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Richie Mo’unga Steers Crusaders To Another Super Rugby Title

Richie Mo’unga pulled all the strings as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Golden Lions 37-18 to claim a ninth Super Rugby title and their second in a row on Saturday. The defending champions, who started as red-hot favourites in Christchurch, produced a heroic defensive effort with Mo’unga clinically engineering the points when chances arose. The fly-half had a hand in …

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Donald Trump Hits Back At LeBron James Over Racial Comments

US President Donald Trump sniped back at NBA great LeBron James late Friday, days after the basketball player and philanthropist accused him of fueling racial divides in the United States. “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, (CNN presenter) Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do,” the president tweeted of the …

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Last-Gasp Goal Gives Lampard Winning Start With Derby

Former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard enjoyed a winning start to his managerial career on Friday when Derby County sealed a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph at Reading with a last-minute goal. Tom Lawrence headed in the winner in the fourth minute of injury time from a cross by Mason Bennett just as the game — the opening fixture in the …

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“Rugby Players Want To Associate With Golfers” – Chubby Chandler Enters The Rugby Sphere

Anyone who knows their golf will know about Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler.  The 65-year-old Lancashire native is one of the sport’s most high-profile agents and throughout his agency career, he has had the likes of Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Danny Willett under his wing. Darren Clarke remains one his most high-profile clients. As the founder of ISM …

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Paul O’Connell Takes Up Coaching Role In The Top 14

According to reports in Ireland, Paul O’Connell has taken up a coaching role in the Top 14.  O’Connell will join the Parisian outfit, Stade Francais, as their new forwards coach and he will join a background team which includes Heyneke Meyer, Pieter De Villiers, Julian Dupuy, John McFarland and Mike Prendergast. Prendergast coached Oyannax last season and previous to that, …

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Neuer Denies Mesut Ozil’s Claims Of Racism In The Germany Set-Up

Germany captain Manuel Neuer has denied that Mesut Ozil was the victim of racism within the German FA (DFB), but admitted the fiasco has taken a toll on the players. Ozil quit international football last month amid the furore over his meeting and photo opportunity in May with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which raised questions about Ozil’s loyalty to …

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Crusaders Hit Back At Lions’ Illegal Scrum Claim

The Canterbury Crusaders hit back at the Golden Lions and defended prop Joe Moody on Friday after claims of illegal tactics ahead of the Super rugby final in Christchurch. Lions coach Swys de Bruin ignited the verbal clash when he said the eight-time champions get away with plenty of transgressions and called for a “fair deal” from Australian referee Angus …

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Watch: Tearful Andy Murray Wins On Injury Comeback And Slams Organisers For Late Night Match

A tearful Andy Murray advanced to the ATP Washington Open quarter-finals in a three-hour marathon ending at 3:00 am Friday, then ripped organizers for putting him in such a situation. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, in his first hardcourt event after an 11-month layoff for a right hip injury, outlasted Romania’s 93rd-ranked Marius Copil 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). And …

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“There’s A Bit Of A Buzz Around The Place About Him Coming Down”

This week, Munster are in some new surroundings from their usual base at Munster’s High-Performance Centre at the University of Limerick.  The squad have been undertaking a week-long camp at the beautiful grounds of Fota Island, just a few kilometres outside Cork City. The purpose of the stay is to break away from their usual environment, re-establish their team ethos …

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The Forecast: Your Guide To A Bumper Weekend Of Irish Sport

Brought to you by   It’s August. This means a few different things. The intercounty GAA season is drawing to a close but on the other hand, the Premier League season is right around the corner and the beginning of the northern hemisphere rugby season isn’t too far behind it.  Thankfully, we’re set for another excellent weekend of Irish sport with …

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England Keen To Keep Gareth Southgate Beyond Euro 2020

England’s Football Association wants Gareth Southgate to stay on as manager beyond Euro 2020 but knows it cannot compete on wages if a Premier League club makes an approach. Southgate took England to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, boosting his stock within the game and ending a run of miserable failures at major tournaments for the national side. “Gareth …

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10 Counties Expected To Be Punished By The GAA For Training Camp Breach

The GAA are expected to hand down punishment to ten counties for breaching rules surrounding training camps.  The alleged breaches occurred earlier in the season where counties travelled or undertook training camps which are outside of the rules established by the GAA. According to the GAA, no training camps, in Ireland or abroad, are allowed unless they take place within …

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Irish Striker Eoin Doyle Leaves Preston For Undisclosed Fee

Dublin-born striker Eoin Doyle is on the move as his two-year stint with Preston North End has come to an end.  Doyle initially joined Preston on loan from Cardiff City in September 2015 before making the move permanent at the end of the 2015/16 season. Since a famous on-pitch bust-up with teammate Jermaine Beckford in December 2016, Doyle has made …

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Breaking: UEFA Have Increased Samir Nasri’s Doping Ban

UEFA extended former France international Samir Nasri’s doping ban from six to 18 months on Wednesday over the intravenous drip treatment he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016. The 31-year-old, who is currently without a club, was suspended for six months in February after taking a multi-vitamin booster in contravention of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules. The ban …

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