The box in the corner still captures sport’s biggest moments

A crucial detail to emerge from the ongoing row in the UK about the BBC taking away free TV licences for over-75s concerns the age of people who actually watch TV. ...

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Yorkshire Man the hero Irish football needs right now

They called it the ‘Irish Football Stakeholder Forum’ but really last Friday’s gathering at the Mansion House was a cry for help.

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Who will end up in tears after the emotional final?

In the interests of generating nuggets of shareable online content, as is the modern parlance, the Virgin Media Sport Twitter feed regularly puts out little chunks ...

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Has European football become too big for Uefa to control?

As well as bidding farewell to some beloved characters, the end of Game of Thrones means we can also say goodbye to the drawing of tenuous links between sport and ...

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Conflicts and contradictions make McIlroy so compelling

In my days putting together TV sports news bulletins there was always a certain level of sportsperson who would go high in the running order no matter what they ...

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Cú Chulainn had no puckout strategy but the myths endure

II read that they are planning to put microchips into sliotars now.

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Heroes of the past still giving to stars of today

Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers, the legendary members of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup-winning team who passed away within the last week, were childhood heroes ...

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What was it all about, John?

Dear John,It’s over. Let’s face it, it’s been over for a while. Too much has been said. We don’t know everything, but we know enough. I know ...

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Pochettino taking the ‘Spursiness’ out of Spurs

Spurs, for many, has long been a byword for a particular sort of flaky flashiness, a sense of style over substance, of glamorous underachievement.

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To be young is very heaven for these Limerick hurlers

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven, as Wordsworth mused in reference to the Limerick hurling set-up in the spring of 2019.

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How did Irish football end up in Delaneyland?

If a thirst for public profile not in keeping with his station has been a key characteristic of John Delaney’s public life, then he can’t ask for much ...

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Rice saga sees our rejection and their casual entitlement

As the future relationship of Ireland and Britain is battled over in the fraught anterooms of Westminster and Brussels, this week also saw an escalation in the real ...

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To stir soul, City must survive trial by fire

For such a brilliant football team it is amazing how many boring football matches Manchester City are involved in

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Every generation needs a brilliant touch of Dutch

How much did you enjoy watching Ajax beat Real Madrid on Tuesday night?

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Emotion was never going to be a match for Brendan Rodgers’ ambition

A Celtic-supporting ex-footballer who spent his entire career in the English leagues tells a story about how he nearly signed for the Scottish club. He had verbally ...

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Can Horanball redefine the meaning of Mayoness?

Wow, that whole Corkness thing really escalated.

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Ole’s honeymoon over but Reds have found love again

Last December, this column described Manchester United’s appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as “romantic hokum”.

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Political pressure leaves sport searching for its soul

This week’s story about a British man who was arrested in the UAE after wearing a Qatari football shirt might give some people ideas, writes Tommy Martin.

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Jurgen Klopp embodies the spirit of the great football men

The modern version of Liverpool may be shaped as much by executives in Boston as it is by the man in the dugout, but could it be the manager who most embodies the ...

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GAA must beware of double tax on those keeping wheels turning

When it comes to filling GAA coffers, ingenuity is crucial.

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Could there be an end to the struggle for beloved Saint Long?

Ralph Hasenhüttl has rejuvenated Southampton since taking over from Mark Hughes and likes the cut of Shane Long’s jib, writes Tommy Martin.

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We live in a world where the footie idiot is king

It has been a busy week for the so-called footie idiot, writes Tommy Martin.

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It’s been canter or collapse, but can Pep Guardiola master suffering?

Not sure if you have noticed, but Spanish-speaking football managers like to talk about suffering. The word pops up all the time in their post-match interviews. ...

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Sport and the great escape from our troubled times

So here we are, the in-between days. The demilitarised zone between the turkey and the New Year bells is the essence of Christmas.

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Nostalgic hokum won’t restore United’s place in natural order

“What’s your team, Patrick?” went the standard introductory gambit ahead of a week making tea and fixing paper jams.

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Us earthbound, stay-at-home types can only watch on, puzzled and amused by adventurer Jim McGuinness

The new manager of the Charlotte Independence can no more be blamed for the worst excesses of defensive play in football than David Bowie can be blamed for the Bay ...

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Finding a heartbeat in rural isolation and urban alienation

At the time of writing the Gaoth Dobhair celebrations after their Ulster club football title win were ongoing.

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Gaelic football can learn from the way catenaccio was prised open

The legendary Italian football journalist Gianni Brera, regarded as the chief propagandist for the notorious catenaccio system of defensive play, once wrote that ...

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Men of honour like Coleman need real vision from the FAI

If he turned on the telly in the team hotel ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Northern Ireland last Thursday, Séamus Coleman might ...

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Wayne Rooney a ghost of English tournament failures past

While it’s entirely coincidental that Wayne Rooney’s international career is being commemorated just days after the events marking Armistice Day, you ...

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