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The Republic of Ireland begin their Nations League campaign

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland begin their Nations League campaign this afternoon in the heat of Yerevan.

Michael Obafemi could make a first international appearance in three-and-a-half years, as Stephen Kenny’s side take on Armenia.

Kick-off is at 2pm, Irish time.

A brace from Southampton’s Will Smallbone means the Under-21's European Championships remain in their own hands.

Jim Crawford’s side beat Bosnia-Herzegovina by 3-goals to nil last night at Tallaght Stadium.

Montenegro visit the same venue on Monday, before Ireland go to Italy on June 14th.

 

GAELIC GAMES

The rivalry between Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody is back under the microscope this evening.

Galway face Kilkenny once again - this time in the Leinster Hurling final.

Throw-in at Croke Park is at 7pm

Before that, Antrim will look to secure a place in next year’s Leinster Championship.

Should they beat Kerry in the Joe McDonagh Cup final they’ll take the place of relegated Laois next year.

A Kerry win will trigger a playoff with Tipperary for a spot in the Munster round robin.



A couple of big names could fall by the wayside in today’s All Ireland football quarter-finals.

Mickey Harte and Louth go to Páirc Uí Chaoimh looking to topple Cork.

While there’s a heavyweight meeting of Mayo and Monaghan in Castlebar from 4.00

Elsewhere, Clare face Meath in Ennis.


New York play their first inter-county match on Irish soil since 2001 this afternoon.

They’re at O’Connor Park for a Tailteann Cup quarter-final with Offaly.

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The Glen Dimplex All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship gets underway this afternoon.

Last year’s beaten finalists Cork are in Blakestown to play Dublin from 5.00

And there’s a 2pm throw-in at Sixmilebridge where Clare face Wexford.

RUGBY

Munster lost 36-points to 17 to Ulster in the quarter-finals of the United Rugby Championship at Kingspan Stadium last night.

After last week’s Heineken Champions Cup disappointment, Leinster return to action today at the RDS where they face Glasgow Warriors.

One of today’s other quarter-finals is an all-South African affair with Vodacom Bulls playing Cell C Sharks.

The other sees DHL Stormers take on Edinburgh.


TENNIS

Coco Gauff is aiming to become the youngest Grand Slam winner in 18-years this afternoon.

The 18-year old American - also seeded 18 - takes on 2020 champion Iga Swiatek in the final of the French Open.

Play is due to get underway at Roland-Garros at 2pm.


RACING

Having claimed a 41st Classic win yesterday, Aidan O’Brien is chasing a ninth win in the Epsom Derby this afternoon.

He has three entries in the race, with 9-to-2 shot Stone Age to provide the greatest threat to favourite, Desert Crown.


Here at home, the three-day Summer Festival at Listowel gets underway with an eight-race card commencing at 1.05.

And there are seven jump races at Tramore, with the first going to post at 12.45

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