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    Southgate urges England to go for jugular

    Southgate urges England to go for jugular


    Gareth Southgate has told his England players they must go for the jugular against Croatia tomorrow in a match for which he will bring back all his big...

    Gareth Southgate has told his England players they must go for the jugular against Croatia tomorrow in a match for which he will bring back all his big guns.

    McIlroy drives it better but he needs to step on gas in Dubai


    Rory McIlroy regained his driving mojo but knows he must step on the gas if he's to end the season with a confidence-boosting win in the DP World Tour Championship in...

    Rory McIlroy regained his driving mojo but knows he must step on the gas if he's to end the season with a confidence-boosting win in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

    Angry and frustrated Coleman says below-par Ireland players must bounce back in Aarhus


    Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has admitted that he is both hurt and angry by the team's run of form but stressed that actions - and not words - are what matter...

    Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has admitted that he is both hurt and angry by the team's run of form but stressed that actions - and not words - are what matter now.
    Schmidt's men must beat the best to be the best

    Schmidt's men must beat the best to be the best


    "It's one and two so whoever wins will be the best team in the world, regardless of rankings that's what people will take out of it. It will be a...

    "It's one and two so whoever wins will be the best team in the world, regardless of rankings that's what people will take out of it. It will be a goodie."
    Resilient Tonga still producing results despite paltry funding

    Resilient Tonga still producing results despite paltry funding


    Before one of Tonga's recent Test matches this year, in the Pacific Nations Cup, team manager Inoke Afeaki was forced to run out to a local sports...

    Before one of Tonga's recent Test matches this year, in the Pacific Nations Cup, team manager Inoke Afeaki was forced to run out to a local sports shop.
    Hughes finds her feet after missing out on the World Cup

    Hughes finds her feet after missing out on the World Cup


    When Alisa Hughes was overlooked for Ireland's World Cup squad last year, she knew it was time to go back to the drawing...

    When Alisa Hughes was overlooked for Ireland's World Cup squad last year, she knew it was time to go back to the drawing board.
    Perfect 10s

    Perfect 10s


    Johnny Sexton has faced New Zealand 11 times in his illustrious career and only once has he ever swapped jerseys with an All Blacks...

    Johnny Sexton has faced New Zealand 11 times in his illustrious career and only once has he ever swapped jerseys with an All Blacks player.

    'Gunners' leaving no stone unturned to lift Munster hoodoo


    People like Pat McCarthy are the lifeblood of the GAA and it was no surprise that Waterford University Hospital was the first port of call after Ballygunner's five-in-a-row...

    People like Pat McCarthy are the lifeblood of the GAA and it was no surprise that Waterford University Hospital was the first port of call after Ballygunner's five-in-a-row heroics.

    'Beating cancer made me more positive'


    Amhrán na bhFiann never sounded so good, music from the heavens blasting out over a field in north-west London on a spring afternoon in April...

    Amhrán na bhFiann never sounded so good, music from the heavens blasting out over a field in north-west London on a spring afternoon in April 2012.

    Faugheen can turn back clock to eclipse Samcro as jumps action heats up


    Christmas has come early for jumps fans with a mouth-watering duel between Faugheen, Samcro and Supasundae in tomorrow's Grade One Morgiana Hurdle (2.15) at...

    Christmas has come early for jumps fans with a mouth-watering duel between Faugheen, Samcro and Supasundae in tomorrow's Grade One Morgiana Hurdle (2.15) at Punchestown.
    'Romain' can give Nicholls a sweet hat-trick

    'Romain' can give Nicholls a sweet hat-trick


    You rarely hear about 'milk stout' these days, a drink containing lactose which is a type of sugar derived from milk - although perhaps those involved in the craft-beer circles would know a bit about...

    You rarely hear about 'milk stout' these days, a drink containing lactose which is a type of sugar derived from milk - although perhaps those involved in the craft-beer circles would know a bit about it.
    Sharvin reveals heartbreak of two-shot penalty

    Sharvin reveals heartbreak of two-shot penalty


    Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne were sympathetic but Cormac Sharvin refused to blame anyone but himself for a cruel two-shot penalty that may have cost him his card at the European Tour Qualifying...

    Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne were sympathetic but Cormac Sharvin refused to blame anyone but himself for a cruel two-shot penalty that may have cost him his card at the European Tour Qualifying School.
    'Logan' looks bet of night at Stars

    'Logan' looks bet of night at Stars


    Apart from the Derby final, the biggest night of the year at Shelbourne Park is the Night of Stars and the seventh running of the end-of-season spectacular promises to be one of the greatest stagings of the...

    Apart from the Derby final, the biggest night of the year at Shelbourne Park is the Night of Stars and the seventh running of the end-of-season spectacular promises to be one of the greatest stagings of the gala.
    Elliott happy with Tiger return as Josies takes prize

    Elliott happy with Tiger return as Josies takes prize


    Grand National winner Tiger Roll ran a promising race in fourth on his return to action in yesterday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, which was won once again by Josies...

    Grand National winner Tiger Roll ran a promising race in fourth on his return to action in yesterday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, which was won once again by Josies Orders.
    Canning off to Oz after making rugby switch

    Canning off to Oz after making rugby switch


    The sight of Jack Canning lining out for Galway's hurlers alongside his uncle Joe will have to be put on the back-burner for the immediate future as the young Portumna ace intends to pursue a rugby career in...

    The sight of Jack Canning lining out for Galway's hurlers alongside his uncle Joe will have to be put on the back-burner for the immediate future as the young Portumna ace intends to pursue a rugby career in Australia.

    Alan Quinlan: 'Referee Barnes needs to be alert to cynical All Black tactics designed to push game's laws to their limits'


    Before I put the boot into the All Blacks, figuratively on this occasion, in the interest of balance I need to first dig up some old, unpleasant incidents that certainly don't rank alongside my finest on a rugby...

    Before I put the boot into the All Blacks, figuratively on this occasion, in the interest of balance I need to first dig up some old, unpleasant incidents that certainly don't rank alongside my finest on a rugby field.

    How Ireland became All Blacks' biggest rivals


    The headquarters of the Irish Rugby Football Union are not much to look at. A nondescript three-storey building on Lansdowne Road, a few hundred metres from the Aviva Stadium where Ireland take on New Zealand tonight, it does not strike you as the...

    The headquarters of the Irish Rugby Football Union are not much to look at. A nondescript three-storey building on Lansdowne Road, a few hundred metres from the Aviva Stadium where Ireland take on New Zealand tonight, it does not strike you as the nerve-centre for one of sport's superpowers.

    Denmark's victory condemns Ireland to third seeding


    Denmark overcame Wales in a passionate encounter in Cardiff to clinch promotion to the top tier of the Nations League and in the process condemned Ireland to bottom place in the group, which means a third seeding for the Euro 2020...

    Denmark overcame Wales in a passionate encounter in Cardiff to clinch promotion to the top tier of the Nations League and in the process condemned Ireland to bottom place in the group, which means a third seeding for the Euro 2020 draw.

    Daniel McDonnell: 'Eight Games, Four Goals, No Hope'


    A year which was supposed to be about restoring pride has ended up battering confidence. After Denmark, a steady downward slide has gathered...

    A year which was supposed to be about restoring pride has ended up battering confidence. After Denmark, a steady downward slide has gathered pace.

    Tony Ward: 'Duel of world's top coaches another sub-plot in fascinating clash'


    Not only do we have the top two teams in world rugby coming head to head but central to this evening's proceedings is the face-off between the game's top two...

    Not only do we have the top two teams in world rugby coming head to head but central to this evening's proceedings is the face-off between the game's top two coaches.

    Arsenal would not break from Premier League for European league – Venkatesham


    Arsenal want to be part of any discussions on a future European Super League – but deny they would break away from the Premier League if a new competition comes to...

    Arsenal want to be part of any discussions on a future European Super League – but deny they would break away from the Premier League if a new competition comes to fruition.

    Ranieri hopes to turn Fulham players into fighters with burgers as rewards


    Claudio Ranieri is confident of securing Premier League survival with Fulham by turning his players into fighters – and rewarding them with burgers, not...

