BRENDAN O'BRIEN: So this is what happens when the All Blacks lose a match...

Winning, it seems, could come with a health warning, writes Brendan O’Brien

Sports may be rife with illegal substances but the endorphins released by the whiff of success, that sweet high, remain the biggest hit even if too much can lead to unexpected complications.

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PAUL ROUSE: If time is the issue for players, why has GPA done nothing about it?

There are things so obvious they should not need to be said, writes Paul Rouse

But sometimes the most obvious words are made startling by the context in which they are written.

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JACK ANDERSON: Playing Gaelic games must not be used as licence for thuggery

As the GAA inter-county season ends and its club championships reach their final stages, it’s time to reflect on some of the key challenges that lie ahead for the GAA.

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TOMMY MARTIN: Should we break it to kids that football will always let them down?

Capping a glittering list of career achievements, Paul Scholes made it onto Liveline this week.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Less a ‘GAA thing’ and more a football thing

In the ever-improving as well as ever-expanding genre that is the GAA autobiography, every new entry tends to have a hook to draw the floating reader in.

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JOHN FOGARTY: It’s not just Red Hands who must clean up act

The injuries sustained by Sean Cavanagh on Saturday were no laughing matter but the timing of the incident in Moy’s senior championship game against Edendork would leave critics of Tyrone football with a wry smile.

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MIKE QUIRKE: To winter well, coaches must work on their craft

The winter Gaelic games hiatus is nearly upon us. There’ll be plenty of senior club action to satisfy our desire for competitive GAA action over the coming months, but the majority of clubs around the country are just about shutting down after another busy year of action.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Sport and the presidency

If I mention the race for the Áras, will you turn the page? You won’t? Many thanks.

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LIAM MACKEY: Gould standard in training bust-ups

And so, after the fire and the friendly, the waiting game. Waiting for Deco. Waiting for Roy and Harry. Waiting for Seamus and Robbie and Seani and Shane and James and James.

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LARRY RYAN: What is Roy Keane fighting for these days?

If you remember, it was Muhammad Ali started it, not Mick McCarthy or Ian Evans or even Tom Humphries’ interview.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: A split second that changed modern day football

Conor Gormley gave us ‘The Block’. Fifteen years later and its claim as the most iconic and influential split second in modern Gaelic football remains pretty robust.

Two minutes to go in an All-Ireland final against your neighbours and bitter rivals and the man you deny is none other than the great Stevie McDonnell. The result: Your county’s first title.

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PAUL ROUSE: A fitting tribute to Willie Hough - a legend of Limerick hurling

For two hours last Sunday, the brilliant Limerick full-forward Seamus Flanagan stood in tribute to Willie Hough in the West Limerick village of Monagea, writes Paul Rouse

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JACK ANDERSON: Jim Stynes the resilient pioneer who paved the way Down Under

On the 20th anniversary of Dubliner Jim Stynes’ retirement from the AFL, Jack Anderson looks back at a remarkable career.

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TOMMY MARTIN: Beyond ideology, Roy Keane and Serena Williams are just human

Williams has been adopted, willingly, as the battle queen of modern feminism, a shining emblem of the global movement towards equality and to right the wrongs dealt by millennia of patriarchy, writes Tommy Martin

 

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RUBY WALSH: Blazer the obvious choice but trip is a slight worry

Unfortunately, I’m missing the Listowel meeting as I’m still a bit sore after the injury I picked up in Killarney and need a little more time. Of course, I’d love to be involved, particularly in today’s Kerry National which looks another very competitive renewal.

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COLM COOPER: Kerry must adjust to life after Superman figure Donaghy

It wasn’t a shock but still there was a twinge of sadness when the news broke yesterday morning.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Donaghy, a giant amongst men

To appreciate the extraordinary journey and career Kieran Donaghy underwent before announcing his inter-county retirement yesterday on the 17th anniversary of 9/11, it’s worth rewinding to where he was when those planes crashed into those towers.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Having the right people is more important than how much cash you have

Back in January 2014, I was asked to speak at the national coaching and games conference in Croke Park as part of a keynote address discussing some of the factors that made Kerry and Kilkenny seemingly perennial contenders in the senior football and hurling championships.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Dubs can back up the bravado with brilliance

The divided reaction to David Hickey’s interview carried in this newspaper on Saturday wasn’t unexpected.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Digging deeper into the development of Dublin’s dominance

A couple of points about Dublin and the GAA before we all forget about it until springtime.

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