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Exploring Irish MMA – Part II: Richie Smullen

Last week we had the opportunity to chat with Blaine O’Driscoll as he edges towards a BAMMA flyweight title-shot and in this, the second edition of Exploring Irish MMA, we spoke to unbeaten lightweight Richie Smullen ahead of his UFC debut in Las Vegas on July 6.  This series is intended as a means of shining a spotlight on the current …

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The People Of Galway Should Be Thankful For Shane Walsh’s Principal

As Galway’s footballers held aloft The Nestor Cup once again, the murmurs of optimism that began the season as whispers turned to roars. _____ “It’s brilliant,” begins Shane Walsh, The Tribesmen’s talismanic forward, speaking after his side’s 0-16 to 2-6 victory over Roscommon. “It’s nice to be back with another Connacht medal in the pocket.” Walsh and Galway went into Sunday’s …

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Rassie Erasmus Rapidly Transforming Springboks’ Racial Balance

Rassie Erasmus is emerging not only as an astute coach of South Africa but also shaming many of his predecessors by rapidly transforming the racial balance of the team. When the triumphant Springboks tackle England in a dead-rubber third Test in Cape Town Saturday, a record-equalling seven black players will be in a once whites-only side. Integration of black players …

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Classic Bouts: Tyson Fury Vs. Steve Cunningham

In this week’s edition of Classic Bouts, we look at Tyson Fury’s first bout on American soil, one that saw him come within a hair of losing his unbeaten record. Last week in Classic Bouts, we took a closer look at Floyd Mayweather’s surgical win over the late Diego Corrales and this week, we take a jump up to the bigger men as heavyweights collide. …

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Daily Discussion: How Will We Remember Ronda Rousey?

The UFC announced recently that Ronda Rousey is to be inducted into their hall of fame, something that elicited a mixed response from the MMA community. Fans of mixed martial arts tend to have short memories. Making a point of noting this is not headline news by any means but over the years we have seen fan opinion do a …

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Long Read: Is VAR The World Cup’s Real Dark Horse?

As the debate on the efficacy of VAR continues in light of its role in this year’s FIFA World Cup, we take a look at FIFA’s limited history with technology – and why VAR may play a bigger role in Russia than we may have thought. After years of eager anticipation, the world’s most beloved sporting event, the FIFA World …

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Exploring Irish MMA – Part I: Blaine O’Driscoll

In this, the very first edition of Exploring Irish MMA, we spoke to SBG’s flyweight prospect Blaine O’Driscoll as he edges closer to his first BAMMA title-shot. The Irish mixed martial arts scene just doesn’t seem to be slowing down in its growth and with this generation of rising stars, there are more than a few who have shown championship …

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Long Read: The Second Coming Of Tiger Woods

A persistent back injury, culminating in a spinal fusion procedure in 2017, has meant that for the past five years Tiger Woods has spent more time off the course than on it. But after impressing at the Valspar and The Players Championship this season, the most gifted golfer of all time is edging closer to one of the greatest comebacks …

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