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The Morning Score: Monday

Start the week the right way… here’s everything you need to know.

St Michael’s Oisin O'Meara talks to his team-mates.
St Michael’s Oisin O'Meara talks to his team-mates.
Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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

1. #SIX NATIONS It looks like Saturday, 3 March is the day France and Ireland will at last play their Six Nations tie.

The game in Paris was postponed at the very last minute on Saturday night after the referee belatedly decided that the pitch was unplayable, of course.

Six Nations organisers say an announcement on the fixture could be made today.

2. #GAA Kildare manager, Kieran McGeeney says he doesn’t expect bans after a brawl marred the Lilywhites’ tie with Monaghan in Clones.

“There is a lot of testosterone flowing out there, things happen and people don’t want to seen that they are backing down. That’s about the size of it. Joe McQuillan dealt with four people at half-time so I take it that will be it, unless something else comes out of it,” he said.

It was a busy weekend of GAA action elsewhere. Catch up with the results here.

3. #EURO2012 Richard Dunne will be out of action for at least a month after he injured hiscollarbone in the defeat to Manchester City yesterday. Jolean Lescott struck the only goal of the game to put City two points clear of neighbours United once again.

Carlos Tevez looks set to end his self-imposed exile in Argentina meanwhile while Roberto Mancini says ‘there is no problem’ with the striker.

Villa boss Alex McLeish was dealt a blow on Saturday too when another Irish defender, Ciaran Clark, damaged knee ligaments after nothing more than catching his studs in the turf during training.

4. #PEBBLE BEACH Mickelson went from a six-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in just six holes, closed with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot victory over Charlie Wi and gave Woods a Sunday thrashing not many saw coming at Pebble Beach.

Mickelson and Woods played in the second-to-last group, and Mickelson beat him by 11 shots. He won for the fourth time at Pebble Beach, and became only the ninth player in PGA Tour history with 40 wins.

5. #SORRY Liverpool yesterday apologised for Luis Suarez’s actions at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Uruguayan said he’d let the club and the manager down while Kenny Dalglish himself said sorry for his ‘unbecoming’ behaviour during his interview with Sky Sports after the 2-1 defeat.

Manchester United later issued a statement of their own saying they wanted to move on from the episode and they accepted the Reds’ apology.

6. #ACN Didier Drogba missed a penalty in normal time before Ivory Coast lost out 8-7 to Zambia in a dramatic Africa Cup of Nations final last night.

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Updated: New France-Ireland date expected Monday, IRB back Pearson

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