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  • Zaur Antia will stay on as Irish boxing coach for the next 5 years
  • Kilkenny’s 8-time All-Ireland winner Eoin Larkin announced his retirement
  • Mayo GAA team expenses rose to €1.6 million this year but they still had a surplus
  • Pat Hickey set to return to Ireland as bond money for passport is received
  • Joey Carbery will start at 10 as Leinster look to bounce back against Dragons

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  • Nico Rosberg has sensationally retired just days after winning the F1 World Championship
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is accused of using an Irish company to avoid Spanish tax
  • The final shortlist for FIFA Puskas award is announced
  • The Brisbane coach says they’re not in the race to bring Robbie Keane to Oz

The Best Thing We Shared

The kids at a Cork school received a visit from John Kavanagh and the UFC lightweight belt.

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On The Record

Nico Rosberg quits Formula One while he’s at the top.

Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right.”

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Where we were today

Shane Costello was at Leinster Rugby’s press conference at the RDS to hear from Leo Cullen and Isa Nacewa, while Ben Blake was at the Aviva Stadium to chat with new Shamrock Rovers signing Paul Corry.

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The Fixture List

  • There are some big matches in the Premier League this weekend, including Man City against Chelsea in the early Saturday kick-off.
  • In La Liga the Nou Camp is the venue for El Classico, Barcelona v Real Madrid, at 3.15pm on Saturday.
  • It’s a relatively quiet weekend in the GAA world, although there’s a big game in Portlaoise where Cuala play O’Loughlin Gaels in the Leinster club SHC final.
  • A number of Pro12 ties are taking place, with Connacht, Ulster and Leinster in action on Saturday.
  • England play Australia in the final round of Autumn Internationals.
  • We have a busy weekend of horse racing, with some big races at Sandown and Fairyhouse.
  • All eyes will be on Tiger Woods this weekend at the Hero World Championships, while Paul Dunne is in action in South Africa.
  • The Ultimate Fighter Season 24 Finale takes place, with Mighty Mouse up against Tim Elliot on Saturday night.
  • Finally, there’s a full slate of NFL games on Sunday as the playoff picture should become a little bit clearer..
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Remember this game between Barca and Real in 2005? Ronaldinho scored two cracking individual goals and received applause from the Real fans.

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