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# essential-reading - Sunday 15 November, 2020

What it's like to play football on your period and more of the week's best sportswriting
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# Essential Reading

What it's like to play football on your period and more of the week's best sportswriting

Nov 15th 2020, 8:30 AM 5,716 Views 0 Comments

Plus, Tim Keown looks at the NFL’s most beloved player on its most disastrous team.

# essential-reading - Sunday 16 August, 2020

Ronaldinho's decline from Barcelona greatness to Paraguay prison and more of the week's best sportswriting
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# Essential Reading

Ronaldinho's decline from Barcelona greatness to Paraguay prison and more of the week's best sportswriting

Aug 16th 2020, 6:31 PM 11,234 Views 0 Comments

Plus, Jonathan Wilson on his parents, loss, memory and Lance Gibbs.

# essential-reading - Sunday 2 August, 2020

The Second Captain who went in search of George Gibney and more of the week's best sportswriting
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# Essential Reading

The Second Captain who went in search of George Gibney and more of the week's best sportswriting

Aug 2nd 2020, 8:30 AM 9,627 Views 0 Comments

Plus, Anthony Daly revists the Offaly trilogy of ’98, the ‘sit-in’ and what haunts him most from a painful year.

# essential-reading - Sunday 10 November, 2019

James McClean and football’s unhealthy obsession with depoliticising the poppy, and the week's best sportswriting
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# Essential Reading

James McClean and football’s unhealthy obsession with depoliticising the poppy, and the week's best sportswriting

Nov 10th 2019, 8:30 AM 12,430 Views 2 Comments

Plus, the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas on the ham-handed, money-driven mangling of Sports Illustrated and Deadspin.

# essential-reading - Sunday 8 September, 2019

A detailed blueprint to fix Manchester United and more of the week's best sportswriting
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# Essential Reading

A detailed blueprint to fix Manchester United and more of the week's best sportswriting

Sep 8th 2019, 12:15 PM 12,767 Views 2 Comments

Plus, a profile of USA Women’s star Rose Lavelle.

# essential-reading - Sunday 11 August, 2019

Manchester City 'a sportswashing instrument,' and more of the week's best sportswriting
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# Essential Reading

Manchester City 'a sportswashing instrument,' and more of the week's best sportswriting

Aug 11th 2019, 8:30 AM 7,850 Views 7 Comments

Also featuring a fascinating piece on the unique craft of the hurley maker.

# essential-reading - Sunday 30 June, 2019

How Martin O'Neill's Nottingham Forest reign crumbled and more of this week's best sportswriting
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# Essential Reading

How Martin O'Neill's Nottingham Forest reign crumbled and more of this week's best sportswriting

Jun 30th 2019, 8:30 AM 10,540 Views 3 Comments

Plus, a piece on Megan Rapinoe’s greatest heartbreak – and hope.

# essential-reading - Wednesday 4 July, 2018

Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan has curated the top 10 perfect books to bring on your holidays
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From The Daily Edge
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Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan has curated the top 10 perfect books to bring on your holidays

Jul 4th 2018, 5:30 PM 6,988 Views 0 Comments

Two Irish authors feature on her desert island list.

# essential-reading - Sunday 27 May, 2018

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

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

May 27th 2018, 2:42 PM 13,352 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Dec 31st 2017, 9:00 AM 7,498 Views 3 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Nov 28th 2017, 10:41 PM 7,175 Views 5 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Oct 25th 2017, 12:05 PM 8,997 Views 11 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Sep 21st 2017, 3:51 PM 8,074 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Aug 13th 2017, 8:30 AM 9,309 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Read The Game

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

Jan 1st 2017, 9:30 AM 5,230 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Dec 25th 2016, 12:49 PM 5,114 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

Here are our 16 favourite sports books from 2016

Dec 22nd 2016, 7:43 PM 8,706 Views 7 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Aug 7th 2016, 8:30 AM 8,150 Views 5 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Jul 24th 2016, 9:00 AM 9,640 Views 4 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Jul 3rd 2016, 8:30 AM 6,315 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Jun 12th 2016, 8:30 AM 4,677 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Feb 14th 2016, 7:50 AM 8,610 Views 1 Comment

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)
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# Essential Reading

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

Dec 28th 2015, 9:00 PM 10,227 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Dec 20th 2015, 8:30 AM 7,244 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Nov 22nd 2015, 7:15 AM 6,666 Views 3 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Sep 27th 2015, 6:00 AM 6,019 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Aug 2nd 2015, 7:30 AM 6,151 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Good Reads

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

Jul 26th 2015, 8:30 AM 7,863 Views 4 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Jul 5th 2015, 8:30 AM 5,046 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Jun 28th 2015, 7:17 PM 6,251 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Mar 15th 2015, 3:06 PM 6,466 Views 1 Comment

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
# Good Reads
# Good Reads

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

Mar 8th 2015, 8:30 AM 5,832 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Jan 4th 2015, 8:45 AM 5,426 Views 10 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Dec 28th 2014, 8:15 AM 2,102 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Dec 21st 2014, 8:30 AM 4,415 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Sep 14th 2014, 9:30 AM 4,732 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Well Read

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

Sep 7th 2014, 9:05 AM 4,537 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Best Sportswriting

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

Aug 31st 2014, 9:30 AM 7,241 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Aug 24th 2014, 7:20 AM 4,776 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Essential Reading

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

Aug 17th 2014, 8:30 AM 5,384 Views 0 Comments

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

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