England captain Martin Johnson shouts at an IRFU official after his team lined up on the wrong side before the start of the 2003 Six Nations rugby clash with Ireland in Dublin. Photograph Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Former England rugby coach among stars at One-Zero Sport Tech convention in Dublin

Lisnagarvey’s Jonny Bell will be in action against Pembroke Wanderers in the big clash at Serpentine Avenue. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Serpentine Avenue hosts top game of weekend in the Irish Senior Cup

Dave McSharry in action for Connacht before he retired this summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Players left to make major career choice as insurance firms draw a line in sand

Paddy Barnes has been added to the St Patrick’s Day card at Madison Square Garden next year. Photograph: Getty

Joins fellow Belfast boxer Michael Conlan on bill in New York, with pro bow next month

The former Leinster, Connacht and Ulster scrumhalf Cillian Willis is suing his former club Sale Sharks for “clinical negligence”.

Union decline to says whether concussion is reason for hike in costs

Dan Carter gave urine sample following Racing 92’s Top 14 final victory over Toulon last season. Photograph: Romain Perrocheau/Getty Images

Racing 92 offer differing account after legendary outhalf returns positive drug test

Ireland captain and goalkeeper David Harte will be in Banbridge playing for Dutch side SV Kampong. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

12 top clubs at Havelock Park to compete in round one of Euro Hockey Leaque

Bernard Brogan: “I don’t think it’s money, I think it’s about the structures.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Four-time All-Ireland winner critical of black card but would support use of a video referee

Ireland’s Michael Conlon (red) in action against Vladimir Nikitin of Russia at the Olympic Games in Rio on August 16th. Photograph: Reuters.

Irish bantamweight just looking forward to first professional fight next year

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president  Pat Hickey  during an interview at the 2015 European Games in Baku. File photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Committee members object to ex-chief being ‘live’ on the phone from Rio during a meeting

Men’s Hockey: Monkstown put their unbeaten run on line as part of double-header

Ashling Thompson: “You can’t put a referee out there who has never refereed at that level before.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ashling Thompson says choice of referee showed ‘respect deficit’ for women players

Thomas Barr has sights firmly fixed  on next year’s World Championships in London. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

After Olympic exploits 400m hurdles athlete plans to stay fresh for World Championships

Connacht head coach Pat Lam needs to turn things around after a poor start to the campaign. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Pro12: Scarlets v Connacht - Parc y Scarlets, 7.35pm. On TV: Live on TG4

George Gibney, a former Olympic swimming coach who now lives in Florida, was charged in Ireland in 1993 on 27 counts of indecent assault and unlawful carnal knowledge of young Irish swimmers in his care.

Hearing into release of documents on how swimming coach was able to acquire US green card

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa: “We’ve tweaked a few things this season already”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is back against the Ospreys to replace the impressive Joey Carbery

Paul Pollock, who has spoken out about the need for WADA exemptions, with Catherina McKiernan and Keith Walsh, Break Through The Wall, Irishtown Stadium, Dublin. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Runners says treating some injuries using banned substances is unavoidable

Ulster and Ireland’s Jared Payne. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Les Kiss reinforces side with Payne and Henderson named in strong XV

Luke Marshall suffers a “concussive injury” during Ulster’s Pro12 game with the Scarlets. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster says centre is currently being assessed and will follow ‘return to play’ guidelines

Munster Rugby has no plans to change the time of their Pro12 league match against Italian side Zebre on Saturday October 1st. Photo: Inpho

Zebre are the opponents at Thomond Park at the same time Dublin will take on Mayo

Conor Murray: will play in a new combination with Tyler Bleyendaal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rassie Erasmus selects Conor Murray, Keith Earls and CJ Stander to atone for Cardiff loss

Ulster’s Rob Herring has made a fine start to the season. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Scarlets coach: ‘We had to play our best game out there last year to get the win’

Leinster’s Joey Carbery runs in his and Leinster’s second try against Treviso. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joey Carbery gets another opportunity to build on a strong beginning to his season

Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell has been watching the All Blacks. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The defence coach’s new posting seems serene enough after England’s World Cup

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar converts his team’s try in their Pro12 clash with Treviso. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

It remains to be seen where Ulster will go when the South African departs the team

Dave Kearney (centre) at Leinster training. A scan the night before the tour to South Africa put paid to his summer involvement with Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster winger impressed with impact made by former England coach Lancaster

Outhalf Joey Carbery runs in his and Leinster’s second try in his side’s loss to Glasgow at the weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Support for burgeoning outhalf Carbery despite intercept try error against Glasgow

Rob Kearney (L) is out of Leinster’s clash with Edinburgh after picking up a knee injury in the province’s defeat to Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland fullback limped off in the second half of Leinster’s Pro 12 defeat away to Glasgow

