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Dublin: 13 °C Wednesday 23 April, 2014

The Morning Score: Thursday

Happy returns, a new man at Thomond Park and one of the goals of the season. It’s all here.

Paul McCloskey during an open training session at Stormont ahead of Saturday night's fight against former WBO light welterweight World champion DeMarcus Corley.
Paul McCloskey during an open training session at Stormont ahead of Saturday night's fight against former WBO light welterweight World champion DeMarcus Corley.
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Every morning TheScore.ie brings you the stories you need to know before that first cup of coffee.

1. #COMEBACK Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in a game with Tottenham, made an emotional return to Bolton last night to a wonderful ovation from the Reebok Stadium crowd.

The former England U-21 watched the Trotters go down 4-1 to Spurs however.

2. #PREMIER LEAGUE Elsewhere Papiss Cisse hit what is surely the goal of the season as he notched a double and Newcastle won 2-0 at Chelsea. Check out the goal here and catch up on all the action here. The result means Chelsea will now more than likely have to beat Bayern Munich to seal a Champions League spot for next season.

3. #MUNSTER Rob Penney will take over at Thomond Park on 1 July, it was announced yesterday. The New Zealander gets the nod ahead of Munster favourite Anthony Foley but the likes of Donal Lenihan insist Penney’s pedigree as a coach who bloods young players was key to the decision.

4. #RED HAND Tyrone boss Mickey Harte has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the county until at least 2015. His contract was due to be up after this year’s Championship, however a decision was made to reward him with a new contract by the county committee last night.

5. #TITLES Real Madrid  wrapped up the La Liga title with a win over Bilbao last night but, in Barcelona, Leo Messi struck his ninth hat-trick of the season to bring his tally to a record breaking 68 goals for the season.

6. #SNOOKER Ronnie O’Sullivan will play Matthew Stevens in the World Championship semi-finals having seen off Neil Robertson 13-10 at the Crucible yesterday evening. The last-four clash gets underway today.

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