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The Morning Score: Thursday

Trap avoids the sack, Punchestown to go ahead and the day of reckoning for Lance Armstrong.

Munster head coach Rob Penny in Limerick yesterday.
Munster head coach Rob Penny in Limerick yesterday.
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Every morning TheScore.ie brings you the stories you need to know before that first cup of coffee.

1. #COYBIG Giovanni Trapattoni wakes up today in northern Italy knowing his job his safe. FAI chiefs last night met to discuss the manager’s tenure and have decided — after some debate — to keep the veteran boss. The Association did signal that some changes are needed from Trap and he is expected to be encouraged to attend more games in England and elsewhere. Thousands of you voted in our snap poll last night and the results are pretty clear.

2. #RACING The meeting at Punchestown will go ahead today, the Turf Club have confirmed, following an 8am inspection of the track. The ground is heavy and the first of eight races is at 1.45pm.

3. #HCUP We may have some team announcements today ahead of the weekend’s rugby action; here’s some selection issues facing the repsective Irish provinces, according to the lads at Whiff of Cordite.

4. #SWOOSH Nike finally terminated their contract with Lance Armstrong yesterday citing evidence that the shamed Tour champion misled them for over a decade. The news came on the same day that he stepped down from his own Liverstrong charity and later he lost a major beer company from his portfolio too.

5. #DUBS Kilmacud Crokes saw off St Sylvester’s — 1-6 to 0-6 — to book their place in the Dublin SFC semi-finals at Parnell Park last night. Dubs star Barry Cahill struck the goal as St Brigid’s edged past Templeogue Synge St on a scoreline of 1-14 to 2-9.

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