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

Billy Walsh believes that both Shakur Stevenson (red) and Michael Conlan are destined to make it to the top echelons of professional boxing. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Boxing coach insists he won’t break his contract in America to return home

Michael Conlan was devastated  following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Coaches feared worst after O’Reilly scandal but standard of judging still left them shocked

Mo Farah is going for gold number four. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Belief will be suspended by many as Briton goes for his fourth Olympic gold

John Delaney, Pat Hickey, and Delaney’s partner Emma English. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Controversial president of Olympic Council of Ireland has clearly thought about ‘handover’

Triathalon winner Alistair Brownlee (L) was followed home by brother Jonny in Rio. Photograph:  PA

British siblings deliver fine performance at Copacabana as they improve on London

Leona Maguire and her caddie Lisa Maguire during the first round of the Women’s Strokeplay at Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Top amateur thee over after first round while Stephanie Meadow finishes six over

Ireland’s Leona Maguire during her first round at the Olympic Golf course. Photograph: David Davies/PA

‘I just didn’t hole enough putts. I had a lot of chances. I hit a lot of really good shots’

Ireland’s Katie Taylor after losing her fight on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whatever judging criteria was applied, Michael Conlan’s defeat is a grave injustice

Lydia Ko poses  during a practice round prior to the women’s individual stroke play tournament at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

World’s number one is already a double Major winner at just 18 years of age

Happier times - Ireland’s Michael Conlan with his Dad and coach John Conlan and coach Zaur Antia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Coach John Conlan says IABA association president Pat Ryan should clarify matter

A distraught Michael Conlan following his defeat to Russia’s  Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight at the  Riocentro. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I’m absolutely devastated . . . my Olympic dream was robbed from me today’

Ireland’s Michael Conlan reacts after Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin is awarded the bantamweight quarter-final bout on a unanimous decision. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vice-president Tom Virgets answers questions after controversial Rio bout

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy returns to shore after her race was called off. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We have to do this all the time in sailing. I’ll just go home, relax, come back tomorrow’

USA coach Billy Walsh with flyweight boxer Antonio Vargas before his round of 32 win over Brazil’s Juliao Neto in Rio. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Katie Taylor’s defeat is the final straw for a sport that’s in crisis

Michael Conlan in action against Aram Avagyan of Armenia. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Irish coach scathing over failed drugs test after watching son win opening bout in Rio

Katie Taylor “not lacking any confidence and is always looking to improve.”

Despite two defeats this year, Taylor is still the number one ranked boxer in the world

Ireland’s Scott Evans  celebrates defeating Ygor Coelho de Oliveira of Brazil during the men’s singles group K match at Riocentro  in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Irish badminton star had to battle against partisan home crowd at Riocentro

Ireland’s Steven Donnelly dejected as Mohammed Rabii of Morocco celebrates his victory. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wholehearted Irish boxer edged by welterweight world champion Mohamed Rabii

Men’s flyweight 52kg round of 32 - Brendan Irvine versus Shakhobidin Zoirov. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The 20-year-old beaten by Uzbek Shakhabidin Zoirov on a unanimous decision

Yuliya Stepanova, the whistleblower who revealed the depth of  cheating in Russia. Photograph: Isaiah J Downing/Reuters

Since Wada was established, doping in sport seems to have increased not declined

 Annalise Murphy waits to compete in the delayed Women’s Laser Radial class on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty

Irish sailor forced to battle following a difficult day of competition

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington during the first round of the Olympic Golf event at the Olympic Golf Course, Barra, on the sixth day of the Rio Olympics Games. Photograph: PA

The three-time Major winner is now revelling in his new status as an Olympian

 Padraig Harrington of Ireland on the first tee during the first round at the Olympic Golf Course in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: EPA

Australian Marcus Fraser leads after the first round of the Olympic Golf event in Rio

Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly (right) lands a punch on Azerbaijan’s Xaybula Musalov during their boxing men’s middle (75kg) match at the Baku 2015 European Games in Baku June, 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

Contender blessed with such high hopes returns home to bleak future in the sport

Joe Ward is heading home from the Olympics after he lost his opening bout to Ecuador’s Carlos Andres Mina on a split decision. Photograph: Reuters

Relentless Carlos Andres Mina causes upset after referee penalises Westmeath boxer

Britain’s Jack Laugher and Chris Mears compete in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard final at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Chris Mears was told he would never compete again after rupturing spleen

Mitch Darling scores Ireland’s second goal in the Olympics hockey game with Germany at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/ Reuters

Craig Fulton’s side must now look to Canada and Argentina after suffering third straight loss

