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Keep faith in Island Pride

By Pat KeaneONCE again Thurles comes to the aid of the game this afternoon by dividing a race, thus housing eight contests.

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Hennessy an open and shut case for Beef Or Salmon

By Pat KeaneYOU would have to be forgiven for thinking that Beef Or Salmon will enjoy little more than a good school in the richly-endowed Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday.

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Mercuric continues Harrington revival

JESSICA Harrington, whose Pierse Hurdle winner Studmaster will by-pass Saturday's totesport Trophy at Newbury in favour of an engagement at Leopardstown on Sunday, continued her revival when Mercuric triumphed at Down Royal yesterday.

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Belgian Grand Prix cancelled

By Alastair MoffittTHIS year's Belgian Grand Prix has been cancelled, world governing body the FIA confirmed yesterday.

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Tiger marches on

Tiger Woods stretched his lead at the top of the World Rankings even farther with his win at Dubai on Sunday.

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Woods unconcerned by power surge

By Mark GarrodTIGER WOODS said yesterday that nothing can stop golf balls being hit further and further by the game's top players.

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Howell out in front

David Howell remains out in front in the European Order of Merit race.

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Ryder Cup to drive up visitor numbers, says tourism chief

By Ed CartyTHE Ryder Cup should be the perfect driver for another bumper year, tourism chiefs predicted yesterday, as figures showed almost seven million people visited the country last year.

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Monty looking for a Johnnie jump-up

By Mark GarrodEUROPEAN number one Colin Montgomerie hopes the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth will kick-start his season after a remarkable 2005.

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Tiger marches on

Tiger Woods stretched his lead at the top of the World Rankings even farther with his win at Dubai on Sunday.

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Howell out in front

David Howell remains out in front in the European Order of Merit race.

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Scanlon try seals victory for Crescent College

Crescent College 11 Árd Scoil Rís 10By Charlie MulqueenA SUPERB try by full-back Sean Scanlon proved the difference between two evenly matched sides in this Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park yesterday.

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Murphy ready for Les Bleus bow

By Brendan O'BrienHERE's a tough six-marker quiz question. How many times has Geordan Murphy lined for Ireland in the Stade de France?

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Dallaglio return keeps Corry 'on his toes'

By Andrew BaldockENGLAND captain Martin Corry is ready to fight for his place during this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

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O'Sullivan delighted with Leamy verdict

By Duncan BechIRELAND boss Eddie O'Sullivan declared "justice was done" after Denis Leamy was cleared of stamping on Italy scrum-half Paul Griffen, a decision that allows the Munster number eight to face France on Saturday.

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Pelous refuses to panic after defeat

By Isabelle RondeauFRANCE captain Fabien Pelous claims he is "not panicking at all" after the RBS 6 Nations favourites were beaten by Scotland in their tournament opener.

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Ruddock tells players to exorcise demons

By Alex LoweWALES head coach Mike Ruddock challenged his squad to "dispel the demons" of last weekend's 47-13 defeat to England after naming an unchanged side for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.

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Loss of Jauzion significant blow to French, says O'Driscoll

By Charlie MulqueenIRISH captain Brian O'Driscoll isn't weeping any tears at the absence of France's Yannick Jauzion for Saturday's Six Nations clash at the Stade de France.

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Hayes unlikely to return for Cork

By Michael EllardTHE return of John Hayes to the Cork senior football team could be put on hold following the Carbery Rangers ace's failure to finish yesterday's Sigerson Cup match with UCC.

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Fenton goal decisive as Garda foil stirring UCD fightback

Garda College 1-13 UCD 1-6By Brendan LarkinA GOAL of sheer class by David Fenton five minutes from time proved the decisive score in this keenly contested Datapac Sigerson Cup second round tie at Templemore yesterday.

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14-man UCC see off NUIG

UCC 1-12 NUI Galway 2-7By Michael EllardUCC negotiated the first hurdle in the Datapac Sigerson Cup at the Mardyke yesterday, but not without a battle from NUI Galway.

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'World-class' O'Sullivan and O'Dwyer major grant winners

By Brendan O'BrienIRISH Sports Council chiefs were again forced to defend their High Performance Grant scheme at yesterday's announcement of the 2006 allocations.

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I won't quit, says Rix

GRAHAM RIX has vowed to carry on as Hearts head coach despite refusing to deny suggestions owner Vladimir Romanov is picking the team.

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Staunton seeks late Croker date with Germans

By Liam Mackey, FrankfurtWITH the Republic of Ireland in the mix as fourth seeds, the FAI delegation may be approaching today's European Championship Group D fixture meeting in Frankfurt more in hope than expectation.

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Spurs misfit Rasiak moves to Saints

TOTTENHAM misfit Grzegorz Rasiak has joined Southampton on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

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Spot-on Bent puts Charlton in charge

Charlton 2 Liverpool 0 By Jim van WijkLIVERPOOL'S mini-slump continued at Charlton as two goals late in the first half proved enough to seal victory for the hosts.

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'Make or break' games for United

By Simon StoneEDWIN van der Sar believes the next fortnight will make or break Manchester United's season.

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Turks vow to fight punishments

TURKEY are set to take on the most powerful man in football to fight the severe punishments imposed for the violent clashes after November's World Cup play-off defeat against Switzerland.

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Abu staying, insist DC

DC UNITED have insisted Freddy Adu is not for sale and claim they have received no bid for the 16-year-old prodigy.

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Hartepool sack boss

MARTIN SCOTT has been sacked as manager of League One Hartlepool.

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Toffees no match for fourmidable Blues

Chelsea 4 Everton 1By Chris Hatherall, Stamford BridgeCHELSEA'S voracious appetite for silverware was evident again at Stamford Bridge last night as they rested key players but still devoured Everton in an FA Cup replay.

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Mido angered by national team ban

By James WhelanMIDO accused the Egyptian Football Association of an overreaction last night as he faced up to missing the African Nations Cup final.

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Boro get welcome FA Cup lifeline

Middlesbrough 1 Coventry 0By Damian SpellmanMIDDLESBROUGH prevented their season from unravelling further by booking their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a hard-fought victory over Coventry.

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Keane on target as Celtic go 10 points clear

Celtic 2 Falkirk 1By Chris RobertsROY KEANE marked his return to the Celtic side with his first goal for the club as Gordon Strachan's men moved 10 points clear of Hearts at the top of the Bank of Scotland Premier League.

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Happy Hleb dispels talk

ALEXANDER HLEB insists he is "very happy" at Arsenal and is determined to cement his place in Arsene Wenger's plans.

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