Lilywhites' O'Flaherty to appeal eight-week suspension
KILDARE and Laois will not contest the heavy €7,000 fines handed down to them for last weekend's O'Byrne Cup melee.
It is not yet clear if any of Laois's four suspended players will appeal their four-week suspensions, but Kildare have confirmed that of their two suspended players, just Morgan O'Flaherty will be appealing his eight-week ban.
Lilywhites boss Kieran McGeeney has also, surprisingly, dropped Alan Smith from his panel this week.
Smith, who received an All Star nomination after scoring 4-9 during last year's championship run, suffered a back injury during a weights session and had not taken part in the O'Byrne Cup. McGeeney appears to have been unhappy with his commitment and has let him go, for the moment at least.
Dublin hurling boss Anthony Daly has selected former football star Shane Ryan at centre-forward for the Sky Blues' official opener, a Walsh Cup game against NUIG at Naomh Mearnog today.
Ryan has previously played for the Dublin senior hurlers, but this is the 31-year-old's first competitive outing for them since 2001.
Daly gives newcomers Mick May, Colm Hennebry and David Byrne debuts in defence, while All Star midfielder Alan McCrabbe is named at corner-forward.
Roscommon manager Fergal O'Donnell has received a double blow with the news that Seamus O'Neill and Conor Devaney have declared themselves unavailable.
O'Neill spent most of last season out injured after a ruptured Achilles and although he has resumed training with his club, he has cited work commitments as the reason he cannot commit at present. Devaney is taking a year out to concentrate on his studies.
Elsewhere, in the latest twist in the Limerick hurling crisis, the West Limerick Board has reportedly made contact with some of the county's 24 exiled hurlers in a bid to resolve the current stand-off.
The Board is expected to discuss the matter at their own next meeting on Monday night, which is likely to result in them raising it at the next full County Board meeting.