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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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