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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Play-offs

All time
# Planning
Next season's Champions Cup starts a fortnight after the World Cup final
EPCR has also announced its plans for the play-off system over the next three seasons.
# Path to Europe
Arsenal draw Besiktas, Celtic get Maribor in Champions League play-off
The draw for the final round before the groups stages was made in Switzerland this morning.
# not gone yet
Back-to-back champs Chiefs keep Super Rugby hopes alive
14 points from Aaron Cruden were crucial, but nothing is decided in the race for the final play-off spots.
# impulsive
Scott Carson took out his anger on Bobby Zamora after QPR scored a penalty last night
The goalkeeper accidentally kicked the former England striker after conceding a goal in the play-off semi-final.
QPR gain extra-time victory to reach Championship play-offs final
Harry Redknapp’s side are now just one game away from a return to the Premier League.
# Talent
Wigan beaten by QPR in play-offs despite glorious James McClean cross
The Irish winger claimed an assist for the opener in tonight’s semi-final second leg.
# Scoreless
Stalemate leaves Wigan and QPR with all to play for
Richard Dunne and Kevin Doyle were both in action for Harry Redknapp’s side
# Barrages
Sexton primed to lead Racing's Top 14 play-off challenge in Toulouse
The 28-year-old is in action for the Parisians in the knock-out stages of the French league this evening.
# ram raid
Unfortunate Kuszczak OG leaves Derby with Championship play-off advantage
The ex-Manchester United ‘keeper could do little to stop himself diverting the ball into his own net.
# Interview
'We’ve had a successful season and it’d be nice to finish it at Wembley' - Stephen Ward
Ahead of the play-off semi-final, Stephen Ward is hoping to fire Brighton into the Premier League for the very first time.
# shop window
Argentina tour spots up for grabs as Ulster host Leinster in Belfast
International places remain to be decided but more immediately, a home semi-final is on both provinces’ minds.
# Dunney Monster
Premier League return on the cards as Dunne reaches 40-game mark for QPR
The experienced defender is aiming to lead the Rs back to the top flight via the Championship play-offs.
# Ice Ice Baby
Chart of the Day: The coldest NFL games ever played
Minus 25? Better make extra tea at half time.
# Report
Four years on from Paris and France on the verge of belated play-off heartache
The French didn’t have Thierry Henry to rely on this time, as they were beaten 2-0 by Ukraine.
# Protest
Four years after FIFA 'moved the goalposts' at Ireland's expense, France claim play-off seeding system is 'unfair'
The French have called for a revision of the process.
# Hammers
West Ham book place in play-off final after easy win over Cardiff
Sam Allardyce’s side will now face either Birmingham or Blackpool in the Wembley decider.
# tough
A Pittsburgh Steeler won’t play in Denver this week because it could kill him
Safety Ryan Clark has sickle-cell trait, which restricted the flow of oxygen to his organs the last time he played in the Mile-High City.
# Remember when
History lesson: Mick’s the prince of Persia as Ireland book World Cup spot
As the hours countdown to Ireland’s next play-off assignment, we continue to look back at past exploits. This time: Iran in 2001.
# Well read
The Sports Pages: some of the week's best sportswriting
A Red Sox double-whammy, a cricket club coming straigh outta Compton and the most successful professional sportsperson you’ve never heard of: its all in our selection of the week’s best writing about sport.
# Have your say
Poll: Do you fancy our chances against Estonia?
On the face of it, Ireland received a favourable Euro 2012 play-off draw, but are we being overly optimistic with regard to our chances?
Lakers’ road to repeat may go through Chicago
One of the most exciting NBA seasons in years reaches the playoffs stages tonight – here’s what you need to know.
# Big Talk
Is Rex Ryan's latest story made up?
Did the New York Jets coach exaggerate a tale in yesterday’s press conference ahead of the showdown with Pittsburgh?
Seahawks escape to victory as big losers seal post-season date with Saints
Our gridiron columnist Steven O’Rourke rounds up the last of the regular season NFL action.