The Croke Park authorities have come down heavily on the clubs involved in the recent Portlaoise fracas. Tyrone side Derrytresk have been banned from all national competitions for five years, while Kerry junior side Dromid Pearses must serve a three year ban. Both clubs have said they will appeal . . .
Ulster will meet Munster in the inter-provincial football final after wins over Connacht and Leinster respectively on Sunday. Leinster will play Connacht in the hurling final after beating Munster and Ulster respectively.
Garrycastle from Westmeath and Crossmaglen Rangers from Armagh will contest the All-Ireland club football finals on St. Patrick’s Day after wins over St. Brigid’s and Dr. Crokes respectively in Saturday’s semifinals . . .
The GAA is to establish a National Hurling and Camogie Development Center at the Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus as part of a new hurling development program . . .
All-Ireland winner Tom O’Sullivan has yet to make any decision on his future with the Kerry team but Sean O’Sullivan has definitely retired from action with the Kingdom . . .
Fermanagh continued their revival under new boss Peter Canavan with a 2-15 to 0-9 win over London in the NFL Division Four game at Ruislip on Sunday . . .
Kerry midfielder David Moran faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a second cruciate knee injury in the space of 10 months . . .
Down forward Danny Hughes expects to recover from a hamstring injury in time to play against Kerry in the National League next month . . .
Dublin's DCU won the O’Byrne Cup final with a 3-7 to 1-12 win over an experimental Kildare side in Portlaoise on Friday night.
Kevin Kilbane is the latest big name linked with the vacant manager’s job at Sligo Rovers, but his lack of coaching badges is causing a problem with the FAI. Former Luton boss Mike Newell and Damien Richardson are also in the frame, but Roddy Collins is no longer a contender . . .
Shamrock Rovers have signed Swedish under-21 international goalkeeper Oscar Jansson on loan from Spurs until the end of June. Boss Stephen Kenny has also signed winger Aaron Greene from Sligo and goalkeeper Conor Winn from Galway . . .
Reading manager Brian McDermott, who qualified to play for Ireland, is the latest name linked as Mick McCarthy’s potential successor at Wolves . . .
Cork City boss Tommy Dunne has agreed a loan deal for Northampton striker Tadhg Purcell . . .
Striker Dean Kelly has left Shamrock Rovers for Dublin rivals St Patrick’s Athletic.
Athletics: Track legend Sonia O’Sullivan will be the first Olympic torch bearer when the iconic flame arrives in Dublin in June ahead of the London games. Boxers Michael Carruth and Wayne McCullough will also be involved as the torch travels from Belfast to Dublin . . .
Rugby: Irish teams enjoyed mixed fortunes in the Celtic League over the weekend. Munster won 35-14 away to Treviso and Leinster beat the Scarlets 16-13 at the RDS. Connacht drew 13-13 at home to Glasgow but Ulster went down 21-14 in Cardiff . . .
Rugby: Munster scrum-half Tomas O’Leary looks certain to seal a move to French side Perpignan while teammate Peter Stringer could turn his loan move to London club Saracens into a permanent switch . . .
Boxing: Ulster’s Brian Magee successfully defended his WBA interim super-middleweight belt when he knocked out Rudy Markussen in the fifth round in Denmark on Saturday night . . .
Cricket: Ireland got back to winning ways with a 117 run victory over Kenya in Mombasa on Monday.
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