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‘You lose your identity overnight. You’re not Johnny Holland the rugby player any more’

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Former Munster out-half Johnny Holland was forced to retire from rugby in September 2016, two days after his 25th birthday, due to a recurring hamstring injury. Now, the Cork Con backs coach is launching his wellness and performance coaching workshops.

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John Hanbury ready to worship on Fenway Park’s ‘holy ground’

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Galway’s John Hanbury says he and his team-mates were “a bit naïve” about the Super 11s when they went out two years ago to play Dublin in Boston’s Fenway Park, which he describes as “almost a holy ground” in American sports.

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Cork GAA chiefs may have to cut their cloth due to rural depopulation

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Rural depopulation may lead to championships of 9, 11, or 13-a-side in some parts of Cork, while transfer regulations in the Rebel County may also have to be changed.

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Kanturk’s band of brothers chase more silverware

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

A “once in a lifetime” season, a “once in a lifetime” opportunity at the end of it.

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Shane O’Donnell loved working with ‘absolutely fantastic’ Donal Óg Cusack

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Shane O’Donnell has praised the “absolutely fantastic” influence of former Clare coach Donal Óg Cusack.

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Wedding bells sound as Ciarán Sheehan ponders his future

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Ciarán Sheehan’s future? It’s certain. Next Christmas, he will wed his long-time love, Amy Hartnett. Melbourne may now be their home but they’ll come home to tie the knot.

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Aogán Farrell: There should always be state assistance to upgrade our grounds

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

The GAA should receive the substantial Government funding earmarked for its stadia as part of the 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.

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Faugheen showing speed and enthusiasm on gallops

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

After a week off I’m really looking forward to getting back racing, and the return of Faugheen is a great motivation, writes Ruby Walsh.

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Faugheen showing speed and enthusiasm on gallops

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

After a week off I’m really looking forward to getting back racing, and the return of Faugheen is a great motivation, writes Ruby Walsh.

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Gordon Elliott still value in title battle with Willie Mullins

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

The battle between Colin Keane and Pat Smullen, for the flat jockeys’ championship, didn’t half-light up that campaign but, you suspect, it will be nothing compared to what’s in store over the coming months, as Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott again go head-to-head for the National Hunt trainers’ title, writes Pat Keane.

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Gordon Elliott still value in title battle with Willie Mullins

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

The battle between Colin Keane and Pat Smullen, for the flat jockeys’ championship, didn’t half-light up that campaign but, you suspect, it will be nothing compared to what’s in store over the coming months, as Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott again go head-to-head for the National Hunt trainers’ title, writes Pat Keane.

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The Fijian free spirit who'd walk onto the Irish team

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Bring up the subject of Fijian rugby and the name Leone Nakarawa will not take to long to get an airing.

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Fiji a tricky test for Joe Schmidt’s rookies

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Joe Schmidt knows the risks he is taking by selecting such an inexperienced side to face Fiji this evening but if it means Ireland are better prepared at the 2019 World Cup then the end will have justified the means.

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Chris Hughton: 'I think Martin O'Neill has done a great job'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

If ever there was going to be a calming influence in the aftermath of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off calamity, there was always a possibility it might come from Chris Hughton, a man who has built his successful managerial career on the kind of understated common-sense approach which encourages a steady ship.

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Tom Devine fully committed to the Waterford cause for 2018

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Tom Devine was hardly expecting his first Páirc Uí Chaoimh performance to be like this.

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Don’t write off Martin O’Neill after one freak occurrence

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

I can only bow down to the prophetic powers of those who say they saw Tuesday night’s Aviva apocalypse coming, writes Liam Mackey.

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Na Piarsaigh soaring for success with their feet firmly planted on the ground

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Aa the present takes care of itself, Na Piarsaigh are busy planning for the future.

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‘Big monster’ is waiting in the decider, warns Paul Flynn

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

There’s a little history between Ballygunner and Na Piarsaigh. Given the pool of clubs jostling to get out of the Munster club SHC, that’s hardly surprising, but Paul Flynn is worried that the backstory may be more beneficial to the Limerick champions than to his club mates in black and red.

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Ibrahimovic will complement Lukaku, says Mourinho, as Pogba also returns

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to complement rather than compete with Romelu Lukaku after welcoming the striker back to the Manchester United squad, along with Paul Pogba.

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Pochettino happy with his lot: ‘I don’t care where Arsenal are’

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Mauricio Pochettino would not swap the progress made at Tottenham over the last three years for Arsenal’s two FA Cups.

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Arsene Wenger turns page on talk of writing book

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Arsene Wenger has no intention of following in the footsteps of Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino by writing a book during his managerial career.

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Sharing not caring, the post-war roots of the North London rivalry

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

By the time football restarted after the Second World War, Tottenham Hotspur was a club of the past. 

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Jurgen Klopp coy on swoop for Virgil van Dijk

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk to endure a difficult time at Anfield today.

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Antonio Conte: We need to win every game to catch Man City

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea must win every remaining Premier League game to beat Manchester City to the title.

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Eddie Jones slates Aussie ref stance

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Eddie Jones has criticised Australia for seeking to influence referee Ben O’Keeffe through the media.

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Darren Sweetnam: 'I don’t even look back now. It was definitely the right decision'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

There was a time, not so long ago, that Darren Sweetnam was questioning whether he had made the right move in forsaking an inter-county career with the Cork hurlers for the pipedream of professional sport.

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Tommy Fleetwood stays in contention as Justin Rose falters on 18th

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick claimed the halfway lead in the DP World Tour Championship after Tommy Fleetwood ensured the Race to Dubai battle would go down to the wire.

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Time for Ireland to recalculate percentages?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Are our hearts truly in these inquests any more, asks Larry Ryan.

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Succeeding captain Roisín had Bríd O’Sullivan wary

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Bríd O’Sullivan admits she was “wary” of taking over as Mourneabbey captain from Roisín O’Sullivan.

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Carl Frampton draws on home comforts after turbulent year

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Rare enough are athletes for whom defeat can be dismissed as an occasional evil; rarer still those who manage to evade it entirely.

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