Monday 21 January 2019

Some support NO but don't have a vote

While Billy McNeil (Celtic) and Walter Smith (Rangers) are among those in the football fraternity who are publicly supporting a NO vote in the Scottish independence referendum, along with David Moyes, Denis Law, Alan Hansen and Paddy Crerand, it's surprising to discover that just four of the current Scotland squad are eligible to vote on Thursday 18.

Only Celtic trio Craig Gordon, Callum McGregor and Charlie Mulgrew, as well as Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds, currently live in Scotland.

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Plans to neutralise the threat posed by Kerry forward Ciaran Donaghy will cost Donegal €20k as Jim McGuiness brings his squad to a pre-All Ireland final training camp in Fermanagh.

A similar session helped him perfect the tactics that helped defeat Dublin in the semi-final.

But with Kerry claiming the three week run-in to the final being "perfect", McGuinness might have a lot to plan for.

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The Irish Amateur Boxing Association seems set to have a new member on its distinguished Board of Trustees. Former Ireland prop Des Fitzgerald, who earned 34 caps, boxed at heavyweight while at university. His nomination has been welcomed by all including his son Luke, the Leinster and Ireland rugby star.

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Kevin Doyle is playing for the team that's committed the most fouls, 52 in three games, in the Premier League this season. On Saturday, Crystal Palace have a six-pointer with Burnley, the only other team with just one point.

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The sense of relief felt by promoter Barry McGuigan when his protege Carl Frampton won the IBF World super-bantamweight title, in a thrilling 12 round contest with durable and dangerous Kiko Martinez in front of 16,000 supporters, became obvious when he let his guard down at the post fight press conference.

"I said a long time ago that this guy was going to be world champion and people laughed at me…so…f**k you," he began.

His remark was greeted with laughter, but the normally diplomatic McGuigan immediately apologised, retracted his remark and claimed "the night couldn't have gone better."

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Fresh from appearing on BoxNation TV, boxer Andy Lee will be in the front row of the Peacock Theatre this evening for the premiere of his partner Maud in Cahoots' play, the Well Rested Terrorist.

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