SOCCER - TODAY'S NEWS

Gibson recalls ‘devastation’ of cruciate injury

As competitive international games go, it was about as close to a meaningless friendly as you can get, but Ireland against Kazakhstan at the Aviva Stadium last October — the dead rubber game which brought a doomed World Cup qualifying campaign for both nations to a close — turned out to be a red-letter night, in the worst possible way, for Darron Gibson.

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‘Dublin defeat a reminder of favourite’s tag perils’

Paul McGinley put the finishing touches to a strong European Ryder Cup team bound for Gleneagles in three weeks but admitted the fate that befell Dublin’s footballers was a stark warning about the pitfalls of favouritism.