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Goals prove the key

A BRILLIANT second-half display from Kildare paved the way for an impressive and well-deserved victory over Meath yesterday.

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McGeeney hails Lilywhites' revolve

KILDARE boss, Kieran McGeeney hailed his side's steely resolve as they recovered from a dreadful start to wear Meath down with a sensational second-half performance at Croke Park yesterday.

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O'Brien admits system frustration

LIKE Mickey Harte a day earlier, Eamonn O'Brien couldn't hide his frustration with a system that allowed his county to exit the championship courtesy of a side that had been unable to secure a provincial title.

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Kildare keep final focus

IT'S the All-Ireland championship, but not as we know it.

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Panel power the key

THEY may not have attained the heights when they crushed Donegal at the same stage last year, but considering the drama over the weekend all that mattered for Cork in yesterday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Roscommon was getting the job done.

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O'Leary: Heads must be right the next day

NOEL O'LEARY was making no bones about it.

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O'Donnell: We ran out of steam

ROSCOMMON boss Fergal O'Donnell claimed his side lacked the staying power in the second half to make a serious bid for honours.

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Surgery gives Cork new life

AFTER a weekend when the championship landscape was changed irrevocably by seismic shocks, this All-Ireland SFC quarter-final produced the expected result.

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United star Anderson escapes horror car crash

MANCHESTER UNITED midfielder Anderson was dragged unconscious from the burning wreckage of his car after a weekend crash that is now the centre of a police investigation in Portugal.

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Messi predicts old friend Fabregas will return to Barcelona

BARCELONA star Lionel Messi is confident Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will complete his return to the Nou Camp.

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Cole is staying at the Bridge, declares Ancelotti

CARLO ANCELOTTI insists Chelsea will not sell reported Real Madrid target Ashley Cole this summer.

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Determined Ireland ready to fight for City future

STEPHEN IRELAND is not paying too much attention to transfer speculation as he fights for his future at Manchester City.

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McGeady may have played last Celtic game

NEIL LENNON yesterday admitted Aiden McGeady might have played his last game for Celtic as he revealed the winger would not start Wednesday's crucial Champions League clash with Braga.

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Pressure growing on coach Deans as All Blacks overpower Australia

ROBBIE DEANS has faced pressure before, but the vultures are circling after Saturday's disaster in Melbourne.

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Home, sweet home for fans

THREE years it took to build the Aviva Stadium, but three seconds was all it apparently took to get a pint of Guinness there.

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Leinster/Ulster cut loose as Aviva opens in spectacular try fest

A FEAST of running rugby in the Aviva Stadium – unfortunately for anyone hoping for a competitive opening encounter in the O2 Challenge, all of it came from one side.

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Dream comes true for Derval

BACK in 1992 Derval O'Rourke watched Gail Devers suffer a crashing fall after clearing the final hurdle when looking certain to claim the Olympic gold medal.

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McGonagle happy with effort despite dearth of medals

DESPITE winning only one medal, Irish team manager Patsy McGonagle was still pleased with the Irish team's performance at the European championships in Barcelona.

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Women's relay sides smash Irish records in style

THE fallout from David Gillick's disappointing performance in the 400m final on Friday night may have cost the Irish men's 4x400m relay team a place in yesterday's final and possible qualification for next year's world championships in Korea.

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'A rip-roaring success' as Killarney basks in Open glory

THE 3 Irish Open hosts can be well pleased with their efforts.

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Frustrating for fans as McIlroy fades out tamely

HAVING gone into the final two rounds in a seemingly ideal position, Rory McIlroy's concentration levels let him down badly in the final 27 holes at the 3 Irish Open at Killarney.

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Woods confirms February return to European Tour

TIGER WOODS has confirmed he will be returning to the European Tour to compete in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February.

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McDowell looking to Pádraig to find focus

GRAEME McDOWELL is going to dinner with Pádraig Harrington this week as he needs to talk to him about his lack of focus since winning the US Open.

