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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was moved to apologise to Manchester United fans after a heavy 4-0 defeat at Everton he said was “difficult to describe because it is so bad”.
Jurgen Klopp promised Liverpool’s focus after reclaiming top spot in the Premier League will be on preparing for their game with Huddersfield and not on this week’s Manchester derby.
The doubts about Leinster's form were washed away in the space of 10 breathtaking phases in the 13th minute of the first half.
FAI board members are in the dark about a reported €60,000 payment to a third party in late 2013 and early 2014.
Leinster were on a war footing before Toulouse had even loaded their ammunition. As the teams merged in the tunnel, Leinster's players, almost as one, unloaded a feral outburst of pugnacious whooping and hollering, a battle cry decreeing that this was their home, this was to be their day.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has said he already considers himself semi-retired ahead of his first hurdle in a quest for a sixth World Championship title this afternoon.
Let us start with a question. What do Middlesbrough, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City have in common?
Manchester United legends launched a blistering attack last night on the team's performance at Goodison Park, one that former defender Gary Neville labelled as "rancid" and "embarrassing".
Carlow's Sam Watson (33) won the biggest class of the weekend, the CCI 4*-L, at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials in Cork yesterday.
Maurizio Sarri says his Chelsea team cannot choose between winning the Europa League or finishing in the top four when it comes to securing a spot in the Champions League next season, and must go for both as the stakes grow higher.
Shane Lowry came up short in his bid for a second tour win of the season as Seamus Power took a big step towards retaining his PGA Tour card with a top-10 finish in the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head.
LONG-SERVING captain Sabrina Larkin has played at senior level for more than a decade for Tipperary without tangible success and there was no hiding her joy as she delivered her speech after the Premier County bagged their first Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2 title.
Garryowen got their hands on the Bateman Cup for the first time since 2012, as brothers Neil and Liam Cronin combined for three tries in their 45-21 win over first-time finalists City of Armagh at Templeville Road.
As the fallout deepens over Waterford's exit from the Europa League before they even entered the draw, Blues boss Alan Reynolds has called out St Patrick's Athletic for their involvement.
Voix Du Reve proved the star of the opening day Fairyhouse show as he provided Willie Mullins with back-to-back wins in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.
Sam Bennett finished third in the final stage of the Tour of Turkey after the Bora-Hansgrohe sprinter gambled with a solo attack in the final kilometre in Instanbul.
Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald believes his young side have the potential to return to past glories, as they clung on for an inspirational victory over champions Dublin.
There's plenty to whet the appetite before the Irish Grand National, with the €100,000 Grade Two Devenish Chase spicing things up nicely at Fairyhouse before the big one.
Monaghan got the defence of their title off to a winning start when they came with a late flurry to defeat Down in this entertaining contest in Clones on Saturday.
Bernardo Silva has welcomed the pressure as title-chasing Manchester City prepare for a critical derby at Manchester United this week.
Liverpool have overcome numerous obstacles to put themselves within reach of the Premier League title, but a self-imposed hosepipe ban in South Wales on the same afternoon as an impromptu ball boy/girl strike was a new one for Jurgen Klopp as his side chiselled out another pivotal victory.
It was all so very familiar. Johann van Graan came before the microphones as he had done in Bordeaux 12 months before and as Rassie Erasmus had done at the Aviva Stadium in 2017.
Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris St-Germain celebrated winning the Ligue 1 title with a 3-1 victory against Monaco.
Pick one of the following: you lose a game having been well ahead in the second-half with the elements in your favour; you lose a game to a long-range drop goal with the clock in the red; you lose a game to a side at the peak of their powers who give you precious few chances to get into the contest, never mind influence it. Doesn't take that long to settle on number three does it?
The Ricoh Arena may have been half-empty, but it was incendiary all the same as hate came to the Heineken Champions Cup.
Dublin University U-20s produced a spectacular performance at Naas RFC on Saturday evening to defeat UCC 41-24 and secure back-to-back titles.
Things didn't go exactly according to plan in the final of the Kirby Memorial at Limerick on Saturday when the Robert Gleeson-trained Toolmaker Josie sprang a 6-1 surprise in winning the €80,000 prize.
Last Monday, Stuart Lancaster called on Sean O'Brien to deliver a big performance, and the response he got was emphatic.
BALBRIGGAN were the shock-troopers on the opening day of the inaugural Leinster League Cup, with a 32-runs defeat of last year's Premiership runners-up and Senior Cup holders, Clontarf.
They are strangers in this land, this pair of Antipodeans who wore opposite numbers in the last World Cup final but found the tables turned beneath a sunny Dublin sky.
Galway manager Tim Rabbitte wants to see his side hit new heights against Cork in the Lidl NFL Division 1 final after they eased past Donegal in the last four.
Billy Vunipola is a homophobe. Vunipola is one of the best rugby players in the world. He is an England international who is key to his adopted country's World Cup hopes. Vunipola was awarded man of the match when his club Saracens defeated Munster in Coventry on Saturday in the semi- final of the Heineken Champions Cup.
