Have Dopers Escaped Detection During Covid-19 Lockdowns?

Rob Heffernan is an Olympic Bronze medallist, but he has never stood on the coveted Olympic podium.

At London 2012, years of grinding through Ireland’s damp, scenic landscape drove Heffernan to a 4th place finish in the 50 km race walk.

He had fallen agonisingly short of Olympic glory. But rumours swirled that the man who took Gold – Sergey Kirdyapkin – was part of a state sponsored doping program.

Four years after returning to Ireland empty-handed, Heffernan was awarded Olympic Bronze in a special ceremony at City Hall, Cork. Kirdyapkin had been stripped of his title after failing multiple drug tests.

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Australian boxing is on the ropes. Is a Brisbane schoolteacher its saviour?

This Saturday night in Las Vegas, before the packed bleachers of the MGM Grand Garden Arena and an international television audience of up to 10 million, a soft-spoken former school teacher from Brisbane will step into the ring to do battle with one of the most formidable fighters on the planet.

World welterweight champion Jeff Horn will take on American superstar Terence Crawford in the biggest fight of his career. Horn is expected to earn a purse of over $2 million regardless of whether he is still standing at the end of the bout.

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Opinion: Why is Nadal so good on clay?

For over a decade, beating Rafael Nadal on clay has been one of the toughest tasks in sport.

It won’t be long before the old cliché is changed to “death, taxes and Nadal winning the French Open”.

His absurd dominance on the red dirt has forced tennis fans to view 2-3 months of the tennis calendar as a foregone conclusion.

It’s like the rest of the field is a giant piñata and Rafa is a hyper 5 year old wielding a baseball bat. And boy does he swing it with bad intentions!

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Opinion: What Happened to Football’s ‘Number 10’?

The ‘number 10’ has been the most important position in football for years.

Some of the most gifted footballers we’ve ever seen played there. Zidane, Maradona, Ronaldinho, Platini, Eusebio – The list goes on.

But while we’ve been distracted by Ronaldo and Messi’s record-setting performances, football has changed.

Slowly, but surely, the number 10 has been disappearing.

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Is Nick Kyrgios Still the Next Big Thing?

After six weeks out with an elbow injury, Nick Kyrgios has made a solid return to the ATP tour. The World No. 24 reached the fourth round at the Miami Open and the quarter finals in Houston last week.

It seems like the talented yet divisive Australian has been around forever, but Boris Becker recently pointed out that he is still just 22 years of age. Big things were expected of Kyrgios after he shocked the world with a stunning victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014.

Expectations were so high that fans now tend to view him as a bit of an under-achiever. It would be harsh to say that he hasn’t lived up to the hype, however, given everything he has achieved at such a young age.

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Frampton Earns Title Shot with Victory Over Donaire

A world title shot beckons for Carl Frampton, who secured the WBO Interim Featherweight title with a dominant victory over Nonitio Donaire in Belfast last night.

Frampton, 31, fought an aggressive but intelligent fight, picking his punches carefully, landing them with precision and using his speed and movement to evade the Filipino’s legendary knockout power.

Donaire patiently stalked Frampton throughout the fight, searching for a big, fight-ending blow that never came. He struggled to get near the Irishman and on the few occasions that he did, he generally came off second best.

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Justin Gaethje “Content” With Performance Despite Knockout Loss

UFC Lightweight contender Justin Gaethje says he is satisfied with his performance at UFC on FOX 29, despite suffering a knockout loss to No. 4 ranked Dustin Poirier.

Speaking to reporters at his post-fight press conference, Gaethje said: “I’m content with what just happened as stupid and as crazy as that sounds.”

The self-proclaimed “most violent man in the UFC” is now 1-2 in MMA’s premier organization but says the outcome of his fights is not important to him.

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Does Mo Salah deserve the Ballon D’or?

Mohamed Salah further enhanced his Ballon D’or credentials when he tore Roma apart at Anfield in their Champion’s League clash.

Comparisons with Ronaldo and Messi have been played down throughout the season. However, following that stellar performance and similar league success, it seems that the same pundits believe he could snatch the Ballon D’or away from them. With the recent dip in form of Harry Kane, he is likely be adding a golden boot to his mantelpiece.

In his post-match analysis for BT Sport, Steven Gerrard acknowledged that Messi and Ronaldo have done what Salah is doing for almost a decade.

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Dustin Poirier Happy With Performance but has Plenty to Work On

UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier was pleased with his performance against Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29, but says he still has plenty to work on.

“I’m proud of myself, I made a couple of mistakes in there, but I stuck to the game-plan and used my jab and used my footwork,” Poirier told reporters at the event’s post-fight press conference.

However, Poirier said his body took far too much punishment against No. 6-ranked Gaethje who landed a number of hard inside leg kicks that visibly affected his movement.

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