    Claudio Ranieri is confident of securing Premier League survival with Fulham by turning his players into fighters – and rewarding them with burgers, not pizza.
    Humility over hubris in 30 years of triumphs

    Humility over hubris in 30 years of triumphs


    Mike Tyson always kept a pretty jaundiced view of the back-page community, once even declaring: “I don’t like sports, they’re social...

    Mike Tyson always kept a pretty jaundiced view of the back-page community, once even declaring: “I don’t like sports, they’re social events.”
    Roger Federer not thinking about a landmark title as he prepares for ATP World Tour semi-final

    Roger Federer not thinking about a landmark title as he prepares for ATP World Tour semi-final


    Roger Federer has insisted he is not dreaming of claiming his 100th career title on Sunday, after admitting Novak Djokovic may block his path to victory at the ATP World Tour...

    Roger Federer has insisted he is not dreaming of claiming his 100th career title on Sunday, after admitting Novak Djokovic may block his path to victory at the ATP World Tour finals.
    Rúaidhrí O'Connor: 'If Ryan can win line-out duel with Retallick, Ireland will be in pole position'

    Rúaidhrí O'Connor: 'If Ryan can win line-out duel with Retallick, Ireland will be in pole position'


    They say you should never meet your heroes. Tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium, James Ryan won't just get to meet Brodie Retallick; his challenge is to match and, perhaps, better the world's best...

    They say you should never meet your heroes. Tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium, James Ryan won't just get to meet Brodie Retallick; his challenge is to match and, perhaps, better the world's best second-row.
    Referee Daniel Sweeney underwent gruelling five-hour surgery after savage attack

    Referee Daniel Sweeney underwent gruelling five-hour surgery after savage attack


    Referee Daniel Sweeney underwent five gruelling hours of surgery in which 'four to five' plates were inserted into his jaw following a savage attack following a senior football match last...

    Referee Daniel Sweeney underwent five gruelling hours of surgery in which 'four to five' plates were inserted into his jaw following a savage attack following a senior football match last weekend.

    Randolph revels in busy night in Republic goal


    Darren Randolph enjoyed being the backstop as his heroics helped the Republic of Ireland avoid defeat against Northern...

    Darren Randolph enjoyed being the backstop as his heroics helped the Republic of Ireland avoid defeat against Northern Ireland.

    McCarthy makes England debut – but parents miss out on milestone


    When Alex McCarthy’s parents look back on the photos of their holiday of a lifetime to Peru, the memories might just be...

    When Alex McCarthy’s parents look back on the photos of their holiday of a lifetime to Peru, the memories might just be bittersweet.

    Football rumours from the media: Bayern Munich eye Aaron Ramsey


    Aaron Ramsey could be leaving the Premier League behind for a move to Bayern Munich, the Independent says. The German club are said to be confident of landing the Arsenal midfielder, who is set be available on a free transfer in the summer. At home,...

    Aaron Ramsey could be leaving the Premier League behind for a move to Bayern Munich, the Independent says. The German club are said to be confident of landing the Arsenal midfielder, who is set be available on a free transfer in the summer. At home, Liverpool and Chelsea have also been tipped to be part of the race for the 27-year-old.

    Rules trial should not be done in league - McEntee


    Meath manager Andy McEntee has questioned the merit of experimenting with playing rules during the forthcoming football...

    Meath manager Andy McEntee has questioned the merit of experimenting with playing rules during the forthcoming football league.

    Next stop Newbury for Kemboy as Mullins completes Clonmel double


    Kemboy sealed victory in yesterday's Clonmel Oil Chase with a brilliant jump at the final fence to defeat last year's winner Alpha Des...

    Kemboy sealed victory in yesterday's Clonmel Oil Chase with a brilliant jump at the final fence to defeat last year's winner Alpha Des Obeaux.

    Vincent Hogan: Echoes of an angry past in 'derby' stalemate


    Michael Obafemi could become anything or nothing as a footballer, yet the possibilities around him all but overtook an evening compressing all the awkward energies that still cast shadow on this complex...

    Michael Obafemi could become anything or nothing as a footballer, yet the possibilities around him all but overtook an evening compressing all the awkward energies that still cast shadow on this complex island.

    Unhappy Sanchez main reason for United's soaring wages bill


    The eye-watering cost of Manchester United's move for Alexis Sanchez was underlined yesterday as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward claimed Jose Mourinho and the players were "fully united" in their bid to arrest the club's dismal start to the...

