Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates scoring the equalising point late in injury time against Dublin in the drawn All-Ireland final at Croke Park. The score was a measure of O’Connor’s class and coolness under pressure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Forward’s consistency and coolness under pressure epitomised by equalising point

Mayo’s Keith Higgins in possession while charging at Brian Fenton of Dublin during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on September 18th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Veteran back hopes his side can create and then take opportunity this time around

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford: “With all due respect I’m only concerned with what 33 guys and the management focus on.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin may be desperate to atone for draw, but Stephen Rochford is relishing rematch

Jose Mourinho during the defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The original version of Jose would never have made a plea for way things used to be

Aidan O’Shea battles for possession with Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan in the drawn All-Ireland final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mayo talisman defended well from the front and acted as decoy. But it led to scoreless game

Mayo’s manager Stephen Rochford leaves the field after the game on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I’ve huge regard for what Jim McGuinness did in Donegal, but I’ve never spoken to him’

Nothing in the play book prepared us for this mad, thrilling, error-ridden All-Ireland final

Mayo’s Colm Boyle flies through the air as he clashes with Dublin’s John Small in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Boyle was unfortunate enough to score one of the two own goals that Mayo conceded in the first half to keep a misfiring Dublin in the game.

The Mayo manager believes there’s more to come from his side in two weeks

 Mayo  fans during a tense moment in the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin seemed on the verge and Mayo on the brink for most of Sunday’s match

Maybe Mayo decide that while they can live with Diarmuid Connolly contributing six works of art, they cannot allow Philly McMahon (above) to get on the scoreboard. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Connacht men need to turn Jim Gavin’s fabulous machine into a mere 15 individuals

Mayo supporters are keeping the excitement under wraps in the build-up to this All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Westerners already know worst that can happen and so feel pressure is off

Stephen Coen could well feature this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He’s 70 minutes away from adding to minor and Under-21 titles – before he reaches 21

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is in his first season at the helm. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo’s manager sees what his team have to do not as a mythic quest but a sporting feat

Mayo’s manager Stephen Rochford and selector Seán Carey, who have led the county to their third All-Ireland final in five years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo manager and selector met while playing for the county's minors in 1995

Mayo’s Donal Vaughan with Peter Acheson of Tipperary during their All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Surprise loss to Galway may have been a blessing in disguise, admits midfielder

Cursed: Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Michael Conroy after losing to Donegal in 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland football final: Dublin may seem unbeatable but Mayo are in no mood to lose

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher celebrates with the Liam McCarthy Cup after their All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final win over Kilkenny. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The All-Ireland win that the Premier County have craved for so long finally came about

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan celebrates with Conor Stakelum, John Madden and Declan Fanning at the final whistle. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In work rate and scores from turnovers, Tipperary mirrored the best of Kilkenny

Brendan Maher celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup after Tipperary defeat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior hurling final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tipperary finally better great rivals thanks to performance fuelled by fire of intent

The Kilkenny team lining up before the 2010 final against Tipperary. OnlyTJ Reid and Eoin Larkin have made it through from the Kilkenny starters of that final to the 15 that will parade on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

When people say ‘this Kilkenny team’ they are talking about the force Cody sends out

It’s not the Kerry way to accept All-Ireland football semi-final defeat, however honourable, with a sense of relief . . . Watch them rise as one against this one. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kingdom are living through the Dublin golden years as they’ve never had to before

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

For good and for bad these Games will remain a vivid chapter in Irish sport

Michael Conlan’s post-defeat interview was grief in sport at it’s most cruel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Thomas Barr’s heroics, to the lows of Michael Conlon and Katie Taylor’s exits

USA’s DeMarcus Cousins (12) and Paul George with Nikola Jokic of Serbia during the men’s basketball final at the Rio Olympics on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images.

Domestic upheaval left at home as Kevin Durant and co light up world stage and see off Serbia

Serbia’s Slobodan Nikic is challenged by  Croatia’s Damir Buric during the  Olympic Games water polo final match  at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Serbia get the better of Croatia in cracking Olympic decider between Balkan rivals

A vehicle carrying US swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz after they were stopped from boarding a flight to the United States and questioned by police. Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters

What gave these preppy, sauntering Americans the belief they could behave like this?

