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The Morning Score: Thursday

The 141st Open Championship is under way and we’ve got four more stories to kick-start your day.

Look! A pretty rainbow.
Look! A pretty rainbow.
Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

1. #THEOPEN Yes folks the wait is over. The 141st edition of the Open Championship is underway at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Rest assured that no big names have teed off yet, but Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods will be up shortly, keep track of us on Twitter for any important developments.

2. LETOUR Bradley Wiggins took a pedal closer to the Tour de France title yesterday. Wiggins retained his yellow jersey despite a poor finish and reigning champion, Cadel Evans, has admitted that his chances are now finished.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s Dan Martin will be pleased with his seventh placing after being part of the breakaway group on the 197km stretch. NIcolas Roche moved up the overall rankings again, he sits 11th overall.

3. #PREMIER Tipperary are through to u21 Munster hurling final after beating Limerick by five points at the Gaelic Ground, 1-16 to 1-11.

The Premier county led by two points (1-6 to 0-7) at half time thanks to Denis Maher’s 10th minute goal and never relinquished the lead, you can read how it all unfolded here.

4. I DON’T LOVE THAT Ireland’s cricketers were hammered at Stormont yesterday as Bangladesh ran out comfortable winners.

You can read the full report here, but Ireland were restricted to 119-8 over the 20 over format following Bangladesh opened with 190-5.

5. WHEELIN’ DEALIN‘ As Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed off his skills in front of the Eiffel Tower, Liverpool are still scrambling to put a deal together to take Clint Dempsey away from Craven Cottage. This is despite Fenway yesterday claiming that the American had been ‘added to a team that came within a game of winning the FA Cup.’ Not yet.

In other football news, Ireland’s Robbie Brady featured in Manchester United’s friendly pre-season campaign. The Dubliner lined out at left back, outside Rio Ferdinand and behind first-teamers; Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick.

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