Martin O’Neill’s side require wins for Croatia and Cyprus tonight, while they also need Italy to prevent Norway from winning and for a draw between Turkey and Iceland.After the wins last night for Sweden, Slovakia and Slovenia, Ireland now look likely to be among the second seeds for the play-off draw, which takes place on Sunday.Wales are also among the teams in action tonight – despite having already qualified for next summer’s Championships, Chris Coleman’s side have a chance to top Group B if they win at home to Andorra and table-toppers Belgium slip-up at home to Israel. Kick-off in all of tonight’s qualifiers is at 7:45.
Former WWE wrestler, manager and later television star “Luscious” Johnny Valiant has died.The 71-year-old – whose real name was Thomas Sullivan – was hit by a pick-up truck while crossing a road in his hometown in Pennsylvania on Thursday.He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Mr Valiant wrestled alongside his stage brother, Jimmy Valiant, in the 1970s. After his career in the ring, he managed wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake.He later went on to star in such television series as The Sopranos and Law & Order.According to local reports, Mr Valiant was hit as he ran across a road in North Hills, a suburb of Pittsburgh, in the early hours of Thursday. He was not at a crossing point.