Rugby Digest: English slam Irish on St. Patrick’s Day
Ireland's Six Nations season ended in defeat
“Unfortunately it will be three months before we get to wear an Irish jersey and it will hurt for all that time. The error count was unacceptable.”
Rory Number Two
RORY McIlroy’s reign as golf number one came to an end when Luke Donald triumphed in a play-off at the Transitions Championship in Tampa on Sunday night.
The pair are set to practice together in Florida before renewing rivalries at the Augusta Masters at the start of April when Tiger Woods will be fit enough to play.
McIlroy did congratulate the Englishman and tweeted: “Well I enjoyed it while it lasted! Congrats@LukeDonald! Impressive performance!”
Padraig Harrington, who hit a course record 61 on Thursday, had to settle for a share of 20th place.
BRIAN O’Driscoll is set to make a dramatic return for Leinster in Friday night’s Celtic League clash with the Ospreys, just five months after shoulder surgery which was expected to rule him out for the season . . .
THE IRFU have advertised for a new scrum coach for the Ireland team, but insist the advert was authorized before Saturday’s problems in the pack in the embarrassing defeat to England . . .
ENGLAND hooker Dylan Hartley has been cited for allegedly biting the finger of Stephen Ferris during the Six Nations clash with Ireland last Saturday.
RACING: JP McManus’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised could look to make it a double in the English Grand National at Aintree next month . . .
ATHLETICS: Donegal’s Maria McCambridge has qualified for the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics after making the A qualifying mark in Rome on Sunday . . .
BOXING: Ulster’s Carl Frampton retained his Commonwealth super-bantamweight crown with an easy victory over Ghana’s Prosper Ankrah last weekend . . .
BOXING: Olympic bound Joe Ward claimed a gold medal and the Best Technical Boxer award at the 39th Chemistry Cup last weekend . . .
CRICKET: Ireland are through to the ICC World Twenty20 play-offs in Abu Dhabi after wins over Oman and Uganda at the start of the week . . .
SNOOKER: Stephen Lee beat Neil Robertson 4-0 in the final of the Betfair Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway.
DUBLIN players, officials and fans have come together to remember dual star Jim Stynes after his untimely death at the age of just 45 in Australia.
Stynes finally lost his battle with cancer in the early hours of Tuesday morning when he died at his family home in Melbourne with wife Sam and his two young children at his side.
The Aussie Rules star – the only non-Australian to win the coveted Brownlow Medal – has been remembered as a great Gaelic footballer and a unique human being.
His charity work and his inspiration to others fighting cancer have been well chronicled since his death, while such is his stature in Australia that the governor of Victoria will honor Stynes with a state funeral.
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