Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

GOLF

We’re less than an hour away from finding out who Thomas Bjorn’s wildcard players will be in this year’s Ryder Cup.

The Captain of the European Team will reveal his four picks at 2pm today.


Sergio Garcia is among those being tipped to be selected for the battle against America in Paris later this month.

The Spaniard is one of the most successful players in the history of the Ryder Cup, but he has failed to make the cut in his last five major appearances.

Garcia’s inclusion could lead to the likes of Rafael Cabrera Bello and the in-form Matt Wallace missing out.

2014 Winning European Captain, Paul McGinley says it is a difficult decision.

Last night, USA Captain Jim Furyk announced Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson de Chambeau as his first three wildcards.

He’ll pick a fourth wildcard to complete the USA Team on Sunday.

Ireland are in action at Carton House in Kildare as the Men’s World Amateur Team Championships continue. They started well this morning, for the latest here’s Alan Kelly.

GAELIC GAMES

Cora Staunton has likened to a “witch hunt” the Mayo County Board’s actions against her club.

The County Board have appealed against Carnacon’s reinstatement to the League and Championship.

They had expelled the All Ireland Champions after eight of their members walked away from the Mayo Senior panel citing ‘player welfare issues’.

Legendary forward Staunton was among those.

The 11 time All Star says it is illogical to punish everyone connected with the club.

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland will train in Cardiff today, as the countdown continues to tomorrow’s Nations League opener against Wales.

James McClean hasn’t travelled with the squad after undergoing surgery on an injured wrist.

Declan Rice will sit out the tie as he considers his international future following renewed interest from England.

Reports now suggest he is seriously considering returning to the squad ahead of next month’s crucial games against Denmark and Wales in Dublin.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal is through to last four of the U-S Open after his longest ever match at Flushing Meadows.

The defending champion came from a set down to beat Dominic Thiem in an epic quarter final, which last lasted nearly five hours.

Novak Djokovic can reach his eleventh U-S Open semi final tonight.

He faces the unseeded Australian John Millman, who knocked Roger Federer out in the last 16.

Before that, seventh seed Marin Cilic meets Kei Nishikori.

RUGBY

The Irish Rugby team will gear up for the 2019 World Cup with games against Italy, England and Wales next summer.

The I-R-F-U have announced the details of a four-fixture series.

First up will be a meeting with Conor O’Shea’s Italy in Dublin on the 10th August.

Joe Schmidt’s men will travel to Twickenham to play England a fortnight later.

They will then take on the Welsh both home and away, before departing for the World Cup in Japan.

CYCLING

Killarney’s Breda Horan is among the taking part in today’s first stage of the Rás na mBan which will take the riders along the 70km route from Kilkenny to Gowran.

National Road Race Champion, Eve McCrystal heads a strong Irish challenge for the event which will conclude in Kilkenny next Sunday afternoon.


RACING

There’s an eight-race card at Gowran Park this afternoon, with the first off at 4.05. The going on the County Kilkenny track is Good.

In the UK, they run at:

Lingfield on the standard track from 1.40

Bath where it’s firm at 2pm

Southwell, good at 2.20

Wolverhampton, on the standard track from 5.50.