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EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING, TheScore.ie brings you the stories you need to know before 9am.

1. #HEINEKEN CUP Leinster recorded a hard-fought win in Glasgow yesterday, securing their passage to the knock-out phase.

The reigning champions have the chance to secure a home quarter-final with a win over Montpellier in Dublin next weekend.

2. #LONDON 2012 Irish marathon runner Martin Fagan will face a adjudication hearing before Athletics Ireland and the Irish Sports Council to account for the positive test he gave for EPO in Arizona in December.

The former national champion told the Irish Times‘ Ian O’Riordan this morning that a combination of depression, financial pressure and injury prompted him to take the drastic action. He will now likely be banned for two years.

Athletics Ireland confirmed on Saturday that an athlete had tested positive for EPO.

3. #PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal lost by the odd goal in five, as the cliche goes, at the Liberty Stadium yesterday.

Top flight new boys Swansea were superb as they out-passed the pass masters to win out 3-2 in a thriller. Earlier, Irish Euro 2012 hopeful Leon Best scored the only goal for Newcastle against Mark Hughes’ QPR.

4. #OLYMPICS Eva Hutchinson clocked a personal best of 2:35:33 in yesterday morning’s Houston Marathon, a time nearly 90 seconds inside the Olympic A qualification standard of 2:37:00.

The result means that the cross country veteran and current National Half Marathon champion will join her Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club teammate Linda Byrne in the starting line-up for the Women’s Marathon at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

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5. #NFL The New York Giants last night stunned the reigning Super Bowl champions 37-20 in the divisional round.

Now they’re headed to the NFC Championship game in San Francisco next Sunday, bursting with confidence that they can win another road game and get back to the Super Bowl.

Earlier, the Ravens topped the Texans 20-13.

6. #GAA On another busy January day of action, Graham Geraghty received a warm welcome from Meath fans as he was introduced during the Royals’ wins over Louth in Navan, The 39-year-old is filling a player-coach role with the county this year.

Ava Hutchinson is London-bound

Inner demons again cost Arsenal dear