John Riordan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

JOHN RIORDAN: Why I’m in awe of what youth coaches achieve

Not many of us are naturally inclined towards coaching kids during our selfish twenties.

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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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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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JOHN RIORDAN: The rise and rise of a great GAA event

There was a great old buzz in New York’s GAA circles a couple of weeks back when the two Féile teams performed so admirably in the west of Ireland and now the countdown to the Continental Youth Championships can really begin.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Gehrig’s dignity a world away from Kidd’s big gamble

On Friday, when the fireworks pop and the hotdogs sizzle for the annual celebration of Independence Day in the United States, New York Yankees fans will have another impossibly sentimental reason to hark back on past Fourth of Julys.

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JOHN RIORDAN: USA takes a further step to becoming genuine contenders

That thrilling, slightly jarring draw between the US and Portugal on Sunday night was the most watched soccer game of all time in America.

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"I have always greeted with renewed surprise the well-worn "Cork love going to Thurles" line. I've retained a deep-seated suspicion of the place."

JOHN RIORDAN: Finally, I think I’m starting to get over my Thurles phobia

My first visit to Semple Stadium was a depressing one that has probably shaped me into the cynic that I am.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Real life has a nasty habit of muscling in on the fantasy

I never thought I’d replace Cork Coffee Roasters after moving to New York.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Building new team around Villa puts New York on map

That’s what you call a statement of intent; New York City FC signing striker David Villa on Monday was an impactful moment.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Klinsmann’s tough line on Donovan a loss to the USA

Landon Donovan needed a bit of head space at the end of 2012 and came back refreshed in March of the following year.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Dodgy elbows and baseball’s wastelands

I chanced upon an early morning softball game in a park near where I live on Sunday.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Coaches get remunerated beyond anything that seems fair but are expected to act as standard setters for their student athletes

John Ri Manhattan College, a modestly-sized third level institution in the Bronx with a modestly-ranked athletics department, resonates quite deeply with the GAA in New York.

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JOHN RIORDAN: NFL drafting players from a billion-dollar sinking ship

The signs are up around Times Square again: the NFL Draft is upon us and, tomorrow night, New York City will be invaded by football players whose suits are as sharp as their eyes are dull.

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