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Horan lays down law in Mayo as big names axed

MAYO football manager James Horan has shown no respect for reputations after releasing some big names from his squad ahead of the Connacht championship.

Aidan Kilcoyne, Barry Moran, Tom Parsons, Mark Ronaldson and Brian Benson all missed the cut, while Trevor Mortimer, who has been out of the country during the whole of the Allianz League, is also not included.

Horan, whose side open their provincial campaign against London on May 29, has indicated that his panel is open-ended, but has firmly thrown down the gauntlet to everyone to stake a claim to join it.

"There's six rounds of club games in a row before we play London, so we'll be looking at all those games, at guys playing well," Horan said. "Guys in form will be brought in, guys that aren't doing it in training will be let go, it's pretty simple."

Donal Vaughan and Trevor Howley, both of whom have been sidelined with injury all year, have been retained, as has Kevin Dolan.

lINJURY deprives Tipperary of three-goal hero Shane Bourke and Lar Corbett for Sunday's last round of the Allianz Hurling League against Wexford.

The All-Ireland champions, who would need results elsewhere to go their way to make a league final, have made eight changes from the side that trounced Galway in the last.

Wexford, who must win if they are to have any chance of avoiding the drop, have just one change from the side that pipped Cork last time out, with Garrett Sinnott replacing the injured Willie Doran and starting at full-forward.

Limerick's hurlers, already through to the Division 2 final even before their trip to Antrim, are boosted further by the return of dual player Stephen Lucey and schools star Declan Hannon.

  • The GAA's commercial director Dermot Power is to leave his position in September, the Irish Independent understands.

Power is retiring and his role will now come under the brief of Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna. The move is expected to be confirmed at Congress over the weekend. Power has been head of the commercial department in Croke Park for almost 20 years.

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