 Estelle Mossely of France: She  has replaced Katie Taylor as light middleweight Olympic champion after a split-decision win over Junhua Yin of China. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Estelle Mossely takes light middleweight gold as Billy Walsh boxer fires up for final

Happier times: Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey, Olympic silver medal winner Annalise Murphy, and Minister for Sport Shane Ross last Tuesday. The following morning Hickey was arrested by Brazilian police.

Ultimate insider Pat Hickey could face up to seven years in jail on ticket touting charges

British diver Tom Daley is competing in his third Olympic Games and is now one of the senior figures in the GB diving team. Photograph: Matt Dunham/aAP Photo

British diver ready to steal show again as he seeks gold in the 10m platform

Minister for Sports Shane Ross speaks to journalists in Dublin Airport after arriving home from the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Sport says terms of reference to be decided at meeting with Attorney General

OCI president Pat Hickey being escorted from the Samaritano hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 18th, 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Shane Ross says senior counsel or judge to be appointed to inquiry into saga today

Pat Hickey, who has temporarily stepped down as president of the OCI, is escorted from Hospital Samaritano. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Shane Ross says he will appoint either a lawyer or judge to investigate tickets controversy

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams fielded questions from journalists after Pat Hickey’s arrest. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Executive says matter is for Olympic Council of Ireland but will co-operate with probe

 Pat Hickey, who has temporarily stepped aside as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland following his arrest over the Rio Games ticket controversy, astutely plotted his progress through the highest corridor of International Olympic Committee (IOC) administration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Judo loving OCI president astutely plotted his progress through the Olympic ranks

For half of this Olympic three-metre springboard final, Ireland’s Oliver Dingley was in the running for a medal. That alone sets him apart as one of Ireland’s more remarkable Olympians. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland diver finished eight in the 3m springboard final, surpassing expectations

Ireland’s Oliver Dingley in action during Tuesday night’s final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For three rounds in he cast a spell and then it broke - like seeing magic dust disappearing

Annalise Murphy in jubilant humour after receiving her silver medal. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dún Laoghaire sailor euphoric but boxer Michael Conlan suffers contentious defeat

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy celebrates her silver medal in the women’s Laser Radial. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

The Irish sailor is just the fourth Irish woman to ever claim an Olympic medal

Ireland’s Oliver Dingley competes in the Men’s 3m Springboard Preliminary during the diving event. Photograph: Getty Images

Dingley survives the elements to reach semi-final with a confident display

A very disappointed Katie Taylor after losing her Women’s Lightweight 60kg quarter-final bout to Mira Potkonen in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Loss of Olympic boxing gold medal status follows loss of her world championship title

A dejected Katie Taylor after losing her lightweight quarter-final to Finland’s Mira Potkonen in Rio. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Keith Duggan reports from Rio - defending champion and coaches felt she had done enough

Justin Rose of Britain reacts on the 18th after winning gold at the Olympic Golf Course in Barra da Tijuca. Photograph: EPA

Critics may change their minds as a new champion is crowned after 112 years in Rio

Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori during their men’s singles semi-final tennis match at the Olympic Tennis Centre  in Rio. Photograph: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images

World number two looking to become first man to defend singles title

Cousins of Rafaela Silva who won the gold medal in the 57kg judo final, joke beside a newspaper with the picture of her next to the house where she was born at the City of God favela. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Chief sports writer Keith Duggan reflects on the first week at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Ireland’s Gary and Paul O’Donovan celebrate winning silver medals in the lightweight double sculls at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Skibbereen rowers deliver nation its first medal having already captured its heart

 Paul and Gary O’Donovan celebrate winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Skibbereen’s pride end decades of heartache for Irish rowing and put smiles on faces

Ireland’s Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch after Friday’s race. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe are the first female Irish crew to contest Olympic final

Gary and Paul O’Donovan of Ireland celebrate after finishing third in their lightweight men’s double sculls semi final yesterday, thereby qualifying for the final. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Dream hour of high accomplishment for Irish lightweight double sculls teams

Ireland’s Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch celebrate making the final. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Sinead Jennings, Claire Lambe and the O’Donovan brothers will go for gold on Friday

Bradley Wiggins trains with his team-mates at the Rio Olympic Velodrome, where he will hope to win an eighth Olympic medal. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Cyclist is going for a fifth gold medal and is already eyeing more in Tokyo

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura competing on the rings during the men’s team final  on Monday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Thomas Coex

Country’s venerated superstar who simply cannot rise any higher in Land of the Rising Sun

Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team Final  in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Olympic icon Nadia Comaneci on hand to witness the new superstar of gymnastics

 Lilly King (Top) of the United States and Yulia Efimova (Bottom) of Russia compete in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph: Getty Images

Questions of doping and politics surface on night of deep unease in Aquatics stadium

USA’s Michael Phelps and  Caeleb Dressel encourage a team-mate during the Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay final. Photograpgh:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Baltimore Bullet completes fastest 100m freestyle leg of his life in relay

A dejected Paddy Barnes after his defeat to Samuel Carmona Heredia. “At the end of the first round my energy was completely gone. I had nothing to give.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Split-decision defeat to Spaniard hurts as brave Belfast fighter simply runs out of gas

Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce is declared the winner of his Men’s Boxing Round of 32 Light 60kg preliminary bout at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Steven Donnelly and David Oliver Joyce both advanced in their preliminary rounds in Rio

  Steven Donnelly  lands a punch on Zohir Kedache. Photo: Reuters

The Ballymena man jabbed his way to a comfortable win against his Algerian opponent

Katie Ledecky: will probably stand alongside gymnast Simone Biles and Usain Bolt in making the Rio games her own. Photograph: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Teenager who stunned London in 2012 looks set to dominate in the pool in Rio

Divers in action during training at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio. Photograph: Getty

Is it not a bit much to ask Rio’s citizens to get up for Olympics in a year of domestic strife?

Kevin Durant: “It has been great, man. I just been on the bus riding around the city. I’ve never been here before. I’m just excited.” Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA

Anything other than ultimate victory unthinkable for dominant United States

Scenes from the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, Cork . . . Sanita Puspure (top row, centre), Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe (top row, right), brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan (2nd row, left)and lead coach Don McLachlan (second row, right). Photographs: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sanita Puspure, Sinead Lynch, Claire Lambe and the O’Donovan brothers know the meaning of the word sacrifice

Wexford manager Liam Dunne celebrates at the final whistle of their round 2 qualifier win over Cork. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The rise of a new generation is sparking enthusiasm but they still have a way to go

Tyrone’s Mickey Harte celebrates with his grandson Michael after the Ulster final victory over Donegal. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Veteran Red Hand boss pleased with the grit they showed in an exciting win over Donegal

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden tackles Donegal’s Eoin McHugh during his side’s Ulster final victory. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Stunning late points from Peter Harte and Ciaran McGeevy win an epic provincial final

Tyrone’s Aidan McCory is tackled by Frank McGylnn and David Walsh of Donegal during the Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones in 2012. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

No matter what the result, things will have changed between these rivals by the end of the day

Galway Manager Kevin Walsh issues instruction during the Connacht Senior football championship final at  Pearse Stadium, Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Galway coach Kevin Walsh acknowledged Galway set up exceptionally defensively at times; McStay eager for replay to be at MacHale(...)

Galway’s Paul Conroy and Thomas Flynn in action against   Niall Daly and Cathal Compton of Roscommon during the  Connacht SFC Final at Pearse Stadium in Salthill. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Both sides caught up - between wanting to win and their fear of losing Connacht final

Dimitri Payet’s stunning strike against Romania lit the blue touch paper at Euro 2016. Photograph: Getty

Dimitri Payet’s stunning strike sparked the tournament into life after a tentative start

Serena Williams: a superstar athlete of exceptional moral courage. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

She has fought her way through prejudice to win 21 Grand Slam titles, and counting

Thomas Flynn celebrates with Damien Comer after scoring Galway’s winning goal against Mayo in the Connacht championship semi-final at McHale Park last month. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Having ended Mayo’s recent dominance in the province, the Tribesmen still have something to prove

 Striker Harry Kane leaves the England team hotel in Chantilly, France, after England’s exit from Euro 2016.  Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

The day is gone when Ireland can expect a rich harvest from the English academies

France coach Didier Deschamps “Ireland were quite deep so we wanted to get Griezmann closer to Giroud and get some speed with Coman out wide and use the width better. But above all to get presence up front because the four attacking players with Dimitri, Antoine, Kinglsey and Giroud created presence up front and we created a lot of chances.” Photo: Getty Images

‘This team brings emotion to the crowd and makes people fall in love with them’

Republic of Ireland centre half Richard Keogh heads clear while challenging Italy’s   Simone Zaza during the Group E game in Lille. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been informing team-mates of West Ham team-mate’s ability

