ALL YOU NEED to know from the world of sport while you wait for that first cup of coffee to cool down.
1. #SAM MAGUIRE is just 70 minutes away for Donegal after Jim McGuinness’ side felled Cork in yesterday’s thrilling semi-final at Croke Park.
The men from the north-west will contest their first All Ireland final for 20 years on September 24. They can kick back and relax for seven days while awaiting the outcome of the second semi-final between reigning champions Dublin and perennial dark horses, Mayo.
2. #YOUNG ROYALS Substitute Paddy Kennelly”s injury time score ensured Meath got the timing just – just – right in their MFC semi-final meeting with Mayo, the curtain-raiser to Donegal v Cork.
3. #DECISION DAY Jose Maria Olazabal will today reveal his two picks for this year’s Ryder Cup defence in Medinah. Padraig Harrington has little or no chance to make a late break into the glint of Ollie’s eye. Last night, Martin Kaymer sealed his place in the top 10 automatic picks, displacing Nicolas Colsaerts. The Belgian is favourite to be Olazabal’s first selection when the announcement takes place after 11am this morning.
4. #LA VUELTA Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is still the overall leader in Spain’s premier cycling race after stage nine. You can read how the stage all unfolded here, but Phillipe Gilbert (BMC) crossed the finish line just ahead of Rodriguez whose result see him extend his lead to 53 seconds over Chris Froome.
5.#PREMIER LEAGUE Champions Manchester City were held to a draw away to Liverpool yesterday when Brendan Rodgers’ side twice took the lead at Anfield only to cough up straightforward equalisers.
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal were also held to an away draw. The Gunners were left frustrated by Stoke, a result which has left Wenger suggesting he will strengthen his squad before the transfer window shuts this Friday… Michael Owen’s available.