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Fixtures Confirmed For 2019 Leinster & Munster Hurling Championships

Munster champions, Cork will begin their title defence at home to Tipperary while beaten finalists Clare face an away game against Waterford in the first round of the Munster championship. The only glaring issue from last year’s inaugural round-robin format was the fact that two teams, in both Leinster and Munster, had to play four games in four weeks, resulting in …

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Bale, De Bruyne & Alisson Among First 10 Ballon d’Or Nominees

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City’s Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 10 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award announced on Monday. Bale, who scored two goals in Real’s triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for …

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Lacklustre Liverpool Unlocked By Lorenzo Insigne’s Late Winner

Liverpool were overrun by Napoli before Lorenzo Insigne’s late winner gave the Italians a 1-0 win to go top of Group C on Wednesday. The hosts had the better chances throughout as Insigne, Jose Callejon, Fabian Ruiz and Arkadiusz Milik all threatened under-pressure Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson. Lorenzo Insigne scored after 90 minutes in a game Napoli dominated from the start with …

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Messi Magic Sinks Sloppy Spurs’ Qualification Hopes

Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham had only themselves to blame for Lionel Messi’s mesmerising masterclass in Barcelona’s 4-2 Champions League win at Wembley. Pochettino’s side found it impossible to subdue Messi as Barcelona ended their three-match winless streak in emphatic style. The Spanish champions punished a howler from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to take a second-minute lead through Philippe Coutinho. Ivan …

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Man United Set For UEFA Sanctions After Valencia Late Show

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United after their late arrival at Old Trafford forced a late kick-off in their Champions League group match against Valencia. United were held to a scoreless draw by the Spaniards on Tuesday, heaping further pressure on Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho. The club now faces UEFA sanctions after their “late team arrival” infringed competition …

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Pogba “Not Allowed” To Talk After Another Drab United Loss

Paul Pogba said he was not allowed to talk after Manchester United failed to arrest their recent slump with a drab 0-0 Champions League draw against Valencia. Jose Mourinho’s United have made their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years after an embarrassing 3-1 loss at West Ham and are already out of the League Cup. Tuesday’s stalemate …

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European Round-Up: Dreadful United, Madrid Upset

In the midst of another crisis, Manchester United failed to show much fight against Valencia. The return of Alexis Sanchez to the squad wasn’t enough to help the Red Devils overcome Valencia at home, let alone even score a goal. It’s now four games without a win for the perennially beleaguered Jose Mourinho after a turgid nil-all draw with the …

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Late Silva Winner Gets Man City Back On Track In Europe

A late David Silva goal sealed Manchester City’s 2-1 victory at Hoffenheim on Tuesday as Pep Guardiola’s side got their Champions League campaign back on track in Germany. After suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Lyon a fortnight ago, the Premier League champions badly needed the three points to move off the bottom of Group F. Silva poached …

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