France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during training ahead of their clash with Ireland in Euro 2016 second round. Photo: Getty Images

The French goalkeeper has full confidence in his back-line despite recent criticism

This team may not be quite as gifted as the Ireland teams of 1990 and 1994. But they are, clearly, fiercely close and  have a savage work ethic. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Current generation have left us a high akin to Stuttgart, Genoa and the Giants Stadium

Republic of Ireland captain Séamus McCarthy commends team-mate James McCarthy during the victory over Italy at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille on Wednesday. photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Proud Donegal man took extra responsibilty of captaincy in his stride

Roy Keane: “As Jack said years ago, ‘put ‘em under pressure’. I’m sure there’s a song about that, you know.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho er

Assistant manager galvanises side to take care of unfinished business against hosts

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates as the final whistle blowsin Lille on Wednesday. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Ireland manager grins as he recalls moments of magic from Wednesday’s defeat of Italy

Robbie Brady celebrates after scoring the winner in Lille. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Psychic link made to USA 94 as Italy are pushed aside to put Ireland in dreamland

Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Ward training in Lille. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland defender says team still believe that they can qualify from group

Antonio Conte: “It is not a useless game by any means. It is a game we want to win. Winning breeds confidence. This is not a game to decided on starters and substitutes, which is a feeling I am picking up on and don’t like at all. I am going to try and pick a balanced side. Otherwise we could have problems.”

Italy manager Antonio Conte stresses his team are determined to record a third victory

Wes Hoolahan battles with Belgium’s Mousa Dembele on a day when the Norwich playmaker’s influence was below its normal standard. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Dropping midfielder from a side lacking creativity would be controversial move

Lone striker Shane Long had the  most thankless role for Ireland and was battered for his trouble by Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

First victory in European Championships since 1988 has never been more urgent

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Jeff Hendrick at the final whistle of the Group E game against Belgium  at Stade Matmut Atlantique  in Bordeaux. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

Belgium finally find their strut on chastening day for Ireland players and supporters

Polish fans  at Stade de France for their side’s match against Germany. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Versailles life doesn’t reach full throttle until 5pm – and by nine they are winding down

 Ireland’s players warm up before today’s training session in Bordeaux. Photo: EPA

Ireland manager says it wouldn’t surprise him if Belgium won the tournament

French President Francois Hollande at the Albania game. He  could certainly do with a good news story right now. Photograph: Ariel Schalit/AP

Football festival ongoing against a backdrop of terrorism concerns, flooding and strikes

Ciaran Clark: “Obviously Hazard, Lukaku, Benteke . . . they have top class players. But we have quality players ourselves.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aston Villa defender consigns his unlucky own goal against Sweden to history

Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik puts the ball wide of the goal during the Euro 2016 Group C clash against Germany at Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:   Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Stade de France stalemate with Poland shows that Joachim Löw’s side are still to click

English fans clash with police in Lille, France. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images.

Shows of strength by Russian and English fans an ongoing occurrence in France

Sweden manager Erik Hamren applauds the team’s supporters at the end of the Euro 2016 group E  match against the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden manager says his side disappointed by ‘a bad result’

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan celebrates with Robbie Brady after scoring the opening goal at the Stade de France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Men in green discover once more that nothing comes easy in Paris

Republic of Ireland players get a run out at the Stade de France on Sunday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFFP/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager calls on players to show no fear against Zlatan and co

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic controls a ball during a Sweden training session at the Stade de France in Paris ahead of the game against the Republic of Ireland on Monday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

The Swedish captain is typically confident in advance of his team’s opener against Ireland

Shane Duffy’s star has continued to rise since his inclusion in the Ireland squad. Photograph: PA

Stephen Quinn aware of the importance of set-pieces in Stade de France showdown

Roy Keane at the Republic of Ireland open training session at Stade de Montbauron, in Versailles, France. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Versaille youngsters greet players as if they were an all-time World XI in their prime

Dimitri Payet’s thunderbolt gave France an emotional victory over Romania in the opening game of Euro 2016. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2016 starts with an emotional bang as Didier Deschamps’ men clear first hurdle

 Shane Long scores against Germany during qualifying. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mission of atonement begins in Paris after tournament to forget four years ago

Goalkeeper Shay Given in action during Ireland’s training session in Versailles. Photo: Filip Singer/EPA

Veteran Stoke goalkeeper says he is not in France to ‘make up the numbers’

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