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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Phil Hughes tragedy reminds us of the inherent dangers in sport

Hippocrates said sport was the preserver of health, writes Brendan O'Brien.

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Keith Earls, Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe

RONAN OGARA: A story about Earlsie and ZeBowe

A call from Examiner Towers on Tuesday. What are you rabbiting on about this week? Presume you’re looking back at Saturday?

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PADDY HEANEY: The pros and cons of an emigrant’s life down under

The scene in Dublin Airport was sad to watch yet it probably takes place every day, writes Paddy Heaney.

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JOHN RIORDAN: VIDEO: Amazing catch leaves NFL very thankful for rising star Beckham Jr

A young player from New Orleans, Odell Beckham Jr, stole the show on Sunday night with a three-fingered catch that will intrigue for years to come This story is enriched with multi-media content

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CHASING PACK: Gordon D'Arcy attempts to break the tackle of Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper and Ben McCalman. Picture: Colm O'Neill

DONAL LENIHAN: Ireland must learn from 2007 meltdown

So where do we stand after the autumn interntionals, asks Donal Lenihan?

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SEAMUS OTUAMA: Sexton digs deep to edge past Bohane in Connie Killarney Cup final

Seamus Sexton won the Connie Killarney Cup final on the Marsh Road where he beat Michael Bohane with his 18th shot past the line.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Book brings to life savage events of Bloody Sunday

IT would have been yesterday, a Monday in November, 94 years ago, that Luke O’Toole, the general secretary of the GAA, walked through the early-morning mist and the blood-stained, bullet-ridden grass of Croke Park, shadowed by a journalist.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Gaelic football must be GAA priority over Rules in US

Most of the Ireland International Rules team and GAA officials touch down in Dublin airport early this morning.

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LARRY RYAN: No sign of hyperbole stocks depleting here

The best 40 minutes rugby we have seen in years upon years

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Devil in detail for meticulous Joe

These are the good days for Joe Schmidt, and there may be a slight danger of looking ahead a little too fast.

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Faugheen is easily the highest rated in the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle at Ascot this afternoon. Picture: Inpho

RUBY WALSH: Long faces if Faugheen fails to collect

It was a bit like old times yesterday, riding at Haydock and then heading down the M6, for about four hours, on the way to Ascot.

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Shanahan's Turn and Jonathan Burke (left) quickening away from the final fence to beat Indevan, ridden by Ruby Walsh, last weekend at Punchestown. Pic: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

PAT KEANE: De Bromhead’s new star Turn

Horses like Sizing Europe certainly don’t come around too often and when the veteran performed poorly at Clonmel recently his trainer, Henry de Bromhead, must have wondered, at least momentarily, if he might ever be lucky enough to come across one like him again.

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LARRY RYAN: Managers happy to go along with sideshows

A week is a long time in distraction.

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Michael Hooper's impact has been such that he was handed the captaincy of Australia at the tender age of 23 and has already accumulated 40 caps. Picture: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

DONAL LENIHAN: How Ireland can blunt Hooper’s impact

Rhys Ruddock and Peter O’Mahony will have to workin tandem to negate the influence of Michael Hooper

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Tommy Walsh makes his way to the sideline before  the Leinster SHC final against Dublin. Picture: Dáire Brennan/Sportsfile

ENDA MCEVOY: Walsh a wonder of modern hurling

The best place to begin any appraisal of Tommy Walsh’s career is not with the All-Ireland medals, not with the All Stars but on a Sunday afternoon at Walsh Park in the summer of 1997.

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HOT SEAT: Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane in relaxed mood at a press conference ahead of the USA game. David Maher

LIAM MACKEY: A quiet word about Keano

And so it seems we have to talk about Roy – again.

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Ireland's Lee Keegan and Aidan O'Shea during a 'recovery session' in the South Pacific Health Club in Melbourne. Picture Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Why it’s time to say goodbye to International Rules

If the GAA and AFL are serious about re-energising the series, they should up sticks and bring it to New York<

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Tommy Walsh with Tipperary's Lar Corbett and Pa Bourke during the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

DONAL OGRADY: A true master under the high ball

Tommy Walsh built his legend in a variety of positions for Kilkenny.

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Skipper Paul O'Connell during a squad training session at Carton House ahead of tomorrow's Guinness Series match against Australia. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

RONAN OGARA: Ronan O' Gara column: Can someone put the Hymac in reverse please?

Nothing characterises the Irish sporting psyche like our attitude to the respective Tests this autumn against South Africa and tomorrow’s Test against Australia.

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