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  • Eddie Jones slates Aussie ref stance

    Jones was responding to claims made by Michael Cheika that England deliberately target the half-backs with late tackles and will attempt to “bully” the Wallabies in today’s Cook Cup clash at Twickenham. Cheika had indicated he would not attend the customary eve-of-match meeting with the referee, but it is understood that he will now talk to O’Keeffe. “Obviously Australia enjoy the media more than the referee,” Jones said after England’s captain’s run at Twickenham yesterday morning. “I have coached over 100 Tests and before every Test I have had a meeting with the referee. “It’s a sign of respect that you want to know what he wants from the game. It’s a mutual exchange of information for the

  • Police ’confident’ body found is missing British teen Gaia Pope

    The body of a woman has been found in the hunt for missing teenager Gaia Pope, which UK police are "confident" is the 19-year-old. The discovery was made on land close to where clothing positively identified as Miss Pope was found on Thursday. Miss Pope had not been seen since she vanished from the Swanage area of Dorset on the afternoon of November 7. Police said the discovery was made at around 3pm today by specialist search teams near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located. Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s major crime investigation team, said: "Although the body has yet to be formally identified, we are confident that we have found

  • Barry Walsh quits Fine Gael role after ‘trial by media’

    Dublin Bay South TD Kate O’Connell told the Irish Examiner last night she is “glad he respected the Taoiseach and the party” by stepping down - despite Mr Walsh claiming he is the victim of “trial by media”. In a letter to Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran at 3.15pm yesterday, hours after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar publicly said Mr Walsh should resign, Mr Walsh said he was resigning from the national executive council “immediately”. The 32-year-old, who was former Young Fine Gael president and director of elections for Education Minister Richard Bruton in last year’s general election, said he has resigned “out of respect” for the party’s members and Mr Varadkar, and “in order to prevent any

  • Nicky Henderson defends disclosures around condition of Altior

    Nicky Henderson, British jump racing’s champion trainer, launched an angry defence of his conduct at Cheltenham on Friday in the face of continuing questions raised by his disclosure on Wednesday that Altior, the hot favourite for the Champion Chase in March, needed a wind operation and would not be fit to race until after Christmas. Henderson told viewers of the On The Line programme on At The Races on Monday that last season’s brilliant Arkle Trophy winner was “totally on target” for his much-anticipated return to action in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown next month. Five minutes later the trainer’s blog on the website of the gambling firm Unibet disclosed more detail about the issue - “a small issue with his wind whereby his larynx isn’t opening sufficiently” - and also that it had initially surfaced when Altior “made a whistling noise on Saturday”.

  • Killer driver asks for his van back

    A Co Cork man, who was jailed for eight years last month for killing a young man through his aggressive driving under the influence of drink and cocaine, returned to court yesterday looking for his van back, writes Liam Heylin. Donal O’Sullivan, a prosecution barrister, said the State was applying for the seized van to be forfeited. The accused appeared in court yesterday to object to that forfeiture application. Martin Linehan, from Coachford, had fled the country after killing young Frenchman Gabriel Lege by driving over him at a pedestrian crossing. Some time later, Linehan was tracked down to a building site in London and was brought back to Cork for the case. Yesterday, his barrister, Peter

  • When Irish distance runners ruled American colleges

    Maybe it’s the colour of the November sun cut flat on the highways we travelled on. Or the gently wood-scented chill in the New England air. But something about landing into Boston on Friday afternoon took me back 25 years, when it felt like we had covered the entire east coast on a journey known as cross-country running in college in America. The destination was the NCAAs - “the show”, “the big dance”. For only the second time in the history of Brown University, the team that coach Bob Rothenberg had built had qualified for the final showdown of the season. It didn’t actually matter where we finished on the day either, because we were there with the best cross-country runners from across the

  • John Hume 'kept' for several days by IRA after 1985 meeting

    FORMER SDLP leader John Hume was "kept" by the IRA for several days after a failed meeting years before the start of the peace process, a new book has claimed. The unprecedented sit-down between the Foyle MP and the republican group took place in 1985. Ahead of the little-publicised meeting, the future Nobel peace prize winner was blindfolded and put into the back of a van before being driven more than 200 kilometers from Co Donegal to the west coast of Ireland. He was then said to have been held for several days by republicans before eventually being set free after the planned talks failed to take place. Details are contained in a new book by film maker Maurice Fitzpatrick. John Hume in America,