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Legal wrangling delays publication of greyhound doping report

PUBLICATION of the long-awaited report on the divisive row over blood doping in the greyhound industry has been further delayed because of legal difficulties.

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FIFA scraps 'stupid' North passports rule

FOOTBALL chiefs backed down yesterday and allowed players with Irish passports play for Northern Ireland without holding a British passport.

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Second goal a gem for Swiss

SWITZERLAND coach Kobi Kuhn admitted the second goal in his side's second goal in the comprehensive Group G victory over Togo could prove crucial to their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup.

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Bhoys show interest as Boro bid to keep Hasselbaink

MIDDLESBROUGH are facing a fight to hang on to Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The 34-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the month, is being courted by a number of potential employers as new Boro boss Gareth Southgate attempts to tie up his future.

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Reid signs four-year deal with Blackburn

REPUBLIC of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid has signed a new four-year contract with Blackburn which will keep him at Ewood Park until 2010.

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Germany risk Ballack to clinch top spot

GERMANY will risk losing Michael Ballack to suspension in tonight's game against Ecuador in the hope of maintaining their momentum and clinching top spot in Group A to avoid England in the second round.

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Michael's torture at time on his Owen

MICHAEL OWEN admits life can be "torturous" killing the time between big games at World Cup tournaments.

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Liverpool make move to sign Bellamy

LIVERPOOL have made a formal £6 million (€8.8m) bid for Blackburn striker Craig Bellamy. Manager Rafael Benitez has made his move to test the validity of a supposed exit clause which can be activated by an offer of that amount.

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American investor targets Newcastle

FORMER Newcastle chairman Sir John Hall has confirmed he is in talks with an American investor who could be ready to launch a takeover bid for the club.

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No more croaking as Ukraine hit four

OLEG BLOKHIN found the perfect remedy for his team's poor performance against Spain in their World Cup opener, and it paid off handsomely as Ukraine comfortably defeated Saudi Arabia 4-0 to rekindle their hopes of a place in the second round.

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Three-goal blitz puts Spain on their way

SPAIN came from behind to beat Tunisia, with a three-goal second-half blitz seeing them progress through to the second stage of the World Cup.

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Connolly wary of wounded Ireland

COACH John Connolly has warned his players that wounded Ireland are in Perth looking for a Wallaby scalp on Saturday to finish the season in style.

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Injury relief in Donegal camp

THERE is relief in the Donegal camp after an X-ray revealed that Michael Doherty has not broken any bones in a facial injury.

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Provincial winners must get just reward

Munster finals between Cork and Tipperary are still magical occasions, but John Allen has serious concerns for the future, writes Jim O'Sullivan.

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Routed Roscommon down but not out

IT'S not all doom and gloom in Roscommon hurling despite a 61 point thrashing by Antrim in the Christy Ring Cup at the weekend.

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Germany no country for old men

AS THE knock-out stage of World Cup 2006 fast approaches, some of the game's heavyweights are already on the ropes, hoping the bell will give them a reprieve.

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Stadium of Light takeover still on, says Quinn

NIALL QUINN insisted last night the proposed takeover of Sunderland remains on course – and is hoping it can be completed in the next 24 hours.

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Brennan hails league for rise of underdogs

THOSE who continue to knock the national leagues would do well to take note of the achievements of Louth and Donegal over the weekend.

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Carlow will play in Murphy Cup, says Byrne

CARLOW chairman Eddie Byrne is adamant that the county will compete in the Tommy Murphy Cup.

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As it was in the beginning, is now...

CLARE 2-21 Limerick 0-10. Limerick manager resigns. Antrim 9-39 Roscommon 0-5. Galway 7-18 Laois 2-13. Waterford 3-22 Westmeath 1-14. Three more lop-sided results from this past weekend's hurling action in the All-Ireland qualifiers and Christy Ring Cup.

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