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We'll Leave It There So: McGregor rematch set, Walters remains upbeat and all today's sport

Elsewhere, Lionel Messi’s charity donation has backfired spectacularly and it was a great day for former Irish cricket coach Phil Simmons.

World Figure Skating Championships Ukraine's Anna Khnychenkova competes during the women's short program in the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston. Source: Elise Amendola


Conor McGregor has got his rematch with Nate Diaz with the fight set for Las Vegas on 9th July.

Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters says he’ll be fine for the upcoming European Championship despite undergoing a knee operation yesterday.

Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring his second goal Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Connacht out-half AJ MacGinty will replace Danny Cipriani at Sale Sharks next season.

Meanwhile, Robbie Henshaw will start at full-back for the province when they take on Ulster tomorrow night.

Former Ireland coach Phil Simmons masterminded a huge shock as the West Indies stunned India to qualify for Sunday’s WorldTwenty20 final.

The company behind the upcoming Aer Lingus College Classic want to stage a college American football game in Ireland every year.


Lionel Messi has come in for huge criticism in Egypt after he donated a pair of his boots to a charity auction with a member of parliament referring to the deed as ‘humiliating’.

Argentina Colombia Soccer WCup Source: Associated Press

Leeds striker Souleymane Doukara has been banned for eight games after being found guilty of biting a Fulham defender during a Championship game last month.

Jon Jones may have been arrested this week for violating his parole but the UFC top brass won’t pull him from his rematch with Daniel Cormier.

The Best Thing We Shared

It’s 15 years since Arsenal legend David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle died at just 33.

We paid tribute to him today, with a special mention of his remarkable goal at Old Trafford in 1991.

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 On The Record

Conor chased this rematch. That’s how it has come about. He’s much more concerned about trying to give a perfect representation of his ability than he is about material things like belts or money. That’s just a fact. Money is certainly not a motivating factor anymore because he has already made plenty of it. Conor believes that the last fight didn’t accurately reflect the skills and ability he possesses, so he’s eager to address that.

In his exclusive column for The42, Conor McGregor‘s coach John Kavanagh says that the Dubliner will prove he’s the more skillful fighter when he faces Nate Diaz in their rematch at UFC 200 in July.

The Fixture List


  • Three Pro12 games are down for decision on Friday night but all the attention will be on Kingspan Stadium as Ulster take on ConnachtKick-off is at 7.35.

Elsewhere, it’s the Dragons against the Ospreys at 7.05 while Edinburgh host Zebre also at 7.35. 


In the SSE Airtricity League, there are five fixtures. All kick-off at 8pm unless otherwise stated.

  • Bohemians v Longford Town (7.45)
  • Dundalk v Derry City (7.45)
  • Finn Harps v St. Patrick’s Athletic
  • Shamrock Rovers v Galway United
  • Wexford Youths v Bray Wanderers

There are three First Division games too – all get underway at 7.45.

  • Drogheda United v Cabinteely
  • UCD v Athlone Town
  • Waterford United v Cobh Ramblers

Showbiz, Baby!

Are Aston Villa interested in some sexy football? Because Ruud Gullit is throwing his hat in the ring to be the club’s new manager.

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