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Monday 22 January 2018
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4 October 2017; Michael Obafemi of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA European U19 Championship Qualifier match between Republic of Ireland and Azerbaijan at Regional Sports Centre in Waterford. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
FAI face competition from Nigeria for underage Ireland star after Premier League debut at just 17 THE FAI are facing competition from Nigeria for the international allegiances of Michael Obafemi, who made his Premier League debut for Southampton yesterday.
 
Main Sport Headlines
 
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had few excuses after his side's defeat against Swansea (Getty) 'That's our fault' - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lambasts his players after Swansea nightmare Kevin Palmer Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp declared he was ‘frustrated and angry’ after his side slumped to a shock defeat against relegation strugglers Swansea.
7 November 2017; Head coach Joe Schmidt during Ireland rugby squad training at Carton House in Maynooth, Kildare. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Ireland name replacement for injured Dave Kilcoyne as Joe Schmidt brings team to Spain for Six Nations preparation The Irish team have jetted off to Spain today for five days of warm-weather training ahead of the start of the Six Nations.
Larry Nassar Three USA Gymnastics board of directors resign in wake of sex abuse scandal Independent.ie Newsdesk Three members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors have resigned in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal within the organisation.
Kevin De Bruyne Kevin de Bruyne signs new five-year deal with Manchester City Independent.ie Newsdesk Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.
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Soccer
 
Eamon Dunphy hails Alexis Sanchez as the 'best Manchester United signing since the Ferguson era' Independent.ie Newsdesk Eamon Dunphy believes Manchester United's acquisition of Alexis Sanchez was the best piece of transfer business the club has done since Alex Ferguson's departure five years ago.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had few excuses after his side's defeat against Swansea (Getty) 'That's our fault' - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lambasts his players after Swansea nightmare Kevin Palmer Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp declared he was ‘frustrated and angry’ after his side slumped to a shock defeat against relegation strugglers Swansea.
Alexis Sanchez Alexis Sanchez takes parting shot at Arsenal critics before completing transfer to Manchester United Luke Brown Alexis Sanchez has left Arsenal with a parting shot at his critics, slamming former players “who have spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage”.
Swansea goalscorer Alfie Mawson celebrates scoring the winner Swansea stay bottom but gain three points in shock win over Liverpool Phil Blanche Virgil van Dijk's Premier League debut for Liverpool ended in defeat tonight as Swansea won 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
 
 
Gaelic Football
 
2 March 2008; John Maughan, Roscommon manager. Allianz National Football League, Division 2, Round 3, Roscommon v Cork, Kiltoom, Roscommon. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE Feerick strike kick-starts Multyfarnham push Independent.ie Sportsdesk Lahardane's romance with the junior championship came to an end at Hyde Park, Roscommon, on Saturday, as Westmeath champions Multyfarnham dug deep to land two late points to secure their place in next month's All-Ireland final.
Brendan Bugler and Kieran Bergin have recently lamented the demands placed on inter-county players Bitter exits ignore fact players always had it tough Dick Clerkin On Friday night, Stephen Gollogly was acknowledged for his contribution to Monaghan football following a stellar 13-year career. Carefree, with no January training to consume either of us, we chatted over a pint, wondering how we did what we did for so long.
Leinster GAA secretary Michael Reynolds during an inspection at O’Moore Park yesterday Photo: Sportsfile Colm Keys: Splitting League into five divisions would cut early-season congestion and curb weather chaos Colm Keys If there was one silver lining GAA administrators could hang on to from yesterday's raft of postponements that claimed four All-Ireland club semi-finals at four Leinster venues, a Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup final and a meaningless Connacht League match, it's that the heavens opened this weekend and not next weekend when the first double programme of Leagues matches sends the inter-county season into overdrive.
Cian Johnson was once again in unstoppable form at the Blanchardstown IT grounds. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Senior starlet Johnson bags 2-8 in win for Offaly Schools Independent.ie Sportsdesk Classy corner-forward Cian Johnson hit 2-8 as Offaly Schools comprehensively defeated Louth Schools in their Top Oil Leinster Schools SFC quarter-final.
 
 
Hurling
 
Enda Rowland scores a point from a free for IT Carlow against Mary Immaculate College at Heywood Community School. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile Leahy goal the key as Carlow get off to a flier Independent.ie Sportsdesk Fourteen-man IT Carlow laid down a strong marker when taking the scalp of the defending champions in a thrilling, full-blooded opening-round tie which produced 45 scores at the Heywood Community School in Laois yesterday.
Mark Fanning hits the winning score for Wexford in the free-taking shootout. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile Cody fury over red card as Model men edge thriller Dermot Crowe It is doubtful that this competition's final has ever been as engrossing as the one served up by Wexford and Kilkenny at Nowlan Park on Saturday.
NUIG finished with 15 points to spare. (stock picture) Burke blitz helps NUIG ease past Trinity Independent.ie Sportsdesk NUIG kick-started their Fitzgibbon Cup Group D campaign with a comfortable victory over Trinity College at Abbotstown yesterday.
The scores kept on coming for UL with Limerick senior panellists Ronan Lynch, Kevin O’Brien and Tom Morrissey all impressing. (stock picture) Forde helps rampant UL hold DIT at arm's length Independent.ie Sportsdesk UL cut loose with a blizzard of points against DIT as they got their campaign off to a winning start.
 
