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James Clancy

A qualified Irish journalist and photographer with an interest in an eclectic mix of sports. James Clancy has written for a variety of sports media outlets.His knowledge is dominated by (but certainly not limited to) Irish and British football issues, rugby, and GAA; contemporary, nostalgic, current affairs and quirky.

PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & WHo’s Not?

Who’s Hot? Munster Rugby: Munster ran in six tries for a superb 47-23 victory over French giants Toulouse, with Dave Kilcoyne, man-of-the-match CJ Stander, Casey Laulala, Simon Zebo and Paul O’Connell adding to a lone first-half effort from Keith Earls. Head coach Rob Penney explained his charges were determined to show their class in booking a semi-final place – amazingly the province’s 11th …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Who’s hot? McClaren Formula One  Briton’s Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg on Sunday in a first Mercedes one-two since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010. It was Mercedes’ first one-two since 1955, their last year as a works team before 2010. Liverpool FC Appear to be …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

James Clancy is here to discuss the winners and losers from an action-packed sporting weekend. Who’s Hot? John Joe Nevin  Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin claimed a unanimous decision in his debut as a professional as he beat Puerto Rico’s Alberto Candelaria over six rounds in Boston on St Patrick’s Day. The Irish boxer had to hold off a rally from his …

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VIDEO: Beckham or Rooney – What goal was better?

Wayne Rooney scored a solo golazo this weekend against West Ham. It was a goal that evoked memories of that David Beckham wondergoal all those years ago. James Clancy asks; whose goal was better? Wayne Rooney’s lob from just inside West Ham’s half was reminiscent to a similar goal scored by David Beckham for Manchester United against Wimbledon back in 1996. When asked …

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Much to excite ahead of El Clasico

Real madrid and Barcelona go head-to-head at the Bernabeu today in one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes in recent years. Recently for Barcelona it seems as if Lionel Messi has been switching off in games, frustrated by a team that hasn’t been working as it should. However, when he feels at the hub of things – as he was …

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Five Things That Decided This Year’s Six Nations

5. Italy’s decline at home Italy have struggled since joining the tournament in 2000, but after beating Ireland and France last year, there were hopes for a top half finish. They ended up however being whitewashed – home and away – this year. A number of their warriors are looking battle weary and they could not keep up with the pace …

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Five reasons to watch Formula One this year

This year features a number of changes in Formula One rules and regulations, which could well be the signal for one of the most exciting seasons seen for many years. Here are the top five reasons to tune in starting in Melbourne on the eve of Paddy’s Day. 5th. Races at new venues: We have the excitement of two new …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

WHO’S HOT Brian O’Driscoll Hailed in tributes as “the northern hemisphere’s best ever player,” there aren’t many players that can match BOD’s feats. The tribute to him at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday for his final appearance in an Ireland shirt in Dublin was quite fitting. Many great sportsmen do not get the chance to say goodbye to their fans …

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Boxing’s Top 5 Greatest Rivalries

Following the announcement of a Froch – Groves rematch, Pundit Arena’s James Clancy looks at the top five rivalries in boxing history. Following an epic fight last November which was finished too soon by the referee, Carl Froch and George Groves are set to square off again, this time at Wembley Stadium on 31st May. The first fight really was a …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

WHO’S HOT David Meyler:   In what was surely the most controversial football story of the weekend, the Cork man kept his head (pardon the pun) whilst faced by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew who certainly didn’t keep his. With Newcastle leading 3-1 at the KC Stadium, the ball went out of play and Meyler, in a rush to collect the …

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