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UFC fighter tops list of "most dominant athletes alive"

No athlete is the best in their sport by a wider margin than Ronda Rousey, argues Business Insider.

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Shay Given breaks Damien Duff's unusual Premier League record

Though we’re not sure what this says about the choices of Ireland’s finest footballers.

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Which club's cruel run-in will see them slip through trapdoor with Burnley and QPR?

The race for Barclays Premier League survival looks set to go to the wire with seven clubs involved in the scrap. We analyse the run-in...

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Sad Adebayor turned to Didier Drogba for help with family worries

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has made a string of accusations against his family, who he claims are using him for money. 

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Golf Column: Match Play Championship format just doesn't work

Rory McIlroy coming out on top at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco last week does not mean the new format at Harding Park worked perfectly – far from it.

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Bingham targetting a new car, house and number one spot

Stuart Bingham wants to scale new heights after his fairytale Betfred World Championship triumph.

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ESPN broadcaster thinks Manny Pacquiao's camp is taking us for fools

Colin Cowherd believes Pacquiao’s shoulder injury is just a sales pitch for a rematch.

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Arsenal turned down Joe Hart, reveals former Gunner

Former Arsenal youth team player reveals Gunners almost signed England keeper from Shrewsbury.

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Former Olympic champion uses javelin to extract daughter's tooth

Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay uses his talents to save on dentistry bills.

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Zafayan won nicely at Leopardstown and connections are hopeful of a big run in the Chester Cup.

Marco Botti hoping for more Moore magic

Marco Botti admits Ryan Moore is going to have to weave his magic from stall 16 if Suegioo is to repeat his victory of 12 months ago in the Betway Chester Cup today.

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Hans Holbein out to give O’Brien third straight Vase win

Hans Holbein bids to give Aidan O’Brien a third successive triumph in the MBNA Chester Vase and his sixth in all when facing five rivals on the Roodee tomorrow.

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Nicky Henderson aces in frame for Killarney

Nicky Henderson is considering giving Finian’s Rainbow and Simonsig surprise appearances at Killarney’s forthcoming three-day meeting.

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Vanquished Manny Pacquiao facing layoff and sanction over shoulder saga

Manny Pacquiao will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury this week and could be out of action for up to a year following his unanimous points defeat by Floyd Mayweather, according to reports in the United States.

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Licence Commission explains controversial Astana team ruling

Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana team avoided having their WorldTour licence withdrawn last month after cycling’s Licence Commission deemed that the punishment would be disproportionate to the doping offences committed by some of their riders last season, it has been revealed.

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Jim Aughney ‘disappointed’ at Martin Fagan’s no-show

Dublin Marathon Race Director Jim Aughney admitted he was “disappointed” that Martin Fagan pulled out at the last minute for the launch of the race yesterday.

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Steph Curry adds a true quality to Warrior spirit

For a while there, it seemed like the NBA player of the year vote deciding the regular season’s Most Valuable Player would devolve into an alphabet soup of stats, highlights and what “valuable” really even means.

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Eoin Reddan: Leinster in last-chance saloon

Eoin Reddan has warned his Leinster team-mates that the consequences of their final two Guinness Pro12 games could haunt them for all of next season.

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A bit of proper shoeing never did anyone any harm

Saturday’s Champions Cup final proved a far better game than anticipated in advance. 

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Munster close to full strength for Ulster trip

Munster will be close to full strength for their trip north to Ulster on Saturday with Paul O’Connell set to start the crucial Guinness Pro12 clash after recovering from a shoulder injury.

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Welsh stars Adam Jones and Alex Cuthbert called up for Barbarians

Thomond Park is set to be graced by two more world-renowned stars when the Barbarians face an Ireland XV in Limerick later this month after Wales and Lions duo Adam Jones and Alex Cuthbert were added to Robbie Deans’s invitational squad.

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Anna Geary reveals career change prompted Cork exit

Cork camogie star Anna Geary last night admitted a career change forced her retirement from the game at inter-county level.

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Jim McGuinness stands up for modern game

Jim McGuinness has rejected commentary by Joe Brolly and Jarlath Burns about the state of Gaelic football.

