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Other - Sunday 20 July, 2014

The best pictures from the UFC’s triumphant return to Ireland

Ireland’s fighters swept the card on a hugely successful night for the promotion in The O2, Dublin.

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Watch it again: Conor McGregor’s first-round win sends UFC Dublin crowd wild

Noise levels inside the O2 hit 111 decibels as McGregor took his UFC record to a perfect 3-0.

Fancy watching the second oldest tennis tournament in the world in Dublin this week?

The Irish Open proper gets underway on Tuesday, with admission at Fitzwilliam free.

Slow-mo replays, place-kicking and the World Cup; the week’s best sportswriting

There are also pieces on rugby coaching and Scottish travails.

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It’s Sunday, so here are 15 of the best images from the past week in sport

From Germany to New Zealand, bunkers to Bill and much more.

Careful now, Paul! It’s the sporting tweets of the week

Also featuring Cathal Pendred, Bernard Brogan, Gary Lineker and much more.

Other - Saturday 19 July, 2014

McGregor backs up the talk with first round knockout at sold-out O2 Arena

The Irish featherweight was fighting in the main event at UFC Dubln tonight.

As it happened: UFC Fight Night Dublin

Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao headline in the O2 Arena on a huge night for Irish MMA. Join us to find out how it unfolds.

Holohan, Pendred and Seery make it a perfect start for the Irish at UFC Dublin MMA

Holohan, Pendred and Seery make it a perfect start for the Irish at UFC Dublin

It was three wins from three heading into tonight’s main card.

VIDEO: Lewis Hamilton suffered a bad crash in Hockenheim today

Despite being shaken and groggy, the 29-year-old was able to climb from his wrecked car and walk away.

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Majka wins stage 14 as Nibali cements lead

Nico Roche was part of the breakaway again but faltered badly near the end.

Uncaged: Breaking down the Irish challenge at UFC Fight Night Dublin

Thousands of Irish MMA fans will pack out Dublin’s O2 tonight. Resident UFC man Brian Kirk takes a close look at the men the home crowd will be cheering on.

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‘Children with autism and their families run a marathon every day’

Denzil Jacobs is doing something mental this summer…

Flinging putters at Johnny Foxes and UFC stars as Junior B hurlers

The best reader comments of the sporting week include words of encouragement from Fr. Dick Byrne.

Other - Friday 18 July, 2014

We’ll leave it there so: Rory builds on excellent start, UFC weigh-ins in Dublin and all today’s sport

Also, the prospect of Pat’s v Celtic, LVG’s new-look United squad and more.

‘Tomorrow I take his head clean off!’ – McGregor is seriously pumped

The home town fighter squared up to Diego Brandao at the O2 this afternoon.

Nibali continues Tour domination, wins 13th stage

Meanwhile, Ireland’s Nicolas Roche finished 43rd and is consequently 45th overall.

Paul Kimmage ‘Rough Rider’ documentary to be broadcast on RTÉ

The film documents the Irish journalist’s pursuit of Lance Armstrong along with his love-hate relationship with the sport of cycling.

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45kg, 5ft gymnast Kacy Catanzaro absolutely bossed US television’s toughest obstacle course

That’s a whole lot of athlete in a tiny, tiny package.

‘Apart from my two kids being born, it was the greatest day of my life’

Trent Johnston remembers the day that Ireland turned the cricket world upside down in this week’s episode of The Slog Sweep.

The former Irish football referee who’s running the show at UFC Dublin MMA

The former Irish football referee who’s running the show at UFC Dublin

We sat down with UFC director of brand, communications and events David Allen to talk about fight week and his past in the League of Ireland.

Other - Thursday 17 July, 2014

We’ll leave it there so: Rory leads at the Open, European win for Sligo and all today’s sport

Louis van Gaal also met the media for the first time as Man United boss and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff won Stage 12 of the Tour de France.

Snapshot: UFC stars pay a surprise visit to National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght

Cub Swanson and Luke Barnatt met patients, parents and staff in Tallaght this afternoon.

‘Work is business, fighting is pleasure. And I’m loving every minute of it!’ – Ireland’s Seery

The experienced flyweight can’t wait for his second UFC bout in Dublin on Saturday night.

‘People can talk all they want’ – McGregor’s opponent Brandao calls him a ‘clown’

Watch the headline pair exchange words at the UFC Dublin pre-fight press conference.

‘Have the courage to be yourself’ – Michael Sam’s moving awards speech

The NFL’s first openly gay player delivered inspiring words at the ESPY ceremony last night.

‘I’m in the perfect place right now’ – Pendred buzzing for UFC debut

The Dublin fighter makes his bow against Mike King at Dublin’s O2 Arena on Saturday.

Was this the bravest individual effort of this year’s Tour de France?

Andrew Talansky finished over 30 minutes behind the stage winner.

Other - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

McGregor the star attraction at packed-out UFC Dublin fan day

Irish MMA supporters turned up in their droves to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham today.

We’ll leave it there so: BOD’s latest job, LeBlanc’s a winner and all today’s sport

Plus, we have news of Nico Roche at the Tour de France and exciting times for Irish cricket.

Australia and England will sandwich The Ashes between ODIs against Ireland in 2015

“Next year is shaping up to be the most exciting in Irish cricketing history,” says Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

Nico Roche wins combativity award on stage 11 of the Tour de France

The Irishman was named as ‘most aggressive rider’ on a stage won by Frenchman Tony Gallopin.

Stephen Roche says Lance Armstrong should be given his Tour de France victories back

“Armstrong should stay on that list,” the Dubliner insisted.

‘I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder’ – Graeme McDowell

The Irish golfer tees off at The Open Championship at Hoylake on Thursday.

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Makeshift rectangles, eating crisps and staying sharp: A (parody) day in the life of Conor McGregor

Nothing says fame in Ireland like someone ripping the p**s out of you.

Scrawny sumo wrestler lasts under a second on painful debut

17-year-old Masato Tai, whose sumo name is ‘Sodachizakari’, tips the scales at just 65 kilos.

Craig Kieswetter nailed the ‘Cricket is a Tough Game’ Selfie

What, this? Just a broken nose and eye socket. No biggie.

Derek Jeter gets groove on in final all-star game

The New York Yankees shortstop is playing in the final season of his brilliant 20-year career.

Other - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

We’ll leave it there so: McGregor, McIlroy, Mannschaft dancing and the rest of today’s sport

Plus, big news in Serie A (and we’re not talking about Ashley Cole).