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McGregor is now Notorious in Las Vegas

CONOR McGREGOR is currently favourite to defeat Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier in Las Vegas on September 27.

After grossing in excess of a million euros in ticket sales in Dublin and gaining 600,000 viewers on 3e, The Notorious claims he'll be getting a slice of the PPV fees in Vegas even though he's not the main event.

This revelation is likely to irritate his opponent, who's ranked four places higher, and turn up the heat in what is already regarded as a grudge match. Poirier insists he'll derail the McGregor Express.

"If he wasn't representing Ireland, he'd be on the undercard," he protests. "I'm not buying the hype. I'm the best in the division. I'm gonna whip his ass."

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A dozen Nike RZN Black golf balls retail for about €35 online. But if you want the ball that Rory McIlroy sank in the final hole at Royal Liverpool for his historic British Open win, you'll need to dig a lot deeper.

When Rory threw the ball into the crowd it was picked up by Lee Horner from Leeds who brought it home as a souvenir.

Since then it's been catalogued as a Nike RZN Black ball, customised "Rors", and is being auctioned by Green Jacket Auctions who describe it as "a dream piece…that will gain in significance for the next 20, 50, even 100 years."

The auction closes on August 9 but by yesterday afternoon bids had risen to almost €4,000.

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By the time Louis van Gaal has clinched some of the signings he's targeted, Manchester United is likely to be a very different team from the remnants of the side Alex Ferguson left for David Moyes.

With midfielder Ander Herrera and defender Luke Shaw likely to be joined by at least some of the following, Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Edison Cavani (PSG), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Daley Blind (Ajax), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) and Kevin Strootman (Roma), it's clearly the start of a new era at Old Trafford.

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Despite the Tour de France having been won by an Italian, Vincenzo Nibali, for the first time in fifteen years, the French are thrilled they had five riders in the top ten and two, Jean-Christophe and Thibaut Pinot, on the podium for the first time since 1984.

The Germans can be pleased with their record seven stage wins (four by Marcel Kittel) and two seconds.

English riders fared unhappily this year and in Sunday's women's race, La Course by Le Tour, in Paris, Britain's Lizzie Armitstead was pushed into a barrier by a Dutch competitor and received an injury that forced her out of tomorrow's Commonwealth Games time trial.