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Ian Keatley

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Keatley Irish selection at Jackson’s expense a major call by Schmidt

Ian Keatley’s inclusion and Paddy Jackson’s absence will prompt much of the debate surrounding the squad Joe Schmidt has chosen to do battle with South Africa, Georgia and Australia next month.

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David Villa

JOHN RIORDAN: Cosmos thinking big as Raul looks the real deal

Tomorrow is Pele’s birthday — or maybe it was yesterday. Depends on where you fact check.

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Barry Kelly (ref)

JOHN FOGARTY: Kelly a great ref, says O’Neill

GAA president Liam O’Neill has defended Barry Kelly in the wake of the Central Hearings Committee’s (CHC) decision not to punish Brian Cody for his remarks about the referee.

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Jessica O'Dwyer, Jamie Lyons, Max Lyons and Emmet O'Dwyer yesterday. More than 5,000 fans will see the Irish squad put through their paces at a Halloween open training session at Aviva Stadium on  October 31. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.ie

DONAL LENIHAN: Provinces prove value of character k

WHEN reviewing the performances of the three Irish provinces on the opening weekend of Europe’s new Champions Cup, one word springs to mind: character.

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SEAMUS OTUAMA: Hubbard overcomes Buckley to take victory in Ballinacurra

David Hubbard scored the line in 15 great bowls at Ballinacurra where he beat Paul Buckley by almost a bowl.

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Sean Potts

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Player burn-out focus of ‘very hard-hitting’ GPA report

GPA head of communications Sean Potts revealed yesterday that the player organisation will release a "very hard-hitting" report on player burn-out in the coming weeks, reports Michael Moynihan

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IN FOCUS: Alan Dillon poses for a photo with a fan after Ballintubber's victory over Castlebar Mitchels in the Mayo SFC final in MacHale Park, Castlebar.

JOHN FOGARTY: Dual counties feel the fixture squeeze

Nobody can deny the appeal of finishing the club season in the calendar year. It’s neat, it’s tidy, reports John Fogarty

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Carlo Ancelotti

DAVID SHONFIELD: With Barca on Real’s mind, Pool can spring a surprise

Winning in Europe at the same time as winning at home is an art, and even experience does not guarantee success.

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Liam O'Neill

KIERAN SHANNON: Club players need to be offered more championship action

At this time of year, we’re supposed to be entering rugby country for the next while, but really, can a month that hosts so many county finals be more GAA than October?

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COLUMNISTS: European Tour looking beyond Dubai

Europe’s best golfers may still be jockeying for position on the 2014 Race To Dubai, with the season’s climax at the DP Tour Championship still five weeks away.

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TONY LEEN: Historic title win for Ballincollig began with a sit down

The night after Ballincollig surprised everyone by stepping over Nemo Rangers into a first Cork county football final, manager Michael O’Brien sat his management team, some players and members of the club’s executive down, writes Tony Leen. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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DONAL LENIHAN: This will work wonders for Munster morale

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Different tournament, same drama. Munster are simply incapable of doing things the easy way.

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ENDA MCEVOY: Don’t come gunning for me, I’m only an All Star selector

"It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.

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RUBY WALSH: Lyrical Theatre can take centre stage

I go to Cork tomorrow to ride two horses, the first of them being Bosman Rule for Willie Mullins.

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LIAM MACKEY: Critics have no answer for O’Neill

Now that we’ve all just about re-entered earth orbit after that ‘I-saw-it-with-my-own-eyes-and-I-still-can’t-believe-it’ final act in Gelsenkirchen, it’s time to draw breath and ponder a couple of the deeply philosophical questions posed by Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany.

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LARRY RYAN: A little bit of history repeated

Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was.

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RONAN OGARA: Munster face tough task but can get the job done

The tournament’s name may have changed but the key to European rugby remains to target four wins in the pool stages. Nothing else matters. Munster face a tough ask but possess players who can think for themselves and get the job done, writes Ronana O'Gara.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Spirit of the Gael can only bring Ireland so far

Since that 1-0 defeat of the Dutch 13 years ago, Ireland have played 32 competitive games at Lansdowne Road, Croke Park and at the Aviva.

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PADDY HEANEY: Football is in dire need of a third way

Do you remember the days when the All-Ireland football champions set the template for everyone else?

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Another moment of magic in Germany for proud O’Neill

It has been an international period dominated by his assistant Roy Keane, but Martin O’Neill was entitled to the final word last night.

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SEAMUS OTUAMA: Buckley turns back the clock in no uncertain terms

James Buckley bowled like an Oisín returned from Tír na nÓg in Sunday’s Hurley’s of Midleton King of the Roads final at Ballincurrig, we hadn’t seen anything like this from him since the 1990s.

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Pep Guardiola

JOHN RIORDAN: Sharp suit says so much in a GAA world without any frills

We chuckled about the suit a little on the sidelines at the Rockland GAA club on Saturday, but there’s a nice reason why Elliot Whitney wears it, writes John Riordan.

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Captain Peter O'Mahony leads the team in stretching exercises  at University of Limerick  yesterday ahead of their European Rugby Champions Cup clash with Sale Sharks.

DONAL LENIHAN: Munster must start with away win

With five Heineken Cup successes over a magical seven-year period between 2006 and 2012, European rugby had become a happy hunting ground for the Irish, writes Donal Lenihan.

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