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Dublin: 11°C Tuesday 20 April 2021

The Morning Score: Friday

Get out on the right side of the bed? Ok, this way for managers in peril, retirement of a legend and multi-million euro deals.

The USA Olympic Synchronised Swimming Team were in training in Abbotstown yesterday.
The USA Olympic Synchronised Swimming Team were in training in Abbotstown yesterday.
Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Every morning serves up the stories you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #MERRY-GO-ROUND Val Andrews barely had time to clear his desk in Kingspan Breffni park before the news broke that Seamus McEnaney was hanging on by tenterhooks in Meath.

The Monaghan man (the first ever ‘outsider’ to manage the Royals) has failed to impress during his first year in charge and has presided over their relegation to Division three.

McEnaney has turned down a request from chairman, Barney Allen, to step down and it seems the issue will run at least until Monday night when the county board will put it to a vote.

2. #WE’RE FLYING In a bumper day for GAA news, the association was more than proud to announce a multi-million sponsorshop deal with Etihad Air

3. #PIPE AND SLIPPERS (x2) Armagh’s Steven McDonnell has decided to call time on his inter-county career. The 32-year-old was one of the most lethal forwards in the game and also starred at international level, becoming Ireland’s record point-scorer in compromise rules.

4. #CONOR NILAND Ireland’s top-ranked tennis player also announced his decision to retire yesterday. Niland, 30, hit the consciousness of the nation last year when he became the first Irish man to play at Wimbledon since 1977. There, he came within touching distance of a second round tie with Roger Federer, but fell in five sets to Adrian Mannarino.

5. #HERITAGE Padraig Harrington was unable to further his good form at Augusta on day one of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town golf links. The Dubliner shot a three-over-par 74 which leaves him seven shots off the leader, Chad Campbell.

6. #BANNED John Afoa will begin his four week ban by missing out on Ulster’s trip to Connacht tomorrow. The Kiwi prop’s citing for a dangerous tackle on Felix Jones was upheld yesterday and he will also miss the upcoming games with Leinster and, crucially, Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup.

7. #AINTREE Liverpool’s world-famous race meeting continues at pace today before tomorrow’s Grand National. Pick out some wise investments with our helpful Mark Your Card here.

Don’t touch that dial… here’s the sport on TV this weekend

Guess who Seb Coe has tipped to win the most medals at the Olympics (hint: not Ireland)?

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Sean Farrell

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