RTÉ Sport sport headlines http://www.rte.ie/sport Latest Irish and international news supplied by RTE.ie Copyright © RTÉ RTÉ Sport sport headlines http://www.rte.ie/images/logo_rss_goog.gif http://www.rte.ie/sport Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:44:08 +0100 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:44:08 +0100 Sport News Unowhatimeanharry wins thrilling Stayers Hurdle Unowhatimeanharry just held off Nichols Canyon in a thrilling finish to the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:03:51 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870908-unowhatimeanharry/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870908-unowhatimeanharry/ Dunne to target lofty goals in new role with IABA Bernard Dunne's appointment as high performance director for Irish boxing has been confirmed by the Irish Athletic Boxing Association. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:44:08 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/boxing/2017/0427/870746-bernard-dunne-set-big-target-in-new-role-with-iaba/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/boxing/2017/0427/870746-bernard-dunne-set-big-target-in-new-role-with-iaba/ Lenihan: Erasmus stay key to Munster progress Donal Lenhian believes Rassie Erasmus' decision to stay with Munster is a significant boost for the province and expects the South African to put more of his stamp on the team next season. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:30:00 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870928-rassie-erasmus/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870928-rassie-erasmus/ Great Field ploughs home to take Ryanair Novice Chase Great Field provided Willie Mullins with a valuable Grade One prize and in the process gave jockey Jody McGarvey this biggest success of his career in the Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:07:19 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870924-great-field/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870924-great-field/ Preston step up interest in Cork City striker Maguire Preston North End manager Simon Grayson says he is keeping a close eye on Cork City's Seán Maguire and hopes that the Irish presence at Deepdale could help push a deal through for the in-form striker. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:43:34 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0427/870830-preston-grayson/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0427/870830-preston-grayson/ Cricket Ireland confident of Test status admission Cricket Ireland say they are optimistic of achieving Test status in June after the International Cricket Council announced a new process for associate nations wishing to become full members. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:10:00 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/cricket/2017/0427/870893-crick/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/cricket/2017/0427/870893-crick/ In-form Harrington doubles up at Punchestown Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power teamed up for more success at the Punchestown Festival, winning the first two races on Thursday's card with Bobabout and Don't Touch It for a 53-1 double. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:44:47 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870850-punchestown/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870850-punchestown/ Aki ruled out of Champions Cup play-off with 3 game ban Connacht have been dealt a blow ahead of their Champions Cup play-off semi-final with the news that Bundee Aki has been handed a three-game ban for remarks made to referee Ian Davies. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:31:56 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870875-bundee-aki-ban/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870875-bundee-aki-ban/ Ding enjoys early lead over defending champion Selby Defending champion Mark Selby was left with plenty to think about overnight following an enthralling first session of his Betfred World Championship semi-final with Ding Junhui. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:27:56 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/snooker/2017/0427/870894-selby-ding/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/snooker/2017/0427/870894-selby-ding/ Mullins rules in-foal Annie Power out of Punchestown Annie Power may well have run her last race after she was not declared for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on Saturday. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:33:20 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870773-mullins-rules-out-punchestown-trip-for-annie-power/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870773-mullins-rules-out-punchestown-trip-for-annie-power/ Maria Sharapova continues winning ways in Stuttgart Maria Sharapova recorded the second victory of her comeback to reach the quarter-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:37:35 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2017/0427/870899-maria-sharapova-continues-winning-ways-in-stuttgart/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2017/0427/870899-maria-sharapova-continues-winning-ways-in-stuttgart/ O'Shea braced for toughest Sunderland challenge to date John O'Shea admits comeback kings Sunderland have slipped into the deepest hole yet as the prospect of another great escape recedes. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:12:30 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0427/870861-john-oshea/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0427/870861-john-oshea/ Pro12 team news: Molony to skipper Leinster Ross Molony will captain Leinster for the first time in a competitive game for the Pro12 game with Glasgow at the RDS on Friday, kick-off 7.35pm. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:21:06 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870762-pro12-team-news-molony-to-skipper-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870762-pro12-team-news-molony-to-skipper-leinster/ Walsh to partner Karalee in Mares Champion Hurdle Willie Mullins will send four runners into battle with Apple's Jade in Saturday's Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown, with Ruby Walsh opting to ride the supplemented Karalee. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:55:57 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870791-punchestown/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2017/0427/870791-punchestown/ 'Cheater' Sharapova should stay banned, says Bouchard Eugenie Bouchard says "cheater" Maria Sharapova should not have been allowed to return to tennis after a doping ban. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:14:02 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2017/0427/870683-cheater-sharapova-should-stay-banned-says-bouchard/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2017/0427/870683-cheater-sharapova-should-stay-banned-says-bouchard/ Ulster quartet pen contract extensions Back row forward Clive Ross, lock Alan O'Connor, and scrum-half Dave Shanahan have all signed contract extensions that will keep them at Ulster until the summer of 2019, while hooker John Andrew has agreed terms to stay with the province until 2020. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:32:17 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870803-ulster-quartet-pen-contract-extensions/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870803-ulster-quartet-pen-contract-extensions/ Wenger defends Sanchez's throw-in theatrics Arsene Wenger defended Alexis Sanchez after an incident late on in Arsenal's narrow win over Leicester on Wednesday night. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:48:06 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0427/870704-wenger-defends-sanchezs-throw-in-theatrics/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0427/870704-wenger-defends-sanchezs-throw-in-theatrics/ Alexander Levy hits 63 to lead the way in China France's Alexander Levy made the ideal start in his bid for a second Volvo China Open title with a brilliant opening 63 in Beijing. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:30:29 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2017/0427/870766-alexander-levy/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2017/0427/870766-alexander-levy/ Flynn: Dublin can't afford to give top teams head start Paul Flynn admits that Dublin can't always rely on their trademark strong finish to get them over the line in the wake of their Allianz Football League final defeat to Kerry. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:25:29 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2017/0426/870546-paul-flynn/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2017/0426/870546-paul-flynn/ Keane enjoying role in stands after Ireland exit Robbie Keane is still enjoying the Republic of Ireland's quest for major tournaments despite now taking his place in the stands instead of the pitch. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:30:01 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0426/870542-keane-enjoying-role-in-stands-after-ireland-exit/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0426/870542-keane-enjoying-role-in-stands-after-ireland-exit/