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Upping the Ante : Irish horseracing has an elephant in the room

Upping the Ante : Irish horseracing has an elephant in the room

A dramatic rise in failed drug tests since the horseracing watchdog changed labs this year raises questions about past success

Profile Tiger Woods : Out of the Woods?

Profile Tiger Woods : Out of the Woods?

Upping the Ante: The pitfalls of buying money: a cautionary tale

Upping the Ante: The pitfalls of buying money: a cautionary tale

As the most experienced punters know only too well, no bet is ever a completely sure thing – not even in rugby

Life after Leinster: Heaslip and Kearney get down to business

Life after Leinster: Heaslip and Kearney get down to business

Former rugby star turned serial investor Jamie Heaslip is heading up an initiative to put a minimum of €500,000 into a suite of early-stage enterprises

Joshua needs a spark from Povetkin on Saturday

Joshua needs a spark from Povetkin on Saturday

After fans suffered through his last title defence, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua needs to entertain as much as win against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday

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