SOCCER

The final place in next season’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division will be decided tonight.

Drogheda United take a 1-nil first leg lead with them to Ballybofey for the second leg of their playoff with Finn Harps.

Kick-off at Finn Park is at 7.45.

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Granit Xhaka has been left out of Arsenal’s squad for tomorrow’s Premier League game with Wolves.

The club captain apologised last night for his angry reaction towards his own fans during last weekend’s draw with Crystal Palace.

Xhaka said he’d reached “boiling point” due to previous abuse aimed at his wife and daughter.

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Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Rory Delap has been placed in temporary charge of Stoke City.

They sacked Nathan Jones after nine months in charge with the Potters bottom of the Championship.

Bristol City could go second in the Championship table tonight.

The Robins are away to bottom side Barnsley.

BOXING

Katie Taylor has weighed-in a pound inside the limit for tomorrow night’s WBO world super-lightweight contest.

The unified lightweight champion is looking to become a two-weight world champ when she faces Christina Linardatou in Manchester.

Taylor weighed in a pound heavier than her opponent but feels she’s ready for the step up in weight class

RUGBY

Leinster will look to preserve their 100 per cent start to the Pro 14 season when the Dragons visit the RDS tonight.

Meanwhile, Ulster welcome Zebre to Kingspan Stadium.

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Sammy Arnold gets his first start of the season when Munster make the trip to Cardiff Blues tomorrow night.

Head-coach Johann van Graan has made 11 changes from last week’s win over Ospreys with Jack O’Donoghue, Dan Goggin, Calvin Nash and Shane Daly keeping their places.

Prop Keynan Knox starts his first league game for Reds.

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Darragh Leader is back from injury to start at full-back for Connacht at Ospreys.

Tom Farrell’s been rewarded for his two tries from the bench against Cheetahs last week by being brought into the starting 15.

GOLF

Munster Boys Amateur Open Championship 2019
30th October/lst November
CSS R1 = 75 R/O CSS R2 = 73 CSS R3 72

216 D Keating (Seapoint), 79, 65, 72
221 L Abom (Edmondstown), 79, 73, 69; T Higgins (Roscommon), 78, 73, 70
222 S Walker (Roscommon), 81, 73, 68
224 C O’Sullivan (killiney golf club), 83, 73, 68; L O’Neill (Connemara), 79, 73, 72
225 F Hickey (Muskerry), 76, 76, 73
226 E Sullivan (Carton House), 83, 70, 73
227 J Butler (Naas), 81, 73, 73; R Fives (Faithlegg), 81, 71, 75; D Ford (Co. Sligo), 79, 76, 72
230 N O’Callaghan (Greenore), 77, 80, 73
232 E Cassidy (Kinsale), 87, 69, 76; J Berry (Doncaster GC), 81, 78, 73; L Cunningham (Galway Bay), 81, 75, 76
233 C O’Connor (Roscommon), 82, 82, 69; L Mitchell (Knock), 76, 79, 78
235 A Smith (Mullingar), 90, 74, 71
236 A O’Carroll (Powerscourt), 93, 71, 72; B St.John (Portmarnock), 88, 74, 74; D Behan (Naas), 85, 75, 76
237 I Winn (Ballyneety), 88, 74, 75; A King (Faithlegg), 83, 78, 76; S Riordan (Muskerry GC), 83, 76, 78
238 S Doyle (Black Bush), 87, 75, 76; L Grinberg (Rinkven GC ), 86, 78, 74; C Flavin (Youghal), 81, 79, 78
239 J Murphy (Douglas), 90, 73, 76; C Connell (Newlands), 84, 82, 73
240 A Challoner (Galway Bay), 86, 75, 79; R Walsh Jnr (Kinsale), 85, 80, 75
241 K McCarthy (Lee valley), 87, 78, 76; D Connolly (Castle Dargan), 86, 79, 76; P McGrath (Cregmore), 85, 76, 80
242 P Naughton (Limerick), 89, 74, 79; M Deasy (Lee Valley), 87, 76, 79
243 C Feeney (Enniscrone), 84, 80, 79
244 M O’Brien (Elm Park), 84, 80, 80
246 O Reilly (Newlands), 83, 77, 86
247 F Hoare (Roscommon), 87, 78, 82
249 A Dineen (Cork), 86, 79, 84
251 D Muldowney (Carton House), 92, 75, 84
254 T Flanagan (Co. Sligo), 83, 83, 88

NR 160 S Downes (Royal Dublin), 86, 74
RTD 167 R Feerick (Mallow), 83, 84
MC 168 D Marshall (Naas), 93, 75; D O Sullivan (Mallow), 90, 78
MC 169 C Plower (Loughrea), 93, 76
MC 170 E Shipp (Headfort), 96, 74
MC 171 E Prendergast (Claremorris), 86, 85; S Calvert (Ballyneety), 83, 88
MC 172 B Scully (Portarlington), 91, 81
MC 173 E Magill (East Clare), 95, 78; T Abom (Edmondstown), 94, 79
MC 174 N Griffin (Rosslare), 93, 81
MC 176 L Curran (Westmanstown), 94, 82
MC 177 M Duignan (Royal Dublin), 100, 77
MC 181 D McNicholl (Westmanstown), 104, 77; S Carpenter (Forrest Little), 100, 81; G Keogh (Galway), 96, 85
MC 188 E Freeman (Naas), 100, 88
MC 195 J Mitten (Westmanstown), 100, 95
NR 88 P Byrne (Ballybunion)
NR 91 J O’Callaghan (Ballybunion)
RTD 94 R Milne (Faithlegg)
NR 95 S Whelan (Royal Tara)
RTD 96 S Lacey (Newlands)
RTD 106 M O’Donoghue (Mallow)
RTD 0 J Mackin (Dundalk)

An eagle at the last leaves Rory McIlroy just a shot off the lead at the halfway stage of the HSBC Champions event in China.

McIlroy shot a second round 67, much like Matt Fitzpatrick who leads on 11-under par.

Open champion Shane Lowry is level after back-to-back rounds of 72.



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