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Forget Scotland flop and focus on Irish, urges Pelous

By Katie FryFRANCE captain Fabien Pelous yesterday hit out at his teammates for their days of soul-searching in the wake of last weekend's Six Nations defeat to Scotland.

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Foley bracing for comeback

By Charlie MulqueenANTHONY FOLEY will know this afternoon whether his international career is to be reactivated at the Stade de France on Saturday.

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Major step-up needed in Paris

By Donal LenihanAS if spurred on by the quality of recent Heineken Cup clashes, the opening weekend of this year's Six Nations Championship provided high quality drama and even the long-awaited shock result.

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England expect tough test

By Andrew Baldock ANDY ROBINSON has geared England up for an intense physical battle against Italy on Saturday, admitting: "They will stand toe-to-toe with us."

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D'Arcy wary of French disconnection and backlash

By Brendan O'BrienBETWEEN the November internationals and the opening weekend of the Six Nations, Gordon D'Arcy has scored a try every two games for Leinster in Celtic League and Heineken Cup action, but the well ran dry against the Italians at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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Young stars to face A level test

By Charlie Mulqueen EDDIE O'Sullivan has chosen a largely developmental Ireland A side to meet their French counterparts in Limoges on Friday.

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Beware the wounded Welsh, warns coach

By Andrew BaldockWALES have warned Scotland to beware "a wounded animal" in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations Championship clash at the Millennium Stadium.

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Shields gets starting place against Kerry

By Michael Ellard ST FINBARR'S promising U21 player Michael Shields has been given a starting place on the Cork team to meet Kerry in the second round of the Allianz NFL under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night next.

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Sligo IT in tough defence of Sigerson title

By Brendan LarkinCHAMPIONS IT Sligo face a difficult opening defence of their Datapac Sigerson Cup title with a second-round game away to Dundalk IT this afternoon (2pm).

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Kelly calls for 'speedy decision' as possible

By Jim O'Sullivan THE GAA's disciplinary body, the Central Disciplinary Committee (CDC), tonight begins the investigation of the controversial NFL tie between Tyrone and Dublin in Omagh last Sunday.

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Kelly defends GAA pay-per-view deal

By Jim O'Sullivan THE GAA did not appreciate that a significant number of supporters would be precluded from watching live NFL games when it signed an agreement with Setanta Sports, President Sean Kelly admitted yesterday.

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Newtown harbour great expectations

By Brendan O'Brien IN GOLF, it is said any good player can win a major once but only the greats manage it twice. Newtownshandrum's Brendan Mulcahy can probably appreciate that sentiment as the Cork champions chase a second AIB All-Ireland club hurling title to elevate themselves to a whole new level in the pantheon of club teams.

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Chelsea skipper's heart set on Wembley

By Adrian Curtis CAPTAIN John Terry has set his sights on leading Chelsea out for the FA Cup final at the new Wembley. Chelsea take on Everton in their fourth round replay at Stamford Bridge tonight with victory setting up a relatively easy clash against high-flying League Two side Colchester in the last 16.

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Get over Gerrard absence, Benitez demands

By Paul Walker RAFAEL BENITEZ has challenged his wilting Liverpool outfit to prove they can win without Steven Gerrard.

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Magpies yet to swoop for boss

NEWCASTLE chairman Freddy Shepherd insists he is yet to approach anyone over the vacant manager's job at St James' Park, amid a frenzy of speculation over Graeme Souness' successor.

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Blues get the nod from Grey

JULIAN GRAY headed Birmingham into the fifth round of the FA Cup after Steve Bruce's side took advantage of the fact that promotion-chasing Reading was resting most of its first-team players.

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Chairman: Holloway's Hoops days over

QPR chairman Gianni Paladini admitted there is no way back for Ian Holloway at Loftus Road as he unveiled reserve-team coach Gary Waddock as the club's new caretaker manager.

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Drogba fires Elephants into final

CHELSEA star Didier Drogba fired the Ivory Coast into the African Nations Cup final as they overcame Nigeria 1-0 in Alexandria yesterday.

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Hartson decision boosts Bhoys

By Chris Roberts GORDON Strachan is convinced Wales' loss will be Celtic's gain following John Hartson's international retirement.

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Lennon: I'm not in Foxes hunt

CELTIC captain Neil Lennon has ruled out a return to Leicester City as manager.

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Kerr lawyers question FAI

By Liam Mackey BRIAN KERR'S lawyers have written to the FAI in response to comments made by the association's chief executive John Delaney in a newspaper interview.

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Robson to lead fixture talks

By Liam MackeyTHE FAI is wheeling out the big guns for tomorrow's European Championship Group D fixture meeting in Frankfurt.

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Preston's Danny boy storms Palace

PRESTON boss Billy Davies hailed Danny Dichio after the striker's double took Preston into the FA Cup fifth round at the expense of Crystal Palace.

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Campbell 'focused' on return

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger last night revealed Sol Campbell is "focused" and "determined" to return to action with Arsenal against Bolton this weekend.

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Mowbray denies any interest in Boro job

HIBERNIAN manager Tony Mowbray has firmly distanced himself from any possible return to his former club Middlesbrough as a replacement for under-fire manager Steve McClaren.

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Turkish sports minister slams punishment

TURKEY'S sports minister accused FIFA of leaning too heavily on president Sepp Blatter's version of events and vowed to challenge the severe punishment doled out after violence marred November's World Cup play-off against Switzerland.

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Penalty rescues lucky Hearts

Dundee United 1 Hearts 1 By John Campbell A HEARTS side reeling from suggestions that majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov is in charge of team selection scored a controversial late penalty to rescue a dramatic draw against Dundee United.

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