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GAA dominates this weekend’s sporting fixtures, but hey, we love our football and hurling so bring it on!

Football Qualifiers

Westmeath created one of the shocks of modern times by defeating Meath in one of the games of the summer.

However, they are on a retrieval mission here against Fermanagh on Saturday.

Cork were outclassed by old rivals Kerry after a replay and they should have too much for Kildare on Saturday evening.

All Ireland Football qualifiers: Westmeath v Fermanagh Sky Sports 5pm; Cork v Kildare, Sky Sports 7pm

Special Olympics

Team Ireland has headed to Los Angeles with 88 athletes and a 40-strong coaching team for the World Summer Games.

The star-studded opening ceremony featured America’s First Lady Michelle Obama, Ireland's Colin Farrell and Olympic legend Michael Phelps.

You can cheer on Team Ireland in 13 different sports and the games will feature 7,000 athletes from 177 countries.

Tour de France

Chris Froome has dominated this year’s three-week tour and the race finishes up the Champs-Élysées on Sunday afternoon.

Team Sky have controlled the race with military precision, with Ireland’s Nicolas Roche playing a huge part in Froome’s victory.

The cyclists usually ease into the final stage and the sight of the peloton arriving in the French capital is always spectacular.

Tour de France rides in to Paris for the final stage, Eurosport 2pm

Hurling Double Header at Thurles

Hurling fans are in for a real treat on Sunday with a mouth-watering double header at Thurles.

Dublin eked out an excellent win over Limerick in the qualifiers but they face an up-and-coming Waterford side this weekend.

Cork and Galway is always a great game to savour and a place in the semi-finals is up for grabs for both winners.

All Ireland Hurling Championship: Dublin v Waterford, RTE 2, 2pm; Cork v Galway, RTE 2, 4pm

Concacaf Gold Cup Final

Mexico and Jamaica will contest this final on Sunday night in Philadelphia.

Jamaica took a stunning two-goal lead against the United States and held on for a 2-1 victory to clinch a first-ever berth in the final.

Mexico needed a controversial late penalty to equalize against Panama. El Tri then scored in extra time, again from the penalty spot, to claim a contentious victory.

Concacaf Gold Cup Final between Mexico and Jamica, BT Sports 2, Monday 12.30am

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