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McCusker backs Scarlets to end Leinster reign

Wales forward Rob McCusker insists the Scarlets can dump reigning champions Leinster out of Europe.

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Quins boss O'Shea plots downfall of 'hero' Elwood

Conor O'Shea believes outgoing Connacht coach Eric Elwood deserves hero status out west but does not want to add to the legacy of his former Ireland team-mate this weekend.

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Injuries disrupt Ulster cup plans

Dan Tuohy is out of Ulster's Heineken Cup clash against Glasgow at Ravenhill tomorrow night.

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Afoa timed Ulster arrival to perfection

John Afoa could have been forgiven for thinking he had got his timing wrong when, within weeks of his arrival in Belfast, the IRFU announced a spate of restrictions on the number of non-Irish qualified players and the length of time they could spend with the provinces.

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Oak Leafers need acorn of success to rise their support

If there was an 11th commandment which forbid us from coveting our neighbouring county, then I would be a serial sinner every time I visited Healy Park.

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Coaching conference a sell-out

GAA director of games development Pat Daly has confirmed this Saturday's coaching conference in Croke Park is a 700-ticket sell-out.

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Banty fears black card will sanitise GAA

Former Meath and Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney says the new black card rule is an attempt to take the physicality out of the game.

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Dunne says HQ blocking Slaney move for Butler

Wexford manager Liam Dunne claims he is fighting against the GAA to get Paudie Butler on board as part of his backroom team.

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Clancy turns on the style as Laois edge Westmeath

Laois 2-12 Westmeath 0-12 Padraig Clancy kept alive Laois hopes of an O'Byrne Cup semi-final spot with a rousing individual display in Portlaoise.

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Depleted Donegal in holiday hangover

Fermanagh 2-15 Donegal 2-7 From the Dubai desert to the Fermanagh fog in 36 hours, Jim McGuinness and his Donegal squad came back down to earth with a mild bump in Brewster Park last night.

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Kerry want to avoid clash with Six Nations

Kerry GAA chiefs will sound out Croke Park about the possibility of bringing forward the throw-in of their National Football League game against Dublin in Killarney on February 10 to avoid a clash with Ireland's home Six Nations clash with England.

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Swans leave Benitez in a flap

Chelsea 0 Swansea 2 Rafael Benitez endured a torrent of abuse from Chelsea's fans as the Blues slumped to an embarrassing defeat to Swansea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge last night.

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Euro champs Chelsea back in the black

Roman Abramovich's Chelsea moved into profit last year thanks to the proceeds of a share deal as well as their exploits in winning the Champions League, the Premier League club's annual accounts showed.

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Ronaldo now the complete player, reckons Fergie

Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo has turned into "the complete player" since his departure from Manchester United in 2009.

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Arsenal push boat out to keep Walcott

Arsenal are ready to stretch their rigid pay structure to push through a new deal for Theo Walcott, which could be signed ahead of this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City.

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Why Messi didn't deserve to be crowned world's best in 2012

Paul Kelly (France Football magazine's Ireland correspondent) and Jimmy Magee (RTÉ) omitted Lionel Messi in their vote for the Ballon d'Or prize. Here Kelly explains the reasons for their decision.

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Penney parks past as crunch time looms

Rob Penney spent much of Saturday night replaying the horror show that was Munster's performance in the RaboDirect defeat to Cardiff Blues at Musgrave Park on Saturday and he must have endured a sleepless night after reviewing the debacle.

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Lam to succeed Elwood as Connacht's new head coach

New Zealander Pat Lam is expected to be unveiled as Connacht's new head coach this week.

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Munster icon upbeat as future looks brighter

It will be mid-February when Paul O'Connell returns to the gym, another three or four weeks after that when he begins running again, but the Munster and Ireland lock will not be moaning and groaning along the road back to full fitness.

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O'Connell retains dream of Lions return

Paul O'Connell refused to rule out making a third Lions tour this summer but suggested the odds would be long given he is likely to miss the RBS 6 Nations this spring.

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Millar fears Armstrong whitewash on Oprah

Reformed drug cheat David Millar fears Lance Armstrong's appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show next week will be "stage-managed".

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Bjorn says US captaincy for Watson won't influence Euro call

Tournament Players Committee chairman, Thomas Bjorn, will steer next Tuesday's European Ryder Cup captaincy vote in Abu Dhabi away from the recent comments of Darren Clarke and not react to the 2014 US team appointment of Tom Watson.

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Fahamore foils favourite

Raised 10lb. for a repeat win in a handicap hurdle in Limerick over Christmas, the Eddie Harty-trained Fahamore followed-up when foiling the Willie Mullins-trained favourite Abbey Lane in the Buy Tickets On-Line Rated Hurdle in Fairyhouse yesterday.

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McCririck to sue Channel 4 over axing

Former Channel 4 Racing pundit John McCririck yesterday revealed he has started legal proceedings against the broadcaster as he seeks damages totalling £3m following his axing from its racing coverage.

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