Wednesday Evening Sports Update

GOLF

Thomas Bjorn says Ian Poulter’s Ryder Cup record meant he couldn’t be ignored when deciding his wildcards.

The English golfer will be joined in Paris later this month by Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.


Poulter’s been on the winning side in four out of his five appearances to date, picking up 13-points for Europe along the way.

Bjorn says he simply couldn’t leave out Poulter.

Last night, Bjorn’s US counterpart Jim Furyk picked Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau as 3 of his 4 wildcards.

Henrik Stenson says he’ll do his utmost to make himself a three-time Ryder Cup winner.

Ireland held the lead early on day one of the World Amateur Team Championship at Carton House where Robin Dawson, Conor Purcell and John Murphy are in action.

For the latest we join Alan Kelly.


SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland trained in Cardiff today, ahead of tomorrow night’s Nations League opener with Wales.

Martin O’Neill doesn’t have any more injuries to contend with following the wrist operation that’s forced James McClean to miss tomorrow’s game.

Meanwhile, it’s a makeshift Denmark side that travels to Slovakia for a friendly tonight.

A dispute over commercial rights means it’s a squad comprised of domestic third and fourth tier as well as Futsal players.

Denmark are due to begin their own Nations League campaign against Wales on Sunday.

MOTOR SPORT

The 2019 West Cork Rally will be a counting round of next year’s British Rally Championship.

The rally is already a round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and for 2019 St. Patricks weekend will see the first of two crossover events in the respective championships.

TENNIS

The semi-final line-ups at the US Open will be completed tonight.

Novak Djokovic faces Roger Federer’s conqueror, John Millman.

Before that, seventh seed Marin Cilic (PR: Chill-itch) goes up against Kei Nishikori.

Women’s 20th seed Naomi Osaka faces Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in the first match on the Arthur Ashe Court.

While last year’s beaten finalist Madison Keys takes on Carla Suarez-Navarro.

Dubliner Georgia Drummy will be in second round action in the Junior Girls tournament.

She faces the ninth seed Naho Sato.

CYCLING

Italian rider Alessandro De Marchi (PR: Marky) won today’s 11th stage of the Vuelta Espana.

He rode home into Luintra 28-seconds ahead of Jhonatan Restrepo.

Simon Yates retains the leader’s red jersey with a 1-second lead over Alejandro Valverde.

De Marchi’s BMC team-mate Nicolas Roche moves up to 31st on general classification, but he’s still nearly 14-minutes down on the lead of Yates.