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Crokes eye Mitchels' five-in-a-row after Stacks put to sword

Dr Crokes 4-16 Austin Stacks 0-12This is what a monopoly looks like and for Dr Crokes it's what it must feel like this morning.

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Crossmaglen have too much craft for Pat's

Crossmaglen Rangers 0-17 St Patrick's Cullyhanna 0-8Another routine day at the office yielded a 17th Armagh championship title in 18 years for Crossmaglen Rangers at the Athletic Grounds yesterday.

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Good start decisive, says proud Casey as Crokes sets sights on 'Holy Grail'

Dr Crokes joint manager Vince Casey believes yesterday's county final win was proof the team have learned the lessons from last February's All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Ballymun Kickhams.

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Stack pays tribute to 'superior force'

Stephen Stack searched for solace amid the debris of a 16-point defeat.

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Super Sars now eye back-to-back titles

Sarsfields 0-25 Ballymartle 1-12The dream of back-to-back Cork SHC titles remains alive for Sarsfields after they easily coped with Ballymarte at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday.

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Midleton turn on the power

Midleton 2-21 Na Piarsaigh 1-06 IT may have taken them a while to find their form and settle into a winning rhythm in Pairc Uí Chaoimh yesterday, but once they succeeded in restraining Na Piarsaigh after a promising start, Midleton's young lions were on course for an appearance in the Cork SHC final after a lapse of 19 years.

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'Superman' Murphy inspires Glenswilly to second title

Glenswilly 3-19 Killybegs 2-06 There's a sign on the side of the road at Foxhall before Glenswilly's ground some joker erected that says "Superman wears Michael Murphy pyjamas."

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One compromise too far for hybrid game

Ireland 57 Australian Indigenous All Stars 35If the International Rules series was on life support prior to this first Test, it's on death row now.

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Cavanagh angry at 'disrespect' to McAnallen cup

Seán Cavanagh has launched a scathing broadside against the Tyrone County Board and Eglish, club of his late county team-mate Cormac McAnallen.

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Walsh will be fit for second test at Croker

Aidan Walsh attempted to convince medics he was fit to continue after shipping what appeared to be a serious knee injury in Saturday's first test.

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Moore revels in victory

Ballinacourty 0-12 Stradbally 0-05 A Ballinacourty blitz, based on pressure play and midfield superiority helped them secure a sixth county title following a fiery final at Fraher Field.

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McGrath going all out to pip Queally for Déise post

Derek McGrath has assembled a star-studded backroom team as he attempts to pip Peter Queally in the race to become Waterford's new senior hurling manager.

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Devlin and Bell power Ballinderry through

Ballinderry (Derry) 0-14 Clonoe (Tyrone) 0-10 Ballinderry never trailed as they deservedly overcame the sticky challenge of Clonoe at Celtic Park.

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O'Reilly and Basquel strike to see Ballyboden through

Second-half goals from Darren O'Reilly and Ryan Basquel helped secure a 2-13 to 1-11 win for Ballyboden St Enda's over St Brigid's in Saturday's Dublin SFC quarter-final at Parnell Park.

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Loughmore-Castleiney and Aherlow Gaels reach final

Loughmore-Castleiney and Aherlow Gaels will contest the Tipperary SFC final following wins over holders, Clonmel Commercials and JK Brackens, respectively.

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Battling Kilcoo leave it late

Kilcoo 0-9 Burren 0-7 Kilcoo won their third Down SFC title in five years after snatching victory with a late flurry of points in Newry yesterday.

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Summerhill keep best until last

Summerhill 1-13 Na Fianna 1-10 Experience was the crucial factor as Summerhill gained their second Meath SFC title in three years at the expense of first time finalists Na Fianna at Pairc Tailteann yesterday.

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The New One on his way to victory at Kempton

Twiston-Davies hails The New One as 'exceptional'

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies labelled The New One "exceptional" after the youngster laid down an early marker for next year's Champion Hurdle with a truly stunning seasonal return at Kempton yesterday.

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Buckley bullet offers Currow senior status

Currow 2-11 St Mary's 0-14 A superbly taken goal with ten minutes remaining by former Kerry U21 John Buckley decided a gripping Kerry IFC final in Tralee and broke Currow's finals hoodoo.

