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No major pressure for relaxed McDowell

Graeme McDowell might have disappointed in the 2013 majors but three wins worldwide is a pretty good return in anyone's book and if you're wondering what the future holds, just ask his caddie Ken Comboy.

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Penney with plenty to ponder for trip to Ulster

Munster's fine recent run of form that has moved them seven points clear at the top of the RaboDirect Pro12 has left head coach Rob Penney with a few selection headaches for what is certain to be a very difficult game against Ulster at Ravenhill on Friday.

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Team Garveys keep home fans happy

Team Garveys (Kerry) 38 Team Titans (Galway) 36 An exciting finale to the 44th Castleisland Christmas saw the home crowd go home happy after a thrilling Premier Men's final.

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Rodgers returns as Packers snatch victory with last-minute touchdown

The NFL play-off picture was completed on Sunday with a dramatic final series of regular season games delivering big results for the Green Bay Packers, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers.

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The year in numbers according to Derval O'Rourke

6-3 was the final score when Ireland beat Italy to clinch their first ever women's Six Nations title.

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Artane Band typifies the sound of the summer

Jimmy Deenihan had developed a grá for the Artane Boys Band long before he set eyes on the red and blue uniform.

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Getting the ball rolling on uniting the entire GAA family

Early last month, Donal Óg Cusack was the headline-grabbing speaker at the camogie association's All Star banquet for 2013.

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Tizzard team keep Card faith

Jockey Joe Tizzard has lost none of his faith in Cue Card, despite snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the William Hill King George VI Chase.

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Mullins expecting at least 5lb improvement from Hurricane Fly

Willie Mullins is convinced Hurricane Fly will improve by at least 5lb before the record-breaker bids to win the Champion Hurdle for a third time at Cheltenham in March.

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Fahy delighted by Morning effort

Pat Fahy believes there is more to come from Morning Assembly despite his exciting novice chaser being beaten for the first time over fences at Leopardstown on Sunday.

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Murky world of transfer window may soon become clearer

Football's January transfer window is a weird business, and never more so than in a World Cup year.

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No more anti-Semitic salutes, vows Anelka

Nicolas Anelka has agreed not to perform his controversial "quenelle" goal celebration again after West Brom conceded the gesture had caused offence.

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Rodgers ready to spend to reinvigorate Reds

Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side are firmly in the title mix — and expects the club to bring in reinforcements in the transfer window.

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Sherwood's men bullish ahead of clash with rejuvenated United

Christian Eriksen sees no reason why Tottenham should abandon their attacking philosophy when they head to Manchester United tomorrow evening.

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Menace in Mourinho brings best out of Blues

On repeated occasions this season, Jose Mourinho has rather conspicuously reminded people this is not the same Chelsea side as 2004-2006; that the old truths no longer apply.

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Every win gives us more belief we can claim title, says Walcott

Theo Walcott is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite helping Arsenal head into 2014 in pole position to claim the Premier League title.

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No risk factor playing Hart, insists City boss Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims it would not be a risk to play goalkeeper Joe Hart at Swansea tomorrow.

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O'Neill: Merging our structures a seismic shift

GAA president Liam O'Neill has accepted that moves to integrate all aspects of Gaelic games into one organisation would be the end of county boards as we know it.

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Speculation over as Long set to remain at The Hawthorns

Republic of Ireland international striker Shane Long is set to stay with West Bromwich Albion following fresh speculation over his future at The Hawthorns.

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Penney's contract talks 'progressing nicely'

Rob Penney's tenure as Munster's head coach is likely to extend until at least the end of the 2014/'15 season and maybe more with the New Zealander announcing last night that negotiations are "progressing nicely".

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We'll cope without O'Brien

Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien could miss the entire RBS 6 Nations championship after Leinster warned he faces a long lay-off with a dislocated shoulder.

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Leinster coach Gibbes urges Heaslip and O'Brien to stay

Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes believes it would be a massive mistake for Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien to move to France, warning they would not be treated as well outside the IRFU's player welfare programme.

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Longer trip to suit Eden

Willie Mullins, fresh from a satisfactory if not spectacular Leopardstown, has a strong hand at Punchestown today and his Touch The Eden gets the nap in the Buy Your 2014 Annual Membership Beginners Chase.

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The sporting year ... in crazy quotes

Larry Ryan brings you the daft controversies, wacky conspiracy theories, memorable quotes and some of the craziest lines from the sporting year.

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How can black card issue be an experiment if it's already in rule?

Steel yourself: it's coming very soon to a field and a radio and paper near you.

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Rebel Harnedy living the dream

You try to phrase it delicately but in fairness to Seamus Harnedy, he doesn't beat around the bush.

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Evans fears advantage rule may prove a handicap

Roscommon football boss John Evans is opposed to the new advantage rule which will come into effect from tomorrow.

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