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The Morning Score: Tuesday

Featuring the Champions League, Matthew Macklin and the latest on Niall Carew’s appointment as Waterford manager.

Carew has been confirmed as the new Waterford manager.
Carew has been confirmed as the new Waterford manager.

Every morning TheScore.ie bring you the stories you need to know before that first cup of coffee.

1. #THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE The competition returns tonight, with Celtic away to Benfica, and United visiting Turkey to play Galatasary, while Chelsea face a potentially pivotal fixture with Juventus.

The United tie is somewhat of a dead rubber for Alex Ferguson’s men, given that they’ve already qualified, though Celtic still have plenty to play for, and winning tonight would seal their qualification from Group G.

2. #PREMIER LEAGUE In case you missed it, there was one game in the Premier League last night, with West Ham and Stoke drawing 1-1 ultimately.

Giovanni Trapattoni will have pleased to hear that two Irish players’ names were on the scoresheet, with Jon Walters opening the scoring for the visitors, before Joey O’Brien cancelled his effort out.

3. #APPOINTMENT Niall Carew’s appointment as Waterford boss was confirmed last night, after he was ratified by the county board.

Carew had been expected to take up the position, after agreeing to take over following a meeting with the county’s officials last week.

4. #NATIONAL HUNT MEETING Today’s races in Wexford have been postponed following an inspection of the track.

Though the surface was deemed acceptable enough for the event to go ahead yesterday, 11 millimetres of rainfall overnight put paid to hopes that it could continue today.

5. #FIGHTING TALK Irish boxers Andy Lee and Matthew Macklin look set to face off, after the latter accepted the former’s recent challenge.

Macklin explained on Off the Ball: “The both of us owe it to Irish fans and whether it happens next year or in the summer, it should happen. At the moment it’s very much a fight that’d be on the cards. I’d much rather it happened in Ireland at the O2 (in Dublin).”

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