    The eye-watering cost of Manchester United's move for Alexis Sanchez was underlined yesterday as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward claimed Jose Mourinho and the players were "fully united" in their bid to arrest the club's dismal start to the season.
    Dallas: We wouldn't have been flattered by a three-goal win

    Dallas: We wouldn't have been flattered by a three-goal win


    Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas claimed his side should have emerged from last night's goalless draw with a win after Darren Randolph saved the Republic of Ireland with a series of fine...

    Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas claimed his side should have emerged from last night's goalless draw with a win after Darren Randolph saved the Republic of Ireland with a series of fine saves.
    Inter-county players reject handpass proposal

    Inter-county players reject handpass proposal


    Inter-county players have rejected the proposed restriction on the number of consecutive handpasses to three as proposed by the GAA's Standing Committee on Playing Rules...

    Inter-county players have rejected the proposed restriction on the number of consecutive handpasses to three as proposed by the GAA's Standing Committee on Playing Rules (SCPR).
    UCD hope to have new pitch installed in time to host Olympic qualifying

    UCD hope to have new pitch installed in time to host Olympic qualifying


    Hope is circulating that UCD will have a new astroturf pitch in place for the next phase of the Irish women’s Olympic qualifying process next...

    Hope is circulating that UCD will have a new astroturf pitch in place for the next phase of the Irish women’s Olympic qualifying process next June.

    'We're stronger now and are able to shoulder and take hits' - Farrell


    The time has come for major rule changes within camogie as "it's hard to play and hard to watch" under its current guise, according to Kilkenny star Meighan...

    The time has come for major rule changes within camogie as "it's hard to play and hard to watch" under its current guise, according to Kilkenny star Meighan Farrell.
    Moynihan holds nerve at final green to secure 2019 European Tour card

    Moynihan holds nerve at final green to secure 2019 European Tour card


    Mount Juliet's Gavin Moynihan made a knee-knocking five-footer at the last to regain his European Tour card as Cormac Sharvin missed out by a shot at the marathon Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in...

    Mount Juliet's Gavin Moynihan made a knee-knocking five-footer at the last to regain his European Tour card as Cormac Sharvin missed out by a shot at the marathon Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain.
    Brian Cody - Inter-county 'elitism' needs to be tackled

    Brian Cody - Inter-county 'elitism' needs to be tackled


    Brian Cody has called for "a meeting of minds" to fix the drastic imbalance between inter-county and club fixtures which he feels is "not sustainable and not...

    Brian Cody has called for "a meeting of minds" to fix the drastic imbalance between inter-county and club fixtures which he feels is "not sustainable and not fair".

    Kearney: Teams are not picked on who scores most tries


    Rob Kearney has been around the block enough times to know the importance of blocking out the external 'noise', but sometimes, even for a vastly-experienced international, that is easier said than...

    Rob Kearney has been around the block enough times to know the importance of blocking out the external 'noise', but sometimes, even for a vastly-experienced international, that is easier said than done.
    Leavy injury fears linger as Hansen targets Ireland's leaders

    Leavy injury fears linger as Hansen targets Ireland's leaders


    Joe Schmidt is hopeful Dan Leavy can take a full part in this morning's Captain's Run after naming the flanker in the team to face New Zealand despite him sitting out training at Carton House...

    Joe Schmidt is hopeful Dan Leavy can take a full part in this morning's Captain's Run after naming the flanker in the team to face New Zealand despite him sitting out training at Carton House yesterday.

    Schmidt vs Hansen: World's best coaches are like chalk and cheese


    They hail from different islands in the same country and while they have in common a ruthless winning streak and a lifetime in coaching, Joe Schmidt and Steve Hansen come across as very different...

    They hail from different islands in the same country and while they have in common a ruthless winning streak and a lifetime in coaching, Joe Schmidt and Steve Hansen come across as very different characters.
    No regrets for McDermott after switching from basketball to rugby

    No regrets for McDermott after switching from basketball to rugby


    Two years ago, Aoife McDermott was a first-choice Irish international. That status hasn't changed, but she is now playing a very different...

