Ireland’s Shane Lowry tees off from the second hole during the first round of the British Open. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

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Cork amateur James Sugrue prepares to play a shot on the first hole during the first round of the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

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The Bernabéu is one of the real bucket lisrt entries when it comes to football stadiums around the world. Photo: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

With plenty of flights from Dublin you can watch the 13-time champions of Europe

Former Manchester United manager Frank O’Farrell at Old Trafford after he had been appointed for what would ultimately be a doomed spell in charge. Photo: Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images

Films examine Charlton’s glory days, Kerr’s success with youth sides and more

Manchester United jerseys in the dressing room ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester City last season. Photo: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Big brands aiming to bypass retailers to sell more products directly to football fans

Crowds watch Tiger Woods tee off on the 16th during a practice round ahead of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

All you need to know guide ahead of the final Major of the year at Royal Portrush

Michael Calvin’s Mind Game focuses heavily on Thomas Bjorn’s journey as the winning European Ryder Cup captain. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Covering all the bases: Boxing during the Troubles, cycling after World War I and more

The Galway Races is one of the biggest festivals of the year on the Irish calendar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Covering all the bases: All you need to know about going to the racing festival of the summer

Champions Cup rugby on BT Sport will now be included as part of Sky’s new Sports Extra package. Photo: Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images

All you need to know about what sports are on what channels and for how much

Sky has recently become the exclusive distributor of BT Sport and Premier Sport in Ireland. Photo: Getty Images

Sky’s new deal with BT Sport will give access to vast range of sport, but at what cost?

Pádraig Harrington hits his approach into the 6th green during the opening round of the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

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Galway hurler Joe Canning tees off on the eighth hole during the Pro-Am ahead of the 2019 Irish Open yesterday. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

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Alex Morgan of the USA is challenged by Lucy Bronze, Jade Moore and Nikita Parris of England during the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup semi-final in Lyon. Photo: Alex Grimm/Getty Images

In the UK the 2-1 defeat for Phil Neville’s side was the most watched programme this year

England’s Lucy Bronze reacts after her side were beaten 2-1 by USA in the Women’s World Cup semi-final. Photo: Franck Fife/Getty Images

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Jake McLeod plays a trick shot on the 5th hole during a practice day ahead of the 2019 Irish Open at Lahinch. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

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Leinster lift the Champions Cup in 2018. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Sky announce new package which includes Champions Cup and all Premier League games

Wexford senior and minor players celebrate winning the Leinster titles at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Racegoers in the sunshine on the first day of the Irish Derby Festival at The Curragh yesterday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Joey Carbery says that playing in the number 15 role has allowed him to see more of the game. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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An investigation has been opened after Meath manager Andy McEntee was allegedly involved in an incident with a local reporter following his side’s loss to Dublin in the Leinster final on Sunday. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Meath manager allegedly told reporter ‘I’ll take the f**king head off you’ at Croke Park

Lieke Martens of the Netherlands celebrates with her teammates after scoring a late penalty to send them through to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup at the expense of Japan. Photo: Eddy Lemaistre/EPA

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Competitors make their way down the Liffey last year. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Covering all the bases: From Connemara to the Lee and beyond around the country

Manchester United managing director Richard Arnold once described the club as “the biggest TV show in the world”. Photo: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images

Covering all the bases: More clubs and organisations are relying on in-house media

Ireland are in good position after four games to qualify for Euro 2020. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Reuters

Covering all the bases: All you need to know about tickets with four games in Dublin

Tiger Woods putts on the 10th green during the first round of the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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Rory McIlroy looks down to the beach from the fairway on the ninth hole during a practice round for the 119th US Open Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Photo: Etienne Laurent/EPA

All you need to know ahead of the third Major of the year at Pebble Beach

While it is difficult to say that some tipsters are deliberately giving out losing tips, there are plenty of other methods to tempt customers in to bets that will most likely lose

Covering all the bases: Many tipsters stand to make percentage of customer losses

The seventh hole at Corballis Links.

