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Rising Stars: Six League Of Ireland Youngsters Who Could Be The Next Big Thing

2016 UEFA European Championship Group E, Stade de France, France 13/6/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Sweden Ireland's Shane Long and James McClean Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

With Dundalk currently flying high in the Europa League, the League of Ireland is enjoying a welcome spell in the limelight. Attention is being attracted from sources previously oblivious to the Irish domestic game. The league’s top young talents are constantly being drawn across the water to English outfits but there are now even clubs from further afield interested in …

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Opinion: Why Rooney’s Career Should Not Be On The Wane

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United warms up during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

As the fallout continues from the Wayne Rooney ‘drinking at a wedding’ story, is there a wider issue at play here: the importance of the modern day footballer looking after themselves in a bid to prolong their careers? First and foremost, Rooney is human. He isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last footballer to take a drink. Also, there …

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Opinion: Nothing’s Changed For Arsenal; They’re Still Mentally Weak When It Matters

during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016 in Manchester, England.

Saturday’s visit to Old Trafford exposed something in Arsenal which they thought they had vanquished. Since their opening day defeat to Liverpool (and subsequent draw against Leicester), they have sought to improve their mental resilience and prove that they can finally banish the ghosts of the past decade and challenge for the Premier League title. However, their performance on Saturday …

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Opinion: What Are England’s Best Back Three Options Going Forward?

VILAMOURA, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 01: Mike Brown passes the ball during the England training session held at Brown's Sport Complex on November 1, 2016 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

When Eddie Jones announced his England team to face Fiji on Friday, the return of Semesa Rokoduguni to international rugby on the right wing, widely tipped by the media, indeed came to fruition. What was not anticipated however, was that Elliot Daly, only getting his first start last week for England in his preferred position of outside centre, would be …

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The Rise, Fall And Resurgence Of Israel Dagg

“I’ve been disappointed, you always want to be in the World Cup All Blacks squad, but what’s happened has happened,” said Israel Dagg after he was omitted from New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup squad last year. “You never know, I could be over there in a couple of weeks, I’ve got to play like I’m still going to be involved.” …

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Opinion: British & Irish Football Needs To Turn Its Back On The ‘Get Rid’ Mentality

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: John Stones of England beats Cesar Azpilicueta of Spain to the ball during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

‘Get rid of it’ is a common cry in football matches of all levels across Britain and Ireland, and it’s the cry that now accompanies Manchester City and England’s John Stones around the pitch too.  England’s recent 3-0 win over Scotland was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggested with many blaming Stones for Scotland’s chances. This is one of …

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5 Established Stars At Risk Of Missing Out On Lions Selection

Australia v British & Irish Lions: Game 3

Time is running out for a number of players to force their way into Lions reckoning. As interesting as it maybe, selecting a Lions squad so far in advance of the tour kicking off is pure folly. However, with limited international game time now available, players can certainly rule themselves out of the reckoning this early in the season. Although a …

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Opinion: Why Losing To Nate Diaz Was Absolutely Essential To Conor McGregor’s Growth

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5: Nate Diaz (R) slaps Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

What a night UFC 205 turned out to be. All 3 title fights delivered in pretty much every sense of the word and despite losing 2 of its most anticipated bouts in the lead-up, the card still managed to be full to the brim with exhilarating match-ups involving several legends, veterans, title-contenders and showstoppers.  However, it was the Notorious Irishman, …

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UFC 205: Alvarez Vs McGregor – Predicting Saturday Night’s Winners

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC president Dana White seperates UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor of Ireland (R) and UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The biggest fight card of all time bar none. The UFC heads to New York for the first time ever, and Madison Square Garden is the stage where history will unfold. Here we predict the outcomes for all of Saturday night’s fights. _______ Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez Featherweight champion Conor McGregor will look to become the first ever fighter in the UFC to …

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UFC 205 Preview: Tyron Woodley Vs Stephen Thompson

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson face off during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Although a lot of the attention surrounding this weekend’s UFC 205 event has been focused on the historic super-fight sitting atop the card, the co-main event – a welterweight showdown between champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson – may well prove to be the most interesting match-up of the night. Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley shocked the world last …

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Opinion: Why Joanna Jedrzejczyk Is The True Face Of Women’s MMA

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Joanna Jedrzejczyk reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The landscape of women’s MMA is constantly changing. It has gone from not even being present in the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation to now being almost level to the drawing power of its male equivalent.  The last year in particular has seen some of the discipline’s biggest names travel through a series of peak of valleys. Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and …

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Inside SBG – ‘If You Don’t Want To Be The Best I Don’t Even Want To Talk To You’

UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor has done an awful lot of great things for the sport of mixed martial arts in a relatively short space of time. He has set UFC records for both gate receipts and pay-per-view sales, he has redefined what is financially and commercially possible for a mixed martial artist, and he’s also paved the way for fellow Irish fighters …

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Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor: Breaking Down The Super-Fight

Anticipation has now officially reached fever pitch. This weekend we will finally get to see the long-awaited super-fight between UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and the man with history firmly in his sights, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, the current champion of the featherweight division. Madison Square Garden will finally host its first MMA event, and given the historic nature of this …

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