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Finding my Wembley Way is just the ticket

clock May 30, 2009 23:44 by author Adrian Russell
By Fintan O'Toole Anxiety was rapidly starting to set in outside Wembley this afternoon, with just 90 minutes from kick-off and no discernible sign of an FA Cup Final ticket being pressed into my palm. All week the budget limits I had erected were consistently shifted upward as the desire to attend... [More]

Cork City v Bohemians build-up

clock May 29, 2009 19:15 by author John Riordan
THE sun has been shining on football all week and it’s no different at Turner’s Cross this evening. Cork City hosting Bohs in a League of Ireland Premier Division top-of-the-table clash may be a distant remove from la dolce vita of Wednesday evening but in the footballing family, it&rsq... [More]

Lowry takes it all in his stride

clock May 28, 2009 15:59 by author Charlie Mulqueen
Charlie Mulqueen on Shane Lowry's professional debut in the European Tour press tent. [More]

The heart says Barca, the head says United

clock May 28, 2009 15:58 by author Liam Mackey
Liam Mackey counts down to tonight's Champions League final. [More]

How come Yorkshire is such a football pudding?

clock May 27, 2009 08:33 by author Andrew Fifield
AS a general rule, Yorkshiremen need no invitation to be cussed, but if anyone in England's white rose county needs a reason to feel grouchy this summer, the merest glimpse of a football ought to do the trick. This is a desperate for any fan unfortunate enough to finds themselves stranded eas... [More]

The best job in the world?

clock May 26, 2009 07:47 by author Irish Examiner Sports
Liam Mackey's Champions League final build up [More]

Can one player really carry a team to victory?

clock May 21, 2009 16:09 by author Simon Lewis
WELL, sometimes, certainly, in certain games, when a player takes a game by the scruff of the neck and with a combination of superior talent, overpowering commitment and sheer strength of will. Yet what about for more than just one game, what about for an entire season? LeBron James has, creating... [More]

Lowry's pro move makes sense, Padraig

clock May 21, 2009 16:06 by author Charlie Mulqueen
FAR be it from me to take issue with Padraig Harrington, one of the best intentioned people I know, but I am fully in favour of Shane Lowry’s decision to turn professional right away rather than wait until after the Walker Cup next September. There are literally tens of thousands of euro to... [More]

Donal Lenihan's Inside Rugby column

clock May 19, 2009 18:20 by author Donal Lenihan
Donal Lenihan Watching the final of the Guinness Premiership last Saturday between Leicester and London Irish, I was reminded of Ronan O’Gara's comments before Munster played the Tigers in the opening defence of their Heineken Cup crown at Welford Road in 2006 when he ventured to suggest th... [More]

Business as usual for low-key Leinster

clock May 19, 2009 17:23 by author Brendan O'Brien
By Brendan O’Brien SO far so ho-hum. Only four days to go to the Heineken Cup final – Leinster’s first let’s not forget – but you would never guess there was a game of such importance beckoning judging by pre-match press briefing yesterday. Then again, the locat... [More]


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