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MacKenna On Monday: USADA The Biggest Dopes In Anti-Doping

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Travis Tygart was quick out of the blocks. It was only the first day of the year and the head of US anti-doping was sticking it to the state-sponsored effort in Russia and their latest refusal to play by the rules and allow testers into the lab that was the beating heart of their cheating operation for so long. “We …

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“I Am Fortunate In A Way That Two Years In, I Am Still Here”

Doddie Weir

For the 11th successive year, Ireland v England Legends will take place on the eve of the corresponding Six Nations fixture between the two countries.  The fixture sees some of the top personalities and legends from the rugby community play against each other to raise money for rugby related charities. This year, the match will be played in aid of …

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MacKenna On Monday’s Sporting Predictions For 2019

Sport does the strangest things to people, even those it shouldn’t. Many years ago, working in the late Sunday Tribune, part of the summer’s light GAA coverage was a quiz with someone famous each edition, and questions on their own county with a league table at the end of the championship. With Dublin playing one weekend and Bertie Ahern leading …

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Pundit Arena MMA Awards 2018: Submission Of The Year

In the latest edition on our ongoing end-of-year awards, we take a look at the various submissions that caught our eye over the last 365 days. 10 nominees have been selected but only one will be chosen above all others so without further ado, here are our picks. Paul Craig vs. Magomed Ankalaev Alexey Oleinik vs. Junior Albini Zabit Magomedsharipov …

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Pundit Arena MMA Awards 2018: Knockout Of The Year

The time has come for us to make our choice for MMA Knockout Of The Year 2018 and while the category was absolutely stacked, one KO rose above all others. Earlier this week our annual awards kicked off with the pick for Fighter Of The Year 2018, an award that really could not have been any tighter. The Knockout Of The …

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Remembering The Time Joe Schmidt Played GAA For Mullingar

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Joe Schmidt will long be remembered when he packs his bags and leaves Ireland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The New Zealander has brought an unprecedented level of success to the nation and raised the standard for all coaches across all sports. However, there is one little pocket of Ireland that Joe Schmidt holds very close to his heart; Mullingar. …

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Greenlight: Darren Randolph On Tough Year With Boys In Green

Pundit Arena sat down with Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who opened up on his international career, a difficult year with the Boys in Green and sympathising with Declan Rice. ______ It is said that the goalkeeper is the most lonely man on the football pitch. Former Celtic and Poland stopper Arthur Boruc once quipped that “being a goalkeeper is like …

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Pundit Arena MMA Awards 2018: Fighter Of The Year

In this edition of our end-of-year awards, we’ll be crowning the fighter who achieved more within the world of mixed martial arts than any of their peers. UFC 232 is now behind us and as expected, there were more than enough major talking points to be found to have a pretty impressive effect on our end-of-year awards. And while there …

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New Year, New Me: Jack Canning To Pursue Rugby In Australia

Highly-rated Galway hurler Jack Canning has decided to take a sabbatical from hurling to pursue a rugby career in Australia, he has exclusively revealed to Pundit Arena. For most talented young hurlers, the dream is to progress from inter-county minor to U21, and eventually onto senior level. However, one of Galway’s young hopefuls has decided to buck the trend and step …

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Darren Randolph Full Of Praise For “Ridiculous” Caoimhin Kelleher

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph has spoken of his admiration for Liverpool’s young stopper Caoimhin Kelleher as the 19-year old looks to begin his international career under new manager Mick McCarthy. Kelleher was called up to the Irish squad by then manager Martin O’Neill for Ireland’s games against Northern Ireland and Wales in November although didn’t feature in either …

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An Insight Into Norway’s Reaction To Solskjaer’s United Appointment

Pundit Arena spoke with Norwegian football writer Thore Haugstad to get an insight into how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager has been viewed back in his home country of Norway. ___ Pundit Arena: Thore, firstly great to speak with you, what has been the Norwegian general public’s reaction to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager? …

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