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Opinion: Anthony Pettis – Are The Curtains Closing On Showtime?

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 10: Anthony Pettis of the United States looks on in his fight for the Interim Featherweight Title with Max Holloway of the United States during the UFC 206 event at Air Canada Centre on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Anthony Pettis’ latest loss to Max Holloway appears to mark the beginning of the end of a career which has failed to live up to its full potential. 2015 began the same way 2014 ended for “Showtime”- as a champion destined for greatness in the lightweight division. At UFC 181, the 155-pound king returned to the octagon following 16 months …

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Why Do Rugby Players Respect Their Referees More Than Footballers Do?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Phil Jones of Manchester United (L) and Marcos Rojo of Manchester United (R) argue with the referee after there was no penalty given during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on December 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Nigel Owen’s recent suggestion that football take retrospective action against diving is not the first time rugby referees have took a somewhat superior stance and offered suggestions to their football counterparts. You can’t blame Owens and his fellow rugby referees for feeling slightly smug about controlling and having the respect of men two or three times their size, while football …

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On The Cusp – Sinead Kavanagh – Part 1

In 2014 Peter Elijah Lungu, Executive Director of the Zambian Institute for Sustainable Development, wrote that order exists in disorder. Lungu wrote in a piece titled Organized Chaos: The Natural Law of Order that ‘all living organisms are guided by unwritten laws, which provide guidance and natural order even for the animals in the jungle.’ Traditionally, the lion is the unquestioned king of the jungle, …

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Opinion: Do Manchester City Need Another Centre-Back In January?

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City is seen prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester City at Turf Moor on November 26, 2016 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Every season, Manchester City invest in a new centre-half, without ever seemingly strengthening their defence. After the 3-1 home loss to Chelsea, the cheque book could well come out again in January. The Chelsea defeat was somewhat flattering to the visitors, considering Kevin De Bruyne missed an open goal in the second half to put City 2-0 ahead. However, it …

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The Terrible Truth Behind The Chapecoense Tragedy

The director of Brazil's Chapecoense football club, Marcelo Zolet, holds a replica of a Copa Sudamericana trophy, sent by the president of Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe, Cesar Pastrana (not in frame) as a tribute, at Olaya Herrera airport in Medellin, Colombia on December 1, 2016. / AFP / STR / RAUL ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The world of football was in shock this week as a chartered plane carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense crash landed in Colombia, killing almost everyone on board. Seventy one people lost their lives last Monday when the LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 crashed landed into the mountains about 53 miles from Medellín airport, Columbia. Seventy seven people were on board …

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Four Lessons Learned From Ireland’s Autumn Internationals

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 26: Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of Ireland issues instructions prior to the international match between Ireland and Australia at the Aviva Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

While in rugby coaches often say they learn more about their players in defeat than in victory, there could be little doubt that someone as attentive to detail as Joe Schmidt learned a huge amount from Ireland’s successful November campaign. Having become just the second team in history to topple the three southern hemisphere powerhouses in the same year Ireland reaffirmed …

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Elephants, Ants, And Conor McGregor Vs Floyd Mayweather

It was just over a year ago that I noted, “The name Floyd Mayweather Jr. never seems to be far from the lips of the UFC’s two biggest stars, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey,” before making the argument that MMA’s most prominent pair were merely trying to muscle their way into and bathe briefly in a bigger star’s glow with …

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Five Conclusions From The All Blacks’ 2016 Season

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Kieran Read of the All Blacks leads the haka before the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks looked mentally and physically exhausted in Paris but still managed to turn on the brilliance when it mattered to win the final match of their international season. So, what have we learned about the All Blacks in 2016? ______ 5. The House Of Barrett Is The Future Beauden Barrett had another spellbinding game in Paris, where he …

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Will Steven Gerrard Ultimately Regret Not Moving To Chelsea In 2005?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Chelsea fans give a standing ovation to Steven Gerrard of Liverpool as he leaves the pitch at Stamford Bridge for the final time during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As the tributes pour in following the retirement of Steven Gerrard from professional football after a glittering career in the game the question will be asked, has Gerrard missed out on an even better career with the decisions he made during his Anfield stay? Speaking to The Guardian in January 2015, then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed his biggest regret in …

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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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