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Leaders Dundalk face tough trip to Pat’s while Cork City entertain Hoops

Four of the top five go head to head in the SSE Airtricity League tonight with leaders Dundalk away to fifth-placed St Patrick’s Athletic and second taking on third as Cork City host Shamrock Rovers at Turner’s Cross.

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Roy Hodgson: ‘Jack knows we’d be happy to have him’

England manager Roy Hodgson believes Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa player who has six Under 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland, will make a final decision by this autumn over whether he wants to play for England or Ireland at senior level.

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Survival the name of the game as Deportivo punch above their weight

Nick Hornby said it best in Fever Pitch when he suggested that the natural state of the football fan is one of bitter disappointment, no matter what the score. Sitting in the Estadio Riazor last Sunday evening as more than 33,000 Deportivo La Coruña supporters shuffled out glumly onto the sun-speckled streets on the back of a 2-0 win over Levante spoke painfully for that.

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Xavi heading to Qatar after 24 years at Barca

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has confirmed he will join Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan giants.

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Hazard can hit anther level, says Blues hero Zola

Gianfranco Zola believes Eden Hazard has the ideal conditions to attain even greater heights at Chelsea.

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FAI to release tickets for England game

The Football Association of Ireland will today release a limited number of tickets for Ireland’s friendly with England on June 7 — and purchasers will have to prove Irish identity in order to get a ticket.

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Frustrated Liverpool cancel Sterling contract talks

Liverpool’s hard-line stance in an increasingly acrimonious stand-off over the future of Raheem Sterling will not impact on the player in the short term.

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Adebayor given compassionate leave by Spurs

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor will miss his club’s final game of the season at Everton on Sunday after being allowed to return to his native Togo on compassionate grounds.

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Sunderland must now move on, declares Larsson

Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson hopes the Wearside club can move on to better things next season after the club secured their Premier League survival on Wednesday night.

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John Carver expects no favours from Sam Allardyce

John Carver is expecting no favours from Sam Allardyce as he attempts to keep Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League.

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Louis van Gaal: We could’ve been champions

Louis van Gaal produced the passion we don’t often see in the Old Trafford technical areas in a rousing, and amusing, speech at Manchester United’s awards evening.

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Inter Milan closing on unsettled Manchester City star Yaya Toure

Midfielder Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City appears to be drawing to a close as Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti claimed the Italian giants are close to completing a move for the Ivory Coast star.

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Another life for Sunderland as Arsenal eye FA Cup glory

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0: Arsenal needed a point to all but confirm third place in the Premier League; Sunderland needed a point to escape relegation; three of the last six games between the teams at the Emirates had ended goalless. Can you guess what the score was yet?

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Arsene Wenger may spend but keeping players Arsenal’s priority

Manager Arsene Wenger expects to add to Arsenal’s “core” this summer, but believes if Francis Coquelin had cost £40m (€55.6m) in January rather than coming back from loan at Charlton, there would be little criticism of the squad’s depth.

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St Pat’s so cool as Cork City suffer in shoot-out

Cork City 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 1 - St Patrick’s Athletic win 5-3 on penalties: Late substitute Chris Forrester, who was only introduced for the penalty shoot-out, converted the winning penalty as St Pat’s edged Cork City to qualify for the semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup at Turners Cross last night.

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Jamie Carragher says Raheem Sterling should be embarrassed

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has come under a withering attack from two of the club’s former stalwarts over his apparent reluctance to sign a reported £100,000 (€139,000) per week contract.

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FA warns England fans on ’IRA’ chanting

England have warned fans attending next month’s momentous friendly with Ireland against sectarian chanting.

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