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Hines strikes late as Villa hit by Hammers blow

SUBSTITUTE Zavon Hines scored an injury-time winner against 10-man Aston Villa to lift the struggling Hammers out of the bottom three of the Premier League.

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Wenger delight as Gunners fire four

THERE are not supposed to be any easy games in the Champions League, but whoever coined that phrase had clearly never come across AZ Alkmaar.

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Cash row threatens TV coverage of Paris play-off

RTÉ could not confirm last night whether it will broadcast live television coverage of the second leg of Ireland's World Cup play-off against France in Paris on November 18.

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Rangers' hopes in balance after late heartbreak

RANGERS' Champions League hopes were left hanging in the balance when a late equaliser from Unirea Urziceni denied them a crucial first victory in the tournament this season.

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Decision time for Domenech as Vieira holds his breath

RAYMOND DOMENECH names his France squad for next week's World Cup qualifying play-off against Ireland this afternoon with doubts over his two most senior players.

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FAI and IRFU chiefs quizzed on Aviva deal in Leinster House

THE FAI and IRFU were yesterday forced to defend their agreement with Aviva that ties them to an exclusive playing deal at the redeveloped Lansdowne Road for 10 years and rules out the prospect of any games at Croke Park.

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Pressure still on Benitez to walk on

AT THE end of the storm, the Liverpool anthem says, there is a golden sky. But just when Rafa Benitez, who took inspiration from the lyrics ahead of last night's match, thought he could see the light it was cruelly clouded from his view in Lyon and this result has left critics asking: Will he now walk alone?

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Cruel for Pool as Lyon make a point

LIVERPOOL'S hearts were broken by a cruel last-minute equaliser that has all but ended their Champions League dreams for a traumatic season.

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Better promotion clearly the key to increasing popularity of hurdle racing

This year's Vetsearch Irish Grand National has provided a marvellous fillip for hurdle racing in this country and has proved yet again that hurdling could become popular here if given the proper promotion by the authorities.

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Mullins' placing of novice chasers this campaign will be fascinating

ON Monday morning a large number of the press corps made their way to Co. Carlow for a 10.30am rendezvous with Willie Mullins.

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Arabella Boy gives supporters few worries

ARABELLA Boy proved the star of yesterday's action at Fairyhouse, the Enda Bolger-trained four-year-old justifying odds-on favouritism in the INH Stallion Owners Novice Hurdle.

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McGraths star for Templemore

LAST year's beaten quarter-finalists Templemore CBS secured their place in the knockout stages of the Dr Harty Cup yesterday with an eight-point victory.

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Clare captain O'Connell set to meet with board

CLARE senior hurling captain Brian O'Connell is to meet representatives of the Clare County Board within the next 24 hours to discuss the stand-off within the Banner County regarding senior hurling boss Mike McNamara.

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Scanlon and Murphy boost Munster hopes

MUNSTER'S hopes of claiming back-to-back Interprovincial football titles for the first time since 1982 have been boosted by the inclusion of Cork's Nicholas Murphy and Kerry's Seamus Scanlon for Sunday's final against Ulster.

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Toyota exit as Renault discuss F1 future

FORMULA ONE manufacturer Renault are understood to have held a board meeting in Paris yesterday relating to their involvement in the sport.

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Lefty praise for McIlroy

PHIL MICKELSON singled out Rory McIlroy for praise ahead of the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

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Easier task for Chelsea Harbour

TOM MULLINS' Chelsea Harbour should prove hard to beat in the featured Thurles Chase at the Tipperary track this afternoon.

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Ranieri is braced for tough one with Fulham

ROMA coach Claudio Ranieri is expecting a very hard game against Fulham tonight in their Europa League showdown at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Moyes keen to restore Everton's battered pride

DAVID MOYES is determined that Everton will restore their battered reputation in Europe tonight.

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Drogba calls on Chelsea to maintain momentum

CHELSEA striker Didier Drogba hailed his side for the character they showed during their Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid but knows they will probably need to dig even deeper when they take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

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Evra ready to keep cool for battle at the Bridge

PATRICE EVRA returns to the scene of his "battle with the groundsman" on Sunday eager to put the controversy behind him and help Manchester United overcome the team he regards as the biggest threat to their hopes of a title four-timer.

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Thompson gamble pays off as England come knocking

STEVE THOMPSON'S £500,000 gamble paid off handsomely today after he was named as England's starting hooker to face Australia at Twickenham.

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Elwood tipped to replace Bradley

CONNACHT'S most capped player Eric Elwood has emerged as favourite to succeed Michael Bradley as head coach at the Sportsground.

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Cool hand Luke biding his time

LUKE FITZGERALD is one of world rugby's classiest players yet has not managed to hold down a place in his favourite position with either club or country.

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Horan injury mystery deepens as Kidney awaits investigation

THE mystery surrounding the health of Munster and Ireland prop Marcus Horan deepened after yesterday's team press conference in Limerick.

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