GAELIC GAMES: They may have come up agonisingly short in the All-Ireland stakes but Mayo will have top billing on the GAA/GPA All Stars football tour which jets out to Boston today.
The four-in-a-row Connacht champions will have seven players on board, followed by this year's beaten finalists Donegal (six), last year's champions Dublin (five) and current Sam Maguire holders Kerry (four).
The 31-man playing party is completed by three Monaghan footballers, two from Cavan and one each from Tipperary, Galway, Tyrone and Armagh.
This year's tour was open to All Star footballers from the last two seasons but, with various winners unable to travel, the party has been bolstered by a number of replacement All Stars. The 2013 and 2014 teams will face each other in an exhibition match at the Irish Cultural Centre, Canton, this Saturday (1.30pm local time).
PLAYING PARTY: Aidan O'Shea, Cillian O'Connor, Colm Boyle, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Rob Hennelly, Seamus O'Shea (all Mayo); Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher, Neil McGee, Paul Durcan, Paddy McBrearty, Ryan McHugh (Donegal); Bernard Brogan, Cian O'Sullivan, Michael Darragh Macauley, Paul Flynn, Rory O'Carroll (Dublin); David Moran, Donnchadh Walsh, Fionn Fitzgerald, James O'Donoghue (Kerry); Colin Walshe, Conor McManus, Drew Wylie (Monaghan); Killian Clarke, Martin Dunne (Cavan); Colin O'Riordan (Tipperary); Shane Walsh (Galway); Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone); Tony Kernan (Armagh).
Astana rider banned
CYCLING: Kazakhstan's Artur Fedosseyev has become the fifth Astana rider in two months to be suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) after testing positive for anabolic androgenic steroids.
The 20-year-old Fedosseyev joins brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy, trainee Iliya Davidenok and reserve team member Victor Okishev, all from Kazakhstan, on a growing list of Astana riders to fail doping tests this season.
The UCI has provisionally suspended Fedosseyev, who tested positive in a sample taken on August 16 during the Tour de l'Ain.
Fedosseyev, who rides in the same team as Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, has yet to request a B sample test.
Irish name panels
CRICKET: Ireland's selectors have unveiled a total of 37 players in their winter training squads, split between their Performance squad and the Emerging Players Programme.
CRICKET IRELAND WOMEN PERFORMANCE SQUAD: Isobel Joyce, Cecelia Joyce, Elena Tice, Kate McKenna, Hannah de Burgh Whyte (all Merrion ); Laura Delany, Amy Kenealy, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Rolfe (all Leinster ); Claire Shillington, Lucy O'Reilly, Emma Flanagan, Jennifer Gray (all YMCA); Louise McCarthy, Kim Garth, Shauna Kavanagh (all Pembroke); Mary Waldron (Malahide).
CRICKET IRELAND WOMEN EPP SQUAD: Fiona Gill (Malahide), Rebecca Stockell, Pia Diepman, Anna Kerrison, Sophie MacMahon (all Leinster); Ruby Neville, Leah Paul, Hannah McKay, Rachel Delany (all Merrion); Katie Boylan, Veronica Fay-Watt (both The Hills); Robyn Lewis, Gaby Lewis (both YMCA); Vanessa Kaleda (Phoenix), Una Raymond-Hoey (Clontarf), Hannah Grieve (Lurgan), Clodagh Conway (Rush), Tori Lapsley (Strabane), Alison O'Reilly (Railway Union), Naomi Matthews (Donacloney/Waringstown).