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  • Joy of comeback draws veil over grim week

    26 February 2018 01:10 23

    Ordinarily, such a dark day would be dominated by thoughts of The Other Lot. I vividly remember that late February day in 1976 when City were at Wembley; even as my schoolboy self prowled my Manchester garden, trying to avoid Dad’s radio, I fancied I could hear the Blue cheers wafting over from London, taunting me. So thank you, Chelsea, for doing your bit to keep us all distracted

  • Katie Fitzhenry: We’re starting to gel at the right time

    24 February 2018 03:09 22

    Following a heavy defeat to France in the opening round of the Women’s Six Nations, Adam Griggs’ side got back on track with a 21-8 success over the Italians a fortnight ago. Fitzhenry returned from sevens duty to partner Sene Naoupu in the centre for that clash, and she feels the team are beginning to gel at the right time. “I think progression is probably

  • PaperTalk Extra: Why is the Wales threat underrated and is Mourinho the new Wenger?

    23 February 2018 12:00 23

    Mikie Sheehan and Peter McNamara join Stephen Barry for a packed show previewing a bumper sporting weekend. There are some strong opinions on Joe Schmidt's Grand Slam chasers and fears that Warren Gatland's visitors to Dublin have the potential to throw a spanner in Irish works. Also, ahead of Manchester United versus Chelsea in the Premier League is Jose Mourinho

  • De Gea to the rescue in snore in Seville

    22 February 2018 00:11 28

    Last night’s trip to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan was the Red Devils’ first Champions League last-16 match since 2014, but their performance in this first leg was one to forget. A night that started with Paul Pogba dominating the agenda after being named on the bench, ended with United’s keeper grabbing the headlines thanks to a man-of-the-match

  • Ruddock wary of ‘dangerous animal’ with Biggar heart

    22 February 2018 00:11 28

    With the rehab from his Grade 3 hamstring injury ahead of schedule — he should be available for Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final crack at Saracens come April — the 27-year Irish international could spare the time to launch the Tackle Your Feelings app and chew the fat. His backstory is well-known: Dublin-born but Welsh-raised to Irish mum Bernadette

  • Lionel Messi outshines Eden Hazard to put Barca in driving seat

    21 February 2018 01:41 37

    Just as Andres Iniesta scored that last-minute goal here at Stamford Bridge to send Chelsea crashing out of the competition in 2009, so a 10-man Chelsea defied the odds to hold Barca to a 2-2 draw in the Camp Nou to reach the final in 2012. That was the night Lionel Messi missed from the penalty spot, his eighth game without a goal against the Londoners

  • Katie Taylor vows to unite titles in New York

    21 February 2018 01:41 35

    The Bray woman puts her WBA lightweight title on the line against the Rosario orthodox, the IBF champion, at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn on the Danny Jacobs-Maciej Sulecki undercard on April 28. “Last year was huge for me but it was only the start and I believe that 2018 will be even bigger, “ said Taylor, who stopped Jasmine Clarkson at the Barclays

  • Bubba: My wife told me to quit whining and play golf

    20 February 2018 01:34 30

    Being back at Riviera changed his outlook and made him a winner again. Watson stayed in the game with three key putts early on the back nine, then fulfilled a playful pledge he forgot he even made on the par-3 14th by holing a bunker shot for birdie that allowed him to seize control in the Genesis Open. He never gave anyone a chance the rest of the way, closing

  • John Kiely happy as Limerick spring from the traps

    19 February 2018 00:53 27

    Pat Gilroy’s side were accounted for in similar fashion to Limerick’s previous opponents Laois and Offaly with the home side running out comfortable victors on a 1-26 to 0-17 scoreline. The game was effectively done and dusted when Aaron Gillane buried a penalty past Alan Nolan to put his side 1-9 to 0-5 ahead with 23 minutes played. Limerick manager

  • Kerry fightback falls short

    19 February 2018 00:53 27

    A second consecutive win for Monaghan brings them closer to another season in Division 1 while Kerry, having travelled north for a second time in seven days, may have not made the trip to Inniskeen worthwhile league table-wise but redeemed themselves in performance after a listless first half. Eight points conceded after 15 minutes, seven points down after