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Elverys owner in finance warning

The company behind sports retailer Elverys Intersport has warned that it is more difficult to obtain bank finance and make acquisitions. That comes amid substantial pressure on retail despite the strong economy. The company – West Roxbury Ltd – has just filed new accounts at the Companies Registration Office. The …

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Russia 2018: Chinese firms fill World Cup sponsorship gap

The value of World Cup sponsorship has dropped between the 2014 event in Brazil and this year’s in Russia, according to Nielsen Sports’ research. Fifa sponsor revenue fell from $1,629m (£1,214m) to $1,450m between events. Global market research firm Nielsen says the 2015-18 sponsorship cycle had been “a tougher sell” …

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The 1988 Boys in Green… where are they now?

From taxi driving to podiatry, Daniel McDonnell traces the steps of each member of the Irish squad after they featured in one of the most important chapters in the history of Irish international soccer Today marks the 30th anniversary of Ireland’s opening game at Euro ’88, a 1-0 victory over …

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Ryder D-Day looming for Harrington

Pádraig Harrington admits he must put his hat in the ring for the 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy or risk missing out. The Dubliner (46) will return to the scene of his first Major win, the 2007 Open at Carnoustie, when he plays at the Angus links from July 19-22. But …

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Drama at every turn as super ‘Sceaux’ shines brightest of all

  Everyone knew there was going to be drama with the gripping battle for the Irish trainers’ championship but no one could have envisaged what would follow on day one of the Punchestown Festival. In what former jockey Mick Fitzgerald described as “an absolute moment”, Paul Townend inexplicably veered dramatically …

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