Kildare 1-15 Offaly 1-13 Kildare are through to the third round of Qualifiers but it was grit and determination rather than flowing football that got them over the line.
It’s a measure of Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s standing in Kerry that the decision to relegate Colm Cooper to the bench today was met if not with indifference then with a rueful sense of acceptance.
Around the Argentina base in Santiago, there’s not much of a sense they’re on the brink of history, that they are “one little step” — as Leo Messi put it — from ending a 22-year wait for a trophy.
Welshman Nigel Owens, regarded by many pundits as the world’s leading rugby union referee, has been appointed to oversee Ireland’s crucial Rugby World Cup Pool D clash with France.
In Nowlan Park two weeks ago, there was a sense in the air that you could nearly touch, that Kilkennyism, that fireproof security in themselves and their team, an attitude that said, ‘Ah, they’re all on about Tipperary, Galway and Waterford, it doesn’t matter who we’ve lost, we’ll take down any one of them’.
Graeme McDowell wasn’t ringing any Open Championship alarm bells as he looks certain to drop outside the World’s Top 50 for a first time in more than five years after missing the halfway cut in the defence of his French Open title.
Marchese Marconi should prove tough to beat in the opening Bellewstown Golf Course Hurdle in Bellewstown today.
Ireland 1 Pakistan 0: Alan Sothern’s 46th-minute goal moved Ireland within touching distance of Olympic qualification as they saw off Pakistan 1-0 yesterday in Antwerp.