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Upping the Ante : Ireland’s odds for Six Nations glory too short to be worth it

Upping the Ante : Ireland’s odds for Six Nations glory too short to be worth it

The win over New Zealand has seen Joe Schmidt’s team installed as even-money favourites for the competition, but Wales are far better priced

Carlsen triumphed, but he has lost the fire of a champion

Carlsen triumphed, but he has lost the fire of a champion

Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen was slated by a disappointed chess world for the ‘cowardly’ way he offered a draw in his world title decider against Fabiano Caruana

Unpredictability makes Fury v Wilder so appealing

Unpredictability makes Fury v Wilder so appealing

The American is favoured - because the information we can see with our eyes is that Fury isn’t ready for this fight, that at 30 he may already be spent

Upping the Ante: My money would have been on McNamara for the long haul

Upping the Ante: My money would have been on McNamara for the long haul

No one was surprised by Ireland’s football duo getting the boot, but it was a shock to hear that Robbie McNamara, the renowned Limerick horse trainer, was quitting

Where next for Joe Schmidt?

Where next for Joe Schmidt?

Speculation is rife that the Ireland coach will end up managing his native New Zealand, but it mightn’t necessarily turn out that way

Ireland can win World Cup if they don’t lose their edge

Ireland can win World Cup if they don’t lose their edge

Last week’s win against the All Blacks shows how far we have come

Return of the Mac shouldn’t keep Delaney in his post

Return of the Mac shouldn’t keep Delaney in his post

After 14 long years in charge, the FAI chief executive still presides over dysfunction and disconnect

FAI are playing the long game

FAI are playing the long game

Getting rid of John Delaney will not solve the problems in Irish football, but investment in facilities and encouraging a European model of support for clubs could make a big difference, writes Rob Hartnett

It’s ok to like things

It’s ok to like things

There is no argument you can ever make to me that any moment in the history of sport tops a World Cup qualifier that ultimately proved irrelevant, a women’s under 18 basketball game, and a friendly in football. What would you have to gain by trying?

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