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Saturday 19 August 2017

Kenny heroics puts Dundalk on map again

Dundalk's first League title in nineteen years is manager Stephen Kenny's second League title. In 2003, he clinched the League for Bohemians. He's also been runner-up, most notably when his Derry side lost out on goal difference in 2006. But Kenny's managerial success also throws a light on some curious decisions in Irish football. As they languish mid-table, Bohemians supporters must rue the day Kenny (above) was sacked mid-way through the 2004 season following a loss in Europe with the team third in the domestic table. And what of those Shamrock Rovers players who infamously shut the door on Kenny nine months into his contract. It was the Hoops that Kenny's Dundalk beat in the EA Sports Cup final a month ago to clinch the club's first silverwear in 12 years, a confidence booster that helped them to power through to their historic League win.

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It's predicted that gambling revenue in Las Vegas this year will be down 12 percent on 2013's €5.7 billion. It's against this financial backdrop that F1 boss Bernie Eccleston (83) is advanced talks to bring F1 racing back to the casino capital. In America, F1 still trails the IndyCar series in television viewing figures. F1 was last in Vegas in 1982 and it's five years since F1 returned to the States with the US Grand Prix being staged in Austin, Texas. It's believed by some that having F1 cars racing down the famous Las Vegas Strip will help boost falling tourist revenue. Next year, Mexico will be added to the F1 Grand Prix schedule.

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A lot has happened since Aston Villa last scored a goal on September 13. Since then, we've had the excitement surrounding Roy Keane's book launch with public appearances in London, Manchester and Dublin by Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle. On October 9, the book was launched with great media fanfare, days ahead of Ireland's UEFA Euro 2016 Championship matches against Gibraltar and Germany, a busy period for Roy. On Saturday last, Keane appeared at a literary festival in London. On Monday, Aston Villa, where Roy is assistant manager, lost 2-0 to Queens Park Rangers. "Whatever is said in the dressing room stays there," says manager Paul Lambert.

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Last year Gary Stevens won the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Breeders' Cup Distaff race. In July, he had knee replacement surgery on his right knee. This weekend he'll ride in two Breeders' Cup races. Stevens, who's 51, has come out of retirement twice. With over 5,000 wins to his credit, he insists, "I wasn't going to do this unless I was 110 percent."

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