SOCCER

Manchester United’s unbeaten run of thirteen games came to a crashing halt last night.

Oliver Burke capitalised on some shoddy defending to give bottom side Sheffield United a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

United missed the chance to go top, and stay a point behind Manchester City, but with a game more played.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held his hands up after the game.

Everton failed to crack the top four as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City at Goodison Park.

Thomas Tuchel claims he’s already seen the fruits of his labour at Chelsea, even after one game.

His reign in charge of Chelsea began with a goalless draw at home to Wolves.

But the German was happy with what he saw.

Burnley moved nine points clear of the drop zone after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2.

Brighton and Fulham drew a blank at the AMEX Stadium.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will be buoyed by slips from those around them.

The sides are sixth and fifth respectively ahead of tonight’s meeting in North London.

Captain Jordan Henderson is set to return for the champions, and kick off is at 8.

GOLF

Padraig Harrington is 1 under par after a 71 at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell are in the early stages of their rounds.

Lowry is 1 under par through 5 holes and McDowell is 3 over.

The lead is currently shared on 6 under par by Sergio Garcia and Justin Harding.

Meanwhile, the PGA Tour cranks back into top gear with the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Rory McIlroy gets his first round underway there at 6.40 this evening, Irish time.

RUGBY

French authorities have yet to decide on their plans to field a rugby team in the Six Nations Championship.

France are committed to playing Italy on the opening weekend, but not beyond that due to the COVID crisis.

Ireland begin their campaign away to Wales on Sunday week.

The Women’s Six Nations could be permanently decoupled from the men’s edition.

It’s set to be played late in the spring having been delayed on account of the pandemic.

Six Nations chief executive Ben Morel says the move could become a permanent one if it proves successful.

NFL

An American football player has had his contract terminated by the Seattle Seahawks following his arrest for alleged domestic violence at the weekend.

Chad Wheeler’s tweeted an apology, saying he’s ashamed and needs to get help to “never pose a threat to another”.

He added it’s important his girlfriend Alleah “gets the care she needs” and that he’s walking away from the sport.

RACING

The Goffs Thyestes Chase is the feature race at Gowran Park this afternoon.

It’s off at 3.25.

A seven race card there gets underway at 1.15.



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