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Dutch fail to qualify for Euro 2016 as Czechs top group

AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands’ hopes of a dramatic rescue act in Euro 2016 qualification evaporated as they conceded two first-half goals and eventually lost 3-2 at home to 10-man Czech Republic on Tuesday. The Dutch, third at the World Cup in Brazil last year, had to win their final qualifier and hope Turkey lost at home to Iceland to sneak into third place in Group A and book a slot in next month’s playoffs.

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Injured Ireland captain O'Connell out of World Cup

CARDIFF - Ireland captain Paul O'Connell's international career came to a premature end on Tuesday when he was ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup in another major injury blow for the Pool D winners.

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