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  • Cristiano Ronaldo sent off for Juventus and could miss United games

    19 September 2018 20:28 1

    Cristiano Ronaldo could miss an expected return to Old Trafford with Juventus after being sent off for the first time in his Champions League career. The Portuguese was making his first appearance for Juventus in the competition but saw red in the 29th minute of the Group H clash with Valencia for an off-the-ball incident in the penalty area. A main focus

  • James Horan receives nomination to return as Mayo manager

    19 September 2018 11:32 1

    James Horan's return to the Mayo senior footballers appears a step closer. The Mayo News reports that the 47-year-old has received at least one nomination to replace departed manager Stephen Rochford. Horan left the post four years ago, having guided the Westerners to back-to-back All-Ireland finals. U21 boss Michael Solan and former All-Ireland minor

  • Irish defender scores Beckham-esque goal from his own half

    19 September 2018 11:10 2

    Non-league football can produce just as much drama as the Premier League, as was the case when Michael Spillane scored from inside his own half. Spillane, a former Irish underage international who won the FAI U19 Player of the Year Award for 2008, was playing for Chelmsford City against Wealdstone in the National League South when, with the game goalless

  • McManus's moment of magic as dummy handpass creates goal

    18 September 2018 14:10 1

    We know all about the dummy solo in football, but now hurling has its own 'dummy' move. Antrim star Neil McManus was playing for his club Cushendall last weekend when he unleashed his newest piece of trickery. Bearing down on goal, he threw up the ball and shaped to take a shot, before handpassing the ball over his shoulder with his opposite hand. And he did it all despite

  • Derby boss Frank Lampard fined after accepting misconduct charge

    18 September 2018 12:47

    Derby boss Frank Lampard has been fined £2,000 after accepting a Football Association misconduct charge. The 40-year-old was sent to the stands in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Rotherham after arguing with the officials in the 77th minute. Lampard was protesting against a handball decision at the New York Stadium having already seen Tom Lawrence sent off and a penalty

  • Benfica Women win 28-0 on their Portuguese Second Division debut

    18 September 2018 12:06 1

    Benfica Women’s debut in the Portuguese Second Division could hardly have gone better after they notched more than two dozen goals in a single game. The team formed in 2017 and includes several internationals, and the gulf in quality was there for all to see after they won 28-0 against Ponte de Frielas. The first goal came after just two minutes, with Benfica

  • Four in ten inter-county players have no time off from GAA commitments

    18 September 2018 10:48

    The vast majority of inter-county players consider themselves glad to have made the decision to commit to lining out for their county. An Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) report commissioned by the GAA and the GPA revealed that while the demands on footballers and hurlers’ personal and work lives are considerable, they have positive experiences

  • Cristhian Stuani at the double to guide Girona past Celta Vigo

    17 September 2018 21:35

    Cristhian Stuani’s double helped to condemn high-flying Celta Vigo to a first LaLiga defeat of the season in a thriller at Girona. The Uruguay international struck twice either side of the break with Pedro Alcala restoring the home side’s lead after Iago Aspas had cancelled out Stuani’s opener on a night when Sofiane Boufal’s late strike was not enough

  • Paris St Germain boss Tuchel: Job not dependent on Champions League success

    17 September 2018 21:29

    Paris St Germain manager Thomas Tuchel insists he has not been told his job depends on him delivering the Champions League title. Despite a huge outlay on players, including the near-£200million world-record fee for Neymar, the French club have never progressed beyond the quarter-finals. Tuchel is the latest man trying to achieve what Unai Emery, Laurent

  • VAR in place for six Carabao Cup third-round ties

    17 September 2018 17:21 1

    Six Carabao Cup third-round fixtures in England are to be officiated with the use of the Video Assistant Referee. The games between Manchester United and Derby, Wolves and Leicester, Arsenal and Brentford, West Ham and Macclesfield, Liverpool and Chelsea and Everton and Southampton, from September 25 to October 2, will see the system in operation