Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Spurs will be hoping to borrow some inspiration from Liverpool tonight, to set up an all-Premier League Champions League final.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will have to score in Amsterdam tonight in their semi final second leg against Ajax who they trail 1-0 after last week’s tie in London.

Harry Kane remains injured for Spurs, but Heung Min Son is set to return from suspension.

Jan Vertonghen is fit again, after suffering a nasty head injury eight days ago.

Pochettino says if they complete “the miracle” of winning a first European Cup, it’ll be the perfect end to a five year chapter.

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris is calling on his team-mates to make a quick start to tonight’s Champions League game with Ajax ((pron: aye-yax)).

He says they still believe they can reach the final.

Tottenham have warned their fans they risk being scammed if they purchase unofficial tickets for tonight’s Champions League game with Ajax.

The club say after meetings with the police and UEFA they have been advised a number of fake tickets are in circulation, priced extortionately.

Spurs say supporters will not be able to gain access to the stadium with the tickets.

The second-leg of the semi-final is sold out.

The main talk today is about Liverpool’s most unlikely comeback last night to reach the decider for the second year running.

Trailing 3-0 after the first leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, they produced one of the competion’s most memorable games of all time to go through 4-3 on aggregate.

With Mo Salah injured, Divock Origi was the hero scoring twice on the night, while half time substitute Georginio Wijnaldum (Vine-ald-um) scored two goals in the space of 122 seconds.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he thought they were facing into an impossible task against the Spanish Champions.

There will be separate Premier League trophies in both Liverpool and Brighton on Sunday, in readiness for either Manchester City or Liverpool being crowned champions.

Both trophies are identical, with engravings on the base listing the previous winners.

The Premier League has also commissioned two sets of winners medals to be prepared – 40 will head to Anfield and the other 40 medals will head to the Amex Stadium.

GOLF

European captain Padraig Harrington has reduced his number of picks from four to three at next year’s Ryder Cup golf tournament.

Nine players will earn automatic qualification for the team via points earned in competitions, starting at September’s European PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Harrington’s reasoning for the change is he feels a player is more comfortable when they’ve qualified rather than been picked.

GAELIC GAMES

In hurling, Kilkenny’s injury hit season has taken another blow.

Former All Star defender Joey Holden has emerged as a doubt for Saturday’s Leinster hurling championship opener against Dublin at Nowlan Park.

He’s picked up a hamstring injury in training.

Brian Cody is already without quartet Eoin Murphy, Conor Delaney, Cillian Buckley and James Maher, while Richie Hogan is also believed to be carrying a knock.

RACING

The Willie Mullins-trained True Self is set to go off as the favourite for today’s feature race at Gowran Park.

The Irish EBF Vintage Tipple Stakes goes to post at 5 to 6.

The first of an 8-race card gets underway at 4.50.

In the UK…

They go at Chepstow at 1.50 – good to soft

Newton Abbot – good to soft, soft in places at 2pm

Kelso, good at 2.10

Fontwell, good to firm, good in places at 5.10

Southwell, standard, 6.05.