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Progressive Longford in positive frame of mind despite missing stars

Before we consider what Dublin will face in their opening Leinster football championship tie, consider for a moment what they won’t.

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O’Carroll: Dublin ready to embrace blanket task

It will forever be known as the game that led Jarlath Burns to declare the death of football, but Rory O’Carroll fully expects Dublin to be faced with the same defensive dilemmas this summer as that employed by Derry at the end of March.

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Micheál Quirke: The importance of the GAA sub

It wasn’t all that long ago that Gaelic football was told to contact its solicitor, get its affairs in order. 

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London boss Paul Coggins bites back at former Roscommon star Shane Curran

London manager Paul Coggins has called for fellow Roscommon native Shane Curran to retract his scathing remarks about the Exiles made on The Sunday Game.

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Kerry disadvantaged by lack of action, claims James O’Donoghue

James O’Donoghue claims Kerry would prefer more games if they had the opportunity to change the All-Ireland senior football championship structure.

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Monaghan pip battling Cavan

Monaghan 0-16 Cavan 0-15: LOGIC and basic biology tell us that there will come a time when Cavan’s burgeoning youth will overtake Monaghan’s grizzled vets, but that was postponed yesterday thanks to the nous and experience of Malachy O’Rourke’s wily old soldiers.

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Clare survive gut-check as Cork date looms

Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13: THERE were but fleeting mentions of Cork.

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Malachy O’Rourke hails stylish Conor McManus performance

Malachy O’Rourke has no doubt but that Conor McManus is among Gaelic football’s most lethal marksman and no-one who saw the Clontibret attacker perform in Cavan yesterday would be of a mind to disagree.

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London bid farewell to Ruislip with lacklustre loss to Roscommon

Roscommon 1-14 London 0-10: Ruislip hosted its final championship match before redevelopment yesterday but the dilapidated old ground went out with a whimper as Roscommon coasted past their London hosts and into a Connacht semi-final.

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Clare can beef up options for Cork

Selection headaches aplenty for the Clare management ahead of their Munster semi-final date with Cork on June 14, and you certainly won’t hear coach Ephie Fitzgerald complaining.

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RTÉ to take no further action on Joe Brolly

RTÉ won’t be taking any further action after Joe Brolly apologised for his derogatory comment about commentator Marty Morrissey on The Sunday Game Live yesterday.

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Cillian O’Connor makes comeback after injury

Mayo’s chances of Connacht Championship success this summer received a big boost yesterday when All Star forward Cillian O’Connor made his first competitive appearance for 11 weeks.

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Bryan Sheehan’s dead ball accuracy key for South Kerry

South Kerry 0-16 Kilcummin 1-8: The dead ball accuracy of Bryan Sheehan proved crucial as South Kerry secured a winning start in this Kerry Senior Football Championship first round tie in Kilcummin yesterday.

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Conor Keane’s goal gives Legion the extra push

Legion 1-13 Mid Kerry 0-14 (AET): It took extra time to determine the winners of this Kerry SFC first-round tie in Killorglin, with Legion showing admirable pluck after a slow start to edge Mid Kerry.

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John Moynihan fires Rathmore win

Rathmore 2-8 Kerins O’Rahillys 2-5: John Moynihan’s goal two minutes from time was the gamebreaker as Rathmore edged out Kerins O’Rahillys in a high-intensity Kerry SFC first-round clash at Austin Stack Park on Saturday.

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Mike Frank Russell on target as Laune Rangers edge out West Kerry

Laune Rangers 1-14 West Kerry 0-16 (AET): Laune Rangers, inspired by Mike Frank Russell and captain Shane McSweeney, edged out West Kerry in this epic county championship battle at JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin, yesterday.

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Austin Stacks progress but fail to impress

Austin Stacks 1-13 St Michael’s/Foilmore 2-6: Champions Austin Stacks opened their Kerry SFC title defence with a laboured victory over St Michael’s/Foilmore at Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday night.

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Stephen O’Brien shines as Kenmare get act together

Kenmare District 5-15 St Brendan’s District 0-8: This time last year Kenmare’s no-show was making the headlines in the opening round of the Kerry SFC, but yesterday it was their first-half demolition job on a weak St Brendan’s District side that caught the eye.

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Adam Barry fires crucial goal as St Kieran’s overpower Feale Rangers

St Kieran’s 2-10 Feale Rangers 0-8: St Kieran’s blew pitiful Feale Rangers aside in this one-sided Kerry Senior Football Championship tie in Cordal on Saturday night.

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Cracking Dr Crokes outgun tame Shannon Rangers

Shannon Rangers 0-9 Dr Crokes 2-16: It was all so easy for Dr Crokes who had 13 points to spare over last year’s semi-finalists Shannon Rangers in this Kerry SFC first round tie at Tarbert on Saturday evening.

