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Monkerhostin to head straight to Cheltenham

MONKERHOSTIN is likely to head straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup after connections opted to bypass the Ascot totesport Chase at Lingfield on Saturday.

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Ground worries forces Clonmel abandonment after three races

By Pat KeaneRACING at Clonmel yesterday was abandoned after the third race, the second division of the Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Maiden Hurdle, in the interests of safety.

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Curragh to host Europe's earliest listed 2-Y-O race

By Declan ColleyTHIS year's flat season will see a small rise in the total number of races during the campaign, rising from 453 to 460.

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Hardy Eustace unlikely to run in Red Mills

IT seems unlikely that dual Champion Hurdler Hardy Eustace will run in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park tomorrow, writes Pat Keane.

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FG to push for doping body independent of Bord na gCon

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterFINE GAEL is to push for the establishment of an independent control body for Bord na gCon in order to remove any suspicion of interference in doping cases.

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Blarney eventing show cancelled

By John TynanEVENTING followers will be disappointed to hear that Blarney Castle International Three-day Event will not be run this year. The event was scheduled to return to the eventing calendar in 2006, having not run since 2001.

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Improving Neptune look to build on mini-revival

By Brendan MooneyNEPTUNE, coming off last weekend's long overdue win, will be looking for more of the same at Neptune Stadium tomorrow night when they play UCD in the NIVEA for MEN SuperLeague.

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Solid start for Harrington as Jimenez leads

PRE-TOURNAMENT favourite Padraig Harrington, in his first start of the year, had a promising start the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club yesterday with three birdies - at the 12th, 17th and 18th.

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Clijsters serves up €130,000 bubbly treat

By Kim StephensWORLD No 1 Kim Clijsters picked up a reported €130,000 champagne tab after offering each of the 10,000 spectators watching her second round match at the WTA event a bottle of bubbly.

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McCall's away day kingpins look to gun down Edinburgh

By Mike AdamsCOACH Mark McCall is looking for Ulster to continue their good away form in the Celtic League when they tackle Edinburgh at Murrayfield tonight (ko 7.30).

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Wales wannabe Jenkins wants WRU shake-up

By Alex LoweLLANELLI SCARLETS head coach Gareth Jenkins is not interested in succeeding Mike Ruddock as Wales head coach - unless changes are made at the top of the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Ambitious Kilmacud want to set record straight

By Jim O'SullivanFOR a club so rich in terms of playing resources and facilities, Kilmacud Crokes would have ambitions to match their size.

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Ward suspended for eight weeks

MEATH footballer Mark Ward has received an eight-week suspension from the Central Disciplinary Committee.

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Shanahan and Bennett lose out as Waterford ring the changes

By John Murphy and Michael EllardTHE Lismore duo of Allstar Dan Shanahan and Dave Bennett have been left out of Waterford side for Sunday's Allianz NHL opener against Wexford at Dungarvan.

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Keating targets place in league quarter-finals

By Jim O'SullivanALMOST 20 years after beginning the task of putting Tipperary hurling back on the map, Babs Keating is back at the helm again.

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Loughnane taken to task over comments

By Jim O'SullivanTHE fundraising committee which organised a trip for the Clare hurlers on the 10th anniversary of their 1995 All-Ireland victory has taken former manager Ger Loughnane to task over critical comments he made in a newspaper column.

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Clare in crisis? What a load of rubbish!

By Diarmuid O'FlynnIT'S nonsense, isn't it, all this Clare crisis lark? The physio resigns, and it's a crisis? A guy makes a crack in a private telephone conversation about a fella he patently doesn't like, and it's front-page headlines?

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Consistency key for injury-free McDonagh

By Brendan MooneyFRESH from another national record at Virginia Tech, where he jumped eight metres for the first time indoors to equal his outdoor mark, Ciaran McDonagh will be a top attraction at the national indoor championships at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast over the weekend.

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Sonia rounds on critics of her selection for Australia

By Brendan MooneySONIA O'SULLIVAN has hit out at critics of her selection for Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

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Medals matter most to Rooney

By Simon StoneWAYNE ROONEY may be the hottest young property in world football but the Manchester United sensation admits all the plaudits mean nothing without medals to go with them.

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Ireland exonerated by Staunton

By Ian ParkesREPUBLIC of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has exonerated Stephen Ireland of any blame after an U21 mix-up this week by including the rising star in his brave new world.

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Battling Boro sting slack Stuttgart

Stuttgart 1 Middlesbrough 2By Damian Spellman, StuttgartMIDDLESBROUGH produced a classic away performance in Germany to take a massive stride towards the last 16 of the UEFA Cup for the second successive season before being pegged back late in the game.

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Larsson confirms return home to Helsingborg

BARCELONA striker Henrik Larsson will rejoin Helsingborg in the summer after penning an 18-month deal with the Swedish outfit.

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Eto'o named African player of the year

BARCELONA striker Samuel Eto'o was crowned the African Player of the Year for the third year in succession yesterday.

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Crouch intent on making United pay

By Paul WalkerREVENGE will be in the air when Liverpool try to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup for the first time since 1921.

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Video proposal for IFAB

FOOTBALL'S lawmakers are to be asked to consider using instant video replays to help referees.

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Real rule but Glazers vow to return United to top of 'rich list'

By Martyn ZieglerMANCHESTER United's owners are bullish about their financial future despite the club being toppled from top spot in the world money league by Real Madrid.

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Keane hardest man I've faced, says Fabregas

By Colin MainwoodROY KEANE is the hardest man Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas has faced in the Premiership.

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Birtles urges Forest to take Hart

MANAGERLESS Nottingham Forest should consider placing former boss Paul Hart in caretaker charge at the City Ground, according to Reds goalscoring great Garry Birtles.

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The new green wave

By Liam MackeyWITH one eye on the long-term future, Stephen Staunton has drafted five uncapped players into his first Irish squad.

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FIFA vice-president faces suspension

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been judged to have violated the organisation's code of ethics by his involvement with selling World Cup tickets.

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