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The Morning Score: Tuesday

Ireland reacts to the ICC’s decision, the Champions League returns, and Kemba Walker leads UConn to a national title.

1. #CWC Unsuprisingly, this morning’s papers feature a lot of angry reaction to the ICC’s decision to exclude Ireland and the other non-test playing nations from the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Yesterday, we spoke to Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom who slammed the decision as ”nothing but an attempt by full members to protect their own privileges.”

2. #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE The Champions League returns tonight – oh yes. All eyes will be on the Bernabeu as Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur travel to take on Real Madrid. The night’s other quarter-final sees Inter Milan host Schalke 04 at the San Siro.

Paul Ring knows the score when it comes to Europe’s top club competition. We’ll have his previews for you shortly.

3. #BUST-UP One of the things which we learned this weekend was that Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton and former Ireland international Jason McAteer don’t seem to get along.

Initial suggestions that the whole fracas was just a stunt haven’t really held up over the last 24 hours. Speaking to Newstalk’s Off The Ball last night, McAteer expressed his disappointment and regret that the incident had occurred and called on Cluxton to publicly apologise.

4. #FORE! We’ve got Georgia on our minds this week as the PGA tour heads to Augusta National for the season’s first Major, the Masters.

Phil Mickelson goes into the tournament as favourite to retain his crown having won convincingly at the Shell Houston Open last weekend. We’re looking forward to hearing what Neil Cullen made of it all when his weekly golf review lands later this morning.

5. #CROCKED Kerry’s senior football panel suffered a serious blow last night when it emerged that David Moran will play no further part in the Kingdoms’s season.

The midfielder suffered a cruciate ligament tear, described by inter-county manager Jack O’Connor as “cruel.”

6. #MARCH MADNESS After a particularly mad month of March, the NCAA Basketball Championships came to an end last night when the Connecticut Huskies beat the Butler Bulldogs 53-41 in Houston.

Unsurprisingly for anyone who knows anything about college basketball, UConn point-guard Kemba Walker was the star of the show, bagging 16 points.

For those of you who’ve never heard of Walker, you might enjoy this clip of some of his finer moments.