Kilkenny's Paul Murphy fields a high ball under pressure from Cork's Luke O'Farrell as teammate Jackie Tyrrell looks on. Photo by: Irish Voice

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Kilkenny's Paul Murphy fields a high ball under pressure from Cork's Luke O'Farrell as teammate Jackie Tyrrell looks on. Photo by: Irish Voice

LEGENDARY forward Dessie Dolan looks unlikely to return to the Westmeath squad and is expected to announce his retirement in the near future . . .

WATERFORD youngster Pauric Mahony faces four months out of hurling after undergoing groin surgery last weekend . . .

JOE Sheridan marked his return to the Meath team with two goals as they beat Westmeath in a challenge game on Monday . . .

JIM Gavin’s Dublin staged a second-half recovery to beat Roscommon in the All-Ireland under-21 football final on Sunday . . .

NIALL Smith, Richie Dalton, Ross Brady, Thomas Deehan and John Reynolds have re-joined the Offaly senior football squad . . .

DUBLIN’S Paul Schutte has sustained a knee injury that could rule him out of the Leinster Championship campaign . . .

FORMER Galway footballer Paul Clancy is the new manager of Westmeath’s All-Ireland runners-up Garrycastle.
McIlroy Tops

SECOND best was good enough for once for Rory McIlroy on Sunday as he was beaten by Rickie Fowler at Quail Hollow but still returned to number one in the world rankings.

McIlroy was one of three players beaten by Fowler at the first hole of the playoff at the Wells Fargo championship.

But second spot was good enough to see him overhaul Luke Donald at the top of the rankings again.
“That’s nice. It’s a little consolation,” McIlroy said after his first outing since the Masters. “I would rather win the tournament, but yeah, it’s good.

“I want to try and play well for the next few weeks and try and solidify my spot there at number one, and hopefully start by doing that next week and giving myself another chance to win.”

Fitzgerald Out

LEINSTER and Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald will miss the Heineken Cup final against Ulster after a neck injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt said, “Obviously to lose a player of Luke’s pedigree at such a crucial time of the season is a massive blow, not just for the team and our supporters, but also for the player himself.

“Luke has been in fine form recently and as well as his capabilities on the field, he is a positive and popular presence within the dressingroom.

“Knowing Luke, he will be determined to overcome this setback and aggressively tackle his rehab to regain full fitness and he will continue to benefit from the full support of Leinster rugby and the IRFU during that timeframe.”

In other rugby news, Munster will travel to play the Ospreys in the RaboDirect Celtic League semifinal in Wales on Friday night after their 36-8 win over Ulster at Thomond Park last Saturday.

Leinster beat the Dragons 22-18 to book their semifinal berth and will now host Glasgow on Saturday night.

Connacht’s season ended with a 24-3 defeat away to Glasgow last weekend.
Sports Shorts

RACING: Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien enjoyed a double last weekend when Camelot won the  2000 Guineas and outsider Homecoming Queen sprang a 25-1 shock in the 1000 Guineas...

RUGBY: Paul O’Connell is a major doubt for Ireland’s summer tour to New Zealand after picking up a knee injury on Munster duty last weekend...

RUGBY: Munster have appointed Canterbury coach Rob Penney as their new first team boss...

RUGBY: Out-half Ian Humphreys is to leave Ulster for London Irish at the end of the season.