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OTB Brief | Barca underdogs, RB Leipzig, Eric Donovan's big night

Welcome to The OTB Brief; everything you need to know about sport, every morning - we have all th...

OTB Brief | Barca underdogs, R...

OTB Brief | Barca underdogs, RB Leipzig, Eric Donovan's big night

Welcome to The OTB Brief; everything you need to know about sport, every morning - we have all the big sporting news for you this morning.


A deflected shot from American midfielder Tyler Adams earned RB Leipzig a place in the Champions League semi-finals last night.

The Bundesliga side beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Lisbon.

10 March 2020, Saxony, Leipzig: Football: Champions League, round of 16, RB Leipzig - Tottenham Hotspur in the Red Bull Arena. Fans of RB Leipzig support their team on the stands. Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB

Adams' goal came just two minutes from time, and Leipzig will play Paris Saint Germain in the last four on Tuesday.

Perhaps the most high-profile quarter-final takes place tonight, with Bayern Munich taking on Barcelona.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, center, controls the ball by Osasuna's Pervis Estupinan, center left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Kick-off in the Portuguese capital is at 8:00pm.

Dundalk and Waterford meet for the second time this week - this time in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division. Kick-off at Oriel Park is at 5.45pm.

Buoyed by their Cup success in midweek, Cork City welcome Sligo Rovers to Turner's Cross from 7.45pm.

First Division leaders Cabinteely entertain Cobh Ramblers this evening.

Athlone Town host Drogheda United, Galway United face Longford Town, and Bray Wanderers play UCD.


A Munster rugby academy player has tested positive for COVID-19.

The province canceled training yesterday, with the senior squad to undergo a further round of testing on Monday.

Munster are set to resume competitive action against Leinster in the PRO 14 at Lansdowne Road tomorrow week.


Some fans will be allowed to attend this weekend's World Snooker Championship final.

The UK government's slate of trial events - which was suspended earlier this month - can resume this weekend.

Up to 300 fans may be allowed inside the Crucible.

Both semi-finals will play out today behind closed doors.

Mark Selby takes a 9-7 lead over Ronnie O'Sullivan into this morning's session.

Kyren Wilson will resume 13-11 up on Anthony McGill this afternoon.


Eric Donovan has the biggest fight of his career tonight.

The Kildare native faces Zelfa Barrett for the vacant IBF intercontinental super-featherweight title.

The fight is part of Matchroom's Fight Camp series, and tonight's card is headlined by the middleweight clash of Felix Cash and Jason Welborn.


Shane Lowry is six shots off the lead after the opening round of the Wyndham Championship on the US PGA Tour in North Carolina.

Last year's Open champion opened with a 2 under par 68.

File photo dated 21-07-2019 of Republic Of Ireland's Shane Lowry celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Seamus Power is also 2 under, with Graeme McDowell 3 over.

There's a three-way tie at the top, with Harold Varner, Tom Hoge and Roger Sloan all on 8-under.

Thomas Pieters leads the Celtic Classic on the European Tour in Wales.

He is 7 under par.

Jonathan Caldwell is the top Irish player on 3 under.

Cormac Sharvin is level par, Gavin Moynihan is 3 over and Paul McGinley is plus 4.


There's an eight-race card at the Curragh this afternoon with the first off at 1:00pm.

At Tramore, a seven-race card gets underway at 4:45pm.

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