SPORTS COLUMNISTS

PAUL ROUSE: The stock of club players tumbles to an all-time low

It is one of the great axiomatic principles of the GAA that the club is the bedrock of the Association. This is repeated time and again and is rooted in the reality of the lives of people all across Ireland.

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PAT KEANE: Ryan Moore and Ruby Walsh show what makes them great

The most important consideration for any punter trying to find a winner is to first establish if the horse of choice is actually capable of delivering.

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RAY SILKE: Four questions that will be answered this weekend

It will be interesting to see if Cork forwards can make any inroads into Donegal quagmire...

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DECLAN BROWNE: Tipperary must recognise need to employ their bench

Has the qualifier system run its course? Does the All-Ireland football championship need a revamp?

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LARRY RYAN: Counties pinning hopes on pundits careless words

For all the pundits and analysts and journos and podcasts and metrics and statistics we have now, there appears to be a fundamental gap in our understanding of Gaelic games’ most crucial dynamic.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Ryder Cup now a dogfight for Shane Lowry

In many ways, the US PGA Championship this week is a tournament within a tournament. Sure, it is the last major championship of the year, but given that the tournament also offers double ranking points for those on the bubble still seeking to qualify for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in September, the stakes couldn’t be any higher.

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DARA O'CINNEIDE: Time to show true respect to lesser lights of Munster

The words “with all due respect” have entirely lost their meaning in the GAA world after these past few days.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Is Rory McIlroy spooked by his ‘big four’ rivals?

Bernhard Langer’s ability to consistently overcome his career struggles with the putting yips are so well documented, that the smart money would always have been on him finding yet another technical solution to this year’s changes in the laws surrounding anchoring — but it is not as simple as that.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Olympic ideal laudable even if Rio reality laughable

The Rio Olympics: What is it good for?

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JOHN TYNAN: John Ledingham hints he may throw his hat in ring for Irish manager job

Former Army rider Comdt John Ledingham hinted yesterday that he is likely to again apply for the Irish senior show jumping manager’s job when the post comes up for review after the Olympics.

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DEREK KAVANAGH: Donegal are there for the taking

WITH the last two games of the Championship qualifiers to be played out this weekend, the All-Ireland quarter-final line-up is all but complete.

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RUBY WALSH: Clondaw Warrior should be in shake-up for Galway Hurdle

The first six home in yesterday’s Galway Plate were trained by Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins, and you have to think it’s going to be some winter.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Jordan Spieth’s major change is to go with the flow

Last year, Jordan Spieth posted one of the best seasons in the entire history of golf when winning five times.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: They’ll recall this one as the Austin Gleeson final

Call it the Gleeson final, because last night’s Munster U21 final in Walsh Park will be linked always to one name.

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RUBY WALSH: As JT McNamara used to say, chalk it down to Road To Riches

It’s Galway Plate day and to me the feature starts at the top: if Noel Meade has Road To Riches in the same form as he had in Cheltenham or Punchestown then he will win.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Elite sport costs money - a lot of money

This is the height of the GAA season, with the proof visible all over. All-Ireland semi-final slots are filling up, heroic comebacks and stunning defeats are heralded on the back pages, the sun’s out, costs are rising...

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JOHN MCHENRY: Big boys Rory McIlroy and Jason Day to star as Shane Lowry seeks to prove worth

This week, the final major of the year, the PGA Championship returns to one of America’s most famous venues, the Lower Course at Baltusrol.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Clare snipers don’t realise how much they’ll miss Davy Fitzgerald

On the morning of September 29, 2013, Davy Fitzgerald sat alongside the Liam MacCarthy Cup and spoke for the first time about the fabled MiWadi and biscuits, all the while doing his best Frank Sinatra impression. He had done things his way.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Fired-up Galway shut down Clare and classy Joe Canning moved in for kill

I wrote last Saturday that players are strongly motivated by comments which call their personal courage into question.

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KIERAN SHANNON: 2016 Gaelic football season has had its share of shocks and romance

He just may be the most realistic dreamer or the most idealistic realist in Gaelic football.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: The little things that make Big Sam a master

It’s funny, all those references that slip past you as white noise.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Waterford’s wastefulness will worry Derek McGrath

Before this game, I wondered how Waterford would approach it. They had based their success over the last two seasons on a tight defence. In the Munster final, shortcomings under the high ball were exposed.

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ANTHONY DALY: Galway's perfect time for a Joe show

When Aidan Harte scored his late point yesterday, I was thinking of his father Josie, and how delighted he’d have been with the result, but surely mindful of how much it will impact on his turnover this week.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Waterford will need aerial defences ready for blitz

Waterford will need to nullify the presence of Lee Chin in the middle to stand a chance of victory tomorrow, writes Donal O’Grady.

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