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Players could club together to make point

The possibility of the formation of an official association to represent Gaelic club players, a topic that was vented by the Football Review Committee, appears to be gaining traction. However, reports of such a proposal being on the agenda for Saturday’s Central Council meeting are premature. “Club players are just as dedicated as county players,” says Eugene McGee. “There’s probably 100,000 club players and the treatment they receive, with club championships being postponed and so on, is grossly unfair. Good luck to the GPA, which represents inter-county players, but many club players also make sacrifices and never demand expenses. Many of these young men are being deprived of championship football during the summer. It’s up to the players to organise if they want to be heard.”

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Anyone familiar with the colourful history of the proposed Eircom Park or Stadium Ireland - aka the Bertie Bowl - won’t find the drama unfolding around Japan’s planned 2020 Olympic Stadium too surprising. A campaign to stop plans for a new 20-story-high arena on the site of Tokyo’s existing Meiji Jingu Gaien Stadium has been gathering pace. Protestors claim the one billion euro cost of the project will divert funds from the Fukushima nuclear disaster relief effort. The planned new stadium, which resembles a giant bicycle helmet, was designed by 
Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.

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Born in Dublin, Patrick O’Connell captained Manchester United (1914-15) and coached Real Betis to their only La Liga title win (1935). He’s credited with having helped save Barcelona from extinction during the Spanish Civil War. Shockingly, O’Connell died destitute in London in 1959 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Kilburn. Now supporters are rallying to fund a fitting memorial to the footballing legend. A biopic is also planned. Anyone willing to assist can contact fergus.dowd@aol.com.

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The first Australian since Greg Norman to top the official world golf rankings, Adam Scott, has benefited from the absence of Tiger Woods due to back problems. But Woods is unlikely to be concerned. He admits that, prior to his recent back surgery, his main worry was whether he’d ever be able to play golf again. “Forget about playing golf at the highest level,” he says. “I couldn’t get out of bed. Now that I’ve had the procedure, I’m excited about my career.” Still four majors short of equalling the record 18 set by Jack Nicklaus, Tiger has plenty to aim for.


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