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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

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