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Garbh Madigan

"No matter how much you know about sport, you're only a bar stool away from a fella who knows twice as much." Law Graduate and NBA, GAA, MMA, Rugby & NFL addict. Follow @GarbhM because the RTE Sunday Game keep mistaking me for an accredited sports journalist.
Super Bowl ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons after their 30-23 win at Georgia Dome on September 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Super Bowl For Dummies: Part II

Why hello there NFL newb! We can see you now; you agreed to go and watch the Super Bowl with your mates, despite knowing more about quantum mechanics than the New England Patriots. In fact, the most knowledge you possess may come from two badly played quarters of NFL Madden on the Playstation. You threw numerous ‘Hail Mary’s before evacuating …

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The Super Bowl For Dummies: Part I

Why hello there NFL newb! We can see you now; you agreed to go and watch the Super Bowl with your mates, despite knowing more about quantum mechanics than the New England Patriots. In fact, the most knowledge you possess may come from two badly played quarters of Madden NFL on the Playstation. You threw numerous Hail Mary’s before evacuating …

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Watch: Haunting McGregor v Diaz II Promo Released By UFC

The shivers run down your spine.  During the UFC 201 pay per view broadcast on Saturday, the UFC decided to whet our appetite for “the real UFC 200” by releasing a haunting promo of their controversial protagonists. This one has everything. Absorb the lyrics; “I know you. We’ve been here before. No surprises, just settled scores.” We meet a barrage of …

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Watch: An Amazing Liver Kick TKO Was Among The Highlights Of UFC 201

The agony of that… Jake Ellenberger entered his bout with the “Immortal” Matt Brown as a +250 underdog. To you and I, that is 5/2 outsider in a two-horse race. But, if there was ever a sport in which anything can happen, it’s MMA. Truly incredibly quick finish by Jake Ellenberger #UFC201 pic.twitter.com/LfHjAJ37eb — SportsPlanet™ (@SportPlanet_) July 31, 2016 Within three …

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Watch: Tyron Woodley Shocks Robbie Lawler And The World At UFC 201

In one punch, an amazing title reign can come to the most abrupt of ends. In December 2014, Robbie Lawler became one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of MMA. He shocked the world when he emerged victorious with the welterweight belt of a prime “Big Rig” Johnny Hendricks at UFC 181. Thereafter, the ‘Ruthless’ one’s star really began …

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United Ibrahimovic

Effect of Ibrahimovic Jersey Sales Is Greatly Exaggerated

Sensationalism is both rife and alive and well in footballing circles. People have taken to social media to marvel at the amazing figures which Zlatan Ibrahimovic has generated for Manchester United, all without yet kicking a ball. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shirt sales have made £76 million in the first week. Absolutely astonishing. pic.twitter.com/00Ypxa5mcq — Futbol Agent (@Futbol_Agent_) July 29, 2016 Zlatan …

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Juventus' forward Gonzalo Higuain from Argentina arrives at the Juventus Medical Center on July 27, 2016 at the "Juventus Stadium" in Turin.

Gonzalo Higuain Returns Fire Against Napoli Chairman

Gonzalo Higuain didn’t hold back, did he? On Wednesday, it was reported that Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis had launched a scathing attack on star striker Gonzalo Higuain, whom Napoli had just sold to Juventus for a sum of €90 million (£75.3 million). De Laurentiis disregarded the 28 year old star as a “traitor” and an “ingrate.” “True, there was the clause so there …

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Clare: Cathal O’Connor Has Red Card Rescinded

Clare midfielder Cathal O’Connell will be available to Clare for their All-Ireland Football Championship Quarter Final on Sunday. O’Connell was prescribed a straight red card by referee Padraig Hughes following a high tackle on Roscommon midfielder Niall Daly last weekend. The Coolmeen man was due to serve a one match suspension for his indiscretion. Having received a copy of the match …

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Watch: Nate Diaz Reacts To Conor McGregor/Cristiano Ronaldo Meeting

Nate Diaz could not have been much more sound about this. In a reverse paradigm, had Nate Diaz met Cristiano Ronaldo while training for UFC 202, one would be afraid that Conor McGregor would erupt with some choice words on the matter. However, Diaz has (with some noteworthy exceptions) proven lately that he can be a relatively profound thinker with a long-term …

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Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Elvery's McHale Park, Mayo 17/7/2016 Galway vs Roscommon Roscommon’s Cathal Cregg and Ciaran Murtagh dejected after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Roscommon; Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Roscommon began the year as a Cinderella story.  In the dour blustery months, we all clung to hot drinks as the Six Nations was in full flow. But it was the “sheep stealers” that buoyed our sanguine Spring hearts. After leaving an opening victory behind them in a monsoonal Kiltoom, Roscommon blossomed.  On a day where no pass was secure, an intercepted kick-out …

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Joe Rogan Has Signed A New Contract With The UFC

There is a certain “je ne sais quoi” to the package of UFC broadcasts. In many ways, it has filled the void left by a slight decline in the boxing world, using it’s shorter fight times to create a crisp product and hype the sport of MMA as the most exciting in the world. One figure who is central to this …

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Video: Conor McGregor Catches Nate Diaz Out On Conan

Mystic Mac strikes again… Both Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are currently out canvassing and hyping their UFC 202 card. Diaz appeared on Conan O’Brien’s late night show on TBS last night, and despite the absence of the Dubliner, a video message he left for Nate completely caught the Stockton native out. In a sense, McGregor went out on a limb with his …

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SWANSEA, WALES - FEBRUARY 13: Shane Long of Southampton celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Southampton at Liberty Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Shane Long Brings Out The Magic At Southampton Training

Don’t try doing this trick during a Sunday morning kick about… Irish footballers aren’t too synonymous with flashy tricks and skills. We prefer a “chuck it up the field” approach to one filled with Cruyff turns or Pannas. But Republic of Ireland international Shane Long has been showing off some potentially ball-busting tricks on Southampton’s pre-season tour. Appropriately, Long pulled this …

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Dublin vs Laois Dublin Manager Jim Gavin and Laois Manager Mick Lillis shake hands Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 4/6/2016

Mick Lillis’ Departure Leaves Laois In An All Too Familiar Position

They just keep falling like bowling pins… Today, Mick Lillis announced he would be leaving his role as leader of the Laois football squad. Ergo, for the second successive summer, Laois county board will seek a new messiah to lead their charges. Lillis had been appointed in October of last year after an underwhelming run by former Galway and Westmeath manager Tomás Ó …

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