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Three minutes and four seconds. Ron Santo Jersey . Thats exactly how long it took Irelands Conor McGregor to make history in the second round at UFC 205 on Saturday.McGregor knocked out lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez to become the first mixed martial arts fighter to simultaneously hold two UFC belts: featherweight and now lightweight.Ireland has produced some incredibly talented athletes over the years, but McGregor, known as Notorious MMA, has defined, owned and ruled on the international stage.This is not forgetting an astonishing year in Irish sport, though. Ireland defeated the All Blacks for the first time in 111 years in Chicago, Dundalk became the first Irish football team to win a group-stage game in European competition and cult-hero boxer Katie Taylor turned professional.But McGregor is UFCs Lionel Messi.With 7.8 million followers on Instagram, 4.5 million on Facebook and 2.8 million on Twitter -- he is more than just the UFCs main attraction -- McGregor is the sports icon, mascot and champion.McGregor has made it very clear that he is proud of his roots. Speaking to ESPN in July, he said, I tell you what, them Irish genes are good. Theyve served me well.We are made tough. We are made of steel. So I have no doubt the blood in my genes, the Irish blood in me has definitely stood me. My familys lineage, we are warriors.Of course, Ireland has a rich history of celebrating domestic sports such as Gaelic football and hurling, and has excelled in horse racing, but few from the country have become world beaters.Golfs Padraig Harrington comes close. The Dublin man has three major titles to his name, including The Open Championship and PGA Championship double in 2008. He spent over 300 weeks in the top 10 world rankings, but never the top spot.Roy Keane captained Manchester United to the treble in 1999 -- winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League -- while Paul McGrath represented Ireland at the 1990 and 1994 football World Cups. McGrath also participated in the teams first international tournament in 1988.Sonia OSullivan is also a national icon. The long-distance runner from County Cork became the 5,000-meter world champion in 1995 and won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games.Brian ODriscoll is arguably the closest to rival Conor McGregor as Irelands greatest champion. ODriscoll is regarded as one of the best rugby union players of all time, and he captained his country from 2003 until 2012.ODriscoll is the second-most-capped player ever in union and the highest try scorer in Irish rugby. He also led Ireland to two Six Nations titles, in 2009 and 2014 respectively.However, none of those athletes had the swagger and cult following of McGregor, who has become such a superstar in America and all across the world over the past few years.It can be argued that the rise of social media and celebrity culture has helped drive his fame -- but you cant say he doesnt have the talent to back this up.His remarkable UFC record includes ground-breaking victories over Nate Diaz, Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo that have helped change the sport. 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The Real Madrid forward has scored 66 goals in 2013, but the last three may be the boost he needs to upstage Messi after FIFA unexpectedly extended the voting period for the Ballon dOr to Nov.TORONTO -- Its been 10 months since the United States womens soccer team delivered a dagger into the hearts of Canadians at the London Olympics. It was clear Sunday that the wound is still fresh. The cheeky BMO Field fans loudly counted off every American goal kick. They booed when Canadian-born striker Sydney Leroux scored and then popped her American jersey at them. Alex Morgan scored twice and Leroux notched the third as the world No. 1-ranked United States defeated Canada 3-0 in a friendly that was anything but. And Canadas captain Christine Sinclair was less than impressed after the match. "Maybe not the classiest of moves," Sinclair said of Lerouxs gesture. "She scored on us, and an individual can do what they like. I probably wouldnt have done the same, but we move on." The game -- billed as "The Rematch" -- marked both the first meeting between the North American rivals since Canadas heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the U.S. in the Olympic semifinals, and the Canadians first game back home since they won bronze in London. The Olympic semifinal -- which will go down as one of the most memorable in Canadian soccer history -- turned on a controversial free kick, awarded when Norwegian referee Christina Pedersen determined Canadas keeper Erin McLeod took longer than the allowable six seconds to put the ball back into play. Sunday, 22,453 red and white-clad fans -- a record for a soccer game at BMO Field -- loudly counted off the seconds, sometimes to as