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Upping the Ante : Blackmore’s tenure at the top could be on borrowed time

Upping the Ante : Blackmore’s tenure at the top could be on borrowed time

Jockey Rachel Blackmore has done superbly to lead the standings up to now, but missed a chance to preserve her advantage at the Listowel Festival four days ago

Irish football’s great joyless journey to nowhere

Irish football’s great joyless journey to nowhere

Reports of Roy Keane’s rows with players and recent dismal match performances have laid the unedifying spectacle that is football in Ireland all too bare

Just defeat the Derry Pelé

Just defeat the Derry Pelé

With Paddy McCourt making his final trip to Belfield as a player, the UCD Bowl hosts a huge game to decide the destination of the League of Ireland First Division title. Emmet Ryan gives his horrendously biased analysis

Upping the Ante: Varadkar beware: sure things don’t always deliver

Upping the Ante: Varadkar beware: sure things don’t always deliver

Backing the hot favourite can backfire, as this column discovered last week, and Micheál Martin is better value than Leo Varadkar to be next Taoiseach

Getting your house in order, GAA style

Getting your house in order, GAA style

The Gaelic Athletic Association continues to ignore the major financial advantage Dublin has when it comes to its rivals

Gráinne Dwyer's new Superleague challenge

Gráinne Dwyer's new Superleague challenge

With the new Irish basketball season kicking off, Emmet Ryan on the one big change that reminds us that nothing is permanent in sport

Upping the Ante: When it comes to bets, long is the road without a turn

Upping the Ante: When it comes to bets, long is the road without a turn

Saxon Warrior looks good value for the Irish Champion Stakes, while Dublin to beat the six-point spread against Tyrone today is our most confident selection ever

Life after Rio: Banned boxer Michael O'Reilly

Life after Rio: Banned boxer Michael O'Reilly

Michael O’Reilly was an Olympic gold medal contender until he tested positive for a steroid and was sent home from Rio in disgrace. A four-year ban and two high-profile brushes with the law followed

When a win means there’s not much worth cheering

When a win means there’s not much worth cheering

If Dublin win four-in-a-row today, they will do so because the dice are loaded financially in their favour

PRO14 growing into a real rugby player

PRO14 growing into a real rugby player

This season has seen a ramping up of revenue coming into the clubs through increased commercial revenue and a significant uplift in the value of broadcast rights

Don’t blame the Dubs as dominance breeds apathy

Don’t blame the Dubs as dominance breeds apathy

Dublin being great isn’t the issue, the predictability of their run to Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Final is. Emmet Ryan on how football is learning a harsh lesson hurling learned

Upping the Ante: Liverpool look good value to lift the big one in Madrid

Upping the Ante: Liverpool look good value to lift the big one in Madrid

With the draw for the competition being held next Thursday, it’s worth considering an early wager on Jürgen Klopp’s team who, when they click, are just about as good as any in Europe

Flushing out the seedings snafus

Flushing out the seedings snafus

Serena Williams has far more cause for complaint than Novak Djokovic about the seeding scenarios faced by both this past season

Upping the Ante: Two finals, two very different levels of interest

Upping the Ante: Two finals, two very different levels of interest

While All-Ireland hurling final tickets are as rare as hen’s teeth, the Dublin-Tyrone football clash will be interesting mainly to bettors

Upping the Ante: Is greyhound racing becoming an endangered species?

Upping the Ante: Is greyhound racing becoming an endangered species?

Fans are all set for the Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park this week – but here, as in Britain, the sport is struggling overall