1st April 2023
# Relaunch
Joshua outclasses Franklin to return to winning ways
The English heavyweight outpointed American Jermaine Franklin in a suspenseful, and occasionally entertaining, chess match.
# Pole Position
Nowak's header seals sixth win in seven for Bohs at The Showgrounds
Bohs are back on top of the Premier Division table after inflicting a second defeat of the campaign upon Sligo Rovers.
# breffni boost
Second-half surge steers Cavan to back-to-back league crowns
Mickey Graham’s side were crowned Division 3 champions after a six-point win over Fermanagh in Croke Park.
# Reaction
'It’s going to be a great test' - Cullen looking forward to another date with Tigers
Leinster are set to take on Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup quarter-finals next weekend.
# fine margins
O'Gara's La Rochelle survive big scare to book Champions Cup quarter-final
Teddy Thomas scored late on to break Gloucester’s hearts at Stade Marcel Deflandre.
# White Smoke
Galway's Brian Molloy elected president of Camogie Association
He most recently served as the Connacht chair, and his appointment was welcomed by outgoing president Hilda Breslin.
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# Comment
Baird furthers his case as Leinster make light of missing leaders
The Leinster flanker was highly influential in difficult conditions at Aviva Stadium.
Dream start for Tuchel as Bayern put four past Dortmund to replace them at the top
The ex-Chelsea boss got off to a winning start against another of his former clubs.
# booed blues
Villa pile pressure back on Potter with victory at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have dropped into the bottom half following their 2-0 defeat.
# Dominant
Leinster power past Ulster to set up home quarter-final against Leicester
Leo Cullen’s side were powerful and efficient in a three-try victory in Dublin.
# Division 4
Dogged Sligo overcome Wicklow to lift league title in Croke Park
It was an ironic win for Tony McEntee with Wicklow managed by his Crossmaglen colleague Oisin McConville.
# pl wrap
Dramatic winning return for Roy Hodgson as Crystal Palace beat Leicester
Late goals flew in elsewhere as Brighton and Brentford drew 3-3, Bournemouth secured a huge win against Fulham, and Wolves shared the spoils with Nottingham Forest.
# Gunners
Arsenal take another step with dominant win over Leeds
Arsenal remain eight points clear of Manchester City, although the reigning champions have one game in hand on the Gunners.
# emphatic
More encouraging Ireland display but France overcome red card to run in nine tries
Pauline Bourdon and Gabrielle Vernier finished with a brace of tries each for France.
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# conclusive
Connacht's European campaign brought to shuddering halt in Treviso
The western province were seen off by Benetton on a 41-19 scoreline.
Scotland's greatest ever boxer Ken Buchanan dies aged 77
The Edinburgh man was a true boxing great who had battles in and out of the ring.
# Championship
Tom Cannon scores again as Mick McCarthy questions if Blackpool have quality to stay up
Preston North End ran out 3-1 winners against Mick McCarthy’s Blackpool.
# scorched
Disappointed Rowntree credits Sharks for 'hottest breakdown' Munster have encountered
The head coach says his side will have to look closely at a third quarter in which the hosts ripped the game away from the southern province.
# Leinster GAA
Offaly U20s win while Kilkenny, Galway and Wexford minors pick up victories
There was no shortage of action in the Leinster underage hurling competitions this weekend.
# Turned Over
Munster's self-inflicted wounds will hurt most after shipping 50 in Durban
Out of the Champions Cup, Munster now face another tough trip to South Africa in the URC.
# Shark tank
Munster KOd in Champions Cup as Sharks make a statement in South Africa
A dominant third quarter from the hosts changed the complexion of the game.
# title race
Rampant Man City cruise by Liverpool to keep heat on Arsenal
Goals from Julián Álvarez, Kevin De Bruyne, İlkay Gündoğan and Jack Grealish earned Pep Guardiola’s side three points.
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# Falling back
Harrington slips back after difficult second round at PGA Tour event
Harrington had made a flying start in Texas with an opening round of 68.
# Hitting Out
Duff: 'I don't accept the standard of refereeing in this country'
“Standards are going through the roof. Referees need to come with us.”
# Fairytale
Meet the Belfast optometrist who will be teeing it up at this year's Masters
Matthew McClean is one of the few amateurs to have earned the right to compete at Augusta National.
# F1
Max Verstappen sees off Mercedes to take Australian Grand Prix pole position
George Russell and Lewis Hamilton will take the next two spots on the grid.
# Influence
'It drives you to be the best' - Treadwell hoping Ireland experience can help Ulster
The second row came on from the bench in the Grand Slam clincher against England.
# Feature
'There's no point in sugarcoating it, there is racism in Ireland'
Mother and daughter, Jackie and Sam McCarthy-O’Brien are both former Ireland internationals.
# breffni
Cavan contrast - Ladies football dispute must not be forgotten amidst league final
Mickey Graham’s side face Fermanagh in the Allianz football league Division 3 final at Croke Park this evening.
# nugget
'That's why I believe in it so strongly, it can still happen for you playing AIL'
Ex-Ireland and Leinster hooker Sean Cronin is now the head coach of St Mary’s College RFC.
# Comment
New faces and squad stability - Pauw making and breaking World Cup dreams
The Ireland manager named her squad yesterday for an upcoming friendly double-header against the USA.
# Preview
A tough start about to get tougher as Ireland sit French exam in first home game
Greg McWilliams side will host their opponents in Musgrave Park in Cork.
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# progression
Leicester to face Leinster or Ulster after sealing Champions Cup quarter-finals spot
Jasper Wiese came off the bench to score the only try for the two-time European champions.
# Leaders
Derry edge Shelbourne to go top of the table
A poacher’s finish from Ryan Graydon separated the sides.
Galway-Mayo rivalry and Dublin aim to make amends: Allianz Football League talking points
Four huge games in store this weekend in Croke Park.
# misfortune
Another own goal costs Cork as Drogheda rise to fifth
Ruairí Keating’s fifth goal of the season gave the hosts an early lead but for a third time in four games they couldn’t hold onto it.
# too good
Shamrock Rovers secure first win in 7 against 10-man Dundalk
Robbie Benson’s red card just past the half-hour mark inflicted the hosts with a considerable handicap.
# class of '16
May will bring a defining week on home soil for two of Irish boxing's Golden Generation
Former Olympic teammates Katie Taylor and Michael Conlan will host career-biggest fights on back-to-back weekends.
# Relief
Forrester's brace inspires Pat's to much-needed win over UCD
Their first three points in five games lifts the Saints above Cork City out of the relegation play-off place.
# Ready to go
Mayo and Galway name teams for National Football League final
Kevin McStay’s side have made 10 changes for the game.
# beneficial
Ireland underage international feels Scottish loan has been a major help
James Furlong has been part of a Motherwell team suffering their worst and best runs of form this season.