RUGBY - TODAY'S NEWS

The man and the maths that saved Connacht

Connacht’s march on the IRFU offices in 2003 to save their team is well documented but they came closer to going out of business just seven years ago. By then, the IRFU and the province both had enough of seemingly endless losing runs, budgetary issues and growing despair. But a sports consultant from Cork, employed by both parties to see if there was any future, spotted a glimmer of hope. Seven years later, Connacht were PRO 12 champions, the first trophy in their 131-year history.

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English football managers' gate theatre

I have to say that, all those centuries past, it was very far-seeing and considerate of his ancestors to arrange for the new England manager to come among us in 2016 with a ‘gate’ already appended to his surname, thus sparing journalists the effort of having to add the same four letters if – when? - his reign goes, as it were, south.

RACING - TODAY'S NEWS

Mares’ allowance to swing it for Vroum Vroum Mag

Decisions, decisions, decisions. That was my lot yesterday morning as I tried to choose the right ones in the big races on a brilliant card tomorrow at Fairyhouse. But there was no such indecision this afternoon as I’m off to Sandown to ride Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek.