Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

France await the winners of tonight’s World Cup semi final between England and Croatia in Moscow.

England have a fully fit squad to choose from, but their opponents admit they are struggling with fatigue.


Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson hopes Luka Modric has a quite night.

The Real Madrid star helped the Spanish giants beat the Merseysiders in the Champions League final 49 days ago.

His impressive form has continued at the World Cup, where Croatia have reached the last four for the first time since 1998.

Henderson says Modric can’t be their only focus

Kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium is at 7.00.

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of France Under 20 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from French club Lorient.

The 19 year old has joined the Gunners on a long term contract for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of 8 million euro.

West Ham have signed Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko.

The forward joins from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

He is the Hammer’s fifth signing of the summer and the second of the week, following Jack Wilshere’s arrival.


CYCLING

B-M-C’s Greg van Avermaet remains in the leader’s yellow jersey for the fifth stage of the Tour de France.

Dan Martin lies 33rd on the general classification after coming through a crash unscathed yesterday.

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic can reach his first Grand Slam semi final in two years today.

The Serb is preparing to take on Kei Nishikori in a Wimbledon quarter final on Centre Court.

Djokovic been struggling with injury since finishing runner up at the U-S Open in 2016.

Roger Federer resumes the defence of his title on Court Number One shortly.

Federer has yet to lose a set at Wimbledon this year, but isn’t taking his South African opponent Kevin Anderson lightly.

Also today, Rafael Nadal meets the fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro.

Ninth seed Milos Raonic takes on John Isner. 

ATHLETICS

Ciara Neville and Gina Akpe-Moses are through to the 100 metres semi-finals at the World Under 20 Athletics Championships in Final.

Both sprinters finished second in their heats.

Neville’s time of 11.54 seconds was her second fastest time over the distance.

RACING

There’s no racing in Ireland today, but they go in the UK at Lingfield, where it’s good to firm and firm in places from 2pm.

At Catterick, good to firm, from 2.10.

On the standard track at Kempton at 5.20pm and on firm ground in Bath from 6.10.