July 25th, 2014
04:11 PM ET

Master McIlroy fulfilling his golfing destiny

“With each spring-loaded step forward that Rory McIlroy takes, more belief is instilled right through the talent pool of golf in Ireland. His march to destiny will continue to inspire people to play the game and to strive for success.”

Proud words indeed from Patrick Finn, who runs the Golfing Union of Ireland from its center of excellence at Carton House, a mere 30-minute drive from the heart of Dublin.

McIlroy’s third major title brings the total now to eight major wins since 2007 by golfers groomed under the Golfing Union of Ireland’s elite squad system. FULL POST

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What's the secret to horse racing success?
Aidan O'Brien has been a trainer at Ballydoyle Stables since 1996.
July 10th, 2014
04:18 PM ET

What's the secret to horse racing success?

I often wonder what it is that makes someone good at what they do. Hard work, dedication, intelligence and strong communication skills are obvious necessary traits, but when it relates to a horse trainer it's even harder to put a finger on it.

Recently I spent a morning filming with Aidan O’Brien, Ireland’s No. 1 racehorse trainer. It was in the lead-up to the Irish Derby, which he had won a record 10 times, and afterwards he added to that tally with yet another success.

The 44-year-old has been the champion trainer in Ireland for an incredible 16 years and quite possibly many more to come.

With 170 horses in his care, at his Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary, he is a busy man. FULL POST

Djokovic wins classic Wimbledon final
July 7th, 2014
10:04 AM ET

Djokovic and Federer turn back the clock in classic final

For a fleeting moment it looked like the eagerly awaited, and long overdue, passing of the torch to the next generation of tennis stars was finally upon us.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal had lost to the Australian teen sensation Nick Kyrgios, defending champion Andy Murray crashed out to 23-year-old Grigor Dimitrov, and both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic appeared on the verge of elimination in their respective quarterfinals.

And yet, when Sunday rolled around, it wasn’t a matchup between two fresh-faced up and comers, but two seasoned veterans of the big finale, with a combined 24 major titles and perhaps even more staggering 37 major final appearances between them. FULL POST