Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

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GAELIC GAMES

Ballybofey plays host to tonight’s second replay of the Donegal Senior Football Championship final.

Ulster champions Gaoth Dobhair take on Naomh Conaill again after they finished deadlocked again last Sunday.

Gaoth Dobhair’s Eamon McGee says they’ll need to show a killer instinct later

SOCCER

Chelsea head into tonight’s League Cup match on the back of seven succesive wins in all competitions.

They host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the last 16.

Manager Frank Lampard is urging his players not to get complacent.

Liverpool – who are unbeaten domestically – welcome Arsenal to Anfield.

Republic of Ireland under-21 international Caoimhin Kelleher will start in goal for the hosts.

There’s local bragging rights up for grabs in the night’s other game, when Aston Villa entertain Wolves.

Former Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison has branded UEFA’s punishment of the Bulgaria F-A “embarrassing” and “a joke”.

Bulgaria were handed a two match stadium ban and a 70-thousand Euro fine for racist chanting and nazi salutes by their fans in a recent defeat to England in Sofia.

Morrison feels the sanctions are far from severe enough to discourage repeat offences

RUGBY

Munster are likely to be without Joey Carbery for their first two matches in the Heineken Champions Cup.

The Ireland out-half is still nursing an ankle issue which he picked up before the World Cup.

He’s likely to sit out the Reds’ European meetings with Ospreys and Racing (pron: rass-ing) 92 next month.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has made nine changes to his team for their Rugby World Cup third-place play-off against New Zealand on Friday.

Owen Lane, Nicky Smith and James Davies are amongst the players to come into the side, while Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Tomas Francis and Aaron Wainwright all miss out with injuries.

The Test match will be Gatland’s final game in charge of Wales, having won four Six Nations titles and three Grand Slams since taking over in December 2007.

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New Zealand have made seven changes with Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty returning to the All-Blacks midfield.

Scott Barrett moves from flanker to lock with Shannon Frizzell and Sam Cane picked in the back-row.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy is aiming for victories in his last two tournaments of the season.

The FedEx Cup winner tees up this week at the H-S-B-C Champions event in his penultimate event of 2019.

McIlroy’s previously finished inside the top five in Shanghai and he’s confident of having a good week

SNOOKER

Antrim’s Mark Allen has booked his place in the last-16 of snooker’s World Cup.

The two-time champion saw off Zhang Anda by five frames to three to set up a meeting with World Championship semi-finalist David Gilbert.