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Saido Berahino will have some extra time off to reflect on West Brom impasse

Saido Berahino has been given extra time off by West Brom following a blocked move to Tottenham.

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TV3 snap up one of RTE's most popular pundits for Champions League campaign

Former Liverpool and Scotland star Graeme Souness will join TV3’s Champions League analysis team.

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David De Gea botched deal row escalates

The war of words between Old Trafford and the Bernabeu escalated last night after Manchester United issued a statement insisting Real Madrid were to blame for the collapse of David de Gea’s proposed transfer.

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Berahino takes heat off Van Gaal and Wenger — for now

Saido Berahino’s explosive reaction on social media to being denied a move to Tottenham Hotspur took the heat off Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger on Transfer Deadline Day; but it may not save them from the fire.

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Martin O’Neill: Darron Gibson injury saga ‘worrying’

Martin O’Neill has expressed concern about the psychological impact on Darron Gibson of the injury problems which have sidelined him for much of the last two years.

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Gamble finally paying off for resurgent Eunan O’Kane

As he serenaded his new team-mates with an initiation song after dinner last night, uncapped Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane could understand how the choice of ‘The Gambler’ by Kenny Rogers has resonance to his career.

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Ronan Finn and Sean Gannon strike as Dundalk too good for Shamrock Rovers

Dundalk 2 Shamrock Rovers 0: Dundalk restored their eight-point lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table as former Hoops Ronan Finn and Sean Gannon came back to haunt Rovers in Oriel Park last night.

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Germany gunning for revenge on Poland

World Cup winners Germany will look to make amends for their Euro 2016 qualifying defeat to Poland last year when the two sides meet again in Frankfurt on Friday to heave their qualification campaign back on track.

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Upbeat Martin O’Neill looks to the future

It was a little like the first day at new school yesterday for the Ireland players, as they made their debut at the National Training Centre by FAI headquarters in Abbotstown.

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Chelsea target Papy Djilobodji as cut-price alternative to John Stones

Chelsea are bidding to solve their defensive troubles with Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji as a switch from Nantes nears completion.

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Slick Cork City stay in title hunt as sorry St Pats stumble again

Cork City 3 St Patrick’s Athletic 1: Cork City showed that they won’t go down in this title race without a fight as they moved to within five points of champions Dundalk at the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division after a comfortable victory over St Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross last night.

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Adam Rooney ready for exciting month

The onset of September could bring with it new territory in the Rooney household in the form of a maiden Ireland cap and fatherhood for Aberdeen striker Adam.

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Patient Darren Randolph’s perfect guide to good time ‘keeping

Darren Randolph could hardly have picked a better time to keep a clean sheet at Anfield.

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Terrace Talk: Man United - Van Gaal in danger of overseeing a circus act

Before Sunday’s game, and perhaps over-giddy from beating a bunch of injury-ravaged second-rate Belgians, LVG tempted fate in a way that reminded me of a showboating lion-tamer sticking his head inside the big cat’s mouth.

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Garry Monk outwits frustrated Louis van Gaal

Swansea 2 Manchester United 1: Manchester United lost for the first time in the Premier League this season to leave Louis van Gaal both frustrated and disappointed with his side’s trip to south Wales.

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Aaron Ramsey unfazed by sceptics

Aaron Ramsey is as likely to take notice of the high-profile brickbats aimed Arsenal’s way from the acerbic tongue of Gary Neville as he is the Premier League table before the end of October.

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West Ham set off alarm bells at Liverpool

Liverpool 0 West Ham 3: Buried amid the cacophany of West Ham’s first victory at Anfield in over half a century was the simple fact that several months of hard work and apparent improvement by Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers apparently dissipated in 90 traumatic minutes.

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How the Irish fared: Stephen Gleeson back to bite MK Dons as Birmingham remain unbeaten

In-form Stephen Gleeson returned to haunt MK Dons on Saturday, scoring the opening goal as Birmingham maintained their unbeaten start to the season to climb to seventh in the Championship.

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Ireland stepping out in new home

Having upped sticks from Malahide, the Irish squad will get a first taste of their new Dublin base when they step out on Pitch Number One at the National Training Centre in Abbotstown this morning, to begin preparations for the European Championship double-header away to Gibraltar in Faro on Friday and at home to Georgia in the Aviva Stadium on the following Monday.

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John Caulfield rallies Cork City for St Patrick’s Athletic six-pointer

Cork City will be looking to cut Dundalk’s lead at the top to five points when they take on St Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross this evening in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division (7.45pm).

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Mark Hughes fumes as Stoke stay winless

Stoke 0 West Brom 1
Jonathan Walters watched nine-man Stoke alongside Roy Keane at the Britannia Stadium because manager Mark Hughes felt he was not in the frame of mind to play due to transfer speculation.

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Roberto Martinez taking extra measures to protect Everton players

Tottenham  0 Everton 0
The dust will not finally settle at Goodison Park until the transfer window closes at 6pm tomorrow, but after apparently fending off Chelsea’s repeated attempts to sign John Stones, Roberto Martinez insists he will make plans to build a protective barrier around his Everton players in January.

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Gareth Bale answers critics in style as Madrid hammer Real Betis

Real Madrid’s 5-0 hammering of Real Betis on Saturday evening helped to ease the pressure on both Gareth Bale and Rafa Benitez — but may have troubled Los Blancos longtime talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Terrace Talk: Chelsea - My love of Jose verges on the unhinged, but this time...

This was Jose’s 100th game as Chelsea manager at the Bridge. I fully expected the theme of this article to be his imperious home record. 

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Tim Sherwood feels the pain as Sunderland steal point

Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 2: A moment of frustration left Tim Sherwood with a hamstring injury – but the Aston Villa boss was delighted with his team’s performance despite having to settle for a draw against Sunderland.

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Terrace Talk: Arsenal - Victory can’t hide that nearly-men feeling

There was much delight among travelling Gooners at being geographically blessed with the dream ticket promotion of Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich.

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Sterling start for Manuel Pellegrini

Man City 2 Watford 0: For Manchester City, the club records are being countered with caution; they may look unstoppable in both the Premier League and the transfer market as August closes, but no one at the Etihad Stadium expects this to be a trouble-free season. Friday’s Champions League draw gave notice of the difficulties that lie ahead.

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Terrace Talk: Liverpool - Every silver lining has a black cloud lurking

Hello, remember me? I’m the chap who used to write about Liverpool for the Examiner before some satellite TV flunky decided we’d make great Monday Night Heroes.

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Crystal Palace hunger too much for Chelsea, says Damien Delaney

Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2: It might not be a fully-blown crisis at Stamford Bridge, but there are clearly problems for Jose Mourinho to address after Chelsea’s worst start in over a decade, and Crystal Palace skipper Damien Delaney agrees with the Portuguese that it is all about one thing — hunger.

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Ronald Koeman insists Victor Wanyama won’t be leaving

Southampton 3 Norwich 0: Ronald Koeman insists Victor Wanyama will still be a Southampton player when the summer transfer window closes on Tuesday evening despite the former Celtic man telling the Dutchman he wants leave St Mary’s.

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Claudio Ranieri delighted as Leicester dig in for draw

Bournemouth 1 Leicester 1: Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was delighted to see his side come through a stern test at Bournemouth after Jamie Vardy’s late penalty secured a point.

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