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Determined Bubba has more majors in mind

As he prepares to defend his Masters title this week, Bubba Watson has revealed his determination not to be a one-major wonder.

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Colsaerts gets words of wisdom from the master

It is 50 years since Jack Nicklaus won the first of his six Masters titles, but the 18-time major winner will have a major influence on how rookie Nicolas Colsaerts performs this week.

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Hard-working Tiger ready to roar again

When Tiger Wood's drives up Magnolia Lane this week, he will once again demonstrate a swagger and aura not seen from him since his last major success in 2008.

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SIMON LEWIS: Dunbar grabs shot at glory

One of Ireland's Masters contingent this week will be Alan Dunbar, using his exemption as British Amateur champion.

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Clarke 'gutted' by Augusta hammer blow

Rory McIlroy's form might be on the rise but things can't get much worse for former British Open winner, Darren Clarke.

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Masters mystery is over. Or is it?

Through the years, no arena in professional golf has evolved with such thoughtful precision as Augusta National Golf Club.

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CHARLIE MULQUEEN: Reliving the day Tiger became a sporting superstar

THE 1997 Masters was the eighth — and most memorable — of my 20 visits to Augusta.

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Eyes deceive Harrington with hit and miss on the greens

It's impossible to play Augusta National blindfolded but Pádraig Harrington might have to do just that — at least on the greens — to make sure his eyes don't deceive him when he tees up in his 14th Masters this week.

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Another miracle but no surprise — this is Munster

They're wrong when they say your career should be measured on medals.

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Madigan 'a must' for Lions tour

Fergus McFadden believes Ian Madigan's form will make it very difficult for Warren Gatland to omit the Leinster out-half from his Lions touring squad when the selection is confirmed after the Heineken and Amlin semi-finals later this month.

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McFadden: Munster in an ideal scenario

They will be at each other's throats again on Saturday in Limerick but there was a liberal amount of fraternal love extended towards Munster from Leinster after the weekend's European battles.

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Sexton set to top money league

Ireland's Jonny Sexton will be the best paid player in French rugby next season, according to reports in France.

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Planes, trains and automobiles: A rocky road to Montpellier

Within minutes of Jérôme Garcès's final whistle on Sunday, Munster fans began furiously scouring the internet searching for low-cost deals to Montpellier for the April 27 Heineken Cup semi-final showdown with Clermont Auvergne.

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Young guns come of age as Reds eye more giant-killing

PAUL O'Connell may have produced the definitive performance in Munster's stunning Heineken Cup victory over Harlequins but it was Tommy O'Donnell who gave the rousing pre-match speech and inspired the emotional energy that took his side to the semi-finals.

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Ó Sé says no logic to playing two championship fixtures in a week

From one great escape to another — Kerry have made another mountain for themselves, according to Tomás Ó Sé.

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McManamon: Top team in league should be champions

Dublin's Kevin McManamon believes either the top team in Division 1 should be crowned league champions or only the best two teams reach the knockout stages.

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O'Connor says Mayo's style has earned new respect

Cillian O'Connor has noticed a positive change in the way Mayo are perceived.

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Rebels will 'consider options' amid poor football attendances

Taking Cork home games in the Allianz Football League outside of the city is not a catch-all fix for poor attendances, according to the county's PRO.

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Kiely set to start for Rebels

Cork have made one change in personnel to their side for tomorrow night's Munster U21FC final against Tipperary in Thurles (7.30pm).

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THE FOGARTY FORUM: Time to play it fair with Limerick

Compare and contrast — for the second year running, Mayo footballers have qualified for a Division 1 semi-final having won just three of their seven round games.

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Bayern now eyeing a treble

Bayern Munich go into their Champions League quarter-final second leg tomorrow night against Juventus not only two goals up but as newly-crowned champions of Germany.

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Iron will but no sporting hero

Two years ago, Sam Allardyce, now manager of West Ham, felt the need to get something off his chest.

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Ireland to play Spain at Yankee Stadium

The FAI have confirmed Ireland will take on world and European champions Spain in a friendly at New York's Yankee Stadium on June 11, despite the second leg of their planned trip to the States failing to get off the ground.

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Quartet gear up for final assault

Four teams, two Champions League places up for grabs.

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Drogba hoping 'good lesson' will aid Gala

Didier Drogba and his Galatasaray team-mates have a tough task when they try to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tonight.

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Death of Pellegrini's dad mars build-up

Malaga were hit by lightning and the death of coach Manuel Pellegrini's father as they prepared for tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Borussia Dortmund.

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Urano poised to come good

Urano, second three times in-a-row, gets the nap in the J J Delaney And Kilkenny Vintners' Maiden Hurdle at Gowran Park this evening.

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Long Run back on Gold trail at Punchestown

Long Run is set to make his first visit to Ireland for the tote.com Punchestown Gold Cup on April 24.

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No word on McBrearty injury

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle last night said he had not been made aware by Donegal of an injury to Paddy McBrearty during Sunday's draw in Ballybofey.

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Limerick finances under 'savage pressure'

Limerick GAA chiefs have estimated that a failure to secure a place in the top flight of the Allianz Hurling League is costing them up to €150,000 per annum.

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Milner keen to finish on a high

James Milner believes Manchester City's derby win at Old Trafford last night will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.

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Aguero back to haunt United

Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2Sergio Aguero's goal to beat rivals Manchester United may well be too little, too late for this season's title race but that does not mean it will not be savoured by a Manchester City side wounded by their own tame defence of the Premier League.

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Golf and racing combine for Double Ticket special on one of the great days of sport

Saturday, June 30th, promises to be one of the great days of 2013 in the realms of sport and the European Golf Tour and the Curragh Race Company are set to take full advantage.

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Red-hot Bolger bags 510/1 treble

Jim Bolger continued his remarkable early-season form with a 510/1 treble in Gowran Park yesterday.

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