Kilkerrin-Clonberne best Mourneabbey, National Football League kick off


Updated at 4 p.m.

GAA

The first semi-final of today’s All-Ireland Club Football Championship is underway at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise.

Kilcoo leads Saint Finnbar 1-5 to 1-3.

The other semi-final will be between Padraig Pearses of Roscommon and Kilmacud Crokes at Breffni Park at 5pm.

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Galway side Kilkerrin-Clonberne won their first All-Ireland Ladies Football Club title after beating Cork’s Mourneabbey.

The club are Galway’s first winners since Galway Gaels in 1982, sealing victory 1-11 to 1-7 at Birr.

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The Allianz Football League 2022 also kicks off today.

The Division 1 openers are Dublin and Armagh, which have a throw-in at 7.30pm at Croke Park.

In the opener of a double-header, Dublin and Wexford meet in the Walsh Cup decider from 5.30pm.

There is an Ulster-wide clash in the Football League Division Two, with Derry facing Down at Owenbeg (6pm).

Division 3 begins with Limerick taking on Longford (5pm) and Fermanagh v Antrim (7pm), while Cullen Park hosts the Division 4 meeting of Carlow and London (7pm).

Golf

Rory McIlroy is just two shots off the lead in the Dubai Desert Classic heading into the final day.

After playing a round of 69, he is 10 under par and trailing 54-hole leader Justin Harding.

Padraig Harrington will start the final day from seven under with Shane Lowry at three under.

Rugby

Ulster moved up to second place in the United Rugby Championship table last night.

Dan McFarland’s side recorded a 27-15 bonus point win at home to the Scarlets.

Elsewhere, Dragons and Benetton got 13 points apiece.

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Connacht’s game against Glasgow passed halfway through, with a 17-10 half-time lead in the Showgrounds.

Jack O’Donoghue captain of Munster for his clash with Zebre in Parma from 5 p.m.

And finally, Joe McCarthy makes his Leinster debut as Leo Cullen’s side take on Cardiff at Arms Park at 7.35pm.

Football

The quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations begin this afternoon.

Tournament hosts Cameroon take on Gambia from 4pm, followed by Burkina Faso and Tunisia at 7pm.

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Rangers are looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 games when they travel to Scottish Premiership fighters Ross County at 12.30pm.

A win for Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side would ensure they end the day at least four points clear at the top of the standings.

Second-placed Celtic are hoping to keep the pressure on their long-time rivals by extending their own unbeaten record to 13 games when they host Dundee United at 3pm.

Tennis

World number one tennis player Ashleigh Barty won the Australian Open women’s singles title beating Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6 in Melbourne.

The 25-year-old fought back 5-1 in the second set to become the first Australian to win his Grand Slam on home soil in 44 years.

Barty won the trophy without dropping a set throughout the tournament.

Races

Paisley Park won the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in dramatic circumstances.

The Emma Lavelle-trained veteran came from 15 lengths behind to beat favorite Champ.

Now expected to be Stayers Hurdle favorite for Cheltenham Festival in March

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