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History on the line for London

WHEN London meets Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon in the Connacht semi-final, Gaelic football history will be at stake.

"It would be a monumental achievement if London could reach a Connacht final," says Declan Flanagan, PRO for Coiste Chontae Londain. "It's a fifty-fifty match and our goal is to reach the final. To achieve that aim would be hugely significant, particularly in terms of the times we live in."

"We're not finished yet," vowed manager Paul Goggins when London beat Sligo. The manager knows his team will have considerable travelling support. "Friends, relatives and neighbours of the players will be coming from all over Ireland for the match," says Flanagan. "And we're expecting a huge contingent from London. Many of them will be staying overnight and enjoying a weekend break."

London captain Mark Gottsche won the GAA/GPA All-Stars Player of the Month Award for May. And himself and Eoin O'Neill, Pádraig McGoldrick and Séamie Hannon were called up to the Connacht provincial panel earlier this year, an indication that London are a stronger side than in years gone by. The open training session held for supporters and media at Ruislip on Monday night was a huge success. The senior hurlers, who'll play Westmeath in the qualifiers, also participated.

Mourinho admits Champions League 'cannot be obsession'

SOCCER: Happily back at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho can inspect the results of managers who had his job since he left in 2007. There were seven. Avram Grant (2007-2008), Luiz Felipe Scolari (2008-2009), Guus Hiddink (2009), Carlo Ancelotti (2009-2011), Andre Villas-Boas (2011-2012) Robert Di Matteo (2012) and Rafael Benitez (2012-2013). Billionaire owner Roman Abramovich's dream is Champions League domination but Mourinho says: "I've won it twice but it cannot be an obsession for me."

SOCCER: Another top European club with a managerial hot-seat is AS Roma, where Aurelio Andreazzoli is feeling the heat following a disappointing season. The last time the club won Serie A was in 2001 when Fabio Capello was in charge. Since then, fans of the giallorossi have been urged to get behind Cesare Prandelli, Rudi Voller, Luigi Delneri, Bruno Conti, Luciano Spalletti, Claudio Ranieri, Vincenzo Montella, Luis Enrique, Zdenek Zeman and, currently, Andreazzoli. Defeat in the cup final further weakened Andreazzoli's position. Roma fans expecting Laurent Blanc to take over were disappointed when the 47-year old said: "It will not happen."

Khan eyes Dubai coup

BOXING: The 72K Mercedes he bought for his new wife is peanuts to Amir Khan who earns a million plus per bout. But if promoter, Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer, succeeds in staging Khan's shot at Devon Alexander's IBF welterweight title in Dubai in December, the Bolton fighter will move into the multi-millions league. If Alexander can be enticed to fight outside the States, it'll be a major coup for Dubai, which wants to become a prime destination on the lucrative international prizefight map.


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