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Rory McIlroy backs Northern Ireland glory for “our wee country”

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Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy is a huge backer of his national football team, and sent them an encouraging video message on the eve of their Euro 2016

Placed in a group with Germany, Poland, and Ukraine, Northern Ireland isn’t expected to make too much noise in France.

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But the small side is raring to go, and has the support from four-time major champion McIlroy, who’s helped keep NI on the sporting map.

From the BBC:

“Coming home as a major champion was one of the proudest moments of my career so far,” said McIlroy, 27.

“It’s an honour to represent Northern Ireland around the world – and to put our wee country on the sporting map.

“Tomorrow you will write the next chapter in our long and famous sporting story.

“When you walk out at that stadium in Nice, take a moment to think about our sporting icons, what they achieved, and how this is your chance to take your place alongside them.”

Anyone tabbing Northern Ireland to advance to the knockout rounds, even as a third place side?

Rory McIlroy “ruptures ankle ligaments” playing soccer, all but certain to miss Open

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Oh, Rory.

Just 10 days before the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews, the home of golf, Rory McIlroy’s chances of playing for the famous claret jug appear all but over.

The current world no. 1 sent out the following message on Instagram on Monday, along with a picture of him on crutches and with his lower left leg in a protective boot.

Rory said he had suffered a “total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday.” The Northern Irishman, who is a massive Manchester United fan, then added that rehab has already started and the damage is currently being assessed further. He refused to rule himself out of playing at St. Andrews.

The Open begins on Thursday, July 16, so it looks like Rory needs a bit of a miracle to be teeing it up at St. Andrews as many eagerly anticipated his duel with Jordan Spieth continuing at yet another major.

McIlroy booed for mentioning Manchester United after British Open win

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Rory McIlroy had just reclaimed the Claret Jug for the United Kingdom and, in his glee, apparently was taken aback when his soccer quip went awry.

A Manchester United supporter giving a victory speech at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy made the mistake of mentioning his Red Devils fanhood.

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What followed was genuinely angsty, lively booing from a Merseyside crowd more in tune with McIlroy’s ex-fiancee’s allegiance than his team tastes:

(Thanks to 101greatgoals.com for the Vine tip)

The crowd had been giving him love all day, and a standing ovation on his walk up to the 18th green. But the mention of Liverpool’s rivals was a bit too much, and had McIlroy backpedaling quickly.

We doubt it will tarnish the win for Rory, but the real question is whether the fans were silenced by stewards holding up, “Quiet Please” signs, or relented on their own?

Make it three: The soccer world enters the Wozniacki/McIlroy breakup

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If you’re looking for a hard-hitting soccer post, click “next” now. If you want soccer involved in a golf and tennis world relationship split, move on.

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki is going through a tough spell right now, with the 23-year-old Danish woman having her engagement to golf star Rory McIlroy broken off.

And while her ex-beau, the Northern Irish golfer, aired his emotions during a pre-tournament press conference earlier this week, Wozniacki has turned to her love for a Premier League club for “comfort.”

Without sounding like an awful, insensitive writer, we’re confident that she’ll only walk alone for about as long as she wants.