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Ulster show signs of life in La Rochelle dogfight as knock-out clash with Sale looms
Nick Timoney believes the province are ‘on the verge of getting back into our groove.’
Last year
2022
# Worry
No guarantees Chelsea can complete season, says Cech
The technical and performance advisor and former goalkeeper says the club must ‘go day-by-day’.
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'You definitely miss playing for Ireland and being involved'
Leinster scrum-half Luke McGrath is hoping to force his way back into the Ireland squad.
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Wayne Rooney vows to stick with Derby despite looming administration
The former Manchester United star found out about the club’s plan to go into administration from TV.
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Guardiola may not give Aguero game time 'for minutes' sake' as contract runs down
Uncertainty surrounds the Argentinian’s future at Man City.
# worrying times
IRFU suffers €35.7 million deficit as Irish rugby tries to 'buy time' financially
CEO Philip Browne says the union must make drastic budget cuts if crowds cannot return to games next year.
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Loew under pressure as Germany forced to rally from two goals down to draw against Switzerland
The 60-year-old has been at the helm for 14 years.
# Coronavirus
Paschal Donohoe says ministers won't take pay cut during Covid-19 pandemic
The finance minister had previously said he would consider actions taken by other governments in terms of pay cuts for politicians.
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Bournemouth boss becomes first Premier League manager to take pay cut
Eddie Howe has been impacted as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc worldwide.
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Rugby Australia makes salary cuts and stands down 75% of workforce
Meanwhile, Scottish Rugby has accounted pay deferrals for some of its biggest earners.
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England's RFU expects losses up to £50 million over next 18 months due to Covid-19 crisis
The spread of coronavirus means no major sporting action can currently take place in the UK.
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Sligo Rovers announce temporary layoffs for all management, players and administration staff
The Premier Division club made the decision following ‘intensive talks involving the National League Executive Committee, the PFAI and FAI.’
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Munster confirm Joey Carbery's season is over as he looks to recover fully
The 24-year-old’s campaign has been ruined by injuries.
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'That's the part of rugby that people don't see' - Cronin fit again with Munster
The Highfield RFC man struggled with injury last season but is relishing being back in the red jersey.
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Patriots fans 'have the right' to boo after second straight defeat - Brady
The quarterback also said how one handles things ‘gracefully’ is what is important to him.
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Ljungberg: 'Scared' Arsenal just need to 'dig out a win' for confidence boost
Arsenal’s interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg believes his team just need a win to regain some confidence.
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'Maybe I should’ve started others, who knows?' - Solskjaer bewildered after latest United setback
The Red Devils have recorded only three wins in 11 top-tier matches.
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Transfer business won't be easy for United 'in the pit with the rest of the sharks,' warns Neville
The former Red Devils defender believes fierce competition and inflated asking prices will make life difficult.
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'It's nearly sad that we got beat by 13 points and Waterford people are half-happy'
Ken McGrath says the Déise are ‘under a bit of pressure’ after shipping another defeat in the Munster SHC.
# stuck in a rut
Peat makes passionate plea for change as Ireland continue to fall behind
The women’s national team have lost seven of their last eight games and are facing into their worst Six Nations finish in 13 years.
# Lilywhite Leader
'Ignorance is bliss' - Playing on a torn cruciate for 10 months but missing All-Ireland glory
Kildare captain Grace Clifford casts her mind back to a whirlwind time.
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Under-fire Sarri admits Chelsea 'played confusing football' after limping out of FA Cup
The Blues crashed out of the competition after losing out to Manchester United at home.
# family first
England captain dedicates 100th cap to seriously-ill footballer husband
‘This one’s for my family, my husband, who are there with you when there’s a lot of lows.’
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Thierry Henry's Monaco thrashed 4-0 at home in Champions League as wait for first win continues
A convincing defeat for the French side against Club Brugge.
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'Not going to lie, I'm gutted...This is hard to take' - Joe Hart on World Cup rejection
The goalkeeper has played in nine of England’s World Cup qualifiers.
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'I hit rock bottom' – Kell Brook opens up on depression battle
“I remember sitting on my own, thinking: ‘No one loves me. What have I done to myself? What have I done to the people that do love me?’”
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McCall's Saracens put six-week deadline in place to revive their season
The reigning European champions fell to their sixth defeat in a row when they lost to Clermont yesterday.
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'We're going to cop a lot of shite for this in the coming week, I'm guessing'
Leinster captain Isa Nacewa believes the province aren’t going to have to wait long for a trophy.
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John Connors defends bare-knuckle boxing, "I wouldn't say no to a fight"
John Connors talks about mental health, bare-knuckle boxing and Love/Hate.
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How will Dublin recover from huge Leinster hurling setback?
Ger Cunningham and Mikey Carton admit the display against Galway wasn’t good enough.
# Earnings
Here we go again? Microsoft Windows is starting to slide
For one, its biggest source of revenue will likely take a hit later this year when Windows 10 is released.
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A day after his 30th birthday, Sean St Ledger is left without a club yet again
The defender was released by Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy.
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'There are no friends in football' - Sean St Ledger on his difficulties with finding a club
St Ledger spoke to RTÉ about how he has struggled with unemployment.
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LOI double winner has to sell medals to pay daughters' university fees
Former keeper Wayne Russell is “heartbroken” to have to part with his medals.
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Bad news for Irish newspapers: every single one has dropped in circulation
The Herald saw the biggest drop, while the Sunday Independent remains the best-selling newspaper in the country.
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Analysis: Premier League youngsters face uncertain future
For some, the loan system can feel like being trapped in a revolving door.
# your bad self
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# mental demons
'There's a lot of head maggots going on' - Donnacha Ryan on Ireland's fall
“You can feel sorry for yourself or go outside that door and test your mettle,” the Munster lock told us.
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Paraic Duffy: 'I don't think clubs will go under'
The GAA’s Director-General has admitted it is a huge concern the financial pressures that are being put on the grassroots of the association.
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Mortgage arrears in Ireland rise to highest level yet
New figures from the Central Bank illustrate the deepening mortgage crisis in Ireland with almost 130,000 in arrears.