St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly scores one his goals  past goalkeeper Ciarán Naughton of Castlebar Mitchels during the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship final on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The Ides of March fall two days short of St Patrick’s Day and even if the average club finals afternoon is unlikely to produce anything as dram(...)

Referee Cormac Reilly with captain’s Stephen Cluxton and Colm Cooper before the game

Maybe irritation is putting it too strongly but Kerry notice that the strand running through classic matches, including classic Dublin-Kerry matches i(...)

Barcelona’s midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta put  pressure on  Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. The speed with which they seek to regain possession is a key part of Barcelona’s game. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

People talk all the time about the game being different now from what it was all the way back in the day. But when they do, I think they miss the poin(...)

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