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‘Disconnect talk between Croke Park and clubs annoys me’

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Next to Frank Murphy, there are very few who have given as much service to the GAA as Joan Cooney.

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Sexton: It’s just about biting your tongue sometimes

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Jonathan Sexton and Leo Cullen were deep into the third quarter of yesterday’s pre-match press conference when the conversation spooled back 12 months to Leinster’s Guinness PRO12 semi-final loss to Scarlets.

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Davies: It’s a challenge but we’re quietly confident

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Gareth Davies insists the Scarlets are relishing the tag of underdogs ahead of today’s Champions Cup semi-final with Leinster.

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Chest out, tails up for Munster

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

This may be the biggest game of his fledgling career as a head coach but five months into his tenure as Munster boss, Johann van Graan is finally in familiar territory.

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Carter, Zebo on bench for semi-final clash

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The team news ahead of Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final.

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I got three minutes in a room with Jacky. I was honoured to get that

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

No I haven’t walked the 200 feet of tunnel that reputedly leads from renowned London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd to Buckingham Palace, but I am assured such a route exists, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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Donal Lenihan: Munster can prevail. But it will demand season’s best performance

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Key points to look at ahead of Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final.

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The art of the kick-chase

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Conor Murray’s abilities as a world-class scrum-half have long been recognised and the Munster and Ireland star’s box-kicking skills have been a primary reason for the praise regularly heaped on him.

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Van Graan long admired Murray from afar

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Conor Murray’s reputation as the leading scrum-half in the Northern Hemisphere, if not the world, will mean the Munster star can expect a lot of attention from Racing 92’s forwards in Bordeaux tomorrow but Johann van Graan says his number nine will not be fazed.

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Donal Lenihan: Keep an eye on Scarlets ‘poachers’

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The key issues that will decide Champions Cup semi finals.

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‘Isa a weakness? That’s surprising to hear’

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Leinster have admitted to some surprise at the suggestion from Welsh legend Shane Williams that Isa Nacewa is a weak link who can be exposed defensively by the Scarlets in today’s Champions Cup semi-final.

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Joey Carbery: The Competitive Understudy

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

By learning from the best, the apprentice has become one of the best. Anyone who fears Leinster and Ireland talent Joey Carbery may get impatient waiting for Johnny Sexton to retire doesn’t appreciate the upside of operating in his shadow.

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Dogged Derry fight back to showcase title credentials

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Derry City might be long shots for a title challenge but they showed they are up to the task after battling back twice to claim a share of the spoils with Dundalk FC at Oriel Park last night.

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Rovers rocked by late leveller

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Shamrock Rovers 1 Limerick 1: Danny Morrissey scored a late equaliser to stun Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium to maintain the pressure on Hoops manager Stephen Bradley.

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Jose tells Pogba to be more consistent

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The France midfielder scored twice as United beat Manchester City to delay the champions being anointed, but was underwhelming in a 1-0 loss to West Brom which gifted City the Premier League title.

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So near and yet so VAR

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The announcement of Arsene Wenger’s imminent departure from Arsenal may have come as a surprise/shock/relief/inevitability – dilute according to taste – but I don’t mind saying that it came as a personal hammer blow to me, writes Liam Mackey.

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‘You don’t find a replacement for Arsene Wenger. You find a new path forward’

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis presided over a packed press conference to discuss the end of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year managerial reign, making it feel more like a funeral, but without discussing what part he or the Arsenal board played in killing off the French coach.

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Wenger: Invincibles his crowning glory

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Arsene Wenger’s top ten outstanding achievements.

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The vast majority of loyal fans don’t know whether to laugh or cry

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

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Intrigue, admiration, unrest: The story of Wenger era

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Initially there was intrigue. Then there was admiration, many years of it. Next came pity, followed by a mixture of anger and apathy.

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Adare Manor makes a compelling Ryder Cup case

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Can Ireland’s top golfers - supported by the formidable figure of Adare Manor owner JP McManus - persuade the European Tour that the Limerick venue is a no-brainer when it comes to hosting the 2026 Ryder Cup?

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‘What you have here is parkland perfection’

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Four of Ireland’s most distinguished professional golfers lined up at Adare Manor, Co Limerick, yesterday in tribute to the contribution five JP McManus pro-am events have made to charitable interests throughout the mid-west.

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Nicholls bullish ahead of Vicente’s history bid

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Paul Nicholls believes Vicente has a “massive chance” of becoming the first horse in over a century to win three consecutive renewals of the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr today.

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Concordin provides joy for Tyner

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Limerick, deputising for the currently un-raceable Kilbeggan, hosted a seven-race programme last evening and the feature, as such, the www.limerickraces.ie Handicap Chase, was won in good style by the Robert Tyner-trained and JP McManus-owned Concordin.

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Gripping finale lies in store

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

After a seemingly endless spell of testing ground, the weather has finally changed and the forecast for next week is for mainly dry weather, with the odd shower of rain, writes Ruby Walsh.

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In memory of certainty and unbelievable belief

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

In a beautiful column for sportsjoe.ie last week, Dion Fanning wrote of the joy that has exploded at home courtesy of his four-year-old son’s discovery of football via the hair and then the magic of Mo Salah, writes Larry Ryan.

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Rassie Erasmus: ‘Johann van Graan loves to embrace the players’ personal lives. I was never great at that’

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Rassie Erasmus is charged with reviving Springbok rugby, but he says part of him will always be in Munster, writes John Fallon

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If it can happen to Man City, it can happen to Leinster

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Irrespective of how pronounced the home advantage may appear in tomorrow’s semi-final, Leinster know the Scarlets have a habit of turning conventional wisdom to dust, writes Peter Jackson

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Munster’s penultimate pain: Five semi-finals lost since 2009

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

You can be sure Munster lock Billy Holland is not the only person trying to crack the secret of what it takes for his team to reach a Champions Cup final but he has been involved in enough last-four showdowns to know there is little margin for error once you get to this point in a European campaign.

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Obituary: Eric Bristow, the ‘Crafty Cockney’, five-time darts world champion

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Bristow transformed darts from a pub corner curiosity into a sport, writes Colm Greaves

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