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The bright side of sport: The transfer window has burst open

Yesterday saw the opening of the transfer window so Steve Neville looks at the transfers already gone through that will make a difference next season and the potential ones that could prove vital.

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The bright side of sport: Time for a Championship change

Steve Neville believes it is time for a change to the GAA Championship structure.

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The bright side of sport: 5 fixtures to shape the Premier League 2015/16

The Premier League fixtures were announced yesterday and it offered a brief taste of what is to come for the season ahead. Steve Neville took out his crystal ball to predict which games will be vital in the upcoming season.

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VIDEO: Relive the greatest moments in Irish soccer history

Today is the 27th anniversary of the day Ray Houghton broke English hearts in Stuttgart at the European Championships. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The bright side of sport: Ireland are able - time to deliver

On the back of the scandal with FIFA and a string of disappointing results, it’s time for Ireland to deliver, writes Steve Neville.

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Pirlo and Xavi show the game can still be beautiful

Xavi’s brief consoling of Pirlo at the end of the Champions League final was a much-needed reminder, in the wake of the FIFA scandal, that the game can still be beautiful, writes Ciarán O’Connor. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The bright side of sport: Time for FIFA to ring the changes

With FIFA having a large vacancy to fill, Steve Neville looks at the changes a new president could introduce.

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The bright side of sport: Looking back at the Premier League 2014/15

As the Premier League goes on holiday, Steve Neville recaps the season and looks at the players and managers who deserved praise but were left empty handy when the awards were handed out.

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The bright side of sport: Sporting changes for better or worse?

Steve Neville wonders what would happen if there was a sporting referendum where fans were given the chance to change or introduce a new rule into the worlds of soccer, rugby and the GAA.

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The bright side of sport: Quality League of Ireland deserves more coverage

The League of Ireland is improving year on year and Steve Neville thinks it deserves to be seen by more people.

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The bright side of sport: Tim Sherwood can cut it as a great manager

Steve Neville says Tim Sherwood deserves more credit for the job he has done at Aston Villa and thinks his seemingly simple management is the key to his success.

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The bright side of sport: Bournemouth put the beauty back in the beautiful game

Every week, Steve Neville will be looking at the positives in the world in sport. This week he looks at AFC Bournemouth and how they went from near financial ruin to a chance of playing in the Premier League.

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Thierry Henry can still pull off the old fake-shoot-pass trick

Thierry tried out one of his favourite old tricks in the Steven Gerrard charity match today. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The sporting mismatch photo of the weekend

Probably best leave it, Tyler. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Keys and Gray wouldn’t have given this lineswoman any lip

Brazilian assistant referee Tatiane Sacilotti runs her line with fear. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Hangovers, distractions, defensive jitters and atmosphere worries: it’s the Chelsea v Liverpool build-up

Chelsea play Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final. We look at some of the talking points.

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Out with the old - what about the new?

Personal reflections from Irish Examiner sports writers, with some 2015 wishes and predictions to boot.

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David De Gea and the Legacy of Sir Alex

Ciarán O’Connor analyses the performances of David De Gea and examines the role played by Sir Alex Ferguson in propelling the young Spaniard to the prominent position of number one for both club and country. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Ronaldo breaking barriers as well as records

With Raul’s Champions League goal record firmly in-sight, Ronaldo is not just breaking records but also barriers. Ciarán O’Connor takes a look at how Ronaldo’s performance against Liverpool in Anfield on Wednesday broke the barrier between the fiercest of foes as he was applauded off. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Three Georgians to be wary of

Soccer writer, Ger McCarthy, highlights the three Georgian players he feels will deserve some special attention from the Irish players.

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Munster’s O’Mahony is concentrating on club before country

Peter O’Mahony’s targeted return to action from two shoulder reconstructions suggests the Six Nations-winning back row has his eye on Ireland’s November Tests but the Munster captain insists provincial obligations are his number one priority.

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Champions League - The lessons learned

Ger McCarthy outlines some of the lessons learned at the conclusion of a busy week of Champions League play-off qualifiers involving Celtic, Arsenal and two former Premier League managers.

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Rory McIlroy isn’t missing much, but he IS missing Tiger Woods

As thrilling as it was to watch Rory McIlroy dig deep into his well of determination to clinch the US PGA Championship, as exciting to see him resist the challenge of America’s old stager and latest bright young thing there was an unmistakable feeling that someone had been lost in the gathering gloom at Valhalla.

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Transfer Trolley Dash

Ger McCarthy outlines where a selection of Premier League clubs need to strengthen ahead of the new season and before the transfer window slams shut.

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Week 19: Believe it or not, things like sliotars, hurleys and helmets are not yet widely produced here in the hurling stronghold of South Korea

For the first time in the history of Gaelic Games in Korea we had a higher turnout for hurling training last weekend than we did for Gaelic Football.

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McIlroy giving back to the sport that made him

There has been a lot written about Rory McIlroy in the days since he won the Open Championship.

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Week 16: Missing DoubleDown chicken burgers and mud festivals for the Seoul Gaels

It’s been four months since our GAA season began here in Seoul, Korea and we have reached the midway point in our season.

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Titbits and tidings from Hoylake

There was some early Irish success to celebrate in this neck of the woods yesterday when The Island’s Kevin LeBlanc won the R&A’s prestigious Junior Open Championship at West Lancashire Golf Club.

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Week 15: On days like this you wouldn’t know the difference between Harney’s of Dunhill and the Wolfhound Irish Pub in Itaewon

As the clock approached 1am on Sunday morning celebrations were well under way back at "the local". Players, friends and well-wishers had packed the place out to the extent that one could not move without bumping into someone as they did.

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Week 14: Preparing for the first hurling game in South Korea since 2011

On Saturday we had our final training session in the run up to the North Asia Games. As has been common, this year, we trained on the US military base in central Seoul, this time the ladies going first for two hours followed by a two hour session for the men.

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