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Drab derby heads into chaos with Marouane Fellaini

Manchester City 0 Manchester United 0: Marouane Fellaini managed to drag a Manchester derby that had been interesting rather than memorable into pure chaos at the Etihad last night, earning a red card for a headbutt on Sergio Aguero some six seconds after being booked for a foul on the same City forward.

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NICK CALLOW: Manchester heavys fail to pack a punch

Football fans and media alike can be guilty of getting carried away in the build-up to derby games, featuring huge personalties, writes Nick Callow.

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John Caulfield: ‘If Messi did that, we’d all be raving about it’

Cork City manager John Caulfield has dismissed suggestions striker Seanie Maguire has had his head turned by transfer speculation as the club look to end the Premier Division’s first series of games tonight with a 100% record.

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The week in Fantasy Premier League: Double Gameweek disasters, cheap alternatives and mini-league strategy

We’ve all nodded along sagely to warnings that Double Gameweek players don’t necessarily outscore their single-fixture counterparts, but it takes a week like this to make us actually believe it.

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Christian Eriksen: Win was a huge boost for Tottenham

Christian Eriksen claims Tottenham’s battling win at Crystal Palace proves they are still right in the title race.

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Dundalk aim to keep pressure on Galway United

With Cork City and Bray facing off this evening, Dundalk know a draw at Turner’s Cross would, if they can beat Galway United, see the champions close the gap on the leaders and make second place their own in the Premier Division.

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Steven Beattie stresses need to future-proof Cork City

Cork City v Bray Wanderers, SSE Airtricity Premier Division: The accent is decidedly Dublin but the words are unmistakably Cork, more Shandon than his hometown Skerries.

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WATCH: ‘Freak’ Robert Huth own goal keeps Arsenal in top-four hunt

A freak Robert Huth own goal kept Arsenal’s faint Champions League hopes alive as they scraped to victory against a dogged Leicester side.

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Jose Mourinho frustrated with his ‘cautious’ stars following injuries

Manchester City v Manchester United: With Paul Pogba added to Manchester United’s lengthening injury list for tonight’s derby at the Etihad Stadium, the continued unavailability of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones is a source of great frustration to manager Jose Mourinho.

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Banned Joey Barton accuses football of hedging bets

Joey Barton has called on football to reconsider its links with the gambling industry after the Football Association banned him for 18 months for breaking its betting rules.

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Christian Eriksen cracker keeps title race on the boil

Crystal Palace 0 Spurs 1: The Premier League title race is still alive, as Christian Eriksen struck a spectacular late winner to extend Tottenham’s winning run to eight league games and closed the gap to Chelsea to four points once again.

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Keane offers advice to Coleman as he ‘starts all over again’

On the day Ireland captain Seamus Coleman was in Liverpool breaking his silence about his injury nightmare, former skipper Robbie Keane was in Dublin offering words of advice to the Donegal man as he begins the long road to recovery at Everton.

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Blues thunder towards Premier League title

Chelsea have dealt Tottenham Hotspur a second painful blow in the space of four days as they followed an FA Cup semi-final victory over their rivals with a Deigo Costa-inspired 4-2 win against Southampton which extends their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

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Mauricio Pochettino: We’ll only sell players we don’t want

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has assured him the club does not have to raise money this summer and will only offload players they want to sell.

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Ace Alexis Sanchez will stay at Arsenal, predicts confident Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger’s future may remain up in the air but he is confident Alexis Sanchez will sign a new Arsenal contract this summer.

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Stephanie Roche proudest of winning rights battle

Not even sharing a shortlist with Colombian James Rodriguez in 2015 for her Puskas Award nomination gave Stephanie Roche more pride than helping her Irish women’s team succeed in their drive for basic conditions earlier this month.

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Derry held as Limerick make a point

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Derry City 1, Limerick 1
Limerick extended their unbeaten run to four matches following a tenacious battle against Derry City in Maginn Park last night.

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Rob Elliot gives Ireland reminder

Ireland international keeper Rob Elliot is hoping to reignite his Ireland career after confirming a Premier League return with Newcastle.

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Alan Bennett a major doubt for City’s Seagulls clash

Alan Bennett is likely to miss SSE Airtricity Premier Division leaders Cork City’s clash with Bray Wanderers at Turner’s Cross on Friday night (7.45pm).

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