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The Morning Score: Thursday

Here are five stories worth reading before you start your day.

Kent High School American football team during training at Trinity College Dublin
Kent High School American football team during training at Trinity College Dublin
Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

ALL YOU NEED to know from the world of sport while you wait for that first cup of coffee to cool down.

1. #LONDON 2012 After last night’s opening ceremony, the Paralympic Games begin this morning with ten Irish athletes competing in their respective events on Day 1. For a comprehensive run-down of what to keep an eye on, check out our Paralympic Breakfast.

2. #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Glasgow Celtic reached the group stages of the Champions League for the first time in four years after a 4-0 aggregate win over Swedish side Helsingborg last night. The Scottish club join the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal in today’s draw, which takes place at 5pm.

3. #STEPPING DOWN Teddy McCarthy has resigned as the Laois senior hurling manager, it was confirmed yesterday. McCarthy had only been in charge of the county for one season but oversaw their relegation to Division 2 before they went out of the Leinster championship to Dublin and suffered a hammering at the hands of Limerick in the All-Ireland. Read more here.

4. #El CLASICO Real Madrid clinched the Spanish Super Cup last night with a 2-1 second leg win over rivals Barcelona. Jose Mourinho’s side had been trailing 3-2 from the first leg but won on away goals thanks to Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Catalans, who were reduced to ten men after Adriano received a red card, pulled one back through a Lionel Messi free-kick.

5. #US OPEN Andy Murray advanced through to the third round of the US Open after a 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig at Flushing Meadows last night. Things didn’t go quite as well for former champion Kim Clijsters, however, as the Belgian suffered defeat at the hands of 18-year-old British player Laura Robson 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5).

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