John Riordan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

JOHN RIORDAN: Tiger still has enduring hold on US public

In spite of his previous attempts to quell the public obsession with his ailing golf career, Tiger Woods is truly the only spark that ignites the interest of the general US public.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Gambling pays on wild cards and Wild Cats

It was both crass and amusing - not a unique combination by any stretch when it comes to Las Vegas and all that makes the infamous Strip tick.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Never forget the heroes who made 1,000 games possible

Missing out on last night’s 1,000th Cork City league game was all the more painful because my first ever Cork City league game was also a win over Galway United at Turner’s Cross.

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JOHN RIORDAN: New York’s newest noisy neighbours

The great players enjoy more space and more time than the mere mortals and that goal summed up what Villa can expect this year in this league.

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JOHN RIORDAN: All water under the bridge as Etihad GAA World Games highlight best of GAA

How Argentina’s men — coached energetically by Pat Spillane — had any emotions left after their extra-time victory in the international final is beyond me. But they did, and displayed the sort of joy you associate with their colourful soccer history.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Catching hope and footballs in the rye

It was panic stations on Friday and Aiden O’Sullivan was an oasis of calm, says John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: New York preparations on ice as Abu Dhabi temperatures soar

New York has an uneasy relationship with the Middle East. I know there are some thoughts reverberating around some players’ heads, especially those whose childhoods were disrupted by the events of 9/11.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Missing the finer points leads to major setbacks

We have to get our heads around the amount of space left when 18 players roam around a soccer-sized pitch, says John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: New York’s Gaels ready to take on the world

We’re not travelling almost 7,000 miles to spend our evenings in the pub. I also told them that we shouldn’t be under any illusions — we’re up against it, says John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Gridiron grinds on amid travails of ‘Johnny Football’

Here was a player who arrived all guns blazing, celebrating the few touchdowns he scored or created by rubbing his fingers together to signify all the money his talents generated, says John Riordan.

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Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with fans after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 in the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.

JOHN RIORDAN: Talking over as New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks set to raise hell in Arizona

How much more hype from over here can you stand? says John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Battling Conor McGregor wins over the US heartland

The NFL and the UFC have a lot in common. Both are vaudevillian nightmares that shouldn’t work but really seem to manage just fine, says John Riordan.

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