JOE marks your calendar for the sporting week ahead 8 years ago

JOE marks your calendar for the sporting week ahead

There's GAA action both minor and senior, some football friendlies, racing and more action from the Ashes

We saw Kilkenny bow out and Cork triumphant this weekend in the hurling, but there's plenty of action to be had yet in the football, as Monaghan face Tyrone, and Dublin have a meeting with Cork this Saturday in a double header at Croker.

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On Sunday, the action continues as Kerry meet Cavan, and dethroned Ulster champions Donegal take on Mayo, whose campaign for Sam has certainly been very vocal this year, from their banners popping up at the Tour de France to Home and Away stars lending their support. There's also minor action in Croke Park on Sunday as Kerry take on Tyrone in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland championships.

For the football hipsters out there, the U19 European Championships are on, so you can get a look at the crop of young talent coming through and say "I told you about him six months ago" when your mates claim that their club is chasing him. The final takes place on Thursday, with the line up to be decided today, as Portugal take on Serbia, and France meet Spain, who have dominated football at underage level for the last few years.

There are also a few pre-season friendly matches on that will keep you going if you're looking for a football fix. Wednesday sees Manchester City meet AC Milan (one to keep an eye on to see how Mario Balotelli gets on) and Bayern Munich face Sao Paulo in the pick of the friendlies. Liverpool also take on Olympiakos on Saturday at Anfield, after touring around from Australia to Thailand to Indonesia in the last few weeks.

Of course, the Galway Races take place this week, and while the weather has been looking a bit ominous with all the thunderstorms, there's definitely going to be some brilliant racing action taking place. Ladies day on Thursday will certainly draw the crowds in all their finery, and a few quid will probably be fluttered too, we imagine.

The third test of the Ashes takes place this week also, as cricket heads to Old Trafford again, which has been done up and is now New Trafford, at least technically anyway.

If golf is your thing, then the WGC Bridgestone takes place in Akron, Ohio with many of the world's top 50 players showing up, including Tiger Woods and Keegan Bradley.

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