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Monday Afternoon Sports Update: Venue For Naas' All Ireland Semi Final Confirmed.

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Everton reportedly approach Roberto Martinez to replace Rafa Benitez.

GAA

Following their Leinster final win yesterday, Naas hurlers advance to the All-Ireland semi-final.

Naas will play Tooreen of Mayo next Sunday in Ballinsasloe.

That game will throw in in at 1.30pm.

In the O'Byrne Cup, Kildare will play Laois in the semi final on Wednesday at 7.30 in Netwatch Cullen Park.

Kfm will have commentary of the match in association with Hanlon Concrete Robertstown.

The final against Dublin is also fixed for Carlow next Saturday at 3 o’clock

SOCCER

It’s reported that Everton have approached Roberto Martinez regarding their managerial vacancy.

The Premier League club sacked Rafa Benitez yesterday after just 200 days in charge.

Martinez spent three seasons in charge of Everton, before taking on the job of Belgium head coach.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to Arsenal from the Africa Cup of Nations.

The striker didn’t manage to play for Gabon at the tournament having first contracted covid, and was subsequently diagnosed with minor heart lesions

Aubameyang will undergo further examinations at Arsenal, but his condition is not believed to be serious.

Christian Eriksen’s been offered a route back into football by Brentford.

The Danish playmaker hasn’t played since collapsing with a heart issue at Euro 2020.

Eriksen would need to satisfy Premier League officials that he is fit enough to play after having a heart-starting device fitted.

Roberto Lopes should once again start for Cape Verde this afternoon as they aim to seal a place in the last-16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

They face tournament hosts Cameroon from 4.

At the same time, Burkina Faso take on Ethiopia.

Dundalk have signed their third Welsh under-21 international of the close season.

Midfielder Dan Williams has joined on loan from Swansea.

His arrival follows the twin rain on Brentford for goalkeeper Nathan Shepperd, and Joe Adams.

TENNIS

Coco Gauff was the biggest name casualty on day one of the Australian Open.

The 18th seed was beaten in straight sets by China’s Wang Qiang.

The women’s top seed and defending champion remain on course for a fourth round meeting.

Ash Barty took just 54 minutes to send qualifier Lesia Tsurenko packing.

While Naomi Osaka began the defence of her title with a straight sets win over Camili Osorio.

Rafa Nadal’s quest for a record-breaking 21st career Grand Slam began with a straight sets win over Marcus Giron.

The Spaniard will play qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in round 2.

There were also wins today for third seed Alexander Zverev, and Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini

WINTER OLYMPICS

Tickets for next month's Winter Olympics in Beijing won't be sold to the general public, because of Covid concerns.

'Targeted' groups of fans will be able to go, but organisers say they'll have to follow strict rules.

It means they'll effectively become isolated from the rest of society, for the duration of the Games.

International spectators have already been barred.

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