SEVERAL senior Offaly players are threatening to lead a walkout if Richie Connor is left in charge of the county's senior football team after just three games in charge. Reports on Tuesday claimed that a row erupted between Connor and some players at halftime in Sunday's NFL defeat to Roscommon . . . MARTIN Comerford will return to the Kilkenny squad in time for Sunday's NHL opener against Galway at Pearse Stadium in Salthill. Derek Lyng and Noel Hickey are definitely out for the Cats. Meanwhile, Richie Mullally has retired after eight years with Kilkenny . . . WILLIE Ryan has been confirmed as captain of the Tipperary hurlers for 2009 . . . DAVID Russell is the new captain of the Clare footballers.

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