Netherland’s Mirco Pruijser  celebrates scoring a goal against Ireland.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Conceding five goals to the Netherlands was a body blow to Craig Fulton’s side

Egypt’s Doaa Elghobashy reacts during the women’s beach volleyball qualifying tie against Germany. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/Getty Images

While fitness and skills are evident in beach volleyball, it is also apparent that looks count

Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand rugby sevens team is also accomplished at rugby union, league and boxing. photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

A marque name for the All Blacks has to see off Fiji to keep to normal high standards

China’s Li Xiaoxia is defending her table tennis title in Rio. Photograph:   David Ramos/Getty Images

The game you may remember from your youth has moved up a gear

Li Yajun  of China competes during the women’s 53kg Group A weightlifting contest. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

The crowd wanted to see leading lifter Li Yajun in action

Ireland head coach Zaur Antia, speaking after Steven Donnelly (pictured) won his opening bout, shed little light on the Michael O’Reilly situation: “We don’t know what happened yet but we will see what happens later.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Information vacuum far from ideal as saga overshadows boxing competition

Indian and Ireland players fight for the ball. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland give India a scare but unable to claim a share of the spoils

Michael O’Reilly in action against Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha in 2015.  Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

Strange lack of urgency from association ahead of upcoming bout

Boxer Michael O’Reilly: it is not known what banned substance caused the positive result in his “A” sample. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Call for Irish Olympic boxer to be removed from Athletes’ Village after positive result

Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly shows off the gold medal he won in the European Games in Baku in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Olympic Games’ first doping scandal unexpectedly involves Ireland and not Russia

Irish Olympic boxer Michael O’Reilly was due to compete on August 12th, having received a bye in the first round. Photograph: Tommy Dickinson/Inpho

Middleweight can get ‘B’ sample tested but cannot compete until investigation ends

Saskia Tidey of the Ireland 49erFX Olympic sailing team. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Sailor knows she and team-mate Andrea Brewster are considered medal outsiders

Age: 23. Event: Middleweight (75kg). Hometown: Clonmel

Age: 30 Event: 3-day Eventing. Hometown: Hillsborough

Age: 29. Event: Lightweight (60kg).Hometown: Mullingar

Age: 43. Event: 3-Day Eventing. Hometown: Wicklow

Age: 34. Event: Dressage.Hometown: Kildare

Age: 22. Event: Light heavyweight. Hometown: Moate

Age: 20. Event: Flyweight (52kg). Hometown: Belfast

Age: 27. Event: Welterweight (69kg). Hometown: Ballymena

Age: 24. Event: 72-hole strokeplay. Hometown: Portrush

Age: 30. Event: Lightweight (60kg). Hometown: Bray

Age: 24. Event: Bantamweight (56kg). Hometown: Belfast

16-man squad for Rio

Age: 29. Event: Light flyweight (49kg). Hometown: Belfast

Age: 31. Event: 49er. Hometown: Bangor

Age: 31. Event: Showjumping. Hometown: Thurles

Age: 38. Event: 3-day eventing. Hometown: Tipperary

Age: 44. Event: 72-hole strokeplay. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 21. Event: 72-hole strokeplay.Hometown: Cavan

Age: 29. Event: 72-hole strokeplay. Hometown: Waterford

Age: 33. Event: – 49er FX. Hometown: Headley Down, UK

Age: 28 Event: 49er. Hometown: Belfast

Age: 26 Event: Laser Radial. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 20. Event: Laser. Hometown: Carlow

Age: 22 Event: 49er FX. Hometown: Dún Laoghaire

Michelle Smith with her three Olympic Gold medals in Atlanta. Ireland became pro- or anti-Michelle Smith and divided down the line of whether they believed in her swims or not. Photograph: Eric Luke

Commentators recall how they felt when swimmer won three gold medals in Atlanta

Age: Event: 3-day eventing Hometown: North Wales

Robbie Henshaw is hopeful of recovering from injury and being fit to play with Ireland again for the historic meeting with the All Blacks at Soldier Field, Chicago, in November. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Centre is optimistic about recovery and working with his new Leinster team-mates

Robbie Henshaw: I was pretty shocked . . . The only thing I can do is do the best I can to recover and get back.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Torn knee cartilage could mean new signing out for Champions Cup matches in October

Andrew Johnston is the 27-year-old golfer from London who parties and likes his mates, actually has mates. Beef’s beard makes Shane Lowry’s look like a finely sculpted piece of artwork. His smile is a million dollars. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

Faldo gives the impression he’s rushing off to his bigger earner on another network

American claims seventh Wimbledon crown to reestablish her dominance

Andy Murray saw off Milos Raonic in straight sets to win Wimbledon for a second time. Photograph: Reuters

Scot wins a third Grand Slam after supreme straight sets victory over Milos Raonic

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