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Lynn Harvey: ‘I Believe Boxing Was Sent To Me’

Ciaran Priestley catches up with one of only three professional female boxers in Ireland, Lynn Harvey. Harvey has followed an unorthodox route to a life in professional sport. Admittedly, she was not a sporty kid and went through ‘all the stages of partying and drinking’ during her twenties. At the age of thirty, she enrolled in a boxercise class with …

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The Big Premier League Preview: Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Struggles And Wenger’s Sanchez Dilemma

Premier League

Will Henrikh Mkhitaryan finally be given another chance to shine? Manchester United face Burnley at Old Trafford this weekend, and with disrespect intended towards Sean Dyche’s team, it should not be one of the Red Devils hardest tasks of the season to defeat the Clarets. Burnley have shown an impressive resilience at home this season, with their recent 2-1 win …

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Opinion: Bundee Aki Is A Great Signing For Connacht But Highlights Ireland’s Issues With Player Development

Bundee Aki Connacht

Connacht’s road to last season’s Pro 12 title was as magical and majestic as what you could have ever possibly imagined for Irish Rugby’s perennial whipping boys. Connacht started the season strong, soaring up the Pro 12 ladder before convincingly taking down Irish Rugby’s traditional heavyweights Leinster in the Pro 12 final at Murrayfield. Connacht’s 20-10 win over the Blues in Edinburgh …

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Opinion: How The Cult Of Pep Guardiola Has Emerged From Myth

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola’s large following among young coaches and fans of football has emerged from myth.   This has come about as a result of his tenure at Barcelona. He was parachuted into this job after a stint at Barcelona ‘B’, where he began to change the way the reserves approached playing the game. The fact that he got this job …

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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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Opinion: Why Jurgen Klopp Shouldn’t Take Steven Gerrard Back

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool applauds the fans as he walks a lap of honour after his final game at Anfield during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on May 16, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Last week’s Instagram post by Steven Gerrard has left many people guessing as to what will happen with the ex-Liverpool player’s future. In the post he thanked the LA Galaxy fans for their support over the past season and said the city will always have a place in his heart. The team are currently preparing for the end-of-season play-offs, which …

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The Rise And Fall Of James O’Connor

James O’Connor – the youngest ever Super Rugby debutant at age 17 and the second youngest Wallaby in Australian rugby history behind former Queensland winger Brian Ford. At 18 years of age, and with just four Super Rugby appearances, James O’Connor made his first Wallabies start in December 2008 after he was named at full-back during Australia’s 18-11 win over the Barbarians at Wembley. …

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Sir Clive Woodward On Coaching England: ‘The Teamroom Was Electric. It Would Kick Off At Times’

The 2003 Rugby World Cup winning England team will forever go down as one of the greatest sides in English Rugby history. In the four years preceding England’s historic World Cup win in Sydney, the Red Rose had won three Six Nations titles, two Triple Crowns, one Grandslam and had never lost a home game at Twickenham. An astonishing run of success that saw Sir …

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