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Re-examination of some previously held Cheltenham notions called for

By Pat KeaneA couple of things have happened lately which prompts one to consider a little re-think regarding some ideas already formed about Cheltenham.

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Rely on Ranger

By Pat KeaneMATTOCK RANGER should relish the two miles and six of the Cashel Maiden Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon and gets the nap.

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Record win for terrific Tiger

By Mark GarrodPADRAIG HARRINGTON was the only Irishman still standing on a day when there was no keeping Tiger Woods out of the headlines when the Accenture World Match Play championship began at La Costa near San Diego.

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Action-man White won't be changing his style

By Alex LoweJULIAN WHITE has promised a typically no-holds barred performance when he returns to the England side for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield.

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You're on the pitch to score tries, says Ulster star

By Brendan O'BrienBY rights Andrew Trimble should have spent the best part of yesterday evening and last night bouncing off the walls of Ireland's Dalkey Hotel in sheer delight at his selection for Sunday's Six Nations championship game with Wales.

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Laporte puts faith in veterans against Italy

By Pirates Irwin, ParisFRANCE coach Bernard Laporte's quixotic attitude to selection saw him make three changes to the team that beat Ireland 43-31 for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy at the Stade de France.

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Johnson: Wales have nothing to prove after Ruddock departure

By Andrew BaldockSCOTT JOHNSON insists RBS 6 Nations Championship holders Wales have nothing to prove to a sceptical Welsh public when they begin life after Mike Ruddock in Dublin on Sunday.

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Bowe only fall-guy from French foray

By Charlie MulqueenTOMMY BOWE appears to be the only fall guy for Ireland's appalling first-half display against France in Paris.

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WIT go through after tough encounter

Waterford IT 2-14 Cork IT 1-9By John MurphyALTHOUGH their eight-point winning margin was a comfortable one at the finish, favourites Waterford IT were pushed all the way by Cork IT in this Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final at Ballygunner yesterday.

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O'Connor's switch turns game for UCC

UCC 2-10 LIT 1-11By Brendan LarkinA MASTER switch by UCC that brought Mark O'Connor to the half forward line decided this thrilling Datapac Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final tie in Limerick yesterday.

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GAA's united front on scrapping of NY stadium plans

By Colm O'Connor and Michael EllardGAA chiefs on both sides of the Atlantic last night reiterated that the New York board fully support a decision to abandon stadium development plans for the Randall's Island site in the big apple.

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Plans to reclaim stretch of river

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentA €1 BILLION riverside development for Limerick was unveiled yesterday by a local consortium.

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Depleted Magpies dominate but lack cutting edge

Newcastle 0 Charlton 0By Damian Spellman, St James' ParkINJURY-HIT Newcastle were denied a fourth successive victory under caretaker boss Glenn Roeder as Charlton scrapped their way to a valuable point.

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Portsmouth escape action over Redknapp's switch

By Mike McGrathPORTSMOUTH will not face action from the Premier League for their alleged illegal approach to bring Harry Redknapp back to Fratton Park from rivals Southampton.

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Reds fired up for revenge

By Paul WalkerBENFICA have been warned they will have to survive a night of torment in front of the Kop if they want to reach the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Liverpool.

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Stunning win for battling Bremen

Werder Bremen 3 Juventus 2By Uli Lichenberg, WesterstadionAN injury-time header from Johan Micoud last night gave Werder Bremen a sensational 3-2 victory over Juventus, leaving the Italian giants with work to do in the second leg of their Champions League tie.

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Kerley adds six new names to United squad

By Liam MackeyWATERFORD United have been busy on the transfer and loan front over the past few days with no less than six new names being added to Mike Kerley's squad.

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UEFA chief's clean-up goal

By Matt BarlowUEFA chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson fears European football could be "taken hostage" by a criminal element if it fails to rewrite its rule book. He hopes an Independent Review of European Football, launched in London yesterday, will trigger the much-needed changes.

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McClaren banking on Yakubu

By Damian SpellmanMIDDLESBROUGH boss Steve McClaren is tipping striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu for greatness.

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King Henry holds court

ARSENAL captain Thierry Henry has lauded the club's young guns for their magnificence in Madrid - whether he will be there to guide them next season remains unclear, says Tony Leen in Madrid.

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Resilient Rangers remain in the hunt

Rangers 2 Villarreal 2By Ronnie Esplin, InbroxRANGERS kept their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League alive when they twice fought back from a goal down to earn a draw against Villarreal at Ibrox.

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Mourinho sees red over dismissal

By Matt BarlowJOSE MOURINHO accused Barcelona teenager Lionel Messi of being a talented actor after 10-man Chelsea slumped to a 2-1 defeat.

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Lee tells Bolton players to enjoy experience

By Ken GauntSAMMY LEE has told the Bolton players to savour the special Stade Velodrome atmosphere tonight - and secure a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.

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Upson faces fitness fight

By Ian ParkesBIRMINGHAM centre-back Matthew Upson concedes he faces a battle to be fit for Saturday's relegation showdown with rock-bottom Sunderland.

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Eto'o gives Barca edge

IF LAST season's epic clash between Chelsea and Barcelona was an advert for the beautiful game, this year's rip-roaring sequel was as astonishing, breathless example of high-octane football - won by Barcelona 2-1.

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Sullen Ronaldo could leave Real and return to Italy

By Tony Leen, MadridRONALDO could have played his last Champions League game in the Santiago Bernabeu, and perhaps even for Real Madrid, if the stories in the Spanish newspapers prove to be true.

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Ajax throw away two-goal lead

Ajax 2 inter Milan 2By James Whelan, Amsterdam ArenaAJAX will be kicking themselves after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Inter Milan in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie here last night.

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Roy's warning for the chasing pack

By Lisa GrayROY KEANE has fired out a warning to the rest of the Bank of Scotland Premier League that Celtic have no intention of throwing away the title. A stunning 8-1 win over Dunfermline gave Celtic a 13-point lead at the top of the SPL at the weekend.

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Big Jack's trip down memory lane

By Brendan O'BrienJACK CHARLTON is to manage a team one last time at Lansdowne Road, 11 years after his highly successful decade in charge of Ireland came to an end.

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