We’ll Leave It There So: O’Connell’s Munster return, GAA qualifiers confirmed and today’s sport

Ciara Mageean returned to Ireland today with her bronze medal from the 1,500m at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

HomeMunster legend Paul O’Connell has returned to the province in a part-time, advisory role with the club’s academy.Dejected Waterford boss Derek McGrath has vowed to continue with his sweeper system in the wake of the Déise’s thumping Munster SHC final defeat at the hands of Tipperary.Mayo and Kildare will do battle on Saturday night in round 3B of the All-Ireland football qualifiers after they were drawn together today. Elsewhere, Sligo will host Clare, Derry travel to Cavan and Longford will take on Cork.The Connacht SFC final replay between Roscommon and Galway has been fixed for Sunday in Castlebar despite the GAA initially announcing it would be played on Saturday.Derby County have rejected Burnley’s €3.5m bid for Ireland international Jeff Hendrick, insisting the midfielder is not for sale.Cork hurling duo Alan Cadogan and Aidan Walsh have been drafted into the county’s senior football squad after the county’s hurlers had their championship campaign ended by Wexford on Saturday night.Ireland U17 international Aaron O’Driscoll has signed a professional contract with Southampton.Away

Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington have a chat during a practice round at Royal Troon. Source: Peter Byrne

World number three Jordan Spieth has become the latest golfer to decide against playing at the Olympic Games in Rio due to “health concerns”.Two Welsh players have been named in Uefa’s team of Euro 2016 but Real Madrid star Gareth Bale wasn’t one of them.The UFC, the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion, has reportedly been sold for $4bn (€3.62bn) to a business consortium.Maria Sharapova will definitely not be playing at the Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport postponed its ruling on the tennis player’s two-year doping ban.

The Best Thing We Shared

BBC’s closing Euro 2016 montage will make you wish we could do it all over again. Tournament football withdrawal syndrome is definitely real, and this will not help one bit.

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On The Record

Tipperary boss Michael Ryan was pretty honest about the state of play in the aftermath of his side’s massive Munster SHC final win against Waterford.

Where We Were Today

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Ryan Bailey caught up with members of the Irish men’s hockey team in Dublin this afternoon ahead of their trip to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Fixture ListCeltic are in action in the Champions League qualifying second round tomorrow night. Brendan Rodgers’ side take on Gibraltar champions Lincoln Red Imps from 7pm at Victoria Stadium.The Tour de France resumes tomorrow after today’s rest day. Ireland’s Dan Martin is in third position ahead of Stage 10, a 197km leg from Escaldes Engordany to Revel. Action gets under way from 11.35am Irish time.Showbiz, Baby

Manchester United’s new manager Jose Mourinho was one happy Portuguese camper after his nation’s Euro 2016 success. So much so that he couldn’t help but share his smiley head, pyjamas and all, with the world of Instagram.

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 Analysis: Waterford systems failure, John McGrath magic and Tipp’s unsung heroes‘Cork are in a very poor state of affairs, they’re not hurling off instinct’

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