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As the evenings shorten and the temperature drops, so the rugby season takes another step towards the important business.
Connacht players and management have rejected Cian Healy's claims they offended Leinster and 'did not take them seriously' when dishing out a 37-point hammering at the Sportsground last April.
Up in the seats where the non-playing members of Jose Mourinho's squad mess about with their phones while keeping an eye on the game, Paul Pogba probably reflected that after the day he had just been through, this was one humiliation he was happy to miss.
Irish funnyman Conor Moore was such a hit in the European team room that Tommy Fleetwood is probably still laughing at his Francesco Molinari.
Scott Fardy is not ruling out the possibility of returning to Australia to make a late bid for their World Cup squad - and, if he did, you wouldn't bet against him.
Thomas Bjorn is backing Rory McIlroy to be an asset to Europe on and off the course in Paris this week.
Tom Farrell owes a lot to his dad - after all, it was he who encouraged him to stick with rugby during the early days when all he wanted to do was pack it in.
Aidan O'Brien is making an all-out assault on Sunday's lucrative Naas card where the €400,000 prize fund is headed by the Group Two Beresford Stakes, a race in which the Ballydoyle maestro is bidding for an eighth successive triumph and an astonishing 18th in total.
South African powerhouse Jean Kleyn has committed his future to Munster in a move that paves the way for him to play for Ireland.
Captaining Europe's Ryder Cup team is said to be worth €2-3 million in subsequent commercial tie-ups. But making a hash of it can impoverish a reputation in ways money cannot rectify.
A decision on the next Kerry senior football manager is imminent with Maurice Fitzgerald emerging as a potential candidate to join front-runners from the outset, Jack O'Connor and Peter Keane.
It was only a Carabao Cup tie against a side near the foot of League One but Phil Foden again provided a tantalising glimpse of his potential as Manchester City overcame Oxford 3-0 to reach the fourth round.
Managers of the big clubs in Ireland usually leave their posts on bad terms, but sadness, not anger, was the mood in Inchicore yesterday as Liam Buckley left his post as manager of St Patrick's Athletic, after almost seven years.
Former England assistant manager Gary Neville and retired Irish international John O'Shea have said Declan Rice should be given more time to decide on his international future.
Paul Pogba's fractured relationship with Jose Mourinho hit an all-time low yesterday when the Manchester United supremo told the Frenchman in front of team-mates that he will never captain the club again.
Moy have appealled against Tyrone County Board's decision not to pursue further action over the incident which saw Seán Cavanagh sustain concussion and a number of facial injuries.
Anyone following the progress of Paul Mannion's career has witnessed a radical physical transformation since breaking onto the Dublin scene as a fresh-faced 20-year-old in 2013.
If you want to assess the impact that Liam Sheedy's return could have on Tipperary hurling, the impact of his departure is perhaps the best starting point.
After guiding Dublin's ladies to successive All-Ireland senior football crowns, Mick Bohan is being touted for a host of posts including the vacant Roscommon job but the Dubs are hopeful that the lure of a three-in-a-row will keep him on board for 2019.
As the Ryder Cup mind games start to crank up, Rory McIlroy says he isn't the least bit bothered by being a marked man this week.
Gary Hurley is well placed after a strong opening round in the first stage European Tour qualifying school event at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire.
The Munster Council has refused to be drawn on Waterford chairman Paddy Joe Ryan's 'Fraher Field or forget it' declaration in relation to where the county will play their home games in the 2019 Munster SHC.
Jose Mourinho confirmed he will not consider Paul Pogba to lead Manchester United as captain again after he watched his side crash out of the Carabao Cup against Frank Lampard's Derby.
Jose Mourinho was given a bloody nose by his former midfielder Frank Lampard as Derby deservedly sent 10-man Manchester United crashing out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.
Jose Mourinho has stripped Paul Pogba of the vice-captaincy but the Manchester United manager denied claims he has fallen out with the midfielder.
Phil Foden enjoyed a fine evening for Manchester City as the Carabao Cup holders eased into the fourth round with victory at Oxford.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he cannot see a big difference at the moment between the Reds and Chelsea.
On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Cian Tracey to discuss the start of the season.
Paul Pogba is at the centre of attention again after claims that Jose Mourinho told him he has captained Manchester United for the last time.
Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba that he will never captain Manchester United again while he is in charge of the club and he made his point in an address to his entire squad, according to sources close to the club.
