Jump Shots: Mick McGinn owns Finals Night in Ireland

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Emmet Ryan developed an immunity to air-horns at the National Basketball Arena on Friday night. Here’s his look-back at the showcase night of the year for Irish Basketball, the men’s and women’s Cup Finals night.
The National Basketball Arena is impressive for a small venue, approximately 3,000 capacity, but it’s not easy to get to. Once [...]

Sports Illustrated and Junk Science

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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On Tuesday Sports Illustrated’s website posted an article about a supplement firm called S.W.A.T.S. Emmet Ryan took issue with their reporting. Here’s why.
In June 2007 I pitched an article to the Sunday Business Post about Steorn, an Irish company that essentially claimed it could produce free energy. How this relates to the work of David [...]

Overseas Expo: The Half-Backs

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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Peter Kavanagh picks a XV of the best overseas players to play Rugby Union in Ireland. This week, it’s the half-backs.
It’s a topic that creates hours of debates in pubs and clubs all over the world; “who is the best foreign player to play here?” No matter what country, no matter what sport, the [...]

Points of Contention

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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Peter Kavanagh examines the implications of the possible introduction of bonus points to the 6 Nations.
Reports last week suggested that the national unions of Six Nations competitors had been sent a document proposing the adoption of the bonus point scoring system from the 2014 competition onwards. If the system is adopted, the last old-style [...]

Round the world by train: A Spritely start to Euro 2012

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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We rejoin Kevin Burke’s travels in Singapore where he is getting ready for Euro 2012 but more focussed on finding a big local international rivalry.
It’s 7pm by the time I’ve eaten; the internet says that the Muddy Murphy’s Irish pub is one of the places open for all 31 games of Euro 2012. It shows [...]

Break Points: Clutching at Feathers

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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In the wake of the first Grand Slam of the year, Declan Bruton looks back on the men’s singles at the Australian Open.
* The Hobbit – Apparently seeing the Hobbit in really really silly frame-rate ruins the experience. That might be true but it is surely nothing compared to the horrors of Andy Murray’s feet [...]

Ireland calls the Sammon of College

Friday, January 25th, 2013

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With the former UCD striker being called up for Ireland’s friendly against Poland, lifelong College fan Emmet Ryan looks back on his time with the Students.
It was October in 2010. On 21 minutes Conor Sammon scored a tap-in to put Kilmarnock in front. He’d later add a second, again from close range, to level the [...]

Jump Shots: The long road with Conor Grace

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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Conor Grace has played Basketball all over the world but Emmet Ryan first knew him as a car seat. Having played a fascinating career across three continents, the Irish power forward/centre is hunting for a new home.
Listed at 6’11”, Conor Grace is hard to miss on the street but I knew he was tall long [...]

Overseas Expo: The Back Row

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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Peter Kavanagh picks a XV of the best overseas players to play Rugby Union in Ireland.
It’s a topic that creates hours of debates in pubs and clubs all over the world; “who is the best foreign player to play here?” No matter what country, no matter what sport, the question provokes varied responses. [...]

Round the world by train: Pay-per-view massages

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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We rejoin Kevin Burke on his travels in Thailand.
Everywhere in Chiang Mai seems to be offering a Thai massage for around 150 Baht per hour. Khmer and Lao massages were on offer in Cambodia and Laos, so I finally give in. I’m given short-sleeved pyjamas to change into and asked to lie down on my [...]