Johnny Sexton cleared to play against Exeter Chiefs

Johnny Sexton has been given the all clear for Leinster's Champions Cup clash against the Exeter Chiefs at the Aviva Stadium.

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Former footballer previously reported missing after mental-health scare welcomes baby daughter

Clarke Carlisle has been pictured smiling with his new baby daughter only months after suffering a setback in his battle with depression.

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Jim Mallinder sacked by Northampton

Jim Mallinder has been sacked as Northampton director of rugby.

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Michael Ryan: Moving All-Ireland final date from September slot was a mistake

The decision to bring forward the date of the All-Ireland hurling final to mid-August was a mistake, according to Tipperary manager Michael Ryan.

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Tipperary secretary's report: Jason Forde was found ‘guilty by association’

Tipperary GAA secretary Tim Floyd has claimed that Jason Forde was found “guilty by association” earlier this year when he served a one-match suspension for his infamous clash with Davy Fitzgerald.

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Waterford spent €872,000 on inter-county sides

Waterford shelled out €872,607 on inter-county teams in 2017 but the board still reported a surplus of €30,630 in their annual accounts.

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Pep Guardiola’s Man City still facing the ultimate test

If ever a manager was entitled to indulge in self-congratulation, it was Pep Guardiola after his Manchester City side went to Old Trafford, totally out-footballed their arch-rivals and nearest challengers, and came away with a 2-1 victory which was rather more emphatic than that narrow scoreline would suggest.

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Manchester derby defeat felt like a big punch, says livid Herrera

Ander Herrera admits Manchester United’s loss to bitter rivals City felt like a “big punch”, with the midfielder frustrated by the manner of their defeat and infuriated by his booking for diving.

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Antonio Conte: Chelsea must be at ‘120%’ to beat Barcelona

Head coach Antonio Conte insists Chelsea must be positive about the Champions League draw, which sees his side face five-times European champions Barcelona.

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‘O’Mahony and Stander love Munster and Munster loves them’, says Taute

Try as hard as they might, world-class rugby players prefer to do their talking on the pitch rather than seek the limelight in the media — unless contract renewal time has come round again.

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Tide turns as English clubs feel pain but no gain

The understandably grumpy figure cut by Leicester captain Tom Youngs at Thomond Park on Saturday night was neatly representative of the English mood in general after a terrible weekend of Champions Cup results for Premiership clubs.

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Cautious Kiss keeping Ulster focus on return battle with Harlequins

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss has warned his charges not to rest on their laurels after Sunday’s hard-fought Champions Cup win away to Harlequins.

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Noel Cronin Q&A: ‘Waterville is a great golf course, fair for everyone’

Kevin Markham chats with Noel Cronin, one of Irish golf’s great gentlemen.

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Golfers reveal driving ambition

As the saying goes, drive for show, putt to drive another showy car into your garage.

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Gift ideas to tee up the golfer’s ideal Christmas

Kevin Markham looks at a broad range of potential Christmas gifts for golfers...

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He's the most hyped horse since Golden Cygnet, but Samcro justifies the hype

He is, quite simply, the most hyped horse since Golden Cygnet. It is just as well Gordon Elliott’s Samcro isn’t human, because, if he was, the weight of expectation might overwhelm him, writes Pat Keane.

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Total Recall will need to be very good to win off 147

There’s a terrific card tomorrow at Fairyhouse, but the feature of today’s action is the Ladbrokes Trophy (formerly the Hennessy Gold Cup) at Newbury, and Willie has sent across two live contenders, writes Ruby Walsh.

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Tyson Fury’s career in limbo after anti-doping hearing no-show

Tyson Fury failed to turn up for his UK Anti-Doping hearing yesterday, the agency has confirmed.

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Plans for world domination but Katie Taylor won’t look past McCaskill

Katie Taylor insists she is not looking past Jessica McCaskill despite already plotting her route to world title unification in 2018.

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Parochial Hall misses out on National Cup semi-finals

It’s as much a part of Cork sporting folklore as Flower Lodge or Páirc Ui Chaoimh, as the Mardyke or Turner’s Cross. But the storied basketball crucible that is the northside’s Parochial Hall will fall silent next month when the National Cup semi-finals are played out on Leeside.

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