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Dublin: 6°C Sunday 28 February 2021

We'll Leave It There So: Madigan on turning down Munster, positive step for MMA and all today's sport

Elsewhere, poor ticket sales for the weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals and how AC Milan got it so wrong at the San Siro.

Ian Madigan Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO


Stoke City v Everton - Barclays Premier League - Britannia Stadium Source: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

  • Greystones’ golfer Paul Dunneis nicely placed heading into the third round of the Shenzhen International in China. 


Warriors Rockets Basketball Source: David J. Phillip

  • The NBA play-offs continue and the Golden State Warriors suffered a defeat on Thursday night as the Houston Rocketspulled a game back in their Western Conference first-round tie.   

The Best Thing We Shared

Sometimes, sports organisations get it very wrong.

Before AC Milan kicked off against Carpi on Thursday night, fans were left battled as actors – dressed to look like players – took part in a publicity stunt for Nivea and performed the Haka.

Source: Berta - SOCCER HIGHLIGHTS/YouTube

Where We Were Today

A general view of Tallaght Stadium Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Ben Blake is at the Tallaght Stadium to see how Shamrock Rovers fare in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash with Dundalk.

On The Record

You know, Munster are going through a small slump at the moment but to play for a club like that, with the history they have, would be incredible. But would I be able to do it? I’ve grown up in Leinster, all my family support Leinster, all my friends support Leinster; it would be really tough.”

Murray Kinsella talks to Ian Madigan about shunning a move to another Irish province in favour of a deal with Top 14 outfit Bordeaux.

The Fixture List


There are four Premier League games down for decision on Saturday. All are 3pm kick-offs unless otherwise stated.

  • Man City v Stoke (12.45)
  • Aston Villa v Southampton
  • Bournemouth v Chelsea
  • Liverpool v Newcastle

Meanwhile, there’s a pretty important showdown at Wembley as Everton take on Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.

That gets underway at 5.15.

Meanwhile, in the League of Ireland, Bray host St. Pat’s at 7.30 while it Sligo Rovers v Longford at 7.45.


In the Allianz Football League, there are a couple of finals to be decided.

  • In Division 4, Antrim take on Louth at 4pm. 
  • In Division 3, it’s Kildare v Clare and throw-in is 6pm. 

There’s a Munster MHC play-off at 2pm as Waterford take on Tipperary while there’s Ladies Football semi-final action too.


It’s the Champions Cup semi-finals.

  • First up is Saracens’ clash with Wasps at the Madejski Stadium. That gets underway at 3pm. 
  • There’s also Challenge Cup action as Montpellier face the Dragons at 5.30.  


The World Championship continues at The Crucible in Sheffield with a juicy second-round affair between Barry Hawkins and Ronnie O’Sullivan taking centre stage.


Paul Dunne is in action at the Shenzhen International in China and is chasing his first European Tour victory.

Showbiz, Baby!

On this day in 1998, a fresh-faced 17-year-old made his home international debut for Ireland.

Whatever happened to Robbie Keane?

Source: killianm2/YouTube

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Eoin O'Callaghan

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