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Quins guard against complacency

By Declan ColleyTHE fact that Cork Harlequins have never won the men's Irish senior cup will be in sharp focus this weekend as the club makes the long trip north to Kilkeel to face the unheralded but obviously well-organised local outfit in this year's semi-final.

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Jockeys furious with Clonmel manager over Cheltenham jibes

By Pat KeaneA FURIOUS row has erupted between the Jockeys' Association and Gerry Desmond, manager of Clonmel racecourse, following comments made by Desmond on RTE's Morning Ireland programme yesterday.

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Punters can jump for Joy

By Pat KeaneMACS JOY puts his Champion Hurdle credentials on the line in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park today.

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Swallow in 'race against time'

By Keith HamerDERMOT WELD admitted yesterday that he is "facing a race against time" to get Grey Swallow to the Dubai World Cup.

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Alimo can complete McKenna hat-trick

TRAINER Owen McKenna can taste further success in the €7000 to-the-winner Guinness Trophy at Curraheen tonight.

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Pyrah in talks over showjumping job

By John TynanBRITISH show jumping legend Malcolm Pyrah is one of five candidates in the frame to become the next Irish show jumping team manager.

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Park takes lead as Harrington unable to start

By Brian PriceWELSHMAN David Park holds the clubhouse lead in the disrupted Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

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Munster captain is Limerick Person of the Year

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentANTHONY Foley's frustrating year on the international rugby scene got a lift on home ground yesterday when he was named Limerick Person of the Year.

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Connolly considering moving Tuqiri to wing

By John DeckNEWLY appointed Australia coach John Connolly has hinted at possible positional changes within the Australian squad by that revealing Lote Tuqiri's future could be on the wing.

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Payback time for Munster

By Charlie MulqueenA MUNSTER team hell bent on making amends for one of their worst performances in the last ten years can be expected to retain their position as Celtic League leaders after this afternoon's (3.30, Setanta Sports) clash with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park.

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Hepworth aims to prove worth to Cheika

By Brendan O'BrienAFTER the emotional turmoil of Paris and the shock of Mike Ruddock's departure there may be a temptation to gloss over this weekend's round of Celtic League fixtures.

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Ruddock asks Union for emergency meeting

By Michael MoynihanWELSH rugby continues to be embroiled in controversy, with former national coach Mike Ruddock requesting an emergency meeting with the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Sheridan aiming to put Salthill on the map

By Jim O'SullivanFORMER Mayo star Maurice Sheridan has no qualms about playing for the often criticised Salthill-Knocknacarra, who contest the All-Ireland SFC club semi-final against Kilmacud Crokes tomorrow.

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Latest Nemo generation ready to assume mantle

By Brendan LarkinNEMO RANGERS had lost two All-Ireland Club finals in-a-row and fear of losing a third was uppermost in their minds as timed ticked away against Crossmolina in the 2004 decider.

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Dreaming of tomorrow

Thirty five years ago, Martin Ferris committed himself to the armed struggle on the day his father died. Tomorrow he'll watch proudly as his sons line out for Ardfert in an All-Ireland football final. It's been some journey. He spoke to Tony Leen.

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Midleton CBS hope to extend Thurles' wait for Harty success

By Brendan LarkinHALF a century has passed since Thurles CBS last won the Dr Harty Cup - and how they hope to break that unenviable record this year.

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Shooting from the hip in the line of fire

AS a goalkeeper, Donal Óg Cusack is used to life in the line of fire. However, Diarmuid O'Flynn found it's not just sliotars he has to worry about.

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Barrett tops bill in Rylane tournament

By Brendan MooneyRYLANE Boxing Club is back in action tonight with a rescheduled tournament featuring a star-studded bill at the Community Centre in Aghabullogue.

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Gomez fight wasn't rigged, says boxing body

By Colm O'ConnorTHE Boxing Union of Ireland last night cleared Peter McDonagh and Michael Gomez of any wrongdoing in last month's controversial Irish lightweight title fight in Dublin.

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O'Neill's wife improving

By Martyn ZieglerMARTIN O'NEILL'S position as frontrunner to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson has been enhanced still further by "better news" about his ill wife.

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Luton end Reading's run

Luton 3 Reading 2ROWAN VINE beat rush hour traffic to score the goals which finally put the brakes on Reading's inexorable march to the Premiership.

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King 'ready to sign new deal'

By Adrian CurtisLEDLEY KING will sign a new Spurs contract before the end of the season, according to coach Martin Jol.

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McCarthy's warning

By Phil CaseyLIAM LAWRENCE has been urged to keep his feet on the ground after being called into the Republic of Ireland squad.

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Testing questions and limited options for Staunton

By Liam MackeyPARTLY out of choice and partly because his hand was forced by a combination of injuries and retirements, there is certainly a fresh green look to Steve Staunton's first Republic of Ireland squad, announced in Dublin on Thursday morning.

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Wenger facing Real test

By Jim van WijkARSENE WENGER will have little choice but to take a depleted Arsenal squad to Madrid for next week's Champions League clash at the Bernabeu.

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Ireland head back to scene of triumph

IT'S all back to Ray's place for the Green Army.

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Who'd be a referee?

JEFF WINTER was one of the best-known referees in the Premiership. He spoke to Brendan O'Brien about red cards, bad language and his toughest game.

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Fergie urges referee to ignore Neville factor

By Simon Stone and Paul WalkerALEX FERGUSON has warned referee Howard Webb not to let the abuse directed towards Gary Neville affect his handling of today's FA Cup clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.

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Mourinho: 'potato field' pitch is not a ploy

By Matt BarlowJOSE MOURINHO has hit back at claims that Chelsea are playing dirty tricks with their pitch.

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