Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes his players will find out tonight how much their fans want to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

He’s called on the home supporters to get behind the players as they look to overturn a 1-nil deficit in their last-eight tie with Tottenham.

Guardiola says his team will definitely be up for the occasion.

Liverpool take a 2-0 lead to Porto in the second leg of their quarter-final, with the winners set to face Barcelona in the last-four.

Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp insists his team will ‘go to win’ rather than try to defend their lead.

Kick-off in both games is at 8pm.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out say Ashley Young was the target of racist abuse on social media.

They say it happened after he’d played in Manchester United’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona last night.

United lost 3-nil in Spain – to go out 4-nil on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

BOXING

Both Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller’s camps insist they’re still preparing to fight in June – despite Miller producing an adverse finding in a doping test.

The discovery has put their heavyweight boxing clash in New York into doubt.

Bray’s Katie Taylor is set ot face Delfine Persoon in a lightweight unification title bout on the undercard.

RUGBY

Israel Folau has requested a code of conduct hearing after having his contract terminated by Rugby Australia for making homophobic comments on social media.

The 73-cap international – who was expected to play at this year’s World Cup – said “hell awaits” gay people.

A date for the hearing is yet to be set.

RACING

There’s racing today at Dundalk, with the first off there at 5.45pm.

In the UK they run at Newmarket, good to firm-good in places, at 1.50; Cheltenham, good, at 2.05, Beverly, good to firm-good in places, at 2.15 and on the standard track at Southwell from 6 o’clock.