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Dublin: 2°C Monday 12 April 2021

The Morning Score: Friday

Scottish clubs look into social media comments, Shanklin hangs up his boots, and we continue our build up to Sunday’s Division 1 finale.

Image: ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

1. #BOMB THREATS A number of Scottish football clubs have confirmed that they are conducting investigations into comments which players are alleged to have made on social media sites following the recent parcel-bomb attacks on Neil Lennon and others.

In addition to Berwick Rangers dismissal of a youth player, BBC reports that youth team members at Clyde and St Mirren have also been suspended while Motherwell are also investigating a similar offence.

2. #PIPE AND SLIPPERS Wales and Cardiff Blues centre Tom Shanklin announced yesterday that a knee injury has forced his retirement from rugby.

The 31-year-old took doctors’ advice to hang up his boots after surgery in January failed to correct the recurring problem.

3. #WHINGE Spanish football magazine Don Balon have taken the unusual step of releasing the full audio of an interview with Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas after Arsene Wenger accused them of misquoting his star.

On Wednesday, Wenger said that the magazine had “completely twisted” Fabregas’ words to suggest that he was unhappy with the club’s policy of developing youth players at the expense of signing established foreign imports.

4. #GAA “A lot of people say that defeat is a good way to learn rather than winning – we’ve learned from a lot of the defeats that we’ve had.”

We caught up with Cork sharpshooter Donncha O’Connor ahead of this weekend’s Division 1 final against the Dubs. Read his thoughts on Sunday’s game here.

5. #MAGNERS LEAGUE All eyes will be on Ravenhill tonight where Ulster play host to Connacht in the pick of this evening’s Magners League ties.

The visitors announced a starting 15 full of experience yesterday, recalling Brett Wilkinson, Michael Swift and John Muldoon to bolster their pack.

6. #OOPS What do you mean you haven’t seen the clip of Sergio Ramos dropping the Copa del Rey underneath the wheels of a bus yet?

Consider this as (part of) our Easter gift to you.

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