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Sports Shorts: GAA: Motorsport, Motorcycling

Pictured at the launch of the GAA/Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) Digital Archive at Croke Park are, from left, GAA President John Horan, Prof Pauric Travers (Chairperson of the BAI), former Dublin goalkeeper Paddy Cullen and former Kerry footballer and selector Mikey Sheehy. Picture by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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The GAA, in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), today launched the GAA Digital Archive at Croke Park providing free access to past GAA matches to internet users around the world.

No fewer than 113 All-Ireland finals since 1961 are included in the archive and provincial finals from 1961 also feature.

The new archive also includes All-Ireland club finals since 1989.

In all, over 500 football and hurling matches were retrieved from broadcasters and information such as date, result, venue, referee, scorers and teams and substitutions was added.

The establishment of the archive, which received financial backing from the BAI, means that for the first time the GAA has a central repository of the majority of finals that were recorded and broadcast over the last six decades.

Motorsport

Dungannon driver Chris Meeke heads into the snow-covered roads in Sweden this weekend for round two of the 2019 World Rally Championships, with the Toyota driver sitting comfortably in fourth position in the Drivers Championship standings.

It will be a whole new world this weekend with deep snow and sub-zero temperatures, ready to greet the drivers in what is arguably one of the most difficult races of the season.

The Dungannon man had a solid start to the new season and is already firmly at ease with his new Toyota team heading into this weekend.

"I'm out to enjoy this weekend and I'm under no expectations as things and conditions can change so quickly in Sweden,'' he said

"This is one place where you cannot take chances so let's see what day one brings and take it from there."

French driver Sebastien Ogier leads the way in the Championship, with the Citroen WRC driver ahead of last year's Rally Sweden winner Belgium Thierry Neuville.

Estonia sensation Ott Tanak leads the Toyota charge in third place with team-mate Chris Meeke fourth followed by former World champion Sebastien Loeb and Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala rounding off the top six.

Motorcycling

TAS Racing has announced the return of Andy Reid to the Tyco BMW line-up to campaign in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship series this season, as they bid to retain the title they celebrated last year with Keith Farmer.

Reid, from Antrim, last rode for Tyco BMW in the Superbike class in 2017, and after a handful of wins last year in the highly-charged Superstock 1000 series, he is very much looking forward to being back in the familiar colours of TAS Racing and Tyco BMW.

Reid said: “I really am stoked to be back in the Tyco BMW team. I loved being here for a short period back in 2017 when a late call came to step up to the Superbike class. I can't wait to get started.”

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