We’ll Leave It There So: Russia blasted over doping report, double-header for Croker and today’s sport

John Hartson was in Thomond Park today to launch the International Champions Cup which gets under way later this month. Inter Milan will take on Celtic in Limerick on 13 August. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

HomeCroke Park will host a Gaelic football double-header on the August Bank Holiday weekend with both qualifier games from Round 4B — Cork v Donegal and Westmeath v Mayo — to take place on 30 July at GAA HQ. The ties in Round 4A were also confirmed today; Clare will take on Roscommon in Pearse Stadium and Derry will do battle with Tipperary in Kingspan Breffni Park this Saturday.In the minor football draw, the quarter-finals shape up as follows; Donegal v Cork, Kerry v Derry, Galway v Laois and Kildare v Mayo.Ireland U20 coach Nigel Carolan has named four players from his international squad — Peter Claffey, Cillian Gallagher, Stephen Kerins and Conor Kenny — in his Connacht academy for next season.Republic of Ireland international Simon Cox has agreed a two-year deal with League One side Southend United. The striker played just 13 games for Reading in the Championship last season. 

Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter’s green jersey, crosses the finish line inches ahead of Norway”s Alexander Kristoff. Source: Christophe Ena

AwayThe World Anti-Doping Agency has called for Russia to be banned from all international sporting competitions after a report was published detailing the state’s role in doping programmes, notably around the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Slovak world champion Peter Sagan won a brilliant sprint finish at the end of Stage 16 of the Tour de France, pipping Alexander Kristoff on the line. Chris Froome retains the yellow jersey with Dan Martin still in ninth overalll.Northern Ireland and Wigan striker Will Grigg has tied for 25th, alongside the likes of Paul Pogba, Diego Godin and Giorgio Chiellini, in a vote by journalists to pick the best player in Europe.Carol Boardman, the mother of former Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman, has died after being involved in a collision with a vehicle when riding her bike.There are fears for the career of former Chelsea striker Demba Ba after the 31-year-old suffered a horrific broken leg in the Shanghai derby at the weekend.The Best Thing We Shared

Remember the name — Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and Frank Lampard may have been playing but it was 19-year-old Englishman Jack Harrison who stole the show for New York City FC with this worldy against Montreal Impact.

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Longford manager Denis Connerton gave an honest assessment of where his side were at after they were knocked out of the All-Ireland SFC by Cork last weekend.

The Fixture ListThere are nine Champions League qualifying second leg fixtures on tomorrow night with Crusaders (v FC Copenhagen, down 3-0) and New Saints (v Apoel Nicosia, 0-0) among the sides looking to advance to the next stage.It’s the second and final rest day of the Tour de France tomorrow with action set to resume on Wednesday.Showbiz, Baby!

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When Jack Charlton asks you to stop throwing a tantrum, you listen and mind your manners. Just ask any of the Ireland players who played under him. This child in Newcastle knows what’s what now too.

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