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We'll leave it there so: Bronze medals, Gareth Bale's doppelganger and all today's sport

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Sport - 2014 Commonwealth Games - Day One Source: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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At the Commonwealth Games, there was a bronze medal for Irish Olympian and Northern Irish athlete Lisa Kearney. She got the better of Audree Francis-Methot in the 52kg division.

Britain Commonwealth Games Irish Olympian Lisa Kearney claimed a bronze medal in the 52kg judo division at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday evening. Source: Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images

Also in Glasgow, there was disappointment for Aileen Reid — a big medal hopeful in triathlon. She finished in sixth while Sycerika McMahon was preparing for the semi-final of the women’s 50m breast-stroke while Gemma Kane and Jordan Sloan were also readying themselves for action.

After going behind to an early goal, the plucky Irish Under-19 Women’s team never quite got a foothold in their European Championship semi-final against the Netherlands and suffered a 4-0 defeat. Still, a superb achievement for all involved.

In Europa League qualifying, Derry City were humbled 5-1 in the second leg of their second-round clash with Shakhtyor of Belarus to lose 6-1 on aggregate, while Dundalk narrowly lost out to Hadjuk and Sligo endured similar heartache against Rosenborg.

In your daily slice of Conor McGregor news, the Dubliner has signed a book deal with Gill and Macmillan for a ‘part memoir, part philosophy’ entitled Notorious: My Life In and Out of the Octagon. We here at TheScore.ie Towers feel it should be all philosophy. Essentially, an Irish version of I Am Zlatan.

Cork football boss Brian Cuthbert has delivered his tuppence ha’penny’s worth on the dual-player debate by outlining his plans to review the situation at season’s end.

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper missed the Leinster football final through injury but is set on finding a way back into the side before the side’s All-Ireland quarter-final in two weeks.

Ireland’s best-known Gareth Bale impersonator (and pretty nifty footballer) Kenny McEvoy is leaving Spurs. But his next stop isn’t the Bernabeu but London Road in Peterborough.

Away

The Court of Arbitration for Sport could reduce Luis Suarez‘s four-month suspension but if they don’t, he looks set to make his debut for Barcelona against Real Madrid in October.

Vincenzo Nibali took Stage 18 of the Tour de France and seems certain to take an overall victory – he even thumped his heart when crossing the line, so there. It all means that he extended his lead in the general classification to seven minutes.

Cycling Tour de France Source: Christophe Ena/AP/Press Association Images

Frank Lampard has signed for MLS team New York City FC though they don’t start playing in the league until next March.

Are we about to see another top-class Welsh out-half? Gareth Anscombe is a Kiwi but qualifies for Wales through his mother and has just signed for Cardiff Blues.

After 21 years, the ‘voice of wrestling’ Jim ‘JR’ Ross is retiring. But don’t be sad. He now has more time to dedicate to his mega-successful barbecue-sauce business.

Harry Redknapp wants to bring Samuel Eto’o to QPR. The average age of the squad is already about 75 so the Cameroonian should fit right in. ‘Arry also has his say on a variety of wheeling and dealing in today’s transfer round-up.

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This outrageous goal from French youngster Jeremie Boga rescued a draw for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against well-known heavyweights RZ Pellets WAC.

Chelsea goal

On the record

You ask if they’re going to the game and they’ll say, ‘Nah sure why would I go down to see them get bate?’

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue on the idiosyncrasies of the Kingdom’s football faithful and how reputation means nothing down there, All-Ireland medals everything.

The fixture list

A big day for boxer Michael Conlan at the Commonwealth Games tomorrow. He takes to the ring at 1pm for a round of 32 bout with 19 year-old Mathew Martin from Nauru. For what it’s worth, Nauru is tiny island in the South Pacific and has a population of just over 9,000. The internet told us that.

Just two games in the SSE Airtricity League on Friday evening but John Caulfield’s Cork City have a chance to jump to the top of the table when they pay a visit to Bohemians. Should the Leesiders drop points in Dublin, Shamrock Rovers have the opportunity to close the gap when they host Drogheda in Tallaght. Both games kick off at 8pm.”

“I already had a salad at lunch. That’s basically it, isn’t it?”

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