LARRY RYAN: The morality of Manchester’s family fortunes

It’s the ultimate battle of philosophies in Manchester tomorrow. A classic clash of styles as the family pulling every stroke to pump as much money as possible into their club faces the family working every trick in the book to take it out.

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LARRY RYAN: Can El Maestro Unai Emery wake up sleeping Arsenal?

Unai Emery has set a mean stall out. On Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Singapore, the team coach drove by the hotel from the airport and straight to the training ground. A signal of intent to his new players, perhaps, and certainly an instant contribution to the ‘narrative’.

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LARRY RYAN: Culture change needed to deal with the melee

We should have known, when GAA Congress decided not to define the melee, that this would become The Year of the Melee.

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LARRY RYAN: Do we have the players? Let’s find out

We have been here before in this country, says Larry Ryan.

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LARRY RYAN: God bless the mark, the Big Man finally catches on

It has been a landmark week for the Big Man, ushered in from the cold as Gaelic football’s saviour.

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LARRY RYAN: Jose Mourinho still a top, top content provider

Is the match on the telly? It was once the kind of question that could at least bring some sort of certainty to your day.

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LARRY RYAN: Alarm bells ringing but women drowned out

Maybe this is the kind of thing Serena Williams was getting at.

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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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LARRY RYAN: Playing her invisibility card

By now it’s among the reliable All-Ireland final traditions that somehow never die. Camogie’s answer to Up for the Match — the annual audit of how things stand with coverage of women’s sport.

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LARRY RYAN: Tipping the meh into Irish pride

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference — since Malcolm Gladwell’s seminal book was published in 2000, we have watched for and puzzled over those pivotal moments. Mysterious thresholds when products or messages or behaviours ‘go viral’. When ideas catch on.

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LARRY RYAN: John Kiely takes on the hype at its own game

It is an audacious switcharoo that John Kiely has attempted. In an experiment rarely attempted in these fraught circumstances, the Limerick boss has turned all known precedent on its head, writes Larry Ryan.

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