Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin’s Paul Flynn says it was a ‘difficult decision’ to retire from inter-county football.

The 32-year-old won six All-Ireland and four All-Stars in his 12 seasons with the Dubs but has struggled for fitness since having back surgery last year.

Kerry legend Kieran Donaghy says it won’t have been easy for Flynn to step away from a panel chasing five in-a-row.

SOCCER

Liverpool will have to end Barcelona’s impressive Champions League home record if they’re to take the advantage in their semi-final.

The Catalan giants are unbeaten in their previous 31 games on their own turf in Europe’s top club competition heading into tonight’s first leg.

But forward Sadio Mane says that would make securing a win at the Nou Camp even more special.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is relishing the opportunity of playing Barcelona tonight.

He admits they’re up against one of the world’s toughest opponents.

Cork City are looking for a new manager.

Last season’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division runners up have confirmed they have parted company with John Caulfield, after more than five seasons in charge.

Despite winning the title in 2017, and securing four second place finishes, the club have struggled this season, winning just three games.

In a statement released this morning, the club say both parties have come to a “mutual agreement”, and that they will appoint an interim manager while they search for a permanent replacement.

Derby County can take a big step towards securing a playoff spot in the Championship tonight.

Frank Lampard’s side will be within touching distnce of the playoffs, if they win away to Swansea.

Kick off is at 7.45.

ATHLETICS

Caster Semenya has lost her appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners.

The South African two-time Olympic 800-metre champion has seen her challenges to new rules by world athletics’ governing body dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Semenya has naturally high levels of the male sex hormone and believes current guidelines are unfair.

RACING

Day 2 of the Punchestown Festival gets underway at 3.40pm with two Grade 1 races on the 8-race card.

There’s also racing in the UK today.

Ascot from 2.15 – good-to-firm, good in places
Pontefract at 2.25 – also good-to-firm, good in places
Brighton 4.35 – good to firm
Bath 4.50 – good to firm, firm in places

There’s a midday start on the standard track at Southwell