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Cork round-up: Slick Sarsfields beat 14-man Glen Rovers

Cork senior champions Glen Rovers suffered a first defeat in 11 championship outings, beaten 1-16 to 1-11 by Sarsfields at Pairc Uí Rinn today.

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The art of man marking is in danger of disappearing

Are there good tacklers still playing senior inter-county football? Of course, but it has become increasingly difficult to spot them, due to the game’s obsession with metrics. 

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There’s no excuses. We keep going until we get it right

Football is supposed to be enjoyable. A passion you share with your closest friends. At times, it’s the most satisfying thing in the world. Other times, it can be the most painful experience imaginable.

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So what's changed in the past 12 months?

In the second half of last Sunday’s Munster SHC clash, Cork wing-back Mark Coleman soloed up his wing on the Ryan Stand side of Semple Stadium, checked, turned back, slapped the ball off the ground and considered his options. Coleman then zipped a cross field ball to Patrick Horgan, who snapped over a point.

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An intriguing battle of opposites

It’s three years last month that Greg Kennedy was convinced by Mattie Kenny to join him on his ticket with Cuala as coach and selector.

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What do you think of us now, Joe?

When Joe Brolly penned Derry football’s obituary in response to last year’s 11-point Ulster championship loss to Tyrone, it was a step too far for some of the dearly departed.

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‘It’s like any addiction, you get a feel for it’

Eoin Cleary brings us back to the tail end of 2015. Work had begun for the following year’s campaign, but motivation is thin on the ground. The season past hasn’t been kind.

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Cronin now ready to reach for new heights

Stephen Cronin was fascinated by Tommy Walsh’s Laochra Gael programme earlier this year. The two men may specialise in different codes, but Cronin, like many others, is an admirer of the former Kilkenny half-back.

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Eamonn Ryan patiently waiting for Cork’s lightbulb moment

As simple as flicking a light switch, it will come right for the Cork footballers. But when that will be, Eamonn Ryan can’t say for sure.

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What happened to Dublin's Leinster champions of 2013?

The team that Dalo built – the team Ger tore down? Some will view it as just that; others will argue it was evolutionary but everyone can be agreed four years is a long time in hurling. 

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Tyrone debut three players for Derry clash

There are first Ulster SFC starts for Pádraig Hampsey, Conall McCann, and Kieran McGeary on the Tyrone side to face Derry in Celtic Park at 2pm on Sunday.

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Billy Lee: ‘You’re not going to change history in a year or two’

Some say everyone should work once in sales. Others tell you everyone is selling all the time.

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Brendan Rogers: ‘You’ll only become the best when you play with the best and against the best’

Brendan Rogers insists he’s not downbeat about the numbers who’ve walked away from Derry this year.

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Stephen Rochford: ‘When you haven’t your hands on the Holy Grail, you’re an easy target’

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford says he “doesn’t really care” why he and his players seem to attract criticism on a regular basis.

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Battle lines drawn in Kenmare’s derby

Before we discuss the novelty of this Kerry SFC second round clash between Kenmare and Kenmare District, let’s first discuss its staging.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Teddy Mac says dual Páirc dates are driving Cork Rebels

The prospect of Cork toasting the newly- developed Páirc Uí Chaoimh with appearances there in both Munster senior finals is a prime motivator for the county’s footballers and hurlers, says Teddy McCarthy.

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Paul Kerrigan: Cork can catch one of top four

Championship number 10 begins this Saturday evening for Paul Kerrigan and it is a changed landscape since 2008. Notably, it’s not for the better.

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Lee Chin: Davy Fitzgerald with Wexford in spirit... and on WhatsApp

Joint Wexford captain Lee Chin insists Davy Fitzgerald has strictly observed the terms of his high-profile suspension and attended training in ‘spirit’ only.

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Tipperary sweating it for Evan Comerford referee report

Tipperary goalkeeper Evan Comerford could face an inter-county ban following an incident with referee Paddy Russell in a club fixture on Tuesday evening.

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Peter Harte living the dream with Tyrone

Tyrone’s Peter Harte has an uncomplicated relationship with the sport that has made him a household name. 

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Jamie Clarke glad Tipperary spoiled their promotion party

Armagh forward Jamie Clarke admits part of him is glad Michael Quinlivan and Tippperary crashed their Allianz League promotion party.

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Back at base, but London GAA faces unique challenges

In 2010, Ciaran Deely was part of a Wexford side who travelled to Ruislip for an All-Ireland qualifier and the dilapidated old ground made a lasting impression.

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