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Paul Geaney grabs extra-time draw for Dingle

Milltown-Castlemaine 1-13 Dingle 1-13 (AET): There was stalemate in Milltown in this Kerry SFC first-round game as the hosts recovered from five points down with 15 minutes left of normal time, to claw themselves back into contention.

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All-Ireland champs Corofin win despite Shane Maughan’s double strike

Two goals from penalties by Salthill/Knocknacarra’s Shane Maughan couldn’t prevent All-Ireland champions Corofin win on their return to the Galway SFC.

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Shane Crowley joy as rampant O’Donovan Rossa crush Clonakilty

O’Donovan Rossa 2-15 Clonakilty 0-10: A West Cork senior football championship game usually produces plenty of fireworks, but this one at Rosscarbery yesterday fizzled out and faded quickly as O’Donovan Rossa crushed a hugely disappointing Clonakilty.

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Dara Ó Cinnéide: A long way for Clare from here

There should be no shortage of native passion as Clare take on Limerick in the opening round of the Munster Senior Football Championship this evening.

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Clare ready to emerge from bunch

Colm Collins and Ephie Fitzgerald are putting shape and purpose on Clare’s football ambitions. An interesting test awaits tonight.

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Cavan men target net profits

It was bound to happen. Just as all good things must come to an end, so too must the bad ones and so it was that Brendan Fitzpatrick on March 28 ended a barren goal streak in the league for Cavan that stretched back to last spring.

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Gay Sheerin says Roscommon won’t settle for second

There are no half measures for Roscommon this summer: Gay Sheerin says his side are setting their sights on a Connacht title.

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Martin Carroll: Exile feeling completely at home in heart of London

You’d have done well to spot Martin Carroll at MacHale Park on London’s afternoon of history back in July 2013.

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Championship Preview: Things will get better, more competitive, in Leinster. Won’t they?

Dublin have won nine of the last ten Leinster football titles, five of the last seven U21 and four of the last six provincial minor titles. Now for the bad news....

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Bonner blasts ‘toxic’ abuse of young Donegal star

Tyrone officials last night declined to comment on the allegations by Donegal minor football manager Declan Bonner that two of their players mocked Donegal captain Micheál Carroll about his father Francie’s death during Sunday’s Ulster clash in Donegal.

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John Evans says budding stars lost to US ‘experience’

Roscommon football manager John Evans sought to strengthen his squad in the wake of their Division 2 league success, but he admits the lure of America robbed him of a sprinkling of the county’s emerging talent.

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The letter, the pillows, the contract

1. Eamonn Fitzmaurice and the letters

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Brudair: Give basement teams a ‘B’ championship

Limerick football manager John Brudair is in favour of the Treaty men ditching the All-Ireland championship in favour of a B competition.

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Championship Preview: John Evans and the footballers of tomorrow

Never mind this September. Who’ll be football top dogs at the end of 2018? And does John Evans know something the rest of us don’t?

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Kerry's James O'Donoghue walks out to receive his Footballer of the Year award at the 2014 GAA GPA All-Star Awards. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Championship hopes are bunched without a second banana

Behind every star turn, there’s the no. 1 number two — the best sidekick, supporting act, partner in crime — except in the Kingdom, of course, writes Larry Ryan

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Championship Preview: I am the captain - Kieran Donaghy, Kerry

The big issue is making sure the appetite isn’t sated:

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Brendan Devenney: Out-of-hand sledgers taunted bereaved minor player

Former Donegal star Brendan Devenney has alleged that a county minor footballer was taunted about the death of his father by opposition players.

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Enda Coughlan: Reaching the end of the lonely road

Clare’s Enda Coughlan has been on the loneliest road since last summer.

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Pressure is on Davy Fitzgerald now, reckons Tomás Mulcahy

The pressure is on Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald to deliver a Munster championship victory on Sunday, according to Tomás Mulcahy.

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Malachy O’Rourke demands consistency from officials

Malachy O’Rourke has called for greater consistency from match officials and wants to see weaker teams treated the same as those competing in an All-Ireland final.

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It’s time to ban the bigmouths, declares Conor Counihan

Players found guilty of sledging should be hit with a one-match suspension, according to Cork’s 2010 All-Ireland-winning football manager, Conor Counihan.

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Micheál Quirke: Sledging damages football’s fabric

"One man practising sportsmanship is far better than 100 teaching it"— Knute Rokne, legendary Notre Dame coach.

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Cavan players to get word of warning on sledging

Cavan chairman Gerry Brady has revealed their senior football management will speak to players about avoiding verbals ahead of Sunday’s Ulster quarter-final derby with Monaghan.

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Darragh Treacy issues rallying call to Limerick newcomers

Limerick centre-forward Darragh Treacy says it is high time the Treaty County’s emerging footballers stand out from the shadow of former stalwarts.

