Boss hails character as Cork win rollercoaster to go top

Boss hails character as Cork win rollercoaster to go top

Cork City 4 Derry City 2 When Karl Sheppard side-footed past Gerard Doherty for his second goal just 28 seconds after the restart at Turner’s Cross yesterday, things looked fairly inevitable. Needing a win to move back to the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, the Rebel Army — searching for their fifth straight league win since drawing 0-0 with Derry City at the Brandywell – looked to […]

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Toure accuses Guardiola of ‘problems with Africans’

Toure accuses Guardiola of ‘problems with Africans’

Yaya Toure has accused Pep Guardiola, his former manager at Manchester City and Barcelona, of spoiling his farewell party from the Etihad and claimed the Catalan has “problems with Africans”. Ivorian midfielder Toure, 35, has left City after eight successful seasons, the last of which he spent reunited with a boss from his Nou Camp days as the Manchester club swept to Premier League glory. But Toure barely featured under […]

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Daniel Soper confirmed as new Ulster skills coach

Daniel Soper confirmed as new Ulster skills coach

Ulster Rugby confirmed yesterday that Daniel Soper will join Dan McFarland’s coaching ticket next season in the position of skills coach. Soper’s appointment follows on from that of former player Jared Payne who will assume the role of defence coach, and now Soper’s appointment completes the Ulster backroom for next season along with assistant coach Dwayne Peel, scrum coach Aaron Dundon and head analyst Niall Malone. Soper will be a […]

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East crown heading for South Africa after Christo Lamprecht‘s success

East crown heading for South Africa after Christo Lamprecht‘s success

South Africa’s Christo Lamprecht became the youngest winner in the 76-year history of the East of Ireland Amateur Open — and the first from overseas — at a sun-baked County Louth. Just 12 months after Reece Black became the event’s youngest champion at the age of 17 years and 11 months, the six-feet seven-inch giant sliced seven months off that record as he followed a morning 69 with a one-under […]

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Waterford’s sensational comeback stuns Tipperary

Waterford’s sensational comeback stuns Tipperary

Waterford 2-13 Tipperary 3-9: Waterford produced a sensational comeback to beat Tipperary in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship at the Gaelic Grounds. The Déise were 11 points down when Sean Hayes buried his second goal of the game on 41 minutes but Tipperary only scored once more. Things still looked bleak for Waterford heading into added time as they trailed by seven points but there was still one twist left in […]

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Kerry gold: The best 18 holes the Kingdom has to offer

Kerry gold: The best 18 holes the Kingdom has to offer

The third county in the best-18-hole listing is the exceptional Co Kerry. With 15 courses — three of which are regularly listed among the world’s best — Kerry is spoilt for choice. So much so that, in this elite company, several of the smaller clubs don’t get a look in. Which is why a silver medal 18 holes are also provided. Measurements are as the clubs provided them. 1 Ballybunion […]

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Carlow‘s John Murphy reveals ‘eureka’ moment for Barrowsiders

Carlow‘s John Murphy reveals ‘eureka’ moment for Barrowsiders

John Murphy can pinpoint the exact moment the penny dropped. Turlough O’Brien had a pair of league runs and one two-and-out championship campaign under his belt as Carlow manager by the time the county met Louth in Portlaoise in a Leinster Championship quarter-final in 2016. What transpired was all too familiar. Laois and Longford had seen Carlow off with 17 and 10 points to spare respectively the summer before and, […]

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Stephen O’Brien adding more than points to the Kerry arsenal

Stephen O’Brien adding more than points to the Kerry arsenal

Beyond his three-point contribution and the consistency at which he punched holes in the Clare rearguard, it should not be overlooked that Stephen O’Brien was still on the field when referee Barry Cassidy blew the final whistle in Sunday’s Munster semi-final in Killarney. Throw in the two All-Ireland semi-finals against Mayo last August and this was the third consecutive championship match where O’Brien started and finished proceedings. For the Kenmare […]

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Michael Ryan: ‘The trick is to get to that fight-it-out stage a bit earlier’

Michael Ryan: ‘The trick is to get to that fight-it-out stage a bit earlier’

Nine points down against Cork, 11 points down to Waterford yesterday, Michael Ryan knows it’s character, not hurling, that has kept Tipperary alive in the Munster SHC. “Look, if that’s just thickness fair enough, we’re just thick. But that’s what we are. We’re here to play and we don’t give in. “Matches, time and time again, super matches have been won in the last two minutes of the game or […]

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Derek McGrath vows to ‘move on’ after ghost goal furore

Derek McGrath vows to ‘move on’ after ghost goal furore

Waterford manager Derek McGrath said he didn’t confront referee Alan Kelly at the end of yesterday’s game with Tipperary though his players were incensed by Kelly’s awarding of a goal from a Jason Forde free in the second half. “No, I didn’t. I probably had other lads doing that by the looks of it,” said McGrath. “There seemed to be a reaction to the referee at the end. Look, I […]

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