 
Rugby
 
7 November 2017; Head coach Joe Schmidt during Ireland rugby squad training at Carton House in Maynooth, Kildare. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Ireland name replacement for injured Dave Kilcoyne as Joe Schmidt brings team to Spain for Six Nations preparation The Irish team have jetted off to Spain today for five days of warm-weather training ahead of the start of the Six Nations.
Stephen Donald on the charge for New Zealand during the 2011 World Cup final. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images Ulster dealt a big blow as deal for ex-All Blacks out-half falls through after injury Out-half Stephen Donald will not be joining Ulster for the remainder of the season after picking up an injury during his final game in Japan.
Man-of-the-match Keith Earls shows the scars of battle after their victory over Castres. Photo: Sportsfile Eamonn Sweeney: Signing of two South African teenagers a worrying development - but Munster's identity remains strong Eamonn Sweeney Keith Earls, his nose caked with blood, a plug hanging out of one nostril, a big bruised lump under one eye like something you'd see on a mugging victim, touching down in the left corner at Thomond Park on the foulest day imaginable, might just have scored the most Munster of all Munster tries.
Steve Tandy Ospreys sack head coach Steve Tandy after exiting the Champions Cup Independent.ie Newsdesk Ospreys have sacked coach Steve Tandy after six years in charge of the Welsh region.
 
 
Golf
 
Tommy Fleetwood has confirmed his standing among the elite with his victory at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Photo: Getty Images Fleetwood is the man to beat, says 'confident' McIlroy James Corrigan If the Abu Dhabi Championship was where Tommy Fleetwood resurrected his career in 2017, then his successful defence in 2018 could one day be seen as just as important in breathing fresh life into his march to the top of the game.
 
 
Horse Racing
 
Un De Sceaux ridden by Paul Townend clears the last fence. Photo credit: Julian Herbert/PA Wire Un De Sceaux set for Ryanair after record Ascot success Marcus Armytage Un De Sceaux, one of the few Irish-trained horses to cross the Irish Sea at this time of year, became the first horse to win the Clarence House Chase three times when he beat Speredek seven lengths in the Ascot mud.
Rachael Blackmore and Jazz Ranger battle the elements at Thurles yesterday. Photo: Patrick McCann Dinaria Des Obeaux seals 545/1 Thurles four-timer for Elliott Thomas Kelly Dinaria Des Obeaux completed a 545/1 Thurles four-timer for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud by landing the Coolmore NH Sires EBF Mares Novice Chase.
Mullins: “It’s getting so late in the season that I wanted to get a few horses out.” Photo: Patrick McCann Mullins eyes bigger prizes after Bonbon's sweet success Thomas Kelly Bonbon Au Miel led home a 1-2-3 for Willie Mullins in Saturday's beginners chase at Navan and looks destined for loftier targets.
 
 
Greyhounds
 
The pace was set by Borna Gin, which had been fourth in last year’s Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby and on this evidence is going to be a major player this season. (stock picture) Buckley duo set a strong gold cup pace Michael Fortune Cappawhite trainer Pat Buckley grabbed the headlines in the first round of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne Park on Saturday with the two fastest winners.
 
 
Other Sports
 
Mick Clohisey draped in the Irish flag on London’s Tower Bridge after the marathon at last year’s World Championships. Clohisey aims to make most of London calling Cathal Dennehy It was, says Mick Clohisey, "one of the best buzzes ever."
Tennis - Australian Open - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 22, 2018. South Korea's Chung Hyeon with Serbia's Novak Djokovic after Chung Hyeon wins the match. REUTERS/Edgar Su Novak Djokovic crashes out of Australian Open after struggling with elbow injury Novak Djokovic must go back to the drawing board after suffering a recurrence of his elbow problems in a fourth-round loss to Chung Hyeon at the Australian Open.
Larry Nassar Three USA Gymnastics board of directors resign in wake of sex abuse scandal Independent.ie Newsdesk Three members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors have resigned in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal within the organisation.
Rafael Nadal hits a return against Diego Schwartzman during their
fourth-round match at the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images Gruelling win fills Nadal with confidence for glory push Simon Briggs Rafael Nadal wanted a fitness test in the first week and he got one in his almost four-hour, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 win over Diego Schwartzman.
 
 
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