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The Morning Score: Monday

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Every weekday morning we bring you up to speed with the world of sport as you enjoy that first cuppa coffee.

1. #COMEBACK Europe left it late, very late, but they eventually retained the Ryder Cup in Illinois last night.

Jose Maria Olazabal’s side trailed by an insurmountable-seeming margin of 10 -6 going into the final day’s singles matches, but the visiting team – including an almost late Rory McIlroy – flew out of the traps.

You can read how all the action unfolded here, but suffice to say Martin Kaymer’s nerveless putting ensured the USA could not win outright, before Tiger Woods, of all people, got the yips over a two-foot putt to give Europe a 14 and 1/2 to 13 and 1/2 victory at Medinah.

2. #NEVER IN DOUBT Kilkenny made a mockery of tales of their demise at Croke Park in yesterday’s primary event of small-ball, big stick action.

Brian Cody’s men ended up comfortable victors by a margin of 3-22 to 3-11 after the Tribesmen had Cyril Donellan dismissed midway through the second half.

Read our puck-by-puck account here, or the match report, anseo.

3. #THE SWEETEST That’s how Henry Shefflin described the ninth All Ireland title of his career. And Brian Cody was as effusive as he’s ever going to get in praise of the Ballyhale man, saying he has done “everything” for his county.

4. #PREMIER In the minor final, the curtain-raiser to Shefflin’s tour-de-force, Tipperary underlined the dominance of hurling’s traditional powers, dominating their own replayed encounter against an up and coming Dublin side from start to finish to wind up 2-18 to 1-11 winners and champions.

5. #PREMIER LEAGUE There was one cross-channel fixture yesterday, a midlands derby between Paul Lambert’s struggling Aston Villa side and west Brom.

The Baggies were denied all three points by substitute Darren Bent’s late strike in a 1-1 draw.

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