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Tough going but Oulart make it a magical five

Oulart-the-Ballagh 3-12 Ferns St Aidan's 1-16 There was no shortage of passion or drama at Wexford Park yesterday as Oulart-the-Ballagh created history with a fifth successive title, disposing of a gallant Ferns outfit in this absorbing Wexford SHC final.

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Fitzpatrick timing perfect as Portlaoise retain crown

Portlaoise 2-08 Arles-Killeen 1-08 Portlaoise's remarkable run of success continued in O'Moore Park yesterday as they won their seventh Laois SFC title in a row.

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Kelly inspires Ballyea to shock win over Crusheen

Ballyea caused a shock at Cusack Park on Saturday, defeating 2010 and 2011 champions Crusheen in the Clare SHC quarter-final.

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Glynn points Glenealy to fourth title in succession

Glenealy 0-17 Bray Emmet's 0-14 Glenealy hurlers recorded a historic fourth SHC title in succession when they narrowly defeated a gallant Bray Emmet's side by three points in a pulsating final at Aughrim yesterday.

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Codd and Fogarty have day to remember

The Amarillo Kid provided the County Wexford combination of trainer Willie Codd and jockey Mikey Fogarty with a memorable success when getting the better of gallant front-runner Fosters Cross in the Grade B Cork Racecourse Kinsale Handicap Chase in Cork yesterday.

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Clarke goal crucial for Castletown-Geoghegan

Castletown-Geoghegan 1-12 St Oliver Plunkett's 0-11 Castletown-Geoghegan won the Westmeath SHC title for the first time since 2004 when they defeated Mullingar side St Oliver Plunkett's by four points at Cusack Park, Mullingar, yesterday.

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Rampant Rangers complete hat-trick

Mt. Leinster Rangers 1-20 St. Mullins 0-11 Reigning champions Mount Leinster Rangers silenced the doubters with a tremendous display, defeating parish rivals St Mullins as comprehensively as the scoreline suggests.

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Fortuitous success for King on Ancient Sands

Set to be crowed champion apprentice in two weeks, Cork teenager Connor King landed the October Handicap on Ancient Sands in fortuitous circumstances in Naas yesterday.

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Drom-Broadford in seventh heaven

Dromcollogher-Broadford 2-09 Monaleen 2-07 Dromcollogher-Broadford claimed their seventh Limerick SFC title since 2001 with a two-point win over Monaleen in Newcastle West.

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The Banner deliver

A 62nd minute point by Katie Cahill saw The Banner of Clare win their first ever Munster Senior Championship title.

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Clark's Adventure continues with second place in France

Aoife Clark continues to tap into a rich vein of form, giving Ireland its best ever result at the World Breeding Championships for Young Eventing Horses in Le Lion d'Angers, France, when second on Fernhill Adventure in the class for seven-year-olds.

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Bath abandoned because of sewage problems in jockeys' changing rooms

Yesterday's meeting at Bath was abandoned in bizarre circumstances after sewage problems in the jockeys' changing rooms sparked a protest from the riders.

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Retirement question the dirtiest of all for sports journalists

In the last couple of weeks some pretty tasty players have called it a day.

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Stroll in the Park for Britton

Fionnuala Britton declared herself happy with her competitive return to action at the Gerry Farnan cross country festival yesterday as she cruised to victory over three miles in 15:45 in the Phoenix Park.

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Relief for Lawrie as Tour card secured

A €5,275 payday at the Perth International was enough for Dublin's Peter Lawrie to secure his European Tour card for the 2014 season.

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Bronze for Irvine at Euro Track

Ireland's Martyn Irvine won a bronze medal in the omnium event at the European Track Cycling Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland yesterday.

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Killester's third quarter blitz blows Neptune away

Killester remain unbeaten in the Men's Premier League following a comfortable 88-76 win over Bord Gáis Neptune on Saturday.

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Ward in line for Ivanov rematch at Elite Champs

Joe Ward could meet Russia's Nikita Ivanov in a repeat of their European final in the last-eight of the AIBA World Elite Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Frampton on brink of world title shot

Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton is on the cusp of an IBF world title shot after a six-round demolition job on Jeremy Parodi at a sold-out Odyssey Arena in his native Belfast on Saturday night.