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Hoey finally finds the cutting edge

MICHAEL HOEY turned in a remarkable performance to shoot 11 under.

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Plenty on offer besides golf action

THE fun at the 3 Irish Open wasn't just confined to the golf course with many sideshows and tented village a particularly big crowd-puller.

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McGinley: Irish Open now back in the big time

"THE Irish Open has regained its status as one of the premier events on the European Tour."

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Harrington's second coming

A NOTHER second place finish, another big pay day (€333,330), a bundle of world ranking and Ryder Cup points.

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Fisher the king of Killarney

ROSS FISHER, a 29-year-old from the horseracing haven of Ascot, proved at Killarney yesterday that nice guys do come first.

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Silver star O'Rourke blasts athletics chiefs

EUROPEAN silver medalist Derval O'Rourke last night launched a blistering attack on the treatment of elite athletics in this country.

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Luckless Vettel misses out again

SEBASTIAN VETTEL was left cursing the stewards after failing to win yet another race from pole, with salt rubbed into the wounds as Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber romped to victory in Hungary.

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Mark lands third Group 3 success

WHAT a credit She's Our Mark is to in-form trainer, Pat Flynn.

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Fonze fancied

THE versatile The Fonze can land the nap in the J P McManus Hurdle at Cork this afternoon.

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Kerry fail to scare Down

JACK O'CONNOR'S seeking refuge in the disallowed goal decision served a purpose he certainly hadn't envisaged – that of highlighting just how tenuous was the thread connecting Kerry with their All-Ireland aspirations.

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McCartan happy to keep proud record intact

IN terms of All-Irelands won, Down and Kerry aren't even in the same stratosphere.

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End of a Kerry era

SIX years ago I did my utmost to convince a Limerick football team that the sands of time were running out for this Kerry side.

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O'Connor: Let things thaw a bit

KERRY boss Jack O'Connor batted away questions about the future of some of his veteran players in the aftermath of Saturday's soul-destroying All-Ireland SFC quarter-final defeat to Down.

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Gilroy's gospel pays off for Dubs

PAT GILROY summed it up pretty well.

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System an 'absolute disgrace' blasts Harte

TYRONE boss Mickey Harte slammed the "flawed" championship system as an "absolute disgrace" after his side's shock defeat to Dublin.

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Hard work paid off, says Henry

DAVID HENRY was giving Cheshire cats a good run for their money on Saturday evening and it was hard to begrudge the Dublin captain his beaming smile after such a seminal afternoon.

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Harte staying put

MICKEY HARTE insists that Tyrone are not a spent force and that people should not expect a spate of retirements after their defeat by Dublin on Saturday.

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O'Mahony the Rebels goal hero

CORK super sub Stephen O'Mahony struck for a sensational injury time goal to snatch a semi-final spot away from a stunned Armagh outfit, who had looked the dominant team for the opening three-quarters of this game.

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Terrific Tyrone 'will take some stopping'

KERRY boss Pat O'Driscoll wasn't in the mood to offer excuses after this footballing lesson at GAA headquarters. Instead he heaped the praise on Tyrone.

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Tyrone will be back, but will Kerry?

THERE is a reason why Kerry and Tyrone have won every All-Ireland title since 2003.

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Cool Tyrrell a touch of class

A GREY Friday morning, nine days before the All-Ireland SHC semi-final, and Jackie Tyrrell is attending to business in Wexford.

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Kennelly can't help Swans to win

THE green and gold malaise that was the story of the Championship weekend wasn't merely limited to the borders of the Kingdom.

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O'Sullivan future 'all up in the air'

MICKEY Ned O'Sullivan has admitted his future as Limerick boss is "up in the air."

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Tyrone and Kerry's legacy will endure

THEY lived cheek by jowl for so long that it's perhaps appropriate that they should suffer their demise on the same day, at the same venue, in the same utterly unexpected fashion.

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