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Joe Schmidt will decide his future soon
IRFU prepare for life after Joe Schmidt as decision looms for Ireland boss The IRFU do not believe the future success of the Irish team will hinge on whether Joe Schmidt stays on beyond next year's World Cup.
 
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A Dingle mentor clashes with East Kerry player Dara Moynihan
Pics: Domnick Walsh Fresh pictures emerge of mass brawl in Kerry as GAA set to launch investigation Donnchadh Boyle Kerry GAA's top brass are set to launch an investigation into the ugly scenes that marred the SFC semi-final replay clash between Dingle and East Kerry in Tralee's Austin Stack Park last Sunday.
Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo was in relaxed mood on his return to Old Trafford last night. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Ronaldo set for subdued welcome from fans on Old Trafford return as sexual assault allegations linger Miguel Delaney This isn't the "worldwide profile" that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli wanted, nor were these the emotions some around Manchester United were expecting.
Paul Pogba and Graeme Souness 'They've run out of patience with him' - Graeme Souness suggests Paul Pogba may never make it at Man United Kevin Palmer Graeme Souness has rarely held back in his criticism of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and his latest comments suggest he will not be won over by the French World Cup winner any time soon.
Former Tipperary players, from left, Lar Corbett, Brendan Cummins, and Paddy Stapleton in attendance at the launch of the Tipperary v Kilkenny: The Legends Return - a benefit match for Amanda Stapleton. Photo: Sportsfile 'Sheedy will facilitate but players must drive Tipp' Michael Verney "In Liam we trust" are the first words Brendan Cummins utters when talking about Liam Sheedy's return as Tipperary boss and it highlights his lofty standing among Premier folk.
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Soccer
 
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy Leicester boss Claude Puel explains why Jamie Vardy had to leave the pitch three minutes from time against Arsenal Independent.ie Sportsdesk Leicester boss Claude Puel confirmed striker Jamie Vardy was removed late on due to a stomach bug as his side finished with 10 players on the field in last night's 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.
Cristiano Ronaldo's confidence has not been affected by off-field issues. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images 'My lawyers are confident' over allegations, insists Ronaldo James Ducker A defiant Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he was a role model on and off the pitch as he expressed every confidence that he would be vindicated over the rape allegations that have engulfed him.
Graeme Souness during his time as Liverpool boss 'That hurts me badly' - Graeme Souness opens up on big regrets from his time as Liverpool manager Kevin Palmer Graeme Souness has opened up on "big regrets" from his tenure as Liverpool manager, in an account that suggests his failure to bring success to the Anfield club remains the biggest regret of his career.
Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo was in relaxed mood on his return to Old Trafford last night. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Ronaldo set for subdued welcome from fans Miguel Delaney This isn't the "worldwide profile" that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli wanted, nor were these the emotions some around Manchester United were expecting.
 
 
Gaelic Football
 
5 March 2016; Aidan O'Rourke, Armagh assistant manager. Allianz Football League, Division 2, Round 4, Cavan v Armagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE Roscommon delay appointment of new manager as speculation grows that Aidan O'Rourke will replace Kevin McStay Independent.ie Newsdesk Roscommon have delayed naming a new football manager after the 'preferred candidate' requested more time to assemble his backroom team.
 
 
Rugby
 
World Cup semi finals, two Six Nations titles and increase in women's participation - Key targets from IRFU plan Independent.ie Sportsdesk The IRFU have targeted reaching the semi-final of the next two World Cups as part of their new strategic plan.
Joe Schmidt will decide his future soon IRFU prepare for life after Schmidt as decision looms Rúaidhrí O'Connor The IRFU do not believe the future success of the Irish team will hinge on whether Joe Schmidt stays on beyond next year's World Cup.
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora. Photo: Sportsfile No plan for women's team to go pro as sevens stay central to international ambitions Rúaidhrí O'Connor The IRFU has no plans to follow the English and New Zealand unions in professionalising their senior women's team.
Niamh Briggs. Photo: Sportsfile We're not happy with where we're at, insists Nucifora Rúaidhrí O'Connor Right now, it is hard to escape the notion that the Leinster system is propping up Irish rugby.
 
 
Golf
 
CADIZ, SPAIN - OCTOBER 22: Shane Lowry reacts after a double bogey at the 15th in the final round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) 'The worst shot I've hit all year' - Shane Lowry pinpoints key moment after coming up just short in Spain Independent.ie Newsdesk Shane Lowry said his performance at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters was his 'best week of the year' after a second place finish in Spain.
 
 
Horse Racing
 
Rory Cleary rode his first winner 15 years ago but is in the lucky position of never having to worry about weight issues. Photo: Patrick McCann No sweat suit or sauna for lightweight Cleary Michael Verney Being a lightweight is not generally seen as a good thing, but it's a blessing for Rory Cleary.
Cumani said: “I wouldn’t say it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, but I’ve come to realise the time is right." Photo: Getty Images Cromwell's Innamorare targets sixth win of season Thomas Kelly Innamorare will bid to record her sixth win of the season when she lines up in the featured Fillies Handicap at Gowran today.
Luca Cumani at Werribee Racecourse in 2013. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Legendary trainer Luca Cumani brings down curtain on illustrious career Ashley Iveson Luca Cumani has announced he will bring his illustrious training career to an end later this year.
 
 
Other Sports
 
Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts after a missed putt on the 15th green Shane Lowry must settle for second as Sergio Garcia secures Valderrama Masters Independent.ie Sportsdesk Shane Lowry's bid to win the Andalucia Valderrama Masters came up just short as Sergio Garcia secured a four-shot victory.
 
 
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