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.
Perfect match

These gifts are sure to be winners with the sports fan in your life

Ireland’s Shane Duffy, Enda Stevens, Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long leave the pitch at half time during the Nations League draw with Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Handing out the marks as a fourth game went by without a goal for O’Neill’s men

Ireland’s Josh van der Flier is dragged back by Beauden Barrett of New Zealand during the Guinness Series Test match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On a night of history at Lansdowne Road there were plenty of key moments

Ireland’s Aiden O’Brien scores his side’s first goal during the friendly against Poland in September. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With just one match to go – against Denmark – there are just four contenders for the award

Republic of Ireland’s Darren Randolph makes a save during the international friendly with Northern Ireland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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IWill Addison and Tadhg Beirne in Ireland training ahead of the Guinness Series meeting with the All Blacks. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Gordon D’Arcy and Gregor Paul to a delve through the archives, it’s all here

Gavin Moynihan could secure a European Tour card after the final round of Q-School on Thursday. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cormac Sharvin also shot a 66 but he will have work to do on the final day in Spain

Gavin Moynihan of Ireland hits a tee shot during European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain. Photo: Luke Walker/Getty Images

Cormac Sharvin and Robin Dawson also still in with a chance of European Tour cards

Manchester United’s José Mourinho is escorted off the pitch following his side’s Champions League win over Juventus. Photo: Alessandro Di Marco/EPA

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Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton during training ahead of the Guinness Series clash with Argentina. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Jockey Kerrin McEvoy and Godolphin CEO Hugh Anderson pour water from the trophies as they celebrate with Lexus CEO Scott Thompson and trainer Charlie Appleby in the mounting yard after winning the Melbourne Cup with Cross Counter. Photo: William West/Getty Images

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Sky will show a minimum of one gambling ad per commercial break from the start of the next Premier League season. Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Broadcaster will also give viewers to option to remove betting ads entirely by 2020

Bohemians have been forced to scrap their original 2019 away jersey.

Club released a jersey which showed singer’s face but have now had to withdraw it

Dundalk’s Sean Gannon and Dane Massey celebrate after they beat Cork City to claim the FAI Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrating  after winning the  hurling All-Ireland final in August 2018. He had his usual breakfast made by his mother that morning. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

From a fry-up and a few pints to protein supplements and pasta, it's different these days

Ireland’s Joey Carbery during training at Soldier Field in Chicago ahead of the meeting with Italy. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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The German team line up and raise their right hands during the national anthems ahead of the 5-2 loss to Ireland in Dalymount Park in 1936. Photo: Pathé News screenshot

In 1936 with the Nazi Party in power, the German team was welcomed to Dublin

In 2015 Roy Keane took legal action against Paddy Power over a ‘Braveheart’ advertisement.

Gambling industry in Ireland is still self-regulated as volume of adverts increases

Paddy Power’s advertisements are some of the most controversial in the gambling industry. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Paddy Power co-founder Stewart Kenny believes children are at a significant risk

Actor Ray Winstone has become the face of Bet365’s in-play advertising. Photo: Screenshot

Bookmaking industry has a strong grip on sport and it will not let go without a fight

Leona Maguire of Ireland narrowly missed out on second stage of the LPGA Tour Q-school. Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images for KPMG

Cavan golfer finished just one stroke outside the cut off point at second stage of Q-school

Leinster’s Cian Healy takes part in training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Toulouse. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Ireland’s James McClean and Cyrus Christie stand dejected at the final whistle of the Nations League defeat to Wales. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick, Shane Duffy and James McClean stnd dejected after the Uefa Nations League defeat to Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Another disappointing night in Dublin leaves Ireland on the brink of League B relegation

A view of Leinster training ahead of their Champions Cup Pool 1 match against Wasps at the RDS. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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James Lowe starts for Leinster against Wasps, with Joe Tomane on the bench. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Three provinces in action with Leinster up first against Wasps under the Friday night lights

Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the Hero Challenge at Canary Wharf in London ahead of the 2018 British Masters. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Irishman defends British Masters title this week after claiming his maiden win last year

New Mayo manager James Horan has signed a four-year contract. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

New manager James Horan says there will be room for new faces ahead of next season

Conor McGregor greets UFC President Dana White during a press conference for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title on Saturday. Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

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A group picture of the British team (starting with back row, left to right) Alf Padgham (selector), Arthur Lees, Jimmy Adams, Max Faulkner, Fred Daly, Dick Burton, Laurie Ayton, Arthur Havers (selector), Commander Charles Roe (PGA secretary) Sam King, Charlie Ward, Charles Whitcombe (non-playing captain), Ken Bousfield, Dai Rees, Arthur Lacey (chairman). Photo: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

From The Back Pages: The 1949 Ryder Cup was not short of controversy in the build-up

The Ryder Cup logo at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, near Paris, where the competition will take place from September 28th to September 30th. Photograph: Getty

All you need to know ahead of the 42nd instalment of the biennial event

Peter Leahy addresses the Mayo team in Clones for the game against Cavan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 12 players and two coaches have released a statement outlining details of departure

New Zealand’s players perform the Haka before their Rugby Championship defeat to South Africa. Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

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Sergio Ramos celebrates with the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Kiev. Photo: VI Images via Getty Images

There is a new TV split in Ireland and new kick-off times

Melissa Duggan of Cork during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Cork and Dublin at Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

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Pádraig Harrington plays his second shot on the sixth hole during day one of the KLM Open at The Dutch in Spijk, Netherlands. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Dubliner is in contention in the Netherlands while Paul Dunne turned around a bad start

Pádraig Harrington plays a tee shot during the ProAm prior to the KLM Open held at The Dutch golf course in Spijk, Netherlands. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Dubliner faces a busy few weeks with Portugal Masters and Ryder Cup on the horizon

Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt on the eighth green during the second round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

After opening 62s, McIlroy and Tiger Woods both struggled a little on the second day

Woods plays his shot from the 11th tee. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

A pair of 62s were enough to get the two superstars to the top of the leaderboard

Ireland’s Cyrus Christie, Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy and Enda Stevens leave the pitch dejected after their 4-1 loss to Wales. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ruaidhrí Croke runs the rule over Martin O’Neill’s men after a disappointing night

Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the first tee during round three of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Four-time Major winner still finished frustrated as Ryder Cup wildcard race hots up

Lots of empty seats were seen in Old Trafford towards the end of Manchester United’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Peter Powell/EPA

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