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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C
# College Football
2022 finalists UL to face DCU as Sigerson Cup semi-final draw made
UCC and TU Dublin will also go head-to-head, with a double-header in store in Carlow next week.
# Sigerson Cup
Shootout success for UCC as Morgan's Cork and Kerry-heavy side shake off St Mary's
For the second week running, UCC goalkeeper Dylan Foley was the shootout king.
# downsized
Katie Taylor's Croke Park dream is over due to costs, with homecoming set for 3Arena
GAA HQ has proven too expensive to rent for a Taylor homecoming bout, with promoter Eddie Hearn expressing his frustration.
# Scottish scene
Celtic march on and retain nine-point lead with dominant win over Livingston
Meanwhile, Rangers eased past Hearts.
# wembley bound
Manchester United set up Carabao Cup final against Newcastle
Anthony Martial and Fred scored the goals against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford.
# Possible Team
McCloskey set to start for Ireland in Six Nations clash against Wales
The Ulster centre impressed during the autumn and could get the nod ahead of Bundee Aki.
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# Wonderkid
'He would do things that would just make you say, ‘Wow!''
Naas RFC man Jamie Osborne has risen swiftly through the ranks into the Ireland squad.
# On The Mend
Tottenham boss Conte says gallbladder surgery has 'gone well'
‘I’m already feeling better… I can’t wait to get back on the field with the team.’
# ACCESS DENIED
Wales rugby choirs banned from singing Tom Jones hit 'Delilah' over problematic lyrics
The song includes a reference to a woman being murdered by her jealous partner.
# Hard Luck
Cruciate blow for Tipperary football captain Sweeney
The All-Star attacker suffered the injury during a Division 3 loss to Down.
# Calm
'I'd be getting sick before games' - Porter has calmed the big-match nerves
Ireland’s loosehead prop is excited about a big scrum battle in Cardiff.
# Transfer
Cork City sign Swedish attacker Daniel Krezic
The 26-year-old joins from Dagerfors, having previously played for fellow Swedish top-flight side Varberg.
# much to ponder
New order in Kilkenny, Tipp aim to recover and Waterford begin title defence
What could be coming up in Division 1B of the Allianz hurling league this year?
# Update
Evan Ferguson avoids knee ligament damage but bruised bone keeps Brighton on alert
Hopes now grow that the Brighton teenager will return in time to be available for Ireland’s opening Euro 2024 qualifier.
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# mattletico
Opportunity and challenge - what Matt Doherty can expect at Atletico Madrid
Doherty’s move to Madrid is as challenging as it is intriguing.
# back in the mix
Ireland's forgotten duo - Larmour and Stockdale look to bounce back after injuries
Both players didn’t play a single minute of Test rugby for Ireland in 2022.
# new owners
Ex-Worcester chief executive among consortium taking over Warriors
The club entered administration earlier this season, resulting in their expulsion from the Gallagher Premiership.
# Team news
Richie Murphy names Ireland U20 team to face Wales
Hooker Gus McCarthy captains the Ireland U20s side that will take on Wales in Colwyn Bay on Friday night.
# Fully Fit
Sexton good to go for Ireland after training without face mask for first time
The 37-year-old skipper isn’t buying Warren Gatland’s words about Wales having a free hit.
# moving parts
Tale of two Ireland strikers - Jarrett returns home as Carusa joins Championship leaders
US-born Carusa is effectively a direct replacement for Wexford Youths stalwart Jarrett at London City Lionesses.
# Goat
'I'm retiring, for good' - NFL quarterback great Tom Brady bows out
Quarter-back calls it a day with seven Super Bowl victories.
# big spenders
Chelsea break British transfer record to complete signing of Enzo Fernandez
The move was completed in the final hour of the window, while PSG were left frustrated with attempts to bring Hakim Ziyech on loan.
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# Hearing
Trainer Ronan McNally hit with 12-year ban from Irish racing
Breaches of rules said by IHRB to ‘strike at the integrity of the sport’.
# Shortlist
Five Irishmen nominated for EPCR Player of the Year award
Leinster’s Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, Garry Ringrose and Jamie Osborne are nominated, as is Munster’s Gavin Coombes.
# Mea Culpa
Sexton has 'probably proved me wrong' after Lions omission, admits Gatland
The Wales boss left Sexton out of his Lions squad to tour South Africa in 2021, and the Ireland skipper has played some of his career-best rugby since.
# friction
Netflix cameras fight for access as new Six Nations series begins shooting
The first series is due to be streamed ahead of next year’s championship.
# Pastures new
40 Irish players who moved abroad during the January transfer window
Michael Obafemi and others who changed clubs.
# Moving On
Shane Duffy makes permanent move away from Brighton in final minutes of January window
Duffy has made his move to Fulham permanent, though on a contract only to the end of the season.
# Selection
Byrne and Crowley vie for back-up slot to Sexton against the Welsh
Andy Farrell’s bench selections could be pivotal against Wales.
# Nous
Gatland reveals hand by calling on the veterans for Wales against Ireland
The Wales boss has brought back some experienced heads alongside a sprinkling of youth.
# still got mccabe
Ireland captain Katie McCabe still an Arsenal player after dramatic few days
The Gunners reportedly rejected a ‘substantial bid’ from rivals Chelsea.
# OFFICIAL
Man United secure late swoop for Bayern Munich star Sabitzer
The midfielder comes in as cover for the injured Christian Eriksen.
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# Unimpressed
Andy Carroll tackles ‘don’t belong in football’
Erik ten Hag was angry after Christian Eriksen was ruled out until at least late April with an ankle injury.
# Done Deal
Spurs terminate Matt Doherty's contract to enable Atletico Madrid move
Meanwhile, Tottenham have signed Pedro Porro in a reported €45 million deal.
# Joy
Irish coach sent off as Newcastle reach first cup final this century
Alan Sheehan was given his marching orders as the Magpies overcame Southampton.
# Wave Goodbye
Spain defender leaves Leeds with €18 million option to buy
Diego Llorente has signed for Jose Mourinho’s Roma on loan.
# Knockout Blow
Points from Clare duo help UL send Sigerson champions Galway to exit door
Extra-time was required in Dangan.
# Controversy
Chelsea’s Mudryk unlikely to face ban over racial slur
The FA is seeking clarification about a social media post.
# Transfer News
Arsenal sign Italy star Jorginho in deal that could rise to €13 million
The 31-year-old has moved across London to join the Premier League leaders, signing an 18-month deal at the Emirates Stadium.
# Welsh ties
'I’d made my decision that I wanted to wear green, not to be in red'
Tadhg Beirne had the option of playing for Wales but decided to return home to Ireland.