The  Donaghmoyne players celebrate with the cup following their All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Club final win over Foxrock-Cabinteely at Parnell Park. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Scoreline flatters defending champions as they defeat Foxrock-Cabinteely by seven

It’s 20 years since the first Season of Sundays (Sportsfile, €29.95) came out. The 2016 version is as rich and textured as the 19 that went before. This image shows kids in Galway fine-tuning their skills before a NHL encounter with Cork.

Muhammad Ali, Adrian Doherty, Paul O’Connell, others make up 2016’s best reads

Martin Comerford of O’Loughlin Gaels in action during the 2011 All-Ireland senior club final defeat to  Clarinbridge. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The six-time All-Ireland winner lost his appetite for the intercounty scene

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin champions hoping to atone for last season’s defeat in Leinster hurling final

Paul O’Connell on Second Captains: “The way we connect with supporters now has really, really changed.” Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Getty Images

Divide between players and public will deepen as long as all those cameras are around

Dr Crokes’ Johnny Buckley breaks the handle of the cup after lifting it up. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford champions unable to provide a test for Kerry opponents in Munster final

Dr Crokes’ Colm Cooper and his team-mates can expect a tough test against The Nire in the Munster Club SFC final. Photograph: Inpho

Weekend club football previews: Dr Crokes should progress from Munster while Corofin can seal Connacht title

Eddie Pepperell at the European Tour qualifying school final stage at PGA Catalunya Resort, where he qualified. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Eddie Pepperell retains his card while getting to know darker, more insidious side of golf

The gravestone of Daniel Carroll, who was shot leaving Croke Park on Bloody Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

The 13th victim killed at Croke Park gets fitting memorial after 96 years in an unmarked grave

I skipped right past fear and went directly to loathing

If sport is the opium of the masses, it’s a lot more fun than the US election

The Ireland team line up before their 1-0 win over Austria in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Vienna. Photo: John Walton/PA

Malachy Clerkin runs the rule over the team that made Irish football history in Vienna

Aiden McGeady, David McGoldrick and Harry Arter during Republic of Ireland training in Abbotstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s players are not world-beaters but they are no easy touch for any side either

Colin Doyle, Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle at Republic of Ireland training in Abbotstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle get warm welcome on first day in international set-up

 Diarmuid Connolly of St Vincent’s lifts the Clery’s Perpetual Trophy. Photo: Inpho

Marino club pick up 28th Dublin title but Castleknock no pushovers in first final

Club founder Johnny Corcoran (centre) with Mick Geraghty, chairman Charlie Spillane, and Oisín and Catherine Tolan at the Castleknock GAA grounds yesterday. Below: Castleknock players celebrating their semi-final win over St Jude’s. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

West Dublin club may have been in existence for just 18 years but have certainly made mark

St Vincent’s Dermot Connolly in action against Ballymun Kickhams’ Kevin Leahy at Parnell Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s hard to imagine St Vincent’s coming up against a better side than Ballymun this side of Christmas

Dick Clerkin made his debut for Monaghan in 1999. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan midfielder rides off into sunset after career spent fighting in the trenches

Ballygunner’s David O’Sullivan in action against Padraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields during their Munster SHC clash. Photo: Inpho

Tipperary kingpins determined to improve on their pretty modest record in Munster

Cuala defenders Rob Reid and Paul Schutte battle for an aerial ball with Kilmacud Crokes’ Ryan O’Dwyer. The clubs meet again in the Dublin SHC final on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Coláiste Eoin can take credit for anything up to 26 players on Kilmacud and Cuala panels

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates winning the Premier League after victory over Bohemians at Oriel Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk manager has long plotted his side’s eventful campaign on the European stage

Despite the success of the Tipperary intercounty side, the Tipp county football final is up against it, by the county board’s own hand. Photograph: Inpho

Malachy Clerkin: Each and every county prioritises one code over the other

The death of Anthony Foley has shocked the public in much the same way as Cormac McAnallen’s did  12 years ago. Photograph: Inpho

For Anthony Foley and Cormac McAnallen sport didn’t need to be put in perspective

Clare senior hurling’s new management team of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

New hurling management team stepping up to finish venture of helping boys become men

Coalisland’s Cathaoir Quinn celebrates a goal against Killyclogher in the drawn Tyrone SFC final last week. Lorcan Doherty/Inpho.

Monaleen should have enough to see off Dromcollogher-Broadford in Limerick

Dublin celebrate after beating Mayo to win the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship for 2016. Photo: Inpho

The draws for the football and hurling championships took place on Thursday night

Mayo’s Lee Keegan is black carded by referee Maurice Deegan in the All-Ireland football final replay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In GAA world of extremes black card can’t just be an irritant. It has to be blight on game

Diarmuid Connolly scores a goal from the penalty spot for Dublin after Rob Hennelly had fouled Paddy Andrews in the square. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s changes come up trumps as his brilliant side claim back-to-back titles

Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly fouls Paddy Andrews to concede a penalty in the second half of the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rob Hennelly struggled as Dublin attacked his restarts right from the get-go

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan and Jonny Cooper battle for the ball with Mayo’s Andy Moran in the drawn All-Ireland final. Mayo were three points down in injury time before clawing their way back. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin victory seemed only possible outcome two weeks ago but all that’s changed now

Dublin’s Brian Fenton chases  Donal Vaughan in the drawn All-Ireland final. Dublin’s reliance on young players such as  Fenton, Small and Kilkenny was evident two weeks ago.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kilkenny, Fenton and Small dragged champions from their slumbers in drawn game

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo will have grown in confidence since drawn All-Ireland final, believes rival manager

Mayo’s Lee Keegan and Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly during the drawn All-Ireland final. Photograph: Inpho

Brushes off suggestion of an orchestrated attempt to direct focus onto Mayo defender

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates after his side’s first goal as Kevin McLoughlin and goalkeeper David Clarke of Mayo look on dejected. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Keeping a clean sheet would go a long way to ensuring Sam Maguire goes west

Dublin’s Sinead Goldrick dejected after the TG4 Ladies Senior All-Ireland Championship Final at Croke Park. Photo: Inpho

Minority sports spend their time pushing against the consensus and then this happens

A despondent Liam McHale leaves the pitch after being sent  off in the 1996 All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin looks back on a history of All-Ireland football final replays

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney leaves the field as the sky turns dark after the All-Ireland hurling final replay between Kilkenny and Tipperary in 2014. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Teams, prize, venue may be identical, hardly anything else resembles All-Ireland final

Referee Conor Lane keeping Dublin’s Paul Flynn and Lee Keegan of Mayo apart. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal

Close your eyes and imagine Mayo had given away a three point lead in injury time

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Ciarán Kilkenny on the sideline in added time. It was one of the only times all day that Connolly had a chance to shoot at the posts without Lee Keegan stuck to his side. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

It had never occurred to anyone that Mayo’s forwards would outscore the Dublin ones

Dublin’s James McCarthy with Aidan O’Shea of Mayo during the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Two own goals and an eventual draw were all the ingredients few were expecting on Sunday

James McCarthy’s stellar early-season form was interrupted by injury and he clearly wasn’t back to his smooth-running best against Kerry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin runs the rule over Jim Gavin’s all-conquering side

Mayo’s chances could come down to the performance of Aidan O’Shea in Sunday’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Gerry McManus/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin looks at the 15 players looking to help county win a first title in 65 years

Kevin MacManamon: “What he has that others don’t is an instinct to run at defenders with ball in hand and a directness that can be irresistible at times.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin forward will start his first All-Ireland final against Mayo after upping his work-rate

Colm Boyle wins a penalty for Mayo in the semi-final against Dublin last year. The same nagging doubt that has arisen before stalks Mayo once again: will their forwards get enough scores to beat the Dubs? Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Mayo’s path to victory at Croke Park looks to be obstructed by too many maybes

“Imagine living in a world where Mayo were All-Ireland champions. We would have to decommission the term marquee forward.” File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo as overlords. Mayo played by George Clooney. Everything we know will be wrong

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan reacts to a missed chance during the All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kerry. Photo: Inpho

Dublin team are just seven wins away from equaling a record held since 1933

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody after Tipperary’s All-Ireland win. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brian Cody’s next move will be fascinating with pack closing in on Cats

Kilkenny’s Shane Prendergast and Cillian Buckley contest a high ball against John McGrath and Jason Forde of Tipperary. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For once, Cody’s side has no reply to relentless shooting and workrate of Tipp

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final clash with Kilkenny. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin looks at the decisive minutes in Tipperary’s thrilling victory

James Barry in action in the  Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship quarter-final against Cork in  Semple Stadium in May. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Switched to ull back in panic move in 2014, James Barry has made spot his own