Ryder Cup veteran Phil Mickelson has no qualms about resurrecting his disastrous partnership with Tiger Woods at Le Golf National this week.
Former Celtic, Republic of Ireland and Manchester United players paid tribute to Liam Miller as a match held in his memory ended 2-2 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh before being settled by a penalty shoot-out.
DUBLIN came up trumps in Cork; a unique twist on a special day as a galaxy of footballing stars paid special tribute to the city's fallen son, Liam Miller.
Paul Pogba has been told by manager Jose Mourinho that he will never captain Manchester United again, according to reports.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has been charged over comments he made about referee Andre Marriner before Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace, the Football Association has announced.
Ed Woodward has backed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, pledging investment aimed at winning trophies and maintaining the club's place as the "biggest sports team in the world".
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will continue to improve for club and country, according to Egypt’s assistant coach Michel Salgado.
Martin O'Neill believes that the turnout at Páirc uí Chaoimh for the Liam Miller tribute game shows the esteem in which the late midfielder was held in the game.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his admiration for Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri and stressed that the Blues are strong contenders for the Premier League title.
County board secretaries across the country may have briefly experienced that Christmas-morning feeling as they opened an envelope yesterday to discover a letter on Martinstown Stud-headed paper with a €100,000 cheque enclosed as a gift from JP McManus in honour of Limerick's All-Ireland hurling triumph.
Ed Woodward has backed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, pledging investment aimed at winning trophies and maintaining the club’s place as the “biggest sports team in the world”.
It will be a hugely emotional occasion at Páirc Uí Chaoimh today as former Manchester United, Celtic and Republic of Ireland players come together to raise money for the family of the late Liam Miller and the Marymount Hospice in Cork.
ROY Keane says he was privileged to have played with, and managed, the late Liam Miller at club level. Miller followed in Keane's footsteps as a Cork native who played for Manchester United in midfield, and Keane went on to sign Miller for Sunderland from the Old Trafford club.
St Patrick's Athletic are looking for a new manager after Liam Buckley, until now the longest-serving manager in the league, left his post by mutual consent.
LIAM Miller's wife and three children stressed today there are "no words" to describe the sadness and heartbreak they have endured since the death last February of the Ireland, Celtic and Manchester United star aged just 36.
Former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has expressed his disappointment in missing out on attending today's Liam Miller charity game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Thankfully it didn't set the tone for the weekend but for the second time in a fortnight on the road, this time in the Arms Park, an even stronger Munster line-up were abysmal.
If you wish to thank JP McManus in person for his generous donation to every GAA club in the land you will have to catch him on one of the 182 days he is allowed to spend in Ireland each year while he retains his status as a tax exile.
Declan Rice has been informed that he will be given a fast route to the England senior side if he opts to commit his international future to the country of his birth.
When you finish your playing career, you always think that you’ll just see former players, the lads you played with, at some stage. It’s one of those things, you take it for granted that you will see someone again.
Ian Poulter has joined the growing chorus of players past and present in praise of Tiger Woods after the American at the weekend completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sport when he won the Tour Championship a year after dropping to 1,100 in the world rankings.
Declan Rice could be about to declare that he wishes to pursue an international career with England.
Luka Modric was named FIFA men's player of the year at a star-studded show in London on Monday, but neither of the men who have dominated the prize for a decade were there to congratulate him.
Mohamed Salah may have been one of the three people nominated for The Best FIFA Men's Player but his name was a curious omission from the FIFPro World 11.
For anyone that was wondering why, this is the difference with Manchester United – and especially the difference with a post-Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland has handed Rhys Webb a World Cup lifeline by suggesting that he could bend the rules to include the Toulon scrum-half in his tournament squad.
Declan Rice has been offered a new contract at West Ham, but he may end up leaving the Hammers for a better pay deal, according to the Daily Mail. The paper reports Rice, 19, turned down a £12,000-a-week deal and the Sun says other defenders on the club’s books, like Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop, are paid more.
An Indian and an Irish sailor rescued from damaged sailboats in the remote southern Indian Ocean will reach an island on Tuesday and undergo medical assessments, an official said.
The tide of admirers behind Tiger Woods on the 18th fairway in Atlanta was borderline scary - certainly for the sheriffs who strode with him and kept looking back nervously. People who might not have crossed the road to support Woods two years ago were now flooding across the greensward to pay homage.
Liam Sheedy's return as Tipperary hurling manager was confirmed last night when he was ratified for a three-year term at a county board meeting in Thurles.
