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  • Trifolium has touch of class to outshine rivals on chase debut

    21 November 2013 01:06 20

    Charles Byrnes' 2012 Supreme Novices' Hurdle runner-up hasn't been the most straightforward to train since that day in Cheltenham, and an operation to help his breathing prior to the Newcastle contest clearly didn't have the desired effect. As such, there is a chance that Trifolium will need this run or that he mightn't be the force of old. The Gigginstown

  • Walters insists 'puke picture' row with Keane has been cleared up

    21 November 2013 01:04 28

    Having fallen out spectacularly during their time together in Ipswich, Ireland's latest captain has revised the opinion he voiced in 2010 when he suggested Keane ruled the East Anglian club by fear. Certainly anxiety was uppermost in the Scouser's mind back then when he took the dramatic decision to take "a picture of me puke" as evidence that a stomach

  • Heffernan walks off with top awards

    21 November 2013 01:03 28

    But even as he accepts latest honours world 50km champion has moved on It says everything about his frame of mind that three months after becoming world champion Rob Heffernan is already stuck in the future, his gold medal success in the 50km walk last August drifting into the past. That’s not saying he’s walked off the celebration circuit just yet: in Dublin

  • O'Neill slams 'very unfair' criticism and insists NHL will not be changed

    21 November 2013 01:02 28

    Last Saturday, Central Council voted to stick with their original plan for a six-team Division 1A, which leaves Cork and Limerick in Division 1B. Two alternative plans – one put forward by Carlow and Westmeath, and the other by National Fixtures Group member Michael Burns of Monaghan – were voted down. The GAA shipped some heavy criticism for even considering

  • Whelan: We are in good shape

    20 November 2013 15:30 35

    But for Glenn Whelan, the fact that Ireland have finished a difficult international year in 2013 with three successive clean sheets is a positive as Irish football aims for better and brighter in 2014. Whelan has been one of the key men in the Ireland side in the last five years and though he had to settle for a sub's role in last night's scoreless draw in Poznan

  • Keane excited by future

    20 November 2013 15:27 31

    The LA Galaxy striker's domestic campaign drew to a close before he met up with the national squad for their friendlies against Latvia and Poland with new management duo Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane launching a new era in Irish football. While most of his team-mates roll up their sleeves for a return to action in English club football, frontman Keane

  • Lilywhites pull plug on Friday-night clash with Dubs

    20 November 2013 15:20 42

    The Central Competitions Control Committee had originally earmarked Croke Park on March 7 for the game, with an 8.0 throw-in, but Kildare objected because of what they saw as a difficulty in getting their supporters to the venue at that time of the evening. "We just felt that there was too much involved in getting everyone up to Croke Park on a Friday

  • Porterfield hits ton in big win

    20 November 2013 14:22 38

    Captain William Porterfield hit a stunning 127 not out, the first T20 international century for Ireland, to lead his side to 216 for three and the USA could only respond with 141. Porterfield reached his half-century from 23 balls and put on 94 in eight overs with opening partner Paul Stirling before the latter was bowled by Karan Ganesh for 25 from 17 balls

  • Henry Shefflin looks set to play on for Kilkenny next year

    20 November 2013 13:39 27

    The nine time All Ireland winner has undergone some physical tests with the Kilkenny squad last week to assess his fitness, according to Newstalk. Shefflin had an injury-hit 2013 Championship in a season to forget for the star. However, it appears that the nine times All Ireland winner will be back in search of his tenth medal next year.

  • Risk-taker Marc Wilson impresses Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

    20 November 2013 13:07 31

    Updated: Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 14:53 | Comments Ireland boss Martin O’Neill says he is impressed with the versatility of Marc Wilson but is unsure about his best position. The 26-year-old Stoke player, who had earned most of his recent caps at left-back, started off in central defence during Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Poland last night before moving into central