John Riordan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

JOHN RIORDAN: Paying more than lip service to Louisville

A bit of travel advice here for the US sports fans among you: Louisville, Kentucky.

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JOHN RIORDAN: A stain on the Tom Brady legacy

In among the rubble and whirlwind of hot and bothered sports talk radio that blitzed through Monday evening’s rush hour, one bit of perspective on the heavy sanctioning of Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady rang true.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Steph Curry adds a true quality to Warrior spirit

For a while there, it seemed like the NBA player of the year vote deciding the regular season’s Most Valuable Player would devolve into an alphabet soup of stats, highlights and what “valuable” really even means.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Mayweather-Pacquiao payday a reminder of what might have been

“You a fight fan?” the owner of my laundromat asked as he leaned back against a washing machine, his arm awkwardly stretched back over the whirring of a spin cycle.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Thorny US-Canada relations freeze once again as the icemen cometh

The US-Canada dynamic is an enjoyable experience for a bystander, a comically fraught relationship with both sides playing up to their respective national caricatures.

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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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