Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: When you are out of ideas, turn to honest John

Chips and chocolate, for some of us at least, still hold most of the answers.

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LARRY RYAN: Croker’s gain is Tbilisi’s loss

"Let’s have some new clichés," film producer Samuel Goldwyn once demanded.

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LARRY RYAN: Learning to play in the moment

Until this week, managers, in various codes, would demand to be judged on their records, or their signings, or perhaps, in recent times, how "the group" was getting on with their philosophy.

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LARRY RYAN: Those truly ‘up for it’ will have final edge

It is one of the great inconveniences hindering daily newspapers; the inability to postpone our All-Ireland final verdicts until Up For The Match is over.

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LARRY RYAN: Mapping changing tides of war proves tricky business

"A declaration of war," Brolly called it.

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IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper: The organisation is to rebrand itself as World Rugby,

LARRY RYAN: Another giant step for rugby kind

The hurler and footballer and soccer player on the ditch is a great fella for tradition. This can be a nuisance for brave, forward-looking men like Páraic Duffy and Pete Winkelman.

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LARRY RYAN: Footy without the fan fare

There was a timely boost for the Premier League, this week, when it was estimated that at a typical Arsenal home game, more than 6,000 people with tickets don’t show up at all.

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LARRY RYAN: Danger in allowing athletes to just talk

In October 1983, as she sat down to write her 301st column for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Diane Shah had a dream.

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Usain Bolt reacts to the camera after his 4x100m relay heat during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last night. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire.

LARRY RYAN: Bolt the latest to fall foul of manufactured ‘controvassy’

"It’s been years since the Super Bowl felt as significant as the draft."

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LARRY RYAN: Small print leads to big problems

As Premier League transfer activity intensifies, armies of sports lawyers are poised for an orgy of t-crossing and i-dotting on complicated contracts.

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Louis Van Gaal and Brian Robson

LARRY RYAN: The spirit of St Louis: Basking in the cult of LVG

Compared to Louis van Gaal’s honeymoon, Kimye’s went unheralded.

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LARRY RYAN: Reason to worry as Germans approach

I read The Circle this week, Dave Eggers’ novel about an internet company that has taken over Google, Facebook, Twitter and the rest.

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Brazil players dejected after the 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany. Picture: AP

LARRY RYAN: After the annihilation, Germans can finish the masterpiece

What is the point in denying it? There is very little that energises us more than preposterous humiliation. Someone else’s anyway.

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LARRY RYAN: A missing Ray of sunshine

Still no word of Ray Houghton. Not even a stir out of his new Twitter account (@ray81988) since Brazil-Colombia on Friday evening.

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LARRY RYAN: Listen to the thunder and pay no heed

Those first trips down — ‘82 and ‘85 — I travelled without pressure. No big calls to make. That was the oul fella. Or maybe the uncle, if he’d landed first from Dublin. Go by Limerick and the cursing wouldn’t start until Charleville.

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LARRY RYAN: World Cup inquests target usual suspects

We’ve a week left and maybe a lot longer for some, as the World Cup post-mortems linger on.

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LARRY RYAN: Making a hames of James? Just call him J-Rod

Troubling times — a new international superstar and nobody’s sure what to call him.

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LARRY RYAN: World Cup without screwy Luis loses its bite

How pleased? How impressed? How hopeful? How disappointed?

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