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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their second goal during the  Premier League  match against  Burnley  at  Turf Moor. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

“The band,” Premier Sports had revealed last week, “is back together!” And there they were come Tuesday evening, on our telly screens all over again(...)

Arsenal’s Swedish Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League game against Norwich at Carrow Road. Photograph:  Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

Perhaps it was unfair to accuse Unai Emery of having no vision for Arsenal. On the contrary, he had dozens of them. Three at the back, four at the b(...)

Fionnuala McCormack congratulates her sister Una Britton after winning gold and bronze medals in the senior women’s race at the Irish Life Health  National Cross-Country Championships at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sometimes the hardest part about winning a national cross-country title is to stop making it look so easy. Fionnuala McCormack couldn’t quite manage t(...)

Ronnie O’Brien playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Maridoe is one of the newest and most difficult golf courses in America. A gargantuan Dallas track that stretches nearly 8,000 yards from the back tee(...)

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with his assistant Robbie Keane after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All week we were being told that our boys had never, in our entire international history, qualified for a major tournament with a game to spare. Like(...)

Julie Cox with her mother Jill Cox outside the Beaufield Mews Restaurant,  Stillorgan, Co Dublin in 2001. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Beaufield Mews restaurant in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, is to close its doors for the last time at the end of this month bringing an end to service af(...)

  Robbie Brady  scores Ireland’s second goal. Photograph; James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s team bus breaking down on the way to the stadium wasn’t the most auspicious of starts to the evening, ominous even, although you would imagi(...)

 Shane Duffy celebrates scoring Ireland’s equaliser against Denmark. Photograph:   Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

The schedulers really didn’t help us on this one, turning our Friday evening in to the telly equivalent of rush hour on the M50. Not only did the open(...)

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, manager Jürgen Klopp  and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the Champions League semi- final, second leg match against Barcelona  at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Good. Gawd. Almighty. As a man from Govan once put it, “football – bloody hell”. And even if you were raised to regard Liverpool as the Devil’s Sp(...)

Philippe Coutinho scores Barcelona’s  third goal during the  Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

By the 20th minute Manchester United were in need of a comeback of Tiger-ish proportions after the Messi Man thrust a stake in to their Champions Leag(...)

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