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Tuesday Morning: James McCartan Steps Down As Down Men's Senior Football Manager; Meath Set To Ratify Colm O'Rourke As Manager

File image: Colm O'Rourke via GAA Official website

Second day of the Galway racing festival

GAELIC GAMES

James McCartan has stepped down as manager of the Down senior footballers.

The two-time All-Ireland-winning player took charge for the second time ahead of the 2022 season.

But Down suffered relegation to Division Three, and made early exits in the Ulster Championship and the Tailteann Cup.

In his previous stint at the helm, McCartan guided his native county to the All-Ireland final of 2010.

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The Meath County Board is set to officially confirm the appointment of Colm O'Rourke as the county's new senior football manager tonight.

The Skyrne native - who won two All-Irelands as a player with the Royals - is poised to take charge of an inter-county side for the first time.

O'Rourke has been involved at club level in Meath, guiding Simonstown to two championship titles.

SOCCER

Shamrock Rovers face an uphill task to extend their involvement in Champions League qualifying tonight.

They trail Bulgaria's Ludogorets 3-0 heading into the second leg of their second round qualifier at Tallaght Stadium.

Kick off is at 8pm.

The Hoops will go into Europa League qualifying if they fail to advance.

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England meet Sweden tonight for a place in the final of Women’s Euro 2022.

Bramall Lane hosts the first of this week’s semi-finals, with kick-off at 8pm.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is set for talks with Manchester United this week ahead of the new season.

The Portuguese has expressed a desire to leave Old Trafford - but new manager Erik ten Hag insists they want to retain the 37-year-old's services.

Ronaldo didn't feature in United's pre-season tour to Australia and Thailand due to 'family reasons'.

GOLF

Sergio Garcia says he’ll hold off on resigning from the DP World Tour to remain eligible for the Ryder Cup.

The Spaniard was among the first batch of golfers to sign up for the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series, and looked poised to resign his DP membership.

However, Garcia now says he’ll hold off on resigning in the hope he can still represent Team Europe in Rome.

RACING

The Mile Handicap is the feature on day two of the Galway Festival.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Mosala is likely to go off as favourite, with the race off at 6.40pm.

Action at Ballybrit gets underway at 5.10pm.

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