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Friday 7 May, 2021

'Hope and expectation is always the thing that kills an England manager and he’s got to produce this time around'
# BTL
# BTL

'Hope and expectation is always the thing that kills an England manager and he’s got to produce this time around'

Fri 8:00 AM 3,856 Views 5 Comments

Michael Calvin talks about the pressures on an England manager on this week’s episode of Behind the Lines.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails performances of Edinson Cavani and David De Gea
# Just Europa
# Just Europa

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails performances of Edinson Cavani and David De Gea

Fri 7:50 AM 4,436 Views 2 Comments

United will face Villarreal in the final later this month.

It's easy to see the sense in Gatland's side of the Sexton debate
# Tough Calls
# Tough Calls

It's easy to see the sense in Gatland's side of the Sexton debate

Fri 7:00 AM 18,592 Views 26 Comments

The Ireland captain has paid the price for a frustrating run of injuries.

Huge game for both teams - but Munster have a safety net and Ulster don't
# On The Line
# On The Line

Huge game for both teams - but Munster have a safety net and Ulster don't

Fri 6:20 AM 9,142 Views 13 Comments

Munster host Ulster tonight in the Rainbow Cup.

Thursday 6 May, 2021

Ireland's Dunne enjoys strong start in Tenerife, Enoch's stunning opening ends in 'disappointing 65'
# Sunny Spain
# Sunny Spain

Ireland's Dunne enjoys strong start in Tenerife, Enoch's stunning opening ends in 'disappointing 65'

Thu 10:54 PM 3,987 Views 2 Comments

The Greystones man is among a strong Irish contingent in action at the Canary Islands Championship.

Arsenal crash out as Emery's Villarreal seal first-ever European final spot
# Europa League
# Europa League

Arsenal crash out as Emery's Villarreal seal first-ever European final spot

Thu 10:18 PM 8,912 Views 17 Comments

The La Liga outfit will face Manchester United in the decider.

Cavani bags brace as Man United reach Europa League final despite Roma loss
# Reds Go Marching On
# Reds Go Marching On

Cavani bags brace as Man United reach Europa League final despite Roma loss

Thu 10:07 PM 26,118 Views 47 Comments

Last week’s 6-2 victory at Old Trafford meant United already had one foot in the Gdansk finale – their first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Nine of Limerick’s All-Ireland final starting team to play against Tipperary on Saturday
# The Starters
# The Starters

Nine of Limerick’s All-Ireland final starting team to play against Tipperary on Saturday

Thu 10:00 PM 11,569 Views 22 Comments

John Kiely’s side face the Premier county at LIT Gaelic Grounds.

Villa Park emerges as reported rival to Champions League final venue in Turkey

Villa Park emerges as reported rival to Champions League final venue in Turkey

Thu 9:30 PM 10,389 Views 11 Comments

The all-Premier League affair is currently scheduled to take place on 29 May at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.

Some big names absent but Galway name exciting team to face Westmeath in hurling opener
# Tribesmen
# Tribesmen

Some big names absent but Galway name exciting team to face Westmeath in hurling opener

Thu 9:06 PM 13,704 Views 6 Comments

Conor Whelan captains the side for the Division 1A clash.

Jackman: 'I think it's a big mistake to bring Finn Russell ahead of Johnny Sexton'
# Pain And Mane
# Pain And Mane

Jackman: 'I think it's a big mistake to bring Finn Russell ahead of Johnny Sexton'

Thu 8:14 PM 17,668 Views 22 Comments

Bernard Jackman believes that if the Scot becomes the Lions’ Test out-half against the Springboks, they’re ‘dead.’

Ed Sheeran unveiled as Ipswich Town's new shirt sponsor
# Tractor Boy
# Tractor Boy

Ed Sheeran unveiled as Ipswich Town's new shirt sponsor

Updated Thu 8:14 PM 51,071 Views 27 Comments

The global popstar, who hails from Suffolk, is backing his boyhood club for the 2021/22 season.

Ex-Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson 'not in right mind' when tasered, father told police
# Trial
# Trial

Ex-Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson 'not in right mind' when tasered, father told police

Thu 8:11 PM 2,381 Views 0 Comments

Today was the third day of the trial at Birmingham Crown Court in central England.

