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Rio Olympics in touching distance as Ireland stun Pakistan

Ireland 1 Pakistan 0: Alan Sothern’s 46th-minute goal moved Ireland within touching distance of Olympic qualification as they saw off Pakistan 1-0 yesterday in Antwerp.

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Not so elementary Heather Watson gives Serena Williams a scare

Heather Watson came within a whisker of one of the great Wimbledon upsets, but was unable to stop Serena Williams’ march towards the calendar grand slam.

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The five who will fight for Tour de France honours

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)

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Five Tour de France stages the Irish have a chance of winning

Tomorrow, Sunday July 5, stage two, Utrecht to Zeeland.

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Sam Bennett ready for Tour of duty

Exactly two years ago, Sam Bennett sat down with his father, Michael, at their home in Carrick-on-Suir and pondered his future.

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Ivy to scale the heights in Golden Muzzle

The Greyhound and Pet World Golden Muzzle final is the feature in Limerick this evening, and the relative youth of Ivy Hill Bart can claim the winner’s cheque for €4,000.

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Lewis Hamilton: It’s been a tough time

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he was determined not to allow his high-profile split from Nicole Scherzinger scupper his chances of becoming the first British driver to win back-to-back Formula One world championships.

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Chris Byrne may take legal route over Premier GP

The owner of Coilóg Equestrian Centre in Co Kildare is giving serious consideration to initiating legal proceedings against ShowjumpingIreland (SJI) after he was left without a Premier Series Grand Prix this year.

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Kris Meeke battles on after Polish struggles

Despite having rolled their Citroen DS3 WRC seven times in yesterday’s shakedown stage, Tyrone’s Kris Meeke and his Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle (Citroen DS3R3) made it to the start of last evening’s Super Special in the Lotos 72nd Rally Poland, round seven of the World Rally Championship.

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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal stunned by brilliant Dustin Brown

Rafael Nadal became the highest-profile casualty of this year’s Wimbledon after slumping to a 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 defeat to dreadlocked German Dustin Brown.

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VIDEO: Rob Heffernan awaits London medal call

Three years ago, he crossed the finish line at the London Olympics but the race hasn’t ended.

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New superbrat at Wimbledon as Nick Kyrgios goes on warpath

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios kicked up another storm at Wimbledon after the 20-year-old was involved in a heated exchange with an umpire during his victory over Juan Monaco.

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Sean Kelly: Stage is set for Dan Martin at Tour de France

Irish legend Sean Kelly believes Dan Martin can win “more than one stage” at the Tour de France which starts Saturday in The Netherlands.

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VIDEO: Rob Heffernan to use Cork City Sports as stepping stone to Beijing

The next few weeks are vital for Rob Heffernan’s season, as he bids to forget recent surgeries and prepare to defend his world championship title in the 50km Walk.

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Mo Farah says Alberto Salazar doping claims are ‘killing’ him personally

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah claims doping allegations against coach Alberto Salazar are “killing” him personally but admits he would sever all ties with the American should he be found guilty.

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Rafael Nadal ready for ‘dangerous’ Dustin Brown

Rafael Nadal has vowed to be ready for a Wimbledon showdown with a dreadlocked German who has already taught him a lesson on grass.

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Katie Taylor wants to be ‘greatest ever’ after heroics in Baku

There was a glorious homecoming yesterday morning at Dublin Airport, where Ireland’s six medal winners at the inaugural European Games in Baku passed through the arrival gates of Terminal 1.

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Hawk set to stay above Wimbledon skies

The owner of a hawk tasked with keeping away pesky pigeons at Wimbledon has laughed off suggestions he could be replaced by a drone.

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Novak Djokovic enjoys Wimbledon tweets

Novak Djokovic was grateful for the support of a “bird from Belgrade” after a mischievous sparrow flew on to Centre Court and watched the world number one defeat Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets at Wimbledon yesterday.

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Nicolas Roche ready for tour of duty with Sky

Nicolas Roche has been named in Team Sky’s nine-man squad for the Tour de France, which starts in Utrecht in the Netherlands on Saturday.

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Ireland face Australia after loss to hosts Belgium

Frustration abounded for the Irish men as they lost 2-1 to hosts Belgium in their final World League Round 3 group match in Antwerp.

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Howth’s Equinox on the crest of a wave

After a four-day series that delivered a full range of conditions, Howth Yacht Club’s Ross McDonald and the crew of Equinox won the Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale on Saturday.

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Kevin O'Leary, St Finbarr's Club, winning the M60 Road Race.

Speechless Damien Shaw finally gets reward after close calls in Rás

Damien Shaw was the toast of Irish cycling this weekend after he was crowned national elite road race champion for the very first time, beating many of the the country’s best amateur and professional riders on a memorable afternoon in Omagh.

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Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan edge home

Donagh Kelly and co-driver Kevin Flanagan (Ford Focus WRC) took a strong victory in the Dooley’s Hotel Raven’s Rock Rally in Waterford, round five of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship.

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Disappointed Chloe and Sam Magee settle for bronze in mixed doubles

Donegal brother and sister Chloe and Sam Magee settled for badminton bronze in the mixed doubles event at the European Games on Saturday.

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Dad says Katie Taylor Ireland’s greatest ever athlete

Pete Taylor believes Katie Taylor is Ireland’s greatest ever athlete and will strike gold at the Rio Olympics next year.

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Billy Walsh predicts more records for ‘fantastic’ Irish boxers

Ireland’s boxing head coach Billy Walsh declared the European Games a total success and believes this Irish team can break more records.

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