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RUGBY

Despite sitting out training today Niall Scannell is expected to be available for Munster’s Saint Stephens day meeting with Leinster at Thomond park.

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The hooker picked up a niggle against Leicester Tigers last Saturday..

Back row Robin Copeland damaged his ribs playing for Munster A last weekend and is being monitored by the medical department but is expected to train later this week.

Winger Alex Wootton is out for up to 4 months due to a shoulder injury.

TENNIS

There’ll be more prize money on offer at next year’s Australian Open tennis.

As things stand, the near 30-million pound pot will be second only to the US Open – with the singles champions getting two-point-two million pounds.

The biggest increases come for qualifying and first round losers – in what Tennis Australia says is part of an attempt to tackle corruption.

It’s after a report during this year’s tournament alleged concerns over betting patterns among lower-ranked players in the sport.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Jose Aldo claims that Conor McGregor has dodged giving him a re-match.

The Brazilian lost his UFC World featherweight crown to ‘The Notorious’ last year and says his Irish rival refused requests for a second bout.

Aldo was promoted back to featherweight champ after McGregor was stripped of his belt last month – having not defending it since December 2015.

The pair could yet clash at lightweight, where McGregor is the world title holder, with reports that Aldo is considering a move up to the 155-pounds weight class.

SOCCER

Romelu Lukaku’s agent says there’s no guarantees over his long-term future at Everton – despite agreeing a new contract with the Toffees.

He says the deal would see the Belgian striker earn more than 100-thousand pounds a week, is 99-point-nine-percent complete.

But he says in football you can’t look past one transfer window at a time.

Ireland striker Conor Sammon is set to move on loan from Hearts to Dundee United.

The 30-year-old has scored just twice for Hearts since joining from Derby in the summer and will move to Tannadice on an initial one-month emergency loan.

League One strugglers Coventry have appointed Russell Slade as their new manager until the end of the season.

He was sacked by Charlton last month, and takes over with the club second-bottom of the table.

Chelsea coach Steve Holland’s been appointed assistant manager to England boss Gareth Southgate.

It’ll continue a working relationship they’ve had since 2013 with the under-21s and during Southgate’s interim spell in charge of the senior side.

Holland will combine duties with England and Chelsea until the end of the season – when he’ll join the Football Association full-time.

At 6pm this evening in the Killarney Plaza 15 Premier

Killarney Celtic take on Dingle Bay Rovers in Celtic Park All Weather pitch.

Meanwhile at 7pm in the JK Sports 12 Premier

Killarney Celtic play Mastergeeha in Celtic Park Grass Pitch.

This evening in Denny Premier A, St Brendans Park take on Inter Kenmare in Celtic Park Killarney at 7-30

DARTS

Three of the world’s top nine players get their campaigns underway this evening at the William Hill World Darts Championship.

World number 6 James Wade is the highest ranked man in action, as he takes on Belgium’s Ronny Huybrechts at London’s Alexandra Palace.

European Championship finalist Mensur Suljovic and Premier League star Robert Thornton also open their accounts on the penultimate night of first round ties.