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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 1

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The round robin stages of the National Hurling League are over, and we now turn to the knock-out section. The league is always a tricky one to call, and week-by-week form rarely shows a pattern. Here at Pundit Arena HQ, we will be running the hurling power-rankings throughout the season. Based on the performances of teams, we will see them …

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Mike Ashley Has Some More Bad News For Newcastle Fans

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley takes his seat prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has never been the most popular man with the club’s fans. Since his takeover in 2007, there have been all manner of supporter protests and demonstrations with the ultimate aim of forcing Ashley to sell the club. Not that he’s done much to help himself either. A succession of monumentally stupid managerial appointments (including twice hiring …

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Aston Villa Set To Sack Manager Rémi Garde Within 48 Hours

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Remi Garde Manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Aston Villa “drop like a stone” project continues apace. Rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table since October, it looks for all the world like it would take an absolute miracle for them to avoid relegation to the Championship. Here is how the bottom of the @premierleague looks after @SwansOfficial‘s win: #SNF https://t.co/P4iyP9iK1C pic.twitter.com/Yb40JfW06I — Sky Sports …

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Irish Footballer Apologises After Being Filmed Urinating Into A Glass At Cheltenham

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Samir Carruthers of MK Dons shows his emotions during the FA Cup Second Round Replay match between MK Dons and Chesterfield at Stadium mk on January 2, 2015 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers didn’t exactly have the best of days at Cheltenham yesterday. The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international made the front pages of several newspapers this morning after appearing to urinate into a pint glass in the corporate box at the annual racing festival before an accomplice, Northampton Town striker James Collins, threw the contents from the …

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Done Deal: Former Tottenham Boss Harry Redknapp Joins Derby County

during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Bolton Wanderers at Goldsands Stadium on April 27, 2015 in Bournemouth, England.

After over a year without a club, former West Ham and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has today joined Championship side Derby County, the club have confirmed. Redknapp joins the club in what is being called a “football advisory role” to assist interim head coach Darren Wassall before a full review of the club’s coaching structure is carried out at the …

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Forget Ford, All Eyes Should Be On England’s Owen Farrell Against Wales

during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 10, 2016 in Bagshot, England.

Everyone from the media to coaches to fans has spoken about George Ford’s diminutive stature, but the real focus should be on England’s makeshift 12, Owen Farrell. For only the sixth time in their international careers, Ford and Farrell will line up at 10 and 12 together, having already faced Samoa, Uruguay, Scotland, Italy and Ireland together. However, the ferocious …

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Ranking The Number Eights In The Six Nations Championship

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Sergio Parisse of Italy celebtates after beating Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield stadium on February 28, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

There was much debate today when a Welsh media outlet declared Toby Faletau to be a better number eight than Billy Vunipola. Of course, this is simply stirring things in the run-up to the mammoth Six Nations clash in Twickenham in two weeks’ time. However, there is some merit to this. Despite Vunipola’s amazing performance against Ireland last week, there …

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Video: RTÉ Release Barnstorming Promo For Ireland Vs England

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 24: Shane Horgan (L) of Ireland dives past Josh Lewsey of England to score his team's third try during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Ireland and England at Croke Park on February 24, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

For many in Ireland, the count for the general election is the highlight of the day. For the rugby fans amongst us, it is different. Ireland travel to Twickenham to take on England in the Six Nations Championship, hoping to stop the Red Rose on their quest for the Grand Slam, as well as breathe fire into their own campaign. …

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Today Was A Victory For France, But A Defeat For French Rugby

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: France players celebrate their victory as the final whistle blows during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

France edged Ireland in a battle of attrition today in Paris. On paper, two wins from two games is a perfect start for Guy Noves and Co. Les Bleus march on to Cardiff in two weeks time knowing that a win will give them realistic ambitions of capturing a first championship since 2011. However, while today was a victory for …

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Could Richie Hogan’s Simple Suggestion Save The Football Championship?

Championship Formats Should Be Changed Now Rather Than Later. Another season is under way in inter-county football, but the Championship structure will be placed under the microscope from people across the nation and come under scrutiny once again in a few weeks time. It has been well documented that there is a disease in inter-county football. A week hardly goes by …

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Warren Gatland Reveals His Favourites For The Six Nations

The Six Nations championship is just weeks away, and things are building up quite nicely. Wales, Scotland and France named their squads today, and Welsh coach Warren Gatland was speaking in advance of the tournament, which he described to be shaping up as “a little bit of an unknown quantity”, as reported by RTÉ. England and France are looking to bounce …

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The Pundit Arena GAA 2016 Preview

2015 is behind us, and while the summer championships were most definitely a let-down, we look forward to 2016 with a sense of anticipation. Can Kilkenny and Dublin defend their crowns? What is going to happen elsewhere? Who will be the Westmeath or Fermanagh of 2016? Some of our main GAA writers, Seán Ó Murchú, Seán Cremin, Donal Cashin and …

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Bolton’s Financial Mistakes Have Left Them Staring Into The Abyss

Around this time eight years ago, Bolton Wanderers would have just returned from Belgrade, having secured progression to the Europa League knockout stages with a 1-0 win against Red Star. This time next year, they could be playing in the third tier of English football. The grim reality for Bolton is that the points have gone out the same door …

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