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26th January 2023
# Copa del Rey
Madrid snatch derby victory against Atletico to reach Copa semis
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior were both on target for Real in extra-time.
# not impressed
Hearts criticise Blackpool boss Mick McCarthy over 'disingenuous' comments
Hearts have hit out at McCarthy following his comments on their player, Toby Sibbick.
# Fallout
US Soccer crisis deepens as top team officials quit
Sporting Director Earnie Stewart is leaving to join PSV Eindhoven and General Manager Brian McBride has stood down from his role.
# business time
Ireland get to work in Portugal as the marginal Six Nations favourites
Andy Farrell’s squad will spend the next week at The Campus preparing for Wales.
# Early Exit
Kolo Toure sacked by Wigan after less than two months in charge
The former defender signed a three-and-a-half year deal when he took the job in November, but picked up only two points from seven league games.
# Paris 2024
Ukraine threaten Paris Olympics boycott if Russia take part
The International Olympic Committee have said ways to allow competitors from Russia and Belarus to take part should be “further explored”.
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# Boost
Jamie George returns to England training camp ahead of Six Nations opener
George will have to continue following concussion protocols until late next week.
# Controversy
Djokovic father filmed with fans holding Russian flags at Australian Open
The Serbian star had just booked his place in the tournament semi-final with a straight-sets thumping of Russia’s Andrey Rublev.
# On the Move
Irish U21 captain Conor Coventry leaves West Ham on loan
The 22-year-old midfielder has joined Rotherham.
# rain in the desert
McIlroy's first round of the year interrupted as Dubai Desert Classic hit by deluge
A weather front on the eve of play dumped nearly 40 millimetres of rain on the course.
# new saint
St Pat's sign Dutch centre-back who spent seven years at Feyenoord
Noah Lewis arrives from Willem II.
# Pen to Paper
Cork City teenage striker makes move to Brighton, Maguire leaves Preston for Coventry
Elsewhere, former St Pat’s defender Luke McNally has left Burnley on loan.
# Preview
Westmeath's big statement, bouncing back from the basement and managerial changes
Here’s five key questions ahead of the Division 3 and 4 football league opening weekend.
# Money Talks
LOI clubs continue to make modest gains in player transfer fees
A new report also found that Manchester United were the biggest spenders in 2022, as the English clubs continued to exert their dominance.
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# Appointment
Munster appoint Costello as first-ever Head of Rugby Operations
The new role will involve player development, succession planning, and recruitment.
# Winning
Carefully Selected edges out Dunboyne in Thyestes thriller
Elsewhere, Teahupoo shot to ante-post favouritism for the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival following a facile victory in the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle.
# hate
Vinicius effigy hung from bridge
Police sources told AFP they were investigating the incident, without offering further details.
# Wrap
Sabalenka, Rybakina march into Australian Open final showdown
The Wimbledon champion claimed a 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory on Rod Laver Arena.
# Punishment
Newcastle star Joelinton fined after admitting drink driving
The Brazilian failed a breath test in the early hours of 12 January.
# Progress
'The pathway is definitely getting a lot better... There is no chip on the shoulder'
Leinster star Brian Deeny insists not having a Schools Senior Cup on his CV is of no concern in professional ranks.
# teenage dreams
14-year-old makes snooker history
Vladislav Gradinari went from a country with just ‘three or four’ snooker tables to becoming the youngest player to win a televised match.
# new chapter
Duncan Ferguson lands first head coach role with League One side
The former Everton player has been appointed as head coach of Forest Green.
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# big loss
Huge blow for Galway as All-Star defender Liam Silke opts out for 2023
The Corofin native is staying in New Zealand.
# Team news
Alan O'Connor to lead Ulster again for Stormers challenge
Northern province could go third with a win.
# Last Eight
Here's the draw for next week's Sigerson Cup quarter-finals
Last-eight matches to take place next week.
# last 16
Leinster-Ulster knockout Champions Cup clash confirmed for Aviva Stadium
Munster face Sharks on the same day.
# Stance
Asian Olympic chiefs say Russians can take part in Asian Games
The International Olympic Committee had said yesterday that a return for Russians at the 2024 Paris Games should be “further explored.”
# pool stage
'Too complicated' - Champions Cup format needs focus, says URC chief
Martin Anayi is also a board member of EPCR.
# On the rise
'In this mood, this spirit, he is unstoppable' - Ten Hag hails Rashford resurgence
The Manchester United striker scored for the 10th time in 10 games to put his side on course for the Carabao Cup final.
# up front
Mayo's Padraig O'Hora explains benefits of his ongoing counselling sessions
The 2021 All-Star nominee says he attends at least once a month as “part of a constant journey.”
25th January 2023
Chiefs QB Mahomes 'feels good' ahead of AFC Championship game despite injury
Meanwhile, the 49ers say defensive end Charles Omenihu will play in their NFC decider despite being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
# form
Electric Dembele fires Barca past Real Sociedad to Copa semis
Manager Xavi celebrated his 43rd birthday with a 1-0 win in a pulsating cup clash.
# stick a fork in it
Weghorst nets first goal as Man United all but seal their spot in Carabao Cup final
Marcus Rashford also scored his 10th goal in 10 games since the resumption after the World Cup.
# highs and lows
UCC survive Donnelly-inspired Queens comeback to advance on penalties
The Tyrone man endured heartbreak in sudden-death penalties as UCC held their nerve to reach the quarter-finals.
# Controversial
IOC gives green light for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in Paris
Russian and Belarusian athletes will have to compete under a neutral flag at the 2024 Olympics.
# Last Chance
Jim Goodwin kept in Aberdeen job but board demands 'immediate response' to Darvel shock
An Aberdeen board meeting took place on Wednesday following The Dons’ cup defeat to the sixth-tier outfit.
# Transfers
Burnley sign South Africa striker as uncertainty over Michael Obafemi deal grows
Vincent Kompany has so far seen attempts to bring the Ireland international to Turf Moor rebuffed by Swansea City.
# Munster Schools Senior Cup
Stunning Barrett score seals last-gasp Christians comeback win over rivals Pres
In a role reversal of last year’s thrilling semi-final, CBC won it with two late, late scores. PBC, meanwhile, are still alive via the backdoor system.
# Controversy
Patrick Reed likens Rory McIlroy to 'immature little child' amid tee-flicking incident
Tensions have risen at the Dubai Desert Classic.
# getting bigger
Uefa expand Nations League to include quarter-finals and promotion play-offs
Had the format been in play this year, Ireland would have had to play-off to preserve their League B status.