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# Showdown

Last month
January 2023
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Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith to face off in World Championship final
Van Gerwen has warned that ‘no one is going to stop me’ as Smith seeks revenge.
Last year
2022
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Brutal Boks pack and the Bomb Squad mean Ireland have to go up another level
Andy Farrell’s side will face a different challenge today to the one in New Zealand last summer.
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'This is a massive Test for us' - Boks arrive in Dublin ahead of Ireland clash
Sbu Nkosi and Marco van Staden have been left at home due to injuries.
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Vera Pauw: Ireland need 'the best game of our lives' in historic World Cup play-off
The Girls In Green face Scotland or Austria as their bid to reach a first-ever major tournament hits new heights.
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5 key tactical decisions facing John Kiely and Brian Cody
Plenty for both men to ponder ahead of today’s All-Ireland hurling final.
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Jack O'Connor: 'These Kerry players have been yearning to get a cut at the Dubs'
The counties will meet on Sunday 10 July.
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Four of the most dynamic hookers in the world set for battle in Dublin tomorrow
Rónan Kelleher is full of praise for Toulouse pair Julien Marchand and Peato Mauvaka.
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Ireland are justified favourites but winning in Twickenham is no mean feat
England have the defensive tools to cause Andy Farrell’s side big problems.
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Dupont: 'Ireland are surely the favourites for the championship'
The French got their campaign up and running with a bonus-point win over Italy today.
All time
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Tyrone and Meath advance to All-Ireland minor football final
There was disappointment for both Cork and Sligo in this afternoon’s semi-finals.
# First Test
'It's big boy rugby, isn't it?' - DJ Furlong fired up for the Springboks
The Ireland tighthead prop is relishing the set-piece battle this weekend.
# Showdown
This Lions tour is about to go up a few notches tonight in Cape Town
Conor Murray leads the Lions for their biggest challenge yet.
# Showdown
Hospitality representatives to meet government ministers today amid anger over delayed reopening
The industry has reacted furiously to the postponed return of indoor dining.
# Boost
Ireland earn vital win to close in on World Cup qualification
Naomi Carroll’s 46th-minute goal set up a big victory against Scotland.
# Showdown
Ireland on 'red alert' for Van der Merwe as Scotland aim to turn the corner
Ireland have enjoyed dominance of this fixture in recent times.
# Setback
Blow for PSG ahead of Barcelona showdown
Brazilian star Neymar has been ruled out of the tie.
# Showdown
Shamrock Rovers and St Pat's set for Dublin derby to kick off 2021 LOI season
The fixture list for the 2021 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division was revealed on Friday evening.
# Showdown
Leinster poising to bounce back against 'the best team in the Pro14'
Leinster are in the unfamiliar position of looking up at Ulster in the standings ahead of Friday’s showdown.
# Inside track
Flannery looks to add 'steely edge' to Quins pack as they visit Thomond Park
The Premiership side have been impressed by some of the province’s young players.
# Super Saturday
Softies? Ireland vow to deliver physicality in Paris after Rassie's comment
Andy Farrell’s men head into Super Saturday with the Six Nations title still on the line.
AS IT HAPPENED
Leinster v Saracens, Champions Cup quarter-final
Two of the game’s great rivals faced off in Dublin.
# Showdown
Why not Munster? Van Graan's men out to upset the odds against Leinster
Leo Cullen’s side are the firm favourites as they look to secure a spot in the Pro14 final.
Voices
Opinion: Joe Kennedy fights for his family’s legacy in a 'nasty' campaign
As Democrats rally against Trump, the race for Massachusetts’ Senate seat is also worth watching, Larry Donnelly writes.
# anticipation
Leinster know Munster's two big new signings could 'add a new dimension'
Scrum-half Luke McGrath hopes his team can find their cohesion again quickly as rugby restarts.
# Showdown
Star-studded squads named for South v North clash in New Zealand
New Zealand’s best players will face off on 29 August.
# Showdown
Dalton gets late-notice opportunity to upset former champion Pimblett
The Belfast native will take on the popular Liverpudlian at Cage Warriors 113 in London.
# belief
Ireland 'starting to buy into how good we could potentially be' just in time for England showdown
Adam Griggs’ side sit top of the Women’s Six Nations table after yesterday’s bonus-point win over Wales.
# Saturday Night Lights
Cork and Galway kingpins name teams ahead of All-Ireland club final showdown
Mourneabbey defend their crown against Kilkerrin-Clonberne in Limerick tomorrow.
# Showdown
'We actually live in county Galway' - no divided loyalties for Daly brothers ahead of Corofin clash
Padraig Pearses face four-in-a-row chasing Corofin in Sunday’s Connacht club SFC final.
# Showdown
Ireland to face favourites New Zealand in Rugby World Cup quarter-finals
Joe Schmidt’s side will take on the number one team in the world in Tokyo next Saturday.
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McIlroy one back as Koepka hits the front in race for FedEx Cup glory
The pair duelled it out at last month’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Tennessee, with the American emerging victorious.
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Old rivals Kerry and Dublin to meet in traditional All-Ireland football final pairing
Tyrone and Mayo lost out at the semi-final stage.
# Nearly there
Katie Taylor's undisputed showdown against Persoon still awaiting confirmation
The deal should be done in the coming days though.
# Showdown
Venezuelan forces fire tear gas at crowd demanding to cross bridge into Colombia
Last night, President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of all four bridges linking Tachira to Colombia.
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Schmidt sees 'opportunity' for Wales to do Ireland a favour against England
A riveting Six Nations clash takes place this evening at Principality Stadium.
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Spying, Connect 4, Vunipolas and kicks - Ireland and England prep for a rugby war
Ireland are keen to avoid looking towards the World Cup before a big game in Dublin on 2 February.
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Vibrant new boys versus hipster darlings: MLS decider a snapshot of league's progress
Later today, Atlanta United take on the Portland Timbers.
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'You're a disgrace': Clashes in the Dáil over medicinal cannabis delay (and Leo breaks Dáil rules)
Leo Varadkar broke Dáil rules today by holding up a poster in the chamber.
# Showdown
May faces Brexit showdown with EU leaders today amid talks of transition extension
May will meet with EU president Donald Tusk this evening before briefing her 27 European colleagues.
# old gods and the new
Leinster braced for 'assault on the senses' away to proud Toulouse
Leinster are brimming with respect for their fellow four-time champions.