Wednesday Evening Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

The GAA have recorded significant drops in both attendance and gate receipts for 2018.

The association’s annual financial report recorded a drop in gate receipts by 14 per cent to 29-point-6 million euro.

While attendances across the hurling and football championships are down by 18 per cent.

Despite there being six more Football Championship games, attendances fell by close to 113-thousand people.

The team that knocked IT Tralee out of the Sigerson Cup are the first team through to the semi-finals of this year’s competition.

St. Mary’s were 15-points to 13 victors over Maynooth University this afternoon.

The 2017 champions will face the winners of tonight’s meeting of UCD and DCU.

SOCCER

The Metropolitan Police in London are investigating Islamophobic abuse aimed at Mo Salah.

In a video posted to Twitter from Monday’s game between Liverpool and West Ham at the London Stadium, a supporter can be heard aiming the abuse at the Liverpool forward as he prepared to take a corner.

The Met have been made aware of the video, and are reviewing the footage but no arrests have been made.

West Ham themselves are examining the stadium’s CCTV footage and working with the police to identify the perpetrator.

Nantes are threatening legal action over the transfer fee owed by Cardiff City for disappeared striker Emiliano Sala.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board the Piper Malibu plane that disappeared near Guernsey on January 21st.

Cardiff have withheld the first of their scheduled payments of the 15-million pounds until investigations into the crash have finished.

The BBC report that Nantes are threatening action if they don’t receive the first installment inside the next 10 days.

Everton boss Marco Silva wants his side to show “ambition” when they take on Premier League champions Manchester City tonight.

A win for their opponents at Goodison Park will take them to the top of the table.

City have struggled on the road – losing three of their last five away matches in the league.

Kick off is at 7.45.

The FA Cup fifth round line-up will be completed tonight.

West Brom entertain Brighton in the last of the fourth round replays, with the winners earning a home tie with Derby.

There’s an 8.05 start at the Hawthorns.

Rangers will look to stay in touch with Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic when they travel to take on rivals Aberdeen tonight.

Steven Gerrard’s side go into the game in second place – six points behind the champions.

They’ll follow this evening’s match with a Scottish Cup clash at Kilmarnock at the weekend.

RUGBY

Noel McNamara has made just one change to his Ireland under-20s side for Friday’s Six Nations game with Scotland.

Cormac Foley – who scored the decisive try against England last week – has been promoted to the starting fifteen.

The Leinster scrum-half replaced the injured Craig Casey.

GOLF

Brooks Koepka has become the first top golfer to publicly criticise Sergio Garcia for damaging greens at Saudi International last week.

The Spaniard was disqualified from the European Tour event after admitting taking his frustration out on the putting surfaces.

Reigning U-S Open champion and P-G-A Championship winner Koepka has accused Garcia of showing “disrespect” and “acting like a child”.