Wednesday Evening Sports Update

Day three of the Galway Festival is underway.

The big race of the day is the Galway Plate which goes to post at 7.20.

The 9-1 shot Lightening Spear, ridden by Killarney jockey Oisin Murphy and trained at Newmarket by David Simcock, has landed the biggest race of the Goodwood Festival, the one million-pound Sussex Stakes.

Expert Eye and Lord Glitters were second and third.

The biggest smile at Goodwood was worn by winning jockey Oisin Murphy, who spoke with Mike Vince in the winners enclosure.


GAELIC GAMES

Mickey Harte is refusing to shed any more light on why the Healy Park pitch was narrowed for their recent Super-8 defeat to Dublin.

The Tyrone manager claimed after the game that the pitch dimensions in Omagh were changed following a request from match broadcasters Sky.

Buy Sky since clarified that they did not, and would not, make such a request.

Speaking ahead of Tyrone’s final group game with Donegal, Harte claimed the matter was “over and done” with, and that he doesn’t want to talk about it again.

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If Stephen Rochford stays on as Mayo manager, it appears that he’ll have to seriously re-organise his backroom team.

It’s been reported that selector Donie Buckley and goalkeeping coach Peter Burke are to leave their roles.

While Tony McEntee is another that could be stepping down.

Mayo were dumped out of the football championship following a qualifier loss to Kildare.

Rochford himself is set to meet with the Mayo County Board next week.


SWIMMING

Shane Ryan heads up the Ireland team confirmed for the upcoming European Championships in Glasgow.

The Olympic semi-finalist along with Newtonabbey teenager Conor Ferguson will be in the pool for the heats of the 50-metre backstroke tomorrow.

Ryan is also part of the 4-by-100 metre relay team.

Sligo’s teenage sensation Mona McSharry will be the first Irish woman to enter competition in Saturday’s 100-metre breaststroke heats.


HOCKEY

The Women’s World Cup quarter finals get underway in London this evening.

First up is the meeting of Germany and Spain from 6.

And that’s followed by the clash of Argentina and Australia at 8.15.

Ireland play India in their quarter final tomorrow.


SOCCER

Celtic shoud move closer to the Champions League group stages tonight.

They take a 3-1 lead to Trondheim for their second qualifying round second leg with Rosenborg.

The eventual losers of this tie will face Cork City in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

And as Dundalk prepare for tomorrow’s second leg away to A-E-K Larnaca, they may have an eye on events in Austria.

Ajax (PR: Eye-ax) take a 2-nil lead to Sturm Graz, with the losers to face Stephen Kenny’s side.

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Seanie Maguire could miss the first two-months of the season.

He suffered a hamstring injury during Preston’s pre-season friendly with Oldham, with scans delivering worse news than expected.

Maguire is almost certain to miss the Republic of Ireland’s Nations League opener away to Wales, and the friendly with Poland.

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Lucas Digne (PR: Deen-ya) was finally confirmed as an Everton player today.

The French international full-back has left Barcelona in a deal which could be worth up to 20-million pounds.

Digne has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

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Adam Morgan’s spell at Sligo Rovers has come to an end.

The former Liverpool striker has left the Showgrounds by mutual consent after playing only 6-minutes of football since mid-May.

Morgan’s Sligo career started with four-goals in his first six-games, but he struggled with injury during his time with the Bit-O-Red.

Meanwhile, Sligo have confirmed they’re taking up the place in the Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup left vacant by Bray.

Steven Gerrard has assured Rangers fans he’s building a squad with a winning mentality as he prepares for his first season in management.

The former Liverpool and England captain still wants a couple more signings before their Scottish Premiership opener against Aberdeen on Sunday.

He’s aiming to have two players for every position – and says they’re not far off that.