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Dublin: 10 °C Thursday 18 December, 2014

The Morning Score: Wednesday

Rovers on the march, Rebels in the committee room and Thor strikes again.

1. #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Shamrock Rovers progressed to the next round of qualifiers with a scoreless draw against FC Tallinn in Estonia last night.

The Hoops held a one-goal lead from the first leg in Dublin last week. Michael O’Neill’s side will face FC Copenhagen with the first leg away from home next week.

2. #HOMECOMING Darren Clarke returned to Royal Portrush GC yesterday with the Claret Jug he won on Sunday at Sandwich.

And the Dungannon presented his golden medal to the club during an emotional welcome. Check out a slideshow of the best images here.

3. #REBELS Cork hurling began the process of appointing a new manager last night.

As Denis Walsh term ends, the county board met at Páirc Uí Chaoimh to begin what has been a traumatic experience for the county in the recent past.

4. #LE TOUR Thor Hushovd won a three man sprint to win his second stage win of the Tour from a breakaway. Amongst the overall favourites, Alberto Contador attacked bringing Cadel Evans and Samuel Sanchez with him, leaving both Schlecks and Ivan Basso behind.

After that transitional stage,the high mountains are back today.

5. #GREEN SHOOTS Ireland’s U-19s kick off their European Championships bid in Romania this evening.

Paul Doolin’s side take on Greece at 7pm Irish time, we’ll keep up in the loop. In the meantime, here’s a bluffer’s guide to the tournament.

6. #CAREER CHANGE With the lockouts in the NBA and NFL dragging a little, some of America’s top athletes have started to look elsewhere for work. Check this out:


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