Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

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SOCCER

Manchester City can seal their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a win away at Atalanta this evening.

Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed the Italian team 5-1 in Manchester last month to maintain their 100 per cent record in Group C.

The City boss says they’ve still got time on their side to achieve a last-16 spot.

Tottenham are away to Red Star Belgrade – who they thrashed 5-nil in the reverse fixture two weeks ago.

Arsenal are in Europa League action this afternoon.

The match away to Vitoria has been brought forward from the standard Thursday slot, as the Portuguese side’s neighbours Braga are at home tomorrow in the same competition.

Ahead of the game the Gunners have confirmed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as their new captain.

Kick off is at ten-to-four.

RUGBY

Munster head-coach Johann van Graan has confirmed that Joey Carbery will miss the first two rounds of games in the Heineken Champions Cup.

The Ireland out-half is recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against Italy in August.

Carbery played through the issue at the Rugby World Cup and van Graan says they won’t rush him back

Saracens face another punishment after failing to send any representatives to the Heineken Champions Cup launch.

All participating teams are required to provide a coach and player for interview at the media event.

European Rugby say they will “now consider what action is appropriate”.

Yesterday, Saracens were hit with a 35-point deduction and a 5-million pound fine for breaching the Premiership’s salary cap.

BOXING

Two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams has retired from boxing.

The 37-year-old is making the decision on medical grounds.

Adams has been told any further impact to her eye could lead to permanent vision loss.