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Richard Barrett is a Co-Founder and Head of Content at Pundit Arena. You can follow him on Twitter via @TheBoyBarrett .

Explained: The Kosovo Celebration That Could See Xhaka & Shaqiri Banned

The traditional move after scoring an iconic World Cup goal is to celebrate the country you’re playing for.  But the pro-Kosovo “double eagle” gesture flashed by Swiss goal-scorers Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri shows that honouring another nation after the ball crosses the line can ruffle some feathers. The celebrations during Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday have triggered …

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Paul Lawrie Will Miss The Open After Season-Ending Injury

Paul Lawrie won’t be heading back to the scene of his 1999 British Open triumph at Carnoustie when this year’s edition returns to the Scottish course after announcing Monday that his season was over due to injury. The 49-year-old Scot has been struggling with back and foot problems and he now plans to spend the next few months concentrating on …

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Last-Minute Coutinho & Neymar Rescue Lacklustre Brazil

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar broke down dogged Costa Rica in injury time on Friday, sealing a 2-0 win for Brazil that propels the five-time champions towards the World Cup last 16. The Central Americans looked likely to hold on for a hard-earned draw, particularly after Neymar had a penalty award chalked off by referee Bjorn Kuipers after he consulted the …

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Just $2000 & A Pastor Will Help Nigeria Secure World Cup Win

A pastor in Nigeria has urged his followers to pay him more than $2,000 to unleash a squadron of “prayer warriors” to help the country’s footballers to secure a World Cup win. Earlier this week, self-styled prophet Tommy Yisa Aika said that the Super Eagles lost their opening match to Croatia because God was punishing them for hiring a white …

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Concerns Grow As Sean Cronin Sits Out Captain’s Run

Sean Cronin’s fitness ahead of the Test series decider with Australia is under scrutiny, as the Leinster man sat out Friday’s captain’s run. The IRFU were quick to state that Cronin, named in the starting XV for the clash with Australia ahead of Niall Scannell, is fit for the game and his absence from the captain’s run was merely precautionary. …

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All Blacks Told To Sharpen Up Against Vengeful French

Captain Sam Whitelock urged the All Blacks to rediscover their cutting edge in Saturday’s final Test as improving France look to end their contentious tour on a high. While New Zealand won the first two Tests to secure the series, neither side is happy heading into the final showdown and Whitelock said there was pressure on the home team to …

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Rassie Erasmus Rapidly Transforming Springboks’ Racial Balance

Rassie Erasmus is emerging not only as an astute coach of South Africa but also shaming many of his predecessors by rapidly transforming the racial balance of the team. When the triumphant Springboks tackle England in a dead-rubber third Test in Cape Town Saturday, a record-equalling seven black players will be in a once whites-only side. Integration of black players …

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Schmidt Makes Five Changes As Cronin Gets Chance

After levelling the three-Test series at 1-1 last week, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt made two changes to the front row with Jack McGrath at loosehead prop alongside recalled hooker Sean Cronin. Hooker Niall Scannell and prop Cian Healy, who played in Ireland’s 26-21 win in Melbourne, were named among the reserves. In the back row, skipper Peter O’Mahony was selected …

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Leinster Rugby S&C Coach Explains Famed ‘Stuesday’ Sessions

It’s been an unforgettable year for all at Leinster Rugby, with the province swatting aside all opponents en route to an unprecedented Champions Cup and Pro14 double. Although there are myriad reasons for the success of the Boys In Blue in recent seasons, one of the key factors has undoubtedly been the impact of Stuart Lancaster, the former England head …

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Major Injury Scare For Brazil As Neymar Hobbles Out Of Training

Neymar hobbled out of a training session on Tuesday, setting alarm bells ringing in the Brazil camp as they prepare for their second World Cup group game against Costa Rica on Friday. “Neymar came out of training today with a painful right ankle,” said Vinicius Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). He put the knock down to …

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UCC Soccer Scholarships – A League Of Ireland Breeding Ground

As Daniel Pender’s cup-winning penalty smashed the back of the net on Tuesday two weeks ago in Turners Cross, the curtain was brought down on another hugely successful season for University College Cork’s senior football side. Following on from 2017’s Munster Senior League and Collingwood Cup titles, the Noel Healy-managed side added the Beamish Cup to the Donie Forde Cup …

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