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody watches the teams at Croke Park: the Black Cats have not dazzled with their usual quality this summer. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kilkenny always have work rate to win, but Mick Ryan has built team to take them down

Eamon O’Shea: his Tipperary team were involved in some classic games with Kilkenny. Photograph : Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Economics professor’s novel ideas stretched the tactical boundaries of the game

Dermot Connolly, who slotted the insurance score for Dublin, celebrates before the Hill 16 faithful at the end of a gripping semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions show remarkable composure to overhaul Kerry’s lead in gripping endgame

David Byrne and goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton fail to prevent Paul Geaney’s effort from going over the line for  Kerry’s second goal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champions show remarkable mettle to complete their comeback in an epic clash

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice puts it all on the line on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Despite leading Kerry to All-Ireland glory in 2014, defeat could end Fitzmaurice’s reign

Dublin manager Jim Gavin will expect his team to continue their winning ways against the Kingdom. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Lowdown: Malachy Clerkin previews Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park

The secretary general of the OCI, Dermot Henihan, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The OCI has confirmed two Irish Olympic boxers are facing disciplinary action for gambling during the Rio Games. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Olympic Council of Ireland confirms athletes were censured for breaching code of ethics

Kerry’s David Moran is tackled by Brian Fenton of Dublin during last year’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

No amount of bluff can take from the true meaning of the occasion at Croke Park

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor is tackled by Brian Fox of Tipperary during Sunday’s All-Ireland senior football semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Stephen Rochford’s side push into gear when need arises to drive into All-Ireland final

Conor Sweeney of Tipperary is tackled by  Mayo’s Seamus O’Shea and Brendan Harrison during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Big-name players stand up when needed as Stephen Rochford’s side earn final date

Burdened with second-class status, these footballers are one game from the final

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores a goal past Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary and Galway deliver an absolute epic – yet it wasn’t even the game of weekend

Kilkenny’s Shane Prendergast under pressure from Michael Walsh and Patrick Curran of Waterford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘When I look at Waterford I don’t see systems I see brilliant hurlers,’ says Kilkenny boss

Kilkenny’s Shane Prendergast under pressure from Michael Walsh and Patrick Curran of Waterford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘When I look at Waterford I don’t see systems I see brilliant hurlers,’ says Kilkenny boss

Dan McCormack has  become a prominent player for Tipperary during this year’s Munster hurling championship. The county defeated Waterford in the provincial final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Manager’s willingness to change and bring in new talent might be enough to tip balance back

Hawkeye in use during last Sunday’s thrilling All-Ireland senior semi-final between Waterford and Kilkenny.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ironically, for the second time in three years a critical late decision went Kilkenny’s way

Shane Prendergast is the filling in the sandwich as he contests a high ball with team-mate Eoin Murphy and Waterford’s Shane Bennett. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Waterford reach heights but get reined in by the brutal reality that is Brian Cody’s team

Waterford manager Derek McGrath on the sideline at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Manager admits his side face daunting task in Thurles given Kilkenny’s record in replays

 Mayo’s Lee Keegan celebrates at the end of the game. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Smart gameplan helps Westerners book place in sixth All-Ireland semi-final in row

Peter Harte has been top scorer for Tyrone in four out of the last five football championship seasons, and has scored 3-7 so this year. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

The Ulster champions’ top-scorer has been the enterprise behind county’s return to top tier

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan closes down Donegal’s  Frank McGlynn during the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

O’Sullivan key to a restructured defence that now concedes half as many goals as before

Diarmuid O’Connor returns after injury to bolster Mayo. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Ulster champions maybe favourites but the Connacht side have fight left in them

Conor Sweeney of Tipperary scores his side’s third goal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sunday at Croke Park was a joy to just bathe in the bliss of footballing improbability

Kerry’s David Moran launches a kick towards the Clare goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kingdom await either Dublin or Donegal in last four after Clare are routinely dismissed

 Darran O’Sullivan scores Kerry’s   second goal during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Clare at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kingdom run out 11-point winners as Clare fail to land big punches

Mark Collins of Cork challenges for the ball with with Ryan McHugh and Odhran Mac Niallais of Donegal during the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 4B Qualifier at  Croke Park. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rory Gallagher’s side took their time to settle after hot start from Rebel County