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Leinster put end to Ulster dominance

Leinster finally broke Ulster's stranglehold on the Electric Ireland U18 and U16 Interprovincials with a memorable double victory at Garryduff in Cork yesterday.

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Just winning a trophy this season would be incredible for Moyes

Before kick-off on Saturday, a colleague dryly remarked: "So, we're a wobbling mid-table side, up against a tight, in-form, Champions League-able team, who have a settled-in manager, with players that he actually wants at the club, in a system they are comfortable with ... I'll be happy with a point gained."

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Lay off Luiz — he's a class act

I'm not going to even debate whether our first goal should have stood or not as the Cardiff keeper shouldn't have even been on the pitch after handling the ball outside his area.

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Keeper ball-hop hurts Mackay

Chelsea 4 Cardiff 1 Malky Mackay must be thinking he has run over a black cat, the way luck has been going against him.

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Perez's media influence weakens

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale encourages Cristiano Ronaldo after he missed a goalscoring opportunity during the La Liga game against Malaga at the Bernabeu. Right: Barca coach Gerardo Martino's in his fashionable light green polo shirt. Pic: Getty

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Moyes happy United will improve

Man United 1 Southampton 1 It is a sign of how quickly the times have changed at Old Trafford in the aftermath of the seismic upheaval in the managerial ranks that Alex Ferguson's successor could be asked — legitimately and without any accusations of mischief or scaremongering — a question unthinkable for so much of the past decade and a half.

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City flying with Merlin

West Ham 1 Man City 3 At Manchester City, they've a phrase for the type of moment David Silva produced 10 minutes from the end of this trip to West Ham.

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Ireland 'getting there slowly'

Stoke 0 West Brom 0 Stoke boss Mark Hughes has told fans to be patient because the best of Stephen Ireland is yet to come.

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Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor grabs a high ball  during Saturday's Premier League clash with Everton at Goodison Park. Pic: Clive Brunskill

Everton go back to move forward

Everton 2 Hull 1Everton held a 'Retro Day' against Hull City but Roberto Martinez has put his focus firmly back to the future.

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No time to panic, Gus, says Laudrup

Swansea 4 Sunderland 0 Michael Laudrup has told Sunderland boss Gus Poyet to be patient and not to panic, despite his new side's precarious position.

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Sturridge and Suarez red-hot

Newcastle United 2 Liverpool 2 Plenty has been written about the tactical nuances of Brendan Rodgers' new-look Liverpool, but according to Jordan Henderson, the club's preferred way of playing could hardly be simpler.

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Gunners turning the screw

Arsenal 4 Norwich 1 There were five huge cheers at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday – four for each of the sumptuous goals Arsenal scored and a fifth when news came through that Southampton had equalised at Old Trafford.

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Daring to dream as goals evoke memories of Bergkamp

With each passing week that we remain unbeaten, it's becoming ever more of a struggle to keep our feet on the ground. I'm constantly repeating the mantra 'let's see where we are in a month or two', before daring to predict any impending relief from eight barren seasons of this silverware-starved era.

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An afternoon when a flare overshadowed flair

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 2 This should have been all about a flair player who has taken football by storm in the last couple of weeks, but instead we are left to digest the impact of a flare.

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Andrew Trimble: Ulster winger scored a brilliant try at the weekend

Davies gets his moment in sun

When Jonny Wilkinson won the World Cup for England 10 years ago, Gareth Davies was trying to find his way out of the darker recesses of the Welsh League at Ystrad Mynach.

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Rampaging Lawes locks up Ospreys

Northampton 27 Ospreys 16Jim Mallinder hailed a "sensational" performance by England lock Courtney Lawes after Northampton got their Heineken Cup campaign up and running with a 27-16 victory over the Ospreys.

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Bennett holds nerve as Shannon snatch it

Shannon 31 Dolphin 29Tadgh Bennett kept his nerve to land a 35-metre penalty with the last kick of the game and earn Shannon a thrilling victory over Dolphin in Saturday's ODM Munster Senior Cup at Coonagh on Saturday.

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Clermont win, but Quins make and take a point

Clermont Auvergne 23 Harlequins 13Chris Robshaw insisted there are positives for Harlequins to take despite their 23-16 Heineken Cup defeat by last season's finalists Clermont Auvergne.

