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Ireland Climb Five Spots In Latest FIFA Rankings Update

Ireland’s recent pair of wins in the Euro 2020 qualifiers has seen them rise five spots in the latest update to FIFA’s national team rankings. Mick McCarthy’s men, of course, have some creases to iron out following back-to-back 1-0 victories over Gibraltar and Georgia but all in all, maximum points is nothing to complain about and as a result, the …

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Constructing The Perfect UFC Division From No. 15 To Champion

We’ve decided to set each and every ranked UFC fighter up against their numerical counterparts for the cross-divisional fantasy top-15 to end all others. The idea is simple. We take the #15 strawweight, #15 flyweight, #15 bantamweight, and so on, from each division and place them in a pool together. Then we use the criteria listed below to single out …

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The UFC’s Pound-For-Pound Rankings Reimagined As A League Table

We restructured the UFC’s official pound-for-pound rankings by measuring form and performance within the last five years in a format similar to a football league-table. Before we get into things, let’s lay down the ground-rules. Scores will be allocated to fighters based on the results they have achieved in their careers within the last five years – or since the …

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Ireland Drop In FIFA World Rankings As Belgium Take Top Spot

The Republic of Ireland have dropped three places to 33rd in the FIFA world rankings as Belgium moved up to claim the top spot on Thursday. Following dismal results against Denmark and Wales in the UEFA Nations League earlier this month, Martin O’Neill’s men have dropped five points and now sit on 1473, one point ahead of Northern Ireland. The two …

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Ranking The UFC Champions Based On Their Pro-Fight Records

The twelve UFC champions have each done their fair share to end up with the belt around their waist, but who boasts the finest body of work? With twelve UFC champions currently in control of the belts, ranking them based on their respective resumés is a good way to establish a new pound-for-pound ranking, of sorts, one that focuses more …

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The Latest World Rugby Rankings Have Dropped

Following the November international tests, the dominance of Northern Hemisphere sides over Argentina, South Africa and Australia has continued to grow. Ireland and England went through the series unbeaten, while Scotland’s five-point loss was the sole blemish on their record. After the weekend’s results, which included the Scots hammering the Wallabies in Murrayfield, the World Rankings have been updated, and …

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Ireland And Scotland Rise As World Rugby Release Latest Rankings

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Sean O'Brien of Ireland (L) gets away from Beau Barrett of New Zealand (R) during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The World Rankings are particularly relevant this season, as in a few month’s time they will be used to determine the seedings for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Therefore, the scraps to finish in the top four and indeed the top eight are intensifying. To this end, there are significant movers in Ireland as Scotland, as they both move into …

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Opinion: Ranking The UFC’s Pound-for-Pound Elite

The UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings often come under much criticism and the title of ‘pound-for-pound king’ is one that – for the most part – will never be unanimously agreed upon. Of course, such things are subjective but there are three active UFC fighters who few could argue stand a distance above the rest; ones who have already established themselves as living …

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Australia Rise In Latest Rugby World Rankings

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Drew Mitchell of the Wallabies attempts to break away from the defence during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

After a somewhat disastrous run of games where they lost six consecutive test matches, Australia beat South Africa on Saturday in the Rugby Championship. This has somewhat steadied the ship, and Michael Cheika will be happy with the weekend as a whole. They now rise above the Springboks into third position in the world rankings, behind second placed England and first …

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Argentina The Biggest Climbers In Updated World Rugby Rankings

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 20: Joaquin Tuculet of Argentina during The Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Argentina at Mbombela Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

After an action-packed day of rugby on Saturday, the World Rankings have been updated. Argentina, following a hard-fought win over South Africa at home, are the biggest climbers, leap-frogging France and Scotland to nestle into seventh position. South Africa drop off as a result of the loss, and are now a full four ranking points behind Six Nations champions England. …

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Opinion: Why Great Britain Should Be Proud Of Silver

The writers of The Simpsons once persuaded astronaut Buzz Aldrin to utter the words: “Second comes right after first!” for one of their episodes. Even though it was meant ironically, in terms of Great Britain’s efforts at the Olympics they should genuinely feel a sense of achievement. Englishman Ben Ryan has been the head coach of Fijian sevens since September …

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FIFA World Rankings Review: Wales, England, Northern Ireland & Rep Of Ireland

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: (L to R) Neil Taylor, Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter, Jonathan Williams and Gareth Bale of Wales celebrate their win after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Wales and Northern Ireland at Parc des Princes on June 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The FIFA world rankings were announced today, taking into consideration Euro 2016 and the Copa America Centenary finals. With three of the home nations and the Republic of Ireland taking part in this year’s championships, Pundit Arena looks at how they fared, particularly compared to the July 2012 (post-Euro 2012) rankings. Considering how much has changed in these teams, it …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 3

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As the thousands departed Thurles yesterday evening, there was a real sense that they had witnessed a changing of the guard at hurling’s top table. Kilkenny were truly bettered by Clare, as the Banner out-worked, out-foxed and out-hurled the All-Ireland champions. Waterford were too good for a spirited Limerick side, as they turned on the style in the second half to blow …

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England Rise Up Rugby World Rankings Following Six Nations Triumph

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the England media session held at Pennyhill Park on March 10, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

This is a week that just keeps getting better and better for England rugby. The Red Rose defeated Wales in a thriller on Saturday, and Scotland’s victory over France on Sunday ensured that Eddie Jones’ side captured the Six Nations Championship for the first time since 2011. Despite entering this tournament ranked number 8 in the world, England have steadily …

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Conor McGregor Drops Down UFC Pound-For-Pound Rankings

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

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has dropped down the official pound-for-pound rankings, and there is a new entrant on the list. UFC 196 brought two of the biggest shocks in the promotion’s recent history, as McGregor and Holly Holm both suffered defeats. The Irishman went up 25 pounds to face Nate Diaz, but bit off more than he could chew, …

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Brazil’s Shock Win Over The USA Highlights Potential

HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: John Mitchell, the Sale Sharks director of rugby, looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between London Wasps and Sale Sharks at Adams Park on December 23, 2012 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Last weekend the US Eagles lost their first match of the newly-created Americas Championship, going down 24-23 to Brazil at the Arena Barueri in São Paulo. Previously, the USA, who are now led by former All Blacks coach John Mitchell, had drawn 35-35 with an Argentinian XV – made up of mostly second or third string players – and beaten …

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