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We'll Leave It There So: 11 changes for Ireland, Rashford makes cut and today's sport

Elsewhere, the GAA/GPA nominees for May’s player of the month have been named,there is Premier League interest in an Irish goalkeeper and Hibs fans are handed life bans.

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Ireland supporter Ronald O'Regan has his head well protected from the Cork sun ahead of tonight's game against Belarus. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

  • Martin O’Neill has made 11 changes to his Ireland side for tonight’s game against Belarus. You can follow the action here (kick-off was 7.45pm)
  • It could take five years before the IMMAA is recognised as the governing body for MMA in Ireland, according to John Kavanagh.
  • Niall McNamee (Offaly), Ronan O’Neill (Tyrone) and Martin Reilly have been nominated for the GAA-GPA Opel player of the month awards for May while Niall McMorrow (Dublin), Derek McNicholas (Westmeath) and John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) are up for the hurling equivalent.
  • Ireland and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is a transfer target of a number of Premier League clubs, according to reports.
  • Dublin’s U21 hurlers have received a boost with the return of senior panellist Cian Boland from injury ahead of their Leinster quarter-final against Wexford tomorrow night.

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France Tennis French Open French Open staff attempt to clear water off the clay courts of Roland Garros. Persistent rain interrupted play again today. Source: Michel Euler

  • Roy Hodgson has included Marcus Rashford in England’s squad for next month’s European Championships in France. Andros Townsend and Danny Drinkwater were dropped from the 26-man provisional squad while Fabian Delph had already been put on standby after suffering an injury in training.
  • Ireland’s Group E opponents Belgium have also finalised their 23-man squad for the tournament.
  • Leeds United have sacked yet another manager after Steve Evans was relieved of his duties just seven months into the job.
  • Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley has been named in Wales’s squad for Euro 2016 just 24 days after fracturing his leg in a Premier League game against Stoke.
  • Some Hibernian fans have been handed life bans over attacks on Rangers players after the Scottish Cup final earlier this month.
  • Sonny Bill Williams is expected to sign a new deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union that would see him contracted until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
  • Borussia Dortmund star and birthday boy Marco Reus failed to make Germany’s 23-man squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France due to concerns about his fitness.
  • Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has left Real Madrid’s Isco and Atletico’s Saul Niguez out of his finalised squad for the Euros.
  • Steph Curry led the Golden State Warriors to a second straight Western Conference NBA title as they completed a remarkable 4-3 series win against Oklahoma City Thunder.

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One-armed surfer Bethany Hamilton sealed third place in the Fiji Women’s Pro overnight after beating some of the world’s best to make the semi-finals. Hamilton, whose left arm was bitten off in a shark attack in 2003, reached the final four with an incredible run.

On the record

I think poisonous would be the word to use with Brolly. Because of the picture he paints of himself in other areas, he probably thinks he can get away with some of the very poisonous remarks he makes, during and after games about managers and players.

Former Armagh manager Paul Grimley takes Joe Brolly to task for comments he made on The Sunday Game about current boss Kieran McGeeney in the wake of their championship loss to Cavan.

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Ben Blake is in Turner’s Cross for tonight’s friendly against Belarus. COYBIG.

The fixture list

  • Ireland take on Belarus at Turner’s Cross, Cork tonight from 7.45pm in their last match before Euro 2016. You can follow the action here.
  • Wexford host Dublin at Innovate Wexford Park tomorrow night in a Leinster U21 hurling championship quarter-final (7.30).
  • Kildare and Louth will square off in the Leinster JFC semi-final at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge at the same time.

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