintain a 13 point gap at the top of the table.

GAELIC GAMES

Kilkenny are set to be without Cillian Buckley and James Maher for the round-robin section of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship.

Buckley missed their entire league campaign with a knee injury and he’s still recovering from surgery.

While Maher suffered a fracture to his leg in training this week.

GOLF

The last place at the Masters is the reward for the winner of this week’s Valero Texas Open.

Graeme McDowell will look to build on his success last week at Corales Championship.

Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power will also tee it up in San Antonio.

It’s Day 1 of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

The field for Saturday’s big race will be confirmed this morning while on the track, Buveur D’Air (PR: Boover Dare) is the odds-on favourite for the feature race, the Aintree Hurdle.

Mike Vince looks ahead