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# Patriotism
Fancy adding this to your memorabilia collection?
The flag that launched a thousand headlines has been signed by the Irish team and will be auctioned for charity this coming Thursday.
# Etiquette
FAI and PFAI criticise handling of Mons announcement *UPDATE*
The Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland has expressed disbelief at Monaghan United’s failure to consult players prior to its League of Ireland withdrawal.
# Endurance
Audi clinches Le Mans 24-Hour title
The victory marks the first occasion in the event’s 79-year history that a team using a hybrid car has claimed the top prize.
# Sad
Monaghan United withdraws from Airtricity League
Chairman Jim McGlone confirmed the club’s decision to end its 27-year affiliation with the League of Ireland in a statement released this morning.
# Optimism
O'Driscoll expects heroism in Hamilton
The Ireland captain is determined to put the painful lessons of Christchurch to good use during his side’s final encounter with the All Blacks.
Group A finale, Euro 2012
It was all to play for as the Czech Republic took on tournament hosts Poland and lowly Greece clashed with Advocat’s mercurial Russia.
# Tour de Suisse
Alpen attack carries Albasini to victory
Home favourite Michael Albasini shattered the peloton en route to claiming his third World Tour stage of the season.
# Patronising
Hansen: "What a difference a week makes, eh?"
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Ireland were at their absolute best during his side’s narrow victory in Christchurch.
# Penal
VIDEO: How tough is the US Open?
Greens like this are one of several very good reasons the US Open is considered golf’s most gruelling challenge.
Sweden v England, Euro 2012
Could Roy Hodgson’s men secure three points in Kyiv? Not if one Zlatan Ibramhimovic had anything to say about it.
# blood sweat and gears
Time trial sees Roche slip from contention
The AG2R leader requires a strong performance in the mountains if he’s to achieve his goal of a top-10 finish in the Tour de Suisse.
France v England, Euro 2012
England’s Group B curtain-raiser pitted Roy’s men (and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) against a resurgent France. Could they take the old(er) enemy?
Russia v Czech Republic, Euro 2012
A grudge match between former Eastern Bloc “allies”, the second encounter of the opening night had the potential to get messy. Good thing Howard Webb was on hand…
# Nordea Masters
Westwood on cruise control in Sweden
The world No.3 continued to put his new irons to good use at the Nordea Masters on Friday. He’ll begin tomorrow’s final round with at a three-shot lead over compatriot Ross Fisher.
# Moving On
Williams thanks rivals, begins preparation for Monaco GP
24 hours after a fire destroyed equipment and injured seven team members, one seriously, Williams has stated its intention to contest next week’s Monaco Grand Prix.
# Shenanigans
Barton charged with two counts of violent conduct
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton faces an FA ban of up to 10 weeks for charges relating to his sending off at the Etihad Stadium.
# Au Revoir
Cheika won't be staying on at Stade Francais
After failing to reach the playoffs for a second season in succession, Top 14 giants Stade Francais have opted not to renew Michael Cheika’s coaching contract.
# Survey
15% 'unaware' of the European Championships
A survey of the Irish public’s Euro 2012 knowledge has turned up a couple of surprises, not least of which being the refusal of a significant minority to acknowledge the tournament’s existence. Who are these people?
# Olé
Rheinisch paddles home with Olympic dream intact
Slalom canoeist Eoin Rheinisch booked his place at a third consecutive Olympic Games on Saturday. We caught up with the Kildare-based athlete as he drove – yes, drove – home from Augsburg, Germany.
# Giro 2012
Tiralongo wins trek the top in stage 7
Astana’s Paolo Tiralongo emerged from a group of GC contenders to take the first hilltop finish of this year’s race.
# F1
Hamilton dominates Spanish GP qualifying
The Briton banished memories of McLaren’s inconsistent practice session to take pole ahead of Pastor Maldonaldo.
# Fail
Rookie MLB star needs 10 stitches after hitting self in face
Nationals rookie Bryce Harper learned an important lesson at Cincinnati on Friday: sometimes, even hard things bounce.
# Controversy
Gatlin returns to Olympic reckoning with fastest 100m since ban
Former Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin, banned for four years in 2006, outpaced Asafa Powell at Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Doha.
# Controversy
Hague brands Falklands ad a 'sad stunt'
The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has condemned Argentina’s provocative decision to film an Olympic promotional video on the Falkland Islands.
# Awwww
In pictures: Leinster Rugby hits Stephen's Green
Isaac Boss, Richardt Strauss and Fergus McFadden were among the stars in attendance at this afternoon’s open training session.
# PR Savvy
Got questions? Tiger Woods readies fan Q&A
Billed as “a chance to have him interact more with fans,” Tiger Woods will bypass his tournament press conference this week in favour of posting a video Q&A session.
# Mischief
Jermaine Pennant charged with drink-driving
The Stoke City winger will appear in court on 9 May to face charges of driving while drunk, legally disqualified and without insurance.
# Wisdom
WATCH: 'When you get into the battle, it just completely changes'
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington explains the key to his recent turnaround in form on this week’s iTalkSport.
# Classy
WATCH: Proof Messi is still quite good at football
The pint-sized Barca striker looked back to something approaching his best form during yesterday’s encounter with La Liga strugglers Real Vallecano.
# Ch-Ch-Changes
Nadal nudges closer to Djokovic
The Spaniard captured his seventh Barcelona Open title to move within 3,000 ranking points of the world No1, while Maria Sharapova thumped Victoria Azarenka to move within sight of the top spot.
# Well read
The Sunday Papers: Some of the week's best sportwriting
Bidding farewell to football’s greatest manager, the mathematical possibilities of MMA and the gut-wrenching fall of sport’s first superagent.
# blood sweat and gears
Tour of Romandie: Sánchez seizes the day
Rabobank all-rounder Luis Léon Sánchez sprinted clear to take stage three and pull within a second of general classification leader Bradley Wiggins.
# Terrorism
Would-be bombers jailed for Celtic campaign
Two men in their forties have received prison terms for sending parcel bombs to public figures and groups associated with Celtic FC, including manager Neil Lennon.
# Snub
Baptism of fire: Jackson to start Heineken Cup semi-final
The province will begin the biggest match of its recent history with Irish U-20 captain Paddy Jackson at fly-half.
# Europa League
Bielsa: 'We are an extraordinary team'
The Athletic Bilbao coach hailed his side’s performance following their dramatic victory over Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League semi-final.
# End of an era
Guardiola to leave Barcelona
After suffering at hat-trick of public disappointments in quick succession, Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has declared his intention to leave the club at season’s end.
# Rollercoaster
G-Mac in touch at Zurich Classic
The Portrush native endured a turbulent afternoon in New Orleans, failing to record a single par in the final 13 holes of his opening round.
# Awkward
43 days to Euro 2012: 'We're in This Together'
Mick Hucknall took to the hallowed turf of Wembley in a bid to win over a hostile audience at Euro 96. His efforts proved in vain.
# retro
44 days to Euro 2012: Panini porn
Is there a sight more satisfying than that of a completed sticker album?
# Washout
Thomas tops Romandie prologue
Heavy rainfall scuppered the chances of late starters Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans.