Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 12°C
# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Friday
Here’s everything you need to know this morning – apart from where you’ll get that last-minute present.

1. #BBC British cyclist Mark Cavendish last night won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

The Tour de France green jersey champion took nearly 50% of the public vote ahead of Irish golfer Darren Clarke.

Athlete Mo Farah was third.

2. #LONDON CALLING It was another dramatic evening of top-flight English football last night. And though they weren’t even playing – the big winners were the two Manchester clubs.

Tottenham and Chelsea played a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane thanks to goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Daniel Sturridge. In the spotlight because of the criminal charge he now faces for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, Blues skipper John Terrymade a last-minute, last-ditch clearance to earn the point for the visitors.

Fantasy football news: Rafael van der Vaart is likely to miss the club’s next three games with a hamstring injury.

3. #THE BULL John Hayes pulled on his Munster training gear for the final time yesterday – and in familiar surroundings.

Ahead of the former Ireland international’s final game for the province this weekend – against Connacht on St Stephen’s Day – the Reds held an open training session at Hayes’s club Bruff RFC.

Here’s the best pictures from the day.

4. #SPL Eoin Doyle is Pat Fenlon’s first singing as Hibernian boss. The Sligo Rovers forward joined the Scottish top-flight club on an 18-month contract yesterday.

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5. #RACISM ROW Paul McGrath yesterday criticised Liverpool’s handling of Luis Suarez’s guilty verdict, saying Glen Johnson should have “thrown his shirt to the floor” rather than don a T-shirt in support of the Uruguayan.

BBC pundit Alan Hansen yesterday apologised for this on-air gaffe when discussing the issue on Match of the Day.

6. #ARROWS Wayne Jones booked his place in the last 16 of the World Darts Championship with a 4-0 victory over Roland Scholten  last night.

In pictures: John ‘The Bull’ Hayes bids a fond farewell to Munster