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Martin O'Connell: A lot worse has happened in Meath-Dublin games.

O’Connell: Meath had to move on quickly from bite claim

Meath great Martin O’Connell said the county had no choice but to move on quickly from Mick O’Dowd’s allegation Mickey Burke was bitten by a Dublin player.

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FAB FOUR: Mayo's Robert Hennelly, Dublin's Jonny Cooper, Donegal's Karl Lacey and Kerry's James O'Donoghue. Picture: Ray McManus

O’Donoghue feared he wasn’t up to it

The negativity that cloaked Kerry prior to the Munster final made James O’Donoghue question his claim to wear the county jersey, he admits.

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Walsh desperate to make amends

After the Munster final, Anthony Nash headed off to Albufeira in Portugal for a few days, tweeting a photograph of himself and Tubes from Sky Sports’ Soccer Am programme.

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Colm O'Driscoll

O’Driscoll brothers carry on fine tradition

Apart from county senior football champions Castlehaven, only one other club has more than one player starting for Cork in Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC round 4A qualifier against Sligo at O’Connor Park in Tullamore (throw-in 5pm).

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O’Neill hints it may be the time to retire

Former Footballer of the Year Stephen O’Neill has intimated that he may have played his last game for Tyrone.

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Hennelly: O’Connor a marquee forward

Mayo goalkeeper Rob Hennelly has rejected the common belief the county don’t have a marquee forward. The claim has been made for most of James Horan’s term in charge but Hennelly need only point at Cillian O’Connor to dispute it.

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A week to decide — Lacey reveals Jim’s ultimatum

Jim McGuinness gave Donegal players one week to decide whether to commit to the county this season, Karl Lacey has revealed.

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O’Gara in the clear as ‘bite’ probe over

Dublin footballer Eoghan O’Gara is in the clear after disciplinary chiefs opted not to pursue allegations of biting during Sunday’s Leinster football final.

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Brian Cuthbert

Rebels make sweeping changes for clash with Sligo

Manager Brian Cuthbert has made six changes for Cork’s crucial All-Ireland football qualifier with Sligo.

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Football first now, but O’Riordan would relish dual Tipp challenge

All-Ireland SFC Round
Galway v Tipperary
Saturday: O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 7pm
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

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GAA and AFL agree tweaks to rules series

Australia look certain to attract their best players for November’s International Rules series following a number of favourable rules tweaks.

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McHugh says brother has no regrets despite missing further Ulster glory

Ryan McHugh insists his big brother Mark has "no regrets" over missing out on Donegal’s latest Ulster title triumph.

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Sky to screen Dublin clash

Dublin’s All-Ireland quarter-final will be shown exclusively on Sky Sports.

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Enjoying Monaghan’s golden years

Dick Clerkin is leaning back against the front wall of Monaghan’s impressive training base at Cloghan, just outside Castleblayney.

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Nemo charge to another title

Nemo Rangers 1-12 Ballincollig 1-04
Nemo Rangers surrendered a six-point lead in the Cork County U21FC final a week earlier but there was never any danger of a repeat in the replay at Páirc Uí Rinn last evening, the city champions claiming the title for the 13th time.

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McGrath scoring points to prove one

To prove he is good enough to play inter-county football, twice a week Shane McGrath makes the two-and-a-half-hour journey from Dublin, where he was born and where he has played his club football all his life, to Clare, the county of his parents.

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Donegal’s new generation adding a fresh dimension

Two days after the 2005 Donegal SFC final, Jim McGuinness gathered Naomh Conaill’s panel together in the shadow of Davy Brennan Memorial Park’s stand in Glenties.

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Learning curve for Rossies

Back in the spring of 2010 Roscommon football could only have dreamed of weekends like this.

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Blisters force Burke out of decider but believes Meath in safe hands

Those who know him best will tell you it takes a lot to fell Mickey Burke.

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Eight ways Jim’s Dubs intrigue us

They are the most scrutinised, most spoken about team in the country with everyone having an opinion on them.

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Hard, but fair, Ulster showdown is what everyone expects, says Hughes

If there’s any bad blood going into Clones on Sunday, it surrounds Stephen Gollogly’s tackle on Mark McHugh in last year’s Ulster final.

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Kevin Reilly: Feels Meath are now playing a "selfless brand of football".

Reilly talks up the benefits of stability

It’s with an assuredness that Kevin Reilly now speaks of Meath football.

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O’Neill: No second tier championship

GAA president Liam O’Neill has ruled out the introduction of a second-tier football championship to cater for the growing number of counties whose involvement in the race for Sam Maguire is no longer justifiable.

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Dublin’s strength in depth confined to forward line, warns Whelan

Given that Dublin substitutes have kicked a staggering 4-35 in their last eight Championship games, it’s tempting to suggest Dublin’s B team is the second best in Ireland.

