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Noel Ryan

MMA and GAA would be at the forefront of my interests. I can also tell the difference between butter and 'I Can't Believe it's not Butter'.
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 23: Renan Barao of Brazil steps on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Nilson Nelson gymnasium on September 23, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

CSAC’s New Weight-Cutting Regulations Have Their First Major Impact

The California State Athletic Commission is worried about Renan Barao’s ability to make the cut to bantamweight safely. The CSAC passed the largest set of weight-cutting regulations in MMA history back in May, and UFC 214 on the July 29 will be the first UFC PPV to take place under these new regulations. The Anaheim event has experienced its first enforced change due …

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French-Cameroonian mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou poses during a training session at the MMA Factory in Paris on April 21, 2017. Born in Cameroon, Ngannou arrived in France in 2013 looking for a different life, but soon found himself homeless. From the streets of Paris to a chance encounter at an MMA gym, he now holds a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and has his eyes set on the world number one belt. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Huge Heavyweight Bout Announced For UFC 215

The scariest man in the division is back in action. Francis NGannou will face his toughest test to date when he takes on Junior Dos Santos at UFC 215. The Cameroon native has been flawless to date in the UFC and finished all five of his bouts so far. His latest fight was a demolition of Andrei Arlovski back in …

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Quarter-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2/4/2017 Kilkenny vs Wexford Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Davy Fitzgerald’s Demands At First Wexford Training Perfectly Illustrate His High Standards

Davy Fitzgerald ruffled some feathers in Wexford on his first night in charge but he has reaped the rewards. Like him or loath him, Fitzgerald is nothing but meticulous in his approach to preparing teams. While some of his madcap sideline antics may garner unwanted attention, Fitzgerald has largely produced results as a manager. With Waterford, Davy went all the way to …

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: (L-R) Rory MacDonald kicks Robbie Lawler in their UFC welterweight title fight during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Rory MacDonald Calls Out Douglas Lima In Chilling Fashion

‘The Red King’ has a knack for unsettling people. Those dark eyes, the dead stare and the deadpan expression all aid the unsettling abilities of Rory MacDonald. At UFC 189, MacDonald and Robbie Lawler unleashed absolute hell, fire and brimstone upon one another for four titanic rounds. At the end of the fourth round, Lawler engaged in a stare down with …

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To Celebrate Lionel Messi Turning 30, Here Are Ten Of His Best Goals

Lionel Messi turns 30 on Saturday. The best player in the world, in many people’s eyes, may actually be heading towards the tail-end of his career. Leo has had an outstanding career at Barcelona and with Argentina (despite the lack of a World Cup medal). In 701 games to date, he’s clocked an incredible 565 goals, 231 assists and 41 hat-tricks. …

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Jimmy Butler Traded To Minnesota Timberwolves

A potential new ‘Big Three’ could be forming in Minnesota. The Chicago Bulls have traded three time All-Star Guard Jimmy Butler and the 16th draft pick to Minnesota, in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh pick. The Bulls used this pick to select seven-foot Finn, Lauri Makkanen. The Timberwolves used their pick to select Justin Patton. The …

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Donncha O’Callaghan May Have Found The Perfect Moment To Show Peter O’ Mahony’s Leadership Credentials

The old stock at Munster have always been aware of O’Mahony’s capabilities as a leader. Since the announcement that Peter O’ Mahony will captain the Lions, in the their first Test against New Zealand, tributes have poured in for the Munster man. There have been moments dragged up by legends of the game that tell of O’Mahony’s leadership qualities. Donncha …

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor attends the UFC Fight Night at the SSE Arena on November 19, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Conor McGregor Has Bookies Scared Ahead Of Mayweather Bout

The Notorious one’s reputation has bookmakers cautious. Forget about names for a minute. Let’s construct a narrative. An undefeated, all-conquering, four-weight world champion boxer is called out by a novice in the field. A professional athlete, but someone who has never stepped foot in a boxing ring, in a professional capacity. Now, imagine you are asked to give your predictions …

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Watch: Ido Portal’s Drills Looking To Be Another Wildcard In McGregor’s Pack

Everyone’s favourite pony-tailed movement coach is back, with a new pack of tricks. Conor McGregor has enlisted movement coach, Ido Portal, to help with his preparations for his showdown with Floyd Mayweather in August. Famous for waving pool noodles at McGregor to encourage defensive movement, Portal has helped McGregor before his fights with Jose Aldo and Nate Diaz. Portal has …

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Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland Under 21 Championship Semi-Final 25/8/2012 General view of a GAA sideline flag Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Opinion: The GAA Need To Move With The Times When It Comes To Nutrition

The GAA train of thought regarding nutrition is still very much old-school. With pre-season campaigns starting earlier and earlier, as physical training begins to entail so much more than just ‘a few laps’ and ‘sprints to the 45’ and as amateur athletes are expected to perform at professional levels, even on the club scene, we examine the existing views around nutrition in …

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JUNE 13: Angel Di Maria of Argentina (L) in action during the International Test match between Argentina and Singapore at National Stadium on June 13, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Angel Di Maria Fined £1.76 Million Over Tax Evasion While In Spain

Angel Di Maria is the latest football star to be investigated by Spanish authorities regarding unpaid taxes.  The PSG star has admitted to two counts of tax fraud during his four-year stint at Real Madrid. Di Maria is believed to have defrauded the Spanish authorities of £1.14 million and has been ordered to pay a fine of £1.76 million. Due to …

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Where Does The UFC’s Light-Heavyweight Division Go From Here?

At UFC Fight Night 109, we saw the best Alexander Gustafsson yet. But it also revealed the glaring issues facing the light-heavyweight division. This is a fighter who beat Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in many peoples’ eyes. Frankly, he’s the only other fighter to ask any questions of either man, such has been their joint dominance of the light-heavyweight …

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Celtic Beat Competition From Manchester United, Sign Highly-Rated Tipperary Youngster

Sixteen-year-old Barry Coffey has signed a 3 year deal with Scottish giants, Glasgow Celtic. The SPL champions, beat off stiff competition from Man United, Man City and Chelsea for his signature.  The sought after teenager was spotted at a youth tournament in The Netherlands last month while playing for Chelsea. Coffey joins Celtic from his local side Nenagh AFC, who he …

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Watch: Brutal Groin Shot Abruptly Finishes MMA Fight

Any male who is about to watch the video below, prepare to wince. The extraordinary pain that accumulates after a groin shot cannot be understated. Lying somewhere between being trampled by elephants and giving birth to triplets with large heads, on a pain-richter scale it isn’t pleasant. We often see moments in sport where a player may inadvertently take a hit …

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