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Galway officials play down row

Galway officials were yesterday attempting to downplay an altercation between a prominent Football Board official and a member of the Tribesmen's backroom team in the dressing-room after Sunday's Connacht semi-final defeat to Mayo.

A heated argument is understood to have developed between the official, who had apparently questioned some of the decisions made, and the backroom team member as frustration at the defeat boiled over.

It was not clear if the matter will be raised at a meeting in the county tonight.

The nature of the defeat has compounded a miserable season for the Galway footballers and has placed pressure on Tomas O Flatharta's reign ahead of their qualifier against Meath next week.

O'Loughlin plans hit by Glynn departure

Clare hurlers have suffered a set-back ahead of their qualifier against Galway on Saturday with promising young defender Eamon Glynn moving to the United States for the summer.

Glynn, corner-back on the U-21 team which won the All-Ireland title two years ago, left for Boston yesterday.

The engineer did not play against Tipperary but was in strong contention to play against Galway in Pearse Stadium next Saturday, with Donal O'Donovan still out through injury.

Clare manager Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin is sweating on the fitness of forward Darach Honan.

Meanwhile, Ger Farragher and Iarla Tannian are expected to return from injury for Galway, with both back in full training.

However, there is a doubt about centre-forward Cyril Donnellan, who suffered a toe injury in the Leinster semi-final loss to Dublin.

Mayo's Mortimer set for comeback

MAYO star Conor Mortimer hopes to make his return to competitive action next weekend in a club outing for Shrule-Glencorrib against Claremorris.

The 2006 All Star went under the knife in February and, should Mayo feature, he could yet return to county action in time for the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

"I'm targeting the club game for the coming weekend," he said. "I'd be hoping to get a game or two with Mayo before the end of the season.

Macauley facing six weeks on sidelines

Dublin midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley is facing up to six weeks out after breaking his finger in the Leinster SFC semi-final win over Kildare.

The Ballyboden man suffered a compound fracture and will miss the Leinster final against Wexford and is also considered a major doubt for any last-eight clash.

Two from Eamon Fennell, Ross McConnell, Denis Bastick and Barry Cahill are set to battle it out to start in midfield in the Leinster final on Sunday week.

Sad passing of 1936 star McNicholas

The death has taken place of the last surviving member of Mayo's 1936 All-Ireland winning squad, Tommy McNicholas.

He was 98 years old and died at his home in Glenageary, Co Dublin. McNicholas did not actually play in the '36 final because his occupation as a schoolteacher precluded him from taking part in collective training prior to the game.

He won four league medals in a decorated career.

Irish Independent