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We'll Leave It There So: McIlroy's Olympic sacrifice, Huth and Fellaini banned and today's sport

Elsewhere, Peter O’Mahony has 10 days to prove his fitness, Kieran Donaghy back to Irish basketball’s top tier and Dylan Hartley nears return.

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  • Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has admitted that he has just 10 days to prove his fitness for Ireland’s summer tour to South Africa.
  • Rory McIlroy will skip this year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to focus on representing Ireland at the Rio Olympics, although he admitted he is unsure whether golf has a future at the Games.
  • Kerry Gaelic football star Kieran Donaghy will return to Super League basketball with Tralee Town BC, a collaboration between local clubs Tralee Imperials and St Brendan’s.
  • The Barbarians will visit Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium to take on Fiji in November this year, it has been confirmed.

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Liverpool v Villarreal - UEFA Europa League - Semi Final - Second Leg - Anfield Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to tonight's Europa League semi-final clash. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

  • Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester City defender Robert Huth have been hit with three-game bans for violent conduct in last Sunday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
  • Brazil coach Dunga has left a number of big names out of his Brazil squad for the Copa America. Kaka, Oscar, Lucas Moura and Roberto Firmino are among the absentees while Neymar will also miss the tournament so that he can play at the Olympics.
  • England captain Dylan Hartley is finally fit to return to action after suffering a concussion during their Grand Slam-clinching win against France seven weeks ago.
  • Australian golfer Marc Leishman has ruled himself out of Olympic selection due to concerns over the Zika virus.
  • Holly Holm‘s journey back to title contention is expected to begin on 23 July, most likely against Valentina Shevchenko in Chicago.
  • Former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer will face fresh competition for his spot at Sale after the club announced the signing of Mike Phillips from Racing 92.
  • Quade Cooper has been dropped from Australia’s sevens programme, ruling him out of contention for a spot at the Rio Olympics.
  • Robbie Lawler‘s next defence of his UFC title looks set to take place on Saturday, 30 July, according to reports.

The Best Thing We Shared

With the Olympics now just 92 days away, RTÉ has launched its Road To Rio series. This should keep you ticking over until the real deal kicks into gear.

Source: RTÉ2/YouTube

On The Record

It gives you a lift when you run out. It’s funny, I always get goosebumps when I run on to the pitch and I can hear that the Munster supporters are there.

Playing in front of Munster’s passionate fans still gives back-rower CJ Stander a buzz.

The Fixture List

  • Tonight, from 8.05pm, it’s Liverpool v Villareal (0-1 agg) and Sevilla v Shakhtar (2-2 agg) Donetsk in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
  • There are three games on in the SSE Airtricity League tomorrow night: St Pat’s v Derry City (7.45pm), Dundalk v Galway United (8pm) and Finn Harps v Bohemians (8pm).

Showbiz, Baby!

Robbie Keane and his LA Galaxy team-mates, minus Stevie G, made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to present a young fan with a jersey and a contract.

 

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