Manchester United’s owners have warned potential investors that the club may fail to attract or retain top players and coaches if it fails to qualify for the Champions League again this coming season.
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They travelled in their thousands, they travelled to pay homage to a crop of hurlers who had provided the most memorable of summers in 2013, and who last night guaranteed 2014 would not be a barren one either.
Steven Gerrard has backed Liverpool to bounce back from last season’s end-of-season heartbreak and mount a serious title challenge once again.
Nobody expected Conor Murray to be Ireland’s first choice scrum-half during the 2011 World Cup — or to overtake his Welsh and English rivals in the battle for the No 9 jersey on the & Lions tour last year.
Stuart Bleakley, a 19-year-old from Shandon Park, became the third member of the illustrious Belfast club to win the Clare Coast Hotels South of Ireland in extremely difficult weather conditions at Lahinch yesterday when he defeated Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock) in the final by 3 and 2.
Noel Meade, a trainer with a long history at Galway, saddled his first winner of the Plate when Road To Riches ran his rivals ragged at Ballybrit yesterday.
In sport and in life, everybody wants to be like Eddy Merckx – the outrageously gifted Belgian cyclist whose natural talent and extra-terrestrial strength allowed him to brush aside his rivals with contemptuous ease.
Robert Heffernan is in line to win a retrospective bronze medal in the 20km race walk from the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona after Russian Stanislav Emelyanov was found to have committed an anti-doping violation.