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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up somethi…

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Ireland’s calling: a journey to the heart of a rugby powerhouse | Donald McRae

Ireland are favourites for the Six Nations and are serious contenders for the World Cup this year, with a spirit that transcends national boundaries. How have they done it? “It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at…

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Irish police investigate rape claim against ‘sports star’ in Dublin

Woman reportedly filed complaint before being taken to sexual assault unitIrish police are investigating a claim that a prominent sports star raped a young woman in a hotel in Dublin city centre.Detectives from Pearse Street Garda station are investiga…

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How the ‘rugby rape trial’ divided Ireland

After a trial that dominated the news, the accused were all found not guilty. But the case had tapped into a deeper rage that has not died down. By Susan McKayThe verdicts were unanimous and came swiftly. After a trial that had lasted nine weeks, with …

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Footballer alive and well despite Irish amateur club’s report of his death

Ballybrack FC claimed Fernando Nuno La-Fuente had diedClub have apologised after player was tracked down in SpainAn amateur football team from Dublin has apologised after erroneously reporting that one of their players had died.Ballybrack FC had inform…

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …

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Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters

Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s piece about the German footballer, which asked why people of colour should have to ditch their national heritageI agree with Afua Hirsch that German-born Mesut Özil should feel free to celebrate his German and his Turki…

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Liam Miller: Irish sport body allows charity game for late Man Utd star – report

Gaelic Athletic Association reportedly relents on foreign games ban to let stadium host match raising funds for Miller’s familyIreland’s Gaelic Athletic Association has reportedly relented following considerable public pressure and will now allow a cha…

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Katie Taylor’s father seriously injured in Irish boxing club shooting

• Fifty-year-old man was killed in incident in Bray, near Dublin• Pete Taylor, father of Olympic gold medallist, established gymThe father of Ireland’s Olympic boxing gold medallist Katie Taylor has sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries i…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Irish rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding cleared of rape

Belfast court finds pair not guilty of raping woman in 2016 and clears two other men of indecent exposure and perverting course of justiceTwo Irish rugby stars and two of their friends have been found not guilty of charges of rape, indecent exposure an…

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Preston’s Kevin O’Connor wins €1m in Irish lottery with ticket he got as present

• O’Connor was given winning ticket by his uncle• ‘It’s been an incredible two days,’ full-back saysPreston’s full-back Kevin O’Connor has won €1m in a lottery raffle in Ireland thanks to a ticket given to him as a present by his uncle.O’Connor, who si…

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Republic of Ireland’s Cyrus Christie reveals racist abuse after World Cup loss

• Christie says he received abuse on Twitter after defeat to Denmark• FAI refers posts to Irish police as PFA Ireland condemn abuseThe Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie has revealed that he has received racist abuse on Twitter following his c…

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ESPN’s portrait of a gang-infested Dublin attracts bemusement in Ireland

  • Profile of UFC star Conor McGregor depicts ‘clannish, parochial’ city
  • Dubliners joke that UN should be called in to solve problems

In his longform article on the UFC star Conor McGregor’s roots in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin, ESPN’s Wright Thompson paints a grim picture of the city. Drug dealers hang out on street corners. Bodies pile up as gangs fight for turf. Beatings are administered merely for being on the wrong street at the wrong time, and young lovers are afraid to walk the streets for fear of straying into the wrong territory.

It’s a chilling and evocative portrait from a very fine writer. The only problem is that Dublin’s actual inhabitants don’t appear to recognise the city in question.

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Cup games postponed after Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies aged 27

• McBride passed away 24 hours after victory over Drogheda United
• EA Sports Cup matches due for Tuesday all postponed as mark of respect

The League of Ireland was in shock on Monday over the sudden death of the captain of Derry City at the age of 27. Ryan McBride was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday evening. The cause is unknown. As a mark of respect all first round EA Sports Cup games due to be played on Tuesday have been postponed.

McBride passed away 24 hours after captaining Derry to victory over Drogheda United, the club’s fourth straight league win this season. The previous week McBride scored the winner against Shamrock Rovers and was regarded as one of the most talented players in the league. He came from the Brandywell district of Derry where the club’s ground is based.

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Cup games postponed after Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies aged 27

• McBride passed away 24 hours after victory over Drogheda United
• EA Sports Cup matches due for Tuesday all postponed as mark of respect

The League of Ireland was in shock on Monday over the sudden death of the captain of Derry City at the age of 27. Ryan McBride was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday evening. The cause is unknown. As a mark of respect all first round EA Sports Cup games due to be played on Tuesday have been postponed.

McBride passed away 24 hours after captaining Derry to victory over Drogheda United, the club’s fourth straight league win this season. The previous week McBride scored the winner against Shamrock Rovers and was regarded as one of the most talented players in the league. He came from the Brandywell district of Derry where the club’s ground is based.

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Walter Swinburn obituary

Jockey who rode Shergar to a spectacular victory in the 1981 Derby

Of all the distinctions accumulated by Walter Swinburn during his decades in horse racing, the greatest might be that he took a Derby-winning ride from Lester Piggott, who was famously good at pinching fancied mounts from other jockeys. Swinburn, who has died aged 55 of so far unannounced causes, became Shergar’s jockey in 1981 after Piggott had ridden the colt the previous year, in time to steer him to a record-breaking 10-length Derby success.

Swinburn was just 19 at the time and it was a major statement of faith in his ability for Michael Stoute to appoint him as stable jockey and to insist on his riding all the best horses at the trainer’s Newmarket yard. But the young man was born to be a jockey, showing natural ability from the outset as well as a notably cool head on the big occasions.

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Death of Munster head coach Anthony Foley linked to heart condition

• Autopsy reveals condition led to build-up of fluid in lungs
• Foley’s funeral to take place in County Clare on Friday

Munster’s head coach Anthony Foley died due to a heart condition which led to a build-up of fluid in his lungs, a French coroner has said. An autopsy has revealed that Foley, 42, whose body was found in his room at the team’s Paris hotel before their scheduled European Champions Cup game against Racing 92 on Sunday, “had a heart rhythm disorder that caused an acute edema of the lungs”, according to www.rugby365.fr.

The coroner said Foley’s death could be “linked to a heart problem”, while further toxicological tests are ongoing and results are “expected in several weeks”.

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Anthony Foley obituary

Ireland rugby international with 62 caps to his name who was a central figure at Munster as a player and head coach

The first game of the Five Nations rugby championship in 1995 was not a happy one for Ireland. Will Carling’s England team swaggered into Dublin and in wretched conditions – the tournament still began in January in those days – their gargantuan pack of forwards helped them to a first win in what was to become a grand slam campaign. There was some consolation for the bedraggled Irish supporters, though. In the dying seconds, Anthony Foley, a 21-year-old flanker from the Shannon club, and one of three debutants in their side, marked his first game with a try from a tapped penalty. A great international career had begun.

Foley, who would go on to win 62 caps in the following decade, became a central figure for Ireland and Munster, whom he would lead to a Heineken Cup victory over Biarritz in 2006. His 202 appearances for Munster are a record. At the time of his sudden death, at the age of 42, he was head coach of Munster and had been preparing his side for their opening game in the European Champions Cup against Racing 92 in Paris. As a mark of respect the game on Sunday afternoon was postponed.

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