Wednesday Evening Sports Update

CYCLING

Sam Bennett’s narrowly missed out on a third stage victory in this year’s Vuelta Espana.

The Irish rider finished just two-seconds behind the winner on stage 17, Philippe Gilbert.

Primoz Roglic retains the leader’s red jersey with a 2-minute 24-second lead over Nairo Quintana.

SOCCER

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is making “steady progress” from his calf injury, but is not yet ready for a return.

The Brazilian stopper sustained the injury in the opening game of the season against Norwich at Anfield.

Liverpool goalkeeeping coach John Achterberg says Alisson has returned to light training but won’t be involved in Saturday’s meeting with Newcastle.

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Two people have been arrested in connection with an inquiry in Belgium into alleged fraud involving the transfer of football players.

Prosecutors say they were detained in raids in Belgium, London and Monaco yesterday and today.

The raids are connected with an investigation into the 18 million euro transfer of Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Belgian club Anderlecht to Newcastle in 2015.

HOCKEY

Energia Park in Donnybrook has been confirmed as the host venue for the Ireland women’s Olympic playoff.

The World Cup finalists are slated to play Canada over two legs on November 2nd and 3rd for the right to travel to Tokyo next year.

It’s the first time the traditional rugby venue will be used for hockey, and will have a special pitch laid for the occasion.

RUGBY

Scotland back-row Jamie Ritchie will travel to Japan tomorrow to link up with the squad ahead of the World Cup.

The forward injured his face in his nation’s final warm-up game against Georgia and was left behind for further assessment.

Magnus Bradbury will remain with the group as precautionary cover.

Scotland are Ireland’s first pool opponents in Yokohama on the 22nd of this month.

The Irish squad flew out to Japan today.

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Ross Molony will captain Leinster for tomorrow evening’s pre-season friendly with Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens.

Scott Penny is deployed in the back row for his first appearance since shoulder surgery.

Dave Kearney, Ross Byrne and Scott Fardy are part of an experienced bench.

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Munster Rugby and the IRFU have appointed Ian Flanagan to the position of Munster Rugby CEO.

Cork native Flanagan will take up the post in mid-October.

Flanagan has previously been Commercial Director with Leicester City Football Club for four years.