LIAM MACKEY: The ascent of Manchester

With Christmas still to come, it’s way too early to be talking about a golden era for the Premier League but you would have to say that the signs are certainly more encouraging than they have been in a long time.

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LIAM MACKEY: Mark Herrick's training aid could ease heading concerns in football

What began as an idea to help improve heading proficiency in football could, in these fast-changing and uncertain times, turn out to be something which helps ensure that one of the sport’s signature but now increasingly controversial skills, can safely retain its place in the game, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: A momentary lapse from Ireland’s real sportspeople

Comedians tend to worry a lot about the ‘too soon’ moment, that minefield of a border between the darkly funny and the wincingly crass.

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