Sunday 15 September 2019

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Rising star: Leona Maguire is third on the money list in just her first season on the Symetra Tour. Photo: Steve Humphreys

'I like playing under pressure . . . they're the situations you want to be in' - Maguire happy with life on tour 

It was Leona Maguire who asked the opening question as quick as her swing off the tee. "Do you play golf yourself?" she asked, just after we met near the putting green at the Slieve Russell PGA National Ireland. As I gave an almost apologetic 'no', a group of young girls were getting ready nearby to get some golf tips off her later that morning. Leona is only 24 and already plate-...

Duncan Williams. Photo: Sportsfile

Williams' longevity is the sweetest reply to his critics 

When Exeter Chiefs centre Henry Slade took off down the wing in the 60th minute last Saturday, Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams did what he had to do. Williams tracked back and did a flying try-saving tackle on Phil Dollman before getting up and springing onto his opposite number, Stuart Townsend. Penalty to Munster. Four minutes later, CJ Stander scored a try. No wonder Johann van Graan singled Williams out for praise in the dressing-room after. No wonder Alby Mathewson tweeted: "Duncan Williams man of the match surely?!"

'We learned that Gavin possibly became the first manager to succeed in getting ‘The Sunday Game’ analysts to police themselves' Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Sinead Kissane: Gavin living a life less ordinary as he looks to pilot his footballers to yet another summer takeover 

Two Dubliners and two rather different entrances for their press conferences this week. In downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night, Conor McGregor kept his followers waiting before peacocking in a white polar bear fur coat. In another universe, living a life less ordinary, Jim Gavin slipped into a room almost unnoticed at 7.58am on Wednesday for a 8.0am press conference in the Gibson Hotel.