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Stephen Loftus

Currently studying journalism at DCU. Avid fan of all things American Sports and a die-hard Manchester United fan. Supporter of my local League of Ireland team, Athlone Town.

4 Players Ready For A Breakout Rugby World Cup

As the Rugby World Cup draws ever nearer, Pundit Arena’s Stephen Loftus looks at the unheralded players who could light up the tournament. Everyone knows the big name players who will look to make an impact on the destination of the William Webb Ellis trophy, but who are the lesser lights we should be looking out for? Don’t forget that the 2011 …

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Round Up: Thrilling Night In The Capital One Cup

23 games on Tuesday night and plenty of goals in the 2nd round of the Capital One Cup. Stephen Loftus reviews each of the cup ties. There may not have been any of the bigger Premier League clubs playing Tuesday night but there was no lack of action with a nine goal thriller at the Stadium of Light and seven …

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LOI Preview: Premier Division Opening Weekend

A number of intriguing fixtures will light up the opening round of the 2015 Airtricity League Premier Division. Stephen Loftus previews all of the weekend’s games. Friday March 6th Dundalk vs Longford Town (kick-off 7:45 pm) The reigning champions open their season at home to Longford after winning the title on the last day of the season last year by defeating …

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Cheltenham: Get Ready For A Willie Mullins Domination

After winning the last two champion trainer titles at the Cheltenham festival, Willie Mullins is readying his troops for another assault on the Cotswolds with a hat-trick of titles looking a certainty.   Day one of the festival looks set to be a Mullins showcase as there is a possibility he will saddle five favourites for the seven races. The …

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Six Nations: Injury-Hit England Announce Side To Face Wales

Stuart Lancaster today named his XV for Friday night’s Six Nations clash with Wales at the Milennium Stadium, a game which he will be without a number of his key players in. Danny Cipriani will have to be content with a spot on the bench alongside Nick Easter who has been the standout Number Eight in the Premiership this season. …

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Super Bowl XLIX: Where The Game Will Be Won & Lost

A tantalising  clash between reigning champions Seattle and the modern era dynasty New England awaits in Arizona on Sunday in what could be the greatest Super Bowl in years, writes Stephen Loftus. After the countless debates over “deflategate” and the farcical scenes surrounding Marshawn Lynch at media day, the attention has finally turned to the prestigious game on Sunday. Nine …

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Everton Boss On The Ropes Amid Mirallas Penalty Debacle

Everton’s dull 0-0 draw at home to West Brom continued their woeful form of late but the decision of Kevin Mirallas to disobey team orders and take a first half penalty, which he missed, highlights the lack of leadership on a sinking ship, writes Stephen Loftus. A rather uneventful Monday night game was turned into a nightmare for Roberto Martinez …

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NBA: Atlanta Hawks Continue Impressive Win Streak

A 13th straight win for the Atlanta Hawks means they are now considered favourites for the Eastern Conference title while Golden State continued their ominous march towards the number one seed in the West, writes Stephen Loftus. A 20 point outburst from Mike Scott off the Atlanta bench helped them secure a 93-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons while Atlanta …

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Saturday Racing Preview 16/1/2015

The inclement weather might have its say on a potentially cracking day of racing on Saturday with the return of Sprinter Sacre the highlight, but there are plenty of other exciting horses on display, Stephen Loftus writes. All racing fans are hoping that Nicky Henderson will allow the highest rated horse in England, Sprinter Sacre, to take his chance in …

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Horse Racing: 2014 Was Ryan Moore’s Year

2014 could be remembered for the World Cup, Ryder Cup or for the countless thrills of the Champions League but racing fans will always remember 2014 as they year when Ryan Moore dominated flat racing with 19 Group race wins across four different continents, writes Stephen Loftus.   The soft spoken stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute rode with effortless …

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Horse Racing Over The Christmas Period: Part 2

Aside from the Cheltenham festival, the next three weeks of jump racing are the highlight of the calendar.  Kempton, Leopardstown and Chepstow all take centre stage while the Christmas dinner leftovers are being dished out. In the second part of a two-part series on racing over the coming weeks, Stephen Loftus previews the races at Leopardstown over the festive period. 27th December …

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NBA: Golden State Win Streak Halted By Grizzlies

The Golden State Warriors 16 game win streak was ended by Memphis in a 105-98 loss last night, writes Stephen Loftus. The Grizzlies prevailed by seven points, sparked by twenty straight points to begin the second quarter and the Warriors were never able to claw their way back into the game, despite 22 points from shooting guard Klay Thompson. Golden …

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Horse Racing Over The Christmas Period: Part 1

Aside from the Cheltenham festival, the next three weeks of jump racing are the highlight of the calendar. Kempton, Leopardstown and Chepstow all take centre stage while the Christmas dinner leftovers are being dished out. In part one of a two-part series, Stephen Loftus previews the races at Ascot, Kempton and Chepstow over the festive period. 20th December – Long …

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NFL: Top 5 MVP Candidates

With only two weeks of NFL regular season football left, Stephen Loftus looks at the five most deserving candidates for the coveted Most Valuable Player award.   1. J.J. Watt – Houston Texans A highly controversial choice as Watt would be the first defensive player to win the award since Lawrence Taylor in 1986, but there is no doubting the …

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Hennessy Gold Cup Preview

The Willie Mullins trained Djakadam has been the buzz horse for Saturday’s Hennessy Gold Cup since he was declared to run, can the five-year old prevail in one of the biggest handicaps of the year? Stephen Loftus previews his chances.   The statistics say Djakadam cannot win Saturday’s race. No five-year-old has ever won the Hennessy Gold Cup. No Irish …

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NFL: Thanksgiving Day Preview

Thanksgiving Day brings a feast of football to our screens and for NFL lovers, one of the best viewing days of the year. Stephen Loftus previews each of the three games. Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions Detroit come into this game on the back of a crushing loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Matthew Stafford and his offence …

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