Covering all the bases: Plenty of value for some top quality golf around the county

Ireland take on England at Lord’s in July for the first ever time in a Test match. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images for The Cricketer

All you need to know if you fancy seeing historic Test match at cricket’s most famous ground

Ireland’s Shane Duffy celebrates scoring the equaliser during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark in Copenhagen. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ruaidhrí Croke hands out the marks after Shane Duffy’s crucial late equaliser

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the first goal in their Uefa Nations League semi-final win over Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto. Photo: Jean-christophe Bott/EPA

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Aaron Hinkley of England competes for the ball with Angus Kernoghan of Ireland during their pool match at the World Rugby U20 Championship. Photo: Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images

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Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at training ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Copenhagen. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Tottenham Hotspur fans prior to the  Champions League Final at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt/ AMA/Getty Images

Covering all the bases: Corporate tickets made up almost half of stadium in Madrid

A view of the Laytown Races in 2018. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Covering all the bases: Top class amateur golf to rallying and horse racing on the beach

Gloria golf resort in Belek, southern Turkey, offers three courses to play

Covering all the bases: southeastern corner of Europe offers alternative for a golf holiday

A giant replica of the Uefa Champions League trophy is displayed outside the Royal Palace in Madrid. Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters

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Ireland take on England at Twickenham in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match on August 24th. Photograph: Ashley Western/MB Media via Getty Images

World Cup warm-up on August 24th the perfect chance to see Ireland at Twickenham

Sky Sports now hold the monopoly in Ireland after they became the exclusive distributor of BT Sport and Premier Sports. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Traditional broadcast methods still remain the main form of viewing here, unlike the US

The Achill Island    race won the award for Best Half Marathon and Most Scenic Route at the Run Ireland Awards in 2018. Photograph: Hugh Rooney

From Achill Island to Killarney and plenty more in between, there is a lot of choice

Leinster’s Andrew Porter during training. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Graeme McDowell hits out of the bunker on the fourth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Photo: Seth Wenip/AP Photo

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Alex Bjork of Sweden plays a shot on the 18th hole during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course in Bethpage, New York. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The second Major of the year gets underway at Bethpage Black in New York on Thursday

Rory McIlroy plays a tee shot during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Bethpage, New York. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

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Leinster’s James Ryan during training ahead of the Champions Cup final against Saracens. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It’s the busiest weekend of the sporting year so far with football, rugby, GAA and more

Danske Bank Premiership champions Linfield will face the winners of the Airtricity League in the new Unite the Union Champions Cup. Photo: Brian Little/Inpho

Winners of the Airtricity League will play the winners of the Irish League over two legs

Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris celebrates their third goal scored by Lucas Moura as Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong hits the ground during the Champions League semi-final second leg. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

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Liverpool players celebrate in front of the Kop after beating Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League semi-final. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

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Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany scores the winner in their Premier League game against Leicester City. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the seventh hole during the first round of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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Ian Poulter of England plays a shot from a bunker on the 16th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

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Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League win over Manchester United. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

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Arsenal players celebrate after Alexandre Lacazette put them 1-0 up during their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Napoli. Photo: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

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Referee Cuneyt Cakir consults VAR as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks on during the Champions League semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Will the 2019 US Masters live up to expectations with so many top players in form or will a dark horse steal in and take the green jacket? Photo: Getty Images

Four favourites, four mid-rangers and two long shots to have a flutter on this week

Dustin Johnson skips a ball across the water on the 16th hole as Rory McIlroy watches during a practice round ahead of the 2019 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

All you need to know ahead of the first Major of the year which gets underway on Thursday

Castle Golf Club club captain Joe O’Hare and president Eamonn Duggan watch lady captain Carina Staunton in action during  the Allianz/Irish Times Golf Challenge. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Club advances into final after carding 74 on home soil to see off Rathfarnham

Dustin Johnson walks onto the second green during the final round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Stats, summaries and pictures of every hole on the most famous course in the world

Trinity celebrate after they beat UCD to claim the 67th Colours Match in Belfield. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Shane Lowry and Patrick Reed shake hands on the 18th green after halving their match during the second round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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A view of competitors in the Boys 18 & Under 400 LC Meter Freestyle Final during the 2019 Irish Open Long Course Swimming Championships. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Last year’s Grand National winner Tiger Roll getting washed after morning work at Gordon Elliott’s yard. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane during training ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers with Gibraltar and Georgia. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Faugheen will run in the Stayers Hurdle on Thursday at Cheltenham. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

All you need to know ahead of the famous St Patrick’s Thursday at Prestbury Park

The referee BS Cumberlege with the two  captains, Ireland’s Ernie Crawford and Wales’ Rowe Harding  before the start of the crucial international in Swansea. Photo: Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

