• Sunday 23 December, 2012

    RUGBY: If I could turn back the clock ...
    The 2001 Lions came within a stray pass of winning the test series in Australia. As the tourists prepare to return in 2013, tour manager from 12 years ago, Donal Lenihan provides a unique insight into what might have been — and what he’d do differently now.
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    GAA: The Crying game
    There is a real danger that some of the most creative players in today’s Gaelic football are becoming more and more peripheral, believes Dara O Cinnéide.
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    SOCCER: World’s team
    Barcelona not only have the greatest player football’s ever seen; they’re the template for the game’s future, right down to its acclaimed La Masia academy. Grant Wahl was granted unprecedented access to the men who made Messi.
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    The Jacques Cousteau Awards: For outstanding services to diving, flopping and simulation
    THE CREAM OF THE CROP
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    GAA: Christmas Noel ...
    ... is a very different animal to the Kilkenny full-back who has prowled his square and wore the famed No 3 jersey with distinction for more than a decade. Michael Moynihan took advantage of Noel Hickey’s downtime.
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    GOLF: Europe’s unplayable lie
    A remarkable Singles Sunday at the Ryder Cup in Medinah wasn't just a case of ‘what if’ for the USA. A series of fortunate twists diverted the Big Mo to Olazabal’s Europe. Was Seve watching, asks Simon Lewis?
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    GOLF: Twenty golfers to follow

    Might you have enough on your plate with friends and colleagues bending your ear about their misfortune on the sixth or the bunker shot they nailed on 18, without the world’s top golfers wrecking your head too, with their triumphs and despairs and might-have-beens?

  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    GOLF: Red Hot Rory
    It took some of golf’s cogniscenti a while to digest the depth of Rory McIlroy’s quality. No one is doubting the torch has passed now. By Jim McCabe.
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    ROUND TABLE: The last supper of 2012
    When this newspaper’s staff writers and acclaimed columnists met up in the penthouse suite of Cork’s Imperial Hotel, the debate was raucous and animated — which meant the patient kitchen staff had to wait. And wait. As the late, great Con Houlihan might say: Now read on...
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    BOXING: The face of 2013?
    Reared in a UDA stronghold Carl Frampton is, by some distance, Ireland’s best chance of a world title next year. Sportswriter of the Year Ewan MacKenna spent the day with him in Tiger’s Bay, the Belfast enclave he is changing with every punch.
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    BOXING: The manager of dreams
    Manager of the year Billy Walsh came home disappointed from the London Olympics. Yes, you read that right. But he’s learned valuable lessons for the future.
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    OLYMPICS: Summer of love
    For 17 days in July and August, we didn’t look at London through a prism of begrudgery and snorting derision, because they only put on the damn best show anyone could remember. (Ireland should try it sometime ...) Here’s the top ten memories of Olympics 2012
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    RACING: Riding shotgun with Frankel
    He’s not a man for the media circus, but Tom Queally’s Dungarvan grounding helps him appreciate the special things in life, such as the greatest horse of all time.
  • Sunday 23 December, 2012

    Endings and beginnings
    As a remarkable 2012 of sport slips away, what of those we may soon say farewell to — as we embrace a new select group of sporting stars from Ireland.

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