NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news…
Thankfully, the football is back tomorrow with the first of the semi-finals as hosts Brazil take on Germany in Belo Horizonte at 9pm. Ahead of that game:
- Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez was appointed to take charge of the clash.
- Brazil called on FIFA to scrap the yellow card that will keep captain Thiago Silva out of the encounter.
- Mikey Stafford checked in from Rio, where protests at the cost of the World Cup have been ongoing.
- And Roy Keane gave a typically honest review of England’s performances in Brazil.
- Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald labelled the rule that saw Podge Collins sent off on Saturday ‘a joke’.
- Ireland international Steven Reid joined Premier League new boys Burnley on a free transfer.
- Kerry boss Eamon Fitzmaurice called star forward James O’Donoghue a ‘freak of nature’ after his comeback from a shoulder injury.
- Graeme McDowell admitted to having had two glasses of wine midway through his ultimately successful French Open campaign.
- Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stéfano died at the age of 88.
- Barcelona refused to confirm reports that a €78 million deal has been agreed to sign Luis Suarez.
- Marcel Kittel won the third stage of the Tour de France.
- Manchester United revealed their new home kit, with new sponsor Chevrolet’s logo across the front.
- Ashley Cole jetted off to Rome to be welcomed by Serie A club Roma, and sign for them.
The best thing we shared
Quite probably the strangest reaction to a red card you’re likely to see. Alhaji Kamara was clearly angry with himself after being sent off in the Swedish League.Source: RMcr7Ronaldo ./YouTube
On the record
I’ve always said the France team must be the priority. Reading our current results makes me scream … we have become the Spain of rugby!
Former France head coach Bernard Laporte bemoans les Bleus’ difficulties and points the finger at Philippe Saint-André in the process. We’re just relieved to have Joe Schmidt in charge of Ireland.
The fixture list
- The World Cup returns with the eagerly-anticipated Brazil v Germany clash in Belo Horizonte. Kick-off is at 9pm.
- The Tour de France moves on to home soil for stage four, a 163.5km ride from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille Métropole.
We’ve seen an unusual reaction to a red card already, but here’s a unique goal celebration from the MLS. Dom Dwyer of Sporting Kansas City scored, ran to a photographer, snapped a selfie and promptly got booked by Irish ref Alan Kelly.Source: Sporting Kansas City/YouTube