SOCCER

Liverpool say they will utilise two squads after learning of the date of their Carabao Cup quarter final with Aston Villa.

The EFL have confirmed the tie will take place on December 17th, the day before Liverpool are to play a Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar.

It’s likely they will field a team of youngsters against Villa, with their senior squad to fly out to the gulf state.

Liverpool say alternative dates were discussed but none were suitable.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side are in Champions League action tonight, welcoming Group E’s bottom side Genk to Anfield.

Elsewhere in that group Napoli face Salzburg.

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Chelsea will move top of Group H if they complete back-to-back wins over last season’s semi-finalists Ajax at Stamford Bridge.

That group’s other game sees Valencia face Lille.

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Everton say Andre Gomes has been discharged from hospital following surgery.

The midfielder suffered a fracture dislocation in his right ankle during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Goodison Park.

The Merseyside club say the procedure went “extremely well” and the 26-year old will continue his rehab with the Everton medical team.

RUGBY

Munster have confirmed they are in advanced discussions to sign a pair of Springbok World Cup-winners.

Centre Damian de Allende and giant lock R-G Snyman are both poised to join the province in 2020.

However, Munster head coach Johann van Graan has insisted no contracts have been signed at this juncture.

Both De Allende and Snyman played a part in Saturday’s World Cup final victory over England in Yokohama.

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Saracens chairman Nigel Wray says the punishment they’ve received from the English Premiership is “absolutely devastating”.

They’ve been deducted 35 points and fined over 5-million pounds for breaching the salary cap over the past three seasons.

The champions have called the decision “heavy-handed” and say they will appeal against it.

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Three senior Connacht players have signed new deals with the province.

Tiernan O’Halloran, Sean O’Brien and Tom Farrell have all agreed contract extensions until the summer of 2022.

Connacht have also announced the installation of temporary terracing for Friday’s Pro 14 meeting with Leinster at the Sportsground.

GAELIC GAMES

Frank McGlynn says it was “an absolute honour” to wear the Donegal jersey for 14-years.

The 2012 All Ireland-winner has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

McGlynn won an All Star in 2012 and was also nominated for player of the year.

The 32-year old thanked Declan Bonner and wished the current Donegal squad the best for 2020.



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