Thursday, 13 December 2012

Thursday morning headlines


Connacht Chief Exec Tom Sears says the transfer of Mike McCarthy to Leinster will not benefit Irish rugby in the longer term.

The province are unhappy at what they call the 'persistent targeting' of their players by Leinster.

Sears says he can't see how the movement of the best players away from Connacht will help our national team

In better news for Connacht, Athlone's Robbie Henshaw is set to sign a contract until the summer of 2015

The 19 year old has enjoyed a remarkable debut season as a pro so far
playing every game for Eric Elwood's side

Former Marist student Henshaw has secured the full back spot ahead of
Connacht captain Gavin Duffy


St Peters are through to play Ballymun in the 5th round of the FAI Junior Cup

Peters defeated their Athlone rivals Willow Park 3-1 on penalties last night after the teams were locked at 0-0 after extra time

Swansea are into the English League Cup semi-finals.

They were handed the only goal of their quarter-final at home to Middlesbrough less than 10mins from the end.

Boro defender Seb Hines headed into his own goal to gift the Swans a 1-0 win and put them through to a first major semi-final in almost 50 years.

Celtic were made to sweat but they did manage to edge past Arbroath of Division Two in the Scottish League Cup 4th Round replay.

Adam Matthews with the only goal - his first for the club - for a 1-0 win.

Raith Rovers await in the next round.

Conference side Mansfield will face Premier League Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup at Field Mill.

The Stags came through a replay 2-1 against Lincoln last night.

UEFA are due to rule today on the violence and claims of racism which marred England Under 21s' game with Serbia in October.

Sunderland's Danny Rose claimed he was the subject of racial taunts throughout the match.

Fighting broke out between the sides at the final whistle with players and coaching staff from both nations clashing on the pitch.

Serbia face charges of racism, while both associations have to answer a case of failing to control players.


Birr's Stephen Grant is in action on the first stage of the Alps Tour Qualifying School today

The former professional footballer will play the La Cala Resort's America Course in Spain

Ireland’s Gareth Shaw was the Order the Merit winner on the Alps Tour last year


Ireland head coach Billy Walsh says they need new facilities in order to continue their success.

The boxers, including Mullingar's John Joe Nevin, won 7 medals in the last two Olympic games and Walsh who was named Philips sports manager of the year says they need redeveloped or new facilities if that level of success is to continue.

Walsh has also revealed that he and Zaur Antia will sign a new deal in the coming weeks that will keep them with the Irish team for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The coaching teams future has been uncertain since the Summer .


Athlone swimming club youngster Brendan Gibbons says taking a year out to concentrate on the sport has reaped rewards

Gibbons, Midlands 103 Sports' Performance of the Week winner, smashed three national records at the recent National short course championships

Those performances earned him two gold and one silver medal on the back of his European Championship debut last month

Having completed his leaving cert last year Gibbons has opted to delay his move to college by a year and he feels the extra pool and gym time has helped him improve


Athlone father and son Tom and Rory Cleary teamed up to win the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race and Stay Handicap at Dundalk last night.

Rory was on board 20-1 shot Curl Cat, trained by Tom, which saw off the challenge of Cash or Casualty to win by three-and-a-half lengths

And there was a first ever win for Rhode trainer Patrick Harney in the concluding Christmas Races and Dine Maiden as Johann Bach raced for home on the final furlong and won by three lengths

Harney is training two horses and only took out his license in the summer

This afternoon Patrick Mullins continues his efforts to land the most winners in a year by an amateur by racing at Gowran Park

Mullins is only three winners away from the record going into the seven race meeting which gets underway at 12.35, the going is soft


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