Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: Mayo play a whole new blame game

After their speedy acceptance that the concussed Lee Keegan should have been substituted earlier in last Sunday’s defeat by Cork, the Mayo Gaelic football set-up has been widely praised for a constructive contribution to the player welfare ‘conversation’.

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LARRY RYAN: Punters badly served by bookies

Could it be that we aren’t as tight with our old pals Paddy, William, Fred, Boyler and the rest as these guys like to pretend?

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LARRY RYAN: Fattened on an endless supply of Premier League controversy

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick — whose name autocorrect sagely swaps for ‘bellicose’ — cut to the heart of the essential difficulty facing sports media this week.

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LARRY RYAN: Soccer may have to earn stripes

Let’s call it Gwinner’s Law. In 1999, marketing guru Kevin Gwinner of Kansas State University proved the phenomenon of image transfer, writes Larry Ryan.

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LARRY RYAN: A final farewell to 2015’s shenanigans

Picking the bones out of a year’s sport...

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LARRY RYAN: Soundbites, trash talk and strops: The standout quotes of 2015

As the camera picked out Kim Johnson while husband Zach was putting, Peter Alliss wasn’t going to let his final St Andrews Open pass without drawing at least one apology from the BBC:

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LARRY RYAN: The numbers game: Looking back at the figures that made sport in 2015

Who pushed the boundaries this year?

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LARRY RYAN: When superstars of ice hockey came to Ireland to play golf for charity...

Several giants of ice hockey spent an autumn week in Ireland, playing golf and raising money for Lupus charities. Nobody recognised them, but they had stories to tell, writes Larry Ryan.

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LARRY RYAN: 12 sporting events to enjoy on TV this Christmas

Larry Ryan's guide to the best sports on television.

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LARRY RYAN: Mour insecure: How Mourinho differs from Fergie

“He was a wonderful football manager and, often, a great football man. But he could be deeply unpleasant, Fergie.” 

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LARRY RYAN: With more selfies than birdies, golf shouldn't need Paige Spiranac

Their worst fears have been confirmed, the old boys at the R&A who reluctantly prized their doors slightly ajar to ‘ladies’ last year.

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LARRY RYAN: Thinking outside the box for TV punditry

For those of us who have kept a close eye, over the years, on the much-maligned industry of football punditry, this was a gratifying week. A week that almost certainly brought us closer to the day when a great football manager, a man such as Alex Ferguson perhaps, will be asked the key question we have waited for all our lives.

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LARRY RYAN: Turncoat crisis starts at the top

It is time to address a matter of grave concern to many parents.

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LARRY RYAN: Obligation to find hope in football

The Sky Sports News man’s interruption was a touch crude, a little insensitive, yet oddly comforting. A small contribution to hope.

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