Here’s the latest from today’s sporting action…
France’s Six Nations title defence is off to a good start, but Italy putting up a fight in the final game of the opening weekend.
It’s 14-19 in Les Blues’ favour at half-time at the Stadio Olimpico.
Poor mistakes from the Italians allowed the French to take an early lead, but a try from Ange Capuozzo in the 31st minute helped get them back on track before a penalty just before the half-time whistle cut the deficit to five points.
A bonus-point win for France would see them go level at the top of the table with Ireland after their 34-10 win over Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
In the Premier League, Nottingham Forest remain 1-0 up against Leeds in the final minutes of the day’s early game. Brennan Johnson supplied the goal early in the first half.
After Arsenal slipped up on Saturday, Manchester City have the opportunity to narrow the gap at the top of the table to two points, although the Gunners will have one game in hand.
Pep Guardiola’s side go to Tottenham in the main game of the day at 4.30pm.
In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic beat St Johnstone 4-1 to go nine points clear of Rangers at the top of the table.
An own-goal for Andrew Considine started Celtic off, with Kyogo Furuhashi, Aaron Mooy and David Turnbull adding to the Hoops’ tally. Drey Wright supplied the homeside’s only goal in the 25th minute.
In Division One of the National Football League, Kerry beat Monaghan 3-16 to 0-14 at Fitzgerald Stadium, while Galway were narrowly defeated by Roscommon Pearse Stadium on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-9.
Also in the top division, Tyrone took a big win over Donegal at Healy Park, ending 0-16 to 0-8, while Armagh lead Mayo 0-6 to 0-4 at the Athletics Grounds in the 3.30pm throw-in.
In Division Two, Colm O’Rourke is off to a good start with Meath, beating Clare 4-8 to 0-16, while Cork beat Kildare 2-14 to 0-7 and Derry bested Louth 2-11 to 1-11.
Finally, in the division’s 3pm throw-in, Dublin at 2-12 to 0-5 up at half-time against Limerick.
In Division One of the National Hurling League, Clare beat Westmeath 4-27 to 0-14 at Cusack Park, while Dublin are ahead of Waterford at Fraher Field, where it’s 3-14 to 2-18.
Earlier, Offaly got a narrow win over Femanagh, ending 1-9 to 1-8.
A rematch between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will take place in Dublin in May.
Taylor – who is the undisputed lightweight champion – won the last clash between the pair on a points decision at Madison Square Garden last April.
Puerto Rico’s Serrano set up the rematch by beating Erika Cruz in New York last night to unify all the belts in the featherweight division.
Seamus Power is one-over-par through 14 holes of his third round of the AT&T Pro-AM at Pebble Beach.
Play was suspended overnight due to strong winds in California and will resume this afternoon.
Power is currently six-under overall, in a tie for 18th and six shots off the lead.