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Munster take their second European title: Sat. was Heineken Cup final day, with Munster looking for their second title, while Toulouse were hunting for their fourth European Cup. Some called billed it the beast against the beauty but while this game was only occasionally beautiful it was a totally gripping game.
In recent seasons Munster have signed more international players and while these imports didn't manage to score they certainly came close and created some lovely plays. This was a hugely emotional game due to a number of reasons; the main one being that it was Declan Kidney's last game in charge as he is moving to take over the running of Ireland's national side. Leaving the question of where do Munster go from here for another to answer.
The compulsory YouTube highlights and of course the pre-game Gift Grub sketch
40 games down: With the pool stages of the RWC over it is time for the remaining 8 nations to look ahead. For some of thos going home there are high points to reflect upon; for others the hatchets are waiting.
Sportsmanship hasn't gone away.: Last month the Carling Cup match between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest was abandoned after Clive Clarke suffered a heart attack. At the time Forest were leading, so, in a sporting gesture Leicester allowed Forest a "free goal" at the start of the rematch.
All-Ireland final weekend.: This Sunday sees Limerick take on Kilkenny in the hurling final. Kilkenny are favourites, without a doubt, but historically Limerick just edge it, with four wins and three losses against the Kilkenny Cats. With the demand for tickets so high the largest screen in Europe will be used in Limerick to broadcast the game on O'Connell St.
[Youtube vids: What is hurling? Part 1, 2, & 3]
James Oyebola's life support to be switched off. : On Monday, after asking 3 men to stop smoking, ex-British Heavyweight champion James Oyebola was shot. In the face. Today, after doctor's pronounced him brain dead, his life support is to be switched off.
It's all over: and I don't mean Harry Potter, I mean the Tri Nations of course. And New Zealand did the expected by winning it. And congrats to bperk who can take home the title of Fantasy TriNations champion.
Thirty two years is a long time.: So it is no wonder that the local press are celebrating Sligo's long awaited victory in last weekend's Connacht final. Their campaign began before the season kicked off by getting players to return to the team, like Kieran Quinn who had taken time out to do a BA in Jazz. The first match was away to New York, and it was the probably the only one in which they were favourites. But they can't celebrate too much, there is still a long way to go in the All-Ireland. However they get on, people in Sligo finally have their third Connacht title.
Two matches to go: and although the Springboks took an early lead in their match against Australia, the Wallabies took the victory. So how does this change the fantasy league?
The very worst: You can really tell that it is the off season for soccer, a few weeks ago it was the fifty best players, and now the Times takes a look at the fifty worst footballers to play in England. Can you guess who this refers to?
Told Kenny Dalglish he intended to bite off his ear and spit in the whole. And they said there were no characters left in the game.
Trinations Fantasy update: Better late than never, eh? Besides, it serves as a reminder for this weekend's match as Australia take on South Africa in Sydney.
Sporting perfection?: The Telegraph's Brendan Gallagher compiles a list of 50 perfect sporting moments. You could go vote for your favourite, but isn't it much more fun to argue about why the list is wrong and how biased it is?
Muscle-rub blamed for athlete's death: Seventeen year old Arielle Newman's death, in April of this year, was the result of overdosing on methyl salicylate. This is a common ingredient of muscle rubs that are designed to help ease muscle ache.
In addition to spreading the muscle cream on her legs between track meets, Newman was using adhesive pads containing the anti-inflammatory, plus an unspecified third product containing the chemical, Borakove said. Source
The Blame Game: : after a UEFA report blamed Liverpool fans for crowd trouble Rick Parry, Liverpool chief executive argued otherwise. Now Platini agrees saying that Reds fans cannot be blamed for the trouble. Martin Samuel isn't so sure.
Fan's punch ends qualifier:: The Euro 08 qualifier between Denmark and Sweden was abandoned after a fan attempted to punch the referee. By all accounts an exciting game, with Denmark fighting back from 3 goals down to level the game before Danish midfielder Poulsen was sent off. The ensuing penalty seems to have been what led to the fan's attack. UEFA is to investigate the incident.
A tour too far: With the rugby world cup on later this year there is plenty of development work and plenty of experimenting going on. But as second string Northern Hempisphere teams tour the Southern hempisphere, some are wondering what the point is.
Cullen announces his retirement: All-Blacks' legend Christian Cullen has announced his retirement with immediate effect. A record breaking international player he had been playing with Munster for the past few years, but has been plagued by injury and a little controversy. Despite the injuries, other teams have shown an interest, but Cullen (YouTube) has decided to head home and retire. Hopefully to enjoy it as much as his namesake
Keane Leaps Toward Glory: With Sunderland now safely promoted the future looks bright for Keane (I know, I posted about Keane recently, but I really liked this blog entry).
Birmingham are the other Championship side team guaranteed to be promoted, while others must battle in the play-offs. While down the other end of the table Leeds are likely to fall even further.