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1 Sounds like he’s quids in with Pep (8)

5 & 18 across A long think ear­lier made her a world cham­pion (6, 10) 8 & 7 down Sch­midt has his sights set on this cup (4, 5) 11 This kind of tal­ent is in­nate (7)

15 Draw back the Ir­ish full-back, per­haps? (4)

16 Handy or help­ful to have in the team per­haps? (6)

17 It’s a big ole to make some­one do it (6)

18 See 5 across

19 It’s nei­ther a driver nor I, on course (4)

20 Con­duct your­self well on the field of play (6)

22 Louis has a mixed up ap­proach to scor­ing for Liver­pool’s arch ri­vals (4)

23 Wrestling and film star? (4) 24 Liver­pool’s Turk­ish de­light (8)

25 Terry made a mark on both sides of the white line up north?

(5) 28 Boys in blue for your shins (6) 30 Test, as­sess­ment of your cre­den­tials (4) 31 Take this tiny mea­sure­ment on the chin, even if you just miss by this much (4)

32 Home of the Crim­son Tide (7)

34 The kind of dog-like de­fender Hud­der­s­field might sign (7) 36 More than na­tional hat men will sing this type of song with pride (6)

38 John was cast as a vil­lain, then be­came a Vil­lain? (5) 40 & 95 down Un­like Malta, the Derry girl made her World Cup mark in Lon­don? (5, 6)

41 See 5 down

43 Even a thin one can get you out (4)

44 This is a first for Osaka? (5)

45 A team’s gear and equip­ment (3)

46 See 102 across

47 Does this hooli­gan get a cud­dle af­ter tea? (4)

48 Al­lan was a noted per­former at the crease (4) 51 Ye­men was all mixed up for a sport­ing ri­val (5)

53 1 across would like to see it kicked out (6)

54 Michael is seen at Stam­ford Bridge, but not any­more (6) 55 Man­agers have a royal time in charge (5)

56 They are found on your boots (5)

57 See 77 across

58 The an­cient game is a clash of this? (3)

59 The Big Easy? (3)

60 A Dane who once starred at the back at An­field (5)

62 A type of bowls? (5)

65 Top­ple, over­come . . . or turn over in the tackle maybe? (5) 68 Foot­ball’s faults is that it’s a game that’s played in­doors (6) 69 Las Ve­gas is in some state (6)

71 They were hurl­ing’s Wild ones down un­der? (5)

73 Catch­ing fish on court? (4)

74 Per­fect your skills (4)

76 This Belfast man won his first triple crown event this year, right on cue too? (5)

77 & 57 across From South Africa to Lim­er­ick, alone he stands? (3,5) 78 & 45 down No place­kicker in here be­cause he was re­moved af­ter tak­ing a knee? (5, 10)

79 See 1 down

81 Cap­i­tal of suc­cess? (6)

82 A Wee home for 104 down? (5)

85 Zla­tan’s home town? (5)

86 & 101 down It’s never trivia to have the stamina to win gold af­ter com­ing up the hill (6,5)

87 A de­vice or gad­get which can be used as a ploy? (7) 88 A com­mon ad­dress for Christy O’Con­nor and Arkle (7) 89 A hurl­ing penin­sula up north (4)

91 A solo run around Bislett Sta­dium? (4)

93 A sense of dis­ap­point­ment, af­ter let­ting vic­tory slip maybe (6) 96 Sounds like they show the way for­ward in York­shire? (5) 99 Three bike races here in mid-April make up the ________ Clas­sics? (8)

100 Sounds like a bird break­ing the rules (4)

102 & 46 across An ar­chi­tect of Treaty suc­cess (4,5) 103 Peter was at Old Traf­ford and Stam­ford Bridge, but not on the pitch? (6)

105 In­ter­na­tional watch­dog lead­ing the fight against dop­ing in sport? (1,1,1,1)

106 He was Tanaiste, and an All-Ire­land win­ner? (4,6) 107 A vi­tal home for for­mer Southamp­ton player Mar­ian Pa­hars? (6) 108 Tow­els can get you to the score that al­ways wins in golf (6) 109 Cheer up Peter . . . ? (4) 110 He snarled and made his mark for Cork? (7) 111 This Lough re­sort is ideal to play a round, and by the sound of it, it’s some­thing you de­serve (4)

112 Jock­eys to the sea? (6)

113 A cold steak was on fire for Ire­land (9) DOWN 1 & 79 across Noel hangs up front at St Mary’s (5,4) 2 It may be a fin­ish, but it’s not al­ways a fin­ish in bowls (3)

3 You’ll find this fa­mous half-parish at home in these shrubs? (7) 4 The first Dane to make it to the fi­nal in SW19? (7) 5 & 41 across A Parisian World Cup win­ner (6,6)

6 He is an ill one at Barcelona, at least at first (6)

7 See 8 across

9 The Chiefs of English rugby? (6) 10 The sheep might sound like it be­fore the heav­ens open on the Grand Prix cir­cuit (7)

11 You’ll find canaries in this city per­haps (7)

12 A swim­mer, a cy­clist and a run­ner — all in one (10)

13 The kind of bull Jake LaMotta was (6)

14 A Heineken Cup win­ner, on and off the field (3,6)

20 Get an egg in the ban for a Mon­aghan num­ber one (6) 21 Pos­i­tively Bi­b­li­cal line­backer who fin­ished his ca­reer as a Car­di­nal (7)

26 The earl was used to make the ball (7)

27 They just love their coun­try in New Eng­land (8) 29 This West Brom star’s mother hails from Achill (8)

33 It’s nice to have a fresh one at your back on land or sea (5)

35 Is there no cream in the FA Cup any­more? (7) 37 He made golden history on a horse in Glas­gow? (11)

39 Black la­bel for the red rose? (7)

40 See 56 down

41 Ar­gue I’m the man for Sam? (7) 42 A Busby Babe from Dublin (4,6)

45 See 78 across

49 Put this bean in front of 41 down with 81 across (5,6) 50 You might be dumped in here if you com­mit a sin (3) 52 You’ll find pitch­ers stand­ing here (5)

55 Be­ing so good on the bike was a chore for him (5) 56 & 40 down This man has a 2020 vi­sion for Ire­land (7,5) 61 Steered 84 down to glory (7)

63 They look af­ter ten­nis (1,1,1)

64 The kind of break snooker play­ers love (7)

66 They like to slug ales in the Premier League (8) 67 22 across gets all mixed up with 50 on Mersey­side (5) 70 Pun­ish an of­fender af­ter a 100 across? (8)

72 They soared in Min­neapo­lis (6)

75 Many man­agers ban this (7)

80 This ring has eight sides (7) 81 This Ham­mer found a nice cra­dle here, but he’s not sure now if he wants to stay here (6,4)

83 A per­fect ten? (6)

84 Till Roger was messed around at Ain­tree, it was cause for a na­tional cel­e­bra­tion (5,4)

89 Helps to score (7)

90 Sounds like you’re not sit­ting on this, es­pe­cially at the back (7) 92 Hardly a harsh pun­ish­ment (7)

93 I trick a Croa­t­ian mid­fielder (7)

94 Joe was a Star of the County Down? (6) 95 See 40 across

97 A first for the trainer O’Grady (6) 98 He may have checked his weight on this at An­field (6) 101 See 86 across

104 Un­til re­cently, a Park for 56 down (5) 109 Laver may have gone fish­ing with this, not a racket? (3)

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