‘La Rochelle reminded me of what we are going to face in South Africa’
# Gatland
# Gatland

‘La Rochelle reminded me of what we are going to face in South Africa’

Thu 7:23 PM 18,251 Views 40 Comments

Warren Gatland has explained why James Ryan and Johnny Sexton missed out on selection for the Lions.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says ‘dark forces’ are working against club becoming a ‘powerhouse’
# Toon Army
# Toon Army

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says ‘dark forces’ are working against club becoming a ‘powerhouse’

Thu 7:02 PM 4,751 Views 3 Comments

The club has taken Premier League to the Competition Appeal Tribunal over the collapse of the takeover of the club last year.

Players’ union boss warns that Manchester United’s 4-game week ‘is not physically possible’
# Taking Its Toll
# Taking Its Toll

Players’ union boss warns that Manchester United’s 4-game week ‘is not physically possible’

Thu 6:15 PM 8,861 Views 11 Comments

FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann has often spoken about the unacceptable burden on players.

Time got the better of Sexton - not just Farrell, Russell and Biggar
# Lions
# Lions

Time got the better of Sexton - not just Farrell, Russell and Biggar

Thu 5:38 PM 45,217 Views 26 Comments

Irish captain’s omission from Warren Gatland’s squad was tough but at 35 his durability has come into question.

Pauw's Ireland set to start World Cup campaign with September trip to Georgia
# Georgia On Our Mind
# Georgia On Our Mind

Pauw's Ireland set to start World Cup campaign with September trip to Georgia

Thu 5:03 PM 1,484 Views 0 Comments

Ireland’s opening Group A fixture has been confirmed for 17 September.

GAAGo to stream the Allianz League games not broadcast on television
# Plenty To Watch
# Plenty To Watch

GAAGo to stream the Allianz League games not broadcast on television

Thu 4:29 PM 4,335 Views 4 Comments

The streaming platform has confirmed a return for all domestic viewers this year.

'It'll never work... The last thing the players want is not to play next Saturday'
# Speaking Out
# Speaking Out

'It'll never work... The last thing the players want is not to play next Saturday'

Thu 4:25 PM 7,753 Views 0 Comments

Cavan camogie manager Jimmy Greville says his players don’t want to be in a position where they may not fulfill fixtures.

'It’s due recognition for a man who has made a lot of sacrifices' - Connacht coach hails Aki's Lions inclusion
# Heading On Tour
# Heading On Tour

'It’s due recognition for a man who has made a lot of sacrifices' - Connacht coach hails Aki's Lions inclusion

Thu 3:29 PM 9,633 Views 19 Comments

It’s 38 years since Connacht last had a representative in the Lions squad.

Jenkins admits Lions coaches had concerns over Sexton's 'durability'
# Missed The Cut
# Missed The Cut

Jenkins admits Lions coaches had concerns over Sexton's 'durability'

Thu 3:05 PM 10,850 Views 23 Comments

The Ireland out-half was one of the headline omissions in Warren Gatland’s 37-man squad.

Eight Irishmen named in Lions squad as Sexton and Ryan miss out
# Johnny Sexton
# Johnny Sexton

Eight Irishmen named in Lions squad as Sexton and Ryan miss out

Thu 12:50 PM 101,300 Views 198 Comments

Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jack Conan, Andrew Porter and Iain Henderson make the plane.

Pfizer/BioNTech to directly provide vaccines for all Olympic athletes and support staff
# Tokyo Games
# Tokyo Games

Pfizer/BioNTech to directly provide vaccines for all Olympic athletes and support staff

Updated Thu 12:07 PM 14,516 Views 35 Comments

The arrangement will be supplementary to any existing delivery agreements between Pfizer and the Irish government.

Returning Goggin one of eight changes to Munster team for visit of Ulster
# Fresh
# Fresh

Returning Goggin one of eight changes to Munster team for visit of Ulster

Thu 12:02 PM 10,813 Views 26 Comments

The 26-year-old centre will be partnered by Rory Scannell, with Damian de Allende on the bench and Chris Farrell missing out.

'It's shaving off a bit of the disc' - Ulster's Addison making strides after return from back surgery
# Back On Track
# Back On Track

'It's shaving off a bit of the disc' - Ulster's Addison making strides after return from back surgery

Thu 9:46 AM 4,876 Views 1 Comment

The versatile Ireland back had been out for 15 months.

Tight calls could be cruel to Irish contingent as Gatland finalises his Lions squad
# Waiting For The Call
# Waiting For The Call

Tight calls could be cruel to Irish contingent as Gatland finalises his Lions squad

Updated Thu 8:50 AM 31,685 Views 39 Comments

The 36-man squad will be revealed at lunchtime on Thursday.