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Donegal players had ‘right of way’ in half-time bottleneck against Tyrone

Donegal had the half-time ‘right of way’ in Ballybofey, confirms the Ulster Council, who expect to hear from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) about Sunday’s interval fracas.

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Justin McMahon stresses Tyrone positives

Justin McMahon insists that Tyrone have plenty of positives to take into the All-Ireland qualifier series.

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Carlow take time to reflect after crushing defeat

Daniel St Ledger turned to referee Paddy Neilan late on Saturday evening and enquired how much was left on the watch. “12 minutes”, replied the Roscommon official. “It felt like an eternity,” the Carlow football captain admitted yesterday.

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Galway have Mayo in their sights, says Gary Sice

Gary Sice says all of Galway have ‘green and red in their eyes’ as they start the plot to dethrone the four-in-a-row Connacht champions Mayo.

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Gym work will not pay off if players don’t have skills, says Mike McGurn

Fitness and conditioning guru Mike McGurn warns Carlow’s disappointing Leinster championship opener shows no amount of gym work will compensate for a shortage of skills.

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Alan Brogan ready for key role with Dublin

Former Footballer of the Year Alan Brogan insists he won’t be happy to sit on the bench for Dublin this summer.

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Mickey Ned O’Sullivan - Creating a true nation of equals

Former Kerry manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan wants to tell his own family’s story to advocate a yes vote in the referendum, writes Michael Moynihan.

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Sean Cavanagh’s warning over ‘sledging’ effects on vulnerable players

"I am accustomed myself to not taking it personally and have sort of laughed it off through the years. But yeah, there will be players that can’t do that."

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Rory Gallagher says Michael Murphy ‘targeted’

Well, did anyone expect anything else?

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Tyrone fall again to tormentors Donegal

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-10: It wasn’t fitting that Donegal won nor was it that Tyrone lost. But there was no denying the appropriateness of Michael Murphy scoring the last three points of the game after enduring a dog of an afternoon.

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Tom Cribbin’s tough love pays off for Westmeath

Westmeath 3-14 Louth 0-16: Perhaps a little tough love does work after all.

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Colin Kelly stresses the positives for Louth

After a difficult day at the coalface of Championship football, Louth manager Colin Kelly managed to mine several nuggets of positivity.

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John Bannon: There’s a rule for sledging — use it!

Rule 5.14 of the playing rules of Gaelic football states that to use threatening or provocative language against an opponent is an immediate black card offence.

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Galway do little to worry Mayo

Galway 1-13 Leitrim 0-8: Job done for Kevin Walsh and Galway, but Mayo will hardly be terrified by what they saw at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.

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Jack Sheedy’s back as Offaly falter

Longford 0-16 Offaly 0-13: In a streaky game where both sides thrived on confidence, ultimately Offaly’s lack of self-belief cost them when they saw the finishing line.

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Cork celebrate after beatingGalway in the Tesco HomeGrownLadies NFL Division 1 final replay at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.

Rena Buckley leads Cork charge

Tesco Homegrown Division 1 NFL replay
Cork 0-14 Galway 1-10 
As studs clattered off the dressing room floor in O’Moore Park ahead of Saturday night’s Tesco Homegrown Division 1 NFL replay, Rena Buckley sat reminiscing on Cork’s first title in 2005.

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Dingle send Austin Stacks packing in club semi

Dr Crokes will meet Dingle in the Kerry Senior Club FC final after they got the better of Rathmore and Austin Stacks respectively in Tralee yesterday.

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It’s bitterly disappointing, says deflated Pat Flanagan

As the music boomed out of the victorious Longford dressing room Jack Sheedy beamed, while across the tunnel Pat Flanagan struggled to get the words out through the anguish of defeat.

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Laois learn little in rout of Carlow

Laois 3-16 Carlow 0-8: It was as smooth a win as you could wish for but Laois manager Tomás Ó Flatharta learned little about his team as they steamrollered Carlow at Netwatch Cullen Park in this Leinster Championship opener on Saturday night.

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Andrew Farrell goal sets up Mayo for first junior title since 2012

Mayo 1-12 Galway 0-13: Andrew Farrell’s goal 10 minutes from the break helped Mayo to their first Connacht junior football title since 2012.

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Mickey Harte wants no fuss over half-time row

Mickey Harte says there should be no reprecurssions from the half-time row that involved players from both teams and his selector Gavin Devlin.

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ON THE RUN: Clyda Rovers centre-back Paudie Kissane breaks past Carbery Rangers forward Declan Hayes in yesterday's Cork SFC second round clash at Coachford.

Relief as Carbery Rangers edge it

Carbery Rangers 1-7 Clyda Rovers 0-8: An opportunist 45th minute goal by Declan Hayes proved the decisive score in this sterile and disappointing Cork SFC second round tie at Coachford yesterday.

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