Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants his players to emulate Roger Federer in the Champions League tonight.

The Red Devils kick off their campaign with a Group H encounter away to Young Boys.


Antonio Valencia sits out the tie due to concerns over the Swiss side’s artificial pitch.

He has only recently returned from a knee injury.

Mourinho has vowed not to use the surface as an excuse, and has told his players to follow in Federer’s footsteps.

Manchester City had an extra training session for this evening’s Group F match against Lyon at the Etihad Stadium.

Manager Pep Guardiola cancelled their day off as he was unhappy with their performance in Saturday’s 3-nil win over Fulham.

Mikel Arteta says Manchester City are deserved favourites to win this season’s Champions League.

With manager Pep Guardiola serving a two match suspension, his assistant Arteta will take charge on the touchline.

The former Arsenal midfielder believes City have the talent to lift the trophy.

Cristiano Ronaldo kicks off his campaign to lift the trophy with a third team tonight.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward returns to Spain as Juventus visit Valencia.

All those games start at 8.00.

Ajax host A-E-K Athens and Shakhtar Donetsk are at home to Hoffenheim are the games that kick off at the new time of 5.55.

Middlesbrough can climb into the Championship’s top two with a win over Bolton Wanderers tonight.

Reading aim for their second win of the season at home to Norwich.

Cork City await the winners of tonight’s F-A-I Cup quarter final between Bohemians and Derry City at the Brandywell.

Bohs are looking to reach the last 4 for the first time since 2011.

The Candystripes beat Cobh Ramblers to lift the League Cup on Sunday.

GAELIC GAMES

James Horan’s return to the Mayo Senior Footballers appears a step closer.

Reports claim the 47 year old has received at least one nomination to replace departed manager Stephen Rochford.

Horan left the post four years ago, having guided the Westerners to back to back All Ireland finals.

U-21 boss Michael Solan and former All-Ireland minor winning manager Enda Gilvarry are also said to be in the running for the role.

BASKETBALL

The Elite Performance Committee at Basketball Ireland has announced the appointment of six underage international head coaches.

Tommy O’Mahony is the Ireland Under 18 women’s head coach, and Paul Kelleher will continue in his role as the Ireland Under 18 men’s head coach.

Mike Lynch and Martin Conroy have been appointed as the Under 20 men’s and women’s coaches respectively.

Two development coaches have also been appointed.

Paul Langan is the Head Coach of the Ireland Under 17 men’s team and Karl Kilbride takes the reins of the Ireland Under 17 women’s squad.

RACING

There is an eight-race card at Naas today, where the first is off at 3.20.