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Electrelane can be Darling of punters at Newbury

This afternoon's Greenham Stakes (3.10) at Newbury has broken up badly with the late defection of Roger Charlton's Top Offer and Michael Stoute's Tales Of Grimm.

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Harry The Viking can plunder Scottish National

A big-race winner would be nice, leading into Punchestown, and hopefully it may come with Harry The Viking in the Scottish National at Ayr this afternoon.

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De Bromhead Sizing up victory

Punchestown will be the place to be next week. Hurricane Fly, Sir Des Champs, Quevega and Quito De La Roque will be among the galaxy of equine stars looking to finish their seasons on a high.

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Quartz can show right spirit in sprint

English challenger Spirit Quartz can provide the answer to the Listed five furlongs Woodlands Stakes at Naas this afternoon.

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Sharestan one to note in coming months

If there was one horse about which to get excited at Leopardstown last Sunday then it was surely John Oxx's Sharestan.

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Violet to bloom in maiden

We are getting revved up for Punchestown, which gets under way next week.

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TG4 to screen preview of Punchestown festival

TG4 will screen a preview of the Punchestown Irish National Hunt Racing Festival tonight at 9.30pm.

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Letherbelucky off the mark at first attempt

Willie Mullins extended his impressive strike-rate for the Supreme Horse Racing Club when debutante Letherbelucky justified 13/8 favouritism in the Knockhouse Stud Mares Flat Race, the bumper on last night's card in Wexford.

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Panther can overcome tricky draw

Milldean Panther will be the centre of attention at Curraheen Park tonight and despite a significant edge in terms of class, John O'Flynn's dog faces a tricky task from trap five in the Formula One Grand Prix final.

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Easy '600' opener for George

Many of Ireland's fastest and most powerful trackers will be put to the test when they line up for tonight's opening round of the Betfair 600.

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Only way is up now for O'Neill

Already new GAA president Liam O'Neill is in exalted company. Not only does he stride in the footsteps of luminaries such as Maurice Davin, Con Murphy and Seán Kelly. But men like Matt Barrett, Gerald Ratner and David Shepherd can also now call him one of their own.

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Allen on cue to emulate Ken at Crucible

So different are our two men at the snooker this week, it's a wonder one of them doesn't pull cheese from his waistcoat pocket. One is outgoing, charming, universally liked. Stick 'Ken' on an envelope and it will find him.

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Careful what you wish for

First, a window into the bright new future we want to give our children and our children's children.

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Women to make Olympics effort

The IRFU have announced the structures and pathway which they hope will take an Irish women's team to the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens, and possibly the 2016 Olympics — but there will be no similar initiative in the men's game.

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Lynch makes Cup final showdown

Show jumper Denis Lynch last night qualified for tomorrow's showdown at the World Cup finals in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.

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Williams in trouble after Crucible criticism

Mark Williams embarrassed snooker chiefs on the eve of the Betfred.com World Championship by launching a withering attack on the flagship Crucible venue and saying he hoped the tournament would move to China.

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Rathcormac to stage road race

Another new road race is added to the ever-expanding calendar tomorrow when the Bride 10km run, organised by the local Bride Rovers GAA club, takes places at Rathcormac, Co Cork.

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Race will go on despite protests

The Crown Prince of Bahrain and Bernie Ecclestone yesterday stood side by side and issued a unified message this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead.

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Medal delight for Nolan and Molloy

Irish triathletes Mark Nolan and Matt Molloy both scooped gold medals at the European Triathlon Championships in Eilat, Israel yesterday.

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McGrane five off pace in China Open

Damien McGrane let slip the chance to shine in the dull conditions on the second day of the Volvo China Open.

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Maguire dishes up revenge

Following a six-goal drubbing from Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park on the opening night of the season, Waterford United made amends in spades at the RSC last night as they trounced their South-East rivals.

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Sherlock heads Athlone to victory

Mark Sherlock's early header was enough to give Athlone Town their fourth win of the campaign at Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway last night.

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Cool Twigg to rescue

Shamrock Rovers salvaged a late Airtricity Premier League point when a Gary Twigg goal earned them a share of the honours with a battling Bray Wanderers side in a tense battle at the Carlisle grounds last night.

