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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Off The Ball

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# Off The Ball
VIDEO: Fellaini escapes punishment after blatant headbutt
The Toffees midfielder hit Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross with a loaf at the Britannia today.
# revealing
'I don’t want James McClean getting all the attention' - Stephen Hunt
The midfielder believes Giovanni Trapattoni wants the best for Ireland but will not be expecting a warm ‘hello’ any time soon.
# defiant
Contepomi will be back: “It’s not the end of the world, it’s an injury.”
The Argentina talisman says he will be back in three or four months, and is not retiring from club or international rugby.
# Change
Donegal's McGuinness set to take up part-time Celtic role - reports
According to reports, McGuinness will work with Celtic for three days a week while continuing as Donegal boss.
# unpalatable
'How in the name of Jesus are we getting to this point' - Wood blasts Bent call-up
The former Irish captain also touted Jonny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony as future leaders.
# Fall-out
Murph's Sideline Cut: Kilkenny's remorseless code-breakers leaves Galway still waiting for Liam
It was another long afternoon at Croke Park for Ciarán Murphy.
# Interview
There's an amateur culture in Irish athletics - Heffernan
The race walker also suggested the government should provide sport in this country with significant funding.
# London 2012
VIDEO: Off The Ball's tribute to Timmy McCarthy
When American phrases and a Cork accent meet.
# Saddle sore
Paul Kimmage: Irish cyclists put in worst Olympic performances I've ever seen
The award-winning author and Tour de France participant was critical of the London 2012 efforts of Nicolas Roche and Daniel Martin.
# concerns
Andy Lee: 'People in boxing all know that Chavez is suspicious'
The Irish boxer also believes major reforms need to be implemented by the sport’s authorities.
# Waterboy
David Brady labels Meath coach John Evans a ‘mercenary’ after Tipp departure
The former Mayo footballer believes the ex-Tipperary chief should have steered clear of coaching for the summer at least.
# Disappointment
I didn't want to risk playing on - Leamy
The 30-year-old has said he is likely to need a hip replacement at some stage in the future.
# Explanation
Catholics who play for Northern Ireland 'feel as if they're not wanted' - McClean
The star also promised he was not going to Euro 2012 “to make up the numbers”.
# Outrage
Meath GAA are the laughing stock of the country, says Barry
The former manager has described recent events surrounding the county as “a complete farce”.
# Fighting Talk
Andy Lee ready for 'biggest fight of my life'
The Irish boxer also admitted to becoming disillusioned with boxing’s politics over the years.
# troubled
Henson had more talent than Brian O'Driscoll - Williams
The ex-Leinster coach also believes the recently sacked player has an “addiction problem”.
# High praise
Ferris can emulate O'Driscoll and O'Connell - Horgan
The ex-Ireland international also said people shouldn’t get “overly excited” about the Scotland victory.
# make it there...
‘This could be a life-changer’ — Matthew Macklin ready for Patrick’s Day chance
“They don’t see it as the one-sided fight some of your internet type, forum guys see it as.”
# Call Me
'I'd certainly talk to them' - John Kirwan eyes Munster job
Former All Blacks star is scouting around for his next challenge. And Thomond Park looks appealing.
# Ban
No distance left to run: Martin Fagan banned for two years by athletics chiefs
The Mullingar man admitted to using EPO in a bid to get back on track ahead of London 2012.
# faraway fields
Not playing abroad 'a regret' for Paul O'Connell
Munster skipper signed a new two-year IRFU contract this week. But he admits he wonders what might have been.
# Well read
The Sunday Papers: some of the week’s best sportswriting…
Every week we flick back through some of our favourite writing from newspapers, blogs and bathroom walls.
# Blue murder
Dublin County Board chairman denies attacking Leinster Rugby in jersey row
Andy Kettle claims the “flourishing professional franchise” wearing blue to which the Strategic Plan alludes was not a reference to the province’s rugby team.
# Have your say
Is John Giles right? Is Rooney the best midfielder in England?
The Leeds United legend and pundit extraordinaire reckons Rooney’s already a cut above David Silva, Luca Modric and Scott Parker, but his opinion hasn’t proved a popular one.
# Pitchside
Murph's sideline cut: forward-thinking Dubs singing in the rain...
‘Another member of that Vincent’s team was of course Pat Gilroy, and I would’ve spent quite a bit of time in Pat’s company…’
Fermanagh GAA player taken off critical list at US hospital
Mark McGovern was put into a medically-induced coma after sustaining serious injuries during a Gaelic match in San Francisco last month.
# Investigation
'No eyewitnesses' to identify assailant of comatose GAA player
Victim’s alleged attacker said to have stood over the player and told him “you won’t get up from that”.
GAA star in a coma after clash in US match
Mark McGovern was playing in San Francisco when he was seriously injured in an off-the-ball incident at the weekend.
# Young Guns
Different wavelength: Breffni County tuned in as county on brink of All-Ireland victory
Thousands from Cavan will throng Croke Park this Sunday as the county bid to see off Galway and claim a much-anticipated national U-21 crown.
# Bad Boys
"Disappointed" McAteer calls on Cluxton to apologise for punch-up
LISTEN: Cluxton is no “hard man,” former Liverpool and Ireland footballer tells Newstalk’s Off The Ball.