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We'll leave it there so: More track success for Ireland, MDMA and all today's sport

Your latest edition features a generous helping of GAA news, a suggestion of Sexton and a dash of Duff.

2014 IPC Athletics European Championships - Wednesday 20th August Team Ireland's Michael McKillop celebrates after his gold medal success at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea. Source: Luc Percival/SPORTSFILE

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There was more success for Paralympic gold medalist Michael McKillop at the IPC European Championship final in Swansea. The Antrim man took first place in today’s 800m race.

Footballer of the year Michael Darragh Macauley says competition for places within the Dublin squad is ‘absolutely disgusting’.

Jonny Sexton could be on his way back to Leinster. Or he could stay in Paris. He will take some time to make up his mind and reveal all in a few weeks.

Rugby Union - Heineken Cup - Pool Four - Harlequins v Racing Metro 92 - Twickenham Stoop Should Jonny stay or go? Source: Tony Marshall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Larry Tompkins has launched a pretty scathing attack on the Mayo footballers, identifying a core group of five players who he feels haven’t stepped up for the county when its mattered most.

Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice was slightly more sensitive in his views on the lads from out West, saying ‘physicality has been the hallmark’ of Mayo under James Horan.

Jamie Heaslip has been announced as Leinster’s new captain and takes over from Leo Cullen.

Soccer - FA Cup - Semi Final - Chelsea v Liverpool - Old Trafford Duffer in his Chelsea days. He's predicting great things for his former employers. Source: Peter Byrne/PA ARCHIVE/Press Association Images

Damien Duff, currently loving life Down Under, has had his say on the Premier League title race and reckons his former club Chelsea are heavy favourites. Don’t ask about Fulham.

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Barcelona are up against it now. They’ll have to rely on Messi, Neymar and Suarez to get them through the next while after FIFA upholds the club’s transfer ban. Tough break.

Thomas Mueller claims Manchester United offered him an ‘astronomical’ amount of money to move to Old Trafford.

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Quarter Final - France v Germany - Estadio Maracana Thomas Mueller says Manchester United offered him lots and lots of money to swap Munich for Manchester. Source: Gavin Barker/Sports Inc/Press Association Images

If you’re a NFL fan and you enjoy a flutter, the Denver Broncos are projected to be the best regular season team for the new campaign. That’s according to, eh, some lads somewhere.

Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic isn’t feeling the pressure of carrying a hefty price-tag, saying he doesn’t believe in challenges. We’ve seen his hair. He’s not lacking in self-belief.

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Slamball is the greatest thing we’ve seen in a while. It’s also the most ridiculous thing we’ve seen in a while. We’re not too sure of the rules. In fact, there may not be any. Amazing.

Source: Rick Swanson/YouTube

                                                On the record

…the frantic action can feel like hockey on steroids.”

A Lonely Planet writer suggests tourists should catch some GAA action when they’re in Dublin and offered a (pretty accurate) description of our treasured sport.

                                               The fixture list

  • A litany of Europa League qualifiers with Spurs and Hull in action. 
  • The Paralympic Athletics European Championships continue in Swansea.
  • The European Swimming Championships are on-going in Berlin.

                                              Showbiz, baby!

Joe Canning does the ALS ice-bucket challenge. Just him, ice cubes and a washing basin. Hardy.
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