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Donegal look hell-bent on alienating Jim

It must be the northern air. It must be something. What else can explain the way successful managers are treated at the tip of the country?

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Exile takes on TV rights down under to Ireland v Sweden

An Irish soccer fan has bought the Australian TV rights for the Republic's World Cup qualifier against Sweden to ensure that Irish down under don't miss the crunch clash.

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Angry Blues boss Clark demands action after 'unsporting' goal

Yeovil let Birmingham walk in a goal unopposed to make amends for their own "unsporting" equaliser — but were still knocked out of the Capital One Cup on penalties on Tuesday night.

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€100m Higuain injury claim

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is demanding €100m in compensation after striker Gonzalo Higuain injured himself in the region of Campania.

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Parry regrets Gillett-Hicks era

Former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has no doubt the Reds are still feeling the effects of the period when they were overseen by George Gillett and Tom Hicks, who he says "we all wish passionately had not owned the club".

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Suarez set for Reds return against United

Luis Suarez will make his return from a 10-match ban in Liverpool's Capital One Cup third round at rivals Manchester United.

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Celtic party in Paradise

Celtic 3 Shakhter Karagandy 0 (Celtic win 3-2 on agg.)Celtic reached the Champions League group stages for the second successive season after beating Shakhter Karagandy in a dramatic play-off with an injury-time James Forrest goal.

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Hobbling Hendrick withdraws from World Cup squad

The worrying sight since the weekend of Jeff Hendrick "hobbling around on crutches" in the words of his manager Nigel Clough was followed yesterday by the expected confirmation from the FAI that the Derby County midfielder is now out of the Irish squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

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AVB irked as Bale on verge of Real move

AN agitated Andre Villas-Boas effectively confirmed Gareth Bale's transfer to Real Madrid is imminent, while also expressing disappointment with the player's conduct in his attempts to force an exit.

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Piet Mondrian (Joseph O' Brien) goes clear of the field to win the Wholesome Fayre Maiden at Killarney last night.

Wannabe improving at a rate of knots

The Tommy Stack-trained Wannabe Better, clearly improving at a rate of knots, created a mild surprise when taking the featured Listed Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney last night.

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Free Eagle set for Leopardstown return

Next year's Investec Derby favourite Free Eagle could make his next appearance a week on Saturday in the ICON Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes at Leopardstown.

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Kingfisher and Joseph O' Brien win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden from Statute of Approval and Sinndar Dessert atKillarney last night.

Dowling to leave Vic decision as late as possible

It's been a testing few weeks on the track, with the unfortunate injury to reigning champ Skywalker Puma and the prospect of ante-post favourite Ballymac Vic exiting the ETS Irish Derby without lining up for Saturday night's first quarter-final at Shelbourne.

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David Gardener: Up and coming star.

Two from three not bad for Gardiner

Trailing 4-2 in the deciding set, David Gardiner's back was firmly pinned against the wall.

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Roche maintains grip on third spot in Vuelta

Ireland's Nicolas Roche remains third overall at the Vuelta A Espana after finishing safely in the main bunch of yesterday's 168-kilometre fifth stage from Sober to Lago de Sanabria in the north west of the country.

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McGinley ready to make the tough calls

Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley insists he's ready to be ruthless when required as he looks to lead Europe to an eighth victory in the last 10 contests at Gleneagles next year.

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O'Connor predicts bright future for out-half Madigan

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor is convinced the best has yet to come from Ian Madigan as the out-half yesterday signed a contract extension until 2016.

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Reddan's return lifts Blues

Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan will play his first game since his horrific leg break against France in the Six Nations when Leinster take on Northampton tomorrow.

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O'Rourke: Drugs cheat Yanit robbed me of European gold

Derval O'Rourke welcomed news that Turkey's European indoor 60m hurdles champion Nevin Yanit has been banned for two years, which should see the Cork star upgraded to the bronze medal — but believes she should also be getting the European outdoor gold from 2010.

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Referee Brian Gavin

'Give refs more freedom'

Liam Dunne wants to see hurling referees being given the freedom to apply common sense from next season.

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Limerick worried Allen ready to walk away

Limerick GAA bosses are worried hurling manager John Allen will step down just after the county hurlers have had their best season in almost two decades.

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Dub Nolan battles diabetes and bench

Dublin defender Kevin Nolan has revealed the impact Type 1 diabetes has had on his inter-county career.

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GAA well geared to tackle fundraising scams

The GAA are better equipped to counter commercial scams off the back of successful county teams, according to head of media relations Alan Milton.

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Fitzmaurice's Kingdom conundrums

Tradition and the dramatic final of two years ago have made Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final a sell-out, but it is also the truer All-Ireland semi-final as Kerry and Dublin arrive unbeaten.

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