Clare's Peter Duggan takes control of this high ball against Cork's Darragh Brosnan, right, and Kevin Kavanagh in the Munster U21 clash at Cusack Park, Ennis. Picture: Diarmuid Greene

DONAL OG CUSACK: Has sport got out of control?

Has the whole idea of sportspeople standing for something greater gone, asks Donal Óg Cusack?

Rob Heffernan: To receive bronze for 20km walk at the 2010 European Championships after Russian Stanislav Emelyanov found guilty of doping offences.

BRENDAN OBRIEN: A beneficial, if depressing, week for Irish athletes

Last April one year, Carol Sharp picked up the phone in Edinburgh and put a call through to her daughter Lynsey in the United States.


PADDY HEANEY: Bearing defeat but not losing heart is what makes winners

In sport and in life, everybody wants to be like Eddy Merckx – the outrageously gifted Belgian cyclist whose natural talent and extra-terrestrial strength allowed him to brush aside his rivals with contemptuous ease.


TONY CONSIDINE: The buzz lasted only 10 minutes as Cork collapse

I thought that we had seen the last of the mismatches last Sunday in Thurles, but unfortunately not.


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