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Sandown boost for Dempsey

By Keith HamerMARK PITMAN believes the abandonment of last Saturday's Victor Chandler Chase could be a blessing in disguise for Dempsey.

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Moscow Flyer heading straight to Cheltenham

By Chris WilsonMOSCOW FLYER will head straight to the Cheltenham Festival without another run under his belt.

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Agile but fragile, a dodgy combination in dogs

By Diarmuid O'FlynnHot toddies were the order of the day again in Clonmel yesterday, another fresh morning.

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Former civil servant to examine greyhound doping controversy

By Harry McGee, Political EditorA FORMER senior civil servant will carry out an independent assessment into Irish Greyhound Board's doping controls and the manner in which its board dismissed its chief executive last week.

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Golf course plan out of bounds

By Donal HickeyPLANS to build a multi-million euro golf course at Inch, on the Dingle Peninsula, have received a further setback, with Environment Minister Dick Roche refusing to give the project the green light.

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Mary's and Clongowes advance

St Mary's College 34 St Gerard's School 22By Des BerryST MARY'S COLLEGE survived a late St Gerard's fightback before progressing in this Powerade Leinster Schools Cup clash at Donnybrook.

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France include Michalak as Scotland banking on Blair

By Jan PierreFREDERIC MICHALAK has been named in France's team to play Scotland in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash at Murrayfield.

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Wallace work rate earned recall, says O'Sullivan

By Barry CoughlanTHE recall of David Wallace, the introduction of his Munster colleague Jerry Flannery and the return of Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell were the main talking points as Eddie O'Sullivan unveiled his team for the start of the Six Nations Championship against Italy at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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Can Eddie please the style council?

By Donal LenihanON THE eve of the Six Nations Championship, a feeling of quiet optimism has stirred the Irish rugby fraternity.

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Italians aim to make it hot for the Irish

By Barry CoughlanITALIAN manager Carlo Checchinato is confident Italy will push Ireland all the way in Saturday's opening RBS 6 Nations clash at Lansdowne Road.

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No Moody blues for Robinson

By Andrew BaldockENGLAND head coach Andy Robinson has no doubts about the self control of Lewis Moody - despite the firebrand flanker getting sent off at Twickenham 10 weeks ago.

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Five Dublin newcomers face Tyrone

By Michael EllardDUBLIN introduce five newcomers for Sunday's opening Allianz NFL tie against All-Ireland champions Tyrone at Omagh.

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Moyna seeks 'DCU Four' clarification

By Brendan O'BrienAT least two of the 'DCU Four' may yet play some part in the 2006 Datapac Sigerson Cup which begins today.

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Free-scoring Tralee set to book semi-final spot

By Brendan LarkinFOLLOWERS of Munster Colleges games are spoiled for choice this afternoon with three Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-finals and a Harty Cup replay down for decision.

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Kelly denies any Northern resistance to Croker opening

By Jim O'SullivanGAA President Sean Kelly has insisted "proper procedures" were followed in the decision-making process which opened Croke Park to rugby and soccer.

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Déise plan new club format

By John MurphyWATERFORD County Board are likely to ratify a new format for their domestic hurling and football championships next week.

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Clare offered 42,000 capacity stadium in Cusack Park swap deal

By Brendan LarkinA GROUP of businessmen have offered Clare GAA chiefs a new purpose-built 42,000 capacity stadium on a green-field site on the outskirts of Ennis in exchange for Cusack Park.

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Gomez retires as trainer slams 'ludicrous' fix claims

By Brendan MooneyFORMER British champion Michael Gomez is facing one final fight to clear his name after bringing his eventful 10-year professional career to a close.

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Senegal advance despite defeat as Ghana miss their chance

JOHN OBI MIKEL produced only flashes of the ability which has led to a spat between Chelsea and Man United as Nigeria pulled off an undeserved win over Senegal in the African Nations Cup.

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Late goal puts dent in Spurs' ambitions

Fulham 1 Tottenham 0By Adrian CurtisA STOPPAGE-TIME winner by Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra exposed the shortcomings at the heart of Tottenham's ambition to be a top-four side in the Premiership at the end of the season.

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Harry lands Argentine star

By Damien SpellmanHARRY REDKNAPP claimed deadline day's most impressive signing by luring Argentina playmaker Andres D'Alessandro to Portsmouth.

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Fowler believes present Reds are better than side he left

By Paul WalkerROBBIE FOWLER rates the new Liverpool under Rafael Benitez a far better outfit than the one he left behind four years ago.

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Stokes on the double

By Tony LeenANTHONY STOKES' progress at Arsenal continued with two more goals for the Gunners' reserves on Monday night in their 5-0 rout of Norwich.

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Addicks' deadly duo off target as Baggies bag point

Charlton 0 West Brom 0 By Jon WestTHERE were no goals and little quality play to cherish as West Brom marked their 100th Premiership match with a goalless draw at Charlton.

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Rio is content in his surprise new role

By Simon StoneRIO FERDINAND has declared his willingness to take on a midfield role for club and country.

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Strachan leaps to Bhoys' defence

By Chris RobertsCELTIC manager Gordon Strachan claims none of his CIS Insurance Cup semi-finalists are lacking in confidence despite failing to keep a clean sheet in 11 matches.

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McCarthy under fire as Boro blitz Black Cats

Sunderland 0 Middlesbrough 3By Damian SpellmanMIDDLESBROUGH eased their relegation fears and nudged Sunderland ever closer to the Premiership trapdoor.

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Two sent off as Scharner earns Latics point

Wigan 1 Everton 1By Ian ParkesRED mist descended on the JJB Stadium as an explosive encounter saw both sides finish the game with 10 men.

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