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Striking Out – Why Is Black America Turning Away From Baseball?

On a searing hot summer’s day in Washington, a group of children are playing baseball at a pristine ballpark that stands at odds with its surroundings in the city’s rough-and-tumble southeast. Parents and grandparents shout encouragement from the stands as they chow down on hot dogs, some seeking shelter under the shade of a blue tent. This quintessential scene is …

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MacKenna On Monday: Elitism Oozing From The Boil Of The GAA

There’s usually a right way and a wrong way. There’s always an easy way and a hard way. It’s rare that what’s right also happens to be easy, but this was definitely one of those occasions. On Thursday evening, with the GAA hierarchy having backed down in their attempts to drag Kildare to Croke Park, their communications manager popped up …

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Super-Fight Spotlight: Daniel Cormier – Part II

Our six-part look at the careers of both Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier continues as the former-Olympian DC finds himself under the bright lights of the UFC. ‘Daniel Cormier: Part I’ can be read here When Daniel Cormier made his UFC debut after the dissolution of his old hunting ground Strikeforce, the promotion that he joined was very different to the …

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Super-Fight Spotlight: Stipe Miocic – Part I

With UFC 226 just two weeks away, we break down headliners Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier in a pair of three-part series detailing their careers. Two fighters. Two three-part series designed to take a look at both of the men who will engage in one of the most anticipated fights in the history of mixed martial arts. As we edge closer …

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Opinion: World Cup Under Threat From Irrational Hatred Of Technology

The 2018 World Cup, which thus far has been a largely entertaining tournament, is in danger of being totally overshadowed by the implementation of video assistant referees. But it is not the technology itself which is the problem. It is the mind-numbing frequency with which it is discussed, its decisions dissected, its very existence constantly questioned by baffled, exasperated TV …

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Fighter Of The Week: Lando Vannata

In this week’s edition of Fighter of the Week, we take a look at the most aptly-nicknamed fighter in the UFC today, ‘Groovy’ Lando Vannata. Unpredictable, unquestionably groovy, and completely unmissable. Four UFC fights. Four Performance of the Night bonuses. Lando Vannata is our Fighter of the Week this week ahead of his UFC 226 return on July 7. For all the …

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Super-Fight Spotlight: Daniel Cormier – Part I

With UFC 226 just two weeks away, we break down headliners Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier in a pair of three-part series detailing their careers. Two fighters. Two three-part series designed to take a look at both of the men who will engage in one of the most anticipated fights in the history of mixed martial arts. It’s important to build …

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Opinion: Heartless U20 Football Rule Is Robbing Players Of Opportunity To Develop

Kerry U20 football manager, Jack O’ Connor, recently voiced his frustration at the new rule that prevents players who have played senior inter-county football from playing with their U20 team. O’Connor is understandably disappointed at losing both Seán O’ Shea and David Clifford, who are playing senior football for Kerry this year which means that they are now ineligible for …

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Exploring Irish MMA – Part II: Richie Smullen

Last week we had the opportunity to chat with Blaine O’Driscoll as he edges towards a BAMMA flyweight title-shot and in this, the second edition of Exploring Irish MMA, we spoke to unbeaten lightweight Richie Smullen ahead of his UFC debut in Las Vegas on July 6.  This series is intended as a means of shining a spotlight on the current …

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The People Of Galway Should Be Thankful For Shane Walsh’s Principal

As Galway’s footballers held aloft The Nestor Cup once again, the murmurs of optimism that began the season as whispers turned to roars. _____ “It’s brilliant,” begins Shane Walsh, The Tribesmen’s talismanic forward, speaking after his side’s 0-16 to 2-6 victory over Roscommon. “It’s nice to be back with another Connacht medal in the pocket.” Walsh and Galway went into Sunday’s …

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Rassie Erasmus Rapidly Transforming Springboks’ Racial Balance

Rassie Erasmus is emerging not only as an astute coach of South Africa but also shaming many of his predecessors by rapidly transforming the racial balance of the team. When the triumphant Springboks tackle England in a dead-rubber third Test in Cape Town Saturday, a record-equalling seven black players will be in a once whites-only side. Integration of black players …

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Classic Bouts: Tyson Fury Vs. Steve Cunningham

In this week’s edition of Classic Bouts, we look at Tyson Fury’s first bout on American soil, one that saw him come within a hair of losing his unbeaten record. Last week in Classic Bouts, we took a closer look at Floyd Mayweather’s surgical win over the late Diego Corrales and this week, we take a jump up to the bigger men as heavyweights collide. …

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Daily Discussion: How Will We Remember Ronda Rousey?

The UFC announced recently that Ronda Rousey is to be inducted into their hall of fame, something that elicited a mixed response from the MMA community. Fans of mixed martial arts tend to have short memories. Making a point of noting this is not headline news by any means but over the years we have seen fan opinion do a …

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