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We'll Leave It There So: Europe versus USA as Olympics bid heats up, Shaw stays strong and all today's sport

Also, Andy Lee could be in line for a very interesting bout and an Irish youngster makes the grade

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group G - Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv - Stamford Bridge A man enjoys a cigarette break at a car charging point outside Stamford Bridge before the UEFA Champions League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Source: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy admits it’s a real test to try and hold onto his starting place for Sunday’s All-Ireland football final against Dublin.

Cleary Source: EMPICS Sport

Ireland’s Daniel Cleary has been included in the Liverpool squad that has headed to France for their Thursday night European tie against Bordeaux. The 19-year-old defender was part of the 30-man group that toured Thailand, Australia and Malaysia in the summer.

Andy Lee could be in line for a pretty interesting bout as Gennady Golovkin’s promoter hints at potential showdown

TV3 are showing off their (very pink) new Rugby World Cup studio. It’s very fancy but we still think they should invest in an actual electronic tablet.

TV3 Malcolm O'Kelly and Shane Jennings pretending a piece of cardboard is an iPad. Source: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE

Two players from Ireland’s Women’s Six Nations-winning side – Heather O’Brien and Paula Fiztpatrick – have joined French top 8 side Toulouse.

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Five cities – four from Europe and one from the USA will battle it out as the bidding process for the 2024 Olympics heats up

Netherlands Soccer Champions League Source: Peter Dejong/AP/Press Association Images

Luke Shaw has vowed to ‘come back stronger’ after suffering a horrible double leg fracture in Manchester United’s Champions League clash with PSV last night.

Meanwhile, the player who committed the controversial challenge – Hector Moreno – has apologised to Shaw, taking to Twitter to say sorry.

Ronda Rousey is incensed after Nick Diaz was banned for five-years after testing positive for marijuana.

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Matt Dawson is a bit like Marmite – you either love him or hate him.

But after his involvement in an attempted viral video that both pays tribute to ‘The Macarena’ and insults the cultural and historical elements of The Haka in equal measure, we’re pretty sure everyone hates him now.

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If Conor’s only motivation was money he’d no longer be fighting. At this stage he could quit fighting and make more money from movies. But Conor McGregor wants to be the best fighter in the world, not the best actor.He’ll prove that again on 12 December.”

In his latest column for The42, Ireland’s leading MMA coach John Kavanagh dismisses those who claim The Notorious is only in it for the money.

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The Europa League takes centre stage on Thursday with a litany of games down for decision.

The most high-profile fixtures sees Liverpool and Celtic in action.

The Reds are in France to take on Group B rivals Bordeaux while Ronny Deila’s side head to Amsterdam to face Ajax in Group A.

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Ever wondered who Doug Howlett rates as his best All-Black team-mate? Well, the New Zealand legend popped into us recently and we just had to ask.

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