1. #PARALYMPICS 2012 The eyes of the sporting world will be on London again this evening when the opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games takes place.
An estimated 2.5 million tickets have been sold for the Games with 166 nations due to compete in over 500 events. Road and track cyclist Cathal Miller will carry the Irish flag into the Olympic Stadium tonight.
2. #PREMIER COUNTY Tipperary’s senior hurlers could be on the hunt for a new manager in the near future. Writing in this morning’s Irish Independent, Jackie Cahill reports that Declan Ryan is expected to stand down as Premier boss later this week.
Ryan’s two-year term came to an end following the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kilkenny and it is understood that he has not sought a new contract.
3. #LIMERICK GAA Limerick’s hurlers have no such problems though. The Treaty men confirmed last night that John Allen will remain on as the county’s senior manager for the 2013 season.
4. #US OPEN There were few surprises on day two of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both moved through to the second round of the men’s singles while in the women’s draw, there were wins for Serena Williams, Wimbeldon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska and former world number one Ana Ivanovic.
5. #VUELTA Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez maintained his advantage in the race for the red jersey on yesterday’s 10th stage of the Vuelta á Espana. The stage ended in bunch sprint won by John Degenkolb, his fourth win of this year’s race.
6. #RUMOUR MILL Theo Walcott looks set to follow Robin van Persie out the door of the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window closes on Friday evening. Talks between the winger and Arsenal over a new contract have broken down, according to reports, with Liverpool and Manchester City both said to be interested in the England international.