Celtic appear to have taken advantage of their European reprieve with a well-deserved 1-1 draw against Maribor in the first leg of their Champions League play-off in Slovenia.
In the wake of Donegal manager Jim McGuinness’s comparison of Dublin GAA with Chelsea under Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, it has emerged that the GAA is considering a reduction in the funding made available to the Dublin County Board for coaching in the capital.
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Celtic might not have made the most of their unlikely Champions League reprieve in Slovenia last night but, despite giving up an early lead, their 1-1 draw with Maribor means that, with a precious away goal under their belts, the side which seemed to have been drummed out of the competition must now be regarded as strong favourites to progress to the lucrative group stages.
Jonathan Sexton has all but made his mind up as to where he will play his club rugby in 12 months’ time, but the Racing Metro out-half stopped short of revealing whether home will be Dublin or Paris.
World No 1 Rory McIlroy returns to competition in New Jersey looking to win a fourth event in succession at the Barclays Championship and revealing he laughed off comments by Tiger Woods and then smiled at a remark from Phil Mickelson.
A reputation can be made easily, but real achievements have to be earned on the track.
I was at our club’s pitch last Wednesday night when it emerged that Kevin McCloy had collapsed during a championship match at Owenbeg.
Michael McKillop added Ireland’s second gold medal at the IPC European Championships in Swansea yesterday with a front-running victory in the T38 800m in 1:58.16.