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The Morning Score: Thursday

An Irishman leads in Abu Dhabi, Nasri stars in Leeds replay and the FAI face a day in court.
Jan 20th 2011, 9:17 AM 211 0

1. #GOOD START Pádraig Harrington is leading at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at the moment in his first big tournament of the year.

The Dubliner is seven under par, after five birdies, and lies one shot ahead of Swede Alexander Noren.

The good start may be something to do with a novel new head cover.

Keep up to the date with the live scores here.

American Derek Lamely, meanwhile, carded a nine-under-par 63 to claim a one-shot lead after the first round of the Bob Hope Classic.

2. #FA CUP Arsenal overcame Leeds United at Elland Road last night with a 3-1 victory.

Samir Nasri shone as he continues a stunning season but Bradley Johnson probably got the goal of the game

3. #AUSTRALIAN OPEN China’s Peng Shuai notched the first shock of the tournament, toppling former world No 1 and seventh seed Jelena Jankovic overnight.

Peng wore down the Serb 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 to reach the third round. Rafa Nadal cruised through, winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in one hour and 42 minutes over Ryan Sweeting.

4. #COURT DATE Limerick have made an application to the High Court to force the FAI to appoint an arbitrator to hear their case against the decision not to allow a friendly with Barcelona to go ahead at Thomond Park last year.

Mark McCadden reports in the Irish Daily Star that the case will be heard on Monday, January 31.

5. #BOD Leinster centre Brian O’Driscoll has hinted he will finish out his career in Ireland.

6. #McKENNA CUP Only two ties went ahead last night because of frost. Down and Antrim drew 0-12 a piece after the Saffrons grabbed a late leveller.

Elsewhere Derry strolled to victory over Queens at Celtic Park.

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7. #HONEYMOON Waterford forward John Mullane tells John Fogarty in the Irish Examiner that he and his fiancee have been reassured by their travel agent that their post-wedding trip to Legends in Mauritius will be safe.

The De la Salle man is to get married in April but admitted he and his bride-to-be considered cancelling the holiday in the wake of Michaela McAreavey’s death.

8. #FAITHFUL In a week of mixed news for Offaly, Joe Dooley is facing up to the fact that he’ll have to reshuffle his pack.

Veteran Brendan Murphy is unlikely to play any part for the county’s hurlers this year as his training to become a GP intensifies.

9. #COSMOS After yesterday’s news of Eric Cantona’s arrival in New York, Balls.ie furnished us with an entire documentary on the famous Cosmos.

Here’s the first part, watch the rest with your porridge.

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