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CHAMPION MATERIAL: Boston Bob - has a history on going well frash.

RUBY WALSH: Canyon set for winning start over flights

This weekend promises plenty, as Willie Mullins takes the wraps off some of his better horses, with an ease in the ground finally arriving.

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PERFECT TIMING:  Ryan Moore - timed it just right on Adelaide to land the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Australia last Saturday.

PAT KEANE: Thin line between hero and villain

There isn’t half a thin line in this racing game between emerging as a hero, or being torn asunder by the public and press alike.

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The Dundalk team celebrate after the game. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

LIAM MACKEY: Wouldn’t it be great if it was like this all the time

Quoting Van Morrison, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: "wouldn’t it be great if it was like this all the time..."

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Managers and coaches gatekeepers for players’ well-being

Everyone welcomes the new focus and openness on mental health within the GAA – recent efforts to remove the stigma about discussing such issues are doing wonders for people facing these challenges all over the country.

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Dr Michael Gervais

KIERAN SHANNON: Coaching the coach

If you hear an Irish rugby player in the coming year using the term ’Always Compete’ or ’Fail Fast’ or admitting to spelling words backwards when they’ve felt over-anxious, you can probably put it down to a recent conversation between Joe Schmidt and a psychologist Dr Michael Gervais.

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Roy Keane - autobiography

LARRY RYAN: Throwing the book at autobiographies

57 channels and nothin’ on. Unfair on the authors but that’s how it feels when you’re promised two autobiographies from current Everton footballers in the same week. On top of all the others.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Ireland may have to endure some November pain

The new European gig was gripping at times but it did little to divert the impression the provinces are slipping under the shadow of an Ireland team on the up.

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RONAN OGARA: Madigan needs time in No 10 jersey

Obviously I’m biased but, for me, it wasfantastic to see all the old Munster values and traditions were still there.

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PADDY HEANEY: O’Rourke’s broadside raises questions over GPA’s priorities

Colm O’Rourke is no stranger to controversy, but even he was startled by the backlash that followed his column criticising the Gaelic Players’ Association.

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SEAMUS OTUAMA: Mullins, O’Donovan take the features

Christy Mullins and James O’Donovan won the two feature scores at the Dingle Cliff and Coastal Rescue benefit on the Ballydavid Road near Dingle.

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Paul Earley

JOHN FOGARTY: Ireland will be prepared for Aussie aggression, says Earley

Paul Earley expects the Australians to try and make next month’s test in Perth an intimidating one for his players after Ireland’s last two series successes by considerable margins.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Murphy takes first fighting steps on long road to the top

What Cusack, O’Neill and Duffy come up with should constitute plenty of change for now.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Munster hopes rest with fiery forwards

The Champions Cup is well and truly up and running.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Munster Council set to revise split of big-game gate receipts

Munster GAA chiefs are planning to change the division of gate revenue among counties in the Munster championship.

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Anthony Daly

KIERAN SHANNON: Dalo’s life even more tormenting without torment of management

Throughout his life and his new book Anthony Daly has found himself staring at the ceiling or out at the sea or over his wife’s head trying to fathom what just happened to his team, what did he do wrong, what does he and they do next?

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HIGH FLYER: AC Milan striker  Fernando Torres stretches for a volley during the Serie A claash with Fiorentina at the San Siro Stadium  on Sunday.

DAVID SHONFIELD: Italy’s climate of uncertainty

The crisis in Italian football is a bit like climate change.

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Colm Callanan

JOHN FOGARTY: Rules in the spotlight again

It’s almost that time of year again when clubs put forward motions to county conventions, but 2014 is slightly different.

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COLUMNISTS: Castlemartyr Resort lands major award

Never let it be said that the Golf Column isn’t ahead of the game but if proof were needed, we’re not too modest to toot our horn.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Majestic Madigan proving a kicking king

Vintage rugby was in short supply in Europe this weekend with teams more intent on delivering a result rather than a performance.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Last post for resolute Bradlee

Ben Bradlee died last week at the age of 93.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Foley achieves all that was asked as Thomond rocks again

Thomond Park hasn’t exactly rocked of late, a point not lost on Edinburgh or Ospreys who seized their moment to bag rare wins in their respective Guinness Pro12 outings in Limerick last month.

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LIAM MACKEY: United take the role of giantkillers

Manchester United versus Chelsea at Old Trafford — tomorrow’s game, as we’ve come to expect, is being billed as a ‘Super Sunday’ occasion, one of those blue-chip Premier League match-ups, two big title rivals of the modern era going head to head again in of the great football theatres of the world.

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PAT KEANE: Is the French way the right way?

The more you study the manner in which French stewards interpret their rules the more one is inclined to the view that the way they do things is the right way.

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LARRY RYAN: Football can beat downturn

From time to time, I become convinced that professional sport, as we know it, will cease to exist within my potential lifetime. Will decline, anyway.

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RUBY WALSH: Captain Carolcan go one better

I’m sure most people are delighted with the mild and dry weather we have been experiencing for a while now, but for those of us in the racing game, at least the National Hunt end of things, it is really annoying.

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KIERAN SHANNON: The weekend interview: McGrath’s numbers game

Clare might have made an underwhelming fist of defending their All-Ireland title but 2014 has still been a very special year for Conor McGrath, confirming the 23-year-old’s status as one of the country’s leading hurlers.

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