As Ireland emerged from Civil War, 6,000 rugby fans made the voyage to Swansea

Sky has agreed a deal with Premier Sports to become exclusive distribution partner for Premier Sports in Ireland. For the first time, Sky will be home to every live Premier League game. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All 233 televised Premier League games now available through one Sky subscription

A view of horses out on the gallops ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Rory McIlroy reacts to a putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

A drama-filled day in Los Angeles saw the lead change hands numerous times

Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Delaney andTottenham’s Moussa Sissoko compete for the ball during their Champions League Round of 16 clash. Photo: David Klein/Reuters

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PSG fans light flares ahead of kick-off in their Champions League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

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A fan looking for a ticket before Ireland’s Six Nations match against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Tickets for Ireland’s next home match against France are on sale for €347

Andrew Porter, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Rory Best, Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien during Ireland training ahead of the Six Nations meeting with Scotland at Murrayfield. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne embrace after the Premier League win over Everton at Goodison Park. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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A view of the Victoria Stadium in GIbraltar where Ireland will open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in March. Photo: Getty Images

Home section tickets were removed from online sales to prevent Irish fans from buying

Premium offerings are €150 while category 3 tickets for both games are €85 and category 4 are €65

Category 1 tickets priced at €115 for fixtures against England and France

Rory McIlroy plays his approach to the second hole on the South Course during the first round of the the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California. Photo: Gregory Bull/AP Photo

Spaniard tore up the North Course on a day for low scoring at Farmers Insurance Open

Gael Cholaiste Mhuire AG’s James Hannigan celebrates at the final whistle with teammates after they won the Subway U19A Boys All-Ireland Schools Cup Final yesterday. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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George Best turning out for Cork Celtic at Turner’s Cross for their game against Bohemians in January 1976. Photo: Irish Examiner archive

Thousands of fans flocked to see the former Man United star grace the League of Ireland

Ian Keatley arrives at Munster training yesterday. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Shane Lowry celebrates with wife Wendy Honner, daughter Iris Lowry and the trophy after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

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Shane Lowry takes a one shot lead into the third round of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday. Photo: Neville Hopwood/EPA

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Ireland’s Leona Maguire will compete on the Ladies European Tour this season after securing her card last year. Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images for KPMG

Ladies European Tour is still struggling with small prize funds as focus remains stateside

Darren Currie, the caretaker manager of Barnet, leads the celebrations following his side’s 1-0 shock victory against Sheffield United in the FA Cup. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during a practice round prior to the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Golf Club Plantation in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

‘My life’s here. I have an American wife. I live in America. Honestly, I enjoy it here more’

Hugo Lloris and Kieran Trippier foil Sean Morrison during Spurs’ 3-0 Premier League win yesterday. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Santa Claus with Brian Peters and Katie Taylor at the County Club in Dunshaughlin yesterday. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

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Tottenham’s Dele Alli reacts after being hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd during his side’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal. Photo: Will Oliver/EPA

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Manchester United have parted company with manager José Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to come in temporarily. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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Munster players look on before Andrew Conway’s try was disallowed during the Champions Cup defeat to Castres. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Charlotte Independence is where Jim McGuinness will continue his managerial career. Photo: Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

Former Donegal manager has taken over at the US side on a three-year contract

The Cheltenham Festival takes place from March 12th-15th, 2019. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

From rugby to racing, the gift of a trip abroad will have sports fans cheering

The match report in The Irish Times the day after the Colours match had been marred by trouble. Photo: The Irish Times archive

From The Back Pages: Trinity came out on top but 1977 is remembered for much more

Ireland’s Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the winner against Italy during the group stages at Euro 2016. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All you need to know ahead of the draw in Dublin on Sunday for the Euro 2020 qualifiers

Paris Saint-Germain players celebrate after beating Liverpool 2-1 to reach the Champions League last 16. Photo: Yoan Valat/EPA

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A petrol bomb, thrown by AEK Athens fans, explodes in front of Ajax fans during their Champions League clash last night. Ajax won 2-0 and in doing so qualified for the last 16. Photo: Costas Baltas/Reuters

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New Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny at the Aviva stadium yesterday. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Jessica Moloney with partner Peter O’Mahoney, Rory Best with wife Jodie Best and Laura and Johnny Sexton at the 2018 World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Martin O’Neill speaks to Seamus Coleman as he is stretchered off after breaking his leg during Ireland’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Wales. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A changing generation and bad injuries to key players all played a part in his exit

An LA Aztecs jersey worn by George Best in 1977-78.
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