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Paul O’Connell will strive for perfect finale, predicts Conor Murray

Conor Murray believes Paul O’Connell will want his career to end with a bang rather than a whimper but that might not be for another year yet.

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John Caulfield hits back at Cork City critics

Cork City manager John Caulfield believes that some SSE Airticity League analysts are overly critical of his side while ignoring the poor play of other clubs.

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Daniel Sturridge starts road to recovery after hip op

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has undergone surgery on a hip problem in the United States.

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Nathaniel Clyne happy at Southampton despite Manchester United interest

Nathaniel Clyne says he is “happy to stay at Southampton”, despite reports of a big-money summer move to Manchester United.

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Departing Colin Doyle in line for Birmingham City testimonial

Colin Doyle may not be entirely cutting his ties with Birmingham City after a campaign was last night launched to grant the departing Cork-born goalkeeper a testimonial.

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Jack Wilshere: Arsenal ready to challenge next season

Jack Wilshere claims Arsenal finishing second in the Barclays Premier League would be evidence of a “massive progression” and will serve notice to their rivals that they will mount a serious title challenge next season.

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Mourinho set to land new Chelsea deal

Jose Mourinho is to be rewarded for guiding Chelsea to a first Premier League title in five years with a new contract.

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Carlos Tevez puts Juventus in driving seat

The Old Lady of Italian football — not to mention one or two of its old men — is long overdue a European trophy; and after Carlos Tevez inspired Juventus to a 2-1 Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Real Madrid there is a growing feeling that this could finally be their year.

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Barca and Bayern stars align for a classic at Camp Nou

Can there possibly be a more mouth-watering prospect in the whole of the 2015 football calendar than Barcelona v Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou tonight?

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Luis Enrique not fazed by the Pep Guardiola factor as Barca targeting treble

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insists his side’s Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich is about far more than Pep Guardiola.

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Messi ready to spoil Pep Guardiola’s return

Summer 2009 marked a turning point in the career of the then 21-year-old Lionel Messi. Pep Guardiola took over as Barcelona coach, and immediately set about guiding the Argentinian towards being undisputedly the world’s top player.

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Shane O’Neill: Cork must match Waterford’s workrate

Familiarity with Waterford’s system won’t automatically lead to Cork overcoming it when the counties clash in the Munster SHC, according to defender Shane O’Neill.

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‘Do or die’ in Thurles as Limerick face Waterford

They’ve contested the last two Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling finals but Waterford or Limerick will bow out of the championship in Thurles this evening (7pm).

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LGFA chief responds to dressing room furore

Ladies Gaelic Football Association chief executive Helen O’Rourke has described the furore surrounding Saturday’s Tesco Division 4 League final between Limerick and Offaly, when both teams were denied access to the Parnell Park dressing rooms, as a “storm in a teacup.”

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Player welfare remains an issue for Galway ladies

Player welfare issues remain an issue for the Galway ladies footballers, experienced midfielder Geraldine Conneally has admitted.

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Cork hurlers lack cutting edge, says Jamesie O’Connor

Jamesie O’Connor has questioned Cork’s ability to “cut teams apart” and feels they don’t have the same ability to create scores as his native Clare, Kilkenny and Tipperary.

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My successor at full-back in for the long haul with Kilkenny, says JJ Delaney

Whether it’s Paul Murphy or Joey Holden, JJ Delaney believes his successor as Kilkenny full-back will nail down the position for as long as he held it.

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Brilliant Éamon Bowen Jnr advances in Munster

Gary Daly and Séamus Sexton secured places in the Munster senior championship quarter-final draw at the weekend and Éamon Bowen Jnr revived his hopes with a brilliant show against James Buckley, writes Séamus Ó Tuama.

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Mark Allen’s ‘bottle’ dig spurred on Stuart Bingham

Stuart Bingham has revealed how a casual jibe from Irish cueman Mark Allen spurred him to become world champion.

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Emotional Tiger Woods opens up on Lindsey Vonn heartbreak

Tiger Woods has confessed he’s not slept since breaking up with Lindsey Vonn on the same day as the anniversary of his father’s passing.

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