Wednesday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Virgil van Dijk is Liverpool’s main concern ahead of tonight’s Premier League meeting with Leicester at Anfield.

The influential centre-half has been recovering from an illness picked up during their training trip to Dubai.

A Liverpool win tonight will move them seven-points clear of title rivals Manchester City.

But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary of the threat posed by opposition striker Jamie Vardy.

Tottenham will look to put back-to-back cup losses behind them when they face Watford tonight.

Fourth-placed Chelsea go to Bournemouth.

And Southampton will look to record a third successive Premier League victory when Crystal Palace visit St. Mary’s.

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Neil Lennon is no longer the manager of Scottish Premiership side, Hibernian.

The club say the departure of the ex-Celtic boss and his assistant Garry Parker is by mutual consent.

Hibs’ statements insists the pair have neither been sacked, nor resigned.

Both Lennon and Parker had been suspended last week pending an internal review, but the club say neither Lennon nor Parker have been guilty of any misconduct or wrongdoing.

Lennon was appointed as Hibs boss in 2016, leading them to a Scottish Championship title in his first season, and leaves with them 7th in the top flight.

GAELIC GAMES

GAA Director General Tom Ryan says the association felt bullied into staging the Liam Miller tribute match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Writing in his first annual report, Ryan says he’s “still very uncomfortable” with how the game led to being played at the Cork venue.

Ryan says the game’s organisers were not putting any pressure to stage the game at the Páirc, but claims others showed “blatant disregard” towards the governance of the GAA.

He adds that the Miller family benefitted from the event, and that any reservations are secondary.

RUGBY

Scott Penny adds some senior experience to the Ireland under-20 side that begins their Six Nations campaign on Friday night.

The Leinster man has been named at openside for their meeting with England at Irish Independent Park.

Only Harry Byrne, Charlie Ryan and Dylan Tierney-Martin are retained from last year’s under-20 squad.

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Ian Keatley’s spell at Munster has come to an end earlier than expected.

The out-half has joined London Irish on a short-term contract.

Keatley will play for Declan Kidney’s Exiles until the end of the season, at which point he’ll move to Italy and Benetton.