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April 29, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

When Anthony Joshua first stepped into the ring at the age of eighteen, it can be assumed that nobody knew exactly what they were watching. When the tall, athletic Briton pulled on the gloves for the first time, surely even he never thought that in less than ten years, he would be a household name and about to take part in one of the highest grossing and well attended fights of all time. On Saturday, the former Olympic gold medallist will step into the ring at the sold-out Wembley arena, to defend his IBF World Heavyweight title and pursue the vacant IBO Championship and WBA Super Championship, to face what […]

April 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the “resting” of players, all being cited as reasons for the irrelevance of the once revered trophy. However, this year’s competition has gone a long way in recapturing the […]

April 15, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

In many ways, Glasgow is the perfect city to host what Ricky Burns (45W -5L-1D) calls the biggest fight of his life. In a town with a tough exterior and, well let’s face it, a fairly rough interior, too, Ricky Burns will feel at home. And well, that might be because he pretty much is at home, growing up in Coatbridge, only fifteen kilometres from Glasgow’s city centre. In boxing terms, Burns is the only show in town in Scotland. No matter what is said about the old city and its inhabitants, they certainly know how to get behind one of their own. One thing Julius Indongo can definitely expect, […]

April 12, 2017 (4 Comments) by Evan Coughlan

This year’s World Snooker Championship marks the 20th anniversary of Ken Doherty lifting the title when he defeated Stephen Hendry 18 – 12. Following that famous win for ‘Crafty Ken’, snooker has experienced a dramatic dip in terms of the popularity of the sport. Long gone are days of the sport’s flashy players with big personalities like Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins or Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White. In their place are players who show very little, if any, personality and are extremely disciplined individuals. While all that’s great and we are seeing better snooker for it, the game has become almost robotic-like with less and less fans watching the World Championship every […]

April 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on October 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Renowned philosophers, The Pussycat Dolls, once sang “Be careful what you wish for ‘coz you just might get it“, and that has never been truer than in the case of the Arsenal supporters at this moment. If you, like all of us non-Gooners, turn to Arsenal FanTV after every game these days just for entertainment, then you know that supporters are split on whether the club’s greatest ever manager should be let stay in his position or let go. While many are calling for the head of Wenger right now, others are happy for him to see out his contract until the end of the season while the loyalists are […]

April 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Of course, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to us that teams playing other teams that are at a similar level, lends itself to entertaining and exciting viewing. With five minutes left of league action last Sunday, Monaghan and Donegal both had a couple of their respective limbs in the division one showdown. But impressive comebacks from Mayo and Dublin altered the pairing for the head-to-head, completely. Mayo finished in 5th in the league standings, which would have surprised and disappointed many on the west coast, was it not for the fact that they only missed out on qualification for the final on score difference. The competitive nature of the […]

April 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

There are certain things we like to associate with the style of football that we play here on the islands hanging off the edge of Europe. We relish the so-called “blood and thunder” environment that exists here, a place where a big tackle is more appreciated than a cross-field pass. This is particularly true of this side of the world’s most prestigious competition, the Premier League (sorry League of Ireland, maybe someday). Another label that is often attached to England’s first division, is the “fact” that it is the best league in the world. Yes, one might hear this and scratch their heads as they picture Marc Albrighton sitting in […]

April 2, 2017 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity

30 years ago, Wrestlemania catapulted itself into the stratosphere of sports entertainment by breaking a then record of holding over 93,000 fans in the Pontiac Silverdome to see ‘The Irresistible Force’ take on ‘The Immovable Object’. During the show’s main event, fans witnessed history as Hulk Hogan scooped up Andre the Giant and hit his great nemesis with a 525 pound earth shattering slam that was heard around the world. Despite it being billed as the biggest main event in the history of sports entertainment, in its aftermath it was rated as the worst worked match of the year by wrestling critic aficionado Dave Meltzer. This tells us two things, […]

March 31, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Dublin were waltzing their way into the history books, yet there was a noticeable lull in the Croke Park atmosphere. Beating a young and timid Roscommon team by 35 points does not surprise nor excite The Hill anymore. Not only do they expect it, there is a cohort of Dublin fans growing up who don’t know any different. They forget the eons in the wilderness. The Royal neighbour collecting All-Irelands. The false dawns. The Croke Park annihilations. The sixteen barren years. But when Kevin McManamon picked up the ball on the 21 and ran straight at a tired Kerry defence in the 2011 All-Ireland final, it all changed. Two years […]

March 28, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

Ever since Conor McGregor billion-dollar-strutted his way out of the Octagon in November 2016, after becoming the first two weight world champion in UFC history, he has had a lot to say about the man he wants to fight next. You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘The Notorious One’ wanted to complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz or move up another weight division and take on Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, but no, McGregor has his sights set on another man, in another sport entirely! And that man just so happens to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather. With a boxing bout between McGregor and Mayweather looking […]

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