In his column this morning, Kevin McStay referred to the “machismo culture” as “biggest spot on GAA. “He recalls the recent controversy over John Small’s foul on Eoghan McLoughlin in Dublin’s semi-final loss to Mayo and the fallout that followed and wrote:” It all made me think of the story of violence on Gaelic soccer fields. It is only when you sit down and think that the memories come back. They are not beautiful. And he thinks that this history of violence might see some of the footballing wonders turning their backs on it. Gaelic football: “I often get emails from people worried that these star players will soon disappear from the scene. The type of Conor McManus. The talent of a generation. They are identified young as brilliant footballers. And their reward is a “Special treatment” from an early age. And there is a school of thought that the next generation will start to move away, to do something else with their lives. “
Leona Maguire is set to become the first Irish golfer to compete in the Solheim Cup, after receiving a joker yesterday from European captain Catriona Matthew. The selection for the competition, which begins next week, crowns a good year for the 26-year-old, who has climbed into the top 50 in the world. Of her selection, she said, “At the start of the year I was probably thinking I needed to win to get Beany’s (Matthew) attention, but it’s been a very consistent year. Those two second places really helped a lot and some really strong Majors, so yeah, overall it’s been an amazing year. Meanwhile, Tony Finau secured his second PGA Tour title in the weather-affected Northen Trust in New Jersey. The American beat Australian Cameron Smith in the opening hole of the playoffs as Shane Lowry failed to mount a late charge after a final round of 72 left him eight strokes behind the leaders.