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The Morning Score: Wednesday

Five sporting stories that will thrill, enthrall, shock, excite and inform in equal measure.

Kevin Foley and Paul McShane are
Kevin Foley and Paul McShane are
Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Every morning rounds up the stories you need to know before your first cup of  congealed, syrupy goodness.

1. #EURO 2012 The harmony and joy of that sunny day victory over Bosnia has been replaced by unease and forlorn words after Giovanni Trapattoni decided to drop Kevin Foley in favour of Paul McShane.

Foley told reporters, after last night’s knockabout in Tuscany, that he felt “betrayed” by the Italian’s decision to axe him even though he was fit.

2. #IRISH OPEN Darren Clarke assured reporters yesterday that he was ‘raring to go’ for the Irish Open at Portrush this summer.

The reigning British Open champion is injured at the moment but he insists he will be in fine fettle to compete on his home course.

3. #PEDAL POWER Nine cyclists are setting off from Dublin, through the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and on to Gdansk (1,500km) as part of a fundraising venture.

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Pedal to Poland is in aid of Arthritis Ireland, Headstrong and Renewable World.

4. #EURO 88 Our very own Miguel Delaney has composed an excellent piece on Ireland’s adventures at the European Championships in 1988.

Ray Houghton, Chris Morris, Charlie O’Leary and co. relive memories on a fantastical journey.

5. #THAR SHE BLOWS An enormous whale shows up to cheer on the crew of Team New Zealand as they barrel through the choppy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Baa-Baas pip Ireland in Kingsholm

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