high as 10, each time American keeper Nicole Barnhart took a goal kick. "It was unbelievable, eh?" Canadian coach John Herdman said, laughing. "There should have been about 20 free kicks, shouldnt there? Bring back the Norwegian referee, we would have been in heaven today." Morgan scored her first in the 70th minute when she cut inside defender Emily Zurrer, firing from the top left corner of the 18-yard box and slotting it past McLeod into the bottom right corner of the net. Morgans second goal came two minutes later from the identical spot. Leroux scored seconds before the final whistle when she ran in on a breakaway, placing the ball past McLeod. Leroux, who was born in Surrey, B.C., and once dated Toronto Blue Jays star Brett Lawrie, was booed throughout the game but never more so than after her goal. She put one finger to her lips to silence the fans. It didnt work. The 23-year-old bristled when asked about the hostile reception. "Come on ... how many American-born players do you have on Canada?" Leroux said (Canadian defender Lauren Sesselman was born in the U.S.). "I thought I dealt with it well." American veteran Abby Wambach defended her teammate. "If you knew some of things that Canadian folks tweet at her, that for her was a special moment, and that for her was saying, Hey look, Im here, Im on the U.S. team," Wambach said. "So for her, Im proud of her to come on in the time that she had." The crowd was arguably one of the most entertaining parts of the match in a sloppy affair that saw the Canadians sag after the first 70 minutes. "I was honestly dying laughing the entire time," McLeod said of the goal-kick count. "The crowd was awesome. I know Canadian fans sometimes are too friendly, but I dont think they were too friendly today." Addedd Sinclair: "We had heard they were going to do that, it was kind of funny. Tyler Flowers Jersey. The atmosphere is insane to play in front of. It was really neat, that part. "They cheered us on right to the end, right to when we got off the field, and as a team, were proud of our performance but disappointed for our fans that came out. Its tough to swallow a 3-0 defeat, even though it didnt feel like that." The Americans did a decent job of keeping Sinclair under wraps. The Canadian star finally got free for a decent shot on net in the 48th minute, but fired it over the net. Canadas best scoring chance came in the 90th minute when national team newcomer Tiffany Cameron had an open shot from just outside the six-yard box that she fired wide right of the net. At the other end of the field, 17-year-old rookie defender Kadeisha Buchanan -- the only starter who wasnt on last summers Olympic team -- showed why Herdman is such a big fan. "Shes unbelievable, Herdman said. "She owned Abby Wambach today. Sorry Abby. "Im proud of her, she shined a light today for any kid in this country to say, look, no matter what background you come from, you can play in front of 23,000, and play like that -- wow." Buchanan got in the way of what looked like a clean breakaway for Morgan in the first half. She cleared a ball off the goal-line a minute later. Sundays grudge match, the Canadian players had been saying all week, was as much about thanking their fans for the outpouring of support as it was about getting a result against their southern foe. BMO Field was a sea of red and white for the game that sold out in less than two hours. Young girls dressed in soccer jerseys, tiny Canadian flags tucked into their hairbands, filled the stands. It appeared there wasnt a person in the south grandstand that wasnt waving a Canadian flag. "Im proud that this is a rivalry, not too long ago it wasnt," Wambach said. "Not too long ago these games werent games we looked forward to, and now they are. Now theyre getting sold-out crowds, and I think that does nothing but push the womens game forward." Despite last summers result, the Canadians knew they were in tough against an American team whose victory Sunday stretched their winning streak to 36 games. The result was a reminder, Herdman said, of how far the team has to go before Canada hosts the 2015 FIFA womens World Cup. "I think what its done is lessened the expectations a bit. Lets just get some reality here, winning the World Cup in Canada is going to be one hell of a job," Herdman said. "Getting that bronze medal was like catching lightning in a bottle, but we did. And we can do it again." The Canadian women have an all-time record of three wins, five draws and now 45 losses in 53 international matches against the mighty Americans, and have never won at home, tying them once and losing six times in seven home matches dating back to 1990. Canada last beat the U.S. at the 2001 Algarve Cup, a 3-0 victory. NOTES: The Canadian womens next home game is Oct. 30 versus South Korea in Edmonton. The Canadians have three wins and a loss against South Korea dating back to 2000. . . 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