O’Neill Name 39 man Squad for Wales Game & Kfm Will Mark Your Cheltenham Card Daily
Martin O'Neill risks re-igniting a selection row with Everton manager Ronald Koeman after he named injured midfielder James McCarthy in his provisional squad to face Wales on 24 March.
The midfielder missed his side’s 3-0 victory over WBA at the weekend.
There are first senior call-ups for Brentford defender John Egan, son of former Kerry football great John, and Reading midfielder Liam Kelly, while Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot returns to the squad for the first time in a year since being injured against Slovakia.
Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan are also included in the squad after impressing at Preston North End, following their move from Dundalk.
Manchester United go into tonight's FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea with no recognised striker available.
Top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, while Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are all sidelined.
There's an early top-of-the-table clash in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division with Derry City home to Dundalk.
An injury time equaliser from Carlow put a huge dent in Kildare's promotion chances from Division 2A of the Allianz National Hurling league, as the two sides drew 2-17 to 1-20 in St Conleth's Park yesterday afternoon.
Match analysis with Pat Costello and Fiachra O'Muineachain and full interviews with manager Joe Quaid and players David Reidy and Paul Divilly in this evening’s Kildare Scoreboard from 6.20pm
The two top teams in Division 2A will play off in the final, for a chance to play in Division 1B next season.
It is still mathematically possible for Kildare to qualify for the final. Antrim, on top with 7pts play Westmeath. Carlow (2nd on 6pts) play Armagh while Kildare (3rd on 5pts) play London in Clane at 1pm on March 26th.
The county minor Hurling team got off to a winning start in the Leinster League, defeating Offaly 2-13 to 0-13
The Kildare senior camogie team beat Antrim by 0-16 to 0-9 in Division 2 of the Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League.
On Saturday in Hawkfield, the Minor camogie team beat Derry 0-17 to 0-3 in the All Ireland Minor B Championship.
The Ladies U16 footballers opened their Leinster championship with a win over Westmeath by 1-19 to 1-5
Disappointment for the Kildare U14 ladies football team on Saturday though as they lost 11-12 to 1-16 to Dublin in the Leinster Championship.
The weekend’s club results:
Aldridge Cup Group A
St. Laurences 2-12 Athy 1-6
Allenwood 1-12 Eadestown 2-8
Aldridge Cup Group B Carbury 1-15 Naas 0-11
Aldridge Cup Group C Celbridge 0-12 Johnstownbridge 0-9
Aldridge Cup Group D
Moorefield 0-14 Sarsfields 0-8
Castledermot 2-10 Leixlip 1-11
Dowling Cup Group A Rheban 4-13 Cappagh 4-4
Keogh Cup Group B Sallins 1-12 Ballyteague 0-6
Keogh Cup Group C Rathanagan 2-13 Kill 0-8
Keogh Cup Group D Kilcullen 3-11 Suncroft 2-7
Senior A Cup Group A Sarsfields 2-8 Moorefield 2-6
Tomorrow at 8pm: Aldridge Cup Semi Final
Venue: Celbridge, Celbridge V St Laurence's
Wed 8pm, Aldridge Cup Semi Final Venue: Moorefield, Moorefield V Carbury
Keogh Cup Semi Finals 8pm
Hawkfield Pitch 1, Rathangan V Raheens
Hawkfield Pitch 3, Monasterevan V Sallins
French rugby giants Racing 92 and Stade Francais are to merge in one club from next season.
The two Parisian clubs boast strong history, tradition and huge resources,.
French rugby is expected to rubber-stamp the move
In AIL Rugby Naas continued their push for promotion from division 1B with victory over Shannon, 21 -14.
In division 2B MU Barnhall lost against Armagh 22-18.
In Basketball’s Women’s Superleague, 2nd placed Leixlip’s Courtyard Liffey Celtics beat Meteors 82-30 yesterday afternoon, while Portlaoise Panthers had nine points to spare over NUIG Mystics in Galway.
Yanworth heads a 12-strong field declared for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham tomorrow.
The seven-year-old is one of three runners for leading owner JP McManus
Douvan will face nine rivals in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.
The brilliant seven-year-old is unbeaten in 13 starts since joining Willie Mullins and is nine from nine over fences.
He has won at the last two Festivals in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Arkle Trophy and is a red-hot favourite to complete the hat-trick.
***From tomorrow morning at 10.45 on the Kildare Today programme, Kfm will preview each day’s Cheltenham card with bookmaker Daragh Fitzpatrick, while each afternoon, Paul Power will preview and review every race, in association with Boylesports.
Reminder: to join Paul Power for Kildare Scoreboard this evening from 6.20pm: results, reports and interviews of local GAA, Camogie, rugby, Superleague Basketball and more.