Former football coach Barry Bennell: a diabolically clever operator who abused many of his charges.  Photograph: PA Wire

How game deals with the revelations of abuse will define this period of English football history

Connacht head coach Pat Lam will depart for Bristol in the summer. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Province insist coach’s departure is end of nothing but fanbase cannot but feel bereft

Former Dublin footballer Tomás Quinn will lead the St Vincent’s attack against Rhode in the Leinster Club SFC final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

All-Ireland champions Dublin provide two players for Leinster’s challenge against Connacht

Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam at a press conference in the Sportsground, Galway. Photo: Inpho

Departing Connacht coach described how managing the province has changed his life

Carnacon’s Fiona McHale  in action against Sinéad Goldrick of Foxrock Cabinteely during the  All-Ireland senior club semi-final  at Bray Emmets in Co Wicklow. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Club’s rapid progress results in All-Ireland club final appearance against Donaghmoyne

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan catches a ball over the head of Meath’s Mickey Burke. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

The new rule for next season should appeal to traditionalists and controversialists alike

Corofin’s Gary Sice and Niall McInerney of Brigid’s during the Connacht senior club football championship final at  Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gary Sice aware of long break before All-Ireland semi-final against Dr Crokes

Corofin’s Jason Leonard celebrates scoring his side’s second goal. Photograph: Inpho

Roscommon champions fail to roll back the years in one sided Connacht final in Carrick

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen: something old world about him as a coaching figure – in his customary black tie and white shirt and formal black coat. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

When rugby is played at full tilt by elite athletes, it is a compelling but also dangerous

Corofin’s Ciaran McGrath taking to the field for the Connacht club championship semi-final against Castlebar Mitchels at MacHale Park. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Corofin are the standard bearers in Galway and McGrath is one of their stalwarts

All Blacks Liam Squire, Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane try their hand at  hurling during a visit to Castleknock College in Dublin. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Pressure never lifts from New Zealand shoulders when they wear that black jersey

Glen Rovers’ Pat Horgan in action against Patrickswell’s  Nigel Foley during the Munster club SHC clash at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Club of the legendary Christy Ring back in Munster decider for first time since 1976

Ger Cunningham: overseeing a period of transition in Dublin hurling. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fears of a schism within Ger Cunningham’s camp after former defender’s comments

Corofin’s goalkeeper Bernard Power and Kieran Molloy clash with Danny Kirby of Castlebar during the Connacht club championship semi-final. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Corofin primed for another tussle with St Brigid’s in Connacht final after extra-time win

Stan Van Gundy, head coach, Detroit Pistons: “We just elected an open, brazen, racist, misogynist leader.” Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

In many parts of the US this winter, sports will be the only common ground

Loughmore-Castleiney manager Declan Laffan: has quietly built up one of the most impressive managerial resumes, guiding Loughmore to three football titles and one hurling title over the past four years with Pat McGrath. Photograph: inpho

Loughmore footballers bid to extend the light on what has been a fabulous year for Tipperary GAA

Thurles Sarsfields captain Pádraic Maher raises the Tipperary senior hurling trophy with daughters of the club’s deceased trainer Jackie Griffin, Laragh, Isabelle and Emma, after the win over Kiladangan at Semple Stadium earlier this month.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Winning a provincial title would be a fitting tribute to those the Thurles club have lost

Support for former OCI chief Pat Hickey has arrived late in the day. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

The IOC refused to criticise manner in which the Rio police had treated their colleague

Kerry senior footballer Colm Cooper will line out with Dr Crokes against Kilmurry-Ilbrickane in the Munster SFC.

Club football and hurling senior championships

Pauric Mahony has been racing up the local scoring charts since returning in the knock-out stages to help shoot Ballygunnar back to a final. Photograph: Inpho

East Galway club Corofin are looking to secure fourth successive senior county title

Connacht’s Bundee Aki scores a try in their Champions Cup win over Toulouse last week. Photo: Inpho

Under Lam, Connacht have thrived on less, decisively displayed last week

Gary Lineker who has hit back at criticism he received online after wading into the debate about child refugees. The Match Of The Day presenter said public treatment of the young migrants arriving this week in the UK was “hideously racist”. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Match Of The Day presenter has been slated for his view on migrants entering the UK

Pat Lam: “ we are under no illusions that of all the visits we have made to Parma this will be the biggest challenge that we have faced.”

Italian club will be keen to put 82-14 hammering by Wasps firmly behind them

Ultan Dillane is congratulated by fans after Connacht’s win over Toulouse in the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 1 at the  Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Victory at Sportsground shows how Pat Lam’s team have torn up the coaching manuals

Connacht’s Bundee Aki touches down for the game-winning try in the Champions Cup match against Toulouse at The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Thrilling Sportsground encounter sees Pat Lam’s side take down superpowers

Lance Armstrong poses for a selfie as he rides with Cure Leukaemia charity riders during stage thirteen of the One Day Ahead - Le Tour 2015 on July 16, 2015 in Rodez, France. Photo: Sam Bagnall/Getty Images

Arrogance and self-belief remain with the Texan as thousands flock to hear him speak

Gabe Davies from Newcastle, England surfing approximately 1 mile off the Donegal Coast near Bundoran during the H30 Project which brings together Irish and British surfers to ride the most dangerous waves off the coasts of Ireland and Britain. Photo: Mickey Smith

Irish surf culture has changed dramatically since the Sligo man first started in 1960s

Paul O’Connell in action for Ireland against Scotland in the Six nations game at Murrayfield in March 2015. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Keith Duggan talks to the former Ireland and Munster lock as he opens up about his career

 Lee Keegan just looked at the black card held aloft, registered his disagreement with a quick shrug and walked. There was no melodrama, no histrionics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Their chances of winning Sam Maguire in 2017 are better than almost all other counties

Diarmuid Connolly holds the Sam Maguire aloft in front of Hill 16. Connolly’s penalty, fired past Mayo’s substitute goalkeeper David Clarke, gave Dublin a lead they would not surrender. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo heartbroken again as champion’s iron resolve gets them over the line

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly fires his penalty past Mayo goalkeeper  David Clarke during the All-Ireland SFC Replay against Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Single kick divides two extraordinarily deep teams at Croke Park

The national anthem is played ahead of the drawn All-Ireland football final in September. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s men will be feeling all the pressure ahead of replayed All-Ireland final

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

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