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# Contenders

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Poll: Who deserves to be crowned the 2016 GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year?
Seamus Callanan, Austin Gleeson and Paudie Maher lead the race for top honours.
Power ranking the 8 teams left at Euro 2016
Belgium and other countries still in contention for the big prize in France.
7 contenders being touted to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager
Arsene Wengers and others being mentioned as coaches who could be appointed.
Analysis: Connacht continue to be the brightest light in Irish rugby
Last weekend’s win over Leinster was the latest demonstration of the quality of Pat Lam’s men.
Tottenham gave their top four hopes a big boost with a late win today
Meanwhile, Wes Hoolahan claimed his sixth assist of the season as Norwich prevailed.
Hat-trick for Chris Ashton as Saracens continue to set pace in Ulster's group
Mark McCall’s side secured another bonus point against Oyonnax.
Power rankings -- the 8 teams most likely to win this year's Champions League
Barca, Real Madrid and Man City are among the teams to feature.
Cheika's Wallabies lay down World Cup marker with win over All Blacks
A brilliant second-half display saw the Australians emerge as fully deserving Rugby Championship victors.
'The big thing is that we don't overestimate the talent in the Southern Hemisphere'
Ireland hooker Rory Best says Michael Cheika’s Australia have been impressive in recent weeks.
8 contenders who could take over from Martin O'Neill as Ireland manager
The Derryman is reportedly wanted to replace Nigel Pearson at his old Premier League club Leicester City.
The 4 most likely teams to challenge Dublin in Leinster this summer
Dublin have won nine of the last 10 Leinster titles… Can anyone stop them this year?
The 4 teams looking to knock Kilkenny off their Leinster perch
Kilkenny are yet again the team to beat. Can one of the chasing pack take their crown?
Ireland capable of going all the way at the World Cup - Robbie Deans
The man being linked to Leinster reckons Joe Schmidt’s side have the quality to compete.
Who's next? Seven fighters Floyd Mayweather could face in September
Floyd Mayweather is 48-0, and just handily beat the man who was meant to be his biggest challenge. So who’s left for his final fight?
Power ranking the 8 teams left in the Champions League*
*In accordance with their chances of triumphing.
Carolan's talented U20s need clinical edge to get Six Nations bid back on track
Ross Byrne is happy to be linking up well with centres Sam Arnold and Garry Ringrose again in Wales.
The UFC can't find a challenger for Ronda Rousey but here are 7 we can suggest...
Who’s next for the undefeated champion?
Wolfhounds disappoint to get Ireland's 2015 off to a losing start
Replacement lock Robbie Diack admitted Ireland’s coaching staff had been hoping for more.
My sporting wish for 2015: A fully-fit Ireland heading to RWC
If Joe Schmidt can call on the likes of Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy, there is hope of Irish success.
Analysis: Munster's men send clear message to Schmidt in Leinster win
Tommy O’Donnell, Ian Keatley and Andrew Conway were among the players to impress on Friday night.
Who deserves to win the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year prize tonight?
Katie Tayor, Jonathan Sexton and Rory McIlroy are all up for the big prize.
Power ranking the 16 teams left in this season's Champions League
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are in good stead but there are several dark horses hoping to spring a surprise.
Power ranking the 8 teams most likely to win the Champions League
Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid and other contenders in this year’s competition.
Former giants Toulouse start with a win as Ospreys' strong form continues
Elsewhere, the Ospreys won their seventh consecutive match after running five tries past Treviso.
What challenge will the French clubs pose in the Champions Cup this season?
The three Irish provinces have Top 14 opposition to deal with in the pool stages.
Making a case for each of the three Hurler of the Year contenders – who should win?
Seamus Callanan, TJ Reid, Richie Hogan are the nominees to succeed Tony Kelly.
5 leading contenders to replace James Horan as the Mayo manager
Kevin McStay leads a list of possible candidates to take charge of the Connacht champions.
Footballer of the Year 2014: Who will win this year's award?
We analyse the contenders for the big prize, with Paul Flynn and James O’Donoghue leading the race.
Who are the Hurler of the Year contenders?
Richie Hogan, Seamus Callanan, Patrick Horgan and TJ Reid are among the front-runners for the big individual prize.
What are Germany’s chances of winning the World Cup?
Joachim Löw’s highly-fancied side take on Brazil in the semi-final tomorrow.
5 reasons why Spain will win the World Cup
Strength in depth, a recent history of success and more factors in the Spanish side’s favour.
Seymour rounds off hat-trick in style as Glasgow strengthen second spot
The former Ireland U19 wing ran in three tries to help Gregor Townsend’s men to a bonus point win.
Dubs Decision: Who can step up to the plate in Ciaran Kilkenny's absence?
Dublin have an attacking vacancy to fill with their attacker ruled out for the season.
Suarez-inspired Liverpool overcome Southampton to go second
The Uruguayan’s 62nd goal in the top flight ended a run of nearly seven hours without finding the net
Arsenal's clash with Liverpool a 'massive game' in the title race
Ex-Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour has also suggested that Arsene Wenger has left himself short in the striker’s department.
This is the Ospreys' chance to win the Heineken Cup - Scott Quinnell
As Leinster get set for their Liberty Stadium test, the former Wales No. 8 says the Ospreys are in good shape.
Meet the men who could succeed Pope Benedict XVI
17 would-be contenders in the race for the papal office.
Fantasyland: Crunch time for Champions League contenders
The North London Derby is the game most people are talking about this weekend.
Column: Pope Benedict saw sense by retiring early, John Paul II should have too
We need a pope that will listen to the wider church and wider world, writes Fr Seamus Ahearne, who reflects on the previous two popes’ achievements and failures.
A 12-century Irish saint reckons the next pope is the last
St Malachy – the first Irish saint to be canonised by a pope – had a prophecy concerning every pope between then and now.