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Dublin: 12 °C Thursday 18 December, 2014

Today’s News

Connacht spread a little Christmas cheer around Galway

Pat Lam’s players made visits to Galway Hospital and Ability West in Tuam yesterday.

Ireland have automatically qualified for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup

Changes to the qualifying process announced by World Rugby mean good news for Tom Tierney’s side.

Richie Power predicts great things for Michael Rice on cruciate return

Rice has endured a torrid two years on the injury front.

Liverpool fans think Neville is a better pundit than Carragher

Meanwhile, 31% of Man United fans named Luis Suarez as their Premier League player of 2014.

Custard Creams for everyone as TV3 secure 3 more years of Champions League football

And you were worried you’d have to watch Emmerdale on a Tuesday.

‘This is my time, my title and my city!’ Here are the details of Carl Frampton’s first title defence

If you’re still scrambling for a Christmas present, this will do the trick.

Angry Roy Keane called round to Tom Cleverley’s house after Villa bust-up reports

The Sun claims that the Ireland assistant waited for 15 minutes outside the house of the on-loan player.

‘People will write what they write’ – O’Connor defends Leinster’s season

The Australian head coach says his side are measured on a ‘different yardstick’ to the other Irish provinces.

Cub Swanson calls McGregor ‘an arrogant prick’, horrible role model in latest Twitter beef

Just put the two of them in the Octagon and let’s get this sorted.

Nice guy Dominic Ryan has prevented someone from getting a lengthy gouging ban

The flanker’s testimony prevented Charlie Matthews from getting a big ban.

Dave Kearney returns for Leinster as Lam aims to create history for Connacht

The western province have never won in the RDS, but are hoping that 14 changes will give them the best possible chance.

Tyson Gay’s former coach banned for eight years for doping offences

Drummond denies involvement in Gay’s positive test but independent panel rules that he “failed to act in the manner expected of a coach.”

Take me to Church: Leinster stars greet children from trio of charities

Children from Laura Lynn, Heart Children Ireland and Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics Club were surprised by Healy, Kearney, Conan and Madigan.

Post-World Cup market wide open but can the Irish provinces compete?

The big names from the Southern Hemisphere are currently negotiating lucrative deals.

Major coup for Dundalk as Finn signs from Shamrock Rovers

The 26-year-old joins on a two-year deal.

Somehow, Shane Dowling’s one-handed effort against Kilkenny was NOT the point of the year Point Of Order This post contains a poll

Somehow, Shane Dowling’s one-handed effort against Kilkenny was NOT the point of the year

We’re not saying the GAA were wrong, but they were definitely wrong.

Ireland’s ‘Ginger Pele’ Gary Doherty has announced his retirement

The Doc is hanging up his boots at the age of 34.

The latest Fifa rankings are out – and Ireland are down again

The good news is, we’re better than Gabon.

How to throw the perfect World Darts Championship party

If you won’t make it to Ally Pally over the next fortnight, this is the next best thing.

Marco Reus fined €540,000 for driving without a licence

Even on a footballer’s salary, that stings.

Former Wallabies captain Horwill signs for Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins

The 58-times capped lock is the latest player to confirm his departure from Australia post-World Cup.

5 things every workout you do should include

How many do you skip though?

Dan Carter can’t wait to replace Johnny Sexton and work with ROG at Racing Metro

“Let’s just say I’m really impressed by Jackie’s vision,” says the Kiwi after signing a contract worth a reported €1.5 million per year.

Tommy Walsh’s return to action with Kerry is pencilled in for early January

Walsh is in line to play in the McGrath Cup game against IT Tralee on January 11th.

Dr. Harty Cup and Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter-final draws made last night

Reigning champions Ardscoil Rís and PS Chorca Dhuibhne discovered their fate.

Rory’s dominance and dual-code GAA glory – Down’s 2014 sporting highlights North Stars This post contains videos

Rory’s dominance and dual-code GAA glory – Down’s 2014 sporting highlights

The Mourne men and ladies had plenty to smile about over the past 12 months.

‘You’ve got to move on’ – Pienaar looking past Champions Cup disappointment

Ulster are all but out of the Champions Cup, meaning a Pro12 title has become the priority.

Henshaw set to return but Connacht have underlined their new depth

The likes of Caolin Blade have given Pat Lam some welcome selection headaches for the coming weeks.

Why you shouldn’t swear at fans – Delon Armitage handed 12 week ban

Not a great 24 hours for the two-time defending European champions.

Yesterday’s News

7 things we learned from tonight’s Fergal Devitt documentary

‘Smack Em Up’ was shown on RTÉ 2 this evening.

Easy wins for Liverpool and Spurs in tonight’s Capital One Cup quarter-finals

The Anfield side will now face Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Kyle Lafferty’s goals and Sean Quigley’s strike rate – Fermanagh’s 2014 sporting highlights Erne County This post contains videos

Kyle Lafferty’s goals and Sean Quigley’s strike rate – Fermanagh’s 2014 sporting highlights

There was success for the Erne County on the soccer field and in motorsports.

Liverpool ship Daniel Sturridge up to Boston as rehab tour of the USA continues

The striker is struggling with a a long-term leg injury.

NFL player says he’d rather ‘die 10 years earlier’ than not play American football

Chris Conte has suffered three concussions this season.

There are some absolute rockets in the top 5 goals of the 2014 Football Championship Pick It Out This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Glenn Whelan’s Stoke future uncertain as club prepare to discuss a new contract

30 year-old midfielder could be offered a 12-month extension but he wants a longer deal.

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