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The Morning Score: Friday

A disappointing night of Europa League action, Harrington has a solid start in America, and the Cricket World Cup kicks off tomorrow.

1. #EUROPA LEAGUE After two thoroughly entertaining nights of Champions League football, there was always the danger that last night’s Europa League games would disappoint slightly.

That’s pretty much what happened. Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool had to be content with a scoreless draw away to Sparta Prague, while Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by Sporting at Ibrox.

2. #THAT’S JUST NOT CRICKET Here at TheScore, we’re a little bit excited about the Cricket World Cup which gets underway tomorrow morning. Although a large part of that can probably be attributed to Ireland’s cracking comeback against Zimbabwe earlier this week.

For those of you who aren’t really sure what it’s all about, we’ll have a few helpful hints later on this afternoon.

3. #LOVELY HURLIN’ There’s a full programme of league games this weekend, with the highlight undoubtedly being the appearance of Jedward at Croke Park on Saturday night. The non-musical entertainment will be provided by the Dubs who host the All-Ireland Football and Hurling champions in a pretty tasty double-header.

It’s not all about the inter-county lads though. Yesterday, we brought you a preview of this weekend’s All-Ireland Club Hurling semi-finals.

4. #MAGNERS LEAGUE It may be an off-week for the Six Nations, but a raft of Declan Kidney’s squad men will be in action for their respective provinces in the Magners League.

We’re still waiting for the Ospreys to announce their team to face Treviso on Saturday. As soon as we get word about Mr. T. Bowe’s involvement, we’ll let you know.

5. #FORE! Whisper it … I think Padraig Harrington may have found some form. He’s sitting pretty on -3 after a solid opening round at the Northern Trust Open.

We’ll have a full assessement later on when we’ll also check in to see how Paul McGinley is getting on at the Avantha Masters in India.

6. #MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Oh, the magic of the FA Cup. In honour of Crawley Town’s visit to Old Trafford tomorrow evening, this week’s Magnificent Seven will focus on seven of the biggest sporting upsets ever.

Of course Hereford United are in there. Don’t be silly.