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Sean Potts

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Player burn-out focus of ‘very hard-hitting’ GPA report

GPA head of communications Sean Potts revealed yesterday that the player organisation will release a "very hard-hitting" report on player burn-out in the coming weeks, reports Michael Moynihan

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IN FOCUS: Alan Dillon poses for a photo with a fan after Ballintubber's victory over Castlebar Mitchels in the Mayo SFC final in MacHale Park, Castlebar.

JOHN FOGARTY: Dual counties feel the fixture squeeze

Nobody can deny the appeal of finishing the club season in the calendar year. It’s neat, it’s tidy, reports John Fogarty

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Carlo Ancelotti

DAVID SHONFIELD: With Barca on Real’s mind, Pool can spring a surprise

Winning in Europe at the same time as winning at home is an art, and even experience does not guarantee success.

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Liam O'Neill

KIERAN SHANNON: Club players need to be offered more championship action

At this time of year, we’re supposed to be entering rugby country for the next while, but really, can a month that hosts so many county finals be more GAA than October?

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COLUMNISTS: European Tour looking beyond Dubai

Europe’s best golfers may still be jockeying for position on the 2014 Race To Dubai, with the season’s climax at the DP Tour Championship still five weeks away.

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TONY LEEN: Historic title win for Ballincollig began with a sit down

The night after Ballincollig surprised everyone by stepping over Nemo Rangers into a first Cork county football final, manager Michael O’Brien sat his management team, some players and members of the club’s executive down, writes Tony Leen. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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DONAL LENIHAN: This will work wonders for Munster morale

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Different tournament, same drama. Munster are simply incapable of doing things the easy way.

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ENDA MCEVOY: Don’t come gunning for me, I’m only an All Star selector

"It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.

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RUBY WALSH: Lyrical Theatre can take centre stage

I go to Cork tomorrow to ride two horses, the first of them being Bosman Rule for Willie Mullins.

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LIAM MACKEY: Critics have no answer for O’Neill

Now that we’ve all just about re-entered earth orbit after that ‘I-saw-it-with-my-own-eyes-and-I-still-can’t-believe-it’ final act in Gelsenkirchen, it’s time to draw breath and ponder a couple of the deeply philosophical questions posed by Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany.

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LARRY RYAN: A little bit of history repeated

Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was… Same as it ever was.

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RONAN OGARA: Munster face tough task but can get the job done

The tournament’s name may have changed but the key to European rugby remains to target four wins in the pool stages. Nothing else matters. Munster face a tough ask but possess players who can think for themselves and get the job done, writes Ronana O'Gara.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Spirit of the Gael can only bring Ireland so far

Since that 1-0 defeat of the Dutch 13 years ago, Ireland have played 32 competitive games at Lansdowne Road, Croke Park and at the Aviva.

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PADDY HEANEY: Football is in dire need of a third way

Do you remember the days when the All-Ireland football champions set the template for everyone else?

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Another moment of magic in Germany for proud O’Neill

It has been an international period dominated by his assistant Roy Keane, but Martin O’Neill was entitled to the final word last night.

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SEAMUS OTUAMA: Buckley turns back the clock in no uncertain terms

James Buckley bowled like an Oisín returned from Tír na nÓg in Sunday’s Hurley’s of Midleton King of the Roads final at Ballincurrig, we hadn’t seen anything like this from him since the 1990s.

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Pep Guardiola

JOHN RIORDAN: Sharp suit says so much in a GAA world without any frills

We chuckled about the suit a little on the sidelines at the Rockland GAA club on Saturday, but there’s a nice reason why Elliot Whitney wears it, writes John Riordan.

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Captain Peter O'Mahony leads the team in stretching exercises  at University of Limerick  yesterday ahead of their European Rugby Champions Cup clash with Sale Sharks.

DONAL LENIHAN: Munster must start with away win

With five Heineken Cup successes over a magical seven-year period between 2006 and 2012, European rugby had become a happy hunting ground for the Irish, writes Donal Lenihan.

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Robbie Keane

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Keane front and centre for Ireland

For all the talk of Martin O’Neill and his horses for courses, there was a familiar look to Ireland’s pre-match press conference at the Veltins Arena last night as Robbie Keane took his place beside the national team manager, writes Brendan O'Brien.

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Joachim Loew Training

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Bracing for the backlash from Germany

FEW teams marry style and substance like ‘Die Mannschaft’, writes Brendan O'Brien.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Maturing Keane learns from mistakes

The first thing about Roy Keane’s latest book is that it’s brilliant. Or since it was Roddy Doyle who ghosted it, and not our old mentor Cormac MacConnell, it’s f**king brilliant, deadly altogether, writes Kieran Shannon.

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Justin Gatlin

DERVAL OROURKE: IAAF’s Gatlin salute sends wrong message to dopers

The world of athletics has found itself in a precarious position. During the outdoor season, I had a sense there was an elephant in the room and wondered at what point is it going to be discussed, writes Derval O'Rourke

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