Donegal’s Eamonn McGee gets to grips with Cork’s Paul Kerrigan in the All-Ireland semi-final in 2012. The Rebels went into a tailspin following the loss with many of their players retiring from intercounty football. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rebels have not beaten Division One team in championship since 2012 semi-final defeat

Goalkeeper Joe Hayes in action for Clare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Goalkeeper faces Kerry in an All-Ireland quarter-final 15 years after he joined panel,

The All-Ireland football quarter-finals will go ahead as planned on Saturday August 6th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Possible football quarter-final matchups will not result in fixture changes - the GAA insist

Jim Gavin with the 72-year-old biplane he will be flying at the Bray Air Display. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Inpho

In his first one-on-one interview, Dublin’s Jim Gavin on how leadership skills honed in the military have helped him become one of(...)

Tyrone players celebrate at the final whistle in Clones. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tyrone, Dublin and Galway are champions after a day of provincial finals

Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 17/7/2016Dublin vs WestmeathWestmeath manager Tom CribbinMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Grealy

Battling Westmeath test Jim Gavin’s tactics more than most have done in Leinster

Jim Gavin: has led Dublin to two All-Irland titles, five Leinster titles and four successive national league titles.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Champions haven’t lost in 24 games and are aiming for a sixth successive provincial title

Aidan Walsh: has returned to help Cork footballers against Longford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tricky assignments for Cork and Mayo

Waterford’s Michael Walsh closes down Tipperary’s James Barry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INpho

Mick Ryan’s side inflict drubbing on rivals to march into last four of All-Ireland

Waterford Manager Derek McGrath  near the end of the Munster final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Our unity and togetherness will be needed more than ever,’ says Derek McGrath

Michael “Brick” Walsh: “Brick is very competitive and he’d be quite content doing anything as long as it was driving the lads on.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford manager’s brave decision to play Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh as attacker has paid off

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is ready for the Ulster final. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Tyrone manager looking forward to county’s first Ulster final in six years, against Donegal

eter Harte scores Tyrone’s second goal against Cavan. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Cavan put up a good score but are no match in the end for Mickey Harte’s team in Clones

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty gets his shot away as the Monaghan defence close on him during the Ulster SFC semi-final replay at Breffni Park. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye/

Deserved win but determined Monaghan push them right to the wire

Donegal and Monaghan players scuffle at Breffni Park.  Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

The sides don’t hate each other, but the temperature never drops below simmering point

 Galway’s manager Michael Donoghue shakes hands with Kilkenny boss  Brian Cody after the league encounter in March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin run the rule over a busy weekend of action

Westmeath’s Denis Corroon celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Second half purple patch by Tom Cribbin’s team enough to edge dull encounter

Dublin’s Paul Bealin  is tackled by Meath’s Trevor Giles and John McDermott in 1996. Photograph: Inpho

Twenty years ago the Leinster senior football championship was fiercely competitive

John Kavanagh: “I find it a bit strange that I’m still only ever asked on to defend the sport [MMA]. Nobody ever asks Katie Taylor why she likes punching girls in the head. It’s always just praise.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Memoir details journey from bullied Rathfarnham schoolboy to major figure in MMA

Rory McIlroy delivered a blow to Ireland’s hopes of an Olympic medal on June 22, 2016, when he said he would not be going to the Rio Games over fears of the Zika virus. “After speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realise that my health and my family’s health comes before anything else,” the 27-year-old four-time major champion said in a statement. Photo: Jim Watson/Getty Images

Golf at the Olympics has been nothing but a constant pebble in Rory McIlroy’s custom-made Nike Rors golf shoes

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte talks to his players after Sunday’s game. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

‘We could have won the game and we could have lost. It had a draw written all over it’

Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t alter his approach based on any decisions made by the IAAF. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

IAAF and IOC reaping what they sowed after ignoring the doping problem for decades

Cavan’s James McEnroe dives full length to try and stop Tyrone’s   Colm Cavanagh during the Ulster SFC semi-final at  St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Forward’s second goal squares up matters after pulsating ding-dong encounter

Tipperary have a tendency to start slowly in the second half, something highlighted in their victory over Cork in the Munster quarter-final last month. Photograph: Inpho

But former star Eoin Kelly believes the Premier men will be too strong for Limerick

Former footballer Stan Collymore chats to police outside the train station in Lille city centre, France, as clashes took place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson the England trend-setter and Uefa ignore Wes Hoolahan

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