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Ireland seek fresh start after Euros heartache

It will be only five o'clock at home this evening but ten o'clock at night here in Kazakhstan when Ireland kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign in the intimate but impressive surroundings of the Astana Arena.

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Spillane: Donegal fans assaulted me

Kerry football pundit Pat Spillane has confirmed he was assaulted by a number of Donegal fans after he left Croke Park following Donegal's All-Ireland semi-final victory over Cork two weeks ago.

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Roche: I got Barry call wrong in 2005, but so would most referees

Sweating and feeling "absolutely wrecked", Seamus Roche retired to his changing room under the Cusack Stand after the 2005 All-Ireland semi-final.

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Final Debate

How much influence can a manager really have over the referee? We've heard a lot about Brian Cody's comments on refereeing ahead of Sunday's final, but does it have any effect? We spoke to a couple of managers who've been on the same sideline as the Kilkenny man in the past...

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Shefflin on the verge of medal history

When Henry Shefflin steps once again into the Croke Park arena on Sunday he does so in the sure knowledge that he is on the edge of history.

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Why this week is different

Denis "Rackard" Coady - Kilkenny team assistant (kitman)

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Galway city hurling must raise its game

Ground hurling and urban development.

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Lifting the lid on the pride of Peterswell

He is quiet and unassuming but Anthony Cunningham can let fly in a dressing-room — usually starts with the strongest player and working his way back, says John Fallon

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Galway can do it again, says Cusack

Cork hurling goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack says this Galway team needs to remember it "has done it to Kilkenny once, they can do it again" as they prepare to face the Cats in Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final.

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I thought my year was finished, admits Power

Suspension, injury, loss of form. In time there might be an accepted acronym for that deadly trio. For now, it's safe to say Richie Power believes bad things come in threes.

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Cats legend Skehan says Shefflin is greatest of all time

Kilkenny's nine-time All-Ireland medallist Noel Skehan believes Henry Shefflin doesn't need to match his all-time SHC record this Sunday to prove he is the greatest hurler of all time.

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'Ultimate pro' Gavin the man for job, says Darcy

Jim Gavin's former U21 selector Declan Darcy believes the 1995 All-Ireland winner is the stand-out candidate to succeed Pat Gilroy as Dublin manager.

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McIver gets Derry job

Brian McIver was last night appointed as Derry manager.

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Bonnar: English and Sheedy obvious targets

Former Wexford hurling boss Colm Bonnar says it would be pointless for anybody to give consideration to the Tipperary hurling manager's job until Nicky English and Liam Sheedy are sounded out first.

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Donegal town gets nod for team homecoming

Donegal County Board has moved swiftly and decisively to end any dispute over the county team's homecoming after the All-Ireland final.

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Germany's Lahm already eyeing World Cup

Germany captain Philipp Lahm is confident the team will put on a good show in Hannover tonight when they begin their World Cup qualifying campaign against Group C minnows the Faroe Islands.

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I'll be a nervous wreck watching from afar

Earlier this week, I had an operation to reset a broken nose I picked up in a recent game — not the first time that's happened to me, I can assure you — and, as well as that, my Achilles has been acting up a bit recently.

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Kazakh coach Beranek not setting the bar high

Kazakhstan's Czech coach Miroslav Beranek has a novel take on World Cup Group C, suggesting that, like some unholy trinity, it's really three groups in one.

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Chasing pack bid to reel in leaders Sligo

Drogheda United can move within six points of leaders Sligo Rovers if they beat Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds in the pick of tonight's programme of Airtricity League Premier Division games (7.45pm).

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Irish undone by first-half brace

Hungary U21 2 Ireland U21 1 While Ireland's senior team embark on a new qualification hunt today, the U21s' quest to reach next year's European Championships ended yesterday in Kecskemet, Hungary.

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Schmidt hints he's ready to extend Leinster tenure

There was some good news in a bad week for Leinster rugby as Joe Schmidt sent strong signals that he is ready to sign a new two-year contract.

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Red-hot McIlroy backed to assume Ryder leadership role

Rory McIlroy is in a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick after shooting an opening round of 64 last night.

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Howlett braced for physical Italian front

Benetton Treviso head coach Franco Smith sprang a selection surprise last night when he made eight changes to a winning side ahead of their RaboDirect Pro12 game against Munster at Thomond Park tonight (8pm).

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Jenkins accepts he may miss Lions tour

Gethin Jenkins accepts he may have to miss next summer's British and Irish Lions tour of Australia if Toulon reach the French Top 14 final.

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Western GOBA pair in track chain protest

Two women chained themselves to greyhound traps at Galway track yesterday to protest at the decision to sell the traps for the 700 yards distance to accommodate Connacht Rugby.

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Rohan and Smyth eye more golden moments

Ireland's Paralympic team took a break from the medal trail yesterday after six positively greedy days here in London but the pursuit will resume today when Mark Rohan and Jason Smyth attempt to double up on golds claimed earlier this week.

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Dublin Inter replace fallen Star in Men's SuperLeague

Belfast Star have withdrawn from the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague.

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Stick with Catcherinscratcher

The in-form Catcherinscratcher is fancied to complete a hat-trick of successes in the Angus Beef Ireland Hurdle at Kilbeggan tonight.

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Nathaniel and Snow Fairy to put it up to home Champion team

British raiders Nathaniel and Snow Fairy feature among a final field of six declared runners in tomorrow's Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

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Onwards and upwards for Sweetnam

Shane Sweetnam was disappointed when Cian O'Connor was selected ahead of him for the Olympics... and the rest is history.

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Berry in the wars as Hail off mark

The Mullinahone Maiden at Clonmel last night saw Aidan O'Brien's Hail finally get off the mark, but the contest was more notable for a nasty incident at the two-furlong pole in which jockey Fran Berry suffered numerous injuries.

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Late Leger call on Sequence

Connections of Main Sequence will wait until next week before deciding whether to aim the Investec Derby runner-up at the Ladbrokes St Leger.

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