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Man of the century

Man of the century

Kevin O’Brien last week made history by scoring 118 runs on Ireland’s test cricket debut against Pakistan, a gruelling five-day battle that showcased the national team’s fighting spirit

Upping the Ante: More money for the GAA means more great hurling for us

Upping the Ante: More money for the GAA means more great hurling for us

Those who complain about the GAA’s pursuit of revenue streams should see what the sport means to players born and living abroad

Leinster need that first step to be certain of the road back

Leinster need that first step to be certain of the road back

The post Joe Schmidt era has been a rebuilding process for Leinster. Now it’s a mad dash over to show it has borne fruit. The Champions Cup final is the end of the beginning

The gentle giant

The gentle giant

Pat Burke has played with the greats of US pro basketball, but even more impressive than his career is what he has gleaned from his experience

Profile of Leinster Rugby: Tangled up in blue

Profile of Leinster Rugby: Tangled up in blue

It is Leinster's success, and the political weight that comes with it, that has put them in an increasingly visible conflict with their paymasters in the IRFU

Upping the Ante: Leitrim’s laggards can take heart from irrepressible Iceland

Upping the Ante: Leitrim’s laggards can take heart from irrepressible Iceland

The doughty Scandinavians have proved that even the smallest teams can thrive in big tournaments: minnows like Leitrim must follow their example

Mondello: 50 years setting hearts racing

Mondello: 50 years setting hearts racing

A week ahead of Mondello Park’s 50th anniversary, John Reynolds speaks to its owner, property tycoon and former racing driver Martin Birrane, about the legendary track’s future

Sky’s La Liga loss points to bigger problems

Sky’s La Liga loss points to bigger problems

The loss of the rights to Spain’s La Liga will save Sky money in the short-term but, Emmet Ryan writes, it points to a massive issue for the broadcaster going forward

Upping the Ante : Sometimes, you just have to get back on the horse

Upping the Ante : Sometimes, you just have to get back on the horse

The sign of a good manager or trainer is that they back their people to the hilt, especially after a bad blunder

Back to business for Katie Taylor

Back to business for Katie Taylor

After a longer than usual break between bouts, Katie Taylor has got more than a title on her mind ahead of her unification bout this weekend, writes Emmet Ryan

Upping the Ante: Elliott and Mullins face off on the Punchestown battlefield

Upping the Ante: Elliott and Mullins face off on the Punchestown battlefield

As Willie Mullins strives to overtake Gordon Elliott at this week’s festival, can he draw inspiration from - of all people - Stalin?

Gambling: ‘I stole, begged, borrowed... I should not be alive’

Gambling: ‘I stole, begged, borrowed... I should not be alive’

One recovering addict shares his story of hope in the face of a national epidemic, but an apathetic government and avaricious bookmakers are hardly helping the situation

Media bans in sport hurt all of us

Media bans in sport hurt all of us

The efforts to restrict journalistic access ahead of Ulster rugby’s clash with Glasgow Warriors and the Carl Frampton vs Nonito Donaire fight simply can’t be allowed to stand, writes Emmet Ryan

Upping the Ante: It’s all to play for in upcoming hurling dust-up

Upping the Ante: It’s all to play for in upcoming hurling dust-up

Beautiful and brutal, the sport of heroes takes a stick to Gaelic football in terms of betting prospects

Upping the Ante: Things look rosy for Kew Gardens in St Leger

Upping the Ante: Things look rosy for Kew Gardens in St Leger

The progeny of Galileo is available at a highly tempting 25/1 to prevail in September’s race