Irish defender Paul McShane - A good guy finally finishes first


GAA: First Tom Cruise and now Beyonce. It seems like the list of celebrities following the Roscommon Gaelic football team is growing by the team. Native Rossie Chris O’Dowd is the reason why Beyonce now counts as a fan after tweeting a pic of the celebrity pair together with the caption “If you’re wondering, she’s smiling because she’s excited with Roscommon’s GAA prospects this year.” Tom Cruise was also presented with a Roscommon jersey on his recent visit to Ireland. Let’s hope all these celebs get a run for their money with Roscommon this summer.

HURLING: Kilkenny aren’t having it all their own way in the hurling world. On Saturday, with Brian Cody in the Nowlan Park crowd for the first time since his heart surgery, their minor team lost to Wexford in the Leinster Championship. The result was something of a shock, but the fact that Wexford hadn’t beat Kilkenny at minor level since 1985 probably means talk of a crisis is premature. And they did win the senior national league title the following day – without Cody on the sidelines or in the stands.

GOLF: Rory McIlroy and Seb Coe contributed to the great Olympic debate again this week when Rory insisted he will make up his own mind who to play for in Brazil, and Coe said he should be allowed to get on with it in his own good time. Personally, I think we are all sick of the story now. And the best thing Rory can do, still, is sit out the Olympics. That way he will avoid all this grief.

SOCCER: I knew I was getting old when a 12-year-old boy played in a European Tour event in China last week. Now comes the news that Bebeto’s son Mattheus Oliveira has signed for Juventus at the age of 19. What’s incredible here is that Bebeto’s son was the inspiration for his “rocking the baby” celebrations at the 1994 World Cup in America – when we were all a lot younger. This age thing sure does catch up with you.

SOCCER: So Robbie Keane has moved ahead of World Cup cheat Thierry Henry in the MLS wages stakes with an annual salary just over $4 million. Good luck to the Irish captain. He deserves to see out his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and they will get value for their money. Hopefully he still has something to offer Ireland as well before collecting his pension.

SOCCER: Wolves sacked manager Dean Saunders on Tuesday, days after their relegation from the championship on Saturday. The former Wales striker was their third manager since they got rid of Mick McCarthy in February of last year. Mick, by the way, has just steered Ipswich to safety in the same championship. Bet they regret sacking him now.

SNOOKER: Ronnie O’Sullivan won a fifth world championship and a second on the spin in Sheffield on Sunday night, days after he claimed he was going to quit the game once again. As promoter Barry Hearn said, Ronnie has made more comebacks than Frank Sinatra so expect to see him back at the Crucible this time next year.

RUGBY: Geordan Murphy announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect on Tuesday after 16 years with Leicester and 74 caps with Ireland. He is to carry on as a coach with the Tigers but his presence on the pitch will be missed. Murphy was a nice guy as well and always a pleasure to interview.

PAUL McShane scored the greatest goal of his life with the equalizer against Leicester on Saturday, the goal that sent Hull City back into the Premier League. Just a few years ago he was getting so much stick at Hull that he considered quitting the game, but now he’s a hero on Humberside. Such is football.

LAR Corbett and JJ Delaney got involved in an off the ball incident in Sunday’s NHL final that cost them both red cards and a suspension for the forthcoming championship action. The altercation was needless and silly and didn’t do anything for a game they have both enhanced with their presence on the Tipperary and Kilkenny teams respectively in recent years.