Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

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SOCCER

Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott will make his first start for the Republic of Ireland against New Zealand tomorrow night.

Manager Mick McCarthy is hoping Parrott can follow in the footsteps of Robbie Keane who was also 17 when he made his debut.

Celtic’s Lee O’Connor will also make his debut while Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne is set to start.

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The Republic of Ireland under-19’s Euro 2020 qualifier away to Switzerland has been postponed until tomorrow due to snow in Salzburg.

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Liverpool forward Mo Salah has been ruled out of Egypt’s upcoming matches against Kenya and Comoros.

The African nation’s FA tweeted a picture of Salah in a protective boot.

He was substituted in Sunday’s win over Manchester City in the Premier League, and iced his ankle on the bench.

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Former Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old won a World Cup, European Championship and a Champions League title during his illustrious career.

Villa currently plays in Japan’s J1 League at Vissel Kobe, having previously played in the USA after leaving Spain.

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Carlisle have sacked manager Steven Pressley.

He’ll leave the club with immediate effect, with the existing coaching staff taking charge of first team matters in the short-term.

Carlisle are currently 19th in League Two – five points clear of relegation.

PARALYMPICS

Jason Smyth is through to this afternoon’s T-13 100-metres final at the World Para Athletics Championships.

The five-time Paralympic champion clocked 10-84 in winning his heat in Dubai this morning.

Smyth will looking to land a fifth world medal later and he’s feeling relaxed

RACING

Pat Smullen says it’s “humbling” to have been honoured at racing’s Cartier awards.

The nine-time former flat jockey champion received the Merit Award last night in recognition of his fundraising efforts for cancer research.

Smullen, who has been battling pancreatic cancer for the last two years, has helped to raise over two-million euro for cancer trials this year.

The Offaly man says he’s continuing to fight the disease

Douvan will make his long awaited return at Clonmel tomorrow afternoon.

The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old will end a 569-day absence to run in the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase.

He’ll be ridden by Paul Townend and will be opposed by Henry de Bromhead’s Monalee.

GOLF

Paul McGinley has ruled himself out of the running to host next year’s Dubai Duty Irish Open.

The former Ryder Cup captain was the host of the event at Lahinch this summer but says he won’t do so again for the next “four or five years”.

Graeme McDowell is now expected to be the host for the tournament at Kilkenny’s Mount Juliet.

NFL

The NFL has organised a private work out for Colin Kaepernick and all 32 teams have been invited.

The quarter-back last played a match in 2016 – when he began kneeling during the national anthem before games as a protest against racial injustice.

He opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract at the end of that season.

Teams have been informed by the league Kaepernick will perform on-field work and be available for interview.