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Cathal Barrett. Photo: Sportsfile   Tipp to resist Barrett recall Donnchadh Boyle Cathal Barrett will not be recalled into the Tipperary hurling panel ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Galway, according to reports from the Premier County.
 
 
Wexford chiefs will be keen to keep their man after a remarkable first season in charge that saw them gain promotion to the top flight, beat Kilkenny in the championship for the first time since 2004 and reach the All-Ireland quarter-final. Photo: Sportsfile   Fitzgerald only speaking to Wexford about his plans for next season Donnchadh Boyle Davy Fitzgerald insists Wexford are the only side he'll be talking to about his future over the next few weeks.
 
 

Daniel McDonnell: August offer fails to ease Bray fears Bray Wanderers players have been told that the club have indicated to the FAI they have the money to pay them for the rest of the season.
 
 
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'Rooney re-signed for Everton this month after 13 years at Old Trafford.' Photo: PA   Mourinho: I got 'emotional' when Rooney left James Ducker Jose Mourinho has claimed Wayne Rooney's departure from Manchester United left him overcome with emotion and that the club's former captain will not be easily replaced.
 
 
Real Madrid have reportedly reached a world record deal in principle to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for 180 million euros ($210m, £160m), closing one of the hottest transfer sagas of the summer. Spanish sports daily Marca, citing sources close to the negotiations, said the gifted teenage striker who shot to stardom last season is expected to join Real "in the next few days" on a six year deal. Photo: Getty Images   Miguel Delaney: Madrid’s mammoth Mbappe move capitalises on Premier League’s embarrassment of riches Miguel Delaney So, in a summer where so many of the major Premier League clubs are talking about spending well over £200m, the world transfer record is inevitably set to be demolished… just not by any of them.
 
 
Ronnie Esplin: Politics must be kept out of Celtic Park - Rodgers Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has called for the Green Brigade to leave politics out of Celtic Park.
 
 
Daniel McDonnell: August offer fails to ease Bray fears Bray Wanderers players have been told that the club have indicated to the FAI they have the money to pay them for the rest of the season.
 
 
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Aaron Kernan, Grassroots Coordinator, Club Players Association, poses for a portrait before a Club Players Association Press Conference, as the CPA unveil a national fixture plan and call out for the GAA to set April aside for club activity only. Campus Conference Centre, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile   Confidence high in Armagh and Clarke is the key - Kernan Colm Keys Armagh confidence is growing and the team has become more expressive on the back of three championship wins over the last month, former player Aaron Kernan has suggested.
 
 
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Cork’s Patrick Collins look ahead to this week’s Bord Gáis Energy GAAMunster U-21 hurling final against Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile   Collins legacy ensures Cork's bid for U-21 title is in safe hands Denis Hurley Goalkeeping runs deep in the Collins family in Ballinhassig, Co. Cork. This evening, Cork take on Limerick in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 hurling final at the Gaelic Grounds (7.30pm), with their goalkeeper Patrick Collins playing his fifth straight campaign at the grade.
 
 
Wexford hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald alongside sponsor Martin Donnelly with (from left) Kevin Moran of Waterford, former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, Anthony Nash of Cork and Clare’s James McInerney at Croke Park yesterday for the launch of the M Donnelly Poc Fada Finals. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile   If I was just sitting at home I'd be miserable - Davy Donnchadh Boyle Over the course of the next few weeks, Davy Fitzgerald will make some key decisions on his future.
 
 
Donnchadh Boyle: Sliotar scandal didn't bother me, insists Cork stopper Nash Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash insists the incident that saw his sliotars taken away during the Munster final didn't affect him.
 
 
Donnchadh Boyle: Faceguard rule can be too stringently applied - Moran Waterford's Kevin Moran believes the rule that sees players handed a straight red card for interfering with the headgear of an opponent can be applied too stringently at times.
 
 
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Nine of the 11 men who helped Ireland win a third successive Home Internationals crown last season will tee it up at the Co. Clare links. Photo: Getty Images   Strong field to battle for Irish spots and Open title at Lahinch Brian Keogh Matchplay is the Russian Roulette of golf and former champion John Greene reckons several internationals "have a gun to their head" as they bid to keep their places on the Irish team after this week's 116th South of Ireland Amateur Open at Lahinch.
 
 
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Halford: "The more racing she does the sharper she is getting." Photo credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire   Rehana can be 'Daddy's girl' in Naas feature for Halford Johnny Ward The Irish 1,000 Guineas did not work out as Rehana's connections planned - not that Winter seemed remotely beatable on the day - but Michael Halford still has a high-class sort on his hands.
 
 
Daly: recommends reform. Photo: Collins Courts.   Daly wants Turf Club and stable staff group wound up Johnny Ward Clare Daly has called on the Turf Club and Irish Stable Staff Association (ISSA) to be disbanded.
 
 
Marcus Armytage: O'Brien's Reel has grounds for optimism Highland Reel will face his younger brother Idaho as he bids to become only the third dual-winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes despite fears that the ground at Ascot on Saturday will be softer than ideal.
 
 
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Mr Dollard is currently the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Economic Development of Clare County Council. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE   Dollard appointed as Irish Greyhound Board's new top dog Michael Fortune The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) yesterday confirmed the appointment of Ger Dollard as its new Chief Executive Officer.
 
 
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Taylor, who has been training in Connecticut, has won five fights so far. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile   Taylor to face Texan rival Bernard O'Neill Katie Taylor is being lined up to meet Texas southpaw Jasmine Clarkson on her US debut at the Barclays Center in New York on Saturday night.
 
 
Lara Gillespie after being presented with her silver medal for second place in the women's cycling time trial. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile   Irish trio claim youth medals Cathal Dennehy A trio of Irish athletes won medals on the second day of action at the European Youth Olympics Festival in Gyor, Hungary.
 
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