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Et Voila! Le Tour de Men Behaving Badly

Cyclists in this year's Tour de France have been behaving even weirder than ever.

After Stage 6, Carlos Barreda jumped off his bike and launched a two-fisted attack on Rui Costa before being dragged away by onlookers. Thursday's sprint resembled Ben Hur on bikes as Mark Renshaw engaged in an orgy of headbutting on rival Julian Dean. On Monday, Spain's Alberto Contador defied cycling's unwritten rule and went for it when his rival Andy Schleck was experiencing a technical problem (his chain came off). Contadar took the yellow jersey but was booed by the fans.

Bizarrely, seven-times champion, Lance "I sleep like a baby" Armstrong fell off his bike three times in Stage 8. "It's bike racing. I don't know what happened," said Manxman Mark Cavendish when he missed a turn in Stage 1 and crashed out taking other riders with him.

The intense heat may be taking a toll but, if you weren't told differently, you might think these guys were on drugs or something.

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Now that the heat has gone out of the debate over Meath's hijacking of the Leinster senior football title, isn't it time for the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee to pull their socks up and put in place proper rules to help avoid similar incidents of injustice in the future?

Most rational people could see that, by telling the players and also the Meath and Louth county boards to sort the issue out among themselves, the Leinster Council showed itself to be impotent when it mattered most.

Expecting the players to agree to clean up an administrative mess was nonsensical. Until the GAA governing bodies devise a viable set of rules many crucial decisions will continue to filed under "Tough Luck".

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What new advice was former world super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne able to give the Waterford hurlers before the Munster final replay against Cork on Saturday? Whatever it was, the relationship finally paid dividends when the Déise won a tight replay deep in extra time.

Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald had brought his squad to see Bernard win his world title belt from Ricardo Cordoba last year. However, the following day they were beaten in a league match by Dublin in Parnell Park.

Perhaps Bernard reminded them that he punched his way back to greatness following a first round knock-out by Kiko Martinez in 2007. And that he had to pick himself up off the floor to beat Cordoba. Davy must now be hoping that Bernard's pep talks will help them reach an All-Ireland final.

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The last time Dublin played in the Qualifiers, they huffed and puffed in Croke Park to beat Roscommon by four points. It was 2004. And the chap in front of me in the Cusack Stand was dishing out some robust banter to the Dublin supporters who persisted in teasing him. His name was Luke Flanagan. And, both he and Roscommon headed home that afternoon sad and sorry men.

Six years on, everything has changed. Roscommon are Connacht champions for the first time in nine years. And Flanagan, aka Ming the Merciless, will be heading back to Jones's Road as Roscommon's newly elected mayor. Thankfully the smoking ban is in place because campaigning Ming is also known as "the cannabis councillor".

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They're true sporting warriors, but the motorcycle road racing fraternity have been shocked by two deaths in the last two weeks.

On Saturday, 27-year old Stephen Larkin from Co Armagh died in a practice session crash on the Crossakiel circuit outside Kells. A fortnight ago, 36-year old Myles Byrne (Knocklyon) was killed in the final of the Skerries 100 CC. The North's most senior coroner, John Leckey has voiced concern for the safety of riders and spectators at road racing events. While event organisers regularly review and upgrade safety procedures, every fatality piles further pressure on the sport.


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