O'ISIN MCCONVILLE: Everything Donegal did smacked of class as Fermanagh simply lacked bite

My expectation that Fermanagh would make things horrible for Donegal in yesterday’s Ulster final never materialised. Perhaps I hadn’t factored in how much of an occasion this was for the Fermanagh players.

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JOHN DIVILLY: Long ball ploy was never going to be enough for Laois against Dublin

It’s a good job Dublin don’t execute the perfect performance every time they play. For if they did, the umpires would be going to the UU (Umpire Union) looking for better T&C’s.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: New stadium, same old characters at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

An Oral History Of The Lead-up To The First Munster Football final in the New Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

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PADDY KELLY: Cork set-up offers manna for Kerry

Waking up this morning to re-watch Saturday night’s Munster final, I began to wonder if it was really as bad as it seemed in the flesh at Páirc Uí Chaoimh?

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DONAL LENIHAN: For Ireland's high achievers, eyes already turning towards NZ in November

“Wouldn’t it be great if it was like this all the time?”

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COLM COOPER: If Cork sit tight and deep against Kerry, it will be a mistake

Cork are 7/2 with the bookies but I wouldn’t back them. I was never involved with Kerry in a Munster final in Páirc Ui Chaoimh where Cork were that friendless in the market. The message is clear: Being competitive and getting within two or three points of Kerry represents progress.

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LARRY RYAN: VAR is working, just don’t give anyone the credit

If Donald Trump is said to fear walking down steps, my phobia was ‘going upstairs’.

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LIAM MACKEY: Time to be less ABE and more Lincoln in World Cup

The Anyone-But-England brigade will be up bright and early tomorrow, whistling a merry tune and flexing the brims of their Panama hats.

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O'ISIN MCCONVILLE: Do I expect to be entertained in Clones? No, but there will be intrigue

Clones and Thurles are now the only iconic grounds left that provide the ultimate in provincial championship final atmosphere. It’s as much about the town, the hill and the patrons as it is about the ground.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Time for Ireland to turn linebreaks into points

Donal Lenihan looks at three areas Ireland need to master to win the series in Australia.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: World Cup proving a slow-burner

This has been a World Cup of great moments rather than great games, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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RONAN O'GARA: Joe Schmidt straddling the divide between now and then with Ross Byrne call

Joe Schmidt has not sacrificed the chances of an historic tour victory tomorrow, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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DECLAN BROWNE: Tipperary must ask Mayo the same questions they did two years ago

When Tipperary and Mayo were pulled first in the qualifier draw my instinctive reaction was that Tipp were still paying a heavy price for taking an eye off the ball against Cork in the Munster semi-final, writes Declan Browne.

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PADDY KELLY: Will Cork commit enough attackers to expose Kerry’s defensive frailties?

Cork will often end up with as many as 11 outfield players behind the ball, writes Paddy Kelly.

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TOMMY MARTIN: Women working hard for a place on the punditry sofa

There was a time when a woman’s place on TV coverage of the World Cup was restricted to leering crowd shots of female fans.

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JACK ANDERSON: How ‘anti-congestion’ zones could help our GAA stars shine

Over the next number of weeks, the emphasis in the GAA championships moves to football. Galway’s victory in the Connacht final on Sunday against Roscommon means they are the first team to, coin a phrase, be “safe in the [Super] 8”.

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DONAL LENIHAN: It’s never good being at the mercy of a ref’s personal interpretation

This delicately poised Test series in Australia represents the best possible preparation Ireland could have hoped for a year out from the World Cup, writes Donal Lenihan.

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ANTHONY DALY: Derek’s winning approach was laced with class and dignity

As early as yesterday morning, some bookies had me priced at 5-1 to be installed as the next Waterford manager. Some free advice; keep yere money in yere pockets. The road from west Clare to Waterford is one significant reason I wouldn’t entertain the prospect. But the main one is pretty obvious — replacing Derek McGrath certainly won’t be an easy gig. For anyone.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Statistics prove lady luck deserted Déise

In his seminal book Moneyball, Michael Lewis observed that the play-offs could frustrate the hell out of some of the most progressive front offices in baseball because it offered such a small sample size.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: David Murphy pips James O’Donovan in Munster thriller

David Murphy beat James O’Donovan in the last shot of an enthralling, top class Munster senior semi-final at Béal na mBláth on Sunday.

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