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Don't let the cynics and puritans ruin your St Patrick's Day

What are you doing for St Patrick's Day? Solemnly convening with your inner Celtic spirit, perhaps through the medium of an Enya CD? Or will you achieve that higher state of Gaelicness by digging out your novelty hat and fake beard and heading on down to your nearest O'Neill's to pretend you like …

50 Most Inspirational Quotes in Sports

Link to Media<p>It doesn't matter if your dad owns a professional sports team or if you play squash on the weekends with Rupert Murdoch; if you don't perform as an elite athlete or coach, then you're history.<p>Consequently, the people in this list are uniquely qualified to inspire.<p>Major sports figures …

Bruce Lee

The World's Tallest Water Slide And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Rare Saola, Dubbed “Asian Unicorn,” Sighted for First Time in 21st Century

Changing Planet<p>A female saola pictured in Laos in 1996. Photograph by William Robichaud.<p><b>Ghosting through the forests of Laos and Vietnam, the saola—a large ox that looks like an antelope—eluded researchers and their cameras for nearly 14 years.</b><p>But camera traps set out by the World Wildlife Fund …

New Zealand are on the brink of immortality so is this the greatest All Black side in history?

Do the maths. Ireland have never beaten New Zealand in 27 attempts since 1905, with a draw in 1973 being the closest they have come to bucking the trend.<p>Meanwhile <b>New Zealand</b> have won all their 13 Tests this year, and, indeed, have only lost one match in 34, and that to <b>England</b> in their last match of …

Rugby World Cup

Sir Ian McGeechan: rugby union can learn from league - there is no room for snobbery

Rugby League is in the news, as it should be with a World Cup about to reach its climax<p>One of my favourite centres, Jeremy Guscott, has made some interesting observations about what he sees as its negative influence on rugby union.<p>I have to say that I am a huge fan of rugby league. And my current …

Oxford University

Ireland 22 New Zealand 24: match report

Read a full match report of the autumn international game between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Sunday Nov 24 2013.<p>It was gripping, it was draining and it was dramatic. Fittingly on the Sabbath day the All Blacks managed to roll back the stone and rise from the dead to …

Wine Country in the mist

Prskalo Waterfall, Serbia

14 Things You Didn't Know About JFK

Fifty years after his death, John F. Kennedy continues to captivate and intrigue the American psyche. While thousands of books have been written …

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Travel Photography

Distractify

Heineken Cup rebels reject last-ditch talks with European Rugby Cup

Any hopes of Premiership Rugby attending final negotiations with European Rugby Cup next month to salvage the Heineken Cup appear to have been dashed.<p>It is understood that Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty wrote to his ERC counterpart Derek McGrath to confirm officially that …

Heineken

RFU and Premiership clubs' face-off over European breakaway would be calamitous

It is time for the Rugby Football Union to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Premiership clubs.<p>They have been painted as pariahs, land-grabbers, money-chasers, tournament-wreckers, selfish, blinkered and a threat to the very fabric of the game. You get the drift.<p>The Celtic unions do not like …

Aviva Premiership

Celtic clubs face 'financial oblivion' if they do not join English and French clubs' rival to the Heineken Cup

The deputy chairman of Premiership Rugby has warned that Celtic League clubs face “financial oblivion” if they do not join the breakaway Rugby Champions Cup.<p>Bruce Craig, the owner of Bath, said the existing European competitions were “finished” and that the only way forward for Celtic League sides …

European Rugby Champions Cup

Premiership warns Celtic unions not to try to prevent clubs from joining Rugby Champions Cup

The Welsh, Scottish and Irish Rugby Unions have been warned that they risk putting their clubs “in a very difficult position” if they prevent them from joining the new Rugby Champions Cup being proposed by the English and French clubs.<p>The governing bodies of the three Celtic countries issued almost …

European Rugby Champions Cup

George North itching to bring Wales and Lions scoring form to his new home at Northampton Saints

George North became accustomed to making sensational try-scoring debuts during his rapid rise to the summit of the world game, but patience is having to be his watchword now as he waits to open his account for Northampton.<p>The 21-year-old <b>Lions</b> wing has already given Saints supporters glimpses of his …

Pro12

Leigh Halfpenny poised to make big-money move to French club Toulon

Leigh Halfpenny is understood to be heading for France on Saturday to discuss a possible move to Toulon.<p>Leigh Halfpenny is understood to be heading for France on Saturday to discuss a possible move to Toulon.<p>The <b>Wales</b> Grand Slam winner and British and Irish <b>Lions</b> kicking hero from the summer series …

Welsh Rugby

Apple and AT&T settle class action for unlimited data claim of original iPad

Another day, another lawsuit finally drawing to a close. This time, a judge has approved a settlement for a class-action lawsuit filed against Apple and AT&T, based on the unlimited data claims of the original iPad that were later withdrawn by AT&T. So, if you bought a 3G iPad before June 7th, …

4G cars are coming, but we won’t have much choice in how we connect them

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>Credit: GigaOM<p>4G cars are making their way to the U.S., starting first with the Audi A3 and eventually a whole fleet of GM(s …

How to increase your iPhone’s battery life on iOS 7

Advertisement<p>36 Comments<p>With the introduction of iOS 7, Apple added a ton of new and exciting features to your iPhone. However, in order to show off …