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The Globalisation Of The NBA

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Brooklyn Nets kicked off the first global game of 2014 with a resounding 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks at London’s 02 Arena last Thursday.

Over the past 35 years the NBA have played 147 games globally, visiting 20 different countries including China, Germany, Italy and Russia amongst others.

Yet the globalisation of the NBA has extended far beyond bringing the game cross continent.  Continue reading

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G-Mac To Represent Ireland In Olympics

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Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has revealed he expects to play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio if he is selected. McDowell represented Ireland in November’s World Cup in Melbourne, ruling out the option of playing for Team GB in Brazil. Jason Day’s final round 70 secured the win for Australia – who had been favourites with Betfair to win the tournament going into the weekend.

Olympic rules state that he could only play for Team GB if three years have passed since representing Ireland. So while athletes born in Northern  Ireland are eligible to represent Great Britain or Ireland at Olympic Games, McDowell has now pledged his allegiance to the Irish in Brazil. Continue reading

Irish Basketball Season Enjoys Thrilling Opening Weekend

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The newly named Premier Division got off to a flying start this past weekend. There was two games for woman’s basketball fans to take in on Saturday as UL Huskies travelled to the capital and came away with a win (75-57) with James Weldon securing a victory over his DCU Mercy counterpart Mark Ingle. Top scorers for the Huskies were Rachel Clancy and Great Britain international Rachel Vanderwal who had 19 and 18 points respectively.

In the other game on Saturday which also took place in Dublin, Killester suffered a 13 point defeat to Brunell (67-54). The away side had Menendez to thank as she carried much of the scoring load for her side finishing with a game high 20 points in the process. Continue reading

2012 Irish Sport Review

kbKieran Behan defied the odds to become the second ever Irish gymnast to qualify for the Olympics despite expectations that he would never walk again.

Connacht recorded their first ever victory in the Heineken Cup with a 9-8 win over Harlequins, but still finished bottom of their group.

Ireland kicked off their Six Nations campaign with a 21-23 defeat to Wales which was followed by a 42-10 victory over Italy.

Irish rugby fans were left stranded in Paris following late cancellation of France vs Ireland in the Six Nations.

Galway native Richard Donovan broke his own world record in Sydney, Australia as he ran seven marathons in the space of four days, 22 hours and four minutes.

The rescheduled Six Nations game against France ended in a 17-17 draw. The remaining fixtures were a 32-14 win over Scotland and finally a disastrous St. Patrick’s Day for the national side as they were beaten 30-9 by England.

Cork landed their third Allianz Football League Division One title in a row with a 2-10 0-11 victory over Mayo.

Irish-born Aussie Rules hall of famer Jim Stynes passed away at the age of 45 after losing his battle with cancer.

Kilkenny hammered Galway 3-26 to 0-10 to land National Hurling League Division One title.

Crusaders won the Setanta Sports Cup following a 5-4 victory on penalties against Derry City. The game was level at 2-2 after extra-time.

Katie Taylor won her fourth consecutive Amateur World Championship, beating Russian opponent Sofya Ochigava who she would later face in an historic sporting occasion.

Leinster landed the Heinken Cup after a 42-14 win over Ulster at Twickenham.

The Republic of Ireland crashed out of the Euro 2012 group stages as they failed to pick up a single point and scored just one goal. They were beaten 3-1 by Croatia, 4-0 by Spain and 2-0 by Italy.

The Airtricity League Premier Division lost another club as Monaghan United drop out due to financial reasons.

Cork, Dublin, Donegal and Mayo won their respective provincial Gaelic football titles

Tipperary, Galway and Antrim won their respective provincial Hurling titles.

Katie Taylor won gold for Ireland at the London Olympics. She recorded impressive victories over Great Britain’s Natasha Jonas and Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva before meeting Ochigava in a tightly contested Final which saw the Bray native triumph by a score of 10-8.ktJohn-Joe Nevin picked up silver while Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes won bronze in boxing at the London Olympics.

Cian O’Connor secured a bronze medal with his horse in the Individual Jumping event.

There was further success in London in the following weeks as the Irish Paralympic team returned home with a tally of 16 medals, their highest total since picking up 42 medals at the 1988 games in Seoul. They won 8 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 5 bronze medals.

jmcDonegal outshone Mayo to win their first All-Ireland title in 20 years. Jim McGuinness’ incredible year as Donegal manager did not go unnoticed abroad and he was handed a role as a performance consultant at Celtic just weeks later.

Kilkenny beat Galway in a replay of the All-Ireland Hurling Final to secure yet another title.

The Republic of Ireland avoided an embarrassing opening to their World Cup Qualifiers Group as they score two late goals to take three points away from Kazakhstan.

Drogheda United won the EA Sports Cup following a 3-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium.

Sligo Rovers won their first League of Ireland title since 1977 after beating fellow title contenders St. Patrick’s Athletic in a dramatic game as Mark Quigley’s 87th minute penalty proved to be the decisive goal.

Limerick were promoted to the top tier of Irish football for the first time in 19 years.

The Republic of Ireland suffered one of its heaviest ever defeats as Germany hammered them 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium. The Boys in Green respond with a 4-1 win away to the Faroe Islands days later.

dcfcDerry City were crowned as the FAI Ford Cup Champions following a 3-2 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic after extra-time.

Gaelic football loses one of its all-time greats as Kerry hero Paidi O’Se passes away aged 57.

By Alan Finn

Nevin Set For Final Battle Against Family Friend

Irish fighter John Joe Nevin is facing the battle of his life tonight in order to achieve Olympic gold.

The Mullingar fighter, who is hoping to emulate the success earlier this week of Katie Taylor and win a gold medal, is in action at 8.45pm.

He beat Cuba’s reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada yesterday afternoon on a score of 19-14 and will face Britain’s Luke Campbell in tonight’s final at the Excel Arena in London.

The Mullingar bantamweight gave the performance of his life, winning all three rounds against Estrada and bringing the house down at the ExCel Arena. Nevin nailed the Cuban with some wonderful combinations while always fighting at long distance.

It was closer in round two with Estrada desperately trying to claw back the lead but he couldn’t cope with Nevin’s clean.

With Estrada unable to make much headway, Nevin did his self proclaimed Mullingar Shuffle, reminiscent of the great Ali shuffle. Nevin got the Cuban right where he wanted him with the shuffle making him an easy target.

Hull native Campbell eased through his bantamweight semi-final against Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu winning 20-11. He will find it tougher against Nevin, an opponent he is familiar with.

Campbell has Irish relatives on his dad’s side and they know the Nevin clan in Cavan.

His Irish aunt was telling him how good Nevin is when he last spoke to her.

“The Irish side of my family know the Nevin family pretty well,” he said. “My dad’s mum and dad were from Ireland and one was from Northern Ireland and the other from southern Ireland.

“I was talking to my family in Ireland a few months ago and they all said they knew John Joe and his family.

“We were all talking about what a great fighter he is.

“I knew it could happen at the beginning of this tournament that we could meet again and it’s great to have a GB v Ireland Olympic final.

“He’s done brilliantly and I’ve done fantastically well too, so I’m fully expecting a great final.”

The duo have met each other twice before with both claiming one victory each but the Irish public will be hoping Nevin can get the better of Campbell and guarantee a second gold medal for Ireland.

 

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