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# contenders - Friday 18 May, 2018

Friend and Dobson emerge as contenders for Connacht head coach job

The Australian and South African have both built up strong CVs.

# contenders - Tuesday 3 April, 2018

'I believe I deserve' Player of the Year - De Bruyne

The Manchester City playmaker said he is worthy of winning the award and insists he cannot be compared to Mohamed Salah.

# contenders - Monday 29 January, 2018

The growing confidence around Ireland's Six Nations chances is justified

With key players in form and after an impressive November series, Ireland are in fine shape.

# contenders - Sunday 21 January, 2018

Connacht to host Gloucester in Challenge Cup quarter, but face potential away semi-final

Kieran Keane’s side advanced through to the knockout stages as third seeds.

# contenders - Thursday 7 December, 2017

Ranking the 16 teams left in the Champions League's chances of triumphing

From Basel to PSG, we assess the likelihood of each side prevailing.

# contenders - Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Title race far from over and more Premier League talking points

Plus, another clean sheet for Brighton and Ireland defender Shane Duffy.

# contenders - Sunday 26 November, 2017

Which of these 7 sports books deserves to win the prestigious William Hill prize?

Jonathan Eig’s book on Muhammad Ali is among this year’s stellar connection.

# contenders - Wednesday 25 October, 2017

The 22 contenders for eir Sport Sports Book of the Year - including The42's debut

It is the third year of the prize, which was won by ‘What Do You Think of That’ by Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy in 2016.

# contenders - Monday 23 October, 2017

6 possible contenders to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton

Could David Moyes be set for a shock return to Goodison Park?

# contenders - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Back to the future: Is this the most wide-open hurling championship since 2013?

“It’s going to be a serious championship,” says former Galway skipper David Collins.

# contenders - Tuesday 25 April, 2017

Joy for ex-Ireland U21 international as Huddersfield boost Premier League bid

Sean Scannell started, while the Terriers secured a Championship play-off spot at Molineux.

# contenders - Monday 23 January, 2017

Henshaw believes Leinster can 'go all the way' in the Champions Cup

The Ireland international was superb for Leo Cullen’s side in the draw against Castres.

# contenders - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

Hughes warns Liverpool over title drought

Liverpool will only find it harder to end their title drought the longer it goes on, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes warned.

# contenders - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Cleveland make the World Series while the Cubs keep their dream alive

It’s the Indians’ first World Series appearance since 1997.

# contenders - Tuesday 4 October, 2016

Poll: Who deserves to be crowned the 2016 GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year? Contenders This post contains a poll

Poll: Who deserves to be crowned the 2016 GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year?

Brian Fenton is the front runner, but does anybody else deserve it more?

# contenders - Tuesday 6 September, 2016

Poll: Who deserves to be crowned the 2016 GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year? Contenders This post contains a poll

Poll: Who deserves to be crowned the 2016 GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year?

Seamus Callanan, Austin Gleeson and Paudie Maher lead the race for top honours.

# contenders - Wednesday 29 June, 2016

Power ranking the 8 teams left at Euro 2016

Belgium and other countries still in contention for the big prize in France.

7 contenders being touted to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager

Arsene Wengers and others being mentioned as coaches who could be appointed.

# contenders - Wednesday 30 March, 2016

Analysis: Connacht continue to be the brightest light in Irish rugby

Last weekend’s win over Leinster was the latest demonstration of the quality of Pat Lam’s men.

# contenders - Monday 28 December, 2015

Tottenham gave their top four hopes a big boost with a late win today

Meanwhile, Wes Hoolahan claimed his sixth assist of the season as Norwich prevailed.

# contenders - Saturday 19 December, 2015

Hat-trick for Chris Ashton as Saracens continue to set pace in Ulster's group

Mark McCall’s side secured another bonus point against Oyonnax.

# contenders - Thursday 1 October, 2015

Power rankings -- the 8 teams most likely to win this year's Champions League

Barca, Real Madrid and Man City are among the teams to feature.

# contenders - Saturday 8 August, 2015

Cheika's Wallabies lay down World Cup marker with win over All Blacks

A brilliant second-half display saw the Australians emerge as fully deserving Rugby Championship victors.

# contenders - Friday 31 July, 2015

'The big thing is that we don't overestimate the talent in the Southern Hemisphere'

Ireland hooker Rory Best says Michael Cheika’s Australia have been impressive in recent weeks.

# contenders - Friday 10 July, 2015

8 contenders who could take over from Martin O'Neill as Ireland manager

The Derryman is reportedly wanted to replace Nigel Pearson at his old Premier League club Leicester City.

# contenders - Saturday 30 May, 2015

The 4 most likely teams to challenge Dublin in Leinster this summer

Dublin have won nine of the last 10 Leinster titles… Can anyone stop them this year?

# contenders - Friday 29 May, 2015

The 4 teams looking to knock Kilkenny off their Leinster perch

Kilkenny are yet again the team to beat. Can one of the chasing pack take their crown?

# contenders - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

Ireland capable of going all the way at the World Cup - Robbie Deans

The man being linked to Leinster reckons Joe Schmidt’s side have the quality to compete.

# contenders - Sunday 3 May, 2015

Who's next? Seven fighters Floyd Mayweather could face in September Contenders This post contains a poll

Who's next? Seven fighters Floyd Mayweather could face in September

Floyd Mayweather is 48-0, and just handily beat the man who was meant to be his biggest challenge. So who’s left for his final fight?

# contenders - Thursday 16 April, 2015

Power ranking the 8 teams left in the Champions League*

*In accordance with their chances of triumphing.

# contenders - Friday 13 March, 2015

Carolan's talented U20s need clinical edge to get Six Nations bid back on track

Ross Byrne is happy to be linking up well with centres Sam Arnold and Garry Ringrose again in Wales.

# contenders - Tuesday 3 March, 2015

The UFC can't find a challenger for Ronda Rousey but here are 7 we can suggest...

Who’s next for the undefeated champion?

# contenders - Saturday 31 January, 2015

Wolfhounds disappoint to get Ireland's 2015 off to a losing start

Replacement lock Robbie Diack admitted Ireland’s coaching staff had been hoping for more.

# contenders - Monday 5 January, 2015

My sporting wish for 2015: A fully-fit Ireland heading to RWC

If Joe Schmidt can call on the likes of Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy, there is hope of Irish success.

# contenders - Sunday 28 December, 2014

Analysis: Munster's men send clear message to Schmidt in Leinster win

Tommy O’Donnell, Ian Keatley and Andrew Conway were among the players to impress on Friday night.

# contenders - Sunday 21 December, 2014

Who deserves to win the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year prize tonight? Contenders This post contains a poll

Who deserves to win the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year prize tonight?

Katie Tayor, Jonathan Sexton and Rory McIlroy are all up for the big prize.

# contenders - Thursday 11 December, 2014

Power ranking the 16 teams left in this season's Champions League

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are in good stead but there are several dark horses hoping to spring a surprise.

# contenders - Thursday 27 November, 2014

Power ranking the 8 teams most likely to win the Champions League

Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid and other contenders in this year’s competition.

# contenders - Sunday 19 October, 2014

Former giants Toulouse start with a win as Ospreys' strong form continues

Elsewhere, the Ospreys won their seventh consecutive match after running five tries past Treviso.

# contenders - Friday 17 October, 2014

What challenge will the French clubs pose in the Champions Cup this season?

The three Irish provinces have Top 14 opposition to deal with in the pool stages.

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