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Down bid for fair play

DOWN GAA chiefs last night launched a campaign to encourage sporting behaviour amongst their supporters ahead of the All-Ireland SFC final against Cork on September 19th.

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Kelly has the final say

HE was 19 when he first got his hands on a Celtic Cross.

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Shefflin facing lengthy lay-off

KILKENNY attacking star Henry Shefflin is likely to be out of action until next summer's Leinster championship after limping off in the first-half of yesterday's All-Ireland decider.

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Mulrooney hails Cats' character

IT WASN'T the historic success most Kilkenny fans travelled to Croke Park hoping for but, according to manager Richie Mulrooney, his minor team can take their own place in the county's GAA annals.

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Kilkenny pushed to the limit

IT was not as facile as their runaway last four win over Galway, but after a white knuckle ride at Croke Park yesterday Kilkenny were crowned All-Ireland minor hurling champions.

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There he goes, the man who changed hurling history

BEFORE anything else, just consider this brief sample of the fare yesterday.

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Cody: Best team won

BRIAN CODY faced the media after yesterday's All-Ireland decider in the aftermath of defeat.

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Tipperary's tactic? Win every ball, every battle

THERE was a song sung by Tipperary substitute Pat Kerwick at the end of the game yesterday, The Galtee Mountain Boy – I think it was about the famous Tipperary revolutionary, Dan Breen.

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'We're good at turning negatives into positives'

CONSIDER for a moment the state which the Tipperary hurling squad found itself in when Liam Sheedy was handed the reins back in September of 2007.

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Champs gear up for Premier parade

THE homecoming for the victorious Tipperary hurlers is set to take place in Semple Stadium tonight after the team has journeyed down from Dublin by train.

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GAA delight as pitch fears fade

GAA chiefs last night expressed delight that fans remained off the field after Tipperary's sensational victory over Kilkenny in yesterday's All-Ireland SHC final.

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No holding back terrier-like Tipp

THIS game was decided between the 41st and 43rd minutes in the second half.

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Thunder and lightning final

IT was a grey day in Croke Park yesterday for this All-Ireland hurling final, damp and dull with light rain sporadically falling on a stadium already shrouded in mist – that's for the weather-watchers however.

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Davies finishes with a flourish

ENGLAND'S Laura Davies fired a closing 70 to win the UNIQA Ladies Golf Open in Fohrenwald-Wiener Neustadt, Austria, yesterday afternoon for her 75th career victory.

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Harrington looks to Euro tour

PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON says he will add a European tour event to his schedule after missing the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.

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Jimenez holds on as Ryder Cup stars shine again

FIVE of Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup side have now won since the start of August after Miguel Angel Jimenez survived a late scare to take the Omega European Masters in Switzerland yesterday.

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O'Rourke takes fifth for Europe

DERVAL O'ROURKE put the finishing touches to another successful season with an impressive if not spectacular performance at the IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup in Split yesterday when she finished fifth in the 100m hurdles in 12.99 secs.

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The end is hard for Cats as Tipp feel hand of history

JUST LAST week Tony Blair visited Ireland to publicise his autobiography.

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Milner backing for Rooney

JAMES MILNER has assured Wayne Rooney he will be a welcome presence in the England team tomorrow night.

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King relishing Brazil showdown

THE Republic of Ireland women's U17 side will make history today when they step onto the world stage in Trinidad to face Brazil in the FIFA Women's U17 World Cup.

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Adebayor: City 'bigger' club than Arsenal

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has made a fresh jibe at his former club Arsenal claiming that Manchester City are a "bigger club".

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2001: An Andorra odyssey

THE silence lasted 90 seconds.

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Given vows to win back Man City place

SHAY GIVEN is determined to prove Roberto Mancini wrong and force his way back into Manchester City's starting XI.

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Fahey enjoying moment in the sun

SO how much does it mean to score a goal for your country?

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Trap: Don't expect a goleado

GOLEADO is the Italian for goal-glut, the kind of riotous scoreline which can sometimes occur when sharks encounter minnows and a feeding frenzy ensues.

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Nadal sets up Spanish showdown with Lopez

RAFAEL NADAL made smooth progress into the fourth round of the US Open with a straightforward win over Gilles Simon last night.

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Afridi slams team-mate after new allegations

PAKISTAN'S limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi last night described Yasir Hameed as having the mental age of an adolescent.

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Dar Re Mi retired

LEADING race mare Dar Re Mi has been retired.

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Title chasing Murtagh bags two more

JOHNNY Murtagh bolstered his defence of the Jockeys Championship title when following Saturday's treble at Leopardstown with a double on two-year-olds Factum and Warning Flag at Dundalk yesterday.

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Best Think Twice looks worth the wait

BEST Think Twice might be worth waiting for in this evening's bumper in Roscommon.

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Lacey to make refereeing cup debut

FORMER Munster wing John Lacey is to become the third man to both play in, and referee, a match in the Heineken Cup.

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Benvenuti clinches famous Treviso victory

AIRONI made their presence felt against Munster on their Magners League debut but Italian compatriots Benetton Treviso went one better as they scored a 34-28 win over the Scarlets.

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Munster set to recall big guns for tough trip to Edinburgh

MUNSTER will bring back more of their heavy hitters for Friday's Magners League clash with Edinburgh at Murrayfield as they seek to embellish an encouraging start with vital points on the road.

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Elwood refusing to get carried away

ERIC ELWOOD had every reason to be "chuffed" about his side's unexpected demolition of the Dragons on opening day.

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A tough Italian job well done, says Leamy

HAVING survived the skirmishes, Munster won the battle and secured the victory demanded of them against Italian newcomers Aironi at Musgrave Park on Saturday night.

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Villa right to turn towards you-know Hou

THE current Premier League table is highly misleading in regard to my recent visit to Villa Park: Aston Villa in fourth place?

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Breen earns Kerry replay

KERRY captain Bernie Breen rifled home a brilliant 56th minute goal at Ballymahon, Longford on Saturday to force this thrilling All-Ireland semi-final to a replay.

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Did Shefflin injury circus distract Cats?

Tipperary enjoyed an edge in determination yesterday, sweeping onto breaking ball with relish, and they confined Kilkenny to rare moments of freedom.

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