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Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll win GOLD for Ireland at European Rowing Championships Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll delivered a command display to take gold in the final of the lightweight men's pair at the European Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.
 
 
 
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The player is understood to have been shocked when informed of the positive test. He subsequently accepted the presence of a banned substance in his system. Photo: Sportsfile   Inter-county footballer awaits fate over failed drugs test John Greene An inter-county footballer has failed a routine drugs test, the Sunday Independent has learned. The footballer, from a prominent county, is thought to have failed the test last year, but at this point it is not clear if it was during the football championship.
 
 

Jonathan Liew: Buffon fire still burns after all he's achieved The glory: Dusk had fallen on Turin. The stands were empty. The confetti littering the pitch at the Juventus Stadium was the only evidence of what had gone before. A 3-0 win against Crotone had sealed a sixth consecutive Serie A title for Juventus, and most of the squad were in the dressing room drowning their triumph.
 
 
Matt Law: Diego Costa insists he will not move to China and only wants to join Atletico Madrid if he must leave Chelsea Diego Costa has warned Chelsea that he will not be pushed to China this summer and has told the club that he only wants to return to Atlético Madrid if he leaves Stamford Bridge.
 
 
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Manchester United's Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension   Michael Carrick 'delighted' to extend Manchester United contract into 12th season at Old Trafford Carl Markham Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will play another season at Old Trafford after signing a one-year extension to his contract.
 
 
Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters   FA Cup king Wenger proves he's still the man for the big occasion The long league campaigns, the Champions League's dreaded barrier of the round of 16 - these are the challenges that Arsene Wenger has found ever harder to negotiate over the years. But there is only one king of the FA Cup, the 67-year-old Frenchman who has now won it a record seven times.
 
 
Independent.ie Newsdesk: 'He will remain in Europe' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent not sure about Manchester United return Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent admits he does not know if the Swede will be back at Manchester United next season and says there have been plenty of offers for the prolific forward.
 
 
Jonathan Liew: Buffon fire still burns after all he's achieved The glory: Dusk had fallen on Turin. The stands were empty. The confetti littering the pitch at the Juventus Stadium was the only evidence of what had gone before. A 3-0 win against Crotone had sealed a sixth consecutive Serie A title for Juventus, and most of the squad were in the dressing room drowning their triumph.
 
 
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Waterford players huddle after the game against Cork at the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Waterford and Cork at Fraher Field in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile   Donncha O'Connor delivers brutally honest interview after Cork narrowly avoided embarrassing defeat to Waterford Independent.ie Newsdesk Cork veteran Donnacha O'Connor has said his team must 'take a look at themselves' after they came within a whisker of a shock defeat at the hands of Waterford at Fraher Field last night.
 
 
Ray O’Ceallaigh is tackled by Cork’s Peter Kelleher during last night’s Munster SFC clash in Dungarvan. Photo: Sportsfile   Rebels survive almighty scare against well-drilled Déise Donnchadh Boyle at Fraher Field, Dungarvan Cork moved on to a Munster semi-final clash with Tipperary - but only after they were given an almighty scare by Tom McGlinchey's battling Waterford side.
 
 
John Greene: Inter-county footballer awaits fate over failed drugs test An inter-county footballer has failed a routine drugs test, the Sunday Independent has learned. The footballer, from a prominent county, is thought to have failed the test last year, but at this point it is not clear if it was during the football championship.
 
 
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Eoghan O’Donnell: ‘When you sit down at the start of the year you put down winning the All-Ireland as your goal. We are not there to make up numbers. We want to walk up the steps of the Hogan. Winning an All-Ireland is on our minds’ Photo: Frank McGrath/Sportsfile   Ready to eclipse the brightest stars Dermot Crowe In the National Hurling League Eoghan O'Donnell cemented his reputation as the best young full-back in the game. Even if you were to include more experienced rivals, he is probably the leading hurling full-back on this year's form. We might still feel unsure.
 
