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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


JOHN RIORDAN: NBA places bet on future of gambling

More than ever, sport in the US is becoming intertwined with politics and societal behaviour, with the NFL especially blinded by the glare of public opinion.

Thierry Henry

JOHN RIORDAN: Legend that is Thierry Henry deserves a fairytale finale

It’s not clear yet what Thierry Henry is planning to do next season but there’s plenty life in the old dog, suggests John Riordan.


JOHN RIORDAN: Emotional days for sports stars and fans in Ohio

The college basketball season in the US started early this past Sunday.


JOHN RIORDAN: Murphy takes first fighting steps on long road to the top

What Cusack, O’Neill and Duffy come up with should constitute plenty of change for now.

David Villa

JOHN RIORDAN: Cosmos thinking big as Raul looks the real deal

Tomorrow is Pele’s birthday — or maybe it was yesterday. Depends on where you fact check.

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.


JOHN RIORDAN: How Big Easy shaped legend of Manning

There was a nice little documentary on the radio here a couple of weeks ago which sought to debunk the corporate creation myths of the most successful entrepreneurs who rose up to dominate our daily lives.

Derek Jeter

JOHN RIORDAN: Baseball needs new narrative to eclipse Jeter’s long goodbye

Now that Derek Jeter has left baseball, the rest of the sport can focus on the real business of October, the play-offs and the suddenly dramatic road to the World Series.


JOHN RIORDAN: New York look for American dream to come true at Croker

The New York ladies football team did the tour of Croke Park a month ago.


JOHN RIORDAN: It’s more than the game that matters in NFL

IT’S hard to avoid this repeated hand wringing about the NFL and its inability to stay opaque in our overwhelmingly transparent era of journalism.


JOHN RIORDAN: The NFL is facing into a major brand-salvaging operation

Before it gets grim around here, allow me to get a little sentimental.


JOHN RIORDAN: Furlong’s Falcons heartbreak shows how cruel sport can be

Over the weekend, multiple hearts were broken across the NFL, as fringe players were told they wouldn’t be making their respective teams’ final 53-man squads.