You finally make your first start for your new club. You are 3-0 up and have been the game's best performer. Your final contribution in the first half is to crash a superb free-kick against the crossbar, the rebound from which is bundled into the net for that third goal. You have made your mark; you have arrived. The crowd show their appreciation. This is what it is all about.
An Irish sailor has been evacuated from his vessel in the Indian Ocean after suffering difficulties during a storm.
Rarely has there been an outpouring of emotion like that which greeted the victory of Skitter Scatter in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Champions Weekend.
Liam Miller's wife and children will receive moving personal tributes today from some of the greatest footballers who played alongside the late Ireland midfielder.
The raw emotion of Tiger Woods's resurgence to the summit of golf has been laid bare by his admission that he feared, at his lowest ebb, that he would never again be able to live free of pain.
Cork will play host to a poignant celebration for one of its special sons this afternoon but the whole country will be invited to publicly declare their appreciation for the former Ireland, Manchester United and Celtic star Liam Miller, who tragically died, aged just 36, last April, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
Frank Lampard has been struggling with sleepless nights ahead of his encounter with Jose Mourinho, the manager he still believes is the Special One.
European captain Thomas Bjorn believes his pep talks with Sergio Garcia have had the desired effect ahead of this week's Ryder Cup.
Arsene Wenger put the 'Arsenal way' of playing above winning matches and trophies in his final years at the Emirates Stadium, according to goalkeeper Petr Cech.
It is the jewel in their crown and yesterday the IRFU offered an insight into the player management regime that plays such a part in their success.
Connacht only managed to put back-to-back wins together once in the league last season but out-half Jack Carty is hoping they back up their excellent win over Scarlets at the weekend when they entertain champions Leinster at the Sportsground on Saturday.
Robbie Brady insists he is "almost ready" for a full return to first-team action after playing a second reserve team game in a week for Burnley.
At times it felt they were like kindred spirits. Comrades in arms; or, at the very least, (damaged) legs.
Conor Murray has begun taking contact in training, boosting hopes that he can make an imminent return from a troubling neck injury.
Sligo have a new football manager with former sharpshooter Paul Taylor taking the reins left vacant by the exit of Cathal Corey.
John Gosden reports last year's heroine Enable and three-time Group One winner Cracksman are in rude health ahead of next week's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
Thomas Bjorn insists Europe do not "fear" Tiger Woods or the USA as they bid to win back the Ryder Cup in Paris this week.
It's so close now they can nearly touch it. And Dundalk have promised there will be no slip-ups this evening as they aim to bring the Premier Division trophy back to Oriel Park after a one-year stay in Cork.
The parallels between the timing of James Horan's first stint as Mayo boss and the potential beginning of his second are remarkably similar.
Liam Sheedy has been ratified as the new Tipperary manager on a three-year term, returning to the role he vacated after winning the All-Ireland in 2010.
Former Leinster coach Matt Williams has hit out at Munster boss Johann van Graan after his side were heavily beaten by the Cardiff Blues last weekend to fall to their second away defeat of the season.
Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert says he has received an outpouring of support after revealing his struggles with depression.
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.
Europe captain Thomas Bjorn insists he and his team do not fear a revitalised Tiger Woods despite the 14-time major winner's spectacular return to form.
Robbie Brady made his long-awaited return to action this afternoon after playing 82 minutes for the Burnley U23 side.
JP McManus has reportedly donated €100,000 to every county board in Ireland to distribute among GAA clubs.
You finally make your first start for your new club. You are 3-0 up and have been the game’s outstanding performer.
Nine new faces have been named in the Ireland women's squad for the November internationals but the surprise omission of Niamh Briggs is the most notable decision made by head coach Adam Griggs.
Sky Sports presenter Geoff Shreeves has apologised to Arsenal striket Alexandre Lacazette telling him to be "steady with the language" after he answered a question on the performance of Petr Cech.
Derry GAA are investigating an assault on a referee by a spectator at a Derry senior club football championship game between Greenlough and Ballinascreen.
The spiralling interest in the Ryder Cup means the biennial golf showpiece hardly needs hyping up but the stunning return to form of Tiger Woods, culminating in his first tournament victory for five years on Sunday, has undoubtedly added some extra French frisson to the event starting in Paris on Thursday.
The chase has resumed. Jack Nicklaus reacted to Tiger Woods's first victory in five years by declaring it is realistic for the 42-year-old to win at least four more majors and so equal the Golden Bear’s record haul of 18 majors.