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Flemenstar in 'good form' as big season awaits

Peter Casey stresses that the Irish Form Book Fortria Chase at Navan tomorrow is a starting point for his flagship horse Flemenstar.

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Frankel has given Cecil 'strength'

Trainer Henry Cecil said Frankel provided him with "strength" during a season in which he is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer.

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Mohican targets November scalp

First Mohican, who once ran the mighty Frankel close on the gallops, puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster today.

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I'm expecting a big performance from Poungach

When Poungach fell at the first fence at Chepstow last month, I got such a surprise you could have knocked me over with a feather.

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Drawn out saga at Santa Anita just too much to take

Anyone else find last weekend's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita a complete bore?

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Skywalker set for Leger stroll

The quarter-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness St Leger feature at Limerick track this evening and Skywalker Puma, who came out best in a hot second-round heat, looks to have a straightforward task in the last of tonight's heats.

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Sexton so happy to face Boks again

A broad smile colonises Jonathan Sexton's chiselled features as his mind rewinds three years to the first time he faced the Springboks.

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New season, new start for Ireland

Whether it be over the course of a season, a tournament, or a single match, consistency has not been one of Ireland's strong points since their Grand Slam season of 2009.

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Ireland must stop the rot by bashing Boks — D'Arcy

Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy has conceded this evening's clash with South Africa is a must-win game in the wake of four Test defeats in a row.

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Earls happy taking middle ground

Contrary to popular belief, Keith Earls insists he is neither a temperamental baby throwing his toys out of the pram nor a cranky old character mired in his own inflexibility.

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Gatland keeping an eye on young Ireland hopefuls

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland, pictured, will run the rule over Ireland's tour hopefuls at the Aviva Stadium this evening.

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Keeping the Boks' bruisers on a leash

The three key battles that will decide the Guinness Series opener

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Living the sweet life

Hours like these he doesn't miss.

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De Villiers ready to meet some old friends

Talk inevitably turned to the passing of time when Jean De Villiers caught up with Paul O'Connell and a few more of his old Munster cronies on Thursday.

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Fergie: United not reliant on van Persie

Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United are not too reliant on Robin van Persie.

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Taarabt will stay, says Hughes

Mark Hughes is confident Adel Taarabt will stay at QPR in January after admitting the Moroccan will be key to the club's chances of staying in the Premier League.

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Goals of any hue still the great equaliser

Back in April when it was scored most everyone agreed that Chris Forrester's exquisite goal for St Patrick's Athletic against Shamrock Rovers — a scooped lob which was as immaculate as it was audacious — would not be bettered in the Airtricity League this season.

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Pardew: I'd like Carroll back

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he would still like to re-sign England striker Andy Carroll.

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Wenger: Pressure affecting skipper

Manager Arsene Wenger believes Thomas Vermaelen could be feeling the weight of the Arsenal captaincy.

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Friendlies take on own meaning

This weekend we meet up for the game against Greece on Wednesday night at the Aviva Stadium.

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Blues in the black for 2010

Chelsea have announced a profit of €1.75m (€2.18m) for last year — the first time the club has finished in the black in the Roman Abramovich era.

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'Mancini wears his heart on his sleeve'

Manchester City assistant boss David Platt claims manager Roberto Mancini has always had a bit of "fire" inside him.

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Rodgers backs Suarez to shine at Bridge

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has backed Luis Suarez to continue inspiring his team as the striker faces predecessor and former Anfield hero Fernando Torres this weekend.

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Celtic's love affair with Barca endures

The images of a heaving Celtic Park on Wednesday night as coach Neil Lennon, players and 60,000 fans celebrated the famous Champions League over Barcelona on the club's 125th anniversary night will long be remembered, but one of the week's most striking photos was that of Barca stars Xavi Hernández, Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta posing with Celtic's 125-year anniversary kit.

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Harte: Dual role could yet enhance McGuinness

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte believes a new career with Celtic could help Jim McGuinness become a better Gaelic football manager.

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McGuinness living the Bhoyhood dream

Jim McGuinness wasn't prepared to take his new post at Celtic if it impacted on his role as Donegal manager.

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Glasgow closer to home than Dublin

With Jim McGuinness double-jobbing between his new role as Celtic's performance consultant and Donegal manager, he can conceivably reach Glasgow faster than he would Dublin.

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'We are a band of brothers'

The similarities between the two Sarsfields battling for supremacy in tomorrow's Munster Club SHC semi-final doesn't end with a shared name.

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O'Leary hopes Newmarket can give Banner a boost

When Newmarket-on-Fergus captain Enda Barrett received the Canon Hamilton Cup at the end of the Clare county final he said he was receiving it on behalf of Newmarket teams going back 31 years.

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Thurles to prevail in battle of the Sars

Tomorrow's Semple Stadium semi-final is the tale of two teams in search of redemption.

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De La Salle's proven track record to swing it

The De La Salle mentors who went to the Clare county final faced the road home with plenty of food for thought.

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It will be a battle, but Thurles Sars have the stars to do damage

It's hard writing about this game. Having watched Thurles Sarsfields up close from my role with Kilmallock, we've tried to move on from the defeat.

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Spending time reaps bigger rewards than flashing cash

Go back to the flats yis shower of knackers.

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All Stars back in the Big Apple

So many accomplished players have passed through the Donegal Boston ranks during the club's first 25 years that the summer of a young Jim McGuinness doesn't stand out as much as you'd think.

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Twomey recovering after back surgery to repair discs

Cork show jumper Billy Twomey is recovering in Germany following planned surgery on his back to repair discs.

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IABA honours Taylor and Olympic stars

The Irish 2012 Olympic team and Katie Taylor scooped the top accolades at the Irish Amateur Boxing Association's Annual Awards Night at the Green Isle Hotel in Dublin last night.

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Vettel sorry for swearing on air

Sebastian Vettel has apologised for swearing live on air following last Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Rory hopes of Race win hampered by storm clouds

An ailing Rory McIlroy will be looking to the horizon and hoping continuing Singapore storms abate just long enough to leave the way clear for him to secure the Race to Dubai title.

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'Controvassy' is all that's left

The old saver 'cultural differences' was suggested; the first refuge of racists and the inappropriately friendly

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