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The Morning Score: Wednesday

The morning after the night before for Shamrock Rovers – and everything else you need to know.

Captains Kevin Downes of Limerick and William Egan of Cork ahead of tonight's Munster Hurling U21 final.
Captains Kevin Downes of Limerick and William Egan of Cork ahead of tonight's Munster Hurling U21 final.
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1. #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE The dream ended for Shamrock Rovers last night as FC Copenhagen won 2-0 in their qualifier.

The Danish champions go through to the play-off round thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory while the Hoops go into the Europa League draw.

2. #GAA This year’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster Hurling U-21 Final will see Limerick take on Cork in the Gaelic Grounds at 7.30pm this evening.

It is Limerick’s first appearance in a Munster semi-final at this level since they last won it, beating Tipperary back in 2002.

Following a convincing win for Cork over All-Ireland champions Tipperary, the Rebels are slight favourites going into this game despite Limerick benefiting from home advantage.

3. #RWC Do you want the good news or bad news first? Jerry Flannery, Geordan Murphy and Rob Kearney have recovered well, and should be available for Ireland’s game against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

But skipper Brian O’Driscoll will miss the first two games in the August series.

4. #EURO 2012 Giovanni Trapattoni yesterday cut back on his squad for the friendly with Croatia next week.

Liam Lawrence and Kevin Kilbane have been excused, according to the FAI, due to club commitments while John O’Shea, Aiden McGeady, Paul McShane and Kevin Foley are injured.

O’Shea picked up a hamstring strain in his first game for his new club, Sunderland, but is expected to be fit for next month’s crunch qualifier games.

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“I intend to use the game against Croatia at Aviva Stadium next week to have the confirmation of a few options ahead of our September matches against Slovakia and Russia,” Trapattoni said.

5. #PLAYGROUND While the NBA lockout gets nasty, Kevin Durrant took to a pick-up game in Harlem.

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