Shane Long at the Clarion Hotel in Dublin yesterday. INPHO/Ryan Byrne
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The Morning Score: Monday

Get the week off the right way – here’s everything you need to know.

1. #RWC2011 Rory Best is likely to miss Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final with Wales.

The Ulster hooker sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder during yesterday’s 36-6 victory over Italy at Otago Stadium. Manager Paul McNaughton says Declan Kidney ‘hasn’t written him off yet’.

2. #BAKU Paddy Barnes has been beaten in his last 32 bout against his Filipino opponent on a scoreline of 20-12 this morning.

Later today however, Irish fighters Darren O’Neill, David Oliver Joyce, John Joe Nevin and Kenny Egan take to the ring.

3. #RWC2011 Delon Armitage has been banned from England’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.

#PREMIER LEAGUE After yesterday’s derby win over neighbours Arsenal, Harry Redknapp branded chants by sections of the travelling support as ‘disgusting’.

Gunners fans chanted that they wished their former striker had been killed in the ambush of the Togo team bus last year.

4. #GOLF The North’s Michael Hoey survived a massive challenge from compatriot Rory McIlroy to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots on Sunday, a tournament he led virtually from start to finish.

5. #GRIDIRON On another busy Sunday, Matt Ryan threw for 291 yards, rookie Julio Jones caught 11 passes for 127 yards, and the Atlanta Falcons held off a second-half rally from Seattle for a 30-28 win over the Seahawks. Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes in a 58-second span late in the game as the New York Giants rallied to stun the Arizona Cardinals 31-27.

6. #RWC2011 Craig Joubert of South Africa will referee that showdown with Wales this weekend, tournament chiefs have confirmed.

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