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Garryowen turn league form on head to give Cashel shock

Cashel 5 Garryowen 20 Garryowen have endured a miserable start to the AIL season but are hopeful they may have turned the corner with Saturday's ODM Munster Senior Cup quarter-final win over Cashel at Spafield Park.

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Dan Parks: Produced a near flawless kicking display to post 23 points

Kicking king Parks keeps Connacht ticking

Zebre 6 Connacht 33Connacht put a string of five defeats behind them with another worthy Heineken Cup display and are now looking to take that form into Saturday's derby with Leinster.

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Ulster's Andrew Trimble makes a brilliant catch  to prevent the ball going out of play in the Heineken Cup Pool 5 game against  Montpellier at Stade Yves du Manoir. Pic: John Dickson / Sportsfile

Brains and brawn give Ulster edge

Montpellier 8 Ulster 25Ulster made a bold statement at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir on Saturday with a performance of true grit and character coupled with some smart rugby that lowered the multi-coloured Montpellier flags.

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Macken knows he has his work cut out to retain spot

It can't be easy filling in for arguably the greatest Irish player of a generation but Brendan Macken has not done a bad job covering for Brian O'Driscoll this past fortnight.

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Gordon D'Arcy, with support from his Leinster team-mate Mike McCarthy, is tackled by Castres' Anton Peikrishvili in the Heineken Cup game at the RDS. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Leinster get hell of a battle

Leinster 19 Castres 7There'll be some sore bodies reporting for duty at Leinster's team base this morning after last Saturday's battle royal at the RDS.

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Davies warning for Red Army

Gloucester coach Nigel Davies has warned Munster they face a perilous visit to the West Country for round five of the Heineken Cup.

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Sexton frustrated as Racing held

Scarlets 26 Racing Metro 26 Jonny Sexton was bitterly disappointed to draw with the Scarlets after being denied twice at the death.

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Perpignan top as Edinburgh pay for errors

Perpignan 31 Edinburgh 14 Head coach Alan Solomons admits his Edinburgh side paid the price for an error-ridden second-half performance as Perpignan stormed back to win 31-14 in yesterday's Heineken Cup clash.

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Munster centre James Downey, supported by prop BJ Botha, tries to evade the clutches of Gloucester lock James Hudson during Saturday's Heineken Cup clash at Thomond Park.Pic: Billy Stickland/Inph

'Sometimes you have to win a bit ugly'

Munster 26 Gloucester 10 AS excitable children are often told, there is a time and a place for everything and as Munster emerged from a tough evening at Thomond Park with their Heineken Cup qualification hopes restored, that should be the lesson to remember from a match when the outcome was always going to be more important the performance.

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Munster's Sean Dougall, is tacked by Gloucester's Mike Tindall. Pic: Sportsfile

'Perfect 7' Dougall gives inspirational Munster show

It was long past his normal bedtime when Sean Dougall got to sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning. However, the disruption didn't prevent him from producing an outstanding performance that led to him being hailed as the unsung hero of Munster's Heineken Cup victory over Gloucester.

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Brian O'Driscoll: Axed for the decider against the Aussies in Sydney last July

Gum's the word for Drico

Rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll has revealed he secretly hid his gumshield in his suit pocket when his shock axing from the Lions' sidelined him to the stands — just in case he was needed as an eleventh hour replacement.

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Kerry's All-Ireland winning defender Aidan O'Mahony failed a drugs test but was subsequently proven innocent after it emerged he had used his asthma inhaler for medical purposes.

Drug testing GAA players 'waste of money'

Kilkenny senior hurling doctor Tadhg Crowley has questioned the value of drug testing GAA players.

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Gloucester's Jonny May and Mike Tindall combine to tackle Munster's Sean Dougall  at Thomond Park. Pic: Diarmuid Greene

Why Munster need sprinkle of stardust

ON THE face of it, an outstanding weekend for the Irish in Europe. However, while Ulster in particular, Leinster and Connacht have every reason to reflect with satisfaction on their performances, one feels that despite Munster's 16 point win over Gloucester, nobody within the camp will be getting too carried away with this latest showing.

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