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Limerick to test flying Finn Harps

Finn Harps have emerged as the form team in the Airtricity League First Division with three wins on the bounce, but they will face a stiff test with the visit of second-placed Limerick to Finn Park tonight (7.45pm).

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Fagan and Bolger keep Saints unbeaten

St Patrick's Athletic maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a deserved win over UCD in their Airtricity League Premier Division encounter at Inchicore last night.

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North on target as City slide continues

A Danny North goal 12 minutes from time ensured Sligo Rovers extended their lead at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division at Turner's Cross last night.

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Drogheda outgun Shels to maintain position in top three

Drogheda United's remarkable start to the season continued as they overcame Shelbourne to maintain their place in the top three.

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Dundalk notch rare away win

Dundalk stunned Derry City at the Brandywell last night, the Lilywhites recording their first win on the road since last June.

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This one's about to explode

Cristiano Ronaldo looked to his feet. Leo Messi looked to the sky. And, all around, their team-mates looked expectantly to the two of them.

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Harry's singing the Blues

Harry Redknapp hopes Chelsea win the Champions League this season even though he knows such a scenario could crush Tottenham's dreams of qualifying for the competition next year.

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Hughes: Survivalin our hands

QPR boss Mark Hughes believes the club's Premier League survival is in their own hands and reckons he would rather have points already secured than games in hand.

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Suarez likes Carroll partnership

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes playing alongside Andy Carroll makes his job easier despite critics suggesting they cannot function effectively together.

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McLeish: Dunne 'bang on schedule' for comeback

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish last night confirmed Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne was bang on schedule to return before the end of the Premier League season.

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Dalglish asks fans to respect Hodgson

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has praised the integrity of predecessor Roy Hodgson and has urged fans to respect the former Reds boss when he returns to Anfield today.

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Pardew has eyes on Champions League spot

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew firmly believes qualifying for the Champions League this season would eclipse even Bobby Robson's feat.

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McGrath: Irish will thrive on pressure

"Once you finish playing, you become a fan."

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Mason could fit Trap bill, says Mackay

Giovanni Trapattoni has been told that Joe Mason can be a wild card selection this summer.

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Irish in Pole position for Euros

If, as the property gurus would have us believe, it's all about location, location, location, then Ireland can already claim victory in the European Championships.

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Mancini: Rules are not same for all

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has claimed "the rules are not the same for everyone" while voicing frustration at the standard of English refereeing.

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Connor: Now a good time to play City

Wolves interim manager Terry Connor believes Manchester City will be ideal opponents for his relegation-threatened side tomorrow — because all the pressure will be on Roberto Mancini's title-chasing team.

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McCoist: Time running out for Rangers

Manager Ally McCoist believes Rangers must find a solution to their financial problems before the end of May amid fears of liquidation for the administration-hit club.

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Fergie: Diving here to stay

Alex Ferguson does not believe FIFA will ever launch a crackdown to rid football of the scourge of diving.

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United is perfect trip for Moyes

Everton boss David Moyes admits it will take the club some time to get over the agony of last weekend's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool — but has vowed the Toffees will be giving their all to finish the season strongly.

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United send Fabio out on loan

Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United defender Fabio will spend next season on loan, probably in Portugal.

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Di Matteo shrugs off 'unfair' Blues jibes

Roberto Di Matteo yesterday insisted there was no need to "have a word" with Didier Drogba about his antics in Chelsea's Champions League win over Barcelona.

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Wenger: We can't be happy with third

Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal cannot be content with just third place in the Premier League, but urged his squad to finish a testing campaign on a high.

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Di Matteo too busy to discuss Blues job

Roberto Di Matteo yesterday insisted he had spoken to no one at Chelsea about becoming manager full-time and refused to set a deadline for declaring whether he wanted the job.

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McGinley born to lead

Paul McGinley fully acknowledges he is widely regarded as a red-hot favourite to become the first Irish captain of the 2014 European Ryder Cup team.

