Wednesday Evening Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

The deadline for nominations for the vacant Mayo football manager’s job has passed.

It’s believed former Mayo boss James Horan has received the backing of at least one club to succeed Stephen Rochford.

Horan’s home club of Ballintubber have nominated him to take back up the role he left in 2014.


Under-21 boss Michael Solan and former All-Ireland minor winning manager Enda Gilvarry are also said to be in the running for the role.

The deadline for nominations was at 1pm.

SOCCER

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent out a warning to not criticise his team selection.

His side take on Young Boys tonight in their first game of this season’s Champions League.

Mourinho wants the focus to be on those on the pitch.

Kick off in Bern is at 8.

At the same time in Group H, Cristiano Ronaldo plays his first Champions League game for Juventus away to Valencia.

Manchester City’s Group F campaign begins with the visit of Lyon to the Etihad.

While Shakhtar Donetsk take on group debutants Hoffenheim at 5.55.

Elsewhere tonight, holders Real Madrid begin their defence with the visit of Roma to the Bernabeu.

And in Group E, Bayern Munich travel to Benfica.


Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has demanded more from his players in front of goal as he tries to arrest their goal scoring problems.

The Scottish champions have found the back of the net just five times in their five Premiership matches so far, a big drop on previous seasons.

Rodgers says he wants to see more of a cutting edge from his forwards.

Holders Cork City will discover their FAI Cup semi-final opponents tonight.

Derry play host to Bohemians in their re-arranged quarter final.

Bohs have won each of their last seven games in all competitions, including a 2-nil win over the Candystripes at the Brandywell last month.

Tonight’s winners will be at home to Cork on Sunday-week, and kick off is at 7.45.

BASKETBALL

The Elite Performance Committee at Basketball Ireland has announced the appointment of six underage international head coaches.

Tommy O’Mahony is the Ireland Under 18 women’s head coach, and Paul Kelleher will continue in his role as the Ireland Under 18 men’s head coach.

Mike Lynch and Martin Conroy have been appointed as the Under 20 men’s and women’s coaches respectively.

Two development coaches have also been appointed.

Paul Langan is the Head Coach of the Ireland Under 17 men’s team and Karl Kilbride takes the reins of the Ireland Under 17 women’s squad.

RUGBY

Geordan Murphy says he regrets claiming the sport had gone “too PC”.

Leicester’s acting head coach was reacting to Will Spencer’s sending off for a dangerous tackle on Wasps’ Tommy Taylor last weekend.

Murphy says he made the comments in the heat in the moment, and that neither he nor Leicester were taking head injuries lightly.

Spencer picked up a four-week ban last night for the tackle.