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#Editor's picks

# editors-picks - Monday 21 November, 2016

The curious case of the two Bundesliga teams that are making everyone take notice

RB Leipzig are out in front while Hoffenheim are also doing very well but why are both getting the headlines?

# editors-picks - Sunday 20 November, 2016

The untold story of Connacht's journey from Cinderella province to Pro12 champions Brought To Book This post contains videos

The untold story of Connacht's journey from Cinderella province to Pro12 champions

Gerry Thornley’s new book goes behind the scenes on an unforgettable adventure.

Ballyea dream, Hogan and Comerford still lead O'Loughlins — Club GAA talking points

We also discuss Tony Kelly’s outstanding five-point display, plus Oulart The Ballagh’s latest Leinster exit.

'I had the s**t pummelled out of me and I was forced into retirement but it's good to be back'

Seven months after walking away from professional cycling, Martyn Irvine is back and ready to seize his second chance.

# editors-picks - Saturday 19 November, 2016

'It was 3 in the morning, I went back to the training ground and he was in his office watching a game'

Former Irish underage international Graham Stack discusses his ex-coach Arsene Wenger, his current role in India and the unique experience of playing under Edgar Davids at Barnet.

Multi-talented Irish rugby star Lindsay Peat is exactly where she's meant to be

Lindsay Peat’s life has changed both on and off the rugby pitch.

Analysis: Tiny details make a massive difference against the All Blacks

Ireland are eager to improve their defensive performance against the All Blacks.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 15 November, 2016

Analysis: Tricky Titans show why you should always expect the unexpected

Here’s how running back Demarco Murray threw a touchdown pass on Sunday.

# editors-picks - Monday 14 November, 2016

Analysis: Debutant Ringrose gives Ireland a bright glimpse of the future

The 21-year-old had many excellent moments as he won his first Test cap.

The Redzone: Nobody wants an AFC South team in the playoffs so the NFL needs to change

Is it time for the NFL to change their postseason model?

# editors-picks - Saturday 12 November, 2016

'Our rugby team have spurred us on to make it another memorable night for Ireland'

John Kavanagh delivers his pre-fight thoughts from New York ahead of Conor McGregor’s bid for history.

Letter from Vienna: A footballing great, the Ireland curse and Harry's Challenge

Ben Blake has learned all about the man Austria’s Ernst-Happel Stadium is named after on the latest away trip.

Having a fitness goal is great but taking the first step is the most difficult part

Irish fitness expert Pat Divilly says that keeping your focus small is key.

Analysis: The key man Ireland need to stop from playing today Star This post contains videos

Analysis: The key man Ireland need to stop from playing today

Bayern Munich player David Alaba will be comfortably the biggest star on the pitch this evening.

McGregor's precision and power can plant seeds of history in the Garden

Conor McGregor aims to achieve the unprecedented at the expense of Eddie Alvarez tonight in New York.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 9 November, 2016

Goodnight, Vienna: How Austria cost Ireland Euro ’96 qualification

Back in 1995, Ireland looked in great shape to qualify automatically for Euro ’96. But then, successive defeats to Austria put paid to those hopes.

Analysis: How did Ireland finally beat the All Blacks?

The maul and lineout were vital facets of the game in Soldier Field.

# editors-picks - Monday 7 November, 2016

Owen Roddy never reached the summit but he carved a path for others who did

Conor McGregor’s striking coach narrowly missed out on the big payday he spent years pursuing as a fighter.

# editors-picks - Saturday 5 November, 2016

The42 Rugby Show from Chicago: how Ireland can make history today

Murray Kinsella was joined by Eddie O’Sullivan ahead of the clash with the All Blacks.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Analysis: How the Falcons dialed up the perfect play to beat the Packers at the death

Kyle Shanahan can take a lot of credit for exploiting the Green Bay defence on the game-winning play.

# editors-picks - Monday 31 October, 2016

From red heads to blue heads: Gazing into the All Blacks' mental skills

‘The skill is to recognise when your attention is diverted and to develop your own strategy to move your attention back.’