RIP, the Leinster-Munster rivalry. It was fun while it lasted but it's over. These days it's no more a real rivalry than the ones between Kerry and Cork in Gaelic football or Celtic and Rangers in Scotland. Mere geographical proximity isn't enough when the massive gulf in class apparent at the weekend separates the teams.
Aside from Our Duke's success two years ago, you have to stretch back to Commanche Court's win in 2000 for the last horse to carry more than 11st or more to victory in the Boylesports Irish Grand National (5.0).
Neil Warnock raged against the "Olympic diving" of Mohamed Salah as he made his customary curse on officials following Cardiff City's defeat by Liverpool.
'Five years ago I looked down on sport, I didn't see the point. Now I'm riding around in a circle with four people. I'm like, 'This is the best thing ever'. I didn't appreciate it, I didn't understand it, but now I'm all in."
The Etihad Campus, Friday. Pep Guardiola is in his office, preparing for Manchester City's third game in quick succession against Tottenham Hotspur - plotting strategies, pondering combinations - when he suddenly gets a flash of inspiration. Something his opposite number Mauricio Pochettino won't be prepared for. All of a sudden, with perfect clarity, an insight: Phil Foden must start tomorrow.
If a single game could summarise the imbalances in the Arsenal squad, the unavoidable contrast between their attacking brilliance and their lingering defensive ineptitude, then this was it.
The good news for Manchester United is that next season there might not be a repetition of last week's humiliation in Barcelona. In urgent need of points, they fell to miserable defeat here yesterday, seriously hurting their attempt to even qualify for the Champions League.
Munster have opened an investigation into the incident that saw a fan wearing their colours invade the pitch at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
Galway hurling received a significant lift yesterday with Joseph Cooney marking his return to club action in impressive style for Sarsfields against Kilnadeema-Leitrim.
PETER WILLIAMS had to cut his holidays short, but it was all worthwhile as his Kildare camogie team produced a strong second-half display to beat Limerick in the Division 3 final.
Pep Guardiola recognised Phil Foden was destined for stardom the day he arrived at Manchester City.
Scott Parker expects Fulham to do “everything they can” to keep hold of top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic but admits it will be difficult following Premier League relegation.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has a very personal reason for believing VAR has to be maintained and perfected following the latest controversy with the system.
Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu feels this season is shaping up to be the best of his career.
Maurizio Sarri believes the Champions League is overhyped.
It was a day for the history books as the Fairyhouse Easter Festival kicked off at the Co Meath course today, as Rachael Blackmore won her first Grade One race on Irish soil.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described the Cardiff City Stadium playing surface as “dangerous” after his team reclaimed top spot in the Premier League.
Bob Dylan wrote many wise words, but perhaps none wiser than those in The Times They Are A Changin’, “Don’t speak too soon for the wheel’s still in spin/And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’/For the loser now will be later to win.’
Jurgen Klopp freely admits he does not get out much - no chatting with shoppers in supermarket queues or reliving games with neighbours at the end of the street, though he knows exactly how excited Liverpool followers are feeling at the moment.
There is no sure way to know when a teenager is at last ready to step into the high-stakes games, but in the case of Phil Foden, his manager Pep Guardiola has decided that now in April, amid the intensity of the tightest Premier League title race in years, the moment has arrived.
At the football club with two stadiums, Valencia announced last week that they have at last found a solution to the 10-year-old problem of their ghost ground, the Nou Mestalla, which remains unfinished, a 15-minute drive away from their original 1920s Mestalla home.
Munster coach Johann van Graan had no complaints as he left the Ricoh Arena. Saracens proved much too strong for the Irish province, who slumped to a Champions Cup semi-final exit for the third season in a row.
Manuel Pellegrini was left counting the cost of wrong offside calls for the second week running after Leicester snatched a point at West Ham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Manchester United's top-four rivals may have an advantage by still being in European competitions.
A lot of people like listening to Ted Walsh because of his impatience for pandering. For me, though, it is the light dancing in his eyes and the energy that fills him with animation when he is reminiscing about the horses and riders of yore that brings the greatest joy.
Unai Emery conceded Arsenal blew a “big opportunity” in the race for the Premier League’s top four with their 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace.
Roy Hodgson insists Wilfried Zaha is happy at Crystal Palace.
Storm clouds gathering over the FAI
Christian Benteke's first goal in almost a year helped Crystal Palace sink Arsenal 3-2 and put a huge dent in the Gunners' Premier League top-four hopes.
Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp's second-half specialists struck again to clinch a 2-0 win at Cardiff.
It has long been acknowledged in the IRFU that having the FAI close at hand has been a distinct advantage. Before Lansdowne Road was redeveloped as the Aviva Stadium, the FAI were regular paying customers because, despite being the biggest sport in the country, they didn't have an appropriate home of their own. And while that redevelopment is a code share, the IRFU still own the property. So it was good business for rugby.
Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton says that the Champions Cup final against Saracens will be the 'biggest battle' of his career.
Most people have never heard of CCS - Coronary Calcium Scoring. Maybe everyone should familiarise themselves with it, as it is a test that could save lives in middle-aged men and women. That is the passionate view of David Bobbett, a very successful businessman from Meath who founded Irish Heart Disease Awareness, a charity which is trying to make people aware of a test which could save lives.
Munster have distanced themselves from a spectator who confronted Billy Vunipola on the pitch after the Champions Cup semi-final at the Rioch Arena in Coventry.
I was listening to Frank Skinner talk about his most difficult gigs a few weeks back.
If you were scripting the Champions Cup this season then the last scene would involve Leinster, the defending champions, against Saracens, back-to-back winners in 2016 and 2017.
The former GAA PRO Danny Lynch was "flabbergasted" by the volume of credit card spending by John Delaney over a six-month period in 2016. In his 20 years as PRO, Lynch worked with two GAA directors-general, Liam Mulvihill and Páraic Duffy, who occupied similarly influential positions to Delaney, the former FAI CEO who left his generously-paid position recently under a cloud of controversy.
Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp’s second-half specialists struck again to clinch a 2-0 win at Cardiff.
Christian Benteke’s first goal in almost a year helped Crystal Palace sink Arsenal 3-2 and put a huge dent in the Gunners’ Premier League top-four hopes.
A severe cash flow crisis prompted Cricket Ireland's chief executive to advance a short-term loan of €100,000 to the association last year.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville didn't hold back after Man United's top four chances took a big hit following the 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was non-committal when asked about Manchester United’s desire after admitting their 4-0 hammering at Everton was “difficult to describe because it is so bad.”
Manchester United had an Easter Sunday to forget as they crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton – a performance former defender Gary Neville described as “rancid”.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville launched a scathing attack on the club following Saturday’s heavy 4-0 defeat at Everton.
Manchester United's season took a drastic turn for the worse as they crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton in the Premier League.
Much has changed at Augusta National over the last decade. Not only have women been welcomed into their exclusive fold; female competitors trod the sacred turf in competition for the first time on the Saturday prior to the Masters.
Leinster take on Toulouse in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium with the winner set to face Saracens in the decider in Newcastle. The game gets under way at 15.15 and you can follow all the action in our live blog.
Manchester United’s season took a drastic turn for the worse as they crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton in the Premier League.
A defeat at home and a slide down the league table, from second to fourth, should cut to the heart of any football team. But the feeling around Derry City FC, like the city of Derry itself on Friday night, was numbed not due to football but as a result of the attack in the Creggan estate on Thursday night in which Lyra McKee lost her life.
In a battle between the two most successful sides in Champions Cup history, Toulouse must not be too loose. French rugby's aristocrats have rediscovered their joie de vivre this season but sometimes they get carried away.
Leinster have been dealt a late blow ahead of today's Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse after flanker Rhys Ruddock was ruled out of the game.
Alex Goode says that Saracens' last Heineken Champions Cup defeat a year ago helped "fuel the fire" for another concerted European title challenge.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed he will shake up his starting line-up for today's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he 'felt sorry' for Manchester City after their agonising Champions League defeat against Tottenham last Wednesday.
"I can’t afford to sit back and hope we get through the game and that I will be okay for the final. If you go out with that attitude, I know for a fact that it would backfire. Being in the final is all that matters."
Dustin Johnson moved into a one-shot lead at the RBC Heritage after overnight leader Shane Lowry suffered three bogeys in four holes on the back nine to drop back into a share of second.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Alexis Sanchez and his team-mates that Manchester United cannot afford to carry players if they are to halt the club's decline.
Brendan Rodgers fears European qualification could pose problems for Leicester, but he would still relish the challenge.
Saracens star Billy Vunipola said that it was 'quite scary' when he was confronted by a Munster fan after the final whistle of the Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Amir Khan's dream of finally proving himself one of the finest fighters in the world ended in a controversial defeat when he was stopped in the sixth round after a low blow by the great Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Warren Gatland is to be reappointed as head coach of the British and Irish Lions for the tour of South Africa in 2021 - but the move will not rule him out of taking over the England job from Eddie Jones.
Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan believes his side’s point at Wolves will prove crucial in the race for survival.
Bernardo Silva has welcomed the pressure as title-chasing Manchester City prepare for a critical derby at Manchester United this week.
Scott Parker believes back-to-back wins should give Fulham confidence in their quest for an immediate Premier League return.
Hat-trick hero Ayoze Perez has urged Newcastle not to take their foot off the gas as they attempt to match last season’s top-10 Premier League finish.
Cricket Ireland received a €100,000 loan from its chief executive last year after encountering significant cash flow problems, the Sunday Independent has learned.