1. #THROW-IN There’s another busy weekend of football and hurling league action to look forward to, not least because Finuge fashonista Paul Galvin will be making his first league start on Sunday when Kerry take on Monaghan at Inniskeen.
It’ll be a historic weekend at Croker as well as the Hawk-eye score detection system is set to be trialled by the GAA during the “Spring Series” double-header at Headquarters.
2. #HEINEKEN CUP It was announced yesterday that Twickenham will host the final of next year’s Heineken Cup which will take place on on the weekend of May 18-20 2012.
Next year’s tournament will begin on the slightly-later dates of November 11-13 to allow players a bit of breathing space following the Rugby World Cup which finishes just three weeks earlier.
3. #GENEROSITY Golfer Ryo Ishikawa announced yesterday that he will donate all of the prize money which he wins at tournaments in 2011 to victims of the recent tsunami and earthquake in his native Japan.
The 19-year-old is hoping to raise in the region of 200m yen ($1.5m).
4. #RACE ROW The Scottish FA has requested a formal apology from its Brazilian counterpart after teenage sensation Neymar accused Scottish fans of racially abusing him during last weekend’s friendly at the Emirates Stadium.
A police investigation found that a German teenager was responsible for throwing a banana onto the pitch with authorities satisfied that there was no racial intent behind the incident.
5. #STAND BY YOUR MAN The GAA has expressed disappointment after the Fermanagh county board dismissed its efforts to resolve the ongoing dispute concerning the county’s senior football squad.
A statement on GAA.ie stated that “it is a source of disappointment that our attempts to facilitate a solution have been unsuccessful and the GAA/GPA re-iterate their availability to assist in any way required in the future.”
6. #MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Earlier this week, we saw NFL star Chad Ochocinco try his hand at football when he got a run-out for the Sporting Kansas City reserves.
Ochocinco’s switcheroo got us thinking about other stars who have tried their hand at more than one sport in the past. This week’s Magnificent Seven will reveal the full list later on this morning, but we couldn’t really leave out Cork dual star Teddy McCarthy, could we?