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LARRY RYAN: Time only waits for Arsene Wenger

As gloom continues to engulf Jose Mourinho, we are unsurprised to learn this week of his burning desire to break Arsene Wenger’s face.

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LIAM MACKEY: Ireland women park their disappointment to win friends and fans

To Tallaght Stadium last Tuesday for the women’s international between Ireland and Portugal, with a lot riding on the night. On and off the pitch.

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PAT KEANE: Hoping for the best, but fearing the worst for the jump season

In the so-called good old days, Listowel was always regarded as the real start of the National Hunt season.

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JOHN TYNAN: Greg Broderick ensures Ireland a place in Furusiyya Series final

A cool-headed clear from Greg Broderick on MHS Going Global last night ensured Ireland scraped through to tomorrow’s €1.5m Furusiyya Series final in Barcelona, Spain.

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PAUL ROUSE: Why do sportswomen remain the poor relation to men?

Why does women’s sport still suffer for recognition, asks Paul Rouse

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Olympic and Paralympic heroes always breaking down barriers

Thomas Barr decided to strike while the iron was hot and run a Diamond League meet. Natalya Coyle spent a fortnight working for RTÉ as a pundit on the Paralympics. Colin Lynch is targeting a world record mile attempt on the bike and Paul Pollock set off on a leisurely road trip around Ireland.

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JOHN MCHENRY: New formats may still be golf, but not as we know it

Rivalries are nothing new in sport. They are on every corner but few have the importance or the commercial impact of the three-day match play tournament which biennially pits the best players from both the US and Europe against each other: the Ryder Cup.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Rich get richer in European football's ‘evolution not revolution’

There is a carve-up taking place at the top of European football and you don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to see who is behind it.

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JOHN FOGARTY: The black card fades to grey

Tongue firmly lodged in cheek, Tipperary’s Robbie Kiely tweeted in the closing stages of Sunday’s All-Ireland final: “Any black cards in this match yet?”

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KIERAN SHANNON: Stephen Rochford and Mayo have time as a friend for replay

Since the final whistle of last Sunday’s chaotic and compelling All-Ireland final, there’s been a consensus that Jim Gavin’s Dublin will automatically be better in the replay. 

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TONY LEEN: Are Mayo closer to the prize — or farther away?

Answer this and you’re halfway to figuring out the All-Ireland football final replay.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: A word of advice for players on dressing-room access

You may have seen it, you may not have, depending on your familiarity with Facebook, the website set up, according to Hollywood, to get back at a girl who dumped a nerd at Harvard.

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PAT KEANE: Three horses to note in the paying for Christmas list

When high-class fillies hit a rich vein of form they can be irresistible and there are three we must have on our side over the closing weeks of the season.

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