Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon shoots at  goal during last night’s Premier League clash at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Crystal Palace 0 Sunderland 1 Sam Allardyce’s team recorded a victory earned on the back of hard graft and a late winner from Jermain Defoe t(...)

Dundalk’s Richie Towell celebrates with the FAI Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • November 9, 2015, 08:20

Soccer John O’Shea may still play for Ireland in Monday’s Euro 2016 play-off second leg with Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite Sunderland Sam All(...)

Shane Long: suffered an ankle injury in the Republic of Ireland’s last game against Poland. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has suggested that his preference is for Shane Long to sit out the international break in order to concentrate on c(...)

Hat trick scorer Arouna Kone of Everton holds the match ball as he celebrates with Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Everton 6 Sunderland 2 The elation of a sixth successive Tyne-Wear derby victory evaporated quickly for Sunderland. Sam Allardyce’s team were p(...)

Tim Sherwood attempts to kick the match ball during his last game in charge of Aston Villa, against Swansea at Villa Park in the English Premier League, before being sacked by club owner Randy Lerner. Villa lost the match 1-2. Photograph: Scott Heavey/PA.

May Day 2010. Aston Villa awake this morning lying fifth in the Premier League. Villa are level on points with Tottenham, who are fourth. The goal (...)

Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher scores his side’s third goal during the Premier League game against Newcastle at the Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sunderland 3 Newcastle United 0 History repeated itself on Wearside where Sam Allardyce became the fourth successive Sunderland manager to preside ove(...)

Sunderland captain John O’Shea limped off during the first half of the Tyne-Wear derby. Photograph: Getty

Sunderland captain John O’Shea limped off with a suspected hamstring injury during the first half of the Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light. Sam (...)

Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark returns to the Aston Villa squad for their home clash against Swansea. Photograph:   Steve Langan/Inpho

SATURDAY (3.0 unless stated) Aston Villa (19) v Swansea (14) - Live Setanta Sports 1 Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has a fully-fit squad f(...)

West Brom’s James McClean celebrates at full-time in front of the travelling Sunderland fans. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has described James McClean as “not the sharpest tool in the box” after he became embroiled in an on-pitch melee followin(...)

Manuel Lanzini’s late goal helped West Ham sink 10-man Crystal palace. Photograph: Getty

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham United 3 Late goals from Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet floored 10-man Crystal Palace as West Ham snatched a dramat(...)