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In brief: Doyle confirmed as Lilies captain club admission cost

Johnny Doyle has been confirmed as the Kildare captain for the 2011 season.

Doyle, who was also captain last season, is due back in action for Kildare's first Allianz Division 2 league game against Antrim after sitting out the successful O'Byrne Cup campaign.

Eamonn Callaghan, who had such a productive 2010 season at both half-back and half-forward, has been promoted to vice-captain.

Kildare are facing a defensive crisis of sorts this weekend, with key defenders all expected to be sidelined through injury.

Brian Flanagan, Morgan O'Flaherty, Peter Kelly, who is a long-term injury victim, and Aindriu MacLochlainn all missed the victory over Louth, while Ciaran Fitzpatrick, a progressive corner-back, is also a doubt after injuring his wrist. Another potential replacement for Kelly, Ollie Lyons, is also on the injured list.

On top of that, Michael Conway is still finding his way back to full fitness after missing all of last season with a damaged cruciate ligament. He is not expected back until the latter end of the league

Meanwhile, Dermot Earley is still recovering from knee surgery, Daryl Flynn is suspended and James Kavanagh is on a break.

Murphy annoyed over Dublin move rumours

DONEGAL captain Michael Murphy has admitted his annoyance over reports that suggested he was about to quit his home club Glenswilly in favour of a move to a Dublin side, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.

Murphy, a student in DCU, had been linked with a move to capital outfit Parnells, who already have a number of Laois stars such as Colm Parkinson and MJ Tierney on their books. More recently another Laois man, Brendan Quigley, moved to Fingallians in Swords.

"I was slightly annoyed, there's no point in lying," he said, at the launch of the latest version of the Puma King boot. "I have a great dedication and commitment to my club back home in Donegal, Glenswilly. It was kind of annoying, I don't know where the rumours came from, there was no fact in it at all. As long as I know and my club know that there was no truth to them, we are happy enough."

Cavan to reduce club admission cost

Cavan County Board have taken a decision to reduce the cost of admission to the top grade club championship games.

The initiative was taken despite gates holding up for championship games across the board in 2010.

It comes in the wake of the GAA's decision to reduce the admission to league games by €15 to €13.

Provincial councils are also expected to come up with new ticketing tariffs in the weeks ahead.

"We felt it was important to be seen to be doing something," said Cavan PRO Declan Woods.

Irish Independent