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We'll Leave It There So: McIlroy disses Olympic golf, money talks for Pelle and all today's sport

Elsewhere, Dan Martin remains on Chris Froome’s tail and Thierry Henry has chosen Sky Sports over Arsenal.

British Open Golf Source: Matt Dunham

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Rory McIlroy has offered another withering critique of Olympic golf by admitting he’s unlikely to watch the events in Rio and will focus instead on ‘the stuff that matters’.

Two-time Heineken Cup winner Denis Leamy has joined the Tipperary hurlers’ backroom team and his influence is being lauded by coach Michael Ryan.

Mickey Harte has criticised Ciaran Whelan’s stance on Aidan O’Shea’s ‘dive’ against Fermanagh.

Aidan O’Shea falls after being tackled by Che Cullen which resulted in a penalty Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Dan Martin remains on the tail of leader Chris Froome and is 19 seconds behind the reigning champion after today’s stage in Revel.

Glenn Whelan has signed a new contract with Stoke and will remain at the club until 2018.

Irish teenager Adam McDonnell has signed a new contract with Ipswich after making his Championship debut last year.

At the 2016 Homeless World Cup, the Irish side have racked up five straight wins, have scored a glut of goals and are one of the best-ranked teams.

Ireland brought home a total of six medals from the MMA World Championships in Las Vegas.

Away

Italian striker Graziano Pelle has joined Chinese side Shandong Luneng in a deal that will see him become the 6th-highest paid player in the world.

Arsenal may have to play unproven youngster Chuba Akpom as their main striker for the start of the new season.

Britain Soccer FA Cup Source: Associated Press

Meanwhile, Thierry Henry has left his role as Arsenal youth team coach after being told by Arsene Wenger that he could only continue if he gave up his lucrative Sky Sports punditry contract.

Barcelona have signed French centre-back Samuel Umtiti from Lyon for €25 million.

Adam Johnson, the former Sunderland and Manchester City footballer, has lost his appeal against underage sex conviction.

The Best Thing We Shared

A cameraman got a little too close to Mark Cavendish earlier today during one of the cyclist’s toilet stops.

It’s safe to say Cav didn’t particularly enjoy the intrusion!

Where We Were Today

Brendan Bugler, David Burke, Matthew O'Hanlon, Kevin Moran, Noel McGrath and Padraig Walsh Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Fintan O’Toole was at Abbotstown for the All-Ireland senior hurling launch.

On The Record

Every time I put on the jersey I’m living the dream really, I’m like a child putting it on. But I have to put that to one side and perform. From the All-Ireland final onwards, you’re seeing pictures of yourself in the paper and you’re wondering, ‘did that actually happen?’ But from January to September you’re in that bubble and you can’t take your eye off the ball.”

Alan Waldron chats to Brian Fenton about his ascent to the peak and becoming a first-choice for Jim Gavin.

The Fixture List

Football

Dundalk are in Champions League qualifier action tomorrow night and play host to FH Hafnarfjordur from Iceland.

Kick-off at Oriel Park is 7.45.

GAA

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC semi-final
Waterford v Clare, Walsh Park, 7pm

Leinster IHC final
Wexford v Kilkenny, Innovate Wexford Park, 7.30pm

Cycling

The Tour de France continues with a 162.5km trek from Carcasoone to Montpellier.

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