Wednesday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted to observing the training sessions of each of their Championship opponents this season.

Last Friday saw Bielsa forced into admitting he’d sent somebody to spy on Derby’s training session ahead of the sides’ meeting at Elland Road.


Bielsa has guided Leeds to the top of the Championship, and they currently hold a four-point lead over Sheffield United.

The 63-year old says he’s admitting to the extent of his actions to help the Football League’s investigation, but insists he hasn’t broken any rules.

Bielsa says it wasn’t the right thing to do, but claims he didn’t have bad intentions.

A trip to League One side Accrington Stanley awaits the winners of tonight’s FA Cup third round replay.

Southampton take on Frank Lampard’s Derby County, with kick-off at 7.45.

Damien Duff says it’s a “dream come true” to have joined Celtic the club he supported as a child.

The former Republic of Ireland international has been named the new reserve team coach at Park Head.

Duff explains he wouldn’t have relocated from his home for any other team.

GOLF

Shane Lowry says his best ever pre-season was behind his opening round 62 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

The Clara man equalled the course record and his lowest ever European Tour round to hold a three-shot lead on 10-under par.

A triple-bogey at the 5th contributed to Paul Dunne’s 1-over par round of 73.

TENNIS

A third round meeting of Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova has been confirmed at the Australian Open.

Wozniacki beat Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-3.

While Sharapova needed just 71-minutes to beat another Swede in Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-1.

Second seed Angelique Kerber was another straight-sets victor today, beating Brazilian qualifier, Beatriz Haddad Maia.

A semi final meeting of Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer remains a possibility, as both were straight sets victors today.

Nadal dispatched Australia’s Matt Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

While Federer was also a straight sets winner, seeing off English qualifier Dan Evans.

However, Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson is out – the fifth seed was beaten in 4-sets by Frances Tiafoe.