# editors-picks - Sunday 30 October, 2016

From the Waterford Gaeltacht to the Camp Nou: the story of TnaG's iconic 'Olé, Olé'

As the Irish-language broadcaster celebrates its 20th birthday, we look back at their weekly Spanish football show.

# editors-picks - Saturday 29 October, 2016

Paramedics, full-body cramps and regrets: Don't make a mess of your first marathon like I did

Common pitfalls of novice runners are well known but still catch many out every year.

The Irishman who took on Eddie Alvarez long before the rise of Conor McGregor

He hung his gloves up in 2013 but Greg Loughran was a trailblazer for mixed martial arts in Ireland.

From 'I've been imagining my dad at the finish line, ready to swaddle me in a tricolour' Dublin City Marathon

'I've been imagining my dad at the finish line, ready to swaddle me in a tricolour'

Before telling everyone, you need to be very honest with yourself about why you’re doing a marathon, writes Sarah Geraghty ahead of Sunday’s 26.2 mile run across Dublin city.

# editors-picks - Saturday 22 October, 2016

'It was proper turmoil. Every day you'd walk in and think, 'What's next?''

It’s a little over 15 years since a glorious homegrown Leeds United reached the Champions League semi-finals and Stephen McPhail, who retired today, was a part of it.

From winning trophies at Wembley and Old Trafford to League of Ireland coaching at 31

Darren Murphy has helped Stephen Henderson to bring Cobh Ramblers to the brink of the Premier Division.

# editors-picks - Sunday 16 October, 2016

Did Ireland actually play good football before the Jack Charlton era?

There has been much debate about Irish football’s DNA in recent weeks.

# editors-picks - Monday 10 October, 2016

Analysis: Connacht's attack fires with off-the-ball work rate

Pat Lam’s men have won two in a row in the Guinness Pro12.

# editors-picks - Sunday 9 October, 2016

Harry Arter saga an example of Twitter and Irish fans at their worst

False rumours emerged during the week that the Ireland midfielder was considering switching his allegiance to England.

# editors-picks - Sunday 2 October, 2016

Facing reality after Rio: Natalya Coyle riding the crest of the Olympic wave

Six weeks after the performance of her life, the modern pentathlete is still on cloud nine as she has seen her profile elevated to new levels.

'I was without direction, I guess': Connacht's Jake Heenan on his teenage homelessness

Growing up in New Zealand, the 24-year-old was lost and isolated but rugby gave him purpose.

# editors-picks - Thursday 29 September, 2016

His rivals may feel hard done by but Conor has earned this historic opportunity

John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s head coach, writes exclusively ahead of McGregor’s return at UFC 205.

# editors-picks - Saturday 24 September, 2016

'What could I have achieved if I came to this a bit younger? I would have been a UFC champion'

Neil Seery reflects on his career as he gets set to hang up his gloves in Belfast in November.

'It was just too hard for me to play so I took a step back'

Dublin’s Sinéad Finnegan determined to topple Cork after missing out on 2010 All-Ireland win.

# editors-picks - Friday 23 September, 2016

Irish sport is a duller place without Davy Fitz

Tommy Martin reflects on the departure of one of hurling – and Ireland’s – most colourful characters.

The day the Dublin Ladies turned the screw

Gerry McGill’s Dublin side found a way to banish their All-Ireland ghosts in 2010. Now they need to do it again on Sunday afternoon.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 20 September, 2016

Analysis: Jimmy Garoppolo gives the Patriots a glimpse of their Brady-less future

The loss of the backup QB will be felt over the next two games says Steve O’Rourke.

# editors-picks - Monday 19 September, 2016

Analysis: Own goals, Dublin's shooting under pressure, Mayo's ferocious tackling

The42′s columnist Rob Carroll casts an eye over yesterday’s drawn All-Ireland football final.

# editors-picks - Friday 16 September, 2016

The real Jose Mourinho is about to reveal himself at Manchester United

“This is the fable of the scorpion and the frog, and United may be about to feel Mourinho’s sting.”