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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 .

Marcus Rashford Still Searching For Man United Role

Marcus Rashford has proven with England that he has all the qualities required to be a consistent attacking threat – but his task now is to replicate that form for Manchester United. Rashford impressed as England beat Croatia 2-1 last Sunday to secure a place in next June’s Nations League Finals, yet there is no guarantee he will start when …

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Mick McCarthy - Kenny Cunningham

Mick McCarthy Wants Kenny Cunningham On Coaching Ticket

Mick McCarthy is the favourite to be named as Republic of Ireland manager early next week, and Pundit Arena understands that he wants Kenny Cunningham as part of his backroom staff. Recent media reports suggest that Mick McCarthy is due for discussions over the weekend with the FAI regarding the managerial vacancy left by Martin O’Neill. Pundit Arena understands that McCarthy is eager …

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LeBron James

LeBron James Receives Standing Ovation Upon Cleveland Return

LeBron James made a triumphant return to Cleveland and received a standing ovation from supportive fans before leading the Los Angeles Lakers over the Cavaliers 109-105 on Wednesday. LeBron James scored 32 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made seven assists to spark the Lakers, who closed the contest with an 18-6 run to win for the sixth time in seven …

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Former Eels player and San Fransico 49ers NFL player Jarryd Hayne is interviewed during the round one NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos at Pirtek Stadium on March 3, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne ‘Arrested After Sex Assault Claims’

High-profile rugby league star Jarryd Hayne was reportedly arrested by Australian police Monday over sex assault allegations, the second incident to be raised against the player. Jarryd Hayne, 30, was being questioned by New South Wales Police over an alleged incident in the Hunter region north of Sydney on the night of the National Rugby League grand final in late …

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LeBron James

LeBron James Shoots The Lights Out Upon Miami Heat Return

LeBron James returned to Miami for the first time as a Los Angeles Laker Sunday, dropping 51 points on his former team in a 113-97 NBA victory over the Heat. LeBron James, who led the Heat to four NBA Finals appearances and two titles before returning to his hometown club Cleveland, made it look easy from the opening tipoff, scoring …

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Inclusion Of Jimmy Dunne A Much-Needed Feel Good Story

Jimmy Dunne has been called into Ireland’s senior squad for the trip to Denmark on Monday, following a spate of injuries and exclusions. Ireland will play Denmark on Monday night, with Martin O’Neill forced into a number of changes for varying reasons. Defender John Egan (calf), midfielder Alan Browne (shoulder), and forward Sean Maguire (hamstring) all miss out, while both …

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Michael Obafemi Will Travel With Ireland Squad To Denmark

Michael Obafemi will travel to Denmark with the Ireland squad now that he has publicly confirmed his commitment to Ireland. Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, had indicated earlier in the week that a trip to Aarhus to face Christian Eriksen & co. was highly unlikely, but it would now appear the Southampton youngster has a seat on the plane. …

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Tana Umaga Steps Down As Auckland Blues Head Coach

All Blacks great Tana Umaga stepped down as head coach of the Auckland Blues on Thursday after disappointing results during his three years in charge of the Super Rugby club. Tana Umaga, who was in Dublin this week ahead of the Ireland-New Zealand clash, will remain with the Blues as defence coach but hand over the top job to Leon MacDonald, …

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Ryan Crotty Replaces SBW In All Blacks Side To Face Ireland

The world champion All Blacks have made just one injury-enforced change to the matchday squad to face Ireland in Saturday’s one-off Test showdown in Dublin. Centre Ryan Crotty starts in place of Sonny Bill Williams, who injured his shoulder in last week’s dramatic 16-15 win over England, opening a space for Anton Lienert-Brown on the bench. Crotty scored a last-minute …

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Martin O'Neill

It’s Unclear If MON Has Even Asked Michael Obafemi About Committing

There was an interesting development at Wednesday’s press conference at FAI HQ, as Martin O’Neill discussed the Michael Obafemi will-he-won’t-he allegiance issue. At first, the Republic of Ireland manager was insistent that, having spoken with Michael Obafemi, the teenager had yet to make a decision on his international future, and that an appearance in the competitive fixture against Denmark on …

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Michael Obafemi

Michael Obafemi Has Committed To The Republic Of Ireland

Michael Obafemi wants to play for Ireland and Ireland only, a trusted source close to the youngster confirmed to Pundit Arena on Tuesday. The 18-year-old Southampton forward reported for Republic of Ireland training on Monday in a move that looked to quell speculation over a switch of allegiances to Nigeria or England. However, Martin O’Neill spoke to the assembled media …

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UEFA Open To Reopening Financial Fairplay Cases

UEFA warned Monday that clubs whose finances have already been scrutinised by its Financial Fair Play regulations may not be out the clear yet. Less than a week after the latest revelations in the Football Leaks series, UEFA suggested it could reopen previously concluded cases should new information arise. Every club affiliated to UEFA faces an annual assessment against the …

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Michael Obafemi

“Michael Obafemi Still Has A Decision To Make” – O’Neill

Richard Barrett reporting from Ireland training at FAI HQ It remains unclear whether Michael Obafemi will make his Republic of Ireland senior debut against Northern Ireland, manager Martin O’Neill confirmed on Monday. Speaking at Republic of Ireland training in Abbotstown, the Republic of Ireland boss said: “He could play with (Nigeria or England). He has decisions to make for his …

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Michael Obafemi Reports For Ireland Training Amid Allegiance Rumours

Richard Barrett reporting from Republic of Ireland training at FAI HQ, Abbotstown. Michael Obafemi has quelled speculation of a switch of international allegiance by reporting to Ireland camp ahead of Thursday’s clash with Northern Ireland. Southampton boss, Mark Hughes, added fuel to the international fire over the weekend, when he suggested that Michael Obafemi was weighing up his options, before …

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