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We'll Leave It There So: GAA defends venue farce, a Six Nations revamp and all today's sport

Elsewhere, Antonio Conte will be the next Chelsea boss while Jonathan Sexton was not best pleased with the officiating during Leinster’s Pro12 win over Munster.

A view of the GAA National Games Development Centre A view of the GAA National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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The Augusta Masters is almost upon us and to get in the mood, Nike have released their latest ‘Enjoy The Chase’ campaign with Rory McIlroy fronting it.

What’s the secret to his success?

Lots of broccoli, by the looks of it.

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On The Record

We weren’t doing well and he (Carlos Queiroz) just loses the rag. And he says to us, ‘You know your problem? All the guys who don’t make the grade in my country are digging ditches. And all you fuckers have college degrees. It doesn’t mean that much to you.’ And the more I think about it, I think he was partly right. You had me doing a PhD, we had another guy studying law, we had lots of guys with college education behind them and it’s not the same as that hungry, young guy who would do anything for a chance at the title.”

Ian Hennessy was part of the inaugural Cork City team that debuted in the League of Ireland in 1984. Two years later, he found himself in the United States and on a remarkable journey encompassing a PhD at Colombia University, sharing a MLS dressing-room with Roberto Donadoni and becoming a highly-regarded college coach.

Where We Were Today

Fintan O’Toole had a look at the GAA’s new €12m National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown and it’s pretty impressive.

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The Fixture List

The Uefa Champions League quarter-finals takes centre stage on Tuesday evening with two games down for decision. Barcelona host Atletico Madrid while Bayern Munich take on Benfica. Both fixtures get underway at 7.45pm.

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David Beckham was hanging out with Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard last night as the LA Lakers lost out to the Boston Celtics at the Staples Center.

Robbie’s just delighted he wasn’t referred to as an ‘unidentified fan’ again.

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‘I was getting out of a country that was struggling and I don’t regret it a day since’

Confirmed: Antonio Conte will be the next Chelsea manager

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