Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

GOLF

Shane Lowry says he’s feeling confident heading into the second Major tournament of the year.

The US PGA Championship will get underway tomorrow after moving from it’s traditional August date.


Lowry finished in a tie for 12th last year.

Graham Spring, who was the first Kerry golfer to play in a grand slam tournament, expects to see Tiger Woods in contention for a second Major title of the year.

SOCCER

Leeds take a 1-nil advantage into the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final against Derby at Elland Road this evening.

Patrick Bamford will return from suspension to replace the suspended Kemar Roofe for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Aston Villa await the winners in the Wembley decider.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says he wants to help the club find his successor after agreeing to remain in charge for next season.

Warnock will see out the final year of his contract in the Championship following Cardiff’s relegation from the Premier League.

The 70-year-old has been explaining why he’s decided to stay:

GAELIC GAMES

In the Munster minor football championship, Clare entertain Cork tonight in Cusack Park Ennis.

Brendan Griffin from Kerry is the match referee.

In the Leinster minor football championship this evening, Dublin go to Offaly, it’s Wexford away to Meath, Westmeath up against Carlow and Wicklow versus Louth.

All matches start at 7pm.

RUGBY

Ireland will be without four key players for the World Rugby under-20 Championship in Argentina next month.

Grand Slam winning captain David Hawkshaw, out-half Harry Byrne, openside Scott Penny and wing Conor Phillips have all been ruled out through injury.

The squad will be captained by Leinster’s Charlie Ryan with Munster scrum-half Craig Casey the vice-captain.

Ireland will face Australia, England and Italy in Pool B at the tournament.

RACING

The week’s big sprint, the Duke of York Stakes is the highlight of day 1 of the Dante Festival at York.

Mike Vince looks ahead.

There’s a 7-race card this evening at Punchestown with the first due off at 5.45.

The going is good.

In the UK, they run at…

York – good to firm, good in places at 1.50

Yarmouth – good to soft at 2pm

Newton Abbot – good at 2.10pm

Bath – firm at 5.25pm

Perth – good, good to soft in places at 6.05pm