Wednesday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Pep Guardiola says he won’t accept any excuses about ‘tiredness’ from his players ahead of their Premier League match against West Ham this evening.

Manchester City are second in the table, one point behind Liverpool, and are also competing for the Champions League and FA Cup – having already won the League Cup on Sunday.


The manager believes the drive to retain the title should override any fatigue his side has.

City could leapfrog Liverpool into top spot if Jurgen Klopp’s men fail to beat Watford at Anfield.

Third-placed Tottenham head to Stamford Bridge for the London derby with Chelsea.

An injury-plagued Manchester United side are away to Crystal Palace.

Those games are at 8pm while Arsenal entertain Bournemouth, and bottom side Fulham go to Southampton at 7.45.

Neil Lennon will take charge of Celtic tonight against Hearts in the Scottish Premier League.

It will herald the start of the former Northern Ireland player’s second spell as the manager at Parkhead after Brendan Rodgers’ departure to take over at Leicester City.

Mick McCarthy says he’s happy to have any player in his Republic of Ireland squad, as long as that player wants to be there.

McCarthy claims he had little faith that Declan Rice would be adding to his three Ireland caps given the length of time the West Ham midfielder took to make up his mind over his international future.

The manager admits he’s attempting to bring former England representatives Nathan Redmond and Patrick Bamford into the Ireland fold.

But he wants to see players showing commitment.

BOXING

Katie Taylor could have the chance to unify the women’s lightweight division as early as June 1st.

Her promoter Eddie Hearn hopes to confirm a bout with WBC champion Delfine Persoon on the undercard to Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight encounter with Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden.

Taylor is due to put her IBF and WBA titles on the line in a fight with WBO champion Rose Volante in Philadelphia on March 15th.

RACING

Penhill is the latest horse to be ruled out of next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

His trainer Willie Mullins has confirmed the eight-year old will not defend his Stayers’ Hurdle crown after showing soreness in training.

Penhill hasn’t raced since a second-place finish behind Faugheen in the Champion Stayers Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival last April.