Former Australian rugby player and San Francisco 49er jailed for sexual assault
# Sentence
# Sentence

Former Australian rugby player and San Francisco 49er jailed for sexual assault

Thu 8:22 AM 11,948 Views 3 Comments

Jarryd Hayne was given a five-year sentence over the sexual assault of a woman at her home in 2018.

New Zealand weightlifter set to be first transgender athlete to compete at Olympics
# Historic
# Historic

New Zealand weightlifter set to be first transgender athlete to compete at Olympics

Thu 8:02 AM 10,580 Views 21 Comments

Laurel Hubbard is on the verge of reaching the Tokyo Olympics under coronavirus-enforced new qualifying rules.

'I was sick of getting beaten with Tipp all my life and it wasn’t going to happen today'
# Tommy Dunne
# Tommy Dunne

'I was sick of getting beaten with Tipp all my life and it wasn’t going to happen today'

Thu 7:15 AM 8,219 Views 1 Comment

Tommy Dunne reflects on the 2001 All-Ireland final in an extract from ‘Tipperary: Game Of My Life’.

Heffernan aiming to use interpros as platform for Ireland's summer Tests
# Out To Impress
# Out To Impress

Heffernan aiming to use interpros as platform for Ireland's summer Tests

Thu 7:00 AM 4,047 Views 6 Comments

The Connacht hooker was part of Andy Farrell’s Six Nations squad but didn’t get any gametime.

Who will step forward for Cork and Waterford hurlers as new goalkeeper era begins?
# Last Men Standing
# Last Men Standing

Who will step forward for Cork and Waterford hurlers as new goalkeeper era begins?

Thu 6:00 AM 11,021 Views 1 Comment

The retirement of Anthony Nash and departure of Stephen O’Keeffe means it is a time for change.

Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Chelsea dominate Real Madrid to set up all-English Champions League final
# Blue Is The Colour
# Blue Is The Colour

Chelsea dominate Real Madrid to set up all-English Champions League final

Wed 10:15 PM 27,188 Views 56 Comments

Timo Werner and Mason Mount set up Istanbul showdown against Manchester City.

'This isn't about those guys coming up the road. This is more about what Ulster are producing'
# Stuck In The Mud
# Stuck In The Mud

'This isn't about those guys coming up the road. This is more about what Ulster are producing'

Wed 8:00 PM 19,612 Views 52 Comments

Stephen Ferris pulled no punches when it came to his native province on this week’s Rugby Weekly Extra.

Kevin Sheedy and Mike Newell leave Waterford FC 'by mutual consent'
# The Blues
# The Blues

Kevin Sheedy and Mike Newell leave Waterford FC 'by mutual consent'

Wed 7:41 PM 10,404 Views 5 Comments

Head of academy Mike Geoghegan will take charge this weekend against Drogheda United.

Joe Marler ‘gutted’ after revealing he is not part of Lions squad
# Lions 2021
# Lions 2021

Joe Marler ‘gutted’ after revealing he is not part of Lions squad

Wed 7:07 PM 30,137 Views 6 Comments

The England prop’s name will be missing when Warren Gatland announces his 36-man squad to take on South Africa on Thursday.

'The sun does rise and there's always a way through things, using the people around you'
# Hope
# Hope

'The sun does rise and there's always a way through things, using the people around you'

Wed 7:03 PM 4,739 Views 0 Comments

Irish hockey international Grace O’Flanagan delves deeper into her story and mental health journey.

Manchester United face three games in five days as Liverpool match rescheduled
# They Go Again
# They Go Again

Manchester United face three games in five days as Liverpool match rescheduled

Wed 6:54 PM 11,624 Views 15 Comments

Sunday’s clash between the bitter rivals was called off due to United fans’ anti-Glazer protest and will now be played on Thursday 13 May.

Sam Bennett claims sixth win of the season with opening victory at Volta ao Algarve
# Sam The Man
# Sam The Man

Sam Bennett claims sixth win of the season with opening victory at Volta ao Algarve

Wed 6:17 PM 4,069 Views 3 Comments

Carrick-on-Suir man was first across the line in Portimao on Wednesday afternoon.

Rory McIlroy ‘very much against’ breakaway golf circuit
# Bad Idea
# Bad Idea

Rory McIlroy ‘very much against’ breakaway golf circuit

Wed 6:06 PM 5,106 Views 4 Comments

Meanwhile, the European Tour told the PA news agency it opposed the plans ‘in the strongest possible terms’.