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The Morning Score: Wednesday

Robert Mancini, John Joe Nevin and Hunky Dorys crisps. Here’s all you need to know this morning.

Keith Earls with Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy at training in Carton House yesterday.
Keith Earls with Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy at training in Carton House yesterday.
Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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

1. #EXIT Manchester City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League took another blow last night when they could only draw 2-2 at home to Ajax. Robert Mancini’s side need a miracle now to qualify from Group D and while Arsenal also drew 2-2 against Schalke last night, they now lie in second position in Group B.

2. #CELTS Tonight in Group G of the Champions League, Celtic will welcome Barcelona’s band of stars to Glasgow. In Group E, Chelsea are at home to Shakhtar Donetsk while Manchester United travel to Portugal to face Braga in Group H.

3. #STARTING XV South Africa will announce their team at lunchtime today for next Saturday’s clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Declan Kidney will announce his team tomorrow and we’ve been asking who you think should lead the Irish side for the Autumn Internationals.

4. #U-TURN Olympic silver medalist boxer John Joe Nevin has changed his mind about turning professional. The Mullingar native has instead signed up to fight for the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing next year.

5. #CATS Kilkenny star Henry Shefflin has hit out at the perception that his team are overly physical in their approach to hurling. Shefflin has described those views ‘as off the wall’.

6.#WELCOME ABOARD Tyrone GAA chiefs have announced that Hunky Dorys crisps will sponsor their county teams for the next two years in a six-figure deal.

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