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Mick O'Dowd: 'The depth of our squad has improved.'

Expectations rise as performances put ‘buzz’ back in Meath

Performance and expectation run parallel, always have.

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Jim Gavin: Impressed with Meath's ability to raise green flags regularly.

History tells Gavin that Royals won’t go quietly

Leinster SFC final
Dublin v Meath
Sunday: Croke Park, 2pm
Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)

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Colm Collins

Defeated Clare hurlers won’t be parachuted into Collins’ squad

Clare football boss Colm Collins has ruled out calling up members of the county’s defeated hurling squad to bolster his side’s chances in the qualifiers.

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Damien Diver

Diver delivers Ulster final warning

Donegal selector Damien Diver is using regrets about his own career to warn the current squad not to ever get blasé about playing in Ulster finals.

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Tears speak louder than words for Armagh coach McDonnell

Coach Peter McDonnell revealed how Armagh players fell to their knees and wept in the dressing room after knocking old rivals Tyrone out of the Championship.

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History-makers Mayo move relentlessly on

Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16
Fourteen months ago, Mayo turned up at Pearse Stadium and mauled Galway by 17 points. Fuelled by suggestions their neighbours were ready to steal their provincial crown from their heads, they played and won like men possessed.

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Flanagan sees room for Sligo improvement

Sligo 0-12 Limerick 0-10
Despite seeing his team reach the last 12 of the All-Ireland football championship, Sligo manager Pat Flanagan still sees plenty of room for improvement in his side.

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No rescuing Dr Crokes as Legion march on

Dr Crokes 0-15 Killarney Legion 0-17
Dr Crokes’ dream of a Kerry SFC five in a row crashed and burned in Lewis Road last night.

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Harte down, but adamant he will lead Red Hands again next year

Tyrone’s first championship defeat to Armagh since the 2005 Ulster final left a black cloud hovering over Healy Park, but manager Mickey Harte is no quitter.

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Grimley’s men buoyed by siege mentality

While the stands emptied and Tyrone players disjointedly made their way to the dressing room, in the middle of the pitch, an Armagh squad stood with their arms wrapped around each other huddled tightly together listening to the man in the middle.

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Old rivals fail to spark memories of golden days

Tyrone 0-10 Armagh 0-13
How these two spoiled us in the past. The All-Ireland final in 2003, the epochal semi-final meeting two summers later and their duopoly in Ulster for the bones of a decade: it all made for a fascinating narrative and some gripping viewing, even if the style of football wasn’t always easy on the eye.

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HALF-TIME CUPPA: Laune Rangers' chairman Declan Falvey makes tea for officials during the break in the Laune Rangers and South Kerry County Championship clash in Killorglin.Picture: Don MacMonagle

Crowley’s late stunner a winner for Laune

Laune Rangers 3-13 East Kerry 2-15 (AET)
A stunning Peter Crowley goal 60 seconds from the end of the first half in extra-time propelled Laune Rangers to a well-deserved one-point win over a fancied East Kerry in Killorglin yesterday.

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Controversial score points way for Kildare

Down 0-11 Kildare 1-18
A controversial point by Pádraig Fogarty was the launchpad for a storming finish for Kildare, who kicked 1-6 in the closing 11 minutes to beat Down.

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Barrs blitz sees off Ballinascarthy

St Finbarr’s 2-7 Ballinascarthy 0-4
St Finbarr’s became the first team from Seandún to win the Cork U21BFC title on Saturday.

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Stunning Ballincollig comeback foils Nemo

Ballincollig staged a stunning comeback to draw with Nemo Rangers in a thrilling Cork U21AFC final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.

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EARLY RISER: Austin Stacks' Kieran Donaghy goes highest to claim the ball against Rathmore's Donal O'Sullivan during Saturday's Kerry SFC game in Tralee. Picture: Domnick Walsh     Referee: S Mulvihill (St Senans).

Stacks dig in to end run of Rathmore

Austin Stacks 0-17 Rathmore 2-5
So much for the scalp of Dr Crokes. Indeed, that famous hour on home turf must have felt a distant memory as the Rathmore players packed their bags on Saturday evening, their championship journey over.

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Carlow manager Anthony Rainbow gets a kiss from his daughter Robin. Pic: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Clare have a (big) ball

Clare 4-26 Carlow 2-13
If there was a value bet to be had in Gaelic games this summer, it was that the Clare footballers would last longer in the championship than the hurlers. Very few saw that one coming.

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SMILES BETTER: Mayo players celebrate after defeating Roscommon in the Connacht MFC final in MacHale Park. Picture: Sportsfile

Mayo win with style

Mayo 2-16 Roscommon 0-14
Goals may win matches but from an aesthetical point of view you always want very good goals to win finals.

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