Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team are ready to seize a ‘great opportunity’ to reach the Champions League Final.

The Reds are 5-2 up heading into the second-leg of their semi-final at Roma this evening.

Liverpool had been 5-nil up in the reverse fixture at Anfield before conceding two late goals but Klopp says they’re still in a strong position to qualify.

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Steven Gerrard has confirmed his interest in taking over as manager of Rangers.

The former Liverpool and England captain, who is currently in charge of the under-18s side at Anfield, has held initial discussions with the Scottish Premiership club.

Gerrard says the talks were ‘positive’ and that they’ll resume on Thursday.

Republic of Ireland manager and former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill feels Gerrard would be taking over Rangers at a low point.

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SNOOKER

England’s Barry Hawkins is the first player through to the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship.

He eased into the last-four with a 13-5 win over Chinese world number three Ding Junhui (pron: jun-hwee) in Sheffield.

It’s neck and neck in the game between Judd Trump and John Higgins.

It’s currently 8-8 after this morning’s session.

Antrim’s Mark Allen will resume 11-5 down against Kyren Wilson this afternoon.

While it’s 4-all between Mark Williams and Ali Carter.

RUGBY

Paddy Jackson is close to signing for Sale Sharks after agreeing a deal with the Aviva Premiership side.

The former Ulster and Ireland out-half is expected to take a major pay cut as he looks to revive his career after having his contract revoked by Ulster and the I-R-F-U last month.

Sale are also reportedly keen on signing Jackson’s former team-mate Stuart Olding.

Both men were acquitted of all charges in a rape trial in Belfast earlier this year.

Iain Henderson looks set to miss Ulster’s Champions Cup qualification play-off against the Ospreys.

The Ireland forward picked up a knee injury in Saturday’s draw against Munster in the PRO-14 – though it’s not believed to be ligament damage.

Henderson is also a major doubt for Ireland’s tour of Australia this summer.

RACING

There’s an eight-race card at Dundalk this evening where the first is off at 5.30.

In the UK, they run on the standard track in Wolverhampton from 1.40.

There’s racing on the flat at Ascot from 2 o’clock where the going is good to soft and good in places.

They’re off at Pontefract at 2.10 – soft, good to soft in places

Brighton starts at 4.25 and Bath is at 5.45 – ground at both courses is is good and good to soft in places.