- Irish international footballer Anthony Stokes has been ordered to pay €230,000 in damages to an Elvis impersonator he headbutted and seriously injured in a Leeson Street nightclub.
- Connacht coach Pat Lam has hit back at Steve Hansen after the All Blacks boss labelled him an ex-New Zealander.
- Ireland out-half Joey Carbery will make his first start in more than two months as he has been included in Leo Cullen’s starting XV for tomorrow night’s game against Edinburgh.
- The Ireland’s women’s rugby team have been dealt a massive blow with the news that captain Niamh Briggs will miss the remainder of the tournament with a hamstring injury.
- Late Munster and Ireland rugby legend Anthony Foley has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the annual Limerick Person of the Year Awards.
- Irish defender Conor Masterson has been included in Jurgen Klopp’s 27-man squad for Liverpool’s warm weather mid-season training camp in La Manga this week.
- Leinster captain Isa Nacewa will be out of action for a “couple of weeks” after undergoing minor knee surgery.
- Troubled former Australian swimming star Grant Hackett has been found “alive and sober” after he went missing over a family bust-up.
- Manchester City have been fined £35,000 (€41,000) for breaching the English Football Association’s anti-doping guidelines.
- Leading Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is leaving the top tier of English football to take up a position in Saudia Arabia.
The Best Thing We Shared
Ryan Christie scored this absolute peach of a goal for Aberdeen in their 7-2 drubbing of Motherwell last night.
Where We Were Today
Ryan Bailey was at Leinster’s press conference this afternoon before heading along to the launch of Vodafone’s #TEAMOFUS Bus Competition with Sean Cronin and Jordi Murphy.
On The Record
Things had been going quite well for me and I probably would have had a greater chance of making the breakthrough if it weren’t for the two takeovers. It was probably the right club at the wrong time. If it had been a couple of years earlier, things could have been a bit different, but that’s just how these things go.
Bray Wanderers star Karl Moore opens up on his time at Manchester City.
The Fixture List
- Leinster can put pressure on the top two in the Guinness Pro12 with a home victory against Edinburgh at the RDS tomorrow night (19.35, TG4). Scarlets host Zebre at the same time.
- The Genesis Open continues on the PGA Tour where Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell and Pádraig Harrington are in action.
We bet US student John Goehrke couldn’t believe his luck when tennis player Eugenie Bouchard agreed to go on a date with him as a forfeit for losing a Super Bowl bet on Twitter. The Canadian star was true to her word and went out with the 20-year-old Patriots fan last night, and by all accounts date number two is on the cards.