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The Morning Score: Thursday

Here’s what you need to know before the bus comes.

Irish U19s Eoin Wearen, Joe Shaughnessy and John Egan yesterday.
Irish U19s Eoin Wearen, Joe Shaughnessy and John Egan yesterday.
Image: INPHO/Donall Farmer

1. #IRISH OPEN We get going in Killarney this morning. Yesterday An Taoiseach Enda Kenny played a round with US Open champion Rory McIlroy in the pro-am.

Afterwards,  McIlroy revealed he’d selected Graeme McDowell to represent Ireland with him at the World Cup in China.

Here’s who we think might claim a home win for us this weekend.

2. #GAA Mayo yesterday named their starting XV ahead of the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final with Cork this weekend.

James Horan has drafted in two new faces with Ger Cafferkey coming in for Alan Feeney in the full-back line while Garrymore man Enda Varley replaces Jason Doherty at corner-forward.

Check out the full line-up here.

3. #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Shamrock Rovers lost their Champions League qualifier 1-0 in Copenhagen last night. 

4. #RACES The 5-1 favourite Blazing Tempo, with Paul Townend on board, won the tote.com Galway Plate at Ballybrit yesterday.

Elsewhere, superstar miler Frankel took advantage of an eight-pound weight allowance to win the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, storming to a comfortable five-length victory over last year’s champion, Canford Cliffs.

5. #DOWN Ireland dropped two places in FIFA’s world rankings which were released yesterday.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s side are now down to 33rd.

6. #YOUTUBE Did you see this yesterday? Chase Utley pulled off a thrilling inside-the-park homer. Just watch him go.

We’ll compile our weekly Youtube round-up later so get in your suggestions or forever hold your peace.

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