The Morning Score: Friday

It’s nearly the weekend, but before you crack out the Crunchie to go with your cuppa, here’s your round-up of the news.

LA Galaxy fans wait to welcome new signing Robbie Keane yesterday.
LA Galaxy fans wait to welcome new signing Robbie Keane yesterday.
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1. #EUROPA LEAGUE Shamrock Rovers travel to Belgrade next week knowing that they must score at least once if they are to progress past FK Partizan.

An 81st-minute goal from Gary McCabe earned the Hoops a 1-1 draw in Tallaght Stadium last night, leaving the tie in the balance.

Elsewhere in the Europa League, Tottenham hammered Hearts 5-0 in Tynecastle; Fulham won 3-0 at home against Dnipro; Stoke scored an important away goal to win 1-0 against FC Thun; Rangers were beaten 2-1 away to Maribor; and Celtic and Birmingham City had to settle for 0-0 draws against FC Sion and Nacional respectively.

2. #RWC David Wallace faces a race against the clock in order to be fit for tomorrow evening’s test against France, with the flanker rated at “50-50″ to recover from a hamstring problem.

In Donnybrook last night, an Irish Select XV ran in six tries in a 38-3 victory over Connacht.

3. #ALL-IRELAND Mayo manager James Horan continues to wait anxiously on the fitness of some of his key men before naming his side for Sunday’s All-Ireland Football semi-final against Kerry.

Horan was first expected to announce the starting line-up on Wednesday, but has delayed his decision twice in the hope that Trevor Mortimer, Peadar Gardiner and Aidan Campbell might be fit to play.

4. #CZECH OPEN Peter Lawrie set the early pace on day one of the Czech Open, claiming the overnight lead after a solid start at the Prosper Golf Resort.

In his first tournament since a top-ten at last month’s Irish Open, the Dubliner fired a bogey-free 66, enough for a one-shot lead over a trio of challengers that includes Damien McGrane.

5. #JOSE Jose Mourinho looks set to avoid a ban for his “eye-poke” on Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova after the referee failed to mention the incident in his match report, Sid Lowe writes.

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