GAELIC GAMES
County Board Chairman Tim Murphy says with the news yesterday of no further increase in crowd numbers to GAA matches means counties will struggle even more financially.

Speaking on this morning’s Kerry Today he says, counties will soon feel the effects of no bodies through the gates.

Meanwhile,
Sky Sports could use “enhanced” crowd audio when they broadcast G-A-A matches later this year.

The Irish Independent reports that the broadcaster is considering the use of “simulated fan noises” should the Championships be played behind closed doors.

Sky deployed the technology during their coverage of the Premier League following the restart.

SOCCER

The interim deputy CEO of the FAI – Niall Quinn – has defended one of the most contentious reforms that the association will put forward at this month’s EGM.

It’s proposed that the FAI board will have six directors elected from football constituencies and another six independent directors – instead of the present eight and four split.

It is one of the conditions put in place by the government in order for the heavily indebted association to receive an 18 million euro state bailout.

Some members of the FAI National Council have voiced concerns but Quinn believes that the reform will benefit Irish football

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says they’ll be going all out to win the Europa League.

United have a 5-nil lead going into the second leg of their last-16 tie against LASK later.

Despite a long season, Solskjaer says he’ll not be resting any of his players as he looks to lift his first trophy as United manager.

Fulham manager Scott Parker admits they’ve a tough task ahead to stay in next year’s Premier League.

The Cottagers secured promotion with a 2-1 win after extra-time against Brentford in the Championship Play-Off final.

Parker says their immediate goal is to not slip straight back down to the second-tier.

GOLF

Back-to-back winner Brooks Koepka (pron: kep-ka) is relishing the chance to make history at this week’s P-G-A Championship.

The American is aiming to become the first player since the 1950s to win the same major in three successive years.

He’ll play alongside Open champion Shane Lowry and US Open winner Gary Woodland for the first-rounds

American John Catlin and his caddie Nathan Mulrooney have been withdrawn from this week’s English Championship event for breaking coronavirus protocols.

The pair visited a restaurant in Hertfordshire on Tuesday evening outside of the tournament bubble.

As a result the European Tour have taken them out of the competition with immediate effect.

CRICKET

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie says last night’s dramatic win against England is a moment they’ll cherish forever.

His side complete the biggest one-day-international chase ever on English soil, reaching 329 with a ball and seven wickets to spare.

The victory in Southampton also handed Ireland ten-points in the World Cup Super League.

SNOOKER

The second-round gets underway at the World Snooker Championship this afternoon.

Four-time winner John Higgins takes on Kurt Maflin for a place in the last-eight.

This evening there’s a meeting of two former champions, Mark Williams and Stuart Bingham.



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