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Barry Cronin/PA Wire. Runners and riders in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle during Chase Raceday at Punchestown.
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The Morning Score: Monday
Here’s everything you need to know this Monday morning.

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

1. #SIX NATIONS Ireland began their Six Nations campaign with a hugely disappointing defeat to Wales at the Aviva Stadium yesterday.

Leigh Halfpenny kicked a late winning penalty effort. Afterwards, Declan Kidney insisted lessons would be learned while Paul O’Connell said the players would get themselves up for France in five days’ time.

What do you think the management should change for the Paris trip?

2. #GAA The Gaelic football season swung back into action this weekend with a bang. Yesterday, Cork took a point away from Armagh despite Paul Kerrigan’s contentious red card. The Rebels began their league defence with a 0-10 to 1-7 result.

Catch up with all the rest of the action here.

3. #PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea and Manchester United played out an extraordinary game at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Andre Villas-Boas and Alex Ferguson were united in their criticism if the match officials afterwards. Here’s why.

Earlier yesterday, Newcastle United’s new signing Cisse struck a wonderful first goal on his debut to beat Aston Villa, despite a goal from the excellent Ireland skipper Robbie Keane.

4.  #SUPER BOWL That was dramatic. Eli Manning led the New York Giants to a 21-17 win over the New England Patriots at Super Bowl XLVI last night.

5. #ATHLETICS Ireland’s Ciarán Ó’Lionaird had a memorable night in Massachusetts on Saturday, winning the New Balance Boston Grand Prix in a time of 3:56.01 minutes. The Leevale AC runner ran a fine tactical race throughout, moving clear in the last 200 metres to beat Taylor Milne of Canada into second place.

British world champion Mo Farah could only finish fourth after he suffered a bad fall early in the race.

6. #FORE! Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie chipped in for an eagle and a birdie on his way to winning the wind-shortened Qatar Open on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 65 to hold off Jason Day and Peter Hanson.

Ireland v Wales, Six Nations Championship: Player ratings

Player reaction: it came down to two mistakes, admits Paul O’Connell