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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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Week 13: Organising the North Asian Games starts with finding a pitch

Preparations for the North Asian Games have been picking up pace recently. We have just one training session left before the competition and less than ten days left to iron out the finer details of the event.

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Samgyeopsal

Week 12: Leaving a man behind in Seoul, a broken jaw and a bit of samgyeopsal

As usual, Seoul Station was the meeting point early Saturday morning as we prepared to make the two and a half hour train trip to Ulsan for the second round of the Korean league.

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Nursing injuries in Seoul

Week 11 (June 11th, 2014)

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Michael Conlan

Conlan aims to right the Delhi wrongs

With his confidence boosted by a series of accolades from a glittering junior career, Michael Conlan arrived at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago convinced he was ready to claim senior gold.

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A weekend away playing football in China

Week 10 (June 4th, 2014) On Saturday morning at about 9.40am local time the China Eastern Airlines Boeing Jet from Seoul to Shanghai had just touched down at Pudong International Airport.

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World Cup - Friendly Fire

World Cup 2014 kicks off in nine days so Ger McCarthy looks at how some of the contenders and outsiders are shaping up ahead of their final friendlies before boarding the plane to Brazil.

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Don’t go writing the Roy Bhoy headlines just yet

Martin O’Neill, the FAI and the Irish players are awaiting clarity on Roy Keane’s next move. Not to mention an Irish public whose fascination with the Cork man showing little sign of dimming.

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Golf stars could do with a rule check

Professional golfers quite rightly dedicate plenty of time to practice in the lead up to majors but as the US Open approaches they would be advised to have a quick refresh of the local rules.

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4,000km treks across Asia a world away from short spin to Dunhill GAA club

Week 9 (May 28th, 2014) When I started playing GAA at under nines and under tens game day, for me, meant a thirty minute trip in the back of my parents’ Honda Civic into Waterford City, a short spin to one of the nearby parishes or a stroll over to the local field at Dunhill GAA Club.

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25 years ago Gaybo gave my auntie ten grand and Arsenal completed the greatest story ever told

Tony Leen was at Anfield 25 years ago tonight for the most remarkable league triumph in football history.

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In Formula One, it doesn’t get bigger than Monte Carlo

The jewel in the crown of the Formula One season, the playground of the rich and famous. The Monaco Grand Prix is unlike any other sporting event in the world. Just over 3km of tarmac makes up one of the most enigmatic, mythical and prestigious 2 hours of sporting highlights you’re ever likely to see.

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Kieran McKeever on the toxic and nasty rivalry between Donegal and Derry

For 16 years now, Kieran McKeever has carried a mantle that he doesn’t want any more.

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