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Sergio Aguero escapes FA sanction after clash with Wigan fan

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero will face no disciplinary action from the Football Association (FA) following his clash with a Wigan fan after Monday’s FA Cup tie.

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Edin Dzeko hopes Donetsk are cold after winter break

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Roma striker Edin Dzeko is hoping his side can catch Champions League opponents Shakhtar Donetsk cold in their quarter-final tie tonight.

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Andy Lee hangs up gloves after satisfying title hunger

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Andy Lee has announced his retirement from boxing after a much-admired career in both the amateur and pro ranks.

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Katie Taylor vows to unite titles in New York

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Katie Taylor has vowed to unify the titles versus Argentina’s Victoria La Leona (The Lioness) Bustos in New York next month

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‘Average’ just won’t do in big picture, says Andy Farrell

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Andy Farrell gave a revealing insight into what makes him tick, as Ireland get ready to face NatWest 6 Nations rivals Wales on Saturday.

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Sean Cronin finds the positives in life off the bench

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

If Sean Cronin is to fulfil his accustomed role for Ireland this Saturday against Wales, it will mean the hooker will be coming off the bench for the 50th time in his long Test career.

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Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will be targeted, warns Warren Gatland

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Ireland half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton have been warned they’re in Welsh crosshairs for Saturday’s pivotal Six Nations clash at Lansdowne Road.

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Nemo Rangers managing expectation

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Barry O’Driscoll is asked if the rest of Cork shared in celebrating Nemo Rangers’ Munster success back in late November.

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Chris’s Dream books Cheltenham ticket

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

After proving a class apart from his rivals in making a winning debut for new connections in the featured Grade Three Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle in very testing conditions at Powerstown Park, Chris’s Dream earned his ticket to next month’s Cheltenham Festival for a tilt at the Albert Bartlett.

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St Mary’s College edge Roscrea in nine-try thriller

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Leinster Senior Schools Cup quarter-final: St Mary’s College 32 Cistercian College Roscrea 29

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Jose Mourinho: Price tag puts unfair pressure on Paul Pogba

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Jose Mourinho took the pressure off Paul Pogba ahead of his Manchester United return by saying a huge price tag does not bring extra responsibility.

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Lionel Messi finally breaks duck to deny Chelsea

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

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Lionel Messi finally scored against Chelsea to ruin Willian’s man-of-the-match performance and leave Antonio Conte’s side requiring a legendary night in the Nou Camp to stay in the Champions League.

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Lionel Messi outshines Eden Hazard to put Barca in driving seat

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

This was an intriguing clash on so many levels, and not just because Chelsea and Barcelona have broken each other’s hearts over the past decade or so.

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For locks learning their trade, education comes in many forms

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Far away from the madding crowds of the Six Nations last weekend, Tom Clifford Park, the famed home of Young Munster, hosted my own club Cork Constitution in the latest of a series of hotly contested Ulster Bank League Munster derbies.

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John Caulfield: Graham Cummins ban shows rules must change

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Cork City boss John Caulfield believes League of Ireland suspension rules need to be changed in the wake of Graham Cummins controversial weekend sending off.

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Portrush Golf Club raises concerns over hotel plans

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The 2019 Open Championship is less than 18 months away. The town of Portrush and the surrounding areas continue to buzz with anticipation at what will be the biggest sporting event in this island’s history. 

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Golf unites behind fairer handicap system

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The vexed question of golf handicaps and how they are calculated is set to be transformed by a new system jointly developed by the R&A and USGA.

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Ireland equestrian team fall short in Florida

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

“You don’t win nations cups without jumping clear rounds and we didn’t jump enough of them,” said Michael Blake after he had seen the Irish show jumping team he managed fall short of repeating last year’s success in Ocala, Florida on Sunday evening.

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County boards must realise they are now in the events and entertainment business

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

While most of the talk around the new-look hurling championship has been how it will severely test the depth and durability of each panel, Walsh Park’s hosting of Kilkenny at the weekend brought to light how it’ll test the suitability of certain provincial grounds as well.

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Johann van Graan struggles with Munster's away day blues

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Munster coach Johann van Graan is at a loss to understand why his side were able to reap a reasonable return from their away games in the European Champions Cup but are struggling to achieve any degree of consistency from their travels in the Guinness PRO14.

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Players should not be allowed bet on any GAA game, says Oisín McConville

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Oisín McConville believes the GAA’s next step in tackling gambling addiction should be an outright ban on Gaelic players betting on football and hurling.

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All football’s ills can’t be put at Tyrone’s door

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Only as good as your last game. That axiom, irrespective of how fair or true it is, sticks hard in elite Gaelic games, writes John Forgarty

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Cardiff nightmare finally in the rearview mirror

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The last Rugby World Cup seems like a page from a dim if not-too-distant past to most of us by now, but Peter O’Mahony carries a constant reminder of the tournament in the shape of the knee he damaged in Ireland’s cause.

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Williams: Ireland don’t have many faults but Gatland finds a way

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

With 58 tries from 87 test appearances for Wales, Shane Williams has an unquestionable reputation as one of rugby union’s most lethal finishers.

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For GMac, that light at the end of the tunnel is confidence

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

During the Christmas break of the PGA Tour’s wraparound season, Graeme McDowell toiled for seven hours at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, his home track in Orlando, working on his game. 

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Bubba: My wife told me to quit whining and play golf

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Bubba Watson was feeling low about his health and even worse about his golf. It reached a point that he wondered if he would ever win again, and he says he talked with his wife on a dozen occasions about retiring.

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Barcelona causing Conte sleepless nights

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed he has suffered sleepless nights plotting the downfall of Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

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Fitzgibbon Cup final clash ‘a disaster’, says Kirby

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

UL manager Gary Kirby has described as “a disaster” this weekend’s clash that will see the Fitzgibbon Cup final played less than 24 hours before the penultimate round of the Allianz Hurling Leagues.

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No double demands on cup hurlers

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Fitzgibbon Cup hurlers from Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Waterford will not be asked to play two games in the space of 24 hours this weekend.

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Tony Browne: The new tactical Cody could just pull off his greatest trick

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

I had to ask myself coming out of Walsh Park last Sunday: had I just witnessed Kilkenny playing a short ball possession game? Or were my eyes just deceiving me?

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