Kane still out in the cold after ban is upheld
Down assistant manager D J Kane has been prevented from having any input into Sunday's Ulster Championship semi-final against Armagh now that his six-month ban has been upheld by the Central Hearings Committee.
Kane has the option of taking his case further to the Central Appeals Committee and, should that course of action prove abortive, he could then invoke the Disputes Resolution Authority.
Former Down All Ireland winning captain Kane had his suspension extended after he addressed the Down players at half-time in their drawn game against Tyrone earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney is just out of hospital following treatment for a stomach complaint but already he is in the throes of dealing with a series of injury worries as his team prepare for the All Ireland Qualifiers.
The former Armagh All Ireland winning captain is sweating on the fitness of several players ahead of the Qualifiers, the first round draw for which will be made live on TV3 on Sunday.
Under 21 star Alan Smith is struggling with a knee injury, Mick Foley, Karl Ennis and Kevin O'Neill are all recovering from hamstring problems, while Gary White is suspended.
And McGeeney could find himself facing some rather familiar foes along the Qualifier route.
Five Ulster teams will be in the bowl for the first round draw £ Donegal, Monaghan, Tyrone, Derry and Cavan.
McGeeney, of course, has been one of the most influential players on the Ulster Championship scene in recent years but now his total focus is on restoring a semblance of credibility for a Kildare side still licking their psychological wounds following that unexpected Leinster Championship reversal at the hands of unfancied Wicklow.