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#Mind Games?

# mind-games - Tuesday 2 July, 2019

'It's just cool to be involved with them' - McManamon on working with Ireland's boxers

Dublin forward Kevin McManamon is self-employed as a sports psychologist.

# mind-games - Sunday 12 May, 2019

'I think defeat sends him into depression and he never comes back to fight again'

Deontay Wilder would find a loss ‘humbling’ and would make him ponder his future in boxing, says WBC challenger, Dominic Breazeale.

# mind-games - Sunday 28 April, 2019

'Matthew Pinsent remembers being on the mini-bus for an Olympic final and praying it would crash'

Olympic medallist Annie Vernon chats about her new book ‘Mind Games’.

# mind-games - Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Guardiola hits back at Solskjaer's 'tactical' fouling jibe

The United boss hinted at City’s supposed habit of fouling high up the field to stop opponents hitting them on the break.

# mind-games - Thursday 14 March, 2019

Wales 'look a bit tired' and Ireland 'peaking at the right time' - Eddie Jones

The England boss is hoping Joe Schmidt’s side win in Cardiff on Saturday.

# mind-games - Thursday 7 March, 2019

Hunters? Hunted? Schmidt's Ireland not interested in Hansen's perception

Joe Schmidt and his coaches have had some ‘very tough’ selection meetings ahead of the France game.

# mind-games - Monday 28 January, 2019

Ireland will try to 'bore the sh*t out of us' - England defence coach Mitchell

The former All Blacks coach did give credit to Joe Schmidt’s coaching team.

# mind-games - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Schmidt expects Sexton to be fully fit for Six Nations opener against England

The experienced out-half has been sidelined with a knee tendon injury in recent weeks.

# mind-games - Sunday 20 January, 2019

Eddie Jones says Johnny Sexton has a 'bat phone to the referee'

The England boss suggested that Ireland’s out-half receives preferential treatment from match officials.

# mind-games - Saturday 3 November, 2018

Murray's return to Ireland camp gives Schmidt 'food for thought'

The scrum-half remains unlikely to feature for Ireland against the All Blacks.

# mind-games - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

Ireland not ruling Conor Murray out of sensational return to face the All Blacks

The Munster scrum-half has been in Ireland camp at Carton House this week.

# mind-games - Wednesday 8 August, 2018

'The turning point': Ex-Ireland rugby international played a key role in World Cup success

Gary Longwell’s work with the women’s hockey team as a performance coach has been widely praised.

# mind-games - Tuesday 31 July, 2018

The unseen hand helping Limerick overcome past failures and write their own history

Caroline Currid has been a key part of the Limerick backroom team this season.

# mind-games - Thursday 7 June, 2018

Australia coach Michael Cheika says this is the best Irish rugby team of all time

Ireland have been keen to talk up the Australians this week but Cheika has gone a step further.

# mind-games - Monday 23 April, 2018

Analysis: A clever little moment that sums up Donnacha Ryan's excellence

Munster looked to use a clever lineout play early on against Racing but the Tipp man stopped it.

# mind-games - Sunday 22 April, 2018

Conte: Man United will be favourites for FA Cup final

The two sides will meet in this year’s decider on 19 May at Wembley.

# mind-games - Thursday 15 March, 2018

Milan boss Gattuso likes Wilshere 'a lot' amid Serie A links

Gennaro Gattuso heaped praise on Jack Wilshere as AC Milan prepare to face Arsenal in London.

# mind-games - Monday 5 March, 2018

Fear not a factor for Earls as he leans on a little help from Keith Barry

The Munster flyer has enlisted the help of the mentalist to ensure his mind is functioning at optimum levels.

# mind-games - Tuesday 27 February, 2018

'€222m in the physio room': Marseille boss piles pressure on PSG ahead of Coupe Classique

The Brazilian suffered a cracked metatarsal during a 3-0 win over PSG’s Classique rivals at the weekend.

# mind-games - Saturday 17 February, 2018

'I told him: "you’re going to miss"' - Willian says he psyched out Ireland's David Meyler last night

The Ireland midfielder missed a penalty during Hull’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.

# mind-games - Thursday 11 January, 2018

Fabio Capello thinks Conte and Mourinho are 'out of their minds'

They just don’t get along.

# mind-games - Monday 1 January, 2018

Women have a psychological advantage over men in sport - here's how it helps them under pressure

“In the world of elite tennis, women are better under pressure than men are. They choke less.”

# mind-games - Friday 3 November, 2017

# mind-games - Thursday 31 August, 2017

Mental skills: How telling yourself a good story can lead to success

Performance narratives are key to battling negative thoughts.

# mind-games - Thursday 22 June, 2017

'We play football in every part of the pitch - they don't': Kenny Shiels blasts 'long ball' Cork City

Derry meet the league leaders at Maginn Park tomorrow night.

# mind-games - Sunday 18 June, 2017

'They'll be under big pressure to live up to what happened 12 years ago'

There’s a game to come on Tuesday in Hamilton but this is very much Test week for the Lions.

# mind-games - Friday 16 June, 2017

'He keeps telling us he's got something up his sleeve other than his arm'

Steve Hansen was in chirpy form after the All Blacks’ 12-try win over Samoa.

# mind-games - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Lions schedule criticised by All Blacks coach Hansen

Warren Gatland’s side arrive in New Zealand tomorrow.

# mind-games - Tuesday 16 May, 2017

Hansen: Lions could buckle under pressure

The mind games have started.

# mind-games - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Mourinho: City favourites for top four, not United

We have a Manchester derby tomorrow night.

# mind-games - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Morrissey: The boy with the form in his side

The Cork City midfielder has learned that satisfaction as a professional footballer doesn’t require living abroad.

# mind-games - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

# mind-games - Monday 13 March, 2017

# mind-games - Monday 27 February, 2017

England rugby coach Jones wonders if Scotland can back up 'big talk'

The Calcutta Cup will be a clash of egos in a fortnight’s time.

# mind-games - Tuesday 17 January, 2017

Kevin McManamon: I wouldn’t be playing for Dublin if I didn’t use sports psychology

McManamon labelled the criticism of sports psychology as “absolute nonsense.”

# mind-games - Friday 23 December, 2016

7 mental tricks Olympic athletes use to perform under pressure

Allyson Felix tunes out distractions and other psychological strategies.

# mind-games - Thursday 17 November, 2016

Hansen: Ireland won the last game easy, they have to be the favourites

Mind games from the All Blacks coach?

# mind-games - Friday 26 August, 2016

Zidane brushes aside Pique's Champions League jibe

The defender indicated Real Madrid were the beneficiaries of a fortuitous draw.

# mind-games - Monday 13 June, 2016

'Ireland weren't interested in playing,' says Springboks coach Coetzee

The South Africa head coach said Ireland just wanted to bog the Boks down in their own 22.

# mind-games - Monday 23 May, 2016

'They're 4-time champions, 3-time Heineken Cup winners. We must be 50/1?'

John Muldoon is stirring the pot nicely ahead of next weekend’s Pro12 final against Leinster.

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