LARRY RYAN: Small print leads to big problems

As Premier League transfer activity intensifies, armies of sports lawyers are poised for an orgy of t-crossing and i-dotting on complicated contracts.


JOHN RIORDAN: Why I’m in awe of what youth coaches achieve

Not many of us are naturally inclined towards coaching kids during our selfish twenties.

Anthony Daly

KIERAN SHANNON: A seventh year for Daly wouldn’t be right for him or Dublin

It’s all about time. Anthony Daly knows it.


DERVAL OROURKE: Underage success gives no guarantee for senior career

Last week the World Junior Athletics Championships took place in Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Reeve Whitson

COLUMNISTS: Grass not always green in this cut-throat game

Irish golfers have captured four major championships since 2011 but in that same timeframe, eight of our best and brightest have taken the plunge into the professional ranks.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Bouncing ideas for a better basketball future

July and August mean different things to different people, but for a lot of readers it means one thing no matter what sport they follow. Summer sports camps for the kids.


DONAL OGRADY: Limerick and Tipp pounce on weaknesses



TONY CONSIDINE: Blaming Model flop on flurry of games is lame excuse

Let’s call a spade a spade here, the only positive from yesterday’s double-header in Thurles was the crowd of 43,088.

Keith Rossiter: Absolutely crucial for Wexford.

TONY CONSIDINE: Limerick will stand up to Model physicality

First of all, it is surprising to hear Wexford giving out about where the game is going to be played.

Limerick's Declan Hannon races through the Cork defence in the Munster SHC final in Pairc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Sportsfile

DONAL OGRADY: Disrupting Model fluidity key to Limerick success

The tactical battles that will decide the games in Thurles

CLOSE CALL: Volume (left) goes down narrowly in the Oaks at the Curragh  having had to be re-shod.

PAT KEANE: Turf Club clearly has lessons to learn from Volume farce

The Irish Oaks at the Curragh last Saturday, or at least the delay in getting the race away, was a bit of a farce.

Louis Van Gaal and Brian Robson

LARRY RYAN: The spirit of St Louis: Basking in the cult of LVG

Compared to Louis van Gaal’s honeymoon, Kimye’s went unheralded.


BRENDAN OBRIEN: Commonwealth could do with a rub of the green

Should Ireland ever commit to the Commonwealth again, it would only be to the benefit of its sports men and women in the 26 counties, smack bang in the middle of every Olympic cycle


PADDY HEANEY: Recipe for success in Ulster may leave sour taste in mouth

You are the manager of an Ulster county. Your summer is over, but you are determined to do better next year. What should you do?

Mike Perez

JOHN RIORDAN: A Rebel ready to rumble as Perez back in the garden

Who knows what’s going through Mike Perez’s head this week?