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Soccer - Yesterday’s News

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Soccer - Sunday 24 July, 2016

Kolo Toure officially joins Celtic from Liverpool

The defender has linked up with former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Messi cuts short holiday and he (and his new blonde hair) could now feature in Dublin friendly

The Catalan giants head for a training camp in England next week, before playing Celtic at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Kendrick Lamar loves a Zaytoons! It's the sporting tweets of the week

Padraig Harrington, Sean Cronin and Aisling Daly also feature.

'He made us ruthless and loved a few pints with the lads': Big Sam's life in Limerick

Sam Allardyce was a player-coach in the Treaty County for just one season and Barry Ryan was a young, impressionable member of the team.

Guardiola brushes off suggestions he won't shake Mourinho's hand ahead of first Manchester derby

The rival managers face off with their new clubs in a friendly in Beijing tomorrow.

The world champion Irish wrestler, Michelle Smith revisited and the week's best sportswriting

Plus, why the 1916 Philadelphia A’s might have been the worst team ever.

Soccer - Saturday 23 July, 2016

Gonzalo Higuain closes in on €94million Juventus move

Diego Maradona says the star’s imminent move to the Turin-based club is painful.

Bottom-of-the-table Longford earn hard-fought draw with Sligo

The result means the Bit o’Red move ahead of St Pat’s into sixth position.

Robbie Keane ghosts into the box to score after some pretty non-existent defending Stateside This post contains videos

Robbie Keane ghosts into the box to score after some pretty non-existent defending

LA Galaxy caught Portland Timbers on the hop with two early goals tonight.

Roy Keane among the early favourites to take over as Hull manager

Steve Bruce’s resignation was confirmed yesterday.

Trademark Mahrez stunner cancelled out by Celtic's Irish youngster O'Connell Top Notch This post contains videos

Trademark Mahrez stunner cancelled out by Celtic's Irish youngster O'Connell

The Foxes went on to beat the Scottish Premiership champions on penalties in the International Champions Cup.

Scholes: Pogba is not worth £100million right now

The Manchester United legend is a former team-mate of the club’s main summer target.

Irish goalkeeper joins Nottingham Forest

Dubliner Stephen Henderson has signed for the Championship club on a free transfer.

'If not for Spain, I would be Wolves boss'

But for the slow mechanics of a takeover bid, the manager would be coaching the Championship club.

'I've learnt more in three weeks than in my entire career' - Guardiola's early impact hailed

The Catalan’s City reign might be in its infancy, but one player in particular has been impressed by the ex-Barca coach

Juventus youngster Carlos Blanco launches one in from the halfway line Pick It Out This post contains videos

Juventus youngster Carlos Blanco launches one in from the halfway line

The Italian champions were beaten on penalties by Melbourne Victory, however.

Kolo Toure is about to link up with his old manager at Celtic

The veteran defender looks set to join the Scottish Premiership champions.

Man United unveil new two-tone home kit

The Red Devils are currently travelling around China on a preseason tour.

4-year-old GAA analysts and Limerick donkey derbies: It's Comments of the Week

Our readers have little time for Russian playacting while they’re experts at GAA directions.

Mourinho presence makes Rooney excited to learn again

After almost linking up with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in 2013, Wayne Rooney finally has the opportunity to play for the Portuguese manager.

Soccer - Friday 22 July, 2016

Derry take all 3 points from Dalymount and close the gap on Cork Rory's Story This post contains videos

Derry take all 3 points from Dalymount and close the gap on Cork

Rory Patterson scored the only goal as Derry beat Bohs.

Unstoppable! Limerick make it 17 wins from 18 in the First Division

Aaron Greene and Robbie Williams scored a goal in either half against Athlone.

Galway come out on the right side of a 6-goal cracker against Wexford

Vinny Faherty was on the double as Tommy Dunne’s side took all three points.

Solve the Rooney puzzle and 5 problems to resolve for Sam Allardyce's England

From Raheem Sterling’s dwindling confidence and a threadbare defence, England have issues to solve.

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Liverpool complete €30m move for Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum

The 25-year-old has agreed a “long-term” deal with Liverpool after opting to leave relegated Newcastle United.

We'll Leave it There So: Big Sam's England, heartbreak for Irish athlete, and all today's sport

Plus, a League of Ireland footballer has been handed a one-year ban for a doping violation.

Mourinho's United stunned 4-1 by Dortmund in China Too Good This post contains videos

Mourinho's United stunned 4-1 by Dortmund in China

“This was Formula One against Formula Three,” the Red Devils boss admitted.

Steve Bruce resigns as Hull boss days after England snub - reports

The coach is said to be unhappy about the lack of investment in new players.

Both legs of Dundalk's crucial Champions League qualifier will be televised live

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions will take on BATE Borisov in the third qualifying round.

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Big Sam Allardyce is officially the new England manager

The former Limerick City boss has agreed to take over the Three Lions.

One-year ban announced for ex-Shels midfielder due to anti-doping violation

Craig Walsh explains that he took “a small amount of cocaine” resulting from a severe gambling addiction.

Here's the volley that sealed another famous European victory for Cork City Golden Goal This post contains videos

Here's the volley that sealed another famous European victory for Cork City

Kevin O’Connor’s deflected first-half strike gave the Leesiders a 1-0 win over Swedish Cup holders BK Hacken.

'5,000 people stood in the rain, held their breath and watched a Portuguese referee'

Last night’s game at Turners Cross was a far cry from the darker days.

14 years after leaving Arsenal, rosy-cheeked keeper Alex Manninger signs for Liverpool

The 39-year-old moves to Anfield on a one-year-deal.

'Like Brexit, Big Sam has been carried to victory on the belief time can be turned back'

England’s next manager might prove that there’s never a right time to have the wrong idea, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

Why I'll always be grateful for being introduced to the League of Ireland

“There were days when I hated being there, but there was never a time when I didn’t look forward to going.”

Barcelona swoop for €50m Gomes under Real Madrid's nose and all today's transfer gossip

In other news, Liverpool have just about wrapped up a deal for a goalscoring Dutch midfielder.

'Whenever you need a friend, come to my house for tea': Pep Guardiola surprises 7-year-old fan Football Friends This post contains videos

'Whenever you need a friend, come to my house for tea': Pep Guardiola surprises 7-year-old fan

Braydon thought he was being interviewed by the club’s media department rather than the new manager.