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Dublin: 11°C Friday 16 April 2021

The Morning Score: Friday

New managers at Liverpool, Bolt on fire and Rory on the march. Here’s everything you need to know this morning.

Competitors warm up before the dressage phase of Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ratoath.
Competitors warm up before the dressage phase of Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ratoath.
Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Every morning brings you the stories you need to know before your first cup of coffee.

1. #REDS Liverpool FC are expected to unveil Brendan Rodgers as their new manager this morning on Merseyside. The Anfield side have agreed personal terms with the Co Antrim native and a compensation package with Swansea City. A press conference is scheduled for 10am.

2. #QUICK Usain Bolt returned to form last night. And how. The Jamaican stormed to the fastest time of the year in winning the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome. Olympic champion Bolt ran 9.76sec, beating the time he set earlier this month in Kingston by six hundredths of a second.

3. #GOLF Rory McIlroy made a great recovery at the Memorial yesterday after an awful start to his round. When he was done making a mess of the 12th hole at Muirfield Village, he had a quadruple-bogey 7 on his card and wondered if this was going to be another short week.

Thanks to the next 15 holes he played Thursday at the Memorial, he felt he was headed in the right direction.

4. #NBA Kevin Durant scored 22 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped San Antonio’s 20-game win streak with a 102-82 triumph last night to trim the Spurs’ lead in their NBA playoff series. The Spurs still lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference final with game four at Oklahoma City tomorrow. The winner will face the Eastern Conference winner, either the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics, in the NBA Finals.

5. #OFF TOUR Paul O’Connell will miss Ireland’s three Test matches in New Zealand due to injury, the IRFU confirmed yesterday afternoon. The influential Munster man picked up a knee injury in the RaboDirect Pro12 game with Ulster but was given time to prove his fitness for the summer tour.

6. #EURO2012 Ireland’s European Championship hopefuls will train again at Montecatini today. Yesterday, Shay Given was put through his faces and said he felt fine. Afterwards Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he was done talking about the Kevin Foley situation. This picture sums up his mood.

England, meanwhile, will head for Ukraine without Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

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