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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

Silver lining: how Irish hockey can capitalise on the World Cup

Silver lining: how Irish hockey can capitalise on the World Cup

Ireland’s unprecedented silver medal in London presents the sport with an opportunity to win over decision makers and sponsors

Oh dear, they might actually do it

Oh dear, they might actually do it

UCD’s run throughout the League of Ireland season has caused this corner immense stress. Emmet Ryan on the trouble with winning

Upping the Ante: Back the Hornets to create a considerable buzz

Upping the Ante: Back the Hornets to create a considerable buzz

Watford started last season superbly before a managerial departure killed their momentum. But new boss Javi Gracia has a great chance of steering them into the top half of the table

Gone to the dogs

Gone to the dogs

A decade ago, Thomas Chamney ran for Ireland at the Beijing Olympics and got no thanks for it. Today, running a small food business in Sweden, he can look back at the madness of his athletics days and laugh

Galway Utd still to meet Saudi investors

Galway Utd still to meet Saudi investors

The European Championships with a capital C

The European Championships with a capital C

Glasgow and Berlin are unlikely dual hosts but the two cities are part of an effort by sports governing bodies to take back some power from the Olympic movement, writes Emmet Ryan

Upping the ante: Amid sideline bickering, Tribesmen provide the on-pitch drama

Upping the ante: Amid sideline bickering, Tribesmen provide the on-pitch drama

It was a week in which the blazers of Irish sport would probably have preferred to be on a convenient holiday

Ireland looking for extra innings in Olympic push

Ireland looking for extra innings in Olympic push

Ashbourne isn’t exactly where you’d expect to find a crucial part of the road to Tokyo 2020 for Irish athletes, but it’s also an unlikely spot for a baseball diamond. Emmet Ryan on a dominant force flying under the radar

Upping the Ante: Mbappé was the perfect ‘out’ for France’s team of all the talents

Upping the Ante: Mbappé was the perfect ‘out’ for France’s team of all the talents

Our tip of France at 15/2 to win the World Cup came home, thanks to their mix of defensive steel and attacking efficiency

New Irish giving athletics a compelling new lease of life

New Irish giving athletics a compelling new lease of life

A racially mixed Irish team claimed several medals at the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere last week, eliciting an avalanche of richly deserved praise – but also a waft of bigotry from the usual suspects