    Two years ago, Aoife McDermott was a first-choice Irish international. That status hasn't changed, but she is now playing a very different sport.
    Unfinished business driving McDonald on club and county front

    Unfinished business driving McDonald on club and county front


    The conversation surrounding Wexford's hurlers under Davy Fitzgerald has been one of progression but there comes a time for Conor McDonald when it's all about...

    The conversation surrounding Wexford's hurlers under Davy Fitzgerald has been one of progression but there comes a time for Conor McDonald when it's all about silverware.
    Heartfelt send-off for Rooney as new faces shine in comfortable win

    Heartfelt send-off for Rooney as new faces shine in comfortable win


    Wayne Rooney got a heartfelt send-off and a first-hand glimpse of Eng;and's future as debutant Callum Wilson completed a comfortable 3-0 win for Gareth Southgate's experimental side against the United...

    Wayne Rooney got a heartfelt send-off and a first-hand glimpse of Eng;and's future as debutant Callum Wilson completed a comfortable 3-0 win for Gareth Southgate's experimental side against the United States.

    McIlroy: Tour call still up in air but I will do what is best for me


    Rory McIlroy makes no apology for potentially turning his back on the European Tour next season and insisted in Dubai yesterday: "I'm looking out for...

    Rory McIlroy makes no apology for potentially turning his back on the European Tour next season and insisted in Dubai yesterday: "I'm looking out for me!"

    Laois punished for doing the right thing - Sugrue


    Laois football manager John Sugrue has delivered a withering criticism of the GAA's enforcement of rule 6.22 (b) that bans inter-county teams from holding training camps at certain times of the...

    Laois football manager John Sugrue has delivered a withering criticism of the GAA's enforcement of rule 6.22 (b) that bans inter-county teams from holding training camps at certain times of the year.
    'We need to man up' - Captain Seamus Coleman pulls few punches as he sums up Ireland's latest limp display

    'We need to man up' - Captain Seamus Coleman pulls few punches as he sums up Ireland's latest limp display


    Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman admitted his side’s performance against Northern Ireland in a 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium was ‘not good enough’, after another desperately disappointing night for Martin O’Neill’s...

    Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman admitted his side’s performance against Northern Ireland in a 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium was ‘not good enough’, after another desperately disappointing night for Martin O’Neill’s men.
    England welcomes new wave of players as Wayne Rooney says goodbye in USA rout

    England welcomes new wave of players as Wayne Rooney says goodbye in USA rout


    England great Wayne Rooney got a heartfelt send-off and first-hand glimpse of the future as debutant Callum Wilson completed a comfortable win for Gareth Southgate's experimental side against the United...

    England great Wayne Rooney got a heartfelt send-off and first-hand glimpse of the future as debutant Callum Wilson completed a comfortable win for Gareth Southgate's experimental side against the United States.
    Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland: Robbie Brady returns as Martin O'Neill's side look for improved display

    Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland: Robbie Brady returns as Martin O'Neill's side look for improved display


    The Republic of Ireland host Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium tonight as Martin O'Neill's men look to bounce book from a disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign thus far. Follow all the action in our live...

    The Republic of Ireland host Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium tonight as Martin O'Neill's men look to bounce book from a disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign thus far. Follow all the action in our live blog.
    Brendan Fanning: 'Schmidt's second row decision like battening down the hatches when forecast is for sunshine'

    Brendan Fanning: 'Schmidt's second row decision like battening down the hatches when forecast is for sunshine'


    If the planets were aligned kindly then Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray would be available behind the scrum, and up front Sean O’Brien would be competing with Dan Leavy and Josh van der Flier for a place in the back...

    If the planets were aligned kindly then Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray would be available behind the scrum, and up front Sean O’Brien would be competing with Dan Leavy and Josh van der Flier for a place in the back row.

    Ireland boss Schmidt defends Aki’s commitment


    Joe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Zealand on...

    Joe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Zealand on Saturday.

    Toner returns for Ireland’s New Zealand Test


    Lock Devin Toner has been drafted in to start Saturday’s clash with New Zealand as Ireland look to shore up their lineout in...

    Lock Devin Toner has been drafted in to start Saturday’s clash with New Zealand as Ireland look to shore up their lineout in Dublin.