Wednesday Morning Sports Update

GOLF

Tiger Woods will be back in action at the Ryder Cup later this month.

The 14-time major winner has been chosen as one of U-S captain Jim Furyk’s wildcard picks.


Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau have also been selected.

It will be Woods first appearance at the tournament in six years.

He is happy to relinquish his role as vice captain.

European captain Thomas Bjorn names his four picks today.

Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson are being heavily tipped to join the team.

It could mean players like Eddie Pepperell and Rafa Cabrera-Bello will miss out.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal has just beaten Dominic Thiem in an epic U-S Open Men’s Singles quarter final in New York.

The 5-set match lasted nearly five hours.

Serena Williams is through to the Women’s semi-finals following a straight setS win over eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.

She will now play Anastasija Sevastova, the Latvian 19th seed who has knocked defending champion Sloane Stephens out of the tournament.

Novak Djokovic is aiming to make an eleventh U-S Open semi-final tonight.

He faces Roger Federer’s conqueror John Millman in tonight’s quarter finals.

Before that, seventh seed Marin Cilic takes on Kei Nishikori.

SOCCER

Declan Rice could be back in the Republic of Ireland squad next month.

The West Ham defender has been considering his future following renewed interest from England.

The 19 year old will sit out tomorrow’s Nations League match against Wales.

Reports now claim he is seriously considering returning to the Boys in Green for next month’s crucial games against Denmark and Wales in Dublin.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph says Rice would be welcomed back with open arms.

The Middlesbrough net minder is looking forward to taking on the likes of Gareth Bale tomorrow.

A highly unusual Denmark team plays Slovakia in an international friendly tonight.

The regular squad are refusing to play due to a dispute over commercial rights.

It means the Danes will field a squad that includes ‘5 a side’ indoor footballers.

The same players could line out for Sunday’s Nations League match against Wales if the dispute stretches on.

RACING

There’s an eight-race card at Gowran Park this afternoon, with the first off at 4.05. The going on the County Kilkenny track is Good.

In the UK, they run at:

Lingfield on the standard track from 1.40

Bath where it’s firm at 2pm

Southwell, good at 2.20

Wolverhampton, on the standard track from 5.50.