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INPHO/Donall Farmer A fan at the McMullen Cup Final between Gorey CS vs St. Conleth’s College.
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The Morning Score: Friday
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of another busy weekend.

1. #HEINEKEN CUP Connacht look for their first European Cup victory tonight, as they kick off a mouth-watering final weekend of group games.

Conor O’Shea bring his Harlequins side to the Sportground in search of qualification, while the western province have little but pride to play for.

Yesterday, ahead of Leinster’s game with Montpellier at the RDS tomorrow, Leo Cullen said a decision on his possible trip to Sweden for surgery, will be made after the match.

2. #GOLF A double bogey on the final hole denied Pádraig Harrington a perfect start to the season at the Volvo Golf Champions in George, South Africa

Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium leads the field on nine under-par after today’s opening round , but it was the Dubliner who led the chasing pack before a wayward drive cost him at the last, dropping him back to four-under and a share of fifth place.

3. #SORRY! Pepe has apologised for his stamp on Leo Messi, after a massive backlash to his El Clasico antics.

Madrid were beaten 2-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Bernabeu, despite going ahead through a first-half Cristiano Ronaldo goal.

The Portugal international insisted the act, which was missed at the time by the referee, was “unintentional”

5. SHOT Rory McIlroy’s tee shot on the 10th during the last day of his winning US Open weekend was yesterday voted the shot of the year.

Check it out here.

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6. #DOWN UNDER Top seed Caroline Wozniacki continued her quest for a first slam with a comfortable 6-2 6-2 victory over Romania’s Monica Niculescu in the third round of the Australian Open while in the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are also safely through to the last 16. We’ll have a full round up soon.

7. #LONDON 2012 Olympic hopeful Ciaran O’Lionaird plans to set up a new online scheme which will allow fans to contribute to his training expenses.

He told us about the idea last night.

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