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  • Katie Taylor’s old Finnish foe back to haunt Kellie Harrington in Sofia

    12 June 2018 02:52 2

    Michaela Walsh and Kellie Harrington’s bid to become the only Irish female fighters beside Katie Taylor to reach a European Elite final ended on split decision reversals in Sofia, Bulgaria yesterday. Dublin lightweight Harrington was beaten 4-1 by Finland’s Mira Potkonen, who beat Taylor at the Rio Olympics, and Belfast feather Walsh was edged on a 3-2 split

  • Deulofeu seals €13m move from Barca to Watford

    12 June 2018 02:52 2

    The 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Vicarage Road, scoring once in seven Premier League appearances for the Hornets. Deulofeu will now return to Hertfordshire on a five-year contract after Barcelona confirmed the transfer yesterday. Announcing the deal on their website, the LaLiga champions thanked Deulofeu and wished him luck for the future

  • Michaela Walsh and Kellie Harrington eye history in Sofia

    11 June 2018 02:56 4

    Michaela Walsh and Kellie Harrington chase history in today’s European Elite Women’s semi-finals in Sofia. The Belfast and Dublin fighters will be aiming to upgrade their guaranteed bronze medals to at least silver versus Russia’s Daira Abramova and Finland’s Mira Potkonen, respectively, and become the first Irish women apart from Katie Taylor to reach

  • Justify justifies Bob Baffert's belief

    11 June 2018 02:56 3

    He knew in February that the three-year-old chestnut colt, who had yet to run a race, was something special. After the horse won its first two races, he knew Justify was an amazing raw talent, capable of history. And the horse proved his trainer prescient, winning a Triple Crown with a mesmerizing display at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Justify defied

  • Rafael Nadal ready to turn it up to 11

    09 June 2018 09:43 1

    Only Dominic Thiem stands in the way of Nadal and what seems an inevitable 11th Roland Garros title tomorrow after a straight-sets pummelling of Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final yesterday. Ominously for Thiem, Nadal said: “My feeling is I have a very difficult match against a player that is playing great. I know I have to play my best if I want to have chances

  • Pat Hoban fires Dundalk top

    09 June 2018 05:45 2

    The striker has been in scintillating form since his return to the League of Ireland and took his tally for the season to 18 with a superb treble. His only previous hat-trick came five years ago against Bohemians. Tommy Barrett’s side arrived at Oriel Park with more than this game to worry about but gave a good account of themselves for long spells only to collapse

  • U20 losing sequence in pool stage not ‘a sign of malaise’

    09 June 2018 01:20 2

    Two years ago, when Ireland reached the U20 final for the first time, current senior stars Jacob Stockdale, James Ryan and Andrew Porter were in the squad. Last year Ireland were defeated in all three pool games, including a 69-3 hammering by eventual winners New Zealand, but the narrow losses to Scotland and Italy proved costly and a reduced seeding

  • Banner can smell blood, fears Gaynor

    07 June 2018 00:31 5

    Conflicted about his affections he is not but the performances of his native county leave him uncertain how to read Sunday’s meeting. “Tipperary are in a bit of a hole at this stage and are going to find it hard to qualify,” he opens. “They just aren’t playing as well as they are capable of and it would be hard for them to switch it on at this late stage

  • Connolly teed up to join Boston cream

    07 June 2018 00:31 2

    Donegal Boston will have two All-Ireland senior club-winning defenders after Dylan Wall was confirmed yesterday as having joined his Corofin team-mate Liam Silke in the Massachusetts city. They will be joined by Crossmaglen Rangers and Armagh midfielder Oisín O’Neill, a 2017 Sigerson Cup winner with St Mary’s College. Micheál Carroll, on the Donegal

  • League of Ireland clubs to benefit from Uefa prize money increases

    06 June 2018 12:00 2

    The changes announced by Uefa will mean Cork City will receive a minimum of €800,000 for participating in this year’s Champions League first qualifying round. Reaching the group stage of the Champions League would be worth at least €15.25m, while a group stage win would be worth €2.7m and €900,000 for a draw. Cork will get €280,000 for entering into the Champions