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Madrid Derby Champions League Semi Final; Sean O’Brien Out of Leinster’s Champions Cup Semi Final & Kildare Minor Team vs Carlow Named.

: 04/21/2017 - 12:40

The draw for the Champions league semi finals is Real Madrid vs Athletico Madrid and Monaco vs Juventus.

This will be the fourth successive season the rivals have met in the competition.

Real won both the 2014 and 2016 finals against their foes from across Madrid.

Monaco and Juventus meet in the other semi-final.

The semi-final first legs will be played on May 2 and 3, with Real Madrid and Monaco starting at home in their respective ties.

The return fixtures will be played the following week.

Atletico have finished runners-up in the competition on three occasions, whereas Real's victory last year was their 11th in the competition.

The final will be Cardiff's Principality Stadium on June 3rd

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Manchester Utd have drawn Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi final.  Ajax play Lyon in the other semi final.

First legs on May 4th.

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Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44.

He had a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training ground yesterday - where he worked as the club's under-23s coach.

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In the SSE Airtricity league Premier division, leaders Cork City go to St Pats , second placed Dundalk are home to Bohemians.

Bray host Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps play Drogheda, Limerick host bottom side Galway.

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Sean O'Brien is out of Leinster's Champions Cup semi final clash with Clermont in Lyon on Sunday because of tightness in his hamstring.

Athy’s Joey Carberry is at full back for his 20th Leinster cap with Suncroft’s Fergus Mc Fadden winning his 150th cap and Isa Nacewa on the wings.

In the centre Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose renew their partnership with Luke McGrath and Johnny Sexton in the half backs.

The front row is Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss and Tadhg Furlong.

The second row Devin Toner and Hayden Triggs.

Finally in the back row Rhys Ruddock comes in at blind side flanker, with Dan Leavy moving across to the open side and Jack Conan continuing at number eight.

The back row is Rhys Ruddock on the blindisde , Dan Leavy at openside and Jack Conan at no. 8.

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Conor Murray remains out injured for Munster ahead of their semi final with Saracens at the Aviva.

Duncan Williams is at scrum half while Tyler Bleyendaal returns at out half,

CJ Stander starts at number 8, with Peter O'Mahony captaining the side from the blindside.

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Tipperary's Jason Forde has been hit with a proposed two-match ban after clashing with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald during last Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League semi-final.

Tipp are not accepting the proposed ban will request a date with the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) to appeal.

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The Kildare minor football team to play Carlow tomorrow at 1pm has been named.

Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship

Round 1

Venue: Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow

 

1

Aaron O’Neill

Carbury

2

Daniel Reilly

Clane

3

Mark Barrett

Ballymore Eustace

4

Conor Murphy

Sarsfields

5

Jack Travers

Leixlip

6

Ben Carroll

Maynooth

7

Daragh Ryan

Sarsfields

8

David Kelly

Carbury

9

Cian McQuillian

Sarsfields

10

Findlay Nairn

Leixlip

11

Niall O’Sullivan

Maynooth

12

Brian McDonnell

Sarsfields

13

Darragh Kirwan

Naas

14

Shane O’Sullivan

Clane

15

Jack Barrett

Leixlip

 

Kfm will have live updates with Pat Costello.

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Results from last nights Senior Hurling League.

Senior Hurling League Div. 2

St. Laurences 2-12  Sarsfields 1-13

Kilcock 2-11 St. Columba 1-5

Naas 1-20  Ardclough 0-14

Div. 3

Eire Og Corra Choill 1-18  Clane 1-9

Sallins 1-19  Kill 1-15

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Wicklow’s Paul Dunne is 10 off the lead on 2 under after a second round 72 at the Shenzen Open in China.

Bernd Wiesberger leads by 4 on 12 under.

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Graeme Mc Dowell is just 2 off the lead on 4 under after round one of the Valero Texas Open.

Branden Grace leads by one on 6 under.

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The World Snooker championship continues in Sheffield.

At 2.30 Shaun Murphy resumes 6-2 down to Ronnie O'Sullivan while Mark Allen plays John Higgins.

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Racing Manager at Punchestown, Richie Galway. is delighted with the condition of the track in the lead up to the Irish National Hunt Racing Festival.

He says they will continue to water the ground should should it continue to dry out to leave it on the easy side of good.

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Reminder: Join Ger McNally for the Weekend Preview this evening from 6.25 looking ahead to all the weekend action.

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