SOCCER

The new season in England has officially gotten underway with the Community Shield taking place at Wembley Stadium.

Premier League champions Liverpool still trail Arsenal 1-nil with half-an-hour of normal time left to play.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the goal for the Londoners in the 12th minute.

Victory here for Mikel Arteta’s side would secure their second piece of silverware this month after winning the FA Cup four weeks ago.

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Earlier on, Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-nil in the Women’s Community Shield which was the curtain raiser.

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Fans returned to an English top flight stadium for the first times since March earlier today.

Two-and-a-half-thousand spectators attended Brighton’s friendly against Chelsea at the Amex.

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Rangers can open up a three point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership this evening, at least until tomorrow.

Steven Gerrard’s side are away to Hamilton where they lead 1-nil after 20 minutes of play.

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Here at home, there’s two games taking place this evening in the second-round of the F-A-I Cup.

It’s nil-all between Drogheda and Derry City approaching half-time.

At a-quarter-to-8, Bray welcome Finn Harps to the Carlisle Grounds.

RUGBY

There’s more Guinness PRO14 rugby to look forward to this evening.

Leinster and Ulster meet at an empty Aviva Stadium.

Leo Cullen’s side will be looking to maintain their 100% record this season while the northern province will hope to bounce back from defeat to Connacht last weekend.

Both teams are already assured of places in the last-four.

Kick-off at Lansdowne Road is at 25-to-8.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy is in a tie for the lead as he prepares for his third round of the BMW Championship in Chicago.

He’ll tee off just before 7pm Irish time from 1-under-par alongside American Patrick Cantlay.

CYCLING

Ireland’s Sam Bennett finished fourth in the opening stage of the Tour de France today.

The 107th staging of the event got underway this afternoon in Nice with a 170-kilometre ride around the city.

F1

Lewis Hamilton will start on pole position for tomorrow’s Belgian F1 Grand Prix.

The 35-year-old finished ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified third, with Renaults Daniel Ricciardo alongside him on the second row of the grid.



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