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The Morning Score: Tuesday

Here’s everything you need to know this morning – apart from whether or not you’ll need an umbrella.

Gráinne Murphy trains at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin ahead of her departure for the Olympics.
Gráinne Murphy trains at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin ahead of her departure for the Olympics.
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1. #LONDON 2012 With just three days to go until the Olympics officially open, Ireland’s relay saga took another turn last night with reports that Catriona Cuddihy’s appeal for a place on the women’s 4x400m team has been successful.

Although the appeal decision has not been officially confirmed by the Olympic Council of Ireland, it is now expected that Cuddihy will replace Joanna Mills as the sixth member of the relay squad.

2. #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE With a glamour tie against Belgian champions Anderlecht awaiting in the next round, Shamrock Rovers are in Lithuania for tonight’s Champions League qualifier second leg against FK Ekranas.

The Hoops were unlucky not to come away with more than a 0-0 draw from last week’s game in Tallaght. Here’s our preview of tonight’s big game.

3. #CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 The GAA have confirmed details of next weekend’s fourth-round football qualifiers with all four games down for decision on Saturday evening.

The Royals will play Laois in Tullamore next Saturday at 3.30pm while Down meet Tipperary in Mullingar at 4pm. The remaining two games will take place that evening between Kildare and Sligo in Dr Hyde Park and Kerry take on Clare in the Gaelic Grounds.

4. #WATERFORD GAA The Déise are on the hunt for a new football manager after John Owens confirmed that he will not be seeking a second term at the helm.

Owens took charge in 2010 but defeat against Wicklow in the first-round of the qualifiers signalled the end of his three-year term.

5. #ON THE MOVE Start spreading the news. Tim Cahill looks set for a move stateside after Everton confirmed that they have accepted a bid from MLS outfit New York Red Bulls.

Cahill, 32, has played 278 times for Everton since his move from Milwall in 2004.

6. #PENN STATE The NCAA slammed Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal yesterday with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all the school’s victories from 1998-2011, knocking Joe Paterno from his spot as major college football’s “winningest” coach. Other sanctions include a four-year ban on postseason games, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years’ probation.

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