# Contenders

This year
Who are the contenders to replace Pauw as Ireland boss?
Ireland return to action in a little over three weeks.
Ranking the 10 teams most likely to win the World Cup
USA and others who could potentially triumph.
Power ranking the 8 teams left in the All-Ireland senior football title race
The quarter-final showdowns take place in Croke Park this weekend.
Last year
Ranking the 4 remaining teams at the World Cup
France are most people’s favourites following their win over England.
Sweden, England, Norway, Spain? The favourites for Euro 2022
‘It’s a really difficult one to call, but the team that wins it will absolutely deserve to.’
Derry make title statement with hammering of pitiful St Pat's
Ruaidhrí Higgins’ brilliant side were 4-0 winners at Richmond Park.
All time
Ranking the 8 remaining teams in the Euros
Belgium, Italy, Spain and others who could prevail.
Ranking the 10 teams now most likely to win the Euros
France, Italy, England and other contenders.
Ranking the 10 teams most likely to win the Euros
England, France and Portugal are among the most fancied sides.
'This is the first time I’ve had a right run of it' - Mayo captain on move to full-forward
Aidan O’Shea doesn’t feel time is running out to add that elusive All-Ireland medal.
Assessing the 12 counties left in the hunt for Sam Maguire
19 teams have been eliminated after the opening two weeks of All-ireland SFC action.
Leaders Leipzig frustrate Bundesliga champions Bayern as Dortmund outclass Leverkusen
Emil Forsberg scored from the spot as RB Leipzig came from behind to draw 1-1 with Bayern Munich and reclaim top spot.
Who's in the frame to replace Donoghue as the next Galway hurling boss?
Several high-profile names have been linked with the role.
Who are the front runners to replace Cian O'Neill as Kildare boss?
Davy Burke, Malachy O’Rourke, Jack O’Connor and Glenn Ryan are among the names being linked with the job.
Which of these 16 teams will triumph at the Africa Cup of Nations?
The knockout stages of the competition begin on Friday.
'It'd be a travesty if they don't win more' - Clare are potential All-Ireland champions, says Cusack
Donal Óg Cusack was speaking on The Sunday Game last night.
'If we want to be real contenders, we need to operate in a different way'
Mauricio Pochettino has warned that Spurs’ progress is unlikely to continue at the same pace unless they start to compete with the spending power of rivals.
Ireland are 'up there with as good as I've ever seen,' says USA's Gold
The Eagles boss feels Joe Schmidt’s side are one of the ‘sure favourites’ for next year’s World Cup.
Toulouse may be back, but Saracens remain the clear and present danger to Leinster's crown
The English champions have ominously marched their way through wins in all eight games this season.
Who's in the frame to become the next Mayo senior football boss?
Stephen Rochford stepped down yesterday.
What was your favourite moment from an extraordinary summer of hurling?
From Nickie Quaid’s stunning save against Cork to Peter Duggan’s wonder point against Galway, this championship had it all.
Who's in the frame to become the next Kerry senior football boss?
Eamonn Fitzmaurice stepped down on Saturday evening.
Kerry on the slide, Dublin still the kingpins: Super 8s power rankings after round 2
The Kingdom have dropped two places, while Donegal and Monaghan are on the rise.
Super 8s power rankings after opening weekend of GAA's new football format
Galway and Tyrone have both jumped up the pecking order.
2019 World Cup a thrilling prospect for Schmidt's superb Ireland
Ireland had a stunning season in which they beat everyone in the World Rugby Top 10 aside from the All Blacks.
Friend and Dobson emerge as contenders for Connacht head coach job
The Australian and South African have both built up strong CVs.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
Title race far from over and more Premier League talking points
Plus, another clean sheet for Brighton and Ireland defender Shane Duffy.
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.
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.
6 possible contenders to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton
Could David Moyes be set for a shock return to Goodison Park?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cleveland make the World Series while the Cubs keep their dream alive
It’s the Indians’ first World Series appearance since 1997.
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?