Football: Tired Irish are all smiles

STEVE STAUNTON'S thundering free-kick against Malta on Wednesday has left the Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, with the perfect answer to the critics who were beginning to write obituaries as his tired team threw away a two-goal lead and looked on the brink of a humiliating defeat in Valletta.

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THE STAND-IN captain Steve Staunton is one of four Republic of Ireland players battling for fitness ahead of their crucial European Championship qualifier against Malta here tomorrow.

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Snooker: O'Sullivan sails through

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN, a former British Open champion and runner-up, turned in a solid rather than spectacular performance to reach the last 32 of the 1999 event in Plymouth last night. The world No 3 defeated Tony Jones 5-2 without pulling up any trees.

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60,000 wild birds trapped and sent to Malta

UP TO 60,000 illegally-caught wild British songbirds have been exported to Malta by one man in one of the biggest wildlife trade rackets ever uncovered in the UK.
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