Wednesday Evening Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Proposals to play Cork club championship games without inter-county players could be dead-in-the-water already.

Clubs are said to be furious that inter-county hurlers weren’t available for league games a week after John Meyler’s side finished their Allianz Hurling League campaign.


Cork have unveiled plans to radically reshape their county championship, with one suggestion recommending playing two group games during the summer months.

Clubs would earn just two points for a win without their county players, but four for a victory with their full complement.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy says he’s scheduled his season with the intention of peaking at the right times.

Less than a fortnight after his Players Championship win, the world number-4 tees off against Luke List at the WGC Match Play in Austin, Texas later.

A win this week would propel McIlroy to number 1 in the world.

And the County Down golfer is looking to take his form into next month’s Masters.

McIlroy and List tee off just after 6.20, Irish time.

Shane Lowry is one of the later starters in Austin, and he goes up against Sergio Garcia.

SOCCER

Bayern Munich have smashed the Bundesliga transfer record to sign Lucas Hernandez.

The French World Cup-winning full-back has agreed a five-year contract, and will leave Atletico Madrid in the summer for 80-million euro.

The deal makes Hernandez the second most expensive defender of all time, behind only Virgil van Dijk.

RUGBY

Two Irish players have been named in the Barbarians squad for their match against the U-S-A next month.

Limerick hooker Gillian Bourke and St Mary’s flanker Paula Fitzpatrick are among the 19 players selected by the prestigious invitational team to travel to Denver.

The head of French rugby says he has met the top five coaches in the world as he looks for a successor for Jacques Brunel.

Bernard Laporte wants to name Brunel’s successor before this autumn’s World Cup.

Brunel’s contract was thought to be running until June of 2020, but Laporte now wants to begin the 2023 World Cup cycle with a new head coach.

However, Laporte insists it will be Brunel who decides whether or not to appoint Ronan O’Gara to his coaching staff for the World Cup in Japan.

O’Gara has said he’d be open to an approach.