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KIERAN SHANNON: When McIlroy becomes a Trump asset, it matters

Trump could do with some help from a major sports star these days, writes Kieran Shannon

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: O’Donovan lays down marker with superb display

James O’Donovan is the first name on the Willie Whelton Cup after a sensational performance saw him beat All-Ireland champion Thomas Mackle by three bowls of odds at Grange.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Joe Schmidt must put quick end to French renaissance

Nobody is quite sure what to expect when France return to Dublin next Saturday, writes Donal Lenihan.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Reborn Radamel Falcao big threat to City prospects

The Champions League scripts department has been doing some clever rewrites lately.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Flawed ‘Super 8’ not the answer

Introducing more extra-time matches and freeing up September fits into Páraic Duffy’s long-standing agenda to make more space for club activity.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Lacklustre Cork rebuild Dublin morale

Tight, tidy, neat and efficient. A description of Dublin’s play on Saturday night, apart from the first 12 minutes and later when they were reduced to 14 men. 

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ANTHONY DALY: Premier find way past Déise defensive blanket

Tipp and Wexford are the only teams whose form-lines have been ultra-consistent so far but February can do that to you, says Anthony Daly.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Adding science to the backs v forwards session

Don’t ask me why I never thought of this before, but at least I thought of it now, kind of, so that’s progress.

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LARRY RYAN: Isolated Wenger left to carry can

To borrow a famous line from a GAA match report printed in this paper, Bayern Munich appear to have driven the final nail in Arsene Wenger’s coffin of hope, writes Larry Ryan.

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PAT KEANE: Sizing John case makes you wonder how many horses are running over clearly unsuitable trips?

It seems rather obvious now that Sizing John has been running over the wrong trip for most of his life.

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RUBY WALSH: Bachasson poised to get off the mark over fences

There are just three and a half weeks to go to the Cheltenham Festival and all the horses are in full work, writes Ruby Walsh

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ANTHONY DALY: New Cork are more than the sum of their medals

Everything now is measured and governed by numbers and statistics, writes Anthony Daly

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LIAM MACKEY: League of Ireland season dawn brings fear and fanfare

Liam Mackey looks ahead to a new season of domestic football in Ireland.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Italy are the only winners in keeping Six Nations closed shop

Brendan O'Brien wonders if Italy are still worthy of their Six Nations spot.

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RONAN O'GARA: What a kick in the teeth feels like

HOW coincidental my exasperation on these pages at the fading art of kicking should be followed last Saturday by the wayward clearance that may define this season’s Six Nations championship, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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PAUL ROUSE: Loss of Harold's Cross extends far beyond sport

There is something quite moving about the loss of a sports ground, writes Paul Rouse

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KIERAN SHANNON: Guardiola’s display reveals sport’s common humanity

Twenty years ago this month, one of the first films to cover the burgeoning commercialisation of sport was playing in cinemas all around the country.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Ireland beware as coach Noves sparking off a French revolution

After a riveting opening phase of Six Nations action, we now have a weekend to draw breath and contemplate what the remainder of this year’s tournament is likely to throw up.

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