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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 3°C
# taking a chance
'I did something I was scared of, and I am grateful for it' - Damien Duff
The former Ireland international looks ahead to a new season with Shelbourne.
Yesterday
8th February 2023
# France
PSG knocked out of French Cup by Marseille, Real Madrid reach Club World Cup final
It was a second straight early Cup exit for record 14-time winners PSG.
# Replay
Fulham hold on to beat Sunderland to set up FA Cup clash with Leeds
The Black Cats twice fought their way back to within a goal of the visitors.
# All Square
Jadon Sancho earns Man Utd a point as managerless Leeds let two-goal lead slip
Sancho equalised after Marcus Rashford had pulled one back for the hosts.
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# Final bound
O'Mahony points the way as UCC pass TU Dublin test to reach Sigerson final
Dylan Geaney’s first-half goal was a key moment for the winners.
# Rugby
Ben Youngs’ Test future in doubt after being dropped from England squad
England’s most-capped men’s player made a disappointing contribution off the bench in the 29-23 defeat by Scotland.
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# Game SETU Match
Deise star fires SETU Waterford past DCU in Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final
DCU’s search for a first title goes on.
# back of the net
UL fire home three goals in Sigerson Cup semi-final win over DCU
Nine points separated the teams in Carlow.
# Golf
Rory McIlroy believes he has never been a more ‘complete’ player
The 33-year-old has won two of his last three events.
# Possible XV
Doubts over Sheehan and Murray as Ireland get set to name team
Andy Farrell had looked likely to name an unchanged XV but there are a couple of doubts.
# masterplan
'You can force mistakes out of them' - McCloskey on how Ireland can beat France
Stuart McCloskey is preparing to play France for the first time at Test level.
# Team news
McErlean starts at fullback as Ireland U20s bid to continue winning streak
Over 7,000 tickets have already been sold for Friday evening’s game in Musgrave Park.
# Final Four
Pres and Crescent join Munchin's and Christians in Munster schools semis
Pres overwhelmed Rockwell at Musgrave Park, while champions Crescent held off the challenge of Ardscoil at Thomond Park.
# Punishment
Gordon Elliott fined £1,000 over Zanahiyr's failed drugs test
The trainer has been fined and the horse retrospectively disqualified from last year’s Cheltenham Champion Hurdle.
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# Worry
Confusion over former Newcastle midfielder Atsu's safety after Turkey earthquake
The coach of Turkish club Hatayspor said on Wednesday the Ghana midfielder is yet to be found.
# Ready to go
'It's always a big game; I grew up in an era of watching Ireland lose to France'
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton is looking forward to taking on France after sitting out the last two meetings between the sides.
# Update
Conway out for another 3-4 months while Snyman steps up training with Munster
The Ireland wing underwent knee surgery last week and could miss the rest of Munster’s campaign.
# port of call
Ex-Ireland assistant Barry takes up coaching role with Portugal national team
Barry will continue to work with Roberto Martinez.
# slow and steady
'We need more time' – Leeds chairman says hunt for new manager still ongoing
The Yorkshire club sacked Jesse Marsch on Monday.
# View from France
'France are in a five-star hotel a stone's throw from the Vatican'
Illtud Dafydd gave the French view on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Calls for reform
Qatari Manchester United bid would be ‘another wake-up call’ to Premier League – Amnesty
The club’s current owners are looking at the possibility of a sale.
# Euro Trip
Rose: Ryder Cup will not be ‘devalued’ if LIV players not present
Rose boosted his own chances of making a sixth Ryder Cup appearance with victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday.
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# Sidelined
Spurs skipper Lloris ruled out for up to two months
The French goalkeeper suffered the knee injury in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City.
# what's the french for yerra
Ntamack inspired by Sexton ahead of showdown with 'comfortable favourites' Ireland
‘Rankings are temporary things,’ said the French out-half. ‘Who is number one in a World Cup year is the one that lifts the trophy.’
# comeback trail
Galway's Damien Comer unlikely to need surgery on knee injury
The Tribe target-man’s knee will not need an operation.
# Red DEvils
Former Leipzig boss Tedesco named Belgium national football coach
The 37-year-old succeeds Roberto Martinez, who stepped down after Belgium failed to qualify for the knockout stages at the Qatar World Cup.
# NFL
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes 'not 100%' ahead of Super Bowl
The Kansas City Chiefs star is still expected to start the showpiece match against Philadelphia Eagles.
# ross exposure
'There's no point in me worrying about lack of experience' - Byrne quickly finding feet with Ireland
The 27-year-old believes his winning kick against Australia was a bigger turning point for the media than it was for him or Andy Farrell.
# Satisfaction
Sheffield United striker happy to dump 'disrespectful' Wrexham out of FA Cup
The Blades needed two injury-time goals to get past the Hollywood-owned National League club.
# movement
Retallick joins exodus of All Blacks signing for Japan clubs
The veteran 31-year-old has opted for a second stint with Kobe-based Kobelco Steelers.
# Goat
LeBron James breaks NBA all-time points-scoring record
The LA Lakers star passed Abdul-Jabbar’s longstanding total against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Tuesday
7th February 2023
# Waiting Game
Erik ten Hag remaining patient with Man United strike duo
Anthony Martial is sidelined again through injury while Wout Weghorst has only scored once so far.
# Contemplation
Aaron Rodgers to decide on NFL future after 'darkness' retreat
The Packers quarterback told The Pat McAfee Show he plans to head into his four-day, four-night isolation soon after this weekend’s Super Bowl.
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# Unhappy
Vincent Kompany slams Man City critics after Premier League charges
The Burnley manager won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during an 11-year spell at the Etihad Stadium
# Take a Bow
Ex-Shamrock Rovers defender Lyons scores crucial first goal in Championship
The ex-Ireland U21 international was on target in Blackpool’s 2-2 draw.
# Hope
Boost for €70 million man as Juventus pick up much-needed win
Dusan Vlahovic scored his first goals for the club in nearly four months.
# Upset
Irish midfielder helps Grimsby pull off huge FA Cup shock
It was a night to remember for Kilkenny native Gavan Holohan.
# fail to prepare...
'On the way out of the elevator Paulie just said: 'You ready, kid?''
Ireland prop Dave Kilcoyne on his late call up in Cardiff and recovering from “the worst injury I’ve ever had.”
# Transfer News
Japan international leaves Celtic to return home
Yosuke Ideguchi has joined Avispa Fukuoka on a year-long loan after struggling for game time.
# Advantage
'We think we're fitter' - Lowe says Ireland have the tools to topple France
James Lowe feels Ireland’s fitness levels could prove key at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.