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Wednesday AM Sport: Sexton To Be Named Ireland Captain; Ross To Meet FAI Creditors, BOI, Today.

: 01/15/2020 - 08:35

Rugby

Johnny Sexton is set to be named Irish rugby captain later today.

Coach Andy Farrell is to announce his Six Nations squad, with Sexton likely to take the armband following Rory Best's retirement.

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Minister of State for Sport Brendan Griffin has said an IRFU contribution towards the redevelopment of Connacht's Sportsground would be welcome.

The State are to provide €20m in funding for the Galway venue.

Griffin has said sporting bodies should put their hands in their pockets.

Soccer

The Government are to meet the FAI's creditors, Bank of Ireland today, as they look to find a solution to the Association's financial plight.

The FAI have debts of €62m and have requested €18m to fund their current liabilities.

UEFA were in Dublin yesterday and their meeting with Sports Minister Shane Ross was described as 'constructive'.

Ross was be asked if there would be job losses in the FAI as a result of any solution.

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Tottenham Hotspur were given a fright late on in their FA Cup third round replay with Middlesbrough last night.

Jose Mourinho's side were 2-1 winners to set up a trip to Southampton, but were made sweat by a late George Saville goal.

Again there was no Troy Parrott in the Spurs squad.

Liverpool will travel to Shrewsbury in round 4 after the League One side produced a late goal to beat Bristol City.

Brian Barry Murphy's Rochdale fell to a 4-1 defeat at Newcastle.

And there were also wins for Coventry and Reading.

Tonight, Manchester United host Wolves in their third round replay at Old Trafford, with Carlisle United to meet Cardiff City.

Both games kick off at 7.45pm.

Cricket

After suffering a whitewashing in their one-day series, Ireland will hope for better when they play the first of three T-20's with the West Indies later.

Play is due to get underway in Grenada at 5pm, Irish time.

Racing

Monday's re-arranged card at Punchestown goes ahead this afternoon.

The first of seven-races is off at 12.30pm.

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