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#essential reading

# essential-reading - Today’s News

The story of Arsenal's tragic lost star in the making and more of the week's best sportswriting

Remembering Niccolo Galli and more great reads from this week.

# essential-reading - Sunday 31 December, 2017

'Sports can’t sink much lower than Mayweather-McGregor' and 25 more of the best articles from 2017

Featuring Wright Thompson, Marina Hyde, Paul Kimmage, Rory Smith and many more of the finest journalists out there.

# essential-reading - Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon's 'The Choice' named Sports Book of the Year

The book overcame stiff competition from five other nominees.

# essential-reading - Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Here are the 7 sports books shortlisted for the William Hill prize

The choices, which have been whittled down from a longlist of 16, also include Centaur, the memoir of jockey Declan Murphy.

# essential-reading - Thursday 21 September, 2017

Here are the 16 sports books longlisted for the William Hill prize

Judy Murray’s book on life with her son Andy and a biography on the late Muhammad Ali are among the contenders.

# essential-reading - Sunday 13 August, 2017

Controversial portrait of McGregor's Dublin, booing Gatlin and the week's best sportswriting

Plus, an interview with Irish international Lindsay Peat and a piece on the legacy of the 2007 New England Patriots.

# essential-reading - Sunday 1 January, 2017

'The beginnings of the sexual revolution in Derry’ and more of the week's best sportswriting

Plus Sue Ronan banned from street football and ‘Dear Football Gods, we need to talk’.

# essential-reading - Sunday 25 December, 2016

Conor Murray on Anthony Foley's death and more of the week's best sportswriting

Plus, Paul Kimmage takes a unique look at some of the most celebrated figures in the world of Irish MMA.

# essential-reading - Thursday 22 December, 2016

Here are our 16 favourite sports books from 2016

Paul O’Connell, Joey Barton and John Kavanagh are among the big names to feature in our list.

# essential-reading - Sunday 7 August, 2016

Olympic medal predictions, the return of Caster Semenya and the week's best sportswriting

Plus, how Kurt Angle won an Olympic gold medal ‘with a broken freakin’ neck’.

# essential-reading - Sunday 24 July, 2016

The world champion Irish wrestler, Michelle Smith revisited and the week's best sportswriting

Plus, why the 1916 Philadelphia A’s might have been the worst team ever.

# essential-reading - Sunday 3 July, 2016

The football-loving terrorist, Caitlyn Jenner's complex Olympic memories and the week's best sportswriting

Also, Steven Gerrard on England and detailed look at the harrowing process of sex-testing female athletes.

# essential-reading - Sunday 12 June, 2016

Watching Rocky II with Muhammad Ali and more of the week's best sportswriting

Also, a tribute to the late Kimbo Slice and partying with Ronaldo in Bolivia at Copa America ’97.

# essential-reading - Sunday 14 February, 2016

The rugby star given a shot at the NFL and all the week's best sportswriting

Also, how Match of the Day has become relevant again and why Claudio Ranieri has been underestimated all these years.

# essential-reading - Monday 28 December, 2015

Why Conor McGregor is UFC's most important fighter - 50 of the best sports articles of 2015 (part 1)

Also, ‘The Education of Alex Rodriguez,’ Kerry GAA’s lost years and parallells between Roy Keane and Bobby Moore.

# essential-reading - Sunday 20 December, 2015

Why Chelsea players have a right to feel betrayed by Mourinho and all the week's best sportswriting

Also, the unlikely link between Andy Lee and Anton Chekhov.

# essential-reading - Sunday 22 November, 2015

Tyson Fury's 'disturbed' mental state & David Simon on baseball; the week’s best sportswriting

Also, why Fifa needs more women and the man whose football dreams were ended by concussion.

# essential-reading - Sunday 27 September, 2015

Brendan Rodgers is Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting and all the week’s best sportswriting

Plus, an insightful look at Romanian rugby and why bridge is not a sport.

# essential-reading - Sunday 2 August, 2015

25 years on from Friday Night Lights, a day with JJ Watt and all the week's best sportswriting

Also, seriously injured jockey Robbie McNamara opens up about his ‘dark days’.

# essential-reading - Sunday 26 July, 2015

Incredible Gatlin, pre-season insight and all the week’s best sportswriting

Grab a cuppa and settle in to catch up on some superb articles.

# essential-reading - Sunday 5 July, 2015

Brazil's demise, Sampras' reflection and all the week’s best sportswriting

Also, men fighting bears, men fighting men, and NASCAR fighting the Confederate flag.

# essential-reading - Sunday 28 June, 2015

Mo's missed drug tests, Kimbo v Shamrock and all the week's best sportswriting

This week also features a 1980s arcade game and a look at basketball’s mysterious triangle offence.

# essential-reading - Sunday 15 March, 2015

'Farcical' LOI, Di Maria an uninterested bystander and the week's best sportswriting

Also featuring ‘The Unbearable Lightness of [Billy] Beane’ and a heartfelt tribute to Tony McCoy.

# essential-reading - Sunday 8 March, 2015

Tiger's fall, Ireland to win the World Cup and cricket emerging: It’s the week’s best sportswriting

There are also superb pieces on a homeless former college footballer and how the All Blacks coach their players.

# essential-reading - Sunday 4 January, 2015

Ken Early on Steven Gerrard and the rest of the week’s best sportswriting

Also featuring Barcelona’s identity crisis under Luis Enrique and the baddest motherf***er on the planet.

# essential-reading - Sunday 28 December, 2014

The other Irish cricketer who captained England and the rest of the week’s best sportswriting

Also featuring the weird world of footballing memorabilia.

# essential-reading - Sunday 21 December, 2014

Remembering Páidí Ó Sé and David Gillick on mental strength; the week’s best sportswriting

Put the kettle on and relax with these fine articles.

# essential-reading - Sunday 14 September, 2014

Cruyff on football's lost values and Roger Goodell's parental paradox; it's the week's best sportswriting

Also, the divisive Joey Barton talks Immanuel Kant while a NBA curiosity is remembered.

# essential-reading - Sunday 7 September, 2014

The GAA's role in the NFL's future and the craziest stunt in wresting; it's the week's best sportswriting

Why would you go outside when there is so much good stuff you haven’t read yet.

# essential-reading - Sunday 31 August, 2014

The value of Di Maria and behind the scenes of MNF; it's the week's best sportswriting

Plus, a look inside the world of dodgy internet Premier League streams.

# essential-reading - Sunday 24 August, 2014

George Best’s time in Cork and the Louis Van Gaal dossier; the week’s best sportswriting

Also, how Ferguson’s high school American football team are coping amidst the chaos.

# essential-reading - Sunday 17 August, 2014

Robin Williams' relationship with golf and Oisín McConville on goalkeeping; the week’s best sportswriting

Also, Grantland discuss THAT game in Space Jam and Adam Hurrey looks ahead to the new PL season.

# essential-reading - Sunday 3 August, 2014

The decline of Ireland's elite footballers and why Remember the Titans is a lie; the week’s best sportswriting

Also, a revealing Brendan Rodgers interview and a spectacular look at boxing in Cuba.