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Mourneabbey’s Shane Ronayne: Elusive All-Ireland Would Be “Holy Grail”

Shane Ronayne is in his sixth year as manager of Cork side Mourneabbey, and after All-Ireland defeats in 2014, ’15 and ’17, he’s had enough of being second best. Last year the Cork and Munster champions defeated Saturday’s opponents, Foxrock-Cabinteely, in the tightest semi-final imaginable, but there was no stopping Carnacon in the final and Mourneabbey’s wait for a maiden …

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McGovern The Hero As Foxrock-Cabineteely Down Donaghmoyne

Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) 1-08 Foxrock-Cabinteely (Dublin) 2-08 By Aisling Clery in Bray Emmets Substitute Roisin McGovern proved the match-winner for Foxrock-Cabinteely at sun-drenched Bray Emmets as her late, late goal sent the Dublin and Leinster champions into their first All-Ireland Senior Ladies Club Football Final since 2016. In a dramatic finish, the sides were level at 1-8 each when Donaghmoyne’s Cathriona …

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McConnell: ‘Amelia Was Only Born & They Were On Me To Get Back Out’

Pregnancy and the birth of her daughter Amelia provided Cathriona McConnell with a fresh perspective on life and football. The Donaghmoyne sharpshooter and former Monaghan star watched on from the sidelines last year when St Macartan’s provided an Ulster final shock. Amelia was born nine months ago and while football remains vitally important to McConnell, she returned to the game on …

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Preview: Mouthwatering Weekend Of Ladies Football Action

AND then there were six. The race for All-Ireland club glory in the senior, intermediate and junior grades has reached the semi-final stage. All six ties are down for decision over the weekend, beginning on Saturday with the clash of Emmet Óg (Monaghan) and Edinburgh-based visitors Dunedin Connollys in the Intermediate last-four tie. That game will have a 1pm start …

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Mourneabbey Skipper O’Sullivan Leading Six Students Into Battle

Bríd O’Sullivan may decide to ease off on the homework next week if Mourneabbey make it through to another All-Ireland Ladies Senior Club Football Final. That’s because captain O’Sullivan teaches six of her club-mates at St Mary’s Secondary School in Mallow! Aisling Cronin, Kate O’Brien, Ciara O’Callaghan, Ciara Lawlee, Eva Langford and Anna Ryan are all members of the Mourneabbey …

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Carnacon Knocked Out Of Championship After Connacht Final Heartbreak

Connacht Ladies Senior Club Football Final Carnacon 1-8 Kilkerrin/Clonberne 3-4 By Kevin Moran in Ballyhaunis CARNACON’S reign as Connacht and All-Ireland Ladies Club Football champions was ended by Kilkerrin-Clonberne in Saturday’s provincial decider. The Galway outfit gained sweet revenge a year after losing out in a Connacht Final replay to the Mayo side. It’s Kilkerrin-Clonberne’s first Connacht success since 2015 …

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Sarsfield’s Mags McEvoy: “We Know What We’re Up Against”

Sarsfields captain Mags McEvoy admits that holders Foxrock-Cabinteely will prove difficult to stop in Sunday’s Leinster Ladies Senior Club Football Final (Kinnegad, 2.30pm). Fox-Cab, with a host of Dublin’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior winners in their ranks, are aiming for a fourth successive provincial crown, with Laois outfit Sarsfields targeting their first Leinster title since 2014. Three years ago, Sarsfields lost …

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Graham Stack’s Indian Super League Adventure

The ex-Arsenal goalkeeper spoke to Betway Insider and revealed what it was like to leave the lower leagues behind to take up an offer of playing for one of Asia’s most popular clubs. Graham Stack was having a kick around in the garden with his kids when the phone rang. On the other end was Steve Coppell, his manager at Reading …

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Breaking: Joe Marler Announces Retirement From International Rugby

England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler has announced that he is retiring from international rugby, effective immediately. Citing ‘personal reasons’, Marler has officially stepped away from the international game after earning 59 caps for England. At 28-years-old, the news will certainly come as a shock to most people. Marler has apparently made it clear that he wishes to spend more …

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England 2015 & IRB Media Briefing: Rugby World Cup 2015 Ticketing and Kick-Off Times

World Rugby Chief: Red Cards To Stay Despite Outcry

Red cards meted out as part of a crackdown on concussion-related injuries are here to stay, World Rugby chief Brett Gosper said Sunday, despite frustration over recent decisions. Leicester interim head coach Geordan Murphy said last week the “game’s gone too PC” after lock Will Spencer was red carded for catching hooker Tommy Taylor with a shoulder to the head. …

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10 Quickfire Conclusions As Leinster Storm Past Edinburgh In RDS

Leinster scored five tries on their way to a 31-7 win over Edinburgh in the RDS Arena this evening. Johnny Sexton, on the occasion of his 15oth cap for the province, crossed the white line, as did James Lowe, Fergus McFadden, Garry Ringrose and Jordan Larmour. Leinster didn’t emerge unscathed as they lost James Ryan and Dan Leavy, who was …

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‘Tighten Up’ – Unai Emery Warns Leaky Arsenal

Unai Emery has warned his Arsenal stars to fix their leaky defence in time for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Everton. Emery’s side extended their winning run to four matches in all competitions with a 4-2 victory over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League on Thursday. The Gunners raced into a four-goal lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double and strikes from …

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Excellent Cardiff Blues Beat Munster At Arms Park

Cardiff Blues managed to do enough to see off Munster and take home the points after today’s Guinness Pro14 showdown. FT: Cardiff Blues 37 – 13 Munster It wasn’t to be the Irish side’s night as they came up against a very strong Cardiff performance over the course of the 80 minutes in Wales. For the first half, it was …

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Roger Federer Considering Return To Clay Courts In 2019

World number two Roger Federer says he is mulling a return to the European clay-court season in 2019 following a two-year absence. Federer, speaking to ESPN on the sidelines of this weekend’s Laver Cup, has skipped the clay-court segment of the season since 2017 in order to conserve energy for Wimbledon and hard-court seasons. However the 37-year-old revealed he is …

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Jamie Clarke Set To Rejoin Armagh Squad

Jamie Clarke has reportedly indicated his willingness to rejoin Kieran McGeeney’s Armagh squad after a period spent in the US. Clarke doesn’t seem to have lost a step since last togging out in the Armagh colours and after several trips abroad to play in the United States – has gained some valuable experience under very different circumstances. Representing Longford across …

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Whistleblower Warns Of ‘Catastrophe’ If Russia Ban Is Eased

Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov said Tuesday the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) risked a “catastrophe for clean sport” if it lifts a suspension against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency later this week. Former Moscow laboratory chief Rodchenkov, who lifted the lid on Russia’s doping scandal in 2015, said Russia could only be readmitted if it acknowledged the government role in the scandal and …

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Japanese MMA Pioneer ‘Kid’ Yamamoto Dies At 41

Tributes flowed Wednesday for charismatic Japanese mixed martial artist Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, who died at age 41, three weeks after announcing a battle with cancer. Born to a family of wrestlers and martial artists, the wiry, tattoo-covered Yamamoto took on larger opponents in a wide range of MMA events, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He won fans with a …

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