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  • Two charged, seventh man held over UK match-fixing - NCA

    28 November 2013 18:39 12

    LONDON (Reuters) - Two men have been charged and a seventh man has been arrested over English football match-fixing allegations, the National Crime Agency said on Thursday. "Chann Sankaran, a 33-year-old Singapore national, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, a 43-year-old with dual UK and Singapore nationality, have been remanded in custody and will appear

  • Republic of Ireland drop to 67th in world rankings

    28 November 2013 17:35 22

    Portugal move up to fifth spot after play-off success The feelgood factor associated with the new international management team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane hasn’t transferred to the Fifa world rankings, with the Republic of Ireland falling seven places to 67th . O’Neill and Keane enjoyed an unbeaten start to their tenure in charge, beating Latvia

  • French clubs to remain in Heineken Cup next season

    28 November 2013 15:49 13

    Top 14 sides hold vote and decide to stay under ERC umbrella France’s Top 14 sides are set to remain in the Heineken Cup next season after a meeting today in Orly, according to reports in French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique. According to the paper’s website, the French clubs “have decided to disassociate from their English counterparts and remain under

  • Lam predicts a big future for wonder kid Masterson

    28 November 2013 12:45 20

    Eoghan Masterson made his debut for Connacht last weekend against Scarlets -- just a few weeks after knocking at the door in the Sportsground looking for a trial. Connacht academy manager Nigel Carolan gave the 20-year-old from Portlaoise an opportunity to show what he can do and the No 8 made an instant impact and was offered an academy contract

  • O'Connell to start for Munster away to Dragons

    28 November 2013 11:53 13

    O'Connell starts for Munster Paul O'Connell will start just his second RaboDirect PRO12 game of the season against Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday night (ko 7:15pm). South African winger Gerhard van den Heever will make his debut with Keith Earls, James Downey and Ian Keatley all returning from injury. Head Coach Rob Penney has continued his rotation

  • Archer uses criticism after Australia game as motivation

    28 November 2013 01:12 21

    Prop concentrating on keeping Munster momentum going Munster prop Stephen Archer, who was singled out for criticism on television following Ireland’s poor display against Australia, says he uses such broadsides for motivation. The 25-year-old, who won his second cap against the Wallabies having made his debut against Italy in the Six Nations, said while

  • Ruby and Rubi can be winning team on first run for Mullins

    28 November 2013 01:09 20

    Willie Mullins usually has to spend big money on his precocious French imports, but Rubi Ball is slightly different, as he is an eight-year-old that has been sent to him for a change of scenery. Conqueror of Gold Cup hero Long Run in an Auteuil Grade One in 2009, the son of Network has become frustrating since winning successive races at Pau in January

  • Mount Leinster's Nolan insists Carlow sides must face top opposition to make progress

    28 November 2013 01:09 67

    Hurling minnows aiming to prove decision-makers got it wrong ahead of historic clash with Oulart Among them was footage of joyous MLR followers flooding onto the Dr Cullen Park pitch as mayhem ensued after James Owens blew his full-time whistle. Padraig Nolan found himself engulfed by well-wishers and, while he smiles now and admits that it might have been "a bit much," the elation

  • Alan Brogan wonders what exactly he has left to offer Dublin

    28 November 2013 01:04 25

    31-year-old gives sunny Cancun a miss to concentrate on his club football Against the cold grey backdrop of his old clubhouse Alan Brogan is talking about his future as a Dublin footballer, and it’s not exactly sunny. Unlike his All-Ireland winning team-mates – who are currently sunning themselves in sweltering Cancun, Mexico – Brogan hasn’t a whole

  • Shane Jennings keeps the home fires burning as he takes pride in the Leinster collective

    28 November 2013 01:02 27

    The flanker knows it’s a squad game these days if you want success Unfortunately the Ireland coaches have gone to ground after a long November so we turned to Shane Jennings in this moment of reflection before the congestion of European action envelopes us again. Knee-jerk worriers about the culture permeating through Irish rugby would do well to pay heed. It went largely