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Irish the losers as extra day's racing hits Cheltenham punters

By Declan ColleyTHE EXTENSION of the Cheltenham Festival to four days has hit Irish punters where it hurts - in their pockets.

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Inca in top form

By Pat KeaneBRAVE INCA is in cracking form as trainer Colm Murphy puts the finishing touches to his Champion Hurdle preparations.

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Ground worry for Ballycassidy

By Chris WilsonSOFTENING ground at Sandown is not good news for connections of the fit-again Ballycassidy ahead of the Racing Post Chase at Sandown tomorrow.

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Ranger romps home

By Pat KeaneNOEL MEADE'S Mattock Ranger looks a very decent stayer in the making, on the evidence of his comfortable success in the two miles and six Cashel Maiden Hurdle at Thurles yesterday.

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Gold Cup still an option for Impek

By Chris WilsonHENRIETTA KNIGHT has not ruled out the possibility of Impek lining up in for the Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.

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Irish hopes fail in Derby Lane Million

THE Irish representatives failed to survive the quarter-finals in the Derby Lane Million at the St Petersburg track on Wednesday night.

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Minister hints greyhound report may face delays

By Harry McGee, Political EditorSPORTS Minister John O'Donoghue yesterday hinted the report into recent controversies in the greyhound industry may take longer than initially anticipated.

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Lynch and Lancelot looking for way forward

By John TynanSHOW JUMPER Denis Lynch is experiencing mixed emotions.

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Time for Irish Lions to roar, says Hehir

By Brendan MooneyLIMERICK LIONS face their most important weekend in the NIVEA for MEN SuperLeague with do or die games against Abrakebabra Tigers in Tralee tomorrow night and UCD at the UL Arena on Sunday afternoon.

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Howell sets up clash with Mickelson

By Mark GarrodFOUR birdies in five holes gave David Howell his second victory at the Accenture World Match Play Championship in California - and set him up for a clash with Phil Mickelson.

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Burke switches to Tigers in latest move

By Barry CoughlanPAUL BURKE is on the move again, this time from Munster to Leicester in time for the start of next season.

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Out of the sick bay and into the front line

By Charlie MulqueenIT WAS when room service knocked at the door and he could hardly get out of the bed that Marcus Horan realised he wouldn't be facing France at Stade de France two days later.

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Henson's hand of friendship

By Michael MoynihanWELSH rugby pin-up Gavin Henson has offered an olive branch to Brian O'Driscoll ahead of Wales' Six Nations clash with Ireland on Sunday at Lansdowne Road.

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Castaignede eager to get back into misfiring French line-up

By Isabelle RondeauTHOMAS CASTAIGNEDE admits it has been hard watching France endure a stuttering start to their RBS 6 Nations campaign as he prepares to make his tournament bow against Italy tomorrow.

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Stringer wary of backlash

By Brendan O'BrienTHE Irish camp should have penned a Thank You card to the entire Welsh squad. Two weeks ago it would have been impossible to imagine a scenario for this game where all the heat would be on Wales and not Ireland.

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Wales have strength to overcome loss of Thomas, says Sidoli

By Andrew DaviesROBERT SIDOLI admits skipper Gareth Thomas will be hugely missed when Wales run onto Lansdowne Road in Sunday's Six Nations Championship clash.

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DCU look to put on Sigerson masterclass

By Brendan LarkinDUBLIN City University, hosts to this year's Datapac Sigerson Cup for the first time, must beat UCC to reach Saturday's final.

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Dubs bring in the money for Leinster

By Jim O'SullivanTHE Leinster Council's profit of almost €2 million last year was driven by the drawing power of the Dublin footballers.

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For Decies, the future is all that matters

Waterford coach Justin McCarthy isn't dwelling on missed chances, writes Jim O'Sullivan. AMONG the hurling fraternity at large, there would be a belief that time may be running out for the current Waterford team to win an All-Ireland title.

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Rebels ring in the changes for Waterford clash

By Michael EllardBRIAN MURPHY and Tom Kenny are to return to the Cork team for Sunday's Allianz NHL clash with Waterford at Pairc Uí Rinn.

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Connacht can be proud of its support for coaching

By Jim O'SullivanTHE GAA's decision to open Croke Park was indicative of a broad-minded organisation with confidence in its future, according to outgoing Connacht GAA council chairman, Tommy Moran.

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FIFA impose photo limits

By Michael MoynihanTHE WORLD Association of Newspapers and the world's major news agencies, has expressed dismay at FIFA's decision to insist on severe restrictions on photo publication for this year's World Cup finals.

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United fans condemn ambulance attack

By Simon StoneMANCHESTER UNITED fans have joined the chorus of condemnation at the shocking attack on the ambulance transporting Alan Smith from Anfield on Saturday - but urged supporters of both sides to keep the incident in perspective.

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Blues seek red revenge

By Chris HatherallJOSE MOURINHO has a saying that "revenge exists only for losers" but he may have trouble persuading his players of that as the dust settles on Chelsea's controversial Champions League defeat against Barcelona.

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Battling Boro scrape through despite defeat

Middlesbrough 0 Vfb Stuttgart 1 (2-2 on agg. Middlesbrough win on away goals)By Damian SpellmanMIDDLESBROUGH limped into the last 16 of the UEFA Cup on away goals after surviving a major scare at the hands of Stuttgart last night.

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Sissoko loss a blow to Benitez's plans

By Paul WalkerTHE loss of Mohamed Sissoko from Liverpool's midfield for the rest of the season would be a major blow as the Reds maintain an interest in three competitions.

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Tug-of-war over codes continuing, says King

By Brendan O'BrienAT least one woman who plays Gaelic games as well as international football for Ireland was asked by members of the GAA to sign a contract that would bar them from playing soccer, according to Noel King.

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Rovers will get stuck into Gunners, says Hughes

By Ian ParkesBLACKBURN manager Mark Hughes insists his players will not make the same mistakes as Real Madrid when they face a resurgent Arsenal tomorrow.

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Messi claims del Horno determined to 'do' him

By Adrian CurtisLIONEL MESSI has accused full-back Asier del Horno of trying to hurt him after the Chelsea defender was sent off for his reckless lunge at the Barcelona forward.

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Ben Haim own goal ends Trotters Euro dreams

Marseille 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 (Marseille win 2-1 on agg.)By Ken GauntTAL BEN HAIM was left cursing his luck as Bolton exited the UEFA Cup after losing in Marseille last night.

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Henderson back to ease 'keeper crisis

By Michael MoynihanNIGEL HENDERSON has returned to the Irish senior men's team to help solve national coach Dave Passmore's goalkeeper crisis.

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