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Cowboy set to miss Festival

By William HaylerRHINESTONE COWBOY has been ruled out of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham next month by trainer Jonjo O'Neill.

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Garden misses Pendil date

MONET'S GARDEN may go to Cheltenham without another run after being taken out of both his engagements today.

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Even nostalgia ain't what it used to be

By Diarmuid O'FlynnCENTENARY celebrations in Patrickswell yesterday, the 100th running of coursing's Irish Cup at Limerick Racecourse, and boy, did you need your thermals!

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McNamara booked to ride Newmill in Champion Chase

By Pat KeaneIN-FORM Andrew McNamara has been booked to partner the John Murphy trained Newmill in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on March 15.

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Mulvey confident he can finally land title

By Brendan MooneyTHE absence of the likes of reigning champion Gary Murray (injured) has thrown today's national senior inter-club cross-country championships at Santry Demesne wide open. And it could be just the race for Vinny Mulvey.

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Cats blown away by Hurricanes

By Peter Eden, WellingtonA PAIR of first-half tries from the irrepressible Lome Fa'atau helped the Hurricanes maintain their sound start to the Super 14 season with a 29-16 victory over the Cats.

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PBC's O'Driscoll ready to answer Ireland's call

By Barry CoughlanANDREW O'DRISCOLL is the sole schools representative in Ireland's U-19 team to play Wales at Stradbrook today (1pm).

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Boost for Irish as Rosser returns

IRISH coach, Philip Doyle has made two changes to his team to take on Wales in the Women's Six Nations Championship at Donnybrook today (2,30pm).

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Noon prepared to 'do it ugly' to counter Scotland threat

By Alex LoweJAMIE NOON scored a hat-trick against Scotland at Twickenham last year, but the Newcastle centre believes victory at Murrayfield today could herald the dawning of a first England Grand Slam in three years - and confirmation that the World Cup hangover has passed.

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O'Callaghan aims to take chance with both hands

By Charlie MulqueenALTHOUGH it's being portrayed as a straight swap between Donncha O'Callaghan for the injured Paul O'Connell in Ireland's second-row, Eddie O'Sullivan hinted strongly during the week that the Cork Con man would have been chosen no matter what.

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Under-fire Dragons primed for battle

By Matt LloydWALES arrived in Ireland last night and for once will be happy their Six Nations Championship game is away from home.

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Regrouping

By Charlie MulqueenSCOTT JOHNSON, the garrulous Aussie who has taken over the Welsh reins from the harshly treated Mike Ruddock, insists he isn't concerned about his future as Welsh coach.

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Laporte looking to cut Azzurri down to size

By Pirates Irwin, ParisFRANCE coach Bernard Laporte needs his team to put some manners on Pierre Berbizier's Italians, who have shown up well in their first two matches in the Six Nations despite being on the losing side twice against Ireland and England.

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Flannan's aiming to keep double dream alive with win over Tralee

By Brendan LarkinWITH their hurlers safely through to the Harty Cup final, St. Flannan's bid to get their footballers through to the Corn Uí Mhuirí decider when they take on Tralee CBS in the semi-final at Glin tomorrow (2.30pm).

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Limerick still 'long way from the top'

By Diarmuid O'FlynnLOYAL but long-suffering - twin terms that are particularly apt when describing Limerick hurling fans.

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O'Sullivan in for Waterford as Galway ring the changes

By John MurphyWATERFORD make one change from the team that narrowly defeated Wexford for tomorrow's NHL clash with All-Ireland champions Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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UL bidding for three-in-a-row

By Diarmuid O'FlynnTHE University of Limerick is camogie's Mecca this weekend. The finals of the Ashbourne Cup and Plate are being played in this sports-mad city and the hosts have high expectations.

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Ward the hero as Queens stage dramatic comeback

QUB 0-10 UUJ 1-6By Brendan LarkinAN injury time point by substitute Michael Ward gave Queens a dramatic victory over arch-rivals Jordanstown in the semi-final of the Datapac Sigerson Cup at DCU Grounds yesterday.

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DCU stand firm to reach first final

DCU 0-8 UCC 0-6By Brendan LarkinFOUR points from play by Cavan ace Seanie Johnson powered DCU to their first Datapac Sigerson Cup final when they defeated UCC in a keenly-contested semi-final at DCU Grounds yesterday.

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Gerrard takes centre stage

By Paul WalkerSTEVEN GERRARD returns to his favoured central midfield role to galvanise Liverpool's final months of a frantic season.

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Roeder denies Owen comeback

NEWCASTLE striker Michael Owen is unlikely to make his comeback from a foot fracture in the FA Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea next month.

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Fabregas set to make Spain debut

ARSENAL'S Cesc Fabregas looks set for a senior Spain debut after being named in the squad for the friendly with the Ivory Coast in Valladolid next week.

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Micoud savages Domenech over squad snub

JOHAN MICOUD has branded France coach Raymond Domenech a "stupid man" for not calling him up for the friendly against Slovakia in Paris next week.

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Drury: media intrusion may be Staunton's stumbling block

By Brendan O'BrienBRIAN KERR'S agent has predicted that Steve Staunton will prove to be a highly successful manager with the Republic of Ireland but has called on the FAI to give the Drogheda man more time and support than was offered to his client.

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It's only half-time

By Liam Mackey"CHELSEA are almost out of the Champions' League," said the man on the television news late on Wednesday night, making it sound like their imminent exit from the competition is a mere technicality, a matter of formal ratification in the Nou Camp.

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Australian striker Connell signs for Cork City

CORK CITY have signed Australian striker Paul Connell.

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Will Wigan's adventure be Fergie's last stand?

By Frank MalleyFOR a man accustomed to the glint of silver, the Carling Cup is not a trophy to get overly excited about. Except this year is different for Alex Ferguson.

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Ronaldo really staying

RONALDO doesn't feel loved by Real Madrid fans but club president Florentino Perez is not interested in letting him leave.

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Spain doesn't reign with Cole

By Duncan BechJOE COLE fell in love with Spanish football after attending a recent La Liga game - but the Chelsea midfielder insists the Premiership remains the stronger league.

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