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Boxing will always have dodgy verdicts

The controversial defeat suffered by Olympic medal hope Joe Ward in Trabzon on Monday highlighted once again a problem that has been endemic in boxing down the years.

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Nolan blazes trail to London Games

"THE heathers will be blazing in Wexford tonight," Irish coach Billy Walsh predicted as he embraced fellow county man Adam Nolan, who yesterday became the second man from the Model County to qualify for an Olympic Games — Billy himself having qualified for the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

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Barnes robbed of shot at gold

Paddy Barnes was fortunate he was qualified for the Olympics before facing Turkish light flyweight Ferhat Pehlivan in yesterday's semi-final in Trabzon because he was beaten in a result that will rank right up there with the big hometown decisions — although not as bad as the Joe Ward fiasco which cost him his place in London 2012.

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Peace, politics and paranoia

A piece of advice if you ever get the chance to visit Miami: avoid the F-Word at all costs.

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Powers without the glory

Baseball has always attracted more than its fair share of eccentrics but it takes a special sort of crazy to be a pitcher.

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Ulster fans' ticket frenzy

Ulster's supporters will descend on Dublin in their thousands for next week's Heineken Cup clash with Edinburgh.

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Victory over Young Munster and Mary's can celebrate title win

It could hardly have worked out more perfectly for the sponsors, Ulster Bank, as the All Ireland League title race comes down to the final day.

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No stopping Leinster as Ulster count the cost

Ulster may not have any further interest in the RaboDirect Pro 12 play-offs after Leinster won a tepid affair game at Ravenhill last night, but more worrying was the injuries to Paddy Wallace, Chris Henry and Pedrie Wannenburg ahead of next week's Heineken Cup semi-final against Edinburgh at the Aviva.

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Connacht determined to finish with a flourish

Connacht are determined to finish their home RaboDirect Pro 12 season on a high when they host Aironi at the Sportsground this evening. Having picked up 15 points in their last six matches, Connacht can post a third successive win and leapfrog Dragons and Treviso.

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O'Connell back as Munster call up young gun Kilcoyne

Paul O'Connell is back to boost Munster's prospects of defeating Llanelli Scarlets in Wales tonight and keep his side ahead of the posse in the race for a RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final place.

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Gaelic football the real deal in Spain

The GAA landscape was dominated last weekend by the Division 1 football league semi-finals in Croke Park but in Madrid there was another seminal event for the association.

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Corca Dhuibhne hold on and close in on clean sweep

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne moved one step closer to an unprecedented clean sweep of Munster and Kerry colleges' football titles yesterday.

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Cooney steps down as Offaly manager

Offaly's Gerry Cooney became the second manager in the past 10 days to resign after a players' meeting.

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Youghal's scoring power proves decisive

Youghal's ability to convert pressure into scores proved the difference in this East Cork U21 AFC final in Midleton last night as they survived a brave Erin's Own fight back in the second-half to claim a deserved victory.

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Rebels aim to halt Dubs drive

The U21 grade has been kind to both Cork and Dublin of late.

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Championship sniff in the air at Semple

The scoring won't be as high this week. We're going to see more lowering of the blades

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Super fit, motivated Clare will test Cats

They're a promising young team, they're on an upward curve, they have their best days ahead of them, they're managed by a man who saw it all and did it all during his own playing days and tomorrow in Thurles they face a team who've seen it all and done it all over the past couple of seasons.

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Moore: Extra games ideal championship preparation

Galway captain Fergal Moore says that regardless of the outcome of today's relegation replay, both Dublin and the Tribesmen will benefit from the extra games as they prepare for the Leinster championship.

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McGrath a perfect example of what can be achieved

A feature of this year's Allianz Hurling League has been the number of exceptionally talented youngsters coming through and having a real impact.

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Star trio return as Kilkenny make changes for Banner clash

The Kilkenny team to play Clare in the Allianz Hurling League semi-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, tomorrow at 2pm shows a number of positional and personnel changes from the side that defeated Galway in their last League outing.

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'Players must keep testing themselves'

You hear about it occasionally, an occupational hazard for inter-county coaches — players who've seen it all, who expect innovation and novelty from the moment they sit in the dressing room.

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