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Dublin and Armagh own up to challenge match actions

Dublin and Armagh have accepted the actions of their players in a challenge match in July merited punishment.

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Ciaran Whelan Interview: Still the key man in the middle

You need a thick skin in this game. Analysing football, and playing it.

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Is there more glory in losing for Mayo?

Mayo by creed, a Liverpool and Chicago Cubs fan by deed, Billy Joe Padden may just be a glutton for punishment.

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Tommy Carr tops list as Tipperary begin search for new manager

Tipperary GAA Board has begun to search to find a new manager for the county’s senior football team.

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Ciarán Whelan on...

His approach as a pundit:

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Charlie McGeever summons another performance from Premier

There have been plenty of distractions for Charlie McGeever as the Tipperary manager plots and plans for tomorrow’s All-Ireland minor football semi-final against Kildare.

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Jason Ryan ends Kildare reign despite win over Cork

Jason Ryan last night stepped down as Kildare manager after two years in charge. Ryan had previously been coach and selector under Kieran McGeeney in 2013.

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Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke recovers to face Dublin

Goalkeeper David Clarke has been passed for it for Mayo’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final with Chris Barrett replacing the injured Tom Cunniffe in the Connacht champions’ only change.

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Jimmy Keaveney: Dublin should play own game

It’s the thought occupying most Dublin fans’ minds right now, though county great Jimmy Keaveney believes too much is being made of how the Dubs’ will cope with Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea.

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Mike Quirke: Kerry as cool as the other side of the pillow

Just moments before the senior semi-final throw-in last Sunday, the winning Kerry minor squad appeared from under the Hogan Stand and walked up past the senior subs to take their position close by. They had been the appetiser, a tasty one at that. Now they had ringside seats to get a full appreciation of what their future may hold.

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Dinny Long ‘wouldn’t turn down’ role on Cork management ticket

Former Cork footballer Dinny Long has said that he wouldn’t rule out getting involved in the next county management team if he were asked.

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Loyal midfield servant Barry Moran adapts to standby role for Mayo

Reader, we’ll let you in on a little secret. When counties hold press conferences ahead of big championship games, the better interviews are usually held later in the week closer to the match. No biggie, right? Managers are often the exception but they can, on the odd occasion find themselves in the Saturday edition.

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GAA wants ‘Rose of Tralee coverage’ — Joe Brolly

Joe Brolly has hit back strongly at GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail’s criticisms of The Sunday Game, saying the association wants “Rose of Tralee coverage”.

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Denis Bastick: I learned from criticism

Denis Bastick has won All-Irelands, Leinster titles and Allianz Leagues in his decade with Dublin, but the midfielder hasn’t forgotten the low of 2009 when a season’s stint at full-back triggered a cascade of criticism in the wake of their quarter-final defeat to Kerry.

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Vinny Murphy: Dubs must embrace dark arts

Joe McQuillan may be as familiar with Dublin and Mayo as Aidan O’Shea with his local barber shop, but there is no love lost with either camp.

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Conor Mortimer raises doubts over Mayo’s new tactics

Conor Mortimer believes Mayo have not improved their team from last year and insists Aidan O’Shea is not a full-forward.

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Aogán Ó Fearghail: ‘Predictable’ criticism from ‘The Sunday Game’ now tiresome

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail says The Sunday Game has become “predictable” and “tiresome” in its negativity.

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Wily boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice keeps them guessing

So the guessing games begin.

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Tougher sanctions possible for diving, warns Aogán Ó Fearghail

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail is open to the idea of the punishment for diving being upgraded from a yellow to a black or red card.

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Dublin won’t change to counter Aidan O’Shea threat

Jim Gavin has intimated that Dublin will not draw up special plans to deal with the threat of Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea around their penalty area in Sunday’s second All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park.

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‘Patience game’ pays dividends for the Kerry

Kerry’s tactical masterplan to counter a mass defence was again in evidence in Croke Park on Sunday. 

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Three moments that mattered from Kerry's win against Tyrone

Three moments that made the difference for Kerry as they advanced to the All-Ireland final.

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John Bannon: Maurice Deegan display erratic

Yesterdays’s All-Ireland semi-final surprised a lot of people with the quality and the sporting manner in which it was played but there were second- half incidents that took away from the spectacle.

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Tigerish Tiernan McCann refuses to lie down

When it ended, Tiernan McCann slumped to his knees and hunkered down, rooted to the one spot for a solid two minutes before the weight of disappointment lifted enough for him to raise his head and eyes from the Croke Park turf.

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Ballincollig go into top gear against Valley Rovers

Ballincollig 0-13 Valley Rovers 0-8
The battle between last year’s Cork County senior and Premier intermediate champions at Kilmurry on Saturday looked a mouth watering prospect before throw-in.

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Mickey Harte ‘without a doubt’ staying at helm

Summer rain, novenas for the game of football and Mickey Harte standing on the sideline.

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Bishopstown pass endurance test and face O’Donovan Rossa repeat

Bishopstown 1-9 Clyda Rovers 0-8: This fourth-round Cork SFC game at Páirc Uí Rinn Saturday proved an endurance test for both teams. Similarly for neutrals, with the worst excesses of the modern game in terms of ‘blanket’ covering, body-checking an obsession with hand-passing and, additionally, an undercurrent of bad feeling which saw two of seven players yellow-carded eventually shown a red card, another black-carded and several more escape censure.

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Evan Kearney goal crucial as Nick’s stick to their guns

St. Nicholas 1-5 Dohenys 0-7 (Cork SFC Replay): Fortunate to earn a replay last week, St. Nicholas made no mistake this time when beating Dohenys by the narrowest of margins in Bandon yesterday to reach the last eight of the county SFC.

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Kerry youngsters’ giant leap

Kerry 1-11 Derry 1-6: The difficulties in claiming back-to-back senior All-Irelands are well-observed, but the feat is no less difficult at the minor grade.

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Ballinacourty's credentials well tested

Ballinacourty survived a stern test on Saturday night in Dungarvan before eventually overcoming Adrmore (1-12 to 1-9) in a tense Waterford senior football championship clash.

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Nothing personal, simply business from Kerry

Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11: This was billed as personal for Kerry but it sure looked like business.

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Tomás Quinn: Selfless star Colm Cooper puts team first

3 key battles from yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final...

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Momentum key to Mayo strategy

Castlebar, March 14: Mayo 0-10 Dublin 2-18. A home performance and result that could scarcely be believed.

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After unlucky start to his 13th season, Mickey Harte forges way forward

To understand this Tyrone team, you must understand the depths from which they came.

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Some Down members ‘lost the plot’, says Jim McCorry

Jim McCorry says he reluctantly resigned as Down manager because a handful of county executive members “lost the plot” over their qualifier defeat by Wexford.

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Ronan McNabb: We must keep Kerry attack goal-less

Mickey Harte may rail against what he believes to be lazy assumptions about his team and how it plays, but the fact remains that, of the four sides still in the race for Sam, Tyrone boast the stingiest defence and the least potent attack on the basis of the summer’s stats.

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Lack of competitive action a worry for Kerry boss Jack O’Connor

Kerry’s defence of their All-Ireland minor football crown has been hindered by a lack of competitive summer fare, according to Kingdom manager Jack O’Connor.

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It’s Tyrone’s turn to plot an ambush but...

Football needs Kerry, but it needs Tyrone too’ (Mickey Harte) Writing in ‘Presence is the Only Thing’ about a decade locked in battle with Kerry, Mickey Harte sums up Tyrone’s attitude to their greatest rivals:

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Leo Jones anxious to drive Bishopstown on

A total of 110 days have passed since Bishopstown’s last Cork SFC game – a win over O’Donovan Rossa in the first round – and tonight’s fourth-round clash with Clyda Rovers in Páirc Uí Rinn (6.45pm).

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IN THE CLEAR: Tiernan McCann is free to play in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash withKerry after his proposed eight-week ban was thrown out.

Diving to be black or red card offence

Next year’s Congress is likely to vote on a motion upgrading a dive from a yellow card to a black or red card offence in the wake of the Tiernan McCann case.

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New Cork minor boss Herlihy calls on 2010 All-Ireland stars

Brian Herlihy has been appointed as the Cork minor football manager and his backroom team will feature a strong influence from the county’s 2010 All-Ireland-winning team.

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Premier County’s next football boss will be a ‘statement of intent’

Tipperary football board chairman Joe Hannigan has insisted that the appointment of the county’s next senior manager will be a “statement of intent”.

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James O’Donoghue starts for Kerry against Tyrone

James O’Donoghue has recovered to take his place in the Kerry side to play Tyrone in Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final in Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm).

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Brian McGuigan: Feels Connor McAliskey and Darren McCurry's youth can be key.

Target Kerry’s old guard, says Brian McGuigan

Former Tyrone forward Brian McGuigan has ratcheted up the heat ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final by claiming Kerry’s two 35-year-old defenders should be targeted.

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I have great belief in my players, says Mickey Harte

On paper, the turnaround has been remarkable.

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David Moran Q&A: "There was a time when it was a cliche to say it was a squad game, when it really wasn't. Now it actually is."

There’s scarcely a more imposing midfield pairing in the country than Anthony Maher and his sidekick David Moran. Or is that the other way round. The 27-year-old Tralee man is finally getting the reviews his work ethic merits.

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Mayo’s Kevin Keane set to face Dublin after CHC reprieve

Mayo’s hopes of qualifying for the All-Ireland football final have received a boost with confirmation that Kevin Keane will be available for Sunday week’s clash with Dublin.

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Jack O’Connor: Kerry can deal with Tyrone

Three-time All-Ireland winning-manager Jack O’Connor believes Kerry’s ability to counter the ultra-defensive approach of northern teams will see them past Tyrone in Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final.

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Mike Quirke: Tyrone go from the hunter to the hunted

For most people, the abiding image of the 2003 semi-final clash between Kerry and Tyrone was that epic scene of carnage in front of the Hogan Stand, when time appeared to stand still and the pack of white Tyrone jerseys surrounded and attacked two or three of its prey in green and gold with vicious precision.

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Committee in place to find new Cork football boss

A highly anticipated Cork County Board meeting last night allowed delegates to air grievances, but the only real development was the announcement of the composition of the committee to find the new county football manager.

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Mayo admit struggling to meet ticket orders

Mayo admit they may not be able to satisfy the ticket orders from their clubs for Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.

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Jim Gavin confident injury ‘simulation’ unlikely to spread

The rest of the GAA community may have gotten hot under the collar after Tiernan McCann had his hair ruffled two weekends ago, but Jim Gavin is of the view that the issue of feigning injury is not one that is poised to spread through the association like a virus.

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