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Referee Chairman Sean Walsh says they want to clarify the inconsistencies with the black card next season.


Walsh says the Refs have talked about it among themselves and a number of incidents that went unpunished through the summer won’t go unpunished in 2017.

The GAA have also insisted the black card system will stay in place despite the objections of many within the sport.

Meanwhile The GAA have confirmed that the ‘Mark’ will be introduced to Gaelic Football from January 1st.

It means that the semi finals of the All Ireland Club Football championship will see the rule in use.

The rule will see players able to call for a mark when catching the ball from a kick-out on or past the 45-metre line.

It had been trialled in the Higher Education series after being passed at Congress in February.


A quarter final meeting with Ronnie O’Sullivan is the carrot for Mark Williams and Liam Highfield.

They meet in the last-16 of the UK Championship in York tonight.

Before that, Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen faces three-time winner John Higgins.


Last evening in The Speedys Bar Division 3 Ladies League, Moyvane beat Kingdom 6 – 0.

In The Division 4 Ladies League Listowel overcame Kingdom 6 – 0.


Last evening in Boys U12 Div 2: St Josephs had a 37 to 34 win over St Bridgets.


It’s reported Scotland’s Gregor Townsend won’t be joining the backroom staff for next summer’s Lions tour of New Zealand – after turning down the offer.

The Times in the UK claims he’s told Head coach Warren Gatland he’d rather focus on his new job at Murrayfield at the end of the season.

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt ruled himself out of a role on the tour last month but his defence coach Andy Farrell may travel.


Tiger Woods makes his return to professional golf after a 16-month absence today.

The 14-time Major-winner plays alongside Patrick Reed in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

They go out at around 5pm, Irish time.

It’s a strong field in New Providence that also includes Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and European number one, Henrik Stenson.

Stephanie Meadow opened with a steady but less than outstanding performance after carding a one over par, 73 on day one at Q School over the Hills Course, Daytona Beach, Florida.

There will be a cut to the top 70 and ties after the fourth round and the final round will be contested on the Hills course.