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LARRY RYAN: Tackling the Big Sam question

Last time Big Sam Allardyce interviewed for the England job, the FA’s Dave Richards was putting the key questions: “If a player came walking into the dressing room talking away on his mobile, what would you do?”

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PAT KEANE: Seamie Heffernan has more than stood the test of time

Last Saturday at the Curragh, Seamie Heffernan did what he does best, producing a typical no-frills drive to land his first Irish Oaks aboard Seventh Heaven.

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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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ANTHONY DALY: Clare are due big game but Galway will be formidable

Ger Loughnane, being the bould Ger that he is, just can’t help himself sometimes. Cutting loose, slashing and burning and razing Galway, Micheal Donoghue and Joe Canning is nothing new but the timing of his comments, with Clare now in the other corner, could turn on his own county like a backdraft.

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LARRY RYAN: Cork City Players prove worth on a night to remember

There was a whiff of box office, writes Larry Ryan.

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PM O'SULLIVAN: Who will evade Madame Guillotine and her blade?

Madame Guillotine returns to hurling on Sunday afternoon, writes PM O’Sullivan

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Among the scandals dogging Rio, Irish hockey is already an uplifting success

Drugs, bugs, refuseniks, and a troubled host city: it really hasn’t been the smoothest of rides so far for Rio 2016, writes Brendan O’Brien

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JOHN TYNAN: Robert Splaine confident of Cup success at Nations Cup

Hopes are high that Ireland’s show jumpers will today repeat last year’s Nations Cup win at Dublin Horse Show and, while manager Robert Splaine was upbeat yesterday, he was saying little that might prove a hostage to fortune.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Taaffe schooled in Galway but Clare to the core

Growing up, Eamonn Taaffe’s life was defined by difference. What made him as a Clare native this and what made them, those from over the Galway border that backs onto his family house, that.

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PAUL ROUSE: Rule change should be embraced, not feared

The history of Gaelic football is littered with disputes, controversies, and occasional pronouncements that its extinction was both imminent and welcome, writes Paul Rouse

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JOHN MCHENRY: A privilege to witness Troon duellists’ perfect moment in time

No one should underestimate the enormity of the occasion, given that last Sunday’s final round of the Open Championship was in fact Henrik Stenson’s (40) most realistic opportunity to win his first major championship and, perhaps, Phil Mickelson’s (46) last.

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DERVAL O'ROURKE: So near yet so far: The fine lines on the road to Rio

The Olympic Games is just weeks from kicking off. There has been so many negative stories leading into this Olympics but one thing has remained the same as every other Olympics: a place on any Olympic team in track and field is something to be cherished.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Let’s not ignore positive elements of football

For those of you who initially thought last Sunday’s Ulster final was another desecration of what was once known as Gaelic football, a question — name a game in recent memory in which both teams helped serve up a greater number of exceptional long-range points than what Tyrone and Donegal did in Clones?

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JOHN FOGARTY: Is the best football unseen?

At the end of last month, GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail was asked if he was worried about the standard of games in the football championship this summer.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Hard to match Henrik Stenson’s raw ball-striking ability

All sports have their great days and after the recent debacle surrounding the Olympics, the world of golf needed something positive this week.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: What did you do for your sport today?

The great Gloria Steinem was in these pages recently, and she had this to say about action and activism, or maybe their opposites.

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RAY SILKE: Three reasons why Galway are Connacht champions

Wily Kevin Walsh can rightly take the plaudits for this win, writes Ray Silke.

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O'ISIN MCCONVILLE: A day where this Tyrone team came of age on the big stage

In Clones before throw-in, it was so easy to get caught up in the atmosphere. Judging the mood of the crowd, you felt it was going to be an absolute belter. Everybody just seemed so eager for the game. 

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PAT KEANE: Eziyra a real eye-catcher but Galway will be stiffer task

At Tipperary last Saturday, Dermot Weld’s newcomer, Eziyra, caught the eye of just about everyone watching.

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O'ISIN MCCONVILLE: A game football needs; a victory Tyrone desires

Let’s not change the rules – let’s pit together two evenly-matched teams in front of a huge crowd in a provincial final with the outcome firmly in the balance. Well, in Ulster we have again been able to deliver in this regard.

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DARA O'CINNEIDE: Donegal can withstand the latest Tyrone rising

There is a sense ahead of tomorrow’s Ulster final between Tyrone and Donegal of a wheel having come full circle, of a new cycle about to begin and of this latest clash between neighbouring counties being a cusp game.

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