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Beef primed for Hennessy glory

By Pat KeaneBEEF OR SALMON has to do the business in style in tomorrow's Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown if he is to retain his position at the head of Cheltenham's Gold Cup market.

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Queally hoping Trophy conditions will suit Al Eile

By Keith HamerTRAINER John Queally hopes there will be enough ease in the ground for Al Eile in his bid to defy top weight of 11st 12lb in the totesport Trophy Hurdle at Newbury today.

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Kinane strikes Guineas Gold

SAUDI ARABIA'S Gold For Sale grabbed a last-gasp victory under Mick Kinane in the UAE 2000 Guineas at Nad Al Sheba yesterday.

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Knockna Kirka can ease into final

KNOCKNA KIRKA canenhance his Guinness Trophy claims at Curraheen park tonight by landing the second semi-final.

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Poulter confident of remaining in the mix

By Brian JamesIAN POULTER is confident of doing something special this weekend at the Johnnie Walker Classic.

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Johnstone reveals battle against MS

By Mark GarrodEUROPEAN Tour golfer Tony Johnstone has spoken about contracting multiple sclerosis and his luck at being given drugs treatment to allow him to continue playing.

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Gutsy Irish put French to the test

By Brendan O'Brien, Stade Beaublanc, LimogesFrance A 20 Ireland A 12IRELAND'S 'A' side produced a seriously gutsy display deep in central France last night but ultimately came up just short against a very strong French reserve side.

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Fans hope for perfect end to French leave

By Dan BuckleyIRISH rugby fans sauntered through Paris like they owned the place last night, praying that fate would help their team do the seemingly impossible and beat the French on their own turf.

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Williams warns Wales ready to bounce back

By Alex LoweFLANKER Martyn Williams has warned the rest of the RBS 6 Nations Championship that Wales have not given up their title.

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Kick-starting the season

By Charlie Mulqueen, ParisWITH 56 caps already in the bag, 546 international points accumulated, a third visit to the Stade de France ... it's little wonder that Ronan O'Gara's focus going into today's RBS Six Nations encounter is on somehow eking out a badly needed Irish victory.

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Laporte rallies his troops before Ireland visit

By Charlie MulqueenFRANCE coach Bernard Laporte rallied his troops on the eve of their Six Nations clash with Ireland at the Stade de France and told them to show far more spirit than they had done in last Sunday's 20-16 defeat by Scotland.

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Improve or we're doomed

By Charlie Mulqueen, ParisTWO teams coming off totally unacceptable performances last weekend, one showing five changes, the other just one enforced alteration.

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Thompson expects a fight for full 80 minutes

By Andrew BaldockENGLAND hooker Steve Thompson has predicted an 80-minute battle against Italy today when the world champions target their first RBS 6 Nations Championship away win in two years.

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O'Sullivan: Kerry ready to repel Rebels

By Michael MoynihanDECLAN O'SULLIVAN was looking forward this week, not back.

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Setanta puts rivals in the big picture

TO mark their coverage of the NFL tie between Cork and Kerry, Setanta Sports will be showing the match on a huge screen at the floodlit game at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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Flannan's out for revenge as big two target Harty final spot

By Brendan LarkinCHAMPIONS St Flannan's face arch rivals St Colman's in an enthralling Dr Harty Cup (Munster Colleges SHC A) semi-final pairing at Claughan tomorrow (2.30pm).

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The last line of defence

The goalkeepers will be key to tomorrow's club semi-final, says Diarmuid O'Flynn. GOALKEEPERS are different.

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Larkin hoping experience will make it Stephens' day

By Jim O'SullivanEOIN LARKIN smiles when recalling the 2004 Kilkenny county hurling final.

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Ballinhassig enter the Theatre of Dreams

By Michael EllardIT'LL be a dream come through for Ballinhassig when the boys in blue run out onto the hallowed turf of Croke Park tomorrow for the final of the All-Ireland club intermediate hurling championship against Dicksboro of Kilkenny.

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Kennelly apologises for pulling down team-mate's shorts

By Jim CookSYDNEY Swans AFL footballer Tadhg Kennelly yesterday returned to a Catholic girls school in Wollongong to apologise again for pulling a teammate's shorts down in front of the students.

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Fergie unfazed by Mourinho's predictions

By Simon StoneALEX FERGUSON is refusing to get steamed up at Jose Mourinho's bold declaration that Chelsea will wrap up the title before Easter.

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Wenger stresses belief Eriksson successor should be British

By Jim van WijkARSENE WENGER has reiterated his belief that England's next manager should be homegrown - and revealed that was the reason he once passed on the opportunity.

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Pharaohs' delight as Ivory Coast pay penalty

Egypt 0 Ivory Coast 0 (Egypt win 4-2 on penalties)By James Whelan, CairoEGYPT became the first country to win the African Nations Cup five times after they beat Ivory Coast 4-2 in a nerve-jangling penalty shoot-out in Cairo.

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No row with Black Cats chairman over transfers, says McCarthy

SUNDERLAND manager Mick McCarthy insists there has never been a row with chairman Bob Murray over the club's transfer policy on the return to the Premiership last May.

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Wenger: beating Bolton is most important goal

By Jim van WijkARSENE WENGER declared today's Premiership showdown with Bolton as "much more important" than the Champions League clash with Real Madrid, as the Arsenal boss faced a defensive crisis following an injury set-back for Sol Campbell.

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Crespo's future in Chelsea's own hands

By Adrian CurtisARGENTINA striker Hernan Crespo insists Chelsea hold the key to his future at Stamford Bridge after admitting he still misses Italy.

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Roy ready for Old Firm baptism of fire, says Maloney

By Ronnie EsplinCELTIC striker Shaun Maloney believes Roy Keane is fully prepared for his Old Firm baptism.

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Hearts players could seek union's help after talks with Romanov

HEARTS players will consider asking the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association for help if they don't get the answers they want from majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov.

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Fowler itching for chance to rediscover scoring touch

By Paul WalkerROBBIE FOWLER believes he will have to "live like a monk" to ensure he gets the long-term contract he craves at Liverpool.

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Stan and deliver

By Liam MackeySO FAR so good for Steve Staunton. He persuaded Bobby Robson to join him on the management ticket and then landed the biggest job in Irish football.

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Spurs sign €7.3m Puma kit deal

TOTTENHAM have signed a five-year kit deal with sportswear giants Puma which will net the club £5 million (€7.3m) per season.

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Ferguson ban extended by four games

By Brian RichardsEVERTON striker Duncan Ferguson has been suspended for an additional four matches and fined £5,000 (€7,330) by the Football Association.

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In the line of friendly fire

Sean Nicholson and David Hobbs know each other from their schooldays and have played together for Ashton, Munster and Ireland. Today they put their friendship aside as their clubs, Harlequins and Church of Ireland, face-off in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-final. Declan Colley reports.

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