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LARRY RYAN: Raheem Sterling’s high jinks a legacy of Liverpool’s old Spice Boys

The pipes, the pipes are evidently calling Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling,

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ANTHONY DALY: Dublin can rise to the occasion against Cork

After Dublin’s quarter-final win against Limerick, I laughed to myself when I saw some of the lazy journalism splurged across many of the papers.

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LIAM MACKEY: FC Porto teach Bayern Munich the meaning of hubris

Hubris. Now there’s a word I really like, with its hint of a serpent’s hiss at the end offset by the near certainty that the slithery one is in for a nasty surprise.

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PAT KEANE: Steeplechasing in a very healthy place right now

The number of potentially high-calibre staying chasers in training at the moment is quite astonishing.

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RONAN O'GARA: Watch Leinster do a Marseille number on Toulon

The Top 14’s financial watchdog this week released a report showing France’s top 30 clubs have an accumulated debt of almost €34 million — yet nobody here batted an eyelid, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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PADDY HEANEY: Chronic lack of vision leaves Antrim lying in the gutter

When paying tribute to the late Kevin Heffernan, Colm O’Rourke recounted an anecdote which gave a telling insight into the Dublin manager’s brilliance.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Opening up the big questions

John Sawatsky has made a career of asking the right questions.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Martin Coppinger’s massive opener paves way for win over Sexton

Martin Coppinger opened the 2015 Munster senior championship with a bowl of odds win over Séamus Sexton at Clondrohid.

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DONAL LENIHAN: As Leinster target ageing Toulon, Munster fire up new-look offence

The capture of Francis Saili could be the final piece in an exciting Munster backline for next season. The problem, ironically, could be in the tight five, writes Donal Lenihan.

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JOHN FOGARTY: The Fogarty Forum: Donegal merely went through the motions

The outcome of Sunday’s full-times in Croke Park confirmed it will be at least eight seasons since an Ulster team last won a Division 1 title. No province has been more faithful to the competition but its top counties are learning the lessons of prolonged campaigns.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Rise above negativity and you’ll see semi-final positives

For a weekend that has served up some lovely football in recent years, there’s been little love for the football league semi- finals in some quarters.

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LIAM MACKEY: Fond farewell to a Ray of light

I have to say that Twitter comes into its own on sad occasions such as the passing of the great Ray Treacy and I’m sure it must come as some considerable consolation to his nearest and dearest to see the outpouring of affection and admiration on the internet which has shown no sign of drying up since the shocking news of his death emerged.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Time for a new word game in Gaelic football

The time comes in every columnist’s life when he is forced to offer a glossary, and for me that time is now.

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