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Gentleman boxer

Gentleman boxer

Andy Lee won a world title after a series of setbacks, without compromising his decency. His self-awareness has left him better prepared than most for life after boxing – even if he doesn’t know what he wants to do

Upping the Ante: Less isn’t more as woebegone Walsh feels the strain

Upping the Ante: Less isn’t more as woebegone Walsh feels the strain

Ruby Walsh’s policy of picking selective rides in the autumn of his career is proving to be counter-productive

Upping the Ante: Sheep-like betting firms are guaranteed to irk serious punters

Upping the Ante: Sheep-like betting firms are guaranteed to irk serious punters

Recreational gamblers love guaranteed odds, but they lead to shorter prices as timid bookies play it safe and ape each other

Bellew’s huge Usyk on Saturday night

Bellew’s huge Usyk on Saturday night

The lack of smack talking leading up to this fight has been refreshing. For once, the simple matter of two fighters who are really good, despite possessing radically different styles, makes matters intriguing

Upping the Ante : Haunting revelations remind us of horseracing’s darker side

Upping the Ante : Haunting revelations remind us of horseracing’s darker side

Mark Enright’s story about planning his suicide was a stark reminder of the incidence of mental health issues in the sport

Derrick Lewis calls his own shot ahead of UFC 230

Derrick Lewis calls his own shot ahead of UFC 230

UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis's interview in the wake of his stunning knockout out of nowhere of Alexander Volkov turned an already stunning finish into an online sensation

Upping the Ante: Why Irish racing is still feeling under the weather

Upping the Ante: Why Irish racing is still feeling under the weather

The various storms and cold snaps of 2018 have left a lot of trainers pining for some good old-fashioned rain

A third trip home for the Fighting Irish

A third trip home for the Fighting Irish

Navy will once again be the nominal hosts as Notre Dame makes the trip to Dublin in 2020, following the announcement of a five-game series in Aviva Stadium. Emmet Ryan on the proposed new string of American football games in Dublin

Upping the Ante : No cheers for FAI’s birthday boy as Ireland continue to drown

Upping the Ante : No cheers for FAI’s birthday boy as Ireland continue to drown

It’s 51 not out for John Delaney, but he is presiding over a rudderless team and an increasingly unpopular manager

Bob Marley, the Reggae Girlz, and something to learn from

Bob Marley, the Reggae Girlz, and something to learn from

The 20x20 initiative to increase coverage of women’s sport in Ireland received an example to point to from an unexpected source this week. If you streamed Three Little Birds on Spotify, you helped Jamaica’s women footballers qualify for the World Cup

Beleaguered bookies take a hammering in the budget

Beleaguered bookies take a hammering in the budget

Paschal Donohoe’s doubling of the betting tax last Tuesday was bad news for turf accountants across the country

Scenes of violence in Vegas only give MMA a black eye

Scenes of violence in Vegas only give MMA a black eye

Despite UFC president Dana White’s declared ‘disgust’ at the brawl following last week’s Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas, many see it as a result of the company’s glamorisation of poor behaviour in the pursuit of huge profits

Ireland stink at football but that needn’t ruin your Saturday

Ireland stink at football but that needn’t ruin your Saturday

A succession of people will let you down in life. Then you will die. Both of these things are inevitable. Ireland losing to Denmark this coming Saturday, however, need not guarantee more pain for you. Emmet Ryan has the remedy.

Brand on the run

Brand on the run

Last month it emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo was the subject of an allegation of rape being investigated by police in Los Angeles. He has denied any wrongdoing, but the questions continue to circle around the Portuguese player

Racehorses can go from zero to hero in quick time

Racehorses can go from zero to hero in quick time

Aidan O’Brien has proven that a slow start to a steed’s career is not always a bad thing