Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Cork are proposing to play club games without inter-county players.

The Rebels have unveiled plans to radically reshape their county championship.

One suggestion recommends 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.

RUGBY

France will name their next head coach before the World Cup.

Jacques Brunel has a contract that runs until June 2020, but will now stand down after this year’s global tournament in Japan.

Former Munster out half Ronan O’Gara and Toulon coach Fabien Galthié are among those being linked to the post.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry have plenty to play for at the W-G-C Dell Technologies Match play which gets underway in Austin today.

Victory could take the Ulsterman to the top of the World Rankings for the first time since 2015.

Lowry will qualify for the Masters, if he remains in the rankings top 50.

McIlroy’s first opponent is the American Luke List

He says that match is current priority.

Shane Lowry’s first opponent is former Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia.

ATHLETICS

Olympic 800 metre champion Caster Semenya has accused the I-A-A-F of ‘opening old wounds’.

The world athletics governing body want to limit the amount of testosterone female athletes can have in their blood stream.

The United Nations state the plans contravene international human rights.

South African middle distance runner Semenya is among those who could be forced to take medication to reduce thier naturally high levels of testosterone.