Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester United will need to win away in Barcelona if they’re to progress in the Champions League.

Luke Shaw scored an own goal as they lost 1-nil to the Spanish side in the first leg of their quarter-final at Old Trafford last night.

United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer sees positives in how they responded to going behind.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 125th Champions League goal in Juventus’ 1-all draw at Ajax.

The Portuguese striker headed the Italian champions in front before David Neres (pron: dav-eed ner-es) equalised for the hosts.

The second legs of those ties will be played next week.

Norwich’s eight-game winning run in the Championship was ended by Reading last night.

The leaders conceded a 97-minute equaliser as the sides drew 2-2 at Carrow Road.

Sheffield United remain just outside the automatic promotion places in third after being held 1-all at Birmingham.

Aston Villa came back from a goal down to beat Rotherham 2-1 and go fifth.

At the wrong end of the table, Ipswich are on the brink of relegation from the Championship after they lost 2-nil at Brentford last night.

They will go down on Saturday if they fail to beat Birmingham.

Elsewhere, Hull were 2-1 winners over Wigan – while the London derby between Millwall and QPR finished scoreless.

GOLF

Tiger Woods starts his search for a 15th major golf title when he tees-off at The Masters this afternoon.

The former world number one hasn’t triumphed in one of the sport’s four big events since 2008.

But Woods feels his form is back to where it needs to be to claim a fifth green jacket at Augusta.

Shane Lowry, who had a hole-in-one in yesterday’s par 3 contest is out on course at just before 2pm Irish time.

The Offaly man is in a group with Mike Weir and amateur Kevin O’Connell.

Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy’s out in a group with Rickie Fowler and Cameron Smith at a-quarter-past-four.

SNOOKER

Cork teenager Aaron Hill is hoping to take another step towards the World Championships today.

The 17-year old resumes 5-frames to 4 up on Northern Ireland’s Gerard Greene in their first round qualifier in Sheffield.

Last night, Joe Swail was soundly beaten 10-frames to 1 by world number 76, Joe O’Connor.

RACING

There’s an eight-race card at Limerick this afternoon, where the going is good, with the first going to post at 5-past-2.

In the UK, they run at Huntingdon – good – at 1.40

Wetherby, good – at 1.50

Chelmsford City – standard – at 2pm and Newcastle at 5.30.