Wales put an end to Ireland’s nine-match unbeaten home run, and Paul O’Connell waved goodbye to Ireland fans, having played his last game on Irish soil.

Here's a round-up of a shocking day for a couple of Premier League clubs

Raheem Sterling scored his first Manchester City goal as Chelsea lost further ground on their Barclays Premier League title rivals with a shock home defeat to Crystal ...

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PHOTOS: Paul O'Connell's final game for Ireland on home soil

Ireland and Munster legend Paul O'Connell played his last home game for Ireland today.

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Ireland denied a win at the death in Paul O'Connell's final game at the Aviva

By Simon LewisIreland's nine-match unbeaten home run came to a cruel end at the Aviva Stadium today as Paul O'Connell waved goodbye to Irish fans and both Keith ...

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Celtic sign United defender Tyler Blacket on loan

Celtic have announced the signing of Tyler Blackett on a season long loan from Manchester United.

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Why was a guy holding an Xbox controller at the Newcastle-Arsenal game?

Here’s a clue: he wasn’t playing Xbox.

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Coloccini own goal hands Arsenal the win

Fabricio Coloccini’s own goal handed Arsenal a hard-fought victory at Newcastle after controversial striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off just 16 minutes into ...

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Live updates: Ireland v Wales

Follow regular updates from Ireland’s final Rugby World Cup warm-up game on home soil. It promises to be an emotional day for Paul O’Connell who makes his final ...

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Poll: Ireland V Wales - Who will win?

Ireland’s final Rugby World Cup warm-up game on home soil takes place this afternoon against Wales.

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Rob Heffernan finishes fifth in Beijing

Rob Heffernan’s defence of the men’s 50m walk world title saw him finish fifth at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

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IAAF defends itself over fresh doping claims before they're published

The International Association of Athletics Federations has sought to take the sting out of upcoming doping claims by revealing and denying allegations due to be ...

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Dublin name unchanged side for Mayo semi-final

Jim Gavin has named the same team that won their All-Ireland quarter-final to face Mayo on Sunday.

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Froome loses time on leaders as Martin and Roche stay close to front

Tour de France champion Chris Froome suffered a blow in his bid to add the Vuelta a Espana title.

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Schippers sweeps to gold with all-time great performance

Only Florence Griffith-Joyner and Marion Jones have run faster than Schippers over 200m.

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Transfer deadline: Every Premier League team's weak link who needs replacing immediately

Just because they’re good doesn’t mean they’re good enough.

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WATCH: How will the managers influence Sunday’s Croke Park showdown?

Both management team would dearly love to be back in Croke Park in September.

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Team news from the Premier League

All the team news from around the grounds ahead of Week 4 in the Premier League.

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PICS: Paulie ahead of last home game: 'Seems to be a lot of final everythings for me lately!'

"To play in the Aviva and in Lansdowne Road as many times as I have, and had as many great days as I have, has been brilliant.”

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WATCH: Dave Kearney keen to make his mark; admits nerves about Sunday’s squad decision

“One of the lads joked about turning the phone off for the day and just showing up at Carton House the next morning,” he laughed.

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Rodgers: New arrivals have helped Reds regain their appetite

The Reds boss spent upwards of £80million recruiting Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Adam Bogdan.

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Who the hell is Son Heung-min?

Tottenham’s newest acquisition looks incredibly promising. But then again, so did Erik Lamela.

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Tough draws for Spurs and Celtic in Europa League

Tottenham have been handed a daunting group in the Europa League including a long haul trip to Azerbaijan.

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WATCH: Stunning triple save by a teenage keeper in the Europa League

The 19-year-old pulled off an outstanding series of saves during the game, blocking three separate shots in less than six seconds.

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Premier League in numbers: Why Newcastle will need to batten down the hatches against Arsenal

Here’s why you should expect shots aplenty at the Newcastle goal, and why Swansea v Man Utd could be a game of two halves.

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WATCH: Schmidt talks squad positions and tough decisions

The New Zealander says telling players who have trained so well that they haven’t made the squad is the hardest part of his job.

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Jason Ryan steps down as Kildare football manager

Jason Ryan last night left his role as manager of the Kildare footballers.

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Spurs sign Son Heung-Min from Bayer Leverkusen

Son, a South Korea international, scored 29 times in 87 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen after joining the club in 2013 from Hamburg.

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VIDEO: What tactics can we expect to see from Mayo and Dublin this weekend?

Should we be expecting an all out shooting match on Sunday?

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Seven talking points to come out of the Champions League draw

Jose Mourinho’s hat-trick at Porto, Zlatan’s homecoming and all the other talking points from the Champions League draw.

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WATCH: Beckham, Giggs and Scholes among footballing greats who paid their respects at the funeral of Neville Neville

Football turned out to pay their respects to the man arguably responsible for the success of Man United’s “Class of ’92.

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Ronald Koeman blames ref after Southampton exit Europa League

Koeman vented his frustrations at what he perceived to be poor decisions that hampered Southampton’s chances.

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China walks to first gold in Beijing Championships

China won their first gold medal of their home World Athletics Championships by sweeping a 1-2 finish in the women’s 20k walk in Beijing.

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VIDEO: Schmidt to tinker with squad for Wales clash

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will use Saturday’s warm-up clash with Wales as a last chance to tinker with his World Cup squad.

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WATCH: Joe Schmidt has good news for Irish fans on Healy-watch

Looks like the big man from Clontarf is going to make the World Cup squad.

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Limerick FC sign 16-year-old Neymar lookalike

No, that's not a certain Barcelona player in an Irish U17 football team.

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Tough Champions League draws for Arsenal and Man City

Group D sees Manchester City facing Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia M’gladbach.

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Hoey in group one behind leaders in Czech Masters

English duo Matt Fitzpatrick and Sam Hutsby, along with Swede Pelle Edberg, set the early pace on the opening morning of the Czech Masters.

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WATCH: ‘Greatness Awaits’ Mayo in this spine-tingling clip

Just the thing to get Mayo fans fired up - as if they needed it!

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Daniel Sturridge returns to training on Merseyside

The 25-year-old returned to Merseyside after spending most of the last four months in the United States

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Norwegian fan spends £5k to watch Derby County - then game is switched

Finn Steen and his party of 11 had booked flights, hotels and tickets to see the Rams take on Burnley in the Championship on Saturday, September 19.

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WATCH: Bolt taken out by a cameraman on a segway moments after winning gold

He successfully saw off Justin Gatlin, but was upended by a passing TV cameraman.

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Usain Bolt wins 200 meters duel with Justin Gatlin in Beijing

Usain Bolt beat two-time drug cheat Justin Gatlin to secure the World Championship sprint double.

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57 Manchester United fans arrested in Bruges, Belgian police report

Chief Constable of Bruges Police Dirk van Nuffel said glasses and chairs were thrown in a clash between English and Belgian “hooligans”.

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Fitzgerald named at centre as Ireland field strong side for Wales clash

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named a strong side to start against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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Stevie McDonell resigns role as Armagh U21 manager

Armagh football legend Stevie McDonnell has stepped down from his role as manager of the county U21 side, it has been announced this morning.

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Boxing coach Billy Walsh set to leave Ireland’s High Performance unit for US role

Irish boxing is reportedly set to lose the High Performance programme’s head coach due to a contract dispute centred around how the unit is run.

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WATCH: Van Gaal’s memorable reaction to Hernandez penalty miss

Not an expression anyone would like to see on their boss’s face.

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Man United have qualified for Champions League, here's how they did in previous years

We trace the club’s history in the league from 1992.

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Dublin to contest proposed €10,000 fine from challenge-game melee

Just three days out from the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo, Dublin will this evening contest the proposed €10,000 fine handed down to them arising from a melee ...

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Ian Harte announces retirement

"The time has come to hang the boots up. I have had over 20 years playing football and loved every minute of it!!! Now to the next chapter”

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