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Merk Selby ’confident enough’ ahead of World Snooker Championships

Mark ‘The Jester from Leicester’ Selby is the world snooker champion. He shocked holder Ronnie O’Sullivan to win last year’s final at the Crucible. Now firmly established as the sport’s No.1 ranked player, he is confident of retaining his title when the world’s best return to the home of the green baize today.

 

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Paddy Barnes hoping to seal deal in Maiquetia

Maiquetia, the city in Venezuela where Paddy Barnes will tonight look to seal his place in next year’s Olympic Games, last made the news in 1999 when mudslides devastated the region and caused tens of thousands of casualties.

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Hero Sonia O’Sullivan returns to Leevale Sports

Sonia O’Sullivan returns to the Leevale Sports today for the first time since 1987 when she was aiming to qualify for the European Junior Track and Field Championships.

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Nico Rosberg takes the upper hand at Bahrain Grand Prix

A small mistake from Lewis Hamilton allowed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to gain the upper hand in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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VIDEO: Bertram Allen wins at World Cup final

Nineteen-year-old Irish show jumper Bertram Allen got the perfect start at the World Cup final in Las Vegas when winning the opening speed class with Molly Malone V in the early hours of this morning.

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Stage is set for another Crucible classic

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s rookie World Championship opponent fears Crucible humiliation before he even plays his first shot against the five-time winner.

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Alan Ring still on a learning curve

Former Irish National and Tarmac Group N champion, Kerry’s Alan Ring, admits that it’s taking him time to adjust the power and pace of the Mel Evans S12B Subaru WRC. 

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Wee County starlet Ciaran Byrne braces for AFL debut

Ciaran Byrne will become the latest Irishman to make a full AFL debut when he lines out in Carlton’s Round 3 clash with Essendon in the MCG on Saturday. 

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St Vincent’s secure All-Ireland crown

St Vincent’s Cork 39 Our Lady’s Castleblayney 17: St Vincent’s picked up Cork’s second win at the U14 All Ireland Schools Finals week with a 39-17 win over Our Lady’s Castleblayney yesterday.

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Midtown Raffa 8-1 favourite as two withdrawn from Laurels

The second round of the Irish Laurels takes place tomorrow night at Curraheen and there are two reported non-runners from the last 48: Fatboyz Josh and Captain Karnage. 

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Illegal gambling drives €3 trillion betting markets

The global sports betting market is worth up to $3,000,000,000,000 (three trillion), the vast majority of that generated by illegal gambling, a United Nations conference on crime being held in Doha has heard.

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Bertram Allen philosophical heading into World Cup finals

Bertram Allen’s philosophy heading into this weekend’s World Cup finals in Las Vegas is fairly straightforward: Do your best and see where it takes you, writes John Tynan.

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Barry Hearn: European golf tour the template to follow

Barry Hearn is the man who had everyone going snooker loopy in the eighties as television coverage of the sport boomed on the back of his stable of star players such as Steve Davis.

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Cricket Ireland hope to have new coach in place for England ODI

Cricket Ireland are “hopeful” a new national team coach will be in place for the showpiece one-day international against England at Malahide on May 8.

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Beara Peninsula start for famed Rally of the Lakes

Organisers of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes (May 1-3) will use the stages along the Beara Peninsula on the opening day of the event rather than the second and final day as in previous years.

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Boston Celtics make the most of Cavalier approach

On Monday, the Boston Celtics were the surprising beneficiaries of one of the most generous systems in professional sport.

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Mark Selby looking to conquer the ‘Curse of the Crucible’ and retain title

Mark Selby knows he has to not only defeat 31 other players vying to cause an upset at the BetFred World Snooker Championship but he must also conquer the ’Curse of the Crucible’.

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Nico Rosberg: Talks were intense after furore

Nico Rosberg revealed “very intense” discussions followed his Chinese Grand Prix furore with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

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Money may lure Andy Lee title fight to London

Talks about Andy Lee’s summer world title defence will begin this week after the World Boxing Organisation today sent out letters instructing all parties to get the ball rolling on his mandatory challenge from Billy Joe Saunders.

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Andy Lee turns eyes towards Thomond title thriller

Andy Lee has targeted a summer bout at Thomond Park after Saturday night’s split decision draw against Peter Quillin in Brooklyn.

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Fionnuala Britton denied victory by Steel after fascinating duel

Gemma Steel denied Fionnuala Britton a maiden victory in a fascinating duel in blustery conditions in the Phoenix Park at the SPAR Great Ireland Run 10km on Saturday.

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Pegasus edge out Loreto in shoot-out

Pegasus were surprise winners of the women’s Irish Hockey League after edging out Leinster powerhouses UCD and Loreto at Grange Road.

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Lewis Hamilton in the clear

Lewis Hamilton has been exonerated of any blame en route to winning his fourth Chinese Grand Prix despite being on the receiving end of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s ire.

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