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Saturday 25 November 2017

Something from the weekend

Ciaran Lennon

Ciaran Lennon

The good

Lap of the gods

Martin Fagan was on the last flight to land in Dublin before the world's airlines were thrown into chaos. But the Arizona-based athlete hit the ground running in the Phoenix Park to take an impressive victory in yesterday's Great Ireland Run. Due to the travel disruptions, Fagan was forced to fork out €2,000 in order to make the event but it was worth every cent after yesterday's priceless success.

Driving force

Jenson Button has shaken off any suggestion that he is a one-season wonder by keeping his cool among the chaos to win his second Grand Prix of the season in China. The world champion may have stumbled over the line last year but he's proved he's more than a match for his team-mate Lewis Hamilton after leading his compatriot over the line in a McLaren one-two. Red Bull may have the fastest cars on the grid but McLaren are giving Button his wings.

The Bad

Terry's off day

John Terry's fortunes while playing away from home continue to decline as he helped to hand the initiative in the title race back to Manchester United at White Hart Lane. The Chelsea captain conceded the penalty that led to Tottenham's opening goal before getting sent off for a second yellow in a display that will cause Fabio Capello sleepless nights. Terry was also involved in an altercation with a Spurs fan at half-time as the teams left the field. Now, the two share the same fate -- with both being banned from their clubs' next games.

Stay-away day

A paltry 500 supporters turned up at Pearse Stadium to watch the league's two best hurling teams in action yesterday. With Galway and Cork set to cross swords again in next month's league final, both counties' fans looked to be holding out for the main course. And with Galway fielding a completely different outfit from the previous week, supporters may have expected second-string fare -- but this high-quality entree will whet the appetite for the more serious business ahead. Shame few were there to see it.

And the odd

gael-force Hansson

Stockholm Gaels GAA club are hoping that controversial Swedish referee Martin Hansson will be on hand to throw-in the ball for the fledgling club's first Gaelic football match in the Swedish capital next weekend. Hansson was thrown into the spotlight in Paris last November for his part in Thierry Henry's 'Hand of Gaul' controversy but the Stockolm Gaels are eager to show that they've forgiven the official by inviting him to launch their first event. Judging by his performance in the Stade de France, it shouldn't take Hansson long to get an handle on the rules.

Irish Independent

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