 
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Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Werner Kruger and Ryan Elias during the PRO12 final at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photo: Ramsey Cardy   Scarlets leave Munster red-faced Brendan Fanning Not exactly a match made in the boardroom of Celtic Rugby, who had hoped for a full house attending Leinster versus Munster, and to compound it we got a game where the issue was put to bed with a penalty goal in the 44th minute. Thereafter Scarlets shifted from wide-wide mode to percentage rugby. It was a luxury they could afford thanks to a first-half performance that outranked anything we've seen in the short history of this competition.
 
 
McElroy impressed throughout the Six Nations campaign for Ireland. Photo: Sportsfile   Irish prospect set for switch to England Cian Tracey Tadgh McElroy will not play for the Ireland under 20s at the Junior World Cup, which begins in Georgia this week, amid fears that he may switch allegiances to England.
 
 
Brendan Fanning: 'We were coughing up ball all the time' - Munster humiliated in sobering defeat Munster's plans for finishing a fine season with silverware were shredded by men in red at the Aviva Stadium last night. It was the Scarlets who got to wear their home strip and they looked thoroughly at home as they lifted only their second Guinness PRO12 title, with a crushing 46-22 win.
 
 
Jack de Menezes: Irish flyhalf Gareth Steenson reveals how his late father inspired him to kick Exeter Chiefs' title winning penalty Exeter Chiefs’ Premiership-winning hero, Gareth Steenson, revealed how his father inspired him to kick the penalty that clinched a thrilling 23-20 extra-time victory over Wasps to win a nail-biting final at Twickenham.
 
 
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Churchill, ridden by Ryan Moore, wins the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photo: PA   Moore steers Churchill to comfortable Guineas double Chris Cook Teeming, unforecast quantities of rain drenched Ireland's premier Flat racecourse in the build-up to the Irish 2,000 Guineas, as if the elements were determined to provide a new test for Churchill, the latest "unbeatable" to emerge from the Ballydoyle stable.
 
 
Twenty years ago this weekend, a youthful O’Brien burst into the public consciousness with his first Classic winner Desert King. Photo: Getty   Winter's a hot tip to fill rare gap on O'Brien's CV Aisling Crowe Winter will this afternoon attempt to provide Aidan O'Brien with one of the few major achievements to have eluded him during his majestic training career and win the 1000 Guineas double.
 
 
Independent.ie Sportsdesk: Moonlight Magic to shine Minding's defection from the Tattersalls Gold Cup came as a shock, but Moonlight Magic can take full advantage. With the star O'Brien filly having suffered a setback, this looks a good opportunity for Jim Bolger's four-year-old, who should be much fitter than when she finished second in the Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas.
 
 
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Chloe and Sam Magee have their sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Photo: Frank McGrath   'It's been the most winding road to end up with this medal but this is where it all started' Claire McCormack Chloe and Sam Magee spent their childhood racing up the steps of their parish hall, a big, blue, church-like building located right in the middle of Raphoe, Co Donegal. It is the home of their local badminton club and the place where their father, Sam, first taught them how to hold a racket.
 
 
Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll   Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll win GOLD for Ireland at European Rowing Championships Independent.ie Newsdesk Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll delivered a command display to take gold in the final of the lightweight men's pair at the European Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.
 
 
Gareth A Davies: Kell Brook 'devastated' after losing world welterweight title to Errol Spence Jr in 11th-round stoppage Kell Brook's reign as the IBF welterweight champion ended on Saturday night at the hands of impressive American challenger Errol Spence in the eleventh round in front of his home crowd in Sheffield. Brook was unable to see after his left eye had closed having taken a knee, but the brave British fighter was outboxed and outscored by the southpaw who has slick, fast skills, throughout the championship bout.
 
 
Ger Siggins: First-class status for interpros sees Irish cricket break another glass ceiling Irish cricket had some welcome good news on Friday night with its newest interpro side exceeding expectations and running the Northern Knights close. Rain might have ruined Munster's chance of a stunning victory, but there was plenty to cheer in their return to competition since they dropped out in 2000.
 
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