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Dublin: 10°C Tuesday 13 April 2021

The Morning Score: Tuesday

Pour that first (or second) cup of coffee and catch up on the morning’s sports news.

Paddy Wallace, centre, and his Ulster team-mates after training yesterday.
Paddy Wallace, centre, and his Ulster team-mates after training yesterday.
Image: INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

1. #EURO 2020 The Republic of Ireland could consider a late joint bid to host Euro 2020 with Wales and Scotland, according to reports.

The deadline for expressions of interest to host the tournament is at midnight tonight. So far, only Turkey have formally put their name forward as possible candidates.

2. #BOXING Irish Olympic hopefuls Katie Taylor and Ceire Smith are both in last 16 action this morning at the AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships in China.

A win for Taylor could be enough to guarantee her spot at London 2012, depending on the results in the morning’s other bouts.

3. #BOD Brian O’Driscoll has passed himself fit for Leinster’s Heineken Cup showdown against Ulster in Twickenham. The Ireland skipper had keyhole surgery on his knee last week but promised that he will be ready for Saturday’s final.

We caught up with BOD at Leinster HQ yesterday.

4. #TEVEZ Manchester City were forced to apologise last night after Carlos Tevez revealed a sign bearing the words “RIP Fergie” during their celebratory open-top bus ride yesterday evening.

“The creation of the tasteless material is in itself reprehensible and in accepting and brandishing it, Carlos has made a significant error of judgement,” a statement from the recently-crowned Premier League champions said.

“The club wishes to express its sincerest apologies to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club for any offence or distress caused.”

5. #KINGDOM Eamon Fitzmaurice is set to rejoin the Kerry backroom team ahead of the Munster senior football championship, the Irish Times reports.

Fitzmaurice, one of manager Jack O’Connor’s selectors in 2009 and 2010, replaces trainer Donie Buckley who left the set-up last month.

6. #PIT FIRE Williams and the FIA, Formula 1′s governing body, have opened into an investigation into the pit fire at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, BBC reports.

Nine F1 team members were treated for injuries when a fire broke out as the Williams team celebrated Pastor Maldonado’s victory.

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