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Too soon to call Sexton, O'Brien injuries: Ireland coach DUBLIN: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said it was too early to say how serious Johnny Sexton's injured hamstring and Sean O'Brien's concussion are after the two key players failed to finish the 19-9 Six Nations victory over England on Sunday.O'Brien, who has just returned after missing much of the last 18 months with a shoulder injury, was replaced after he stumbled badly when trying to get up from a heavy hit in the first half.Sexton left the field holding his hamstring after kicking Ireland's final points midway through the second half and would be a major loss if he was unfit to face Wales in two weeks time as Ireland seek to retain their title."Johnny just felt a twinge in his hamstring when he was kicking that conversion from the corner, we haven't had that assessed so I can't really comment as to the severity or non severity of that," ...

Arsenal up to third as Giroud makes amends LONDON: Olivier Giroud made amends for his midweek nightmare against Monaco to set up Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Everton at the Emirates Stadium that moved Arsene Wenger's side back up to third in the Premier League on Sunday.Giroud was guilty of missing a succession of chances in the 3-1 Champions League defeat but showed he had put the experience behind him when he volleyed his side's 31st minute opening goal with Tomas Rosicky wrapping up ...

Johnson gem helps Norwich sink Ipswich LONDON: Norwich clinched a crucial 2-0 win over local rivals Ipswich as Bradley Johnson's stunning strike lifted his side into third place in the Championship on Sunday.Johnson opened the scoring with his 24th minute gem and Lewis Grabban netted the second in the 62nd minute of the East Anglian derby at Carrow Road to secure a sixth successive win for Norwich as they took full advantage of the defeats suffered by leaders Derby and second ...

Cavendish triumphs at Belgian one-day semi-classic    BRUSSELS: Britain's former world champion Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to claim the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic one-day race in Belgium on Sunday.The Etixx-Quick Step rider made up for his teammates' stunning defeat at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad the previous day when three riders were outsmarted by Team Sky's Ian Stannard at the finish.Cavendish, who also won this race in 2012, beat Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and Sky's Italian sprinter Elia Viviani at the finish.It was the Manxman's ...

Gladbach cement third, Paderborn drop into trouble BERLIN: Borussia Moenchengladbach cemented third place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 2-0 win at home to Paderborn, who slipped into the relegation places.Goals either side of half-time by USA international Fabian Johnson and Patrick Herrmann gave Lucien Favre's 'Gladbach the three points.Winger Herrmann was unlucky not to finish with two goals after his shot hit the post just before the final whistle having come on for the last 25 minutes.Gladbach are now four ...

Henshaw's first try keeps Irish Grand Slam hopes alive DUBLIN: Robbie Henshaw's first Test try kept alive defending Six Nations champions Ireland's hopes of the Grand Slam on Sunday as the Irish beat England 19-9 at Lansdowne Road for a national record-equalling 10th success in a row.The 21-year-old man-of-the-match's second-half try -- allied to 14 points by Jonathan Sexton -- ended a run of four successive defeats to the English, whose own hopes of the Grand Slam disappeared with this defeat, and could see ...

Anderson inspires Lazio, Samp end winless run MILAN: Felipe Anderson hit a first-half wonder strike and set up Miroslav Klose for Lazio's second in a 3-0 win over Sassuolo as the Biancocelesti closed to within two points of third-placed Napoli in Italy's Serie A on Sunday.Elsewhere, Luis Muriel and Stefano Okaka hit second-half goals as Sampdoria ended a five-game winless streak at Atalanta, while a close-range header from Spanish striker Rodriguez gave relegation candidates Cesena a useful 1-0 win over Udinese.Genoa v ...


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