We’ll Leave It There So: More O’Donovan success, huge Euro draw for Celtic and today’s sport

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After Olympic success alongside his older brother, Paul O’Donovan could be set for a World Championship medal after qualifying for Saturday’s final in Rotterdam.

Former Tipperary minor hurler Peter Ryan will compete for Ireland in tandem cycling at the upcoming Paralympics after a Russian athlete’s expulsion.

Rassie Erasmus has named a strong Munster side for their final pre-season friendly against Worcester tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, James Gibson-Park will make his Leinster debut against Bath in Donnybrook on Friday evening.


Unsettled at Everton, James McCarthy has been linked with a loan move to Celtic.

Dundalk have bolstered their squad ahead of the Europa League with two new signings.


Celtic have been drawn to face Barcelona and Manchester City in this season’s Champions League group stages as Pep Guardiola will return to the Camp Nou.

Cristiano Ronaldo was voted as Uefa’s Best Player in Europe, finishing ahead of Antoine Griezmann and team-mate Gareth Bale.

Guardiola has increased the pressure on Joe Hart and brought in a new goalkeeper with Claudio Bravo unveiled in Manchester earlier today.

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Daniel Sturridge isn’t happy at having to play out wide under Jurgen Klopp, though the Liverpool manager insists there’s no issue between the pair.

An ex-Premier League footballer has been caught up in a homophobia controversy after a two-game suspension in the US.

US women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months after referring to Olympic opponents as ‘cowards’ after a shootout defeat.

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Marcus Rashford has suffered because of his lack of first-team game-time for Manchester United – he’s been demoted to the England U21 side.

The Russian fighter who controversially defeated Michael Conlan at the Olympics has been rewarded with a new BMW.

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On The Record

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony is closing in on a comeback after his cruciate ligament injury and remains positive about the new regime.

The Fixture List

There’s plenty of League of Ireland action with five games down for decision. All games get underway at 7.45 unless otherwise stated.

Bray Wanderers v Derry CityCork City v Longford TownSt. Pat’s v BohemiansFinn Harps v Shamrock Rovers (8pm)Wexford Youths v Dundalk (8pm)

There are a number of pre-season rugby friendlies involving Irish provinces on Friday night.

Munster v Worcester (7pm)Leinster v Bath (7.30pm)Ulster v Northampton (7.30pm)Showbiz, Baby!

In a historic move, the FAI will stream Sunday’s SSE Airtricity League First Division game between UCD and Limerick live on YouTube.

Kick-off is at 6pm but online coverage will begin ten minutes beforehand.

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