SPORTS COLUMNISTS

Mike Perez

JOHN RIORDAN: A Rebel ready to rumble as Perez back in the garden

Who knows what’s going through Mike Perez’s head this week?

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DERVAL OROURKE: Cup glory reward for strategic German planning

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. This seems to be key in any great sporting triumph.

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Paul Dunne

COLUMNISTS: Golden future ahead for Dunne

A Silver Medal may have eluded Irish amateur Paul Dunne at The 143rd Open Championship but the 21-year-old student left Hoylake at the weekend with a clearer picture of his bright future.

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Chris Selfridge

CHARLIE MULQUEEN: Galbraith’s presence in Lahinch a sign South of Ireland back on the up

The draw for the West Clare hotels South of Ireland Championship beginning at Lahinch on Saturday suggests the event is again attracting some of the biggest names in amateur golf.

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CHARLIE MULQUEEN: O’Sullivan a star on tour of legends

At 66 and with his sights firmly trained on a top 10 finish in this week’s British Seniors Open at Royal Porthcawl, Cork’s Denis O’Sullivan is focused.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Writing is on the wall for Ireland legend McIlroy

Maybe now he’ll make it onto the Good Wall.

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VICTORY SALUTE: Lee Chin celebrates after Wexford's victory over Waterford in the All-Ireland SHC Round 2 game in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

JOHN FOGARTY: Taking hurling to the next level

It’s a common sight in inter-county hurling these days: a player soloing the ball hops it off the ground and collects it.

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Rory McIlroy plays out of a bunker on the 10th during day 3 of The Open Championship. Picture: PA

JOHN MCHENRY: Cool and controlled, McIlroy reaching a new level

Winning the Open Championship was never going to be easy and so it shouldn’t be either.

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Williams Brazilian driver Felipe Massa crashes at the first corner during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim yesterday. Picture: Peter J Fox

ENDA MCEVOY: The fire is truly back in the Yellow Bellies

NOWLAN PARK on Saturday.

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PAT KEANE: With Weld’s horses in such good form, a vintage Galway looks in store

Dermot Weld has been leading trainer at the Galway festival on 27 occasions.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Pace and width now priceless commodities

"A healthy dressing room is worth more than 100 hours of tactics," declared Vicente Del Bosque as he and his team prepared to jet off to Brazil to defend their title.

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DARA OCINNEIDE: Meathness not enough to derail Dublin

Of all the commodities Meath need to bring to the game in Croke Park tomorrow, their Meathness is by far the most important.

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LARRY RYAN: Reason to worry as Germans approach

I read The Circle this week, Dave Eggers’ novel about an internet company that has taken over Google, Facebook, Twitter and the rest.

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Cork's Alan Cadogan is greeted by manager Jimmy Barry Murphy after he was substituted in last Sunday's Munster SHC final victory over Limerick. Picture: Sportsfile

DONAL OG CUSACK: Madness can make the difference

Stats, psychology, structures and sports science are great, but often, a ravenous hunger trumps all requirements

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FACE-OFF: Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao up close and personal during yesterday's open workout ahead of tomorrow's UFC featherweight bout at Dublin's O2. Picture: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Combination of glitz and combat irresistible to many

Conor McGregor has a different perspective than most when it comes to what the Irish sporting public holds close to its heart.

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McIlroy tees off on the 5th at Hoylake. Picture: PA

JOHN MCHENRY: McIlroy was born for this test

How do you judge a person’s ability, especially if that person is already a superstar, someone as talented as Rory McIlroy?

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PADDY HEANEY: Getting rid of Harte would be change for sake of change

All Championship defeats are painful, but some hurt more than others.

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LeBron James

JOHN RIORDAN: LeBron’s philanthropic direction reassuring on every level

On Saturday, July 5, the LeBron James camp approached Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins and set in train what is arguably the best scoop of the US sporting year.

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