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Dublin: 8°C Monday 12 April 2021

The Morning Score: Thursday

A new deal for one Irish star, all last night’s Premier League and European action and a maximum in the snooker. Get ‘em while it’s hot.

United fans took some time to realise: the joke was on them against Wigan.
United fans took some time to realise: the joke was on them against Wigan.
Image: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Every morning serves up the stories you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #PREMIER LEAGUE New life was breathed into the title race last night as Manchester City romped to victory over West Brom while leaders Manchester United slumped to defeat against Wigan.

The win helps Wigan keep threading water, two points above the drop zone alongside QPR, who inflicted a fourth consecutive defeat upon Swansea.

Here’s how all the action unfolded.

2. #MUTINY IN THE COUNTY Cavan players have reportedly voted 33-3 against the continued tenure of Val Andrews the Dubliner has come in for criticism from want-away forward, Seanie Johnston, and the issue will reportedly be discussed at a county board meeting tonight.

Meanwhile, with the small ball, Waterford lost another of their great warriors yesterday as veteran defender Declan Prendergast announced his retirement from intercounty hurling.

3. #RIP London GAA was in shock yesterday in the wake of the death of hurler Cathal Forde. The 28-year-old Kilburn Gaels defender was rushed to hospital after collapsing in Highgate on Tuesday night.

4. #ROCK ON Luke Fitzgerald will sign a new contract with Leinster next week according to team manager, Guy Easterby. It had been feared that the Blackrock boy’s loss of form since suffering knee ligament damage in 2009 would tighten the IRFU purse strings and force him to further his career abroad.

5. #MAXIMUM Robert Milkins joined an elite group of players after making a break of 147 in the world championship. The Gloucestershire native racked up the maximum in qualifying against Xiao Guodong. Watch it here.

6. #EUROVISION While United allowed the Premier League race to be blown wide open again, Borussia Dortmund took a massive step to retaining the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over second place, Bayern Munich. Die Schwarzgelben are now six points clear at the summit.

In Spain, Real Madrid continue to keep Barcelona at arm’